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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Cheap Accommodation in Barcelona

1214 - BEACH OLIPMIC VILLAGE APARTMENT I

This luxurious apartment is located in Villa Olimpica, a very quiet area close to the beach. During the Olympic Games in Barcelona, the athletes stayed in this neighbourhood. Just a few metres from public transport connections, you can also walk t...

Pt Poeta

Comfortable and bright 45 m2 apartment with a sunny balcony in a peaceful area of central Barcelona called "Paralelo". There is one bedroom of 12 m2 with a double bed . The apartment is fully equipped with an American style kitchen and a cosy 15 m...

PT/P ARIANA

Absolutely beautiful 125 m2 apartment with 2 bedrooms. The flat is very spacious with high ceilings, mosaic floors, tasteful decoration and stylish furniture. Fully equipped kitchen, a living room with a gallery, one bathroom with shower and toile...

Green Emotion Barcelona- modern elegance & prime central location

This renovated, gorgeous 90 m2 apartment has been decorated tastefully with quality furniture. The apartment is located in a typical building of the example. This property is very well situated because it is close to the prestigious Passeig de G...

Sophisticated Luxury Deco II - Barcelona with a spacious layout & central location

This bright and luxury apartment ,decorated with good taste and lovely Deco style furniture, is located in the quiet neighborhood of Eixample and is only 5 minutes from Paseo de Gracia and less than 15 min walking from the Sagrada Familia. Co...

Sophisticated Luxury Deco II - Barcelona with a spacious layout & central location

This bright and luxury apartment ,decorated with good taste and lovely Deco style furniture, is located in the quiet neighborhood of Eixample and is only 5 minutes from Paseo de Gracia and less than 15 min walking from the Sagrada Familia. Co...

Sophisticated Luxury Deco II - Barcelona with a spacious layout & central location

This bright and luxury apartment ,decorated with good taste and lovely Deco style furniture, is located in the quiet neighborhood of Eixample and is only 5 minutes from Paseo de Gracia and less than 15 min walking from the Sagrada Familia. Co...

Exclusive Hotel Arts Barcelona Presidential Suite with staff & free Mini Cabrio

This stunning presidential suite offers spacious accommodation across two levels, with an outdoor terrace and breathtaking views across the city and sea. With its central waterfront location on the top floors of the famous Hotel Arts, and a sup...

Sleek Hotel Arts Barcelona Royal Suite with staff, amenities & free Mini Cabrio

The Royal suite is located on the top floors of the hotel and has been designed to combine maximum privacy and excellent service with an air of independence. This duplex Apartment has two bedrooms and a private gym with a personal trainer availa...

Refined Hotel Arts Barcelona 3 Bedroom with staff, amenities & free Mini Cabrio

In every sense, the apartments are the pinnacle of the Hotel Arts experience. Occupying the top floors of the hotel, flooded with natural light, and with rooms that seem to float high above the city and the sea, these exclusive spaces are design...

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