Barcelona for free! (or almost)
A lot of blog posts give advice about nice things to see and do in this city, but very few provide a clear suggestion for an itinerary, along with information on getting to point A to B, and how much all of this costs.
With that in mind, I will share my personal suggestion for those short in time and cash. This is neither an exclusive list nor the must do’s for this destination, it is more like a suggestion for those who want an advice for a random day there. I hope you enjoy!
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This is supposed to be a morning tour since most of the things I show here are nicer under the sunlight. Our journey starts at Diagonal metro station, easy to get regardless of where your hostel/hotel is located. We will start discovering some parts of the so-called Modernista Route, a collection of constructions that express an artistic movement very characteristic of Barcelona.
Leave the station and head to Passeig the Gracia, this is a beautiful avenue where you can spot very interesting modernist expressions, take your time to walk slowly here.
At the beginning of this avenue, you will see Casa Milà (or la Pedrera) one of Gaudi’s most famous works. It is a crazy building, you should definitely check the outside of this building since you are walking on this route, the insides are nice too but cost you ~20 euros.
Further, on the avenue in the same direction, you can see the Casa Batllò, another Gaudi building and, in my opinion, even more, impressive than Casa Milà. Casa Batllò is also known as House of Bones because, at a first sight, it looks like giant bones are part of this structure, which have very few straight lines. Can you spot some?
Continue to walk and appreciate the view, after some minutes you will hit Plaça Catalunya, a square with a fountain and some convenient stores around it (have a look!). You can walk through the square diagonally to arrive at our next destiny.
This is one of the most famous streets in Barcelona among both tourists and locals. Continue to walk in the same direction and soon you will see La Boqueria, a market with some fresh juices and tasty snacks since you will be probably hungry by now take your time and try some tapas.
After a while walking in the same direction, turn left on Carrer de La Boqueria, this is where the walking tour starts. Turn right on Carrer d’Avinyó and then left on Carrer de Cervantes (this very same street turns into “Carrer dels Templers”).
At this point you are at the heart of the Gothic Quarter, take a moment to look around and reflect that this part of the city started to be built during medieval times!
Turn left on Carrer de la Ciutat (which turns into Carrer del Regomir) and then left again onCarrer d’en Gignàs that later becomes Carrer d’Angel J Baixeras and Carrer de Joan Massana (streets can never complain about the lack of names here).
Turn left in Carrer de la Nau and then on Carrer dels Abaixadors (it is easy to miss this alley if you don’t pay attention).
Santa Maria del Mar
At the end of this street, there is the high point of the gothic quarter, The church of Santa Maria del Mar is a 14th-century building that contrasts its surroundings with the interior. I suggest you look around the church and then enter to compare (no more spoilers, I promise).
Back to the streets, come back to Carrer dels Abaixadors and continue to go in the same direction, and turn right on “Placeta de Montcada” and then left on Passeig del Born and just go straight ahead. We are going to see a unique historical part of Barcelona (and again, for free!)
By the end of Passeig del Born, you will see the El born centre cultural. A metal structure that looks like an old train station is where you should go. El Born is a former market where, after some restoration, it was found some ruins dating back to the Spanish Succession war (LOL). An event that took place around 1701 and 1714. There is not a lot of things to see here but it is a good stop since our next destiny is nearby.
Parc de la Ciutadella
Go out using the exit on Carrer de la Fusina towards the Passeig the Picasso avenue, you can see the avenue from El born. After crossing this avenue you will get to parc de la ciutadella, a gigantic park where you can take a little break from the walk while enjoying some nice views.
Cross the avenue and go left and you will get to the entrance.
The park is pretty big, so I will give you suggestion on what you might like to see there: The Cacada Monumental and Als Voluntaris Catalans fountains, the Zoo, the Umbracle Tropical greenhouse and Hivernacle garden.
After all of this you might be hungry, can’t give you an advice on where to eat for free, but will get you to a quite nice restaurant for very little cash
Go back to the entrance of this park and walk straight ahead on Carrer de la Princesa and turn into Carrers dels Assaonadors (it is more like an alley than a street at first). Go straight until the very end and turn right at Placeta d’en Marcus, right again on Carrer dels Carders, left on Carrer d’en Giralt el Pellicer, and we arrived!
Bar Joan is just at the beginning of this street, don’t be fooled by its humble surroundings, the restaurant offers a great meal for a very good price (eleven euros for the menu of the day).
What about the rest of the day?
I will share more tips for the rest of the day in Barcelona, and not just for this city. Saving the most money while having awesome experiences will always be the goal of my future shares.
But as you know, a good chunk of the money will go to transportation and accommodation, and when you include many cities in your trip the optimum mix of hostels, flights and dates are difficult to find.
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