There are lots of good reasons for taking a gap year but, whether you’re looking for language fluency, academic enrichment or involvement in the local community, having fun probably fits into your plans. Just living in Barcelona is a treat for the eyes and ears and tastebuds and, if your budget is unlimited, you can go back home with lots of wonderful and expensive memories.Let’s assume, though, that you’re on a budget. Can you still have fun? The answer is definitely “¡Sí!”
¡Diviértete! (Have Fun!)
Stuff that’s “gratis”
If you're broke (“sin blanca”) don't despair! You’ll never run out of free things to do. We won’t attempt to list them here; rather, we'll just point you to the following sites: http://www.forfree.cat/en/
Barcelonayellow links you to concerts and festivals, some free some not.
Check out this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TuN1SaaNMA
Museums in Barcelona are free on the first Sunday of every month and many are free every Sunday in the afternoon. ( http://www.bcn.cat/museus/diumengestarda/es/)
By the way, don’t forget that all your local public transportation (bus and subway) is included at El Casal!
All El Casal participants get the Carnet Jove, a discount card that has deals on everything from train discounts to pizzas to Barcelona “fútbol” matches. The El Tenedor app ( http://www.eltenedor.es/mobile) gives you amazing deals at tons of local restaurants. You can eat really well without waiting for your parents or your grandparents to visit and pick up the tab!
In general, if you stay away from the touristy streets like Ramblas, Paseo de Gracia and the area around Sagrada Familia church, you’ll save bucks on food and drinks. The fashionable clubs and discos like Opium are guaranteed to give you sticker shock and “normal”nightspots like Razzmatazz are no bargain, either. Opt for a café in the Gracia district.
¡Vamos a ver una peli!
All the movie theaters have a day in the week with heavily discounted tickets. We’re talkin’ 4 euros, more or less.