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Travel Guide for Budget Travelers

Travel Guide for Budget Travelers

Raul Fattore

Leisure for Less series

2016

An overview to all things Barcelona, with tips and secrets that will help you save money and get the most out of your visit.

Other books by this author:

Attractions for Less or even for Free

Free Museums? Yes!

Save on Tours and Travel for Free

How to Save €110 on 30 Barcelona Attractions

How to Save €200 and get Free Entry to 29 Museums in Barcelona

How to Save €160 on 1, 2 and 3-Day Tours in Barcelona and get Free Transport (Volume 1)

Copyright and Disclaimer

Copyright 2016 by Raul Fattore

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the author, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical reviews and certain other noncommercial uses permitted by copyright law.

All monetary values, such as entrance fees, special offers and/or discounts might be subject to changes in time. The same apply to the opening times of the attractions listed in this book. Although the author and publisher have made every effort to ensure that the information in this book was updated and correct at press time, the author and publisher do not assume and hereby disclaim any liability to any party for any loss, damage, or disruption caused by errors or omissions, whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause.

Raul Fattore

www.barcelona-budget.net

Introduction

Hello and welcome dear reader!

This eBook is a quick travel guide oriented to budget travelers who want to travel to Barcelona and get the most out their visit, without having to break the bank. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, or have a tiny budget, we’ll provide comprehensive, insider tips.

Barcelona is a truly remarkable city. The truth is that with the right information, you can have a unique and amazing experience on any budget. Our goal is to give you the kind of valuable insider information on every Barcelona activity under the sun, and we’ll save you money at the same time. We know secrets that other guides wish they knew or flat out refuse to tell you!

Our travel guide was designed from the ground up to give you the kind of insider information you need to get the most out of Barcelona in every way you can imagine. Whether you are a first time visitor to Barcelona or a seasoned traveler returning once more, we have a wealth of information to offer to you.

Though this travel guide will give you a good overview to all things Barcelona, we encourage you to read more in-depth articles by visiting our website Barcelona Budget. You will also find plenty of budget tips in our Blog, where you can also share your thoughts. We’ll be glad to hear from you!

If you like this free travel guide or you find it useful, please share it with your friends and circles.

Table of Content

Travel Guide for Budget Travelers

Other books by this author

Copyright and Disclaimer

Introduction

A QUICK GUIDE TO BARCELONA

Why choose Barcelona?

What is there to see and do in Barcelona?

Shopping

History

Animals

Architecture

Sports

OW TO PLAN YOUR OWN BUDGET TRIP TO BARCELONA

How to get there

Transportation

Accommodations

What to do while you’re there

OUR GREAT TRAVEL TIPS FOR EXPLORING BARCELONA WITH LESS BUDGET

1) Why pay for regular transportation when you can get your transportation and sightseeing done in one?

2) Why not combine lunch and a walking tour in one?

3) Take the budget-friendly version of the art tour.

4) If you really want to make the most out of your trip to Barcelona while also saving the most, visit our website today.

EN TRIP-SAVING TIPS FOR THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA

History, Art and Architecture

10 Top Places to See and Things to Do

1. Las Ramblas

2. Columbus Monument

3. Gothic Quarter

4. La Sagrada Familia

5. Paseo de Gracia, Casa Batlló and the Modernist Buildings

6. Parc Güell

7. The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

8. Tibidabo

9. Port Olímpic

10. Montjuic Hill

UIDE TO BARCELONA´S ART, CULTURE, HOTELS AND GOING OUT

World Famous Art and Architecture

A Vibrant Culture

Hotels for Every Budget

A Wonderful Destination

RAVEL GUIDE TO BARCELONA FOR BUDGET TRAVELERS

Highlights

Transport Pass

Travel Guide

Architecture

Art

Three Attractions to Consider

Events

UICK GUIDE TO PLANNING YOUR FAMILY HOLIDAY IN BARCELONA

Family Vacation

Accommodation

Tourist attractions

Transportation

HE BARCELONA BEACH GUIDE – IT´S TIME TO HIT THE BEACH

Beat the heat – go for a swim

Clean beaches

Sports and activities

Easy access

Restaurants and bars

EACH HOLIDAYS IN BARCELONA

Location is the key

Nine beaches

A breakdown

Off the beach

HINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA ON YOUR FIRST DAY THERE

History

All about the landscape

Culture – Walk the promenade

LAN YOUR BARCELONA WEEKEND GETAWAYHERE IS THE STRATEGIC TOURISM PLAN

The Hot Spots

An Appreciation for the Arts

HINGS TO DO AND VISIT IN BARCELONA

Why Barcelona?

1. La Sagrada Familia

2. Las Ramblas

3. The Museu Picasso

4. The Liceu Theater

5. A football match

6. Beaches

7. Aquarium visit

OW TO SPEND 5 DAYS IN BARCELONABEST TIPS FOREVER!

Tips to a great trip every time

Tip #1: Plan ahead

Tip #2: Make the most of your time

Tip #3: Don’t sweat it

OP 10 TIPS FOR A BEAUTIFUL STAY IN BARCELONA

Travel by train

Visit the Sagrada Familia

Visit Park Guell

Play on the beaches

Visit the museums

Football match

Try your luck at Parc del Laberint d’Horta

Take a tour

Water, instead of land

Take advantage of the rental services

EW AND NOTABLE ATTRACTIONS: NINE FUN FACTS ABOUT BARCELONA

Nine fun facts

1) La Sagrada Familia

2) Parc Güell

3) Golden, Sandy Beaches

4) Shopping in La Rambla

5) Food

6) Dance Shows

7) A nightlife like no other

8) Great, Budget Hotels

9) Combine transportation and tourism

HE MOST MEMORABLE THING ABOUT BARCELONA

Pablo Picasso

Joan Miró

Antoni Gaudí

Salvador Dalí

EXAMPLE OF 5 FREE MUSEUMS IN BARCELONA

Catalonia History Museum (Museu d’Història de Catalunya)

Natural Science Museum (Museu Blau)

Museu Frederic Mares

Music Museum (Museu de la Musica)

Palau de la Virreina (La Virreina – Centre de la Imatge)

List of Abbreviations

About the Author

A Quick Guide to Barcelona

You might not need a travel guide to help you plan your trip to Barcelona—and you probably don’t need one to convince you to go (come on, it’s Spain!)—but when you are planning a trip it can be tricky to factor in all of the different components. There are the travel accommodations to consider, hotels, restaurants, and, of course, all of those famous Barcelona attractions to see!

And there is so much to see! From the Roman Columns to the Gothic Quarter, and from La Sagrada Família to the Magic Fountain of Monjuïc, you have a lot to pack into your trip. So much, in fact, that, no matter how long your holiday is, it probably doesn’t seem nearly long enough to accommodate everything you want to do and see. This is where a travel guide can help you. At Barcelona Budget, we can provide you with a quick travel guide to Barcelona so you can be sure you don’t miss anything you want to see on your trip.

Why choose Barcelona?

You probably don’t need an excuse to choose Barcelona over many of the alternative tourist destinations, but in case you do, Barcelona’s climate makes it an excellent holiday choice during any time of year. Its warm summers and mild winters ensure there are always things to do, making it easier to plan your trip during the off-season to catch those better rates.

What is there to see and do in Barcelona?

Barcelona has dozens of attractions to spark the varied interests of any traveller:

Shopping

For shopping enthusiasts (or shop-a-holics), La Rambla is definitely a favorite amongst Barcelona’s attractions. It is a tree-lined mall that contains activities, restaurants, kiosks, shops, entertainment and cafés that span a kilometer (0.6 miles)—and its promenade is open day and night.

