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    Here's How To Spend A Cheap-Ish Weekend In Barcelona, Spain

    Gaudí, tapas, and wine — without breaking the bank.

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    Barcelona may not be the cheapest city in Europe, but it's full of things to see and do — beach, art, and architecture — that don't cost a dime.

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    And then there's the food. You can pair a couple of cheap tapas (hello, pan con tomate) with a glass of wine for under $10, while bombas (fried balls filled with potatoes and meat) are a cheap, easy way to eat on the go.

    In Barcelona, a hostel bunk costs around $18, but if you have a travel buddy you can save a few bucks by booking an apartment with a kitchen and cooking in. And when it comes to getting around, walking is by far the cheapest — and we’d argue, the best — way to see the city, but Barcelona’s public transportation won’t break the bank. A three-day unlimited pass costs around $25 (and includes airport transfers) and a 10-ride ticket is just over $12.

    Once you’ve booked plane tickets (tip: you can find 'em for under $200 from some US cities if you book early and travel during off-peak times), you can leave the planning to us. We’ve got the ultimate guide for a cool, fun-filled weekend that won’t leave you broke.


    Eat pastries made by monks and nuns.

    Make your way to La Sagrada Familia.

    Pick up picnic goodies and set up shop at Park Güell.

    People watch on La Rambla.

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    You can walk past two other Gaudí buildings — Casa Milà and Casa Batlló — on your way from Park Güell to La Rambla boulevard. This wide, tree-lined street is synonymous with Barcelona and is home to artist Joan Miró’s "Pla de l'Os", a colorful mosaic inlaid on the street itself.

    If you’ve got the time, we suggest finding a bench where you can eye up the area’s notorious street performers and people watch.

    Cost: free

    Get your fill of tapas and sangria at Sensi Bistro.


    Get your caffeine fix at Cafés El Magnífico.

    Nap, swim, or surf the afternoon away at Playa de La Barceloneta.

    Grab a sandwich from Can Paixano (La Xampanyeria).

    Check all the boxes with a free city tour.

    Hit Mercat de La Boqueria for dinner.

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