It is youthful, dynamic, fun, full of history, culture and tradition. Add to this the ease of which you can get there by budget flights, and the plentiful supply of cheap hostels in Barcelona makes this a city you can't refuse!
In this article we will suggest how to organize a weekend in the city of Gaudi without breaking the bank, with recommendations on places, museums, restaurants and, of course, cheap hostels in Barcelona!
Regardless the position of your hostel in Barcelona, we advise you to use the El Prat airport. You can easily reach the centre in 30 minutes with the airport bus, the train, or bus #46 (the cheapest option to Plaza Espanya). Reus and Girona airports are connected to Barcelona, but the transfer to the centre takes almost 2 hours and is more expensive. For the non flyers you can reach Barcelona by train, or if you are already in Spain or Europe.
There are all sorts of things to do such as: walk along the Ramblas from Plaza Catalunya to the sea, explore the narrow streets of the Gothic area, go shopping, eat tapas in the super cool Born district, be enchanted by the charm of the multicultural Raval, soak up the atmosphere and relax on the beaches. We recommend seeing everything made by Gaudi, Batillò House, Casa Mila, Parc Guell and Sagrada Familia are all worth visiting. For art lovers, check out the Miró Foundation and the MACBA contemporary art exhibitions. Do'nt miss the lively and colourful Boqueria market and the Market affoloato Encants, where you can find a lot of good deals!
☼ WHERE TO EAT
There are no shortage of good eateries in Barcelona, just avoid the usual tourist traps (recognizable by the typical pictures at the entrance, of dishes such as Paella Valenciana which have nothing to do with Catalan culture...) If you are on a budget you can focus on local food in the neighbourhood of Raval. If you want to sample some tasty tapas we recommend the Born district, where there is plenty of choice. And if you want to experience a full dinner we recommend the Bar Catalan Cañete (Carrer de la Unio n ° 17), where you will find a wide selection of tapas and other dishes, cooked with care and flare. Prices maybe aren't the cheapest in the city, but if you consider that you're saving a lot of money with our cheap hostel in Barcelona, you can afford to dine in style.
☼ WHERE TO SHOP
If shopping malls and big brands are your thing, you should check out the Mare Magnum, located on the seashore at the end of La Rambla. If you prefer independent boutiques and alternative fashions head straight to El Born, where there is an assortment of stores full of suprises. If you want to shop in a less crowded and less touristic district head to Gracia, which is full of shops and local citizens.
If you're looking for a party hostel then the best choice is the Kabul Backpackers Hostel, it is situated in Plaza Real in the heart of Barcelona's nightlife, the hostel is ideal for those looking for a good time with great concerts, a games room, flamenco shows and a crowded bar inside the hostel with lots of happy hours! Never have a dull moment and all for €16 per night.
Another option is the Barcelona Urbany Hostel, less central than the others (still close to the Sagrada Familia) but located in a brand new building offering all the comforts one could want, among the services included are internet, breakfast and use of the indoor pool, sauna and dacuzzi! The most modern of hostels in Barcelona for comfort, style and relaxation just for €17 a night!
These are just a sample of some of the cheap hostels in Barcelona you can find on HostelsClub.com. If you feeling inspired to visit Catalonia we suggest you visit the full page with a complete list of youth hostels in Barcelona!