Traveling anywhere can be a drain on your bank account, especially when going to a popular tourist destination like Barcelona. Before you get too down on going over-budget next time you’re in Spain,, follow these five money-saving tips to help you get more bang for your Euro, and don’t forget about saving when looking for hotels in Barcelona.
Save Dough with Discounts
This beautiful Spanish city practically wants you to save money when visiting. Between the Barcelona Discount Cards, Ten-Trip Metro Tickets and other money-saving secrets, you can see some of the city’s top sights for a fraction of the cost of other European cities.
Get a Bird’s Eye View on the Cheap
Panoramic views of Barcelona can be found at many expensive and busy spots like La Sagrada Familia, but much cheaper and equally impressive vistas may be seen at other places in the city. Check out the area’s two mountains — Montjuic and Tibidabo — as well as the Columbus monument, which is right by the Ramblas and the chic Arc la Rambla Hotel.
Remember Some Things in Life Are Free
There are many places in Barcelona that charge you top Euro to visit them, and many are worth it. But if you spent today’s budget on last night’s tapas and fiestas, there are still plenty of amazing free things to do. A few of Barcelona’s free gems include La Barceloneta Beach, near the Park Hotel Barcelona. Be sure to stroll around and enjoy the city’s stunning and unique architecture — and many of the museums are free one day out of the month.
Check for Lunchtime Bargain Menus
Spaniards are big on lunch, and if you find the right places, you can pay a discounted price just like the locals. Many spots serve two to three courses, a drink and dessert for around 10 Euros. Flor de Maig is especially popular with locals, and is conveniently located only a few blocks from family-friendly Hesperia Ramblas Hotel.
Keep an Eye on Your Wallet
After saving all that money, make sure you don’t lose it, especially when visiting busy tourist destinations such as the Ramblas or one of Barcelona’s beaches. Pickpockets like to take advantage of unsuspecting visitors, but an attentive eye (or a good money belt) can thwart these potential vacation-ruiners.
With a little research, a visit to Barcelona and its many enticing sights can be enjoyed at a fraction of the price. Between the many discounted or free attractions and the affordable, stylish hotels, you can travel to this world-class city without putting too much of a dent in your wallet.