My Detailed Budget Breakdown (2022)
I’ve spent so much time travelling across Spain — almost six months in total!
I’ve been lucky to spend six weeks exploring Madrid and three months living in Granada. I’ve taken short trips to Valencia, Girona, San Sebastian, Bilbao, and Ronda, visited Barcelona three times, island-hopped in the Canaries and flown to Mallorca five times. I’ve even hiked the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain! In short, just try keeping me away from Spain! I can’t stop returning to one of my favourite countries in Europe.
Over the time I’ve spent in Spain, I’ve learned an awful lot about how much it costs to travel there — and I’ve kept meticulous track of every single cent I’ve spent, too.
Today, I’m excited to share just how much you can expect to spend on travel in Spain, based on my own personal experiences.
Let’s get started.
Walking the city walls of Girona
The Cost of Accommodation in Spain
I know I have a ton of readers who are all about that backpacking life, so I want to kick off this section by running through some of the accommodation options that are out there for budget travellers.
Couchsurfing is a great way to save money while taking a deep-dive into life in Spain. You’ll stay with a local for free, sleeping on their couch, and learning about their day-to-day life in the country. It’s not the most comfortable of travel experiences, of course, but you’ll learn more about what it’s like to be Spanish than you would by staying in a hostel or hotel. You can browse a list of Spanish Couchsurfing hosts on the Couchsurfing site — there’s tons of welcoming locals in most towns and cities across the country, many with outstanding reviews.
Housesitting is another option for saving money in Spain. Housesitting is exactly what it sounds like — you’ll take care of somebody’s house for free while they’re away, usually while looking after their pets, too. This option is going to be best for long-term travellers or retirees as you can’t pick and choose dates and destinations, so need to have flexibility over where you go and when. If you do have that freedom, it’s a wonderful way to cut down your travel expenses, soak up some home comforts, look after some adorable animals, and live like a local for a while. Trusted Housesitters is one of the best sites for getting started with housesitting.
And finally, if you’re travelling long-term and don’t mind getting your fingers dirty, you could look at WWOOFing or WorkAway as a way to cut down your costs while working on a farm in exchange for accommodation and food. It’s not the most glamorous of experiences, but getting to live for free in a foreign country is an incredible experience, so if you’re backpacking around Europe, this may be the way forward for you.
I’m suspecting, though, that for many of you, you’re not interested in the free accommodation and just want somewhere clean, safe, and affordable to rest your head each night. If that’s the case, there are several options available for you.
The first of these is hostels. In Spain, you’ll come across hostels all over the country, from the big cities to the small villages to beachside hideaways. They’re one of your best options for saving money, and aren’t just for the backpackers.
Hostels in Spain are much cheaper than equivalents elsewhere in Western Europe, with the big exception being Barcelona over the summer, but even then, it’s still nowhere near outrageous. You can expect to spend around €10-15 for a dorm bed in most spots in Spain, with the price increasing to around €25 a night on the beaches and more tourist-filled areas.
When it comes to private rooms in hostels, you can expect to spend around €45 a night for a clean, basic room in a good location, so if you’re travelling with friends or a partner, you may find it cheaper to grab some privacy over settling for two beds in a dorm room.
If you’re an older traveller and put off by the thought of nights spent in hostels, you shouldn’t be! Private rooms are usually very quiet and clean, and most hostels are modern, safe, and centrally located. They tend to have a little more personality than generic hotels, and the staff are fantastic at offering kickass travel advice. As long as you check the reviews of any hostel before booking it to make sure nobody refers to it as a party hostel, you’re all good to make a booking there. I use HostelWorld to find the cheapest hostels.
And, of course, there are always hotels, which will usually start at around €40 a night. You’ll have slightly more luxury and comfort in hotels, so it’s up to you to work out whether this is worth the additional expense. I always use Booking to find guesthouses and hotels when I travel, as they have the greatest selection for the best prices.
Atocha train station in Madrid
The Cost of Transportation in Spain
If you’re going to be hitting up the major cities in Spain, you’re in luck: public transportation is extensive, affordable, and of a high quality. Getting around is going to be easy. If you’re happy to hop on a bus or train, you’ll be able to access pretty much anywhere in the country.
Within the cities themselves, you’ll find buses and metros to use to get around, as well as taxis. Uber, unfortunately, isn’t in Spain, although you can use the Cabify app, which is similar, in Barcelona. Madrid has a fantastic metro, and Barcelona’s pretty decent. For the rest of the cities, you’ll probably get around by bus, tram, or light rail.
When it comes to train travel between cities, it’s time to get yourself acquainted with RENFE, which runs the train system. You’ll find both high-speed and regular trains across the country, with the former obviously being more expensive. Trains run reasonably on-time, are in good condition, and easy to book online. I travelled by train between Madrid and Granada and Granada and Ronda and enjoyed my rides.
Buses are safe, clean, and comfortable in Spain, and I find myself regularly using them. I recommend using Movelia to check timetables and make reservations, as they’re one of the few English-language websites you can use.
Here’s what I paid for my trips across Spain:
- Bus from Barcelona to Madrid: €33
- Train from Madrid to Granada: €37
- Train from Seville to Madrid: €38
- Bus from Barcelona to Valencia: €16
- Bus from Bilbao to San Sebastian: €7
- Train from Barcelona to Girona: €11
Paella in Granda: so freaking delicious!
The Cost of Food in Spain
Spanish food is such a great cuisine! I always forget about it when I think of the great cuisines of the world, but as soon as I touch down in the country, I’m so enamoured by all there is to eat. And let’s not even talk about the jamon iberico — swoon!
If you’re going to be backpacking in Spain, you’ll probably want to cook a bunch of meals in your hostel kitchen, and this is a good way to keep your food costs down. Head to a local market near to where you’re staying and stock up on ingredients. The good news is that food in Spain doesn’t have to be expensive, so you can definitely afford to eat out regularly.
One of my favourite cultural experiences in Spain is eating tapas in Granada. Why? Because they’re completely free. Yep, Granada has this fantastic thing where whenever you order a drink, you get a free plate of food. Order a couple of glasses of wine or a few beers and you won’t need to pay for dinner. If you already plan on drinking with your meals, this is a great way to cut costs and try some local meals.
Some of my favourite alcoholic drinks come from Spain, and I urge you to try them. Clara is beer with lemonade, tinto de verano is red wine with lemonade, and my favourite is kalimotxo, which is red wine and Coca-cola. I know the last one sounds disgusting, but trust me, trust me, trust me, it’s incredible! If you see it on the menu, you have to order it.
So let’s take a look at some of the best local eats you should try in Spain, along with the typical cost of these meals.