History

For any history buffs planning a trip to Barcelona, there are a number of museums and art galleries such as the Maritime Museum, located on the Royal Dockyards, is a popular destination, as is the Christopher Columbus monument.

Animals

For any pet-lovers out there, the Barcelona Aquarium is considered to be one of the world’s most important aquatic institutions. It was established in 1995 and houses more than 11,000 fish from 450 different species. The aquarium features an 80 metre long tunnel, and you may even be able to swim with the sharks!

Architecture

Many of Antoni Gaudí’s architectural works have now been made into World Heritage Sites, including La Sagrada Família, which is one of the top attractions in Barcelona. While the gorgeous and intriguing Catholic basilica deserves a trip on its own to be fully appreciated, there are many other architectural gems in Barcelona, including La Pedrera, Park Güell and Casa Batllo.

Sports

Barcelona even has a few interesting attractions for the sports enthusiasts out there—besides those 9 gorgeous beaches. You can check out Camp Nou Stadium, where the Barcelona soccer team plays, as well as the FC Barcelona Museum, which documents more than 100 years of Barcelona football history.

There is a lot to do when you get to Barcelona, but we can help. At Barcelona Budget, we can help create a quick guide of Barcelona, Spain for you so you can create a trip that will suit all of your interests—and at an affordable price, too.

How to Plan Your Own Budget Trip to Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It has been home to some very famous artists: the likes of Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali. There are many art galleries, lush public spaces, and beautiful architecture to explore in Barcelona.

It is a worthwhile travel destination, but travelling can be an expensive venture. We all want to save money, but you deserve that vacation, so we are going to share some tips to help plan your own budget trip to Barcelona.

How to get there

The best way to find the best rates on airline tickets is to travel during the week, and travel on a “red eye” (late at night) flight. If you book your flight online, it’s best to use a site that compares the prices of multiple travel sites and airlines. Sometimes sites specialize in last minute deals.

Airlines and hotels in Barcelona mark down their services to make sure they have people to fill their seats and their rooms. You may be able to take advantage of these deals if your departure days are somewhat flexible. It will also help if you take your vacation to Barcelona in the “off season” when the tourist traffic is not as heavy in the city.

Transportation

Transportation costs can add up while on vacation because you are moving around from place to place. You definitely don’t need to rent a car to get around in Barcelona. To save money, you should consider walking or biking a majority of the time if you are physically able.

With the internet, it is also very easy to see and plan routes on the public transportation system in Barcelona; this will really save you money. Of course, there is also the option of a taxi when you really need it.

Accommodations

You don’t have to stay in five star hotels to have a great time on your trip to Barcelona. If you have no problem sharing a room with other people, using hostels can be a great way to save money while travelling.

It’s also a great idea to choose accommodations that include a free breakfast with your stay. Just remember to take the time to shop around and compare prices and amenities to get the best value.

What to do while you’re there

Local restaurants will often provide more reasonable prices than restaurants that are located in tourist areas and cater to travelers. Find establishments that are a bit off the beaten path and you should save money. Many Barcelona tours can cost money and do not move at the pace that you want.

You could save a lot of money and time by getting your hands on a detailed map of Barcelona and going on a walking tour. Doing a tour this way will enable you to see all of the famous sites at a very low cost. You may also be able to find coupons and money saving deals at various major tourist attractions in Barcelona if you go in the “off season.”

Four Great Travel Tips for Exploring Barcelona with Less Budget

If you are planning a trip to Barcelona right now, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed. Let’s face it, there is no possible way you’re going to see everything there is to see in one trip; however,

if you plan your activities out well, you can see a lot of the things you’ve really been wanting to see, while still saving money (and, hey, any money you save on this trip can go towards your next trip to Barcelona!).

Here are a few sightseeing tips you can use to help you see more of Barcelona while spending less of your budget:

1) Why pay for regular transportation when you can get your transportation and sightseeing done in one?

The Barcelona Bus Turístic is one of the most interesting and convenient tourism features of Barcelona. A Barcelona Bus Turístic ticket gets you transportation to 44 tourist spots in Barcelona.

You can get on and off the bus as many times as you like for as long as you like, and you can combine 3 different tours with the same ticket, so you can take your time and see as much of Barcelona as you like.

2) Why not combine lunch and a walking tour in one?

Why pay for lunch and a tour when you can go on a guided [+ gourmet walking tour+] of Barcelona? Sample some of Barcelona’s most famous culinary delights, learn where the best restaurants get their local ingredients, and take part in the culinary traditions.

3) Take the budget-friendly version of the art tour.

If you are an art lover and plan to see lots of Barcelona’s great artwork, then buy the Articket. You’ll receive admission to 6 of the most significant museums for a fraction of the cost—and you won’t have to wait in any lines either.

Not only will you save money, but you will save time not having to wait, freeing up time to fit more sightseeing into your stay in Barcelona.

4) If you really want to make the most out of your trip to Barcelona while also saving the most, visit our website today.

Here at Barcelona Budget, we not only provide you with offers like the gourmet walking tour and the Articket, but we also provide you with tons of discounts on some of the most popular tourist attractions.

There are lots of tourist activities to choose from, and you can select from amongst any of the discounted options to make the most of your trip. We also have insider information on the most budget-friendly tourist ideas and activities, including the tourist hot spots that are free or have a very low fee.

We know how tough it can be to holiday on a limited budget—especially when you have a family to share the experience with—but we also know how important it is to be able to take those opportunities. That’s why we’re dedicated to taking the financial stress out of your travels.

Visit our website (www.barcelona-budget.net) for a list of more tourist activities you can participate in, and tips on how to save money on your trip, so you can enjoy your holiday without any financial worries.

Ten Trip-Saving Tips for Things to Do In Barcelona

The unique and beautiful city of Barcelona is the world’s fourth most popular tourist destination. If Barcelona is on your bucket list, take note of our budget-friendly suggestions for visitors to this marvelous city known for its diverse history, art and architecture.

One of the reasons Barcelona tourism thrives year-round is due to its warm summers and fairly mild winters. As a result, there are a lot of things to do in Barcelona, any time of the year.

History, Art and Architecture

In Barcelona, history is before you at every turn, from the medieval alleys to the Roman Temple of Augustus to the Plaça Sant Felip Neri, where you can see the impact of the bombings from the Spanish Civil War. Don’t miss the Gothic Cathedral and the Museum of History of Barcelona.

Other Barcelona highlights include museums dedicated to some of the most famous artists, including Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, whose museum is located just a short trip away, in the neighboring town of Figueres.

Not everyone is a savvy or highly-organized trip planner. Sometimes you find yourself with much more free time than you imagined – which can sometimes seem like you aren’t making the most of your trip.

If you, like many, did not plan your daily itinerary while in Barcelona, here are the top places and things you should see and do while in Barcelona. Save your trip with these tips:

10 Top Places to See and Things to Do

1. LAS RAMBLAS: This busy part of town is full of lively shops, restaurants, cafes and attractions. Don’t miss La Boqueria, a large public market easily accessed from Las Ramblas.

2. COLUMBUS MONUMENT: A monument dedicated to Christopher Columbus and his voyage to America. It stands at almost 200 feet tall!

3. GOTHIC QUARTER: Located in the central part of Barcelona’s old city, the Gothic Quarter contains many cultural landmarks and buildings that date back as far as medieval times.

4. LA SAGRADA FAMÍLIA: This beautiful and ornate church was started in 1882 and construction continues to this day. The estimated completion date is 2026.

5. PASEO DE GRACIA, CASA BATLLÓ AND THE MODERNIST BUILDINGS: These famous buildings, created in the early 20th century, clash dramatically and are located at the now commonly called The Block of Discord.

