Barcelona is a city of unique architecture, tasty treats and such a Mediterranean atmosphere. The entire city, thanks in large part to architect Antoni Gaudi, is like an open-air art museum. Getting a taste of this culture can be frugal or even free.
Park Guell offers the thrifty traveler one of the best views of Barcelona and for free. In the park is the Gaudi Museum and many examples of his work.
How to get there? The Barcelona metro system is easy and economical to use. The metro station for Parc Guell is Lesseps.
Church of the Sacred Family / Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia
This half-completed church built by Antoni Gaudi is the most unique religious structure I have ever seen. Something in the sense of extreme and extreme Gothic. Barcelona is the city to see Gaudi’s work and this church, one of the shining examples. There is a fee to enter the building and I hear the view is half decent. However, the real wow is the outdoors and watching it is free.
Barcelona’s own pedestrian bridge, Las Ramblas, is lined with quaint cafes, markets and shops. In fine weather, artists display their wares and street performers, including world famous living statues, entertain. A great place to people watch and what people watch is free.
Tapas are one of the dishes that travelers to Barcelona should experience. Tapas are snacks or appetizers and are often accompanied by wine. It’s a budget-friendly way to try a variety of Spanish tastes without breaking the budget or increasing the size.
La Boqueria is a popular food market selling fish, fruits and vegetables. Fresh fruit is a perfect, inexpensive snack. It’s also a place to rub elbows with the locals.
Barcelona is a city with a soul of its own. Fortunately for the frugal traveler, a glimpse of this soul can be inexpensive or even free.