Barcelona is not a cheap town to visit. According to 2018 Cost of Living Survey from Mercer, Barcelona ranks on the 49th position of the worldís most expensive cities. However, budget tourists will have fun discovering the best places in town without spending their savings.
Discover Barceloneta Beach and Old Barcelona Port
One day on the Mediterranean shore will be a good choice for travelers with limited budget. During summer, Barcelonaís beaches become the favorite place to spend the day for locals and tourists. Just sit on the sand, admire the sea and get some tan. All these activities are free.
Visit Barceloneta, a small district with Arabic influences, on your way back to town. Stroll to Columbus Monument and stop for a while in Port Vell, where you will discover the harbor, and the private yachts and boats anchored here.
The Magic Fountains of Montjuoc
End your day at the Magic Fountains. The breathtaking water and music show is a spectacle you should not miss. It lasts for 15 minutes, and itís repeated several times throughout the evening. The Magic Fountains are of the last work designed for the Universal Exhibition of 1929, which took place in Barcelona. Small fountains were set on Avinguda Maria Cristina, and one big fountain was placed at the end of the boulevard, facing Palau Nacional. According to a Barcelona city guide, the fountains run evening shows all around the year. Hundreds of tourists come to see them because they are free of charge, and it will always be hard to find a front place seat on the hill.
Stroll on Las Ramblas and visit La Boqueria Market
Las Ramblas Boulevard is one of the main attractions in Barcelona, crowded with visitors all around the year. It runs from the city’s harbor to Playa Catalunya, and it’s the right place to explore Barcelona’s busy life. Dancers, musicians, mimes and actors will entertain the tourists, with no charge.
You don’t have to pay if you visit La Boqueria either. This noisy food market catches traveler’s attention with its fruit and vegetable colorful stands, chic coffee shops and inexpensive restaurants.
Gaudi’s Houses on Passeig de Gracia
It is essential to see Gaudi’s masterpieces when visiting Barcelona. The best thing is that you donít have to pay for tickets to take a close look to his architectural achievements. Stroll on Passeig de Gracia Boulevard and you’ll have the chance to see Casa BatllÛ and La Pedrera, two of Gaudiís works. Choose a good angle an admire their galleries, the undulating facades covered in ceramic and broken glass.
La Sagrada Familia
The famous landmark of Barcelona should be a stop on your visit. If the admission tax is rather high for your budget, you can get a great view from outside. Contemplate Gaudiís unfinished cathedral; admire the new architectural style and unusual geometrical forms he used for his dearest work piece.
Visit Park Guell
The famous Gaudiís lizard that became the symbol of Barcelona stands at the entrance of this park. It draws crowds of tourists because itís free to see it and take a close picture. Gaudi also designed the staircase at the main entrance, the pavilions with colored tiles, and the ceramic serpentine bench, putting his best into this urban park.
The Telegraph includes Barcelona’s Gothic cathedral on the top five things that travelers can see without paying a ticket. Located not far from Las Ramblas, the church has a lovely garden which hosts a gaggle of geese.
Get a panoramic view of Barcelona from Tibidabo Amusement Park
Tourists and locals go to the Tibidabo Amusement Park for the big panoramic wheel, the traditional carousel or the exciting roller coaster rides. You should not miss this spot, if you go to Barcelona with your kids. You must pay to have fun in the amusement park, but it is free to stand there and get the panoramic view over Barcelona.
To reach Tibidabo Amusement park you should take the Blue Tram and then the funicular. If you donít want to pay for this ride, you can always walk on foot to the top of the hill. It is free, but it will take you about one hour.