6. PARC GÜELL: This fascinating outdoor park, easily accessed by bus, was originally designed by Antoni Gaudí as a housing community.

7. THE MAGIC FOUNTAIN OF MONJUÏC: The Magic Fountain of Monjuïc is a free attraction, located in the Montjuïc neighborhood. The fountain showcases musical performances and a light show.

8. TIBIDABO: This Mountain is known for its amusement park, it is also a fantastic place to see some of the city’s best panoramic views and visit the Temple de Sagrat Cor.

9. PORT OLÍMPIC: This marina, located north of the harbor, was created for the Olympics in the early 1990’s. One of the highlights at the port is a giant bronze whale sculpture.

10. MONTJUIC HILL: This area, considered the city center for museums, is a great place to see a stunning view of the water and the city, and stroll through gardens, museums and monuments.

Barcelona has many wonderful sights, sounds and flavors to offer travelers. No matter what you love about traveling: architecture, history, heat, beaches, or great food, you’ll find it all in Barcelona. Let us, Barcelona-Budget help you plan the trip of a lifetime!

Guide to Barcelona’s Art, Culture, Hotels and Going Out

Barcelona is one of the world’s most popular travel destinations, and with good reason. Vibrant with art, rich in history and magnificent with culture, it is an unforgettable and beautiful place to spend a vacation, no matter your interests.

As with any popular tourist destination, it helps to plan your trip carefully before you depart, so that you can get as much done as possible in the time you have. That will of course take time, effort and research, but here is a very brief primer on Barcelona as a vacation spot you will never forget.

World Famous Art and Architecture

It goes without saying that if you visit Barcelona, you will see a wild and wonderful variety of artworks. Street artists abound, sharing their talent with passersby. Brightly colored ceramic tile work is very common, adding a flair of beauty to even mundane buildings.

Much of the architecture is very old and beautifully decorated, making it impossible to miss Barcelona’s artistic culture, even if you don’t deliberately seek it out. If you do, there are many art galleries to choose from.

The Picasso Museum is a very famous gallery dedicated to an extremely famous artist, as is the Fundació Joan Miró. The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya is a more varied gallery, exhibiting a spectacle of the work from Medieval Romanesque Art to Modern Art.

A Vibrant Culture

Of course, there is more to culture than just art. Barcelona is a haven for cultural aficionados of all stripes. It is home to the Catalonia National Symphonic Orchestra, and hosts the Sónar Music Festival, a celebration of electronic music.

Barcelona also has a strong and enthusiastic athletic culture that caters to athletes and sports fans alike. Cycling, swimming, walking and jogging are pleasant activities in such a beautiful city.

The city also is the home of the tremendously popular football team, the FC Barcelona. Following a game or an event, Barcelona offers a delicious range of restaurants to satisfy the hungry traveler.

Hotels for Every Budget

After a day of enjoying the sights, sounds and flavors of Barcelona, you will need a home away from home to rest your tired feet. The choice of hotel may not be the most colorful decision you make while planning your vacation, but it might be the most important.

It is vital to find a hotel that will not strain your budget. It is also important to find one that is close to the places you plan to visit. If you will not be spending much time at the hotel, there is no need to seek out a particularly fancy place.

A Wonderful Destination

No matter what you choose to do with your time, Barcelona has a lot to offer. Whether you want a leisurely stay or a high-energy holiday, Barcelona’s vibrant culture has something for you.

A Travel Guide to Barcelona for Budget Travelers

The options for things to do in beautiful Barcelona are seemingly endless. From dawn to midnight and beyond, this vibrant city does not disappoint.

Perhaps you can picture yourself watching the sun rise with a fragrant cup of coffee, wandering through the alleyways and narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas, enjoying tapas and local cuisine, and finishing your day watching a powerful Flamenco performance.

Highlights

Catalonia’s capital, Barcelona, is the second largest city in Spain and it is literally packed with things to do and see. There are some Barcelona tourist attractions you won’t want to miss during your stay including La Sagrada Família, Park Güell and La Rambla Barcelona, which absolutely take your breath away!

Transport Pass

Budget travelers should consider a transport pass that will help them to travel all around Barcelona, and enjoy the city at a leisurely pace. The pass is available for up to 5 consecutive days after the validation date.

Travel Guide

Any Barcelona travel guide would be remiss if it didn’t mention the unique architecture, famous artists, and enchanting attractions and events that the city has to offer.

Architecture

Barcelona is filled with fantastic architecture and it would be impossible to feature all the iconic buildings. Some ‘must see’ buildings worth checking out include Gaudi’s extraordinary Casa Milà, Casa Batlló in addition to the famed La Sagrada Familia; Barcelona’s finest church, Església de Santa Maria del Mar; and Jean Nouvel’s towering landmark, Torre Agbar.

No list of Barcelona architecture is complete without mentioning Lluis Domenech i Muntaner’s Hospital de Sant Pau and Palau de la Musica Catalana.

Art

For art lovers, Barcelona particularly features Picasso, Miró and Dalí. Art enthusiasts should consider purchasing [+ Articket Barcelona+]. One of the best ways to experience the world of Picasso while in Barcelona is to visit the Museu Picasso, which is a truly impressive museum dedicated to the works of Picasso.

For those seeking the ultimate Joan Miro experience, visit Fundacio Joan Miro. If you want an incredible Dali’s art gallery experience, then you won’t want to miss out on the Dali Museum, located in the nearby town of Figueres.

Three Attractions to Consider

1. Barcelona has around 3 miles of attractive beachfront. You can relax on shore or enjoy a [+ sailboat tour+].

2. The Barcelona soccer team is a popular Barcelona attraction: check out the [+ Camp Nou Stadium+] where they play. It seats around 98,000 people!

3. Part of what makes Barcelona nightlife so interesting is its diversity. Do you want to visit a nightclub that is on the beach? Or in a neighborhood full of cool architecture and culture? Barcelona has it all! Consider ordering a Barcelona NightCard, it’s free and offers entry to the city’s 23 most fashionable clubs.

Events

Barcelona events change throughout the year, meaning you will always find something to suit your tastes. Check out Barcelona Budget’s list of recommendations that are sorted according to our handy budget scale. From [+ guitar concerts+], to [+ Spanish lessons+], and even [+ bus+] and [+ bike tours+], it’s all just a click away at Barcelona Budget!

A Quick Guide to Planning Your Family Holiday in Barcelona

Planning a family vacation can be a very exciting experience, especially when the whole family gets to explore a fascinating new city like Barcelona, Spain. In a city as big as Barcelona, with as much culture and as many things to do or see, you will want a [+ quick tourist guide+] for finding a family friendly hotel, places the whole family will enjoy seeing, and easy transportation access.

Family Vacation

An old, history-rich city in Spain, Barcelona has some great tourist attractions for families. From its architectural beauties to its intriguing culture, there are endless opportunities for a good vacation. As a family destination, there are places such as the Park Güell or La Rambla that offer an outdoor experience with plenty of space for children to romp.

Barcelona also has a zoo that the whole family can enjoy. Other attractions for the family are the Barcelona Aquarium, Wax museum, Labyrinth Park, Chocolate museum, Tibidabo amusement park and the Magic Fountain of Montjuic.

Accommodation

Since Barcelona is such a large city, and a hot spot for tourism, there are many hotels to choose from. A key to travelling anytime is to book your hotel early. This will not only keep your spot to ensure you have a place for your family to stay, but should also give you the best rate.

With a family in tow, it would be highly suggested to choose a central location for easy access to transit. There are wide varieties of hotels in Barcelona, from one or two stars all the way up to luxury hotels.

Tourist attractions

As previously mentioned, the Parc Güell would be an excellent place to visit with a family because of its outdoor environment and the intricacy of its architecture. Both children and adults alike will enjoy visiting this charming park.

