PowerPoint Presentation: 1. Use public transport It is very cheap and very reliable. A carnet of 10 journeys cost only about 8€ and can be used on buses, trams and the metro. 2. Take advantage of the “Menu del día” (Menu of the day) Virtually every restaurant does this and it costs around 9€ to 11€ for a very good 3 course meal (plus bread and wine/beer/water). This is only applicable during the working week and practically all of the locals do this. 3. Explore by walking Barcelona is a very compact city. There are many shops in the L’Eixample area including the famous Passeig de Gracia street. It is easy to walk down to the gothic area, into Las Ramblas and then the beach and port.
PowerPoint Presentation: 4. Don’t over tip This is something difficult to get used to if you are from UK or US but 5% is considered a very generous tip. In a restaurant, no matter the type of restaurant or size of the bill, tips of 2€ are typical. Many people don’t tip at all and only tip if you think the service was worth it. 5. Be aware of muggers Not losing your wallet is most definitely one way to save money. Mugging is rife in Barcelona and is perhaps one of the worst places in Europe for this. Mugging takes place day and night, mostly in the tourist areas. Make sure any bags you carry are zipped up and that you do not leave wallets/purses or bags lying around in bars or restaurants – even if you think that you are watching them.
PowerPoint Presentation: 6. Avoid eating and drinking in Las Ramblas Unless of course you want to soak up the incredible atmosphere. Prices here are normally at least double. Be aware that a large sangria will cost around 10€. 7. Take advantage of free activities Parc Güell, the port, the beach, Montjuic and entry into the Olympic stadium are all free activities. 8. Biking Barcelona offers an excellent bicycle hiring service. There are automatic bicycle stations all around the Barcelona and once you have an account, you can use the service as much as you like.
PowerPoint Presentation: 9. Shop around There is often a large discrepancy in prices in Barcelona. For exactly the same product, prices can vary around 40%. This is even true in supermarkets.