There is nothing more exciting than taking a trip to a foreign country, but that usually also means planning your budget so that you can get to see and do all the things in the country you visit. Spain has always been one of the more popular European destinations, with Barcelona being one of her most famous locations. Barcelona is home to some absolutely fantastic attractions, but they all cost money to see, which can put a strain on the budget if you try to squeeze them all, especially if you’re weren’t able to secure any deals on your last-minute vacation. One great way to save a bit of money and still see the city at its finest is to look for fun, free things to do, of which Barcelona has more than its fair share.
Why not start by simply enjoying the weather in the area by hitting the Barcelona beach? It doesn’t cost a thing to soak up the sun and play in the ocean, but if you do feel like spending a little, then you can also try your hand at parasailing or some other water activity. That beach in particular is very close to the city center, so if you get a little bored or have too much sand between your toes, then simply take a short walk into town to do a little bit of window shopping in the great boutique style shops.
You can also experience shopping of a different kind by perusing the many outdoor markets that are open daily in Barcelona. You should start at the Mercat de Sant Josep which is open every day except Sunday. There you will find just about any type of food that you can imagine, with many of the stalls selling pre-made lunches that are extremely cheap yet totally delicious. If you are looking for more than just food, then check out the Mercat Del Encants where you can get your hands on all manner of items, from souvenirs to CD’s, or simply just walk around soaking up the atmosphere.
Many people travel to Europe to sample the cuisine, and in Barcelona there are even ways in which you can do that for free. There are a couple of bars in the area, most notably Ambiente del Sur and Bar Atrapatapa, that will serve visitors free tapas, such as cold cuts and cheese. Even if you do have to pay on certain days, you can still eat and drink like a king for less than 2 Euros.
Simply strolling around the city will have its own rewards as you soak in the stunning architecture, most of which looks entirely different by night. The perfect example of this is The Magic Fountain, which comes to life at night with a great free water show accompanied by popular music from the 70’s and 80’s. It’s a fun show that captures the spirit of the city which, as you can see, has much to offer the weary traveler on a budget.