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Barcelona on a budget

The beautiful city of Barcelona has been voted as one of the top European city breaks year after year and with so much to see and do it is easy to understand why.Fabulous local cuisine, an abundance of art, amazing architecture and marvellous museums, not forgetting a 4km long stretch of beach, can all be found in this chic city destination and the good news is it doesn’t need to cost a fortune to see it all!Read on to make the most of your stay and your budget too...

1. Stay cheaper

With prices as low as £250 for an entire week’s stay in a holiday rental apartment, more and more visitors are opting for this type of accommodation. Make sure you research all accommodation types before booking your trip – savings so much on where you stay means you can splurge on something else.

2. Free museum entry 

With so many museums it can be hard to choose which ones to visit. The first Sunday of each month sees many open their doors free to the public - a great way to spend the day (and save money too). Remember to plan in advance and get there early to avoid the queues.

3. Take a sightseeing bus tour

The price of getting to and from various sights can quickly add up when you are on a budget and can be time consuming too. Take a ‘hop-on-hop-off’ bus tour, with over 40 destination stops you get to see what you want and when you want - simply hop-on-hop-off as many times as you like with a 1, 2 or 3 day ticket. This is a super way to view the top attractions in Barcelona without breaking the bank.

4. Try a ‘Foodies Night’

Boasting over 6,000 restaurants, Barcelona is the place to be if you have a love for good food and wine. Not sure where to start? Foodie nights are up and coming in this hip city. Meet with other food lovers and try inspirational new menus and restaurant experiences. Drink, dine and dance for a fraction of the price - great fun for gourmands and night owls.

5. See sights for free

Arm yourself with a map, some good walking shoes and a bottle of water and spend the day (or two) lazily walking through the various streets and seeing the famous sights. Start at Placa de Catalunya, Barcelona’s largest square and walk through La Rambla soaking up the atmosphere whilst watching the street entertainment.

After a picnic on the beach walk over to the Marina and then the Gothic Quarter, the oldest part of the city with beautiful buildings and the cathedral. At night over the weekend, head for the impressive dancing fountains of Montjuic, which come alive to music. A truly spectacular display.

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