The must do things in Barcelona on a tight budget

Sometimes visiting a beautiful city isn’t always about finding the most expensive hotels and spending money in all of the designer stores. It can be great fun do some of the stuff that’s free. Barcelona offers many different things to doing on a tight budget and today more and more people are opting to do this, not necessarily because they are low on cash, they are doing it because it is really fun!

Here are some cool things to do in Barcelona on a tight budget.

Parc Guell

Parc Guell is one of the city’s magical spots, where Gaudi unleashes a playful, humorous side. Gaudi and his partner Count Eusebi Guell developed Parc Guell between 1900 and 1914. He thought the project would attract Barcelona’s wealthiest families to leave the city hubbub in favour of the peace and quiet of a secluded garden community in the hills.

Everything in it is singular: the gingerbread gatehouses, the psychedelic lizard, the market with 86 leaning columns, the slanted corridor under leaning tree trunks, the undulating bench, and the Gaudí house, now a museum. From this autumn, visitors will have to pay an entry fee for a minimum of 5 euro. Location: Carrer d’Olot, 13. 08024.Barcelona


The Magic Fountain of Montjuїc

The Magic Fountain is a spectacular display of
color, light, motion, music and water acrobatics. All these elements together are just pure magic!

During the summer, you can visit the shows every week from Thursday to Sunday, from 9pm to 11:30 pm. In the winter, it’s every week on Friday and Saturday, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.
The Magic Fountain is a “must see”  when you come to Barcelona! Tip! If you want have a good place and view, go early, because it will get really busy when it starts. The entrance is free. Location: Placa de Carles Buigas. 08038.Barcelona


Parc del Laberint d’Horta

The Labyrinth Park of Horta is one of the loveliest parks in Barcelona and the oldest.
The theme of the gardens and the labyrinth is love.
All around the park there are many lovely corners, nooks and grannies, where you can relax and enjoy flower beds, sculptures, fountains, springs and pools.
The name of the park is from the popular labyrinth of trimmed cypress bushes. At the entrance of the labyrinth there is a marble bas-relief depicting Ariadne and Theseus from the greek legend of the labyrinth. Visitors have to pay a fee (€2, 17); on Wednesday and Sunday it’s for free.
Trying the labyrinth is a must! You’ll maybe get lost, but that’s the adventure! Location: Passeig dels Castanyers 1. 08035. Barcelona


La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. Gaudi transformed it with his architectural and engineering style, combining Gothic and Art Nouveau forms.
At the time of his death in 1926, less than a quarter of the project was completed.
Sagrada Familia’s construction progressed slowly through the years as it relied on help like private donations. The completion day is anticipated in 2026, the centennial of Gaudi’s death.

The fee is €13 for adults (€17 with audio- guide) and for students €11 (€14 with audio- guide).  If you don’t want to pay the entrance fee, the view from outside is an experience in itself. Location: Carrer de Mallorca 401. 08013. Barcelona



Do you like going to the cinema and you want to experience it in another country? This is your chance! There are several cinemas in Barcelona you can visit.

The movies are often spoken in Spanish, but it’s also possible to see the movies in Original Version, with subtitles In Spanish.

The prices are between €4 and €9.

Telefѐric de Montjuїc

The Telefѐric de Montjuїc is a 4 person gondola lift in Barcelona, similar to ones you would find at ski stations. It transports visitors up to the old military fort on top of the Montjuїc hill, Castell de Montjuїc. This fort played a role in the history of the city, as a fort but mostly as a prison.

The Telefѐric de Montjuїc cable car journey takes 8 minutes in total. The ride is 752 meters in length with an elevation of 85.5 meters. There is room 8 people in the new cabins, which have good ventilation and great views of the city.

The prices for adults are: single €6.80 and return €9.60. For children: €5.20 and return €7.


One thing that can be said for Barcelona is that it has a great bar scene. Pubs and bars are perfect for watching some sport, having a drink and perhaps a game of darts. There are so many kinds of bars in Barcelona that you will have to stay a life time to see all of them!

Nightlife in Barcelona starts around 10pm for bars.
They close around 2am in weekdays and 3am during the weekend.

It’s worth remembering that a typical bar will tend to get busy at around midnight, so to guarantee a seat get there a bit earlier.

Parc de la Ciutadella

Parc de la Ciutadella is one of the biggest, traditional parks in the city. Part of its charms lies in its ornamental cascade and artificial lake, and children love it. You can take a boat out on to the lake, play table tennis, or enjoy any of the other seasonal activities and events.
The park encourages you to stroll along its fountains, sculptures, and other interesting and attractive decorative features. It’s the ideal place for peace and tranquility and enjoying nature right in the heart of the city! At the park, you will also find the Hivernacle, a winter garden with Eiffel Tower period iron and glass architecture. Location: La Ciudadela, Paseo Pujadas 5. Ciutat Vella. 08018. Barcelona

Las Ramblas

Las Ramblas is the most famous street in Barcelona. The wide boulevard connects the Placa de Catalunya, a busy square, with the Columbus Monument and the city’s waterfront.

The often crowded street is popular with tourists and locals alike. The middle part of the Ramblas is for pedestrians and there are trees, traffic passes on both sides of the pedestrian area.There are a lot of kiosks, flower stalls, souvenir shops and street artists.

Las Ramblas is an incredible street which you need to visit when you go to Barcelona! Location: La Rambla 102. 08002.Barcelona

The Beach

When you go to Barcelona, it’s a must to go to the beach!
There are four main beach areas: Barceloneta Beach, Icaria Beach, Mar Bella Beach (nudist beach) and Sitges Beaches.
Barceloneta is the first of the Barcelona beaches and is very busy during the summer months.

There are plenty of things to do on the beach besides swimming. Windsurfing and kite surfing are popular. You can also enjoy a refreshing drink at one of the many beach huts.
So go to the beach and enjoy the lovely weather!

Bike Tour

There are several bike tours in Barcelona. They give a good picture from the best of Barcelona; history, urban stories, squares, beaches, shops, people and the energy of this modern city.

You will discover in 3 hours more than you will discover by foot or metro.
Barcelona is a bike-friendly city with more than 120 km of cycle lanes. The city’s mild and sunny climate allows outdoor activities all year long.
A bike tour is one of the best ways to explore the whole city!

Bike Rental

A lovely way to explore the city is by bike. There are several places where you can rent a bike for little money for a few hours. It’s the fastest and most environmental friendly way to get to know the whole city.

When you rent a bike, it gives you the opportunity to see a whole lot more than by walking.
It is one of the best ways to explore the whole city and it’s really healthy!

The Picasso Museum

If you are interested in the life of Pablo Picasso, this museum will be perfect to visit!

The Picasso Museum in Barcelona has numerous collections arranged in chronological order. This gives you a great overview of the life of Pablo Picasso.

Ticket prices vary from about €9 to €12, depending on whether you are in a group or not.
Entry to the Picasso Museum is free on the first Sunday of the month. Be early, because the line will be unbelievable long!
The Picasso Museum in Barcelona is on Carrer Montcada, one of Barcelona’s most popular streets.


Tapas are a wide variety of appetizers and snacks in the Spanish kitchen. They can be cold or warm.

When you get in the tapas bar, take a look at the range of tapas and colours!
In Spain, you can order many different tapas and combine them to make a full meal.

The serving of tapas is designed to encourage conversation, and really enjoy the different kinds of food flavours.   The prices start from €1.50.

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