Barcelona vacation rentals are a great way for budget travelers to save money in style. Barcelona condos are almost always more affordable than hotels and bed and breakfasts, and they often offer more living space, interesting locations, and the chance to save further money by preparing some of your own meals. Whether you are the type of traveler who is devoted to self-catering or trying it for the first time, a vacation rental in Barcelona will help you to see a more authentic side to the beloved Spanish city.
If you want to rent an apartment in Barcelona, there are a few things to consider. The old motto “A picture is worth a thousand words” is especially relevant when it comes to rentals. All good Barcelona vacation rentals will have pictures accompanying the description of the apartment. To avoid disappointment, keep your eye out for ads that have a picture of every room in the apartment; some apartments might have lovely bedrooms, but very old kitchens and bathrooms, for example. If you aren’t too picky, or are traveling on a very tight budget, this might not be as important to you. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a little luxury with your vacation rental in Barcelona, keep your eye out for good pictures.
Another way to find great Barcelona condos is by reading reviews of fellow travelers. Many forums that list rentals have space available for comments, where travelers have listed their praise and concerns about apartments. This is one benefit of booking online, instead of directly with an apartment owner, who would never post any negative feedback about the property. Following in the footsteps of other travelers can ensure that you avoid some of the seedier apartments that are out there. Top sites to try include rentinbarcelona.com, apartmentsramblas.com, shbarcelona.com, oh-barcelona.com and getreadybarcelona.com.
If you are trying to budget for Barcelona vacation rentals, be prepared to pay between 50 and 250 euros per night. There are some strategies you can use to try and secure a discount as well. If your trip doesn’t include any weekends, you may earn a midweek discount. On the other hand, if you’re planning an extended stay, this lengthy chunk of time might also earn you a discount. There are great deals on Barcelona condos during the off season as well. You might not find these deals during the summer months, but during other periods of the year, apartment owners might be willing to offer significant discounts. Just open your mouth and ask!
If you book a vacation rental in Barcelona you will have extra money to enjoy other things. Nightlife in Barcelona is very well known, so pack your party shoes and get ready to dance. If you’d rather learn about the history of the city, sign up for a bicycle or walking tour. Art lovers will be blown away by the sheer choice of museums and stunning architectural attractions. While a kitchen at an apartment rental can entice you to stay in and cook—it would be a shame to miss some of the incredible restaurants this city has to offer. Go ahead and splurge on a few meals out as well.