When it comes to breakfasts, continental Europe nearly always frustrates me. I’m not a huge fan of pastries and they do tend to rule in this part of the world. One of the more common breakfast dishes is tostada con tomate, aceite, y jamón — bread topped with tomatoes, olive oil, and ham. It’s not the most flavourful of meals, but that doesn’t matter because the food is fresh and it always tastes delicious. Another popular option is chocolate con churros — yes, that’s right. Churros and chocolate for breakfast. You’ll be able to score a potato omelette in the northern regions of Spain and you can normally grab a jamón sandwich somewhere in the country. As for cost, you’ll be looking at around €5 for breakfast, which usually includes an orange juice or coffee to wash it down.
Let’s talk about lunches next. Bocadillos are everywhere and when the jamón is as good as it is in Spain, you’re probably going to eat a hell of a lot of them. Lunch is typically the largest meal for the locals, so if you want to do as they do, prepare yourself for a several courses in the middle of the day. Think cold meats and cheeses to start, followed by small bowl of soup. Next, you’ll tuck into paella or a fish in lemon sauce, force yourself to eat some roasted pork, then finish it all off with a flan for dessert. Yeah, it’s a lot. Overall, lunches in Spain range between €15 and €35, depending on how large you want your meal to be.
Now, if you’re not already aware, the Spanish eat their dinners late. I remember turning up in Granada, forcing myself to wait until 8:30 p.m. until eating, and then sitting alone in a restaurant for an hour before the locals even considered eating dinner. Yes, part of the reason why you’ll want to have a huge lunch is because you’ll probably go out for dinner at 9 p. m. When it comes to the type of meals you can expect to eat, some of the more popular dishes are tapas, of course, as well as paella, croquetas, oxtail stew, gambas (shrimp, usually cooked in garlic), salt cod, and Iberian pork. You can expect to spend around €25 – €45 for dinners in Spain.
Here are some typical prices of food and groceries in Spain to help you budget better:
- Meal at McDonald’s: €7.50
- 0.5l of draught beer: €2.50
- A bottle of house wine in a restaurant: €5
- Coffee in an hipster area of town: €1.50
- Litre of milk: €0.70
- A loaf of bread: €1
- A dozen eggs: €1.50
- 1 kilogram of tomatoes: €1.50
- 1 kilogram of potatoes: €1
- A 1.5l bottle of water: €0.50
The beautiful view from Pope Luna’s Castle, in Valencia
The Cost of Activities in Spain
We’ve covered accommodation, transportation, and food, but let’s face it: you’re not going to have the trip of a lifetime if you skip out on entrance fees and activities! Here’s a detailed breakdown of some of the entrance fees you’re likely to encounter while travelling around Spain:
- Entrance to Sagrada Familia, Barcelona: €17
- Entrance to Park Guell, Barcelona: €10
- Entrance to the Guggenheim, Bilbao: €17
- Entrance to the Great Mosque, Cordoba: €10
- Entrance to Seville Cathedral: €9
- Entrance to the Alhambra, Granada: €15
- Participating in La Tomatina festival: €10
Don’t panic, though! There are plenty of ways to keep your activity costs down while you’re in Spain, and I’ve always had a wonderful time in the country simply walking through the cobblestone beaches, lying on the beaches, and walking in the countryside. There are tons of free museums to enter, whether you’re travelling in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, or elsewhere. Confession: I’ve never paid to enter the Sagrada Familia, but I still was awed by the exterior of this iconic building.
One way to save money but still gain a taste of the local culture is to spend a couple of hours wandering around a local market. Spain has some great vintage flea markets to take a look around, and I always find myself drawn to them, even if I’m travelling on a tight budget. I’m a huge fan of El Rastro in Madrid, Alcaiceria flea market in Granada, Mercadillo del Jueves in Seville, and Plaza Redonda Market in Valencia
I love taking tours to really delve into a country, and these days, I book pretty much every activity I do through Get Your Guide, so I recommend checking them out for inspiration. They have hundreds of activities and tours available across Spain. One of the best tours I’ve taken with them was the three-countries-in-one-day tour (€140), where I got to check out parts of Spain, France, and Andorra, leaving from Barcelona.
These are the highest-reviewed tours you can jump on through Get Your Guide:
- Skip-the-line ticket for Sagrada Familia in Barcelona: €31.60
- San Sebastian Evening Pintxo Tour with Wine: €120
- Flamenco performance in Seville: €25
- Monserrat tour from Barcelona: €85
- Fast-pass ticket for the Alhambra in Granada: €15
- Tapas and wine tour of Madrid: €80
- Game of Thrones-themed tour of Girona: €35
The view from my apartment in Granada
Don’t Forget Travel Insurance!
Regular readers are already sick of hearing me ramble on about the importance of travel insurance.
Yes, if you’ve read any other posts on Never Ending Footsteps, you’ll know that I’m a great believer in travelling with travel insurance. I’ve seen far too many Go Fund Me campaigns from destitute backpackers that are unexpectedly stranded in a foreign country after a scooter accident/being attacked/breaking a leg with no way of getting home or paying for their healthcare. These costs can quickly land you with a six-figure bill to pay at the end of it.
In short, if you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel.
Travel insurance will cover you if your flight is cancelled and you need to book a new one, if your luggage gets lost and you need to replace your belongings, if you suddenly get struck down by appendicitis and have to be hospitalised, or discover a family member has died and you need to get home immediately. If you fall seriously ill, your insurance will cover the costs to fly you home to receive medical treatment.
I use SafetyWing as my travel insurance provider, and recommend them for trips to Spain. Firstly, they’re one of the few companies out there who will actually cover you if you contract COVID-19. On top of that, they provide worldwide coverage, don’t require you to have a return ticket, and even allow you to buy coverage after you’ve left home. If you’re on a long-term trip, you can pay monthly instead of up-front, and can cancel at any time. Finally, they’re more affordable than the competition, and have a clear, easy-to-understand pricing structure, which is always appreciated.
With SafetyWing, you’ll pay $1.50 a day for travel insurance.
The Alhambra in Granada
How Much I Spent While Traveling in Spain
As I mentioned at the start of this post, I’ve been tracking every Euro and cent I’ve spent since I started travelling in 2011 and Spain is no different. I’ve taken a look at how much I’ve spent on accommodation, transportation, food, and activities over the six months I’ve spent in Spain and calculated the overall average, which I’ve shared below:
- Accommodation: €33.30
- Transportation: €3.22
- Food: €23.80
- Activities and entrance fees: €2.94
My total daily expenditure in Spain is therefore: €63! Not bad at all!
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Spain Budget Travel Guide | EuroCheapo.
