If you want to see the sights and eat well, you can expect to spend around €50 a day. That’s not counting your accommodation costs, so do your research on budget vacation rentals in Barcelona. It is possible to tighten your belt a little more and get your expenses down a little lower, but €50 is the realistic calculation. Have a look here. Of course, if you decide not to do a lot of sightseeing, you can save a great deal. But you’re probably visiting Barcelona to see the sights, am I right?
The Basilica of the Sagrada Familia is arguably the city’s most famous structure, which was designed by the brilliant Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi. You can enjoy the church’s stunning architecture from the outside, which does not require you to pay for anything.
That said, if it were my choice, I would take the guided tour that takes you inside the Sagrada Familia. It’s certainly a hit on the pocketbook, but you get to see this amazing building up close. If that kind of thing really doesn’t interest you, then you can forego the tour. If you want to go on the tour but still be a bit frugal, you can choose not to pay extra to go up into the towers.
Whatever you decide to do, be sure to check out the Sagrada Familia during nighttime as well as day. It’s a remarkable sight.
Many parts of Barcelona can be enjoyed with a walking tour, which you can do on your own, if you like. The oldest neighbourhood of the city, the Ciutat Vella, is a great place to explore. In the Gracia district, there is a lovely public park that was partly designed by Gaudi. Park Guell is free of access, except for its Monumental Zone, which charges an entrance fee.