According to The Beatles the best things in life are free. We’re not too sure we agree with this (Bugatti Veyron?) but there are a few cheap and free things to see and do without breaking the bank.
The Catalans love a good fiesta, in fact its difficult to go to Spain and not find some kind of festival, public holiday or saints day in full swing. So here’s a quick peak at some of the top dollar attractions that cost little or no dollar at all.
The big one is the Festes de la Mercè which takes place every September. You’ll find all the usual shenanigans you’d expect to find on your average weekend away with the lads; dwarfs, gegants (giant paper-mache and fibreglass walking costumes of sultans, fishermen, soldiers, kings, topless showgirls, etc), castellers (human castles, bands, dancing and then there’s correfoc.
Correfoc is pretty much a pyromaniacs weirdest dream brought to life. Bands of horned devils dance and stalk through the streets waving tridents topped with fireworks and generally throwing fireworks and bangers at anyone they find. It’s typical Spanish flair and fiesta without a whiff of the Health & Safety misers in their hi-viz jackets that would sit on this kind of back home.
Also in September you’ll find Diada de Caltlunya which is the Catalans “national” day. While not quite a nation the Catalans are a hugely proud people and also its another good excuse for one of their many knees ups.
St George’s Day, 23rd April is another notable on Barcelona’s calendar. England’s patron saint has links to a number of another nations (in fact historically there isn’t much evidence of him even visiting England). The more observant among you will already have noticed his cross on the Barcelona badge worn by Messi and pals.
It’s actually a day of romance for the locals and men present loved ones with books and flowers.
Its difficult to mention Barcelona and not mention football. If you’re thinking of taking in a game during your visit or fancy a stadium tour then speak to our team and we’ll check the fixture list for your weekend and get things lined up for you.
Park Güell - One of Barcelona’s most famous landmarks Antoni Gaudi’s ‘La Sagrada Familia’ began construction in 1882. He worked on it for 40 years and devoted the last 15 years of his life to nothing but. However it is still not finished! We know plumbers that work faster than that! But Park Güell where some of his most famous work is housed is certainly worth a visit if you have an hour to kill. Certainly some good photo ops with the boys.
Las Ramblas – After a hard night on the town you and the guys can clear fuzzy heads and watch the world go by with a cool cerveza (beer) and some tapas in one of the many bards or cafés along Las Ramblas. There is loads of art and street entertainment on display including the odd freestyle footballer. These guys really are worth looking out for.
Portal de l'Àngel - If and the boys like looking good and want to take advantage of Barcelona’s trendy shopping then Portal de l'Àngel is worth as visit. It leads on to some really cool boutiques but avoid it if you don’t like crowds, around 3,500 people pass through it every hour!!!
Vamos A La Playa – If everyone looked like the girls in this video looked like this then going to the beach (which is roughly what the song translates to) would be a must.
And to be honest many of the girls on Barcelona beach do. You’d be fools not to pay it a visit!
Barna Centre – Not everyone’s a history buff but if you are and you want something a little more cerebral then Barri Gòtic is for you. Spanning the ages it has buildings dating from the medieval period right the way back to Roman times.
Barcelona has an excellent metro system although it’s a fairly compact city centre so you can get to most places with Shank’s pony.
If you buy online before you leave you can save 10% and get a 3 day travelcard will cost just 19.20 Euros and gets you onto busses and the underground.
If you want to start building your Barcelona stag then you can give us a rough idea of numbers and the activities you have in mind and we’ll start creating a package tailored to your needs.
You can then add, subtract or remix the details until you and the guys have the perfect mix for your “Adios” to the soon-to-be-Senor.
(That means send us your enquiry. Yep, we’re just so international!)