Looking out over Segovia, Spain. Photo: slp
Making plans for a trip to Spain? We’re not surprised. The country is a favorite with travelers, and it makes good sense — what’s not to like about a place packed with adventures for every kind of visitor: tasty cuisine, iconic sights, famous museums and traditional markets and shops, not to mention the serious savings to be had when it comes to eating, drinking, and sleeping, especially as compared to elsewhere in Europe.
But even though Spain easily figures among Western Europe’s cheapest destinations, with a good dose of common sense, you can stretch those euros even farther on your amazing Spanish adventure.
Check out 50 of our best tips for saving money on your trip to Spain below.
• Spain: 10 First-time mistakes to avoid when visiting
• 10-Day Itinerary in Spain: A Budget trip through Madrid, Barcelona & Seville
• 10 Spanish phrases every traveler should learn before their trip
This is a “Cheapo Checklist” to Spain. We’ve included links through to more in-depth articles wherever possible. Also, check out comments for additional tips and to add your own.
When to go
1. Spanish cities can be cheaper in August
Spain’s biggest cities (Madrid, Barcelona, Seville) will be quite hot, sure, but come August, most locals are on vacation. Spaniards flee urban areas en masse and head to the beach or abroad, making for a much less expensive time to visit. That said, some restaurants and shops will be closed or operating reduced hours.
2. Avoid major events in Madrid and Barcelona
Whenever possible, try to plan your trip on dates that don’t coincide with major local events — avoid visiting while the Mobile World Congress is in Barcelona (usually in late February) when room rates double and triple, and skip Madrid’s Fashion Week (usually in the Summer) unless you’re actually in town to see the latest from Spanish designers.
3. Plan your trip during Spain’s off-season
If the dates work for you, save tons of cash on your trip by choosing the time of year you visit carefully. Try for winter (not Christmas or New Year’s) for the best rates on rooms. Or if you’d like warmer temperatures, aim for the late fall or early spring shoulder seasons for competitive rates on rooms and better weather.
How to get cheaper flights to Spain
With low-cost airlines like Norwegian offering more and more flights to Spain, now is a great time to find cheap airfare.
4. You don’t have to fly round trip
Consider buying two one-way tickets or booking your flights into one city and home from another. For example, fly into Madrid and explore the central part of Spain before you head north and fly home from Barcelona. “Open jaw” trips, as these sorts of itineraries are called, can save you time and money as you don’t have to travel all the way back to where you started. Sometimes these tickets can be even cheaper than regular round-trip tickets.
CheapoSearch: Find low-cost flights to Spain
5. You don’t have to fly into Madrid
Flying in from the US or Canada? Madrid isn’t your only option. You can also fly into Barcelona, or if fares directly into Spain are pricey, fly into a major hub like London, Munich, Dublin or Paris, and hop a budget airline to your Spanish city of choice.
6. Try flying a low-cost airline
Be sure to take into account budget air carrier options from the US to Europe including Norwegian Airlines (which has non-stop flights to Barcelona and Madrid from NYC).
There’s also a new kid on the block, Level, a budget airline by Spanish carrier Iberia, with fares starting at $400 RT from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Barcelona. It’s important to note that the cheapest fares don’t include a checked bag or a meal.
7. Add a stopover for extra savings
Not finding a cheap fare directly to Barcelona or Madrid isn’t the end of the world. In fact, it could mean something even better. Stopping over in a major hub city for a day could bring your flight expenses way down and give you the perfect excuse to see a new place.
8. Skip the taxi into the city center
Don’t pick up your bags and head straight to the taxi ranks. In Barcelona and Madrid, there are inexpensive public transit options that will take you directly to the city center from the airport. In Madrid, the subway may be your best bet, but in Barcelona, we recommend the train (if you’re flying into T1 you’ll have to take the free shuttle to T2 to get it.)
Organizing your itinerary
Check out our 10-day itinerary through Spain for a classic trip to the highlights of Madrid, Barcelona and Seville.
9. Take things slowly
Signing up to do too many things in too little time is a sure way to overspend and not have a spare moment to relax. Take your time. Choose a few highlights you don’t want to miss (i.e., see one or two Modernista architectural masterpieces in Barcelona, not all of them) and spend some of your time wandering — sometimes getting lost is the first step to finding your new favorite place
10. Focus on a smaller area
Instead of trying to see sights from across the entire country, decide on a specific region to explore — you’ll get a much more in-depth understanding of a place and spend less money traveling. More off-the-beaten-path parts of Spain, like Galicia (don’t miss Santiago de Compostela), Asturias, or Teruel and Valderrobres in Aragon, are good choices for extra savings on food and accommodation.
11. Go where the locals go
If you’ve already seen major highlights from around Spain like the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and the Prado in Madrid, head to lesser-known attractions that locals frequent and small villages and towns near big cities where urbanites go to get away from it all. One of our favorites? The beautiful coastal town of Tossa de Mar near Barcelona.
Want some more itinerary tips? Check out the following articles:
• Spain: 8 Overlooked destinations worth adding to your itinerary
• Best affordable seaside escapes in Spain
• How to save on your trip to Madrid
A Renfe train rolling through a mountain landscape in Spain. Photo: Nelso S
Saving on transportation in Spain
12. Tourist passes aren’t always worth it
Public transportation in Spain is very reasonably priced and easy to use, particularly when it’s aimed at locals. That’s why, for the most part, deals aimed at travelers (Eurorail passes, visitor passes in Barcelona and Madrid) aren’t the best value for your money unless you plan to use transit constantly.
13. Book Renfe train tickets ahead of time
Especially during peak travel times like Easter Week, Christmas, and summer, book your train tickets on the Renfe website ahead of time to get the cheapest tickets. Later in the game, you might not be able to get a tourist class ticket — it’s not worthwhile to pay for first class on Spanish trains.
14. Buy your tickets directly from Renfe
Whatever you do, don’t buy your tickets from third-party vendors. For the lowest prices and a legit ticket, always buy your tickets either from the ticket office in the train station or from Renfe’s official website, renfe. com.
15.Book tickets online for extra savings
There are special offers marked “promo only” available online that will save you a few euros, or quite a few if you want to book a high-speed AVE train.
16. Take the slow train for extra savings
Spain’s high-speed rail, AVE, is understandably more expensive than the plodding regional trains that stop in every village. But unless you’re rushing to make a flight, we think taking the slow train is a great way to see the countryside — and keep your budget in check.
17. Reserve AVE tickets as far in advance as possible
The high-speed AVE tickets are generally more expensive than any other way of arriving at a destination, with one caveat — if you book an AVE ticket far enough in advance, you could get a very good price — we found fares for around €50 each way online.
