How to experience the most and spend the least in Barcelona

Firstly, you are lucky if you have your internship here in Barcelona. The capital of Catalunya is the place where we can enjoy the hidden courtyards of Barri Gòtic, a cup of hot horchata in a vintage café on our way back from work or simply the breathtaking sunset on the beautiful beaches that are never too far away. But how to save money in this expensive touristic city? So below are a few places you should not miss when you are here.

Take a walk around the El Born neighborhood – this is gothic style architecture at its finest, and all are free for the sightseeing. The neighborhood has grown into the most fashionable place in Barcelona with famous museums, beautiful clothing shops and lovely cafés on the medieval streets.

What’s more, you should check the Eventbrite app to see if there is any festival happening around the town. Each neighborhood has its own celebration and festival to embrace the culture of the neighborhood. Below is the  Santa Eulalia Festival that I came across here.

Regarding tourist attractions, we should not miss Sagrada Familia, the symbol of this city.  A basic ticket is 15 euros, but you can simply enjoy the architecture from outside. There are also a variety of beautiful parks and walking streets that are close to this popular tourist attraction. The bakery Puiggròs is only 15-minute walk from here with the best croissant you can imagine. 

And if you are still into the Gothic architecture, Barcelona Cathedral is another perfect choice –beautiful gothic style cathedral with free entrance.

Right at Placa Espanya stands Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, one of the most famous museums here in Barcelona. Sometimes at midnight, the museum is free for everybody. You need to check the website for more information. The collections here are impressive, and the fountain music performance in front of the building is the most expected event on every  Thursday and Saturday.

When considering eateries, you might want to consider La Champaneria, a secret delight for locals and lucky tourists who come here. There is no seat here. You can just find your own corner to drink cava and eat the fresh, juicy meat while standing up with a group of friends. This place is famous for the cheap price, high-quality food, and the unique atmosphere. Try hanging out there with your friends. You will be surprised!

And of course, when talking about Barcelona, we cannot forget the beaches. Besides the crowded Barceloneta, you can have several other options. There are two beaches that are highly recommended if you want to experience the nice, clean water with not so many people around. The first is Sitges. It is a lovely little town with many cafes, restaurants, shops around and a colorful nightlife. The second is Castelldefels. It is considered as having the best quality sand and water. However, there are not so many bars and restaurants around for more activities around the corner.