For the parents and older children, visiting La Sagrada Família would offer the intrigue of seeing an old basilica, up close and personal. Also, there are several sandy beaches in Barcelona that are clean and well maintained. Besides, who doesn’t love a good beach while on a vacation?

Transportation

Barcelona has a variety of transportation methods available to tourists. Barcelona offers [+ hop-on-hop-off buses+], airport transfers, taxis, trains, boats, metro, cable cars and even horse drawn carriages for travel. Naturally, some of these are purely for sightseeing purposes and the experience, like the horse drawn carriages.

As for booking [+ flights to Barcelona+], it is recommended to get a direct flight, as the cheaper ones may not land in the Barcelona airport and you will end up spending a lot of time and money on the final transportation to Barcelona.

Barcelona offers a wide variety of things for a family to do, and if planned well, the trip can go flawlessly. For more information you can use while planning your family holiday to Barcelona, visit us at Barcelona Budget today.

The Barcelona Beach Guide – It’s Time to Hit the Beach

Barcelona is the capital city of Catalonia in Spain, and it is the second largest city in the country. Thousands of travelers come to Barcelona to see the sights of the city, like the UNESCO world heritage site of Antonio Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia, and museums like the National Museum of Art of Catalonia. People come to Barcelona to enjoy Spanish tapas, and Spanish wines and drinks, such as Sangria.

However, many people might not realize that Barcelona has 9 different beaches within the city limits. Here are just a few reasons why people should visit the beach on their next trip to Barcelona.

Beat the heat – go for a swim

On a hot summer day, even La Sagrada Familia can seem unattractive, and there is no better way to beat the heat than to go for a cool, refreshing swim.

With nine different beaches to choose from, including Nova Icaria, Bogatell, Mar Bella, [+ Nova Mar Bella+], Llevant, Somorrostro, Barceloneta, Sant Miquel, and San Sebastian Beach, there is no shortage of beaches for people to enjoy a swim at.

Clean beaches

When the 1992 Summer Olympics came to Barcelona, the city went through a huge tourism transformation. The city invested money to develop beaches along its nearby Mediterranean coast.

Cleanup initiatives were undertaken to clean up the beaches and seawater. Today, people can swim in the clean Mediterranean waters in one of Barcelona’s nine different beaches.

Sports and activities

For many people, visiting the beach means the chance for games and activities, and, with 4.8 kilometers (almost 3 miles) of wide sandy beaches in Barcelona, there is no shortage of space for games and sports at the beach.

Most Barcelona beaches have sporting areas, kids’ activity areas, and volleyball pitches. Of course, there are also watersports available at many beaches, such as jet skiing and windsurfing.

Easy access

When people think of going to the beach, they might envision having to pack up a vehicle and drive for several hours, but this is not the case in Barcelona. All of the city’s beaches are accessible by public transit via the metro, tram, or bus and offers several facilities for the handicapped for easy access.

People visiting Barcelona can buy a 2, 3, 4, or 5-day pass that is good for all public transportation in the city, making a getaway to the beach an affordable way to spend the day. For people who have a vehicle, the beaches in Barcelona also have on-site parking.

Restaurants and bars

Visiting the beach in Barcelona is not just about swimming in the sea, or playing volleyball on the pitch. Several of the beaches in Barcelona have restaurants and bars, which means that people can enjoy a drink and Spanish tapas while still experiencing the fun and excitement of visiting the beach.

Barcelona is a great city to visit thanks to its history, culture, food, art, and entertainment; but the city also has great, clean beaches with easy access via public transportation. With great swimming, sand, lots of activities, and restaurants and bars on site, going to the beach is a must.

Beach Holidays in Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the world’s top beach destinations because of its great variety. Barcelona has beaches, but it doesn’t just have beaches. Barcelona has something to appeal to all the beach lovers in your family, and plenty of things to do away from the beach as well. Beach holidays in Barcelona will please everyone on every day of the vacation.

Location is the key

Barcelona is located on the water, but surprisingly, the beach aspect of the Barcelona vacation is one that is new on the menu. The city didn’t make the most of their prime waterfront location until the 1992 Olympics. Before that, they worked on their history, their wonderful Spanish architecture, and their great arts and culture scene, making the city an incredible destination.

Another reason that it’s great is the climate. The summers are long and the winters are mild—and that makes it great for everything associated with ‘beach’.

Nine beaches

If you are coming for the beach, Barcelona won’t disappoint. Barcelona is proud of its nine beaches and, with that number, they have enough for variety. The nine beaches are linked along the coastline where the city meets the sea with four beaches on one side of Olympic Port and five on the other.

The beaches are fresh and clean, and they are kept that way. The nine beaches extend for 4.8 km along the water. There is room for everyone, and a beach for everyone, too.

A breakdown

For those looking for calm, quiet and peaceful day on the beach, there is Nova Mar Bella and Llevant beach. They have all the same sun, sand and restaurants as the other beaches, but with none of the crowds and activity. Bogatell and Somorrostro are more lively and crowded since they have more going on.

There are water sports available there, but the big place for water sports is Nova Icaria. Come here for skiing, windsurfing, sailing and beach volley. Another good place for sports is the longest beach, San Sebastian, which has the best surfing in Barcelona.

Old, important beaches are Barceloneta and Sant Miquel. These beaches will give you the feel of old Barcelona and, since they are close to the older downtown areas, are used by the residents. Finally, for the very adventurous, Mar Bella Beach is the city’s nudist beach. All the beaches have full amenities during the summer.

Off the beach

If you can’t stay in the water forever, Barcelona’s beaches are close to a city that boasts plenty to do. You can explore Roman remains and other ancient landmarks. Pablo Picasso called Barcelona home, and Barcelona has museums dedicated to him. Las Ramblas is the lively part of the town, with shops, markets, theatres and an opera house.

You can also visit the Columbus Monument, an enormous monument to Christopher Columbus that stands 200 feet tall. Architect Antoni Gaudi created some of the city’s beautiful buildings and an outdoor park. But if not everybody loves beaches, architecture, art and shopping, Barcelona is also famous for its great football.

The beaches of Barcelona are just the start of a great vacation. Let Barcelona-Budget help you plan it.

Things To Do in Barcelona on Your First Day There

Barcelona, known for its beauty, history, tradition and cultural influences, is the second largest city in Spain, in both size and population. It is located on the northeastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula and the shores of the Mediterranean. People travel to this wondrous city to enjoy the history, landscape, culture and the football matches, to name a few.

The architecture, museums, and cultural festivals add a flourish of color, romance and cultural energy that is unique to this part of the world. So, if you are new to this area what do you do first? Where do you go and what do you explore? The possibilities can be quite overwhelming, so let us suggest a few things to do in Barcelona on your first day.

History

Are you a history buff? Have you travelled to this piece of heaven to learn about the history of this land? If so, you are in luck. The documented history of the city dates back to the founding of a Roman colony in the second century BCE, and the history continued to pile on from there as this beautiful city continued to evolve and adapt.

One stop that you will not want to miss is the La Sagrada Familia, which is considered the international symbol of the city. This Roman Catholic Church has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site – it is interesting to note that this church is not yet completed and is not anticipated to be until 2026.

All about the landscape

Have you come to this beautiful land to experience its vistas? Then why not experience it from the bow of a boat, or from on high in a helicopter? If you would be more comfortable riding the waves of the sea, you can book a trip on a [+ private sailboat+], join a group booking or take in a leisurely cruise. This will allow you to see the coast lines, explore the open seas and revel in the majesty of the colorful skies.

