5 Breathtaking Things to Do in Barcelona With Only 5 Euros- Broke Backpackers Unite
Almost every traveller has faced the sinking feeling of having far too much month at the end of the money on a somewhat regular basis. If you haven’t, you are a rather unique backpacker, but I’ve got you covered with my breathtaking things to do in Barcelona with 5 euros.
During the year I spent in Spain one of the hardest aspects was often paying my way through religious holidays and festivals when work would dry up around me. In these times, I hunted and honed my ability to sniff out mind blowing free activities and experience the hyper-expensive city of Barcelona on a dime. Here are my top picks to blow any holiday out of the water without the need to reach into your dwindling wallet. If you’ve ever been backpacking around Europe you know that things to do in Barcelona with 5 euros are essential!
Bellydancing Flashmobs at the El Mon Festival – because nothing’s free-er than shaking your booty!
I took part in the 2012 festival- regardless of non-existent dancing skills and had a real blast. Rather than just Barcelona sightseeing, why not actually get involved? The festival is held in the Arc de Triomf every June. There are also traditional festivals and parades of Spanish culture in nearby Sitges– famous for it’s beaches throughout the whole summer. Not to mention Sitges’ beaches: free as a bird and worth a million dollars.
The Font Magica at Montjuic- a nightly rainbow of colour in the fountain at sunset.
Check out the local stilt walker strutting his stuff- he totters in front of the glowing lights most weekends after sunset. To access this Barcelona attraction everything is free except your metro ticket- grab the underground train to Plaça Espanya on the red and green lines and walk from there any time after sundown. It’s worth avoiding Friday nights, crowds can get quite big at the fountain.
Castellers or Human Towers– mega props to the smallest child who climbs right to the very summit without breaking a sweat.
I witnessed this stunning symbol of Catalan tradition at the Catalan Festival, held every May in front of the Barcelona Cathedral and at other cultural events throughout the year.
Stunning street performances- take the time to stroll the old city and you can’t fail to catch something that puts Punch and Judy to shame.
Take the opportunity to trade a few euros in your pocket for hours of entertainment- part of what gives Barcelona it’s colourful heritage. A great time to try is after the afternoon siesta (around 3-4pm) in the streets of the old town.
Casa Batllo and other Gaudi masterpieces- I think it was Karl Pilkington who said that he’d rather live in a dive looking on to a mansion than the other way around.
As one who’s paid the steep ticket prices for these buildings, the inside can’t compare with the wonders you can admire from outside and the facades are truly worth a trip alone. Take a walk along the Passeig de Gràcia and enjoy an ice cream, you can’t fail to spot some of Gaudi’s top attractions in Barcelona. I love how localised the sites to see are in BCN and when I lived on the Avenida Diagonal it was incredibly accessible.
I hope you enjoyed these penniless pleasures. Think you know a better freebie in Barcelona? Drop me a comment and I’ll add it to the list! Thanks for reading my breathtaking things to do in Barcelona with 5 euros, what have been your experiences in Spain?