Barcelona on a Budget

Fri, Dec 21, 2012


Located in the northeastern region of Catalonia, Barcelona is a city known for its many attractions. The city’s architecture, beach, parks and plazas offer many activities for those on a budget

Market food.

The Marcat de la Boquería is a large market located near La Rambla, a central main street. The market sells fresh produce, including fruit, jamón and cheese. Visitors can buy local hams, baked bread and fresh fruit with some traditional cava and enjoy a picnic on the beach. There are several small bars where visitors can enjoy traditional tapas, which are typical small appetizers served with a caña beer. There are many types of tapas, including bread drizzled with olive oil with tomato and jamón.

Catalonia’s cuisine is very varied. Traditional dishes are usually made from local mar y montaña ingredients, meaning that ingredients come both from the sea and the mountains. There is plenty of fresh seafood and many roasted meat options. The menú del día is a menu served at most bars and restaurants at lunch, and for a price of around 10€ visitors can enjoy two main courses, dessert, bread and a glass of wine.

Gaudí and a walk along the city’s streets.

The Rambla is one of the city’s main streets, which stretches from the Plaça de Catalunya, which is where the airport shuttle arrives, and the Christopher Columbus statue by the sea. There are many bars, boutique stores and shops to explore along this street. The boulevard is filled with flower shops and street performers.

The city’s architecture is an attraction in its own. Many of the city’s most known and visited buildings were designed by Gaudí. The city’s symbol, the Cathedral of the Sagrada Familia, is one Gaudí’s masterpieces. Visitors can enjoy views towards the cathedral’s façade, visit its interior and climb up its many steps, from where the city and the sea can be seen.

Near the Paseo de Gracia, one of the city’s main streets, visitors will find two other Gaudí buildings. The Casa Batlló is known for its sandstone façade covered with decorative mosaic tiles. Its interior was designed by the architect, who avoided straight lines and created the carved chimneys. Guided tours are organized around another of Gaudi’s building, the Pedrera. This impressionist building, decorated in pastel tones, has a wavy façade, and the roof is decorated with statues that overlook the sea.

One of the city’s most visited neighbourhoods is the Barrio Gótico, the Gothic district. Barcelona’s Cathedral is located in this ancient district, known for its narrow streets and Gothic buildings made from stone. The district has many art galleries, chic coffee shops and vintage shops.

From the beach to the park.

The Barceloneta beach is one of the city beaches. There are several statues decorating the boardwalk. Locals and visitors will be able to visit one of the seaside chiringuitos and enjoy traditional food. There are several malls near the main port, including the Maremagnum.

Parc Güell is a park which was designed by Gaudí. The park is located on a hill. One of its features is the porch with twisting stone columns, a large tiled dragon and several fountains made from tiles. Next to the porch there is a large observation platform that has views towards this city and the sea.

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