If, however, the skies are more your thing, book a hot air balloon or a helicopter tour to get a bird’s eye view of the landscape. A [+ hot air balloon flight+] is the best way to capture outstanding views from heights of up to 3,000 feet (900 meters) and allows you to note the areas you may wish to explore on the ground as your holiday spreads out before you.

Culture – Walk the promenade

We would be remiss if we did not draw your attention to the culture, art, music and dance all around you. A good thing to do on your first day in Barcelona is to walk around the area where you are staying: check out the shops and stay for a meal or two. If you are lucky enough to be staying nearby, La Rambla is a must.

This is a tree-lined mall promenade over 1 kilometer long, open day and night, and full of restaurants, kiosks, shops, entertainment and cafes. This also includes attractions such as the Virreina Palace and the [+ Gran Teatre del Liceu+], Barcelona’s iconic opera house.

Our biggest recommendation, with respect to things to do in Barcelona on your first day, is to consider how long you plan to be there, what your budget is and what your top must-see, must-do priorities are. Plan right away and then allow yourself to be led by the magic that is all around you.

[* Plan Your Barcelona Weekend Getaway- Here is the Strategic Tourism Plan *]

Europe is known for being a tourist’s dream destination. It is rich in history and full of artistic sites that will leave you feeling awestruck. One such destination is Barcelona, Spain. Here at Barcelona Budget, we can help you plan a weekend in Barcelona, and develop an effective tourism schedule to make the most out of your trip. Our goal is to help you map out logical [+ places to visit+] during your weekend getaway.

The Hot Spots

Barcelona is full of beautiful and diverse sites, and you will be able to look at well-known attractions, such as La Sagrada Familia. The building has been in construction since 1882, and likely to be complete in 2026. It is one of Gaudi’s most celebrated works, and it is a definitely a must-see if you have only a few days.

The next tourist attraction is Park Güell, which is a perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon. The park has so much to offer, and you will be speechless while walking through it. It was also designed by Antoni Gaudi.

It is often referred to as one of the world’s utmost parks, and you will be surrounded by amazing architecture. It is an artist’s dream, and you will enjoy the creativity and aesthetics that make the park what it is today. You will enjoy the outdoors, a beautiful view of the city and you may even see some wildlife.

An Appreciation for the Arts

In addition, if you are wanting to spend your Sunday doing a few activities such as visiting a museum, then you can begin the day at La Rambla. In this spot, you will get a chance to visit the popular Liceu Theater, the Maritime Museum, or the Barcelona Aquarium. There is even a mall close to the area where you can do some shopping, or stop for lunch at any of the fine restaurants.

The museums in Barcelona will keep you busy, and will be a great way to fill up your weekend. For example, the Picasso Museum is filled with over 4000 of the artist’s works. You will be in the presence of some beautiful art, and it only continues from there.

The Fundació Joan Miró located on the Montjuïc Hill is filled with over 200 paintings, and is in the midst of a beautiful backdrop. A third museum that is worth visiting is the MNAC (the Museu Nacional D’Art De Catalunya). This museum features Catalan art from the 12th to the 20th century.

The last suggestion is visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA). It was open in 1995 in the Raval district. It has different exhibitions, which includes international artists. If you are wanting to leave the land, you can take a tour bus like Bus Turistic, and you will be able to get discounts for various attractions.

If you are wanting to spend a day looking at the art, then you can use the Articket. You will get admission to six museums, and you will save money. It will also save you time, and you will not have to wait in lines. We can help you plan a fun weekend, please feel free to visit our website for more information.

Things to Do and Visit in Barcelona

If you are anything like today’s generation, then you probably have a case of wanderlust. What is wanderlust? It is the desire to roam the world and check out new and fascinating places.

This desire creates a list that has been going on forever of places that you cannot wait to visit, take photos of and cross off your list. If this adequately describes you, then Barcelona is an absolute must.

Why Barcelona?

Barcelona is full of beautiful places worth visiting. This Spanish city is a world of discovery that is waiting for you and your loved ones to come and explore. Barcelona is a sunny temperate climate that is agreeable to most travelers year round. Here is a complete list of all the things to do in Barcelona.

1. La Sagrada Familia is one of the most stunning pieces of architecture in Barcelona with the unique style of Gaudi, a blend of Catalan Modernism, Gothic and Baroque. Visiting this amazing piece of structure, will take your breath away.

The floor to ceiling scope emphasizes how truly wonderful this structure is. Its architectural detail is so ornate that it has been under construction for more than a hundred years and still is not complete, but it is well worth the visit.

2. Las Ramblas, Another must see in Barcelona is the 1.2 kilometer pedestrian mall. This place is loaded with shops, cafes, and diverse restaurants, so you definitely cannot miss this one. This is a busy place packed with tourists, so ensure you are keeping a close watch on your belongings.

3. The Museu Picasso. Picasso has obviously made a name for himself, so there is no need to explain how utterly breathtaking this museum is. With over 4,000 pieces of Picasso’s work, you cannot miss this sight.

4. The Liceu Theater is an opera house located on La Rambla; there are many plays that you can watch here and many of them won’t even break your budget.

5. A football match. Heading to a football match at the Camp Nou, the biggest football stadium in Europe is something to be experienced. There are many hot deals online for tickets to a football match for a fun filled evening that won’t break the bank.

6. Beaches. Barcelona resides on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea; a visit to any of the nine beaches will be calm and relaxing for those who do not want to stay on land. All the beaches have exceptional sports facilities, parking areas and restaurants.

7. Aquarium visit. Barcelona has a beautiful aquarium that you can stop by and visit. Checking out all of the local sea creatures could be a wonderful experience for you and your family, especially if you have kids that want to stay amused.

Barcelona is a beautiful place to spend your vacation; there is so many [+ places to visit+], and you can do it for an affordable cost. There is no doubt that you will be able to find the best possible deals on our website and have the most fun every day of your vacation!

How to Spend 5 Days in Barcelona—Best Tips Forever!

If you are in the midst of planning your trip to Barcelona, you already know that five days is not going to seem like nearly enough time to see everything you should see. However, if you follow a few simple tips you will be sure to have the best holiday of a lifetime.

Tips to a great trip every time

Here at Barcelona Budget, we know how it can be challenging to include everything you want to see and do in your short trip; however, we have a few suggestions that might help:

Tip #1: Plan ahead

You definitely do not want to do this trip on the fly—there is way too much at stake. There is so much to do and see that you are going to want to make a plan to incorporate each of your priorities. You might find it helpful to group similar or nearby attractions together.

Maybe you’d like to devote day one to guided tours, day two to architectural sights, day three to the beach (there are nine beaches to choose from), day four to museums and the aquarium, and day five to shopping at La Rambla—but don’t forget to check out Barcelona’s uniquely happening nightlife and maybe even a football game, too.

Planning closely situated attractions can help you make the most of your time in Barcelona; but do not forget to be flexible, too. If the weather is not perfect for your beach day, maybe switch it for your museum and aquarium exploration instead. And, remember to keep some time open for the unexpected treasures you might bump into.

Tip #2: Make the most of your time

Don’t waste too much time on unnecessary travel. Make sure your hotel is close to most of the sightseeing you would like to do while you are in Barcelona; that way you will not be wasting too many hours of your trip driving from place to place.

You might also want to consider incorporating part of the transportation into a convenient sightseeing tour. With Bus Turístic you can move from point A to point B and see some interesting sights along the way.

You can get on and off at your own leisure, and [+ Bus Turístic+] stops at 44 different places of interest. Plus, you don’t have to do the whole tour in a day; your ticket remains valid for up to 2 days.

Tip #3: Don’t sweat it

If you don’t get a chance to do or see everything you want on this trip, it just makes a very good excuse to come back to Barcelona again next year.