18. Consider taking the bus
Regional transportation companies like Sagalés buses go places the rails don’t and are usually cheaper than the train.
19. Fly budget for larger distances
Flying a budget airline between Spanish cities is almost always cheaper than taking the high-speed train, and a good portion of the time, it’s cheaper than taking a slow train.
20. Use a rideshare service for greater flexibility
If the trains, buses, and flights don’t go where you want to go when you want to go, arrange a rideshare with Bla Bla Car instead. It’s cheaper than a taxi and less hassle than renting a car. For more tips, read our guide to using Bla Bla Car.
Rental cars are a great way to see Spain. Just book in advance! Photo: Travis
Save on rental cars and driving
To really get out and see the Spanish countryside, renting a car is the way to go. However, before you hit book on your reservation or get behind the wheel, there are several tips you should know about. To find the latest prices, check out CheapoSearch to find good rates on car rentals across Europe.
21. Book a car with free cancellation
Particularly during peak travel times, it’s best to book a car with free cancellation as early as you can. You wouldn’t want to do without a vehicle on your Spanish road trip, would you?
22. Cancel if you find a better deal
If you’ve booked a car with free cancellation (or cheap cancellation if you didn’t follow through with our first piece of advice), keep looking for better deals as your travel dates approach, and if you find something better, book it and cancel your original reservation. Don’t feel too guilty, the car you’re not taking might end up being some other traveler’s windfall.
23. Pick up your car at the airport
It’s always more money to pick up a car in the city center, and it’s almost never worth the hassle. Even if it means you have to hop a bus to the airport, and a shuttle to the rental parking lot, it’s well worth the money saved, not to mention saving yourself the struggle of driving in traffic in Barcelona or Madrid.
24. Give yourself plenty of time for car pick-up
Give yourself a generous window of time after your flight lands to pick up the car, because if you’re late, the company might give your vehicle away or mark you a no-show, which is no fun.
25. Park carefully in Spain
Parking in the wrong spot in Spain can cost you dearly. Beyond the fines, parking in the wrong space might also get your vehicle hauled off to the local tow lot.
26. Don’t speed
This is a no-brainer. Take your foot off the gas. An encounter with a police officer in a foreign language is no fun, especially not in a country where fines for speeding range up to €300!
27. Have a paper map
Everywhere I’ve been in Spain, the GPS occasionally fails. Sometimes the signal doesn’t come through or the digital maps haven’t been updated to reflect improvements. Either way, having a current paper map (preferably from your rental company or a tourist office) can really help out in a pinch… not to mention that maps don’t have batteries that run out.
28. Use GPS
That having been said, whether you prefer to use a GPS program on your phone or rent a GPS terminal from the rental office, having the technology will make navigating the confusing bird’s nest of Spanish roads far easier, especially if you’re traveling alone and have to be your own navigator.
29. Don’t drive in big cities (if you can avoid it)
Big cities in Spain have cheap and reliable public transportation, which begs the question: why drive at all? Especially when driving means you can’t enjoy wine with lunch. If you’re stopping at a big city on your way somewhere else, park the car in a lot on the outskirts. If you’re thinking about keeping the car a few extra days to explore Barcelona or Madrid, return it and hop the Metro instead.
More tips: 10 Tips for renting a car in Spain | How to calculate the “real cost” of a rental car in Europe
Save on budget hotels in Spain
Check out EuroCheapo’s recommended budget hotels in Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville — and book at hundreds more Spanish destinations through our homepage.
30. Book early for the best deals
Book your accommodations as far in advance as you can. Spain’s excellent selection of basic but comfortable accommodations in 2-star hotels, pensiones and B&Bs fill up fast with locals.
31. Rent something with a kitchen
If staying for a while at the same hotel, we recommend renting something with access to a kitchen to save money on eating out. Especially if you’re going to stay multiple nights, having the option of cooking for yourself will make you feel more at home. Access to a kitchen is particularly advantageous for family travelers and folks who have dietary restrictions.
32. Sleep in a pension
In Spain, pensiones are basic family-run accommodations. Usually, they only have a few rooms but they make for a truly local experience at a very low cost.
33. Save big when you book last minute
If you’re willing to gamble a little, you could win big by booking your hotel at the last minute. Sometimes waiting to book until the day-of will win you a 4-stary room at a 1-star price. One of my favorite methods is booking a hotel with free cancellation ahead, and then canceling it if I get a better deal on a cheaper room. It’s important to note that as a general rule, walking in the day-of doesn’t usually get you any extra savings.
34. Stay somewhere without a view
Year-round, lodging with a view (beach, mountain or cityscape) will cost you substantially more than a comfortable room facing the inside of a city block or a garden. Since chances are your room is just a place to sleep, the view might not be worth the extra cash.
More hotels tips: How to save on your hotel in Madrid | Saving on your Barcelona accommodations | Our favorite cheap hotels in Seville
Save on sightseeing
35. Pre-book your “can’t-miss” activities
If there’s something you’re sure you absolutely must see that’s in high-demand, book it. Booking ahead will usually cost about the same, but it can save you the fuss of waiting in line. That said, don’t organize your days down to the minute. At most, book one activity per day and be sure to allow yourself lots of free time.
Also, don’t waste your money booking anything right after landing. You might be so exhausted that you sleep through that wine tasting you’ve spent months dreaming about, and who wants that?
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36. Hit up tourist information booths for tips
Even the most experienced travelers go to tourist information for tips (and free maps!). It’s a good place to get your first dose of local advice on where to eat, sights to see, and how to get places. The free maps will save you, so you don’t have to get a cab back to your hotel, and the advice on where to eat will usually save you from tourist traps like the restaurants on La Rambla.
37. Seek out free things to do
Barcelona’s Parc Güell may not be free anymore but all of Spain’s major cities have plenty of art and culture available for free — try to plan your museum visits on free days or afternoons. Besides, one of the best activities anywhere in Spain, wandering around, is 100% free everywhere.
38. Be careful buying museum and city passes
Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga, and other Spanish cities will try to sell you museum and city passes, and for most travelers, they’re just not worth the investment. Unless you’re a serious museum buff, or you plan to zigzag around the city all day like a crazed mosquito, you should probably just skip it.
Eating and drinking for less in Spain
Spain is a paradise for foodies on a budget. From cheap eats in Barcelona to tapas in Bilbao, you’ll find something tasty (and affordable!) around every corner. Just be careful of overprices restaurants in more touristy areas like Las Ramblas.
39. Shop for food at grocery stores and local markets
Food out in Spain is cheap, but it’s still cheaper to eat food from the grocery store or the local markets like the famous La Boqueria, even if you stick to prepared stuff. Here are the top grocery stores in Barcelona.
