Barcelona on a Budget!

Hey Guys!

If you read my last post then you will know that I recently returned from Spain. I was in Lloret De Mar for 4 nights with uni on a sports tour and then moved on to Barcelona for 2 nights. So I thought I would write a post about what me and my friend Becky got up whilst in Barcelona and also how we made the most of two days in the city whilst both being students on a very limited budget.

First of all we got a coach from Lloret De Mar to Barcelona bus station we booked this when we got to Spain and for a single coach ride for just over an hour along a coastal route was 10 Euros! Quite a bargain if you ask me. One way that we saved money was booking into stay at a Hostel instead of a Hotel. I used HostelWorld to book ours in Barcelona, its a great website for finding hostels in Europe when I went interrailing last summer we booked all the Hostels on HostelWorld and they were all fab.

The Hotel my friend and I stayed was called the Sant Jordi Hostel Rock Palace. I chose it because it had good reviews online and was close to the fountains in Barcelona Central. It was also 50 Euros for two nights. When we arrived the Hostel was better then we could have ever hoped. We had WiFi included all the doors and lockers were electronic and the Key Card was assigned to your bed. We were in 8 bedroom mixed dorm which had its own balcony/terrace. There were separate bathrooms and toilets for girls and boys and they all clean and modern. There was a rooftop pool and a ‘beach’ area and downstairs in the ‘Cavern Club’ were sofas, ping pong tables and a large kitchen were for 5 Euros each night you were able to get a hot meal for dinner. I have linked the Hostel above but look at the view we had from the roof:

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When we had checked in on the first night and were settled late afternoon we went out for a wonder and in search of some food!

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For dinner we decided on a place called El Café d’en Victor they had loads on the menu including traditional Spanish Tapas dishes. But for 24 Euros I decided on the set menu and ordered the Goats cheese and roasted vegetables to start, for main I had steak with mushrooms and tomatoes that had cooked in salt and then for dessert I chose the Bakery Selection.

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All of the dishes were amazing. Included was on the menu as one glass of wine but me and my friend got pretty much a whole bottle between us to share. After dinner we went back to the Hostel and some how got dragged on the free Hostel night out even though this would have been our 5th or 6th night out in a row after tour. Anyway we went to a bar called The Mint which had a cool underground bar vibe and a Strawberry Mojito was 5 Euros however the club we went to called Opium on the beach front was very very expensive I paid 50 Euros for 4 drinks. The music was really good and it was fun in the club the prices of drinks just put a dampener on things so if you go I would recommend predrinking a bit before you head to the club.

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My Top is from Zara a few months ago now so here is a similar version. My skirt is from H&M, my belt is New Look and my sandals are Primark.

The next morning we gave ourselves a well deserved lie in and then went in search of Brunch we decided on a place called Bodega Granados. Again reasonable prices and good food. I got a Chorizo, Caramelised Onions and Brie toastie, and then I also had the Seabass, Avocado and lime salad. All super yummy.
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After this we headed to the famous Sagrada Familia. We walked a long way to find it and when we got there it was stunning although we went to queue up to get tickets only to find out that by 1 in the afternoon all the tickets for that day had sold out. It is worth noting that if you are going to Barcelona soon and want to go inside the Sagrada Familia I would recommend booking in early as this was our only full day in the city so couldn’t come back the next day.

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We battled on after this we got the metro to the harbour and got Nutella covered waffles ate them whilst looking over the harbour and boats. We then walked along the boardwalk and into the marina shopping centre where I did a bit damage in Osho and Lefftie’s after this we walked down the La Rambla and I went into Brandy Melville and also picked up a few bits from there. After this it was time for dinner.

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My Top is from Miss Selfridge similar here, my Belt is the same as before from New Look, my Denim Shorts are Vintage 550’s from Levi’s bought in Affleck’s Palace in Manchester, pair of 501’s on ASOS here, my Sunglasses are Quay Australia.

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Rosie

xxx

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