Barcelona on the cheap

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    Jul 01, 2009 8:53 AM GMT
    I figure there are a lot of you that have been to Barcelona and know a good bit about it, so give me some advice.

    I'm going to be in Barcelona at the end of July on vacation and I'm looking for some really cheap stuff to do, including places to see for free or cheap, cheap places to eat, recommendations for fun clubs or bars that don't cost an arm and a leg, cool gay spots, etc. Lodging I don't really need info on as I'm going to be couchsurfing the whole time, so that will be free (unless you want to recommend a cheap hostel in case a place doesn't work out while I'm there).

    I'm on a tight budget here, so any single activity above about 15-20 Euro is probably out. Let me know, also, if on that kind of a budget I'm going to be SOL.
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    Jul 01, 2009 1:48 PM GMT
    A lot of the museums will have one day a week free of charge. Pick up a walking map tour of Gaudi's architecture, it's a great way to see the city, and very interesting. Also, the subway system in Barcelona was very easy to use, and repetitively inexpensive. There are some tremendous hotel deals right now, check with Hotels.com, Expedia.com and Travelocity.com, but read the reviews on TripAdvisor first, it's a good barometer of whatto expect. Tapas are a great way to eat inexpensively as well, especially if you want to eat earlier than most Spainards, i.e. before 10:00 p.m. If you are staying a week or longer you might consider renting an apartment, there are a lot to choose from very close to the Ramblas and in Eximple, the two fun neighborhoods. Also, don't waste your time renting a car, even if you are going out to Stiges, the train is very easy to take, and cheap.

    When I was there I was surprised there was no true gay ghetto, there are a few gay neighborhoods, the locals explained that there was no need as they were pretty well integrated into the city.

    Have fun, Barcelona is my favorite city!
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    Jul 01, 2009 1:58 PM GMT
    when you fly in get the Ai Aerobus to the middle of town, if you are going into Barcelona airport. You go out of the exit and turn right and there are buses there. Takes you into town, with stops at placa espanyola, Placa de Catalunya, Gran Vuia de les Corts Catalanes and Placa de la Universitat. Much cheaper than a taxi. That should save you about 40 euro in total.
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    Jul 01, 2009 1:59 PM GMT
    DuggerPDX saidA lot of the museums will have one day a week free of charge. Pick up a walking map tour of Gaudi's architecture, it's a great way to see the city, and very interesting. Also, the subway system in Barcelona was very easy to use, and repetitively inexpensive. There are some tremendous hotel deals right now, check with Hotels.com, Expedia.com and Travelocity.com, but read the reviews on TripAdvisor first, it's a good barometer of whatto expect. Tapas are a great way to eat inexpensively as well, especially if you want to eat earlier than most Spainards, i.e. before 10:00 p.m. If you are staying a week or longer you might consider renting an apartment, there are a lot to choose from very close to the Ramblas and in Eximple, the two fun neighborhoods. Also, don't waste your time renting a car, even if you are going out to Stiges, the train is very easy to take, and cheap.

    When I was there I was surprised there was no true gay ghetto, there are a few gay neighborhoods, the locals explained that there was no need as they were pretty well integrated into the city.

    Have fun, Barcelona is my favorite city!


    Thanks for the advice and recommendations! Like I said, I don't plan on actually paying for any lodging at all; I'll be CouchSurfing the entire time so will have free places to stay. And yeah, definitely was not planning on renting a car. All walking and public transport for me!
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    Jul 01, 2009 2:56 PM GMT
    EVERYTHING GAUDI...and get there by train or just walk. It is the most friendly, easy, and beautiful place I've been. Summer is the tourist season and they do warn of pick-pockets on the Ramblas, but just be smart about that...and don't forget to do the beach!
    http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/ramblas/barcelona-las-ramblas.html
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    Jul 01, 2009 3:22 PM GMT
    Take the open-air bus tour. It has three different lines that take you literally anywhere in the City you might want to go. You can get on and off the bus wherever you like and see the entire City in a day or two. A one day pas is 21 euros and a two day pass is 27 euros. http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/tour/barcelona-bus-tour.html

    You can also take the train to Sitges, which is a nearby beach city. I can't remember what the cost is, but it's not too expensive and you can spend the day at the beach.

    Have fun! Barcelona is incredible.
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    Jul 04, 2009 9:08 AM GMT
    Thanks to everyone who contributed advice; it's greatly appreciated and I will check out the things you've recommended. Can't wait to go!
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    Mar 15, 2010 12:11 PM GMT
    There is no need to worry, if you are smart you can get by on very little. Get the train from the airport, you can buy a T-10, which is ten journeys for about 8€ so effectively it will cost you 80 cence and it goes into Sants or Passeig de Gracia. Then you can use the other journeys getting around town. All the Gaudi things are spectacular from the outside so you can get the gist without having to pay. Park Guell is free and you can see the whole city from there as is the beach!

    Check out this website for great information on the city http://www.apartime.com, their blog is really helpful!
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