40. Eat our during lunchtime
There’s just no better deal than the menu del día in Spain — in every-day sorts of restaurants you can get a feast of an appetizer, a main course, and a dessert, with bread, coffee and wine for around €8-12. Keep an eye out for these must-try local dishes in Spain. Here are our favorite lunch spots in Barcelona.
41. Don’t overtip
Tips aren’t expected in Spain but rounding up small change is appreciated, as is a euro or two for exceptionally good service.
42. Stick to wine and beer
Keep your alcohol bills to a minimum by drinking like locals do. Spanish wine and local beers (mostly Estrella and Mahou) are very cheap and available almost everywhere.
Still hungry? Check out these 18 tips for eating like a local in Barcelona.
Save on shopping
43. Rebajas, ofertas and liquidacion are your new best friends
Want to save on your shopping trips in Spain? Make a beeline for establishments advertising discounted merchandise, sales, and clearance. In Spain major sales happen twice yearly, in early January (after 3 Kings) and in August.
44. Don’t forget to get your taxes back
If you’re doing triple to quadruple digit shopping in Spain, make sure sign up for tax-free refunds. Note that for small purchases, the amount of cash involved is probably not worth the hassle, and to qualify, you have to spend at least €90.16. Also, you technically can’t use goods before you leave if you want the VAT refunded.
Stop! Check your phone plan before sharing that selfie in Barcelona. Photo: mingusmutter
Staying in touch for less
45. Buy a Spanish SIM card
If you want or need to have your phone in full working order during your trip, spring for a pay-as-you-go Spanish SIM card. They’re cheap, and they’ll keep you from racking up insane international roaming charges. Find out more details on buying a SIM card in Europe.
46. Negotiate with your carrier
If you only want to use your phone in case of emergencies or very, very occasionally, it might be of interest to negotiate international roaming terms with your carrier. Whatever you do, don’t travel with a cell phone and use it without having talked to your carrier. Your phone may not work, but if it does, it may cost you a small fortune.
Check out these tips for using your cell phone in Europe without going broke.
47. Use free Wi-Fi
McDonald’s locations, many cafes and bars and even Barcelona’s El Prat airport all offer some form of free Wi-Fi (sometimes it’s limited or with purchase). Make the most of it to stay in touch without jacking up your cell phone bill.
Banks and money
48. Use a no-fee credit card
Before you travel, look at your credit card terms and grab the cards that offer no extra charges on international transactions. You can also rack up your points or miles on chargeable purchases during your trip. Although in the past, it was hard to use credit cards around Spain, more and more businesses are fully equipped to accept your Visa and MasterCard (sorry, no Discover and rarely Amex).
Also, be sure to call the provider ahead of time so that charges aren’t blocked.
49. Don’t change money
If you must take some cash, stash it away in the safe, and don’t change it to euros unless you absolutely have to — the fees and poor rates for converting from dollars just aren’t worth the hassle. Instead, use your bank card for the best exchange rates and lowest commissions. Just be sure to get the all clear with your bank before you leave.
Related: Should you buy euros before your trip to Europe?
50. Leave the traveler’s checks at home
Traveler’s checks are another thing that just aren’t worth the hassle for most folks. Lots of Spanish banks won’t even cash them unless you’re a client at their bank and the places that accept them charge a hefty processing commission. If you’re worried about getting into a pinch if lose your cards, or they stop working, remember that there are Western Union offices all around major cities and Spain, and in a pinch, you could have a friend or family member wire you money.
More tips to save in Spain
Want more of our best advice on spending less in Spain? Check out our favorite budget hotels in Barcelona and Madrid, or search over 60,000 accommodations across Spain including hotels, pensiones, B&Bs and vacation apartments.
For more tips, visit our Spain budget guide for more blog posts.
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how to get around Spain cheaply?
We are going on a trip to Spain. And in order not to go broke from transportation costs, we have compiled a detailed manual on budget travel around the country. Local low-cost airlines, buses, trains, car rental or search for fellow travelers – we analyze all possible options. Save to bookmarks!
Air is the easiest way to travel long distances: almost any flight within Spain will take no more than an hour. Often this is not only the fastest, but also, thanks to local low-cost airlines, quite a budget transport. In addition, this is practically the only way to get to the islands, for example, Mallorca, Ibiza or Tenerife.
Spain’s main low-cost airlines
One of the main Spanish low-cost carriers with an extensive domestic flight network based in Barcelona. It is convenient to select directions and prices on the route map: for example, they offer to get from Barcelona to Malaga for € 40, and from Valencia to Bilbao – for € 42. By the way, there is a chance to grab these tickets and much cheaper: the company quite often arranges pleasant sales – follow the information on the website of the low-cost airline.
From Barcelona to Seville or from Valencia to Santander, your favorite low-cost carrier offers many flights within Spain, including to the islands (all routes are here). At the time of preparation of the material, a ticket from Madrid to Mallorca, for example, could be grabbed for a fabulous € 2.43, and from Barcelona to Ibiza for € 10. Keep your finger on the pulse – check the prices here.
This low cost airline doesn’t have as many domestic flights in Spain as its competitors, but it often has sales. The best way to find cheap tickets is here. For example, it is offered to fly from Malaga to Bilbao for €15 (in July), and from Santander to Seville for €26 (in October).
The democratic subsidiary of the national carrier Iberia is based in Madrid and flies short and medium haul. The price tag for domestic flights starts from €30-40, though not for all dates.
If you can’t find the perfect flight from your city, check the nearest airports. For example:
instead of the main airport of Barcelona – El-Prat: Barcelona Girona and Barcelona Reus;
instead of Seville – Jerez airport;
The airports of Malaga and Granada, as well as Alicante and Murcia are relatively close.
Spain has an excellent rail network. Most flights are operated by the national company Renfe.
The AVE is the fastest (and most expensive) train in Europe. Such a train overcomes 600 km between Madrid and Valencia in 2.5 hours, but it can cost about € 50-70. For this money, you will ride not only with the breeze, but also with comfort: the carriages are spacious, soft seats, kintso (in Spanish, of course) and music in free headphones.
AVE pride themselves on being punctual. If the train is five minutes late, you will receive a full refund of the ticket price.
To the annoyance of all budget travelers, AVEs have replaced most of the cheap trains. To save money, you will have to transfer to the bus and spend twice as much time on the road.
If you buy a train ticket at the last moment, it can be cheaper than a plane.
