Tightening those purse strings? For many, January is a difficult month, the post Christmas  bills come rolling in and pay day is just that little bit later…

You’ll be happy to know that Barcelona has a number of free attractions, whether its free entry to some great museums or simply walking around Barcelona’s various markets and parks. Below are a number of tips for Barcelona on a budget.

Parc Guell is know for its works of Gaudi dotted around the park. Intended as a residential area for Barcelona’s rich and famous the park is now famous for its fountains, ceramic statues and stunning mosaic tiling. Fun for both children and adults!

Ramblas and Boqueria market, a tourist hotspot that is well worth a visit. Street performers are situated on Barcelona’s most famous street, Las Ramblas, throughout the day. Afternoons can be easily spent strolling down Las Ramblas, often mistaken for ending at Placa Catalunya this street continues on to La Rambla de Catalunya. Not to be missed on Las Ramblas is the Boqueria Market, wandering around the stalls cost nothing but offer a thrill to all your senses!

The Picasso Museum is one of the best museums in Barcelona and celebrates the Spanish Cubist artist, showcasing some of his finest pieces. For those visiting on the weekend, you’re in luck – only free on the first Sunday of the month.

Revel in the Ravel, Barcelona has a strong literary flavour and the neighbourhood of El Ravel (also known as Barrio Chino) holds many readings in their cosy bars and cafes. Every sunday a quaint book market is held.

A Barcelona pilgrimage, even if you’re not the religious type the stunning churches of Barcelona should not be missed. Various styles of architecture can be seen within Barcelona’s wide range of churches, such as the Barcelona Cathedral, La Sagrada Familia, Sant Pau del Camp and Santa Maria del Mar. For many, entry is free but if not, marvelling from the outside is enough.