Planning the perfect holiday can seem challenging, but remember that you have an abundance of resources available to help you plan all the details. Here, at Barcelona Budget we can help you pick out the kind of sightseeing that will suit you best, and we can help you find the best deals on every aspect of your holiday so you can afford to.

Top 10 Tips for a Beautiful Stay in Barcelona

Barcelona, the capital city of Catalonia is one of the places that a world traveller must truly stand in to appreciate. This bustling city of over 1.6 million people has been built on centuries of history, dating back to the BC era.

Tourists can visit an abundance of both modern and historical wonders in this beautiful city on the Mediterranean Sea. With so many options available, it is important to tailor your own visit to your specific desires. By fine-tuning your options, you will be able to take the time to have the type of vacation you’ve always dreamed of.

Travel by train

Not only is this an economic form of transportation, it is also a great way to experience the modern advances of Spain. With both inner and outer city networks, railway is a fast and easy way to get around Barcelona. Fast can mean as speedy as 193mph (310 kph) on the RENFE railway line.

Visit the Sagrada Familia

This World Heritage site started construction in 1882. It is still under construction to this day. Much of the basilica design is credited to Antoni Gaudi. After his untimely death, he was laid to rest in the crypt of the Sagrada Familia, one of the first sections of the building that he had completed. This building of monstrous dimensions is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Barcelona.

Visit Park Guell

Another design of Antoni Gaudi is Park Guell, the housing development that became a World Heritage Site. Built between 1900 and 1914, this development has become a municipal garden that amazes tourists with its stunning architecture.

Play on the beaches

The beaches in Barcelona were listed as the first out of the top 10 beach cities in the world by the [+ National Geographic Magazine+].

Visit the museums

With too many museums to mention, Barcelona is home to museums that range from cultural to erotic. No matter what your taste and style, you are sure to find a museum that will hold your interest for hours.

Football match

Heading to a football match at the Camp Nou, the biggest football stadium in Europe is something to be experienced. There are many hot deals online for tickets to a football match for a fun filled evening that won’t break the bank.

Try your luck at Parc del Laberint d’Horta

Known for its life sized garden maze, few realize that this park began its life in 1791, making it one of the oldest in Barcelona.

Take a tour

Nothing will give you more information about what you are seeing than an experienced tour guide. While it is important to allow plenty of time for your own adventures, a [+ tourist guide+] will give you the in-depth and detailed information about the sites you are witnessing first hand.

Water, instead of land

Guided Jet Ski tours allow you to whiteness unique views of Barcelona that would otherwise be impossible to see. These tours give you the opportunity to tour Barcelona’s coastline in an intimate but exhilarating way.

Take advantage of the rental services

From baby buggies to wheelchairs, those with reduced mobility do not need to pack extra. Once in Barcelona, there are a wide range of rentals available to help you explore in comfort without the added inconvenience of extra packing.

New and Notable Attractions: Nine Fun Facts about Barcelona

For those who have not yet been to Barcelona, it can be extremely overwhelming to figure out where to go to ensure that you are seeing the best sights of this beautiful city. The best thing about Barcelona is that you can either do it on a budget or not. There are different places and things to do no matter what your age or financial situation.

Nine fun facts

It is quite possible that you have seen a few sights of Barcelona and maybe not realized.

1) La Sagrada Familia

The most iconic sight of this city would be Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia. The neat thing about this church is that it has been under construction for the past 100 years. The basilica is expected to be completed by the year 2026.

2) Parc Güell

Staying with the theme of experiencing the brilliant architecture of Antoni Gaudi, the gardens he designed at Parc Güell are stunning to watch, surrounded by colorful mosaic walls. Like La Sagrada Familia, Parc Güell has become a UNESCO World Heritage site.

3) Golden, Sandy Beaches

Barcelona beaches are beautifully kept, as far as the eye can see with a stunning view of the Mediterranean Sea. The harbor area was actually completely overhauled for the 1992 Summer Olympic Games, and since then the entire area has been kept in pristine condition. It is now one of the most popular beach destinations in Europe.

4) Shopping in La Rambla

La Rambla is a famous shopping and market area in which you can find higher end designer stores on the same street as a flea market. A completely tree-lined pedestrian mall is 0.75 mile long, divided into 5 different avenues! The amount of eateries that line this area will ensure that you will never have a shortage of food.

5) Food

On the topic of food, make sure you try the traditional Spanish cuisine such as tapas, Paella, gazpacho and fresh seafood.

6) Dance Shows

For those who do not want to do the typical touristy things, Barcelona hosts a local [+ flamenco dance show+].

7) A nightlife like no other

Barcelona also has a very happening and famous nightlife with live music shows and huge multi-level dance clubs that attract both tourists and the locals.

8) Great, Budget Hotels

Barcelona has wide range of hotels that fit all kinds of budget—and you do not have to break the bank! Barcelona has a lot of great hotels and suites to choose from, depending on the location you want to be in, the accommodations you would like to have, and, of course, the view.

Your stay does not have to be the most expensive part of your trip. Many hotels offer great deals, and if you book hotels through us at Barcelona Budget you will be able to get some of the best bookings at the lowest rates.

9) Combine transportation and tourism

In addition to accommodations being expensive, tours can really burn a hole in your pocket—but they don’t have to. You can reserve a seat on the Bus Turistic through Barcelona Budget, a tourist bus that lets you get on and off at your own leisure. With more than 40 stops throughout the city, you will be able to cover different sightseeing locations in a day.

For more information about how you can make your trip to Barcelona even more unforgettable, visit us at Barcelona Budget today.

The Most Memorable Thing about Barcelona

What is the most memorable thing about Barcelona? Well, it’s the art, of course. The whole city glories in it. Three world famous artists and one exceptional architect called Spain as their home, and so made their mark in the city of Barcelona in the way that only artists can.

Pablo Picasso

An icon of the international art world is Pablo Picasso, who spent his formative years in Barcelona. The city was a great influence on his work— artwork that is thought-provoking and beautiful.

Picasso’s work lingers in the memory of the viewer as does Barcelona itself. In the city, the Picasso fans will be able to walk where Picasso himself stepped, dine where he dined, and see his work displayed in the open, and in the Museu Picasso which is home to an enormous number of his works.

Joan Miró

Lesser known, but still able to count himself as skilled, Joan Miró is another of Barcelona’s famous artists. He is considered to be one of last century’s most influential artists.

Working as a painter, a sculptor and in ceramics, Miró, like Picasso, had an impressive number of works in a variety of different styles. These works can be seen at the Joan Miro Foundation, a museum dedicated to his works, in Barcelona.

Antoni Gaudí

As impressive and as dramatic as its art is Barcelona’s architecture. Antoni Gaudí created many of the works throughout the city, including the landmark Sagrada Familia. Inspired by eastern influences, Gaudi’s work around Barcelona brings great cultural diversity to the city.

The [+ Lonely Planet+] calls the Sagrada Familia the most memorable thing about Barcelona, using the famous phrase, “If you only have time for one thing…” Picasso and Dali have left their mark on the city, but seven of Gaudi’s works in Barcelona have been named National Heritage sites by UNESCO making his works stand proud and strong among all the impressive works of art that make Barcelona so memorable.

Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí lived in Paris, London and the US, and exhibited all over the world, but he made his home again in Spain in 1949. The Dali Museum is a 90-minute car ride (even faster by bullet train) from Barcelona.

The museum is located in his hometown of Figueres and it holds the greatest collection of Dalí works in the world. His clocks and melting pocket watches are instantly recognizable across cultures and age levels all around the world.

Any city as old as Barcelona and as rich in diversity and heritage can be expected to have art work to call its own, but there are few cities that can boast such astonishing examples.