Electric trains Cercanias run on suburban routes. Tickets for them can be bought in advance online or at special kiosks at the station. The cost depends on the distance, but rarely exceeds €5. It is convenient to check the cost of tickets in different directions on aggregator sites, for example, movelia.es , but it is better to buy directly on the websites of carriers.
Major bus carriers in Spain
The largest bus company in the country with the widest network of routes that has bought out a whole bunch of smaller companies in the last ten years. In addition to domestic flights in Spain, the carrier also has international flights – almost throughout Europe. You can find a list of all destinations here, and here is a handy price calendar.
Socibus operates flights from Madrid to Andalusia and the Basque Country. Tickets from the capital to Cadiz, Cordoba or Seville will cost € 25-30. The purchase system is not the most convenient and only in Spanish, but the prices are on average lower than those of ALSA.
Another company worthy of your attention: an impressive list of destinations and reasonable prices. For example, tickets from Valencia to Madrid can be taken for € 13 – several times cheaper than a train. In addition to regular intercity flights, it offers transfers to Madrid-Barajas Airport.
Some bus routes are not only noticeably cheaper than trains, but they are not inferior in speed. See for yourself*:
Madrid – Bilbao
Train: € 50, travel time – 5 hours
Bus: € 30-50, travel time – 4 hours 15 minutes
Madrid – San Sebastian
Train: € 20-50, travel time – 5-7 hours
Bus: € 35, travel time – 5-6. 5 hours
Madrid – Granada
Train: € 70, travel time – 4 hours
Bus: € 20, travel time 4.5 hours
*Prices are approximate. Check your dates on the official websites of carriers.
Rent a car ov. Keep in mind that Spain is full of toll roads, which can increase the cost of your trip significantly. In addition, you will face the problem of parking – you will have to master the subtle art of parking like a local.
You can compare car rental prices in a particular city from different rental companies using aggregators like rentalcars.com , but it’s better to interact directly with companies – it’s more reliable.
If you decide to explore the country by car, read our detailed manual on how to rent a car.
Search for fellow travelers
The topic of search for fellow travelers in Spain is well developed – you can easily find a car to almost any city or town. But in this case, the trip is unlikely to be planned in advance: many drivers publish ads at the last moment. The option of driving someone else’s car reduces the burden not only on your wallet, but also on the environment. Here is a list of the main services used by locals:
BlaBlaCar is the most famous service for finding fellow travelers, which also works in Spain.
Amovens is another popular service where you can also rent a car.
Amicoche is a completely free ride-hunting system: no commissions will be charged from you. Please note that you will have to pay the driver in cash.
Compartir is a local service with a large base of loyal users.
The cost of a trip in the same direction for different drivers can vary significantly, and often the point here is not greed at all. Some drivers ask for less because they are in no hurry and decide to avoid toll roads, while others value speed but charge a higher price. Specify the route in advance.
Spain is not the best country for hitchhiking. Experienced travelers warn that the average travel speed here will be much lower than in other European countries. Drivers stop reluctantly, those who catch the car at gas stations are more likely to be lucky. You can read more about hitchhiking in Spain here.
FOR YOUR TWO
The cheapest way to get around any country is on foot. The Camino de Santiago, the Way of St. James, passes through Spain. The most popular pilgrimage route is visited by pilgrims from all over the world to venerate the relics of the saint. However, in our time, the Way of Jacob has ceased to be religious and has become the main walking route in Spain, having managed not to lose its mysticism and near-philosophical meaning. For inspiration, you can read a story about such a trip.
moveliа. es is an aggregator of bus tickets across the country.
tripsavvy.com – all about bus and train travel in Spain.
autotraveler.ru – up-to-date information on the cost of toll roads in Europe.
hitchwiki.org – the hitchhiker’s encyclopedia: basic information, useful tips and life hacks for traveling in Spain.
1. The best friends of budget travelers in Spain are local low-cost airlines. We are ready to take you from point A to point B quickly and often for a penny: you just need to learn how to correctly use their sites.
2. If you want to save money, don’t ride the trains. Better take the bus.
3. Most fast roads between major cities are toll roads. Keep that in mind when planning your itinerary or look for a free detour.
4. Hitchhiking in Spain is difficult but possible. Companion search systems work much better.
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Tags: Spain, Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Seville Romantic trip for two
A romantic trip – how do you imagine it? Unhurried breakfasts for two, walks along the old streets, picturesque sunsets and the starry sky above your head. All this Spain has to offer. Vestnik ATOR has collected the best regions, beaches and cities of this country for the best romantic getaway for two.
Not only history and nature, but also delicious wines and Spanish cuisine are famous all over the world, and a large selection of resorts and hotels that meet the “romantic” status, and an interesting excursion program make Spain one of the most popular countries for romantic trips for two.
WHICH “HOTEL FOR TWO” TO CHOOSE IN SPAIN
For a romantic getaway, most people want privacy and tranquility. Therefore, at first glance, it is more logical to choose a resort that is not very suitable for families with children – due to the noise of bars and discos or not very convenient beach.
But you can also stay at the popular resorts of Spain in a hotel with categories Adult Only – more and more hotels in Spain fit this category, these hotels accept guests over a certain age – from 14-18 years old. A calm atmosphere usually reigns here, unobtrusive music plays, such hotels can have a good SPA center with treatment rooms for two and wedding services. Restaurants with exquisite menus, a good wine list and a wonderful view of the surroundings complement the advantages of such hotels.
The third option is to choose in one of the cities economical apartments equipped with a kitchen, and a light lunch or dinner cooked together from the freshest ingredients will seem the most delicious in the world.
Finally, in Spain there is another, very interesting class of hotels – paradors . These are castles, former monasteries, old estates or mansions converted into hotels. As a rule, paradors are located either quite secluded in the picturesque places of the country, or right in the heart of the city. In any case, you are guaranteed an authentic atmosphere and local flavor.
If you have only 3-4 days to rest, then it is best to choose city vacation , maybe in the format of city break . Madrid, Barcelona or Valencia is a great choice for a holiday for two. Shopping and gastronomic pleasures, historical excursions and parks, cathedrals and royal palaces – everything can be included in one trip!
SPAIN URBAN ROMANCE: THREE BEST CITIES FOR LOVERS
In Madrid , you can visit the Prado Museum or the Royal Palace together, have a cup of coffee in the famous Plaza Mayor, and on a hot day, hide from the heat in the Retiro Park and admire the glass palace or visit the Royal Botanical Garden. At lunch, grab a bite to eat at one of the eateries in the San Miguel market, amid a brisk trade and an amazing variety of different products from all over Spain and Europe. And we recommend finishing the evening in one of the trendy bars in the stylish Chueca district.
