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For how beautiful it is and how warm the country tends to be, Spain is a surprisingly affordable travel destination. The capital city of Barcelona is one of the more expensive places in the country, yet it still offers something for just about every budget. The center of the city has a mix of many different types of lodging, ranging from hostels and guest houses that run from $20 to $40 USD most nights to luxury accommodations right on the water.

Tips for Visiting Barcelona

Tourism to Barcelona begins to ramp up in June and peaks in August. Due to the high tourism and very humid weather, some residents of Barcelona opt to leave the city during this month, and businesses that are not focused on tourist traffic may be closed.

Tourism begins to wind down in September, leading to a lull during the fall and winter months. This is when the most favorable hotel rates will be seen. Spring is also generally relatively inexpensive yet the weather is quite nice. Exceptions during the low season include Christmas and New Years, which see a mass influx of revelers, Carnaval in late February, and the Easter celebration Semanta Sana.

Off-season trips to Barcelona are good, not just for cheap rates and milder weather than most of the rest of Europe, but for a more authentic experience of the city and culture. Cafes, restaurants and bars will be frequented primarily by locals instead of tourists. People who work in customer service will also generally be in a better mood. There are also some great festivals that take place only in the off-season. The Dia de los Reyes Magos parade in January, the Candy Festival in March, the Fiesta de la Merce in September and the In-Edit Beefeater Festival in October all take place during times when tourist traffic is usually not high.

Getting around Barcelona with public transit is a breeze, and you may find a car rental is not necessary unless you plan to go outside of the city. The city's underground Metro rail system goes between most of the city's tourist attractions and is affordable. The aboveground El Tram system and buses much more ground. The city's core is also very walkable.

Certain popular tourist attractions in Barcelona require advance booking in order to access. These include the combination art exhibition and nature preserve Park Guell, and the beautiful La Sagrada Familia church.

One of the best aspects of visiting Barcelona is the incredible food. Of course, everyone knows about tapas bars as they have become a worldwide phenomenon, but a lesser known feature of Barcelona is dinner accompanied by a flamenco show. The mojitos made at beachside bars are also regarded as some of the best in the world. If you're in the mood for seafood, the La Boqueria market is the place to go.