I've heard that with the economic crisis that Spain is facing, prices , have gone up considerably, is this true?
Well Barcelona isn't a cheap destination, hasn't been since the 1992 Olympics (in fact prices started going up in anticipation). Indeed with the exception of public transport costs in Berlin are quite a bit lower, for example and Germany in general is not such an expensive destination, perhaps bcause the Germans do consider very carefully how they spend their money (so German cities have far more 3 star hotels than 4-star I've noticed whereas Barcelona has loads of 4 and 5-star ones).
In Barcelona when there's a congress on here hotel prices are crazily expensive but that's been true for years. For day-to-day expenses rather the opposite from what you've heard: you do now see better deals for a coffee + pastry etc and menu del día offered at the weekend as well as Mon-Fri so in that sense it can be a bit cheaper.
Of course it depends on your perceptions too: my son has just been home for the weekend (from Germany) and was shocked to have to pay 9.25€ for a T-10 ticket. Thuis is still less than 1€ a journey but he and many people here think it is an outrageous price because the increases year after year in recent years have been way over the level of price-inflation. however in international terms it's still a bargain ticket to travel for 75 minutes in quite a wide area. Even the 2€ single ticket (which no local would ever buy!) is not all that expensive compared with many other European cities.
No, it wasn't true for us - and a US/ Canada comparison should be accurate. We spent a month in Spain and France and found it all to be very affordable, well under our daily allowance.. But we're budget travelers, so maybe you will find things to be different.
And just curious - Where did you hear this? It hasn't been in any of the news articles I've read....
I'm curious to know where you got the information, as well. I've read nothing about high inflation in Spain. In fact, the inflation rate right now is around 2% and, although things aren't looking great, economic conditions are not particularly inflationary.
More nonsense from across the pond.
In Malaga prices at restaurants have dropped in price because people cannot afford to eat out everyday. So they dropped the prices to lure people back.
Further question - in relation to above discussion; would it be more economical to stay longer in Madrid than in Barcelona as a tourist? taking into consideration Hotel, Food, Shopping...etc...
No, is not true. I have noticed dropping prices in some restaurants menus here in Barcelona too, plus options to having an economical set menu at evenings too (something that was not offered before), and many "half menu" options at midday. All these offers are aimed to attract local customers, as many of us are eating out less frequently now. I have not noticed any relevant increase in other prices.
Regarding Madrid-Barcelona, prices are very similar, even more from a tourist point of view. As said above, prices of hotels depend on dates, so check for your particular travelling dates (each city may be cheaper or more expensive depending on local festivals, big conferences, etc.) Food and shopping are similar. For significantly cheaper overall prices you must head to small, un-touristy towns.
What "discussion?" Everyone has said it is not true. The original "information" was bogus. As Belsaita just said, prices are very similar. The one difference I can think of - It is much easier to find free tapas in M.
I actually read this in one of the TA posts, but cannot recall now which one as i read these almost every day in preparation for our trip. it was a general question as we are actually staying in Stiges.
but thanks for the reassurances. We too are fairly budget travellers.