You don’t need big amounts of money for travelling. If you don’t believe it, take a look at this tiny guide we’ve prepared, full of tips for backpackers in Barcelona. Enjoy your trip while you save money for the next one!
First step: the perfect luggage
The first thing you’ll need to do as a backpacker is, obviously, prepare your backpack! Do you want some advice to choose the perfect clothes for your trip? Take note!
- Barcelona is a warm and sunny city, where it seldom rains (usually, when it does, it is during winter time)
- The average temperature is 16.5ºC, which makes Barcelona a great city to discover by foot.
- The warmest months are from May to September. August is the hottest month, while the coldest ones are from November to February, especially January.
In Barcelona, there’re many monuments and tourist attractions that you can visit for free. Discover the city without spending a penny! Don’t miss any of these great (and free!) plans:
- Visit Barcelona markets: they’re beautiful and full of life. Besides, their architecture will impress you!
- Stroll about its neighbourhoods to soak up the culture and habits of the locals. Walk around the Gothic quartier, enjoy the little village of Gràcia and fall in love with the modernist buildings of l’Eixample. And don’t forget Las Ramblas!
- Feel the nature without leaving the city: take pleasure in a beautiful sunset at la Barceloneta beach or get lost in magic parks, like Ciutadella park.
Also, you can enjoy museums, guided tours or tickets for free. You would find more information about the available options on our post 10 free things to do in Barcelona.
Where to eat?
Being a backpacker doesn’t mean eating fast food during a week. Fortunately, Barcelona has a wide gastronomic offer, and some of its best restaurants have very competitive prices. Like in other Spanish cities, in Barcelona you can find a lot of tapas restaurants. Don’t miss these ones:
- Tasca i vins: traditional Catalonian food. They have daily menu.
- Carrer de Blai. This street, very popular among locals, is full of tapas bars. The idea of “tapeo” is having a tapa or a montadito with a small beer (zurito), every time in a different bar. We’re sure you’ll love it!
- La rosa del Raval: Mexican food like nachos, ceviche or quesadillas. You can have a delicious mojito or margarita for 4euros only!
- Wok to walk: they serve Asian plates, such as rice or noodles with the toppings you choose, to take away.
- Mosquito: Asian tapas of very good quality, like dumplings, soups, etc.
- Nostrum: homemade food from 1€.
If you want cheaper options, big supermarkets like Mercadona or Carrefour sell tasty ready-made meals.
Cheap transport tickets
Walking around in an unknown city is exciting, but also tiring, and maybe at some point of your trip you’ll need to take the metro or bus. Depending on your needs, you can choose one rate or another, but pay attention to tourist transport cards (called “Hola Barcelona), to the T-10 (a 10 trips card) or the daily bonus.
Barcelona is very well-connected, and its network includes train, metro, bus, cable car and public bikes (some of them are electric!). If you don’t know which one you should take, you can always ask at tourist offices or at the info points located in metro stations. Don’t forget: the metropolitan area of Barcelona is divided in A, B, C, D zones, and depending on where you’re travelling you’ll need a specific ticket.
Where to sleep
It doesn’t matter if you’re a backpacker or not: comfort and relax is essential during a trip. If you’re looking for a comfortable and cozy backpackers hostel in Barcelona, Twentytú is your place. Take a look to our hostel facilities and discover why 😉.