How to Explore Spain on a Budget

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With its vibrant cities, stunning landscapes, and rich history and culture, Spain has long been a favourite destination for UK travellers. However, the rising costs of flights, accommodation, and food can make travelling here a bit pricey. Thankfully, with some planning and insight, you can discover this amazing country without breaking the bank. Follow these tips to affordably indulge in all the experiences Spain has to offer.

1.     Take Advantage of Low-Cost Flights

The first step to cheap Spain travel is booking a budget airline ticket. Carriers like Ryanair, easyJet, and Jet2 offer regular, affordable flights year-round to destinations across Spain from various UK airports. Be flexible with your dates, book early, and travel light to spend the least on airfare. Consider flying mid-week instead of weekends for lower rates too.

2.     Stay in Hostels

Hostels are one of the most wallet-friendly lodging options. Spain has a vast range of high-quality hostels with beds as low as £10-15 per night. Many also have inviting common areas, organised activities, self-catering kitchens, free Wi-