From painters and sculptors who have changed the world’s perception of art and art styles, to architects who combine many influences to produce works that inspire and astonish, Barcelona has several artworks that will take your breath away, and send you home thinking differently.

EXAMPLE OF 5 FREE MUSEUMS IN BARCELONA

In the following pages you will learn about 5 Museums in Barcelona and how you can get free entry to them. These are only a few examples of the many other museums where you can enter for free.

You can also get free entry to important museums that are listed among the top museums in Barcelona. In our eBook “Free Museums? Yes!” we cover all of them in depth and we let you know all the secrets to get a free visit.

Enjoy the reading!

Catalonia History Museum (Museu d’Història de Catalunya)

When democracy was established in Spain, after many years of dictatorship, the Catalan government determined the importance of having a museum that represented the Catalan national heritage and identity. This was the principle for the creation of the Catalonia History Museum.

The museum was inaugurated in 1993 in part of the premises of a large building known as the Palau de Mar, which is located in the Port Vell (old harbor). The building was an old trade warehouse designed in 1881 and is the only one preserved from the old industrial Port of Barcelona.

The building had been previously refurbished and adapted to house the Catalonia History Museum and other facilities. The aim was to showcase a permanent exhibition of the history of Catalonia, from prehistoric times up to the end of the 1980’s.

Soon after, the museum started to receive the donation of documents and objects related to the contemporary history of Catalonia, and therefore, arose the need to have a space also dedicated to temporary exhibition. A large room of 1,200 m2 was set up for this purpose, which expanded the initial scope of the museum.

In 1997, the huge library and document centre of the Catalan Contemporary History Centre was installed in the building, which expanded even more the initial purpose of the Museu d’Història de Catalunya by adding its essential historical archives.

The permanent exhibition of the Museu d’Història de Catalunya is organized in eight areas, which are divided in four floors and are ordered chronologically. In these areas the visitor will walk through the history of Catalonia, that include true recreations of historical settings as well as objects of everyday use.

The Catalonia History Museum also hosts temporary exhibitions and organizes other activities, like guided tours, lectures, activities for family with children, and also night concerts on the rooftop of the building during summer time, with astonishing views of the port of Barcelona.

Regular Price: 6.50€

Opening Hours: Tue – Sat: 10am – 7pm

Wed: 10am – 8pm (until 10pm on July and August)

Sun and public holidays: 10am – 2:30pm

Closed: Mondays (except public holidays), Jan 1, Jan 6, Dec 25, Dec 26

Address: Pl. de Pau Vila, 3 (Palau de Mar)

Transport: Metro: L4 (stop Barceloneta)

Bus: V17, H14, D20, V15, 14, 39, 45, 51, 59, 64 and 120

Bus Turistic: stop Museu d’Història de Catalunya

Tips & Secrets!

Discount with Bus Turistic: 30%

Discount with Barcelona Card: 30%

Special Price

30% OFF with the Barcelona Card

30% OFF with the Bus Turistic

4.50€ (people under 25, over 65, disabled)

Free?

Last Tuesday of the month, from October to June

Children under 8

Unemployed

Natural Science Museum (Museu Blau)

The Natural Science Museum of Barcelona was founded over 130 years ago and is housed in three centers which are located in different areas of the city, as the Forum Park, Ciutadella Park and Montjuic Park.

The Natural Science Museum of Barcelona has its origins back to the end of the 19th century, when the collections of the naturalist Francesc Martorell i Peña were donated to the city, that later become the first public museum of Barcelona.

Today (2015), the museum holds an asset of around four million specimen of natural heritage collections in various fields, like zoology, paleontology, mineralogy, petrology and botany. Part of the collection was obtained by the museum, while others are derived from private donations.

The museum centre in Ciutadella Park is housed in two buildings. The Martorell Museum, which is the natural history museum, and the Nature Laboratory which is a collection, research and documentation centre housed in a beautiful modernist building known as “Castell dels Tres Dragons”.

There are two centers in Montjuic hill, the Botanical Garden and the Historic Botanical Garden. The third centre is the Museu Blau, which is located at the Forum Park. The Museu Blau was opened to the public in 2011 and has around 3,000 square meters of exhibition space, plus conference hall, a media library, workshop rooms and laboratories.

The mission of the museum is very clear. Collections and research works are carried out to create the necessary knowledge to be shared with the society, so that people is better informed and more connected with nature in a more responsible way.

The mission statement in their website clearly says in one of the paragraphs: “We do this by safeguarding collections that are tangible evidence of Catalonia’s natural heritage, by researching its biological and geological diversity and by creating experiences that encourage exploration, learning, appreciation, enjoyment”.

Regular Price: 6€

Opening Hours: Oct – Feb:

Tue – Fri: 10am – 6pm

Sat: 10am – 7pm

Sun and holidays: 10am – 8pm

Mar – Sep:

Tue – Sat: 10am – 7pm

Sun and holidays: 10am – 8pm

Closed: Mondays (except public holidays), Jan 1, May 1, Jun 24, Dec 25

Address: Plaça Leonardo da Vinci 4-5 (Parc del Forum)

Transport: Metro: L4 (stop Maresme-Forum)

Bus: 7, 36, 43, H16

Tram: T4 (stop Forum)

Bus Turistic: stop Forum

Tips & Secrets!

Discount with Bus Turistic: 20%

Discount with Barcelona Card: 100%

Special Price

2.70€ (people from 16-29, over 65, unemployed)

Free?

With the Barcelona Card

Children under 16

Every Sunday: 3pm – 8pm

Santa Eulalia (Feb 12)

La Merce (sep 24)

Museu Frederic Mares

Frederic Mares was a sculptor and later also an important collector. He was born in Portbou in 1893 and died in Barcelona in 1991. He arrived to Barcelona at the age of ten and started to attend classes at La Llotja, the School of Fine Arts, where he receives training as a sculptor. Several works of Mares are spread in Barcelona and two examples are the sculptures of Barcelona and Emporion, which can be seen today in Plaça Catalunya.

Mares had also a strong passion as collector and started to purchase many kind of objects from antiquarians and auctions in Paris back in 1911. He expanded his collection to such a point until he decided to donate it to the city in 1944. The inauguration of the museum and its gradual growth played an important role in the decision of Mares to dedicate to collecting as his main activity.

The museum was opened in 1946 in part of the former royal palace which was once home to the Counts of Barcelona, located in the heart of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. The collection is divided into two main sections: the sculpture collection and a collection of everyday objects and collectors’ items.

The sculpture collection features works of art from around Spain from the pre-Roman period to the 19th century, and includes important exhibits from the Middle Ages and polychrome religious carvings. Spanish sculptures from the Renaissance and baroque periods are also represented. You can also see examples of works from the main Spanish schools of sculpture, from the medieval period to modern times.

On the other hand, the collectors’ item area showcases a series of handcrafted objects of the everyday lives of our ancestors from the 15th to 19th centuries, which is divided into three galleries. The women area, where you can see the women’s lives during the romantic era. Here you will see a collection of fans, combs, jewellery, clothing and other fashion accessories.

The area of entertainment features toy theaters, automata, toys and retains all the charm and evocative power of the entertainment of the past. The smoker area features a wide variety of pipes, made of diverse materials and the most curious shapes.

Regular Price: 4.20€

Opening Hours: Tue – Sat: 10am – 7pm

Sun and holidays: 11am – 8pm

Closed: Mon (except public holidays), Jan 1, May 1, Jun 24, Dec 25

Address: Plaça de Sant Iu, 5

Transport: Metro: L4 (stop Jaume I), L3 (stop Liceu)

Bus: V17 and 45

Bus Turistic (stop Barri Gotic)

Tips & Secrets!

