Cheap holidays to Barcelona

Immerse yourself in Catalan history, culture, and sun

Helen Twigg

Helen Twigg
HomeAway travel expert

With some careful research, holidaying on a stricter budget doesn't have to be challenging. Barcelona is an ideal location if you're travelling on a shoestring. The capital of Catalonia has its own language and cultural traditions, as well as an enviable number of historical buildings and educational houses. The city's reputation as a haven for creative figures and artistic movements, attracts art historians and inspiring artists in their numbers. Catalan artists, including painter Salvador Dali and sculptor Aristide Maillol, and other Spanish artists including Pablo Piccasso, viewed the city as an inspiration for artistic impression; today, the city continues to pay homage to its history with many of its art galleries and museums offering free-entry. There are also the open spaces to consider, inviting holidaymakers to view remarkable works of art, such as Park Guell.

Exhibiting the unique modernist artwork of Antoni Gaudi against the stunning natural landscape, Park Guell is just one of many green spaces holidaymakers can explore. However you decide to explore Barcelona, HomeAway has selected locations offering affordable bars, restaurants and cultural and historical tours and events. With HomeAway, holidaymakers are ensured a home from home experience which doesn't interfere with your budget. Whether you are staying in a Barcelona apartment, or a villa just outside the city, HomeAway has an enviable list of Barcelona rentals to assist you in your search for cheap holidays.


Top five destinations for cheap holidays to Barcelona


Montjuic hill

Climb - or cable car - up Montjuic hill to explore the impressive array of cultural, historical and artistic buildings and exhibitions, and you will also be welcomed by breathtaking views of Spain's second largest city. Situated near to the Parc du Montjuic lies the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, the Olymic Stadium, the Fundació Joan Miró, a gallery of Miro's iconic artwork, as well as the renowned NAMC, or National Art Museum of Catalonia. The area is also home to the Magic Fountain of Montjuic, which conjures fantastical colours and shapes in the evenings, and with free-admission, it's a truly spectacular landmark to coincide with your evening walk.

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Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau

A hospital may not strike you as the most conventional of landmarks, but thousands of holidaymakers visit Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau every year. Why? The building is often referred to as a cultural haven, and considered to be one of Barcelona's most incredible works of art. Designed by Domènech i Montaner, a Catalan Modernist architect, the building is surrounded by tranquil gardens and beautiful pavilions. Other artists that developed the Catalan Art Nouveau movement include the sculpturs Pau Gargallo and Eusebi Arnau, along with Domènech i Montaner, whose work is exhibited in the grounds. The incredible landmark is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Barceloneta Beach Barceloneta Beach

Barceloneta is the closest beach to the centre of the city, and can easily be reached by foot, as well as public transport. Barceloneta is an ideal location to seek shade in the heat of the day, or eat your homemade picnic. Alternatively, the beach is bordered by a selection of fantastic restaurants, where you can treat yourself to a locally-sourced, fish-based dish. Complimentary tapas is still customary in Spain, and it is not uncommon to be offered free tapas when you buy a cool drink.

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Barcelona Cathedral Barcelona Cathedral

Barcelona Cathedral is located close to Las Ramblas, the iconic street linking the Columbus Monument with the Plaça de Catalunya. The building, built in the late Middle Ages and an exemplar of Gothic architecture, has ornate features and picturesque gardens, inspiring artists and architects from across the world. With free admission to the cathedral, you can learn about the entrenched traditions still practised in the building. The unique 'Dancing egg', for example, is a ritual involving a hollowed egg placed in the cloister of the building. The cathedral's thirteen geese which grace the premises are said to represent Saint Eulalia of Barcelona, who was martyred at thirteen years old under the Roman Emperor, Diocletian.

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Parc de la Ciutadella Parc de la Ciutadella

Situated in the centre of the city, Parc de la Ciutadella is a gorgeous location for a picnic and a wonderful way to relax until you retreat back to your apartment for a siesta. Against the backdrop of picturesque gardens and a stunning fountain, you can plan your itinerary for the following day. Alternatively, walk to the Catalan Parliament bordering the park and enrol on a guided tour of the building. Holidaymakers can choose to visit the museums on the site, including the Museu de Geologia and the Zoological Museum, or wander around the zoo inside the park, before grasping the opportunity to row across a majestic lake.

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