Guys! I can’t believe it’s been two months since I’ve started writing these travel guides for you! It’s been so fun reliving some of my old travel adventures, while sharing with you how we did it on a budget. Barcelona was actually the first city I ever visited in Europe when I was just 16 years old. There were many factors that influenced us to sell everything to travel full-time, but my trip to Barcelona was definitely the birth of my lifelong curiosity for other cultures.
When I went to Barcelona, I thought I was going to be able to practice my Spanish and come back an expert because I had traveled to Spain! At least that would make sense, right? Well, Barcelona is actually part of the Region of Catalonia where the official language is Catalan, not Spanish. In the two weeks I was there, I also learned how Catalonia’s turbulent history with the Spanish, and strong cultural identity has made them think of themselves as a separate country from Spain all together. That fight is still prevalent to this day. HOW COOL IS THAT?! Anyway, Barcelona has a really special place in my heart because it piqued my curiosity for the world. It also helps that the city is gorgeous, lively, and has plenty to see and do.
Let’s get to the good stuff:
This trip is the longest trip in this travel guide series, coming in at nine days long! From October 21st-October 30th, you will be enjoying the beautiful sights, sounds and weather in Barcelona. During this time, the temperatures are between 61 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit making October a wonderful time to visit! This also happens to be during the off-season which will allow you to score the best deals in flights and accommodation.
This flight departs from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on October 21st, and returns to Fort Lauderdale on October 30th! This flight itinerary is amazing because it has NO LAYOVERS!! It was also cheaper to make this a 9 day trip than a 7 day trip, so I hope the extra few days don’t hurt your feelings.
Flight total: $379.80
Accommodations: Rocket Hostels Gracia
This hostel is amazing, boasting great WiFi, high customer satisfaction ratings, and is at most 2 miles away from all of Barcelona’s most popular attractions. They host cooking classes, walking tours, and movie nights. They also have a game room and even have bike rentals available at the hostel making transportation one less thing you have to worry about!
Accommodations Total: $170
Transportation: Metro/ Bike
The metro is by far the best way to get around and will only run you $33 for a 5 day, unlimited trip pass. However, with the close proximity, the hostel is to all of the local attractions, you may not even need it! Expect your only transportation cost to be the transportation to and from the airport and then the cost of a bike rental. Barcelona also offers a city pass which is obviously much easier to navigate than public transport, however, it is 69.50 euro and you don’t get to have to local experience.
Transportation Total: Approx. $40
I am a huge advocate for going to grocery stores and cooking my own food. It’s cheap, it’s local, and it’s authentic. I have, however, allocated enough room in the budget to eat out for two nicer meals a day if you so choose, and have traditional coffee and pastry for breakfast. Hostel World also recommends Can Paixano down in Carrer de la Reina Cristiana in the La Barceloneta area of the city for the best Tapas around. If you want more ideas of where you can eat delicious food for cheap, check out this post written by the Barcelona Blonde.
Food Total: $30/day or $270 for the week
There is so much to do and see in Barcelona, I didn’t even know where to begin! Below I’ve listed several places you can visit that will suit travelers of all interests! I have included Barcelona’s most popular attractions in the budget, however, I made a list of places that I LOVED, but didn’t make the budget cut!
Included in Budget:
*La Sagrada Familia– 30 Euro or $37.20
The Temple of La Sagrada Familia is Antonio Gaudi’s most famous piece of architecture and Barcelona’s most popular tourist attraction. The temple’s construction first broke ground in 1866, and is still under construction today! The nativity scene of the temple was also designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, along with many of Gaudi’s other famous architectural masterpieces.
*Parc Guell– 14.50 euro ($17.98) with tour or 7.50 ($9.30) just to enter
If you do nothing else in Barcelona, you need to come here! An ode to Modernisme and art noveau, Park Guell is another one of Antonio Gaudi’s colorful, and vibrant escapes. Also a great place to take hundreds of pictures, so bring a camera with an empty memory card!
*Casa Batllo– 24.50 euro $30.38
Like I said earlier, Antonio Gaudi is the at the center of most of Barcelona’s notable attractions. Casa Batllo is no exception. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the building was literally designed to be a work of art. Because of this, it is one of the most visited attractions, welcoming over a million visitors per year!
*Casa Mila (La Pedrera)– 22 euro $27.28
Another one of Gaudi’s famous works, that resembles and open quarry and is now the Cultural Center of Barcelona. It was inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, and has been astonishing the world for over a hundred years.
*La Rambla- Free
La Rambla is Barcelona’s most famous street that is lined with shops, and food merchants which is popular with tourists and locals alike. The street connects to Placa de Catalunya, and leads all the way to the ocean in just about 15 minutes. It is also walking distance from Palau Guell, and Palau de la Musica Catalana. WARNING: Because it’s such a tourist magnet, it is also a pickpocket magnet. DO NOT take valuables with you as you walk along the street and be aware of your surroundings.
*Placa de Catalunya- Free
Placa de Catalunya is a very pretty square in the center of Barcelona that is next to Catalunya’s Parliament Building, and is a spot for some great Instagram pictures! It’s also completely free to visit and walk through, and a short walk to la Rambla!
*Parc de la Ciutadella– Free
This park is a green oasis, in the middle of a huge city. It a perfect place to take long walks, and enjoy the scenic open spaces, fountains and relax!
*Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar– Free if you go to Service
When you’re in Europe, you can’t miss all of the beautiful churches. You can get a tour of the Basillica for just over ten bucks, or attend a service and see it all for free! Masses are everyday at 7:30PM.
Not Included in Budget, but Worth Noting:
If you there is an attraction above that you are not wild about, I definitely recommend you switch it out with one of the attractions below!
Tibidabo– 28.50 Euro or $35.34
Tibidabo is one of the oldest amusement parks in the world and is a blast to visit! Apart from getting to go on all of the thrill rides, Tibidabo is on top of a mountain, giving you the most BEAUTIFUL, panoramic view of Barcelona! If you get the chance, go through the church at the top of the mountain. You won’t regret it!
Camp Nou– 20 Euro or $24.80
The local Catalonians LOVE soccer, and more specifically worship FC Barcelona, known as Barca. If you know anything about soccer, you’ve definitely heard of names like Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique, both stars of the Barcelona Soccer Team that call this stadium home. Even if you don’t know anything about soccer, which I didn’t when I visited in 2010, you will still enjoy walking through the stadium and going onto the field.
Palau de la Musica Orfeo– 20 Euro or $24.80
This concert auditorium is famous for much more than just that wonderful musicians who have graced its halls. The ornately decorated auditorium is a spectacle in itself! Click the link above to understand just how beautiful this place is! If you don’t want to spend the money to go inside, you can enter the Foyer completely for free!
Trip total $963.96
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