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, original and stunning. Gaudí’s architecture, the Gothic Quarter, the Olympic Village – from ancient times to vibrant modernity, there is one step. The Boqueria market, the statue of Columbus, the evening “dancing” fountains, the observation deck on Mount Montjuic or the funicular to Mount Tibidabo – in three days you can go everywhere and see everything! Passeig de Gracia, full of tourists during the day, is transformed in the evening: in a leisurely walk and stops for a couple of glasses of wine and tapas, you can see masterpieces in the evening illumination – for example, the house of Batllo and Mila …
Valencia is an interweaving of classical and modern architecture, greenery and coolness of natural and botanical parks. Botanical and Biopark with many secluded corners are ideal for a romantic walk. City of Sciences, built by the architect Calatrava, as if an example of the architecture of the future, it is especially beautiful in the evening.
SPAIN: ROMANTIC HOLIDAY AT THE SEA
Of course, seaside holidays are the perfect option for a romantic getaway anywhere, and in Spain too, so if you have a week or more to relax, then we recommend choosing a hotel on the coast. Which regions of Spain are the best to choose?
The main airports in the region are Barcelona , Reus and Girona . In an hour – one and a half drive from Barcelona there are numerous resort areas and beaches. Inexpensive hotels, a variety of cafes and bars tempt tourists from year to year, but even among the noise in the season there are resorts that can definitely be recommended for a romantic getaway. Easy access to the old city by public transport Terragona , authentic Girona or cozy Reus or spend a day in Barcelona shopping or enjoying excursions
If you wish, you can visit the main attractions that Catalonia is rich in – the religious center of the region – Montserrat Monastery , the famous sparkling wine cellars Freixenet , and many others.
North of Barcelona are 200 kilometers of coast Costa Brava : rock-cut shores and cozy bays, fraught with secluded beaches. France is closest to the Costa Brava, so if you wish, you can combine a trip to a neighboring country with a vacation on the beach or in a hotel.
For lovers looking for peace and tranquility, the small town of Tossa de Mar is ideal. Its medieval fortress, old town and the very atmosphere of the Spanish Mediterranean are the main attractions of the resort.
Particularly beautiful photographs are taken from the walls of an ancient fortress, where against the backdrop of the sea, rocky coasts and turquoise sea, you can capture a moment of personal happiness. Tossa de Mar does not have a large number of bars or noisy discos, the atmosphere here is calm and conducive to unhurried walks for two.
For a romantic getaway in Tossa de Mar, you can recommend the hotel Gran Hotel Reymar4 * Superior , located on the seafront. The hotel has a good SPA center and various accommodation options – from standard rooms to secluded villas.
If you want to plunge into the vibrant nightlife, you can drive to the neighboring resort – Lloret de Mar . Here for tourists with a solid budget we recommend Alva Park 5* in Lloret de Mar is a very stylish and even luxurious hotel.
Costa Dorada is located south of the Costa Brava, it is slightly warmer at the beginning and end of the season. Long sandy beaches with a gentle entrance to the sea attract families with children for recreation. Also here is the famous amusement park PortAventura and water park. Therefore, among the noise of resort towns, there is no secluded place that would meet the wishes of newlyweds or lovers.
But, if you want to relax near cafes, shops, numerous bars and an excellent sandy beach, then you should pay attention to category 9 hotels.0003 Adult Only – Magnolia 4* or h20 Delfin , or go to La Pineda , the most peaceful and quiet region of the Costa Dorada.
PROVINCE OF ALICANTE
Costa Blanca is famous for its democratic atmosphere, large number of European tourists and carefree fun. The nearest airports to the resorts of the region are Valencia and Alicante . Alicante will be of interest to history lovers, the old part of the city is pedestrian and you can have a great time sitting in a cafe on the street.
Benidorm – his name is the European “New York” – the most populous city of the Costa Blanca. Here, numerous high-rise apartments stand at the very edge of the sea, and a crowd of tourists walk along the promenade in the evening, lingering at bars and cafes.
There is an excellent sandy beach with a gentle entrance to the sea and a cozy old town, located on a cliff that divides the beach into 2 halves. Shopping malls, amusement parks and discos attract guests from all over the world. We recommend hotel 9 here0003 Flash 4* , located within walking distance from the sea and the main infrastructure of the resort. The hotel has stylish rooms, multiple pools and modern interiors.
And the complete opposite of Benidorm will be the resort Javea – a relaxing holiday on the beach is combined here with the possibility of practicing water sports or walking through the labyrinth of old streets, among which the Gothic church of St. Bartolome is located on a hill.
For romance, you can choose the old town Villajoyosa – it has been called the “chocolate capital” of Spain since the 18th century – the most famous chocolate factory in Spain was built here, so the smell of chocolate, numerous coffee shops and souvenir shops will greet you from the first steps in this wonderful city, where the colorful houses of the old city alternate with classical architecture.
Costa del Sol is the southernmost Mediterranean region of Spain. Here are some of the most prestigious resorts in the country – Marbella, Benalmadena, Malaga with luxurious hotels and wide beaches. The nearest airport to this region is Malaga Airport .
There are many parador hotels in Malaga : for example, the Parador Parador de Malaga Gibralfaro 4 * stands on a hill and offers a unique panorama of the bay and Malaga. It is worth noting that due to the Atlantic current, the sea here will be cooler than in other resort areas of the country. There is almost always a light breeze blowing here and there are small waves, so windsurfers are expanse here.
Prices for accommodation and meals in this resort are higher compared to the same Catalonia. Famous cities for excursion routes are also located in this province – these are Granada, Seville and Cordoba .
Marbella is a marvelous city located 60 km from Malaga, with a beautiful seaside boulevard, trendy shops, upscale residential communities in the suburbs, sports fields on the beach, orange trees and palm trees. Expensive cars, celebrities and famous models, expensive restaurants and fine hotels define the style of the city.
City Benalmádena is spread over two hills and is proud of its well-groomed beaches. Most of the holidaymakers here are from England, and these tourists are known for their love of bars and discos. A picturesque port, ancient observation towers, ancient caves with traces of a Paleolithic man, an aquarium and a theme park – you will have an interesting time. But in general, it will be noisy here from young people and families with children who have chosen this coast due to excellent beaches.
ROMANTIC HOLIDAY IN SPAIN ISLANDS
The Kingdom of Spain consists of numerous islands, and today we will highlight some of them that are suitable for lovers’ travel.
Mallorca, with its capital Palma, boasts interesting architecture, gorgeous beaches and a variety of resorts to suit every need. Regular and charter flights fly from Russia without transfers. The royal family and world celebrities rest on the island in summer. Rocky shores and spacious beaches, secluded bays on the one hand, and areas where nightlife does not fade until the morning – on the other: holidays in Mallorca are for every taste. At your request, you can choose a chic global hotel chain or a cozy budget hotel, apartment or villa, located right on the beach.
