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

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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.

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2. Get Some Fresh Food At Mercado de la Boqueria

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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

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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.

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4. See The City From The Top Of The Cathedral de Barcelona

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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.

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5. Music At The Palau de la Música Catalana

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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.

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6. Relax In The Parc de la Ciutadella

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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

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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

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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.

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9. Bar Marsella – Barcelona’s Oldest Bar

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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.

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10. Basilica Santa Maria del Mar

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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.

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Hopefully 2022 will be the year when the world’s rugby family get back to touring and attending the much loved rugby festivals that teams love to visit.

Here at Irish Rugby Tours we have put together a list of 5 Rugby Festivals for 2022.  If you would like to participate in one of these festivals please do contact us for more information.  If they don’t suit then head along to our website for a full list of festivals that we cater for.

Portugal Rugby Youth Festival

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The Portugal Rugby Youth Festival is one of best rugby tournaments for youth teams (clubs, schools and academies).

This event gives your team an unforgettable experience both on and off the pitch.  Rugby matches against international opponents, exciting leisure time activities and great entertainment – all in Lisbon, one of Europe’s safest and most exciting cities, with its warm weather climate and white sandy beaches.

Ghent Easter Rugby Festival

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Ghent Easter Rugby Festival is held at the Ghent Rugby Club and is run over 2 days, 2022 will be its 34th year. Before the festival there is an evening ceremony so that everyone can say hello.  On the Saturday night party, which is fancy dress, there’s a prize for the best fancy dressed.

In addition you have the massive all you can eat barbecue, hope your eyes aren’t bigger than your stomach.  With over 70 teams attending from all over Europe why not add it to your calendar for next year.  You can expect a pleasant weekend of excellent rugby and meet new rugby fans and friends.

Milano Rugby Festival

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The Milano Rugby Festival is the largest rugby tournament in Italy.  Every year over 1,000 athletes battle it out in more than 150 games.
While the teams are attacking each other on the pitch, off the pitch others are celebrating with 4 days of live music and DJ sets.

During the tournament, fresh Italian sandwiches will be on offer or for the more refined palate, local specialties will be prepared as part of the players menu.  Best bit is, there’s 25,000 litres of beer connected directly to 30 beer pumps to wash it all down!

Krakow Rugby Festival

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The Krakow Rugby Festival is the first tournament of its kind in Poland.  Krakow has been growing as a social rugby destination over the past few years, and it certainly deserves its reputation as a great place to combine playing rugby and socialising.

Only during its second edition the Krakow Rugby Fest attracted teams from England, France, Germany, Holland, Scotland, Wales, and even Venuezuela

Tournoi de Cornouaille U15 & U16s

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The Tournoi De Cornouaille Under 15 and 16s is located at the home of Rugby Club Quimperois, Brittany in France.  This tournament will be in its 19th year and the 2022 festival will take place at Easter.  Quimper is a beautiful Breton town situated on the west coast of France.

Cornouaille region of Brittany about 10 miles from the coast and boasts strong Celtic traditions.  Tournament format is set over 2 days & you are allowed to submit either U15 and/or a U16 team.

So that’s it 5 rugby festivals for 2022, if you you would like to book one of these or another one that takes your fancy do get in touch.  Just to add, none of these festivals are easy and the rugby is pretty decent.