Just like elsewhere on the Iberian Peninsula, Barcelona is a relative bargain compared to most of the major cities in western Europe. Hotels and hostels are usually available at reasonable prices, though that might not be true during the height of the summer tourist season in July and August. Check our recommended cheap Barcelona hotels list for well located bargains.
Barcelona is a very outdoor city and most of the more notable attractions are free so visitors usually don’t need to spend a fortune to have a good time. The La Rambla area, the Gaudi architecture, Park Guell, and even the outside of the Sagrada Familia are all free to see, as is the beach area. If you only have 2 or 3 days in Barcelona you should check out our Barcelona Pass review, as it could save you time and money.
Food is available in pretty much every price range, so people on a tight budget will have some decent choices just as high-end travelers will have no problems finding pricey and delicious meals. If you are a drinker then you’ll find that local beer and wine tend to be very cheap, even in bars, at least by normal European standards.