Interesting for couples and honeymooners Illetas – a quiet and fashionable area of Palma, where 4-5 * hotels are located quite secluded. For discerning tourists, we can recommend the hotel Gran Melia De Mar 5 * , with stylish interiors and a high level of service. All rooms in the hotel have a sea view, gourmet breakfasts and dinners are served in the restaurant with a breathtaking view of the sea, and the hotel’s wine cellar with wine tasting will please even the most sophisticated gourmet. A hotel Barcelo Illetas Albatros 4* with modern interiors and affordable prices will be ideal for a relaxing measured holiday.
Cala Major is the resort closest to the capital Palma, with a small number of hotels, souvenir shops and cozy cafés. Hotel Be Live Adults Only Costa Palma 4 * is located on the seafront and promises a serene and relaxing holiday.
The beaches of Santa Ponsa are more spacious than the beaches of Illetas. Many hotels here are family-oriented, but the resort has a completely unique cozy atmosphere. The resort has numerous cafes, restaurants, bars, but no noisy active nightlife, such as in Magaluf , beloved by the British.
Paguera , lively during the day and in the evening, popular with outdoor enthusiasts. Since the city is located on high ground, there are usually no small children and elderly people, but it is full of young people. It takes about 40 minutes from the airport to the hotel in this region. The promenade, gorgeous beaches and a large selection of hotels from 5 * to 2 * attract guests from all over the world. We recommend here a high-level hotel Hesperia Villamil 5* , located on the seafront, in a quiet area of the resort. The atmosphere of a Castilian castle, ancient interiors and a romantic setting are perfect for relaxing lovers.
For those looking for perfect silence, you can pay attention to the bay next to Paguera Camp de Mar . Here is the original and quiet town of the same name, all the hotels of which are located somewhat secluded. Here you can recommend the hotel Gran de Mar 4* with a well-groomed territory, a variety of infrastructure for recreation on site and (important for tourists from Russia) working on an all-inclusive basis.
There are several resorts in the east and north of Mallorca that can also be recommended for a romantic getaway. Quiet Bay of Porto Petro , located in the area of the reserve, natural park Albufera , Alcudia with its healing pine air. Drak Caves , historical monuments and the well-known Cape Formentor , with a wonderful observation deck.
Ibiza is an island of discos and nightclubs, concerts of world stars and rhythms from fashionable DJs. Playa del Bossa are shopping centers, clubs, bars and discos of world renown.
And San Antonio is the starting point for many excursions around the island, so if you plan to explore the island, then this is the place for you. But keep in mind, this is a resort for the British, so it’s never quiet here.
In addition to the places mentioned in Ibiza, there are resorts designed for a relaxing holiday – for example, Santa Eulalia , with a homely atmosphere and wide beaches. Here it is worth highlighting the hotel Sol Beach House Ibiza 4 * with a relaxing beach atmosphere and cozy territory (the hotel accepts guests from 16 years old). In the west of the island there are secluded bays for a relaxing holiday.
You can get to Ibiza by ferry from Mallorca or Barcelona, or straight from Russia by regular flights with transfers in Madrid, Barcelona or other European cities. During the season there are often direct charter flights to the island.
The island of “eternal spring” is the name of Tenerife because of its stable climate. This resort, unlike other islands, is year-round. The air temperature here in winter does not fall below 18 degrees, and in summer there is no sweltering heat. The volcanic sand on the local beaches is the original black and gray color.
Two airports of the island – North and South – receive flights from all over the world. Flights from Russia arrive at the southern airport and from here it is a 15-minute drive to the nearest resort area. The northern airport receives flights from Europe and it takes about an hour and a half to go to the southern coast. As excursions in Tenerife, first of all, boat trips will be of interest, including to the neighboring La Gomera island , climbing Mount Teide volcano , which is the symbol of the island, natural parks and costume shows “knight’s tournament”.
According to one of the popular European sites, Animal Park Loro Park and Water Park Siam Park , located in Tenerife, occupy the first two lines in the ranking among parks in Europe.
The most popular coast of Tenerife is Costa Adeje in the south of the island. There are modern hotels, a variety of shops and restaurants, a water park. The area called Playa de las Americas is chosen by young people and those who want to live in the thick of things. Hotels of various categories, including economical apartments, are located in this part of the city. Hotel Tigotan 4* is located in the heart of Playa de las Americas , in close proximity to bars, shops and cafes. The hotel has rooms of the Romance category with a jacuzzi in the room and stylish wall lighting.
More secluded and quiet areas of the island are Fañabe and El Duque beaches, but here the hotels are higher level and more expensive. Adrian Hotel es Colon Guanahani 4* is located 150 m from the sea and creates a relaxed atmosphere for relaxation. Known for its level of service and beautiful park area, Hotel Iberostar Grand Hotel El Mirador 5* will be the best honeymoon destination.
Guia de Isora is located 25 km from the airport and the resort area of Tenerife. The calm atmosphere of the Spanish Mediterranean reigns here. The hotel complexes are secluded, occupy large areas and offer the guest a variety of infrastructure for a measured rest. Hotel Gran Melia Palacio de Isora 5* can be recommended here to the most demanding guests: the hotel buildings perfectly match the ideas of elegant architecture, comfortable rooms guarantee a relaxing stay, there is an opportunity to go in for sports or devote time to facial and body care in the SPA center.
Puerto de la Cruz is located in the north of the island, most of the holidaymakers are Europeans. From the northern airport, this resort is much closer than Costa Adeje. Black volcanic sand, rocky high shores and picturesque ocean views are the “chips” of this region. Many hotels here are located far from the sea and surrounded by gardens, banana plantations or golf courses. Their remoteness from the beach is compensated by free transfers from the hotel to the ocean.
The islands neighboring Tenerife, which are part of the Canary archipelago , are also interesting for a holiday for two. Island La Gomera is very close, you can get to it from Tenerife by ferry and spend a day there walking through the ancient forest.
The islands Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote have their own airports and can be reached from Russia by flight with a connection at a European airport. Each island has its own specifics.
Gran Canaria is quite noisy, with bars and cafes, shops and sports centers.
Fuerteventura is famous for its Sahara sand-like beaches that turn red at sunset.
Lanzarote is a reserve of volcanoes, “lunar landscapes” and a calm relaxed atmosphere for relaxation.
Everything we have talked about, of course, does not exhaust what Spain has to offer for a romantic getaway. You can choose a standard tour, guided by our descriptions, or organize your own individual route.