Barcelona is unique in that it is a huge city, on the sea, surrounded by mountains.. what a combo! It’s definitely my favourite place for a city break, so here is how to experience it all without spending a fortune..

FLIGHT

Barcelona is so accessible from the UK! A quick internet search will throw out hundreds of flights from all major UK airports, the cheapest I found in the next two months is £22 return! You can pick up a flight over the weekend in September (when the average temperature is 26 degrees!) for £89 return on Average. The flight is just 2-2.5hrs depending on where you fly from so you can be on the beach in no time!

Cost of a flight from UK to Barcelona Fri-Mon in September 2017 …. £89pp

ACCOMMODATION

One thing becomes very evident, very quickly when planning a trip to Barcelona, accommodation is EXPENSIVE! If you remember my trip to Paris I stopped in a hostel alone for the first time in a private room, well for a portion of my trip to Barcelona I went all in and stopped in a shared dorm at St Christopher’s Inn – Barcelona HostelThe hostel is in the best location possible, just a 2 minute walk from Catalunya station which is right in the centre of the city! I was slightly apprehensive before I arrived, but looking back I had no need to be, it was so nice and so much cheaper than any of the hotels in the area, with a mixed dorm starting from just £15 per night! The dorm room was super modern, clean & well lit with a cool balcony overlooking the city; also the rooms are accessible by key card only which keeps them private & safe. The bed was really comfy and comes with your own plug socket, a curtain for privacy and a built in suitcase sized locker to store your things. You have access to a shared bathroom, which in truth looked no different to a bathroom at a modern gym or something similar. Everyone was really quiet at night so I had no problems sleeping, but one of the best things about the stay was that it made meeting people really easy, I was invited to a bar crawl while queuing up to check in! You also get a free breakfast included in the price so need to spend money eating out. St Christopher’s are a big reputable name in the hostel industry and have lots of hostels at different locations around Europe – I’ll definitely be using them again.

Cost of a dorm room for 3 nights at  Christopher’s Inn – Barcelona Hostel…. £48pp

St Christopher’s Inn Hostel Barcelona
The view from the balcony.. Yes.. A balcony in a hostel!!
Hostel room goals – modern, clean and comfy!

THINGS TO DO

Here is a list of cost effective activities to keep you more than busy for 3-4 days..
Sun it up at Barcelonetta beach! – Free
Roam the ancient grounds of Monjuic Castle – £3
Enjoy a morning coffee overlooking the city at Bar Pel Mirador– £2
Relax on the remote and dreamy Badalona beach – Free
Explore the iconic Sagrada Familia – £12
Have a cocktail with panoramic views of Barcelona Wet bar at the W hotel  – £11
Explore the ancient cathedral & foothills of Mount Tibidabo – Free
Enjoy a coffee whilst people watching, overlooking the Arc de Trimof – £2
Get the grand tour of the famous Camp Nou stadium! – £20
Make a wish at the impressive Font Magica – Free
Marvel at the architecture at Park Guell – £4
Watch the sunset over the city from the bunkers of El carmel – Free

Cost of 3-4 days of activities in Barcelona…. £54

Amazing sunset from the Bunkers at El Carmel!
Dreamy Badalona Beach
The iconic Sagrada Familia
The views from Mount Tibidabo
You can’t visit Barcelona without seeing the historic Camp Nou!!

There it is, fly to Barcelona, stay in a great room and explore the city for 3-4 days for a grand total of £191! What are you waiting for? Book your flight and book your room with St Christopher’s, print off your itinerary and go make some memories!

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