Discount with Bus Turistic: 20%

Discount with BCN Card Express: 1.80€

Discount with Barcelona Card: 100%

Special Price

2.40€ with the Barcelona Card Express

100% OFF with the Barcelona Card

Free?

With the Barcelona Card

Festivities of Santa Eulàlia, Corpus Christi and La Mercè (Sep 24)

International Museum Day (May 18)

Music Museum (Museu de la Musica)

The Music Museum of Barcelona opened the doors to the public in 2007 in the building of L’Auditori (the concert hall known as auditorium) and showcases a collection of nearly 500 musical instruments from various cultures and periods, which is considered the most important in Spain.

The exhibition is divided into several fields which are enriched with audiovisual materials containing music, text and images, inviting the visitor to discover the world of music and discover the history about how civilizations used the music as an expression and communication vehicle.

You’ll be able to hear Pau Casal’s cello and an Indian sarangi, as well as excerpts of works by Albéniz for guitar and piano. To the Barcelona Music Museum belongs one of the most important collections of classical guitars, with some instruments made by Antonio de Torres, the foremost Spanish guitar maker.

Other highlights include keyboard instruments such as the organ of Perez Molero, the harpsichord of Zell and the claviorgan of Hauslaib. The interactive gallery allows the visitor to play some musical instruments and is particularly suitable for families with children.

During your visit to the Music Museum you will learn about the elements that constitute music, starting from ancient civilizations, and progressively discovering the evolution over time, until the industry of sound in the 19th century as well as new styles and technologies from the 20th century.

There is also an exhibition that runs parallel to the collections named “The Permanence of Sound” that explains the need of the society to record and reproduce music by using diverse supports, from writing music in a paper to the most advanced technologies we use today.

The Music Museum of Barcelona has three cultural heritage collections and archives, like the instrumental collection, the historic archive collection and the sound collection, derived from donations, some legacies and also from acquisitions.

The visitor can tour the Music Museum guided by various thematic itineraries, like Orpheus which is the main itinerary designed for general public, and Little Orpheus which is oriented to school groups and families.

Regular Price: 5€

Opening Hours: Tue – Sat and public holidays: 10am – 6pm

Sun: 10am – 8pm

Closed: Mondays (except public holidays), Jan 1, May 1, Jun 24, Dec 25

Address: Lepant, 150, 2ª pl.

Transport: Metro: L1 (stop Marina or Glories), L2 (stop Monumental)

Bus: 6, 7, 54, 62, 92, V21, H12

Train: stops Clot and Arc de Triomf

Tram T4: stop Auditori-Teatre Nacional

Tips & Secrets!

Discount with Bus Turistic: No

Discount with Barcelona Card: 100%

Special Price

3.5€ (persons 16-29, over 65, unemployed, groups from 10-25 people)

Free?

With the Barcelona Card

Students under 16

First Sunday of every month

Sundays from 3pm

Santa Eulalia (Feb 12)

International Museum Day (May 18) and Museums’ night (from 7pm to 1am)

Merce Festival (Sep 24)

Santa Cecilia (Nov 22)

Palau de la Virreina (La Virreina – Centre de la Imatge)

The Palau de la Virreina is a beautiful baroque building located on the famous Las Ramblas, and is house of the Barcelona Culture Institute, which is a public institution created by the Barcelona City Council to foster cultural activities in the city, as well as the events in La Virreina Image Centre.

The Palau de la Virreina was the residence of the Viceroy of Peru, Manuel Amat Junyent. This magnificent property was built between 1772 and 1777 in baroque style, with a rich decorated facade, a courtyard and staircases which will give you an idea of the wealth of the owners.

The Viceroy himself directed the work from Peru with the help of the architect Carles Grau. However, Manuel Amat did not live in this residence for a long time, because he died a short time after his return to Barcelona. Thus, the main occupant of the building was his widow, Maria Francesa de Fiveller, the vicereine or “Virreina” in Catalan.

The family Amat sold the property to the family Carreras, who were the owners between 1835 and 1944. Then the City Council purchased the building, which was used to showcase diverse art collections until the space was converted into the seat of the Barelona Culture Institute.

From 1980 the Palau de la Virreina hold contemporary art exhibitions, which are related to different subjects. In 2007 was established the Virreina Image Centre (La Virreina Centre de la Imatge) in part of the premises with the purpose of promoting new cultural experiences.

The program of La Virreina includes exhibitions related to photography, art, audiovisual works, literary festivals, digital documentation, lectures, book publishing, and more.

The Palau de la Virreina is a reference centre for the cultural activity in Barcelona, where the visitor can not only get information about the cultural events in the city, but also buy tickets for a wide range of shows.

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Opening Hours: Tue – Sun and public holidays: 12pm – 8pm

Address: La Rambla, 99

Transport: Metro: L3 (stop Liceu)

Bus: 14, 59

Bus Turistic: stop Plaza Catalunya

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List of Abbreviations

Days

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun means “Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday”

Mon – Fri means “Monday to Friday”

Mon, Tue, Sat means “Monday, Tuesday and Saturday”

Sun & holidays means “every Sunday and public holiday”

Months

Jan, Feb, Mar, apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec means “January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December”

Jan – May means “from Januery to May”

Sep, Oct, Nov means “September, October and November”

Jun & Jul means “June and July”

Jan 1, Dec 25 means “January 1, December 25”

Times

am means “ante meridiem or before midday”

pm means “past meridiem or after midday”

10am – 3pm means “from 10 before midday to 3 after midday”

Currency

€ is the European currency symbol for the Euro

Attractions

POI means “Point of Interest”. Any attraction can be referred as a POI on the map or simple as POI as a generic reference on the text.

General examples

3 – 8 years old means “three to eight years old”

Metro means “Metropolitan trains or underground trains. The public transport network. Lines are identified as L1, L5, L7, etc.”

Over 65 means “a person over 65 years old”

Under 8 means “a person under eight years old”

About the Author

Written by Raul Fattore, who is the creator and owner of the website Barcelona Budget, which was born to address the lack of practical, useful information available for the budget traveller. The author realized that there are quite a lot of books and websites about Barcelona, but he noted that many of them contain inaccurate third-party information, while others are a jumble of unordered content which makes it practically impossible to plan a trip to Barcelona.

The author addressed this lack not only in his website Barcelona Budget, but also in an in-depth approach in his specific eBooks, by providing the reader with valuable information, as well as savings tips and secrets from an insider point of view that the reader will not find anywhere else. The eBooks created by the author not only provide valuable information. They are also advanced Tourist Guides, that the reader can use during his visit to Barcelona. The interactivity and multi-media information included in the eBooks provide an unique enriched experience (ePub3 format only).

The author efficiently designed his eBooks by using state-of-the-art technology for an off-line use. No internet connection is needed to use his eBooks as tourist guides, thus eliminating the roaming costs (ePub3 format only). The reader will be able to plan his/her trip to Barcelona by doing the most while keeping the spending to the minimum.

Raul Fattore is a frequent traveller, resident of Barcelona and tourist advisor at the Barcelona Tourist Office.


Travel Guide for Budget Travelers

This eBook is a quick travel guide oriented to budget travelers who want to travel to Barcelona and get the most out their visit, without having to break the bank. Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, or have a tiny budget, we’ll provide comprehensive, insider tips. Barcelona is a truly remarkable city. The truth is that with the right information, you can have a unique and amazing experience on any budget. Our goal is to give you the kind of valuable insider information on every Barcelona activity under the sun, and we’ll save you money at the same time. We know secrets that other guides wish they knew or flat out refuse to tell you!

  • ISBN: 9781311888822
  • Author: Raul Fattore
  • Published: 2016-03-26 01:05:13
  • Words: 12373
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