Today I would like to tell you how to get around Barcelona the cheap and cheerful way. The Barcelona sights I chose are easy to reach and for a small budget.
9 Barcelona Sights for a Small Budget
La Boqueria is one of the most famous Barcelona sights. This market hall is located right in the middle of Las Ramblas, the most popular street(s) for tourists in Barcelona. It is a great stop when being hungry or thirsty as you will find small snacks and refreshments, which is perfect for when it is a hot day.
You will be presented with a big variety of fruits, vegetables, chocolates and much more. You will also find small stands, which already have prepared food, to sit down and eat on the spot.
One downside is that during the high season, there are many tourists in Barcelona and it will be very crowded in La Boqueria. Therefore, watch out for your personal belongings and don’t buy at the first stand you see. All things, you see, repeat and usually, the exact same thing is offered in the back of the market again for a cheaper price.
I have no idea why, but probably because people get stuck in the beginning and are too lazy to squeeze through the mass of people to reach the back. I always bought fresh-pressed juices in La Boqueria. In the front, they wanted 2.50€ and in the back only 1€ for the exact same juice.
Another one of Barcelona’s sight for little money is Park Güell, created by the famous architect Antoni Gaudí. The story behind it is that Eusebi Güell, a politician, was impressed by the English gardens and wanted to have a similar one in Barcelona. That’s how the project started.
Park Güell was meant to have 60 villas inside but it failed. Only 3 were built – the house of Güell, Gaudí and an architect friend of him. Long story short, one house nowadays is a school, the other one a museum and the last one is still inhabited.
Back in 2012/2013 when I lived there, the entrance to the park was free but now they take an entrance fee, starting from 5€ up to 35€, depending on what you want. A guided tour obviously is more expensive than just an entrance ticket. You can buy tickets in advance on Park Güell’s website, in order to prevent long queues.
I believe it still is worth going and having a fun day trip. Just drink a coffee there, have a nice view of the city and enjoy the colorful park with all its unique shapes and forms.
Poble Espanyol can be translated as “Spanish Village“ and is Barcelona’s famous open-air museum. It was meant to be built only for the World Exhibition but was doing so well, that Barcelona decided to keep it afterward. Inside of Poble Espanyol, you will feel like you are in different parts of Spain.
You will find lots of artists selling and producing their handmade art. Beginning with jewelry, paintings, toys, pottery, clothes, glass blowing, etc.
The museum is open every day and the entrance costs 11€ for adults. Here you have an overview of all stores in Poble Espanyol.
There are many possibilities to try different dishes, such as Tapas, Pinchos, and fish or meat dishes. My favorite store of all time is “Sabor Andaluz“. You can taste local ham, oil, chocolates, etc. before you buy it.
In the back of the shop, the owner recently opened a restaurant, where you can enjoy fresh Pinchos for little hunger. The food in the shop and restaurant is really fresh and original.
Font Mágica is another one of the most famous Barcelona sights. If you enjoy free activities, you should check out the magic fountain – a colorful water show in the evening.
The water of the fountain splashes into the air in different kinds of shapes. Along with a light show and some nice classical music, playing in the background, it creates a welcoming atmosphere and is the perfect closure of a long day walking.
You can enjoy the magic fountain play close to La Plaza de Catalunya and Montjuic. During summers (April – October) it happens Fridays and Saturdays between 9:30 pm and 10:30 pm/11:30 pm and in winter (November-Januar) it starts from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Make sure to not miss out on this Barcelona sight.
This is one of Barcelona’s most famous streets, which leads from the city center all the way down to the harbor. On that street, you will find several restaurants, bars, souvenir shops but also entertainment. There are painters, dancers, human statues and much more to make your stay worthwhile.
However, pay attention to your personal belongings since it is a very busy and crowded place and therefore often a gold mine for robbers.
La Sagrada Familia
Another popular Barcelona sight is La Sagrada Familia – probably the most famous church by now. Not only did this church hit the news because of the increasing time of its completion per year but also the “absurd“ story of the architect’s death.
It is totally worth going there, even if you don’t want to go inside the church. I, myself, never went inside as I have always been too lazy to wait in line.
However, walking around is also an option. You will discover lots of details and really great architectural shapes. So, even if you don’t go inside or are a big fan of churches/architecture, you can still enjoy a nice walk around.
Casa Battló & Milá
Two other popular Barcelona sights are Casa Battló and Casa Milá. Those two buildings are another two masterpieces of Gaudí.
Located right in the city center, on La Passeig de Gràcia, they are easy to reach and cannot be missed. You can either pay entrance (about 20€) and check out the inside of the houses or just take photos from the outside.
Both places have their own charm and cafe/roof terrace to hang out. I can’t say it enough but I really love Gaudí’s architectural uniqueness.
Camp Nuo is the home stadium of the football club FC Barcelona. If you happen to be there during a game and are able to get a cheap ticket, like me, I would recommend you going inside the stadium. This certainly is another famous one of Barcelona sights, you should not miss.
My friends and I only watched a friendship game but that was totally fine. We bought the cheapest, available tickets, where the seats were all the way up on the top of the stadium. I have to tell you, I was a bit dizzy as I did not expect it to be that high at all.
Did you know that Barcelona did not have real beaches but only artificial ones?
If you don’t want to spend a lot of money during your stay, it is worth going for a walk at the beach along the coast. You will see lots of people hanging out there, doing slacklining between palm trees, having a drink in the beach bars, working out or simply getting a tan.
Alright, that’s it for now from Barcelona. I hope you will enjoy this city as much as I do. Feel free to also check out Fun Facts about Barcelona to be even better prepared for your visit.