The Best of Spain on a Tight Budget


So, what’s free to visit in Spain?

There’s ample opportunity to visit places for absolutamente nada in Spain. In Madrid, window shop on Gran Vía, or wander around the 19th century Retiro Park, loved by Madrileños for taking a stroll, running, skateboarding, and whiling away the day. With a boating lake, small market stalls and cafés, it’s a must visit spot in this great capital. While there, don’t forget to visit the Prado art museum, free at certain times.

If Barcelona’s more your scene, take a walk down Las Ramblas, and check out the flower stalls, street artists, and get ready to drool at the Boqueria Market‘s fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats. By night, head to the Montjuic fountains for a light and music show that won’t bust your budget.

A few Euros to Spend

In Granada check our the Moorish Alhambra Palace, book in advance to ensure entry, as places are limited.

Go up the Colon mirador tower at the end of the Ramblas in Barcelona. For a couple of euros, there’s a fantastic view of the city, or head to Park Guell, one of Gaudi’s masterpieces for an alternative view from a tiled lizard’s back.

Getting to Spain

There are numerous daily flights to all of the major cities in Spain. Prices start from less than £50, return. To make booking a flight and hotel simpler, check out a flight comparison website like, who do all the running around for you: checking prices, comparing dates, finding the best room for your budget, so you can just sit back and read the guidebook.

On the road

There are two principal options for traveling cheaply around Spain. With the Alsa coach network taking advantage of Span’s extensive network of motorway, getting from place to place is simple, quick and cheap. Alternatively, take the train. Spain’s TALGO trains run from city to city for the most cost effective option, or hop on the AVE, the high speed network, which connects all of Spain’s major cities. For promotional prices buy tickets in advance at

Saving on Euros, but enjoying the good times

If you want to save on your spending money, pack up a picnic and eat it in the park, by the river, or even on the beach. Spain’s major cities like Valencia and Barcelona boast brilliantly sandy beaches, or in Granada, Cordoba, or Seville, sit under a shady tree in one of the many plazas.

If you do have a bit of a budget, go for a set menu at lunchtime (starter, main, drink and a coffee are normally included) when the deals are on, then prepare your own meals at night.

Staying in an apartment, or an upmarket pensión (B&B), can keep the meal budget down, and you can buy local wines at rock bottom prices.

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