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Cheap areas to stay in Barcelona

Barcelona is a city that can be enjoyed whatever your budget. There are countless cost-effective hotels scattered all across the city, with a fair few enjoying prime locations along La Rambla. This tree-lined thoroughfare is arguably Barcelona’s most famous street, dotted with historic buildings like Virreina Palace. Another good district for cheap pads is Poble-sec, which is hip district known for its drinking dens and artsy attractions. Alternatively, look into some of the cheap hotels in Fort Pienc, which lies within Eixample and boasts the reddish-hued landmark of the Arc de Triomf.

Cheap hotels in Barcelona

Generator Hostel Barcelona may be cheap, but it certainly doesn’t skimp on style. This funky set-up features a psychedelic bar laden with multi-colored lamps, and you can seriously save on the pennies by opting for a shared room. Hotel Barbara is another cost-effective pad, offering simple, comfortable guestrooms and bonus perks like a free continental breakfast, not to mention close proximity to top attractions like the cathedral. Parallel is a budget hotel with oodles of contemporary style, as well as extras like free WiFi. Its closeness to the World Trade Center makes it ideal for business visitors.

Where to find cheap food in Barcelona

One of the great things about Barcelona is you can eat out cheaply without having to resort to fast food. La Ribera is a district with plenty of dining options, whether you’re in the mood for quick and easy tapas, or traditional paella at low prices. The lively Gracia quarter has handsome squares lined with cafés and eateries, offering budget-friendly fixed price menus, as well as Basque-style pintxos – delicious snacks on bread which can be devoured with drinks. The Barceloneta district also has plenty of cheap and cheerful restaurants close to the sea.

Cheap things to do in Barcelona

If you’re savvy, you can enjoy some of Barcelona’s biggest attractions without paying a thing. Take the Picasso Museum, for example. You can explore the Spanish master’s greatest works for free if you visit after 3pm on any Sunday. A must-see that’s always free is Barceloneta Beach, where you can find a spot on the sands to while away a sunny afternoon, or take a dip in the rippling waters of the Mediterranean. One of Barcelona’s most famous sons was the Surrealist artist Joan Miro, and you can see one of his towering sculptures at Parc de Joan Miro, which also boasts lush palm and aromatic eucalyptus trees. An exhilarating hub of activity is La Boqueria, the celebrated food market where mountains of fruit, cheese and glistening seafood always draw in visitors. Stop off for tapas in the market if you get hungry.

Cheap ways to get around Barcelona

If you want to travel in Barcelona without paying over the odds on the metro, it’s worth getting a T-10 pass. This is valid for 10 rides on the public transport system, and is cheaper than getting a separate ticket for every ride. Another tip is to invest in a Barcelona Card. You can choose the number of days you want it for, and enjoy unlimited use of public transport across the city, not to mention free entry to museums and other top attractions.

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