With its seaside views and laid-back vibe, Barcelona’s basically a dream come true provided your dreams are filled with influential art, delicious food, and beautiful people.
We have put together 10 things to do under €10 in Barcelona.
1. Get Hip At The Museu d’Historia De Catalunya
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a region with its own language, economy, and culture distinct from Spain. Make sure you know some of the history to help you understand the Catalonian flags flying from balconies all over the city.
Admission is free the first Sunday of every month.
Source: Museu d’Historia De Catalunya
2. Get Some Fresh Food At Mercado de la Boqueria
This massive market is stuffed with stalls selling fresh fruits, veggies, olives, preserved foods, hot meals, heart attack-inducing amounts of Jamón & glistening seafood for days. Even if you don’t end up buying anything, it’s worth just wandering through and checking out the wares.
Rise early in the morning and arrive before the place gets packed with tourists.
3. Take In The Best View Of The City
This is also an opportunity to indulge your inner history nerd. On top of Turó de la Rovira Barcelona’s highest hill are anti-aircraft bunkers that survived the Spanish Civil War.
They’re cool for their history, but even more so for the panoramic view of the city. Make sure you have good footwear, since it’s a solid uphill walk from the Guinardo metro station.
Source: Barcelona Museum
4. See The City From The Top Of The Cathedral de Barcelona
For €3, ride the elevator up to the top of a church that broke ground in 1298, go at sunset for an even better view. The massive cathedral itself is Gothic architecture in all its glory, with towering spires and a soaring, vaulted ceiling.
Source: El Periódico
Source: Photo Ferran Nadeu
5. Music At The Palau de la Música Catalana
Built in 1908, this Art Nouveau concert hall is so spectacular it’s been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Tour the exquisite space for the student price of €9 or receive the student discount for one of the many musical performances that take place throughout the year. Not a bad idea for 10 things to do under €10 in Barcelona.
Source: Palau de la Música
6. Relax In The Parc de la Ciutadella
This charming park sits on the northeastern edge of the Ciutat Vella. There’s a zoo, as well as paths to bike, a sweet lake to rent a paddle boat, and pretty green gardens for lounging around when the chaos of the old quarter gets to be too much.
7. Swim In The Mediterranean Sea
With all the famous artists and whatnot, it’s easy to forget Barcelona is inherently a beach town.
Get yourself to the sea take the Yellow/Line 4 to the Barceloneta stop, which drops you near the sand, and marvel at how many people on the subway are wearing flip-flops.
8. Wander the Parc del Laberint d’Horta
Live out your David Bowie/Goblin King fantasy in this manicured cypress maze, filled with Greek statues hidden throughout the many twists and turns. Bring a buddy in case you get lost and have to live there forever.
For under €3, the adventure can’t be beaten, take the L3 to station Mundet, where it’s a quick walk away.
9. Bar Marsella – Barcelona’s Oldest Bar
Barcelona nightlife requires serious nocturnal skills. Pro tips include taking a three-hour siesta, going to dinner at 10:30pm and being prepared to see the sunrise.
Start the evening at Bar Marsella, reportedly Barcelona’s oldest, which is as famous for its absinthe.
Source: Lonely Planet
10. Basilica Santa Maria del Mar
In the neighbourhood known as La Ribera (the seashore), you’ll find the Basilica Santa Maria del Mar plus one of the best examples of Catalan Gothic architecture.
With the church’s cornerstone dating from 1329, this massive stone monument with soaring ceilings will without a doubt bring you back down to Earth if Barcelona life gets overwhelming.
Source: The World Travel Guide
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