Barcelona does not lack in places to see. But like a lot of Europe, many things in Barcelona are expensive. But have no fear, there are many places to see in Barcelona that are affordable. Below are my Top 5 Things to Do in Barcelona on a Budget.
La Sagrada Familia
Why don’t we start with the best, in my honest opinion? La Sagrada Familia is the brainchild of architect Antoni Gaudi. Construction of the church began over 135 years ago and is still continuing; only 70% of the church has been completed.
The church is a beautiful representation of Gaudi’s style and work. For 43 years Gaudi worked on La Sagrada Familia until he passed away in 1926. Since his passing, architects and the La Sagrada Familia Foundation have been working to complete Gaudi’s vision.
La Sagrada Familia is built to reflect the natural world and Catholic traditions. Throughout the church you can see references to flowers, trees, and the natural world. The inside of the church makes you feel like you are standing below a tree canopy of a large forest. Additionally, each area of the church has a significant religious aspect that Gaudi specifically wanted told.
Barcelona’s famous Gothic Quarter is a mecca for architecture and cultural enthusiasts. Consisting of Barcelona’s old town and stretching from Placa De Catalunya to the waterfront, the Gothic Quarter houses some of Barcelona’s most interesting places.
You can shop up and down the famous streets of La Rambla and Via Laietana. Take a turn in Mercado de La Boqueria to eat fresh fish, fruit, and sandwiches. Or you can relax in the sun listening to street performers in the squares that dot the quarter. If you eat too much in the market and need to stretch your legs, take a stroll down the tiny, twisting streets of the quarter to see how the quarter got its name.
Barcelona’s Beach Promenade
Barcelona’s beach promenade is a perfect place to spend an afternoon in the winter or the summer. Stretching for 2.5 miles, the promenade includes showers, beach activities, restaurants, and more. It is such a beautiful spot; the 1992 Summer Olympics were held around the promenade. Many of the Olympic structures are still there today and are used as public spaces. The beach also includes two levels of sidewalk for runners and bikers, multiple beach workout areas, and volleyball courts. If you are looking to shop or visit an aquarium, at the end of the promenade is the Maremagnum mall and Barcelona’s aquarium. The city has multiple events along the promenade, so you will always find something to do.
Besides La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell is another great place to see more of Gaudi’s work. You can also visit the Gaudi House, but the lines tend to be long and it costs more. Park Güell is a public park built from 1900 to 1914. Güell assigned the project to Gaudi who designed many of the structures and gardens on the property. The park consists of a few buildings (one of which Gaudi lived in), gardens, colored staircases, and structures. When visiting you can clearly see the colorful and naturalistic architecture that is credited to Gaudi.
Mirador Del Poble Sec
Barcelona is dotted with parks. With the mountains butting up on the northwest side of the city, some of those parks also offer amazing views. Mirador Del Poble Sec is one of these parks. Mirador Del Poble Sec sits right off of the B-10 highway that runs along the coast of Barcelona. The park houses sitting areas and many different trails. Once you reach the top, you are presented with an amazing view of the city, mountains, and Mediterranean Ocean. There is a restaurant and hotel at the top of the park as well. Also, the Barcelona portable car that stretches over the marina can be boarded from Mirador Del Poble Sec. The portable car ends on the other side of the marina and is a great spot to start your trip down the beachfront.
Price: Free, Portable Car: $12 for one way, $16 for return
If you find yourself in Barcelona on a budget, don’t fret, there are many places you can see to get a true Barcelona experience.
Guest Author: Chris Slack
Chris is a travel and lifestyle blogger who left the legal field and office world in 2017 to experience the world around her. Chris has traveled to 25 different countries and is looking to travel to more in the future. Chris’s blog, Wandering Feathers, focuses not only on her travels and experiences but also how these travels have affected her day-to-day life and future. Check out her blog: http://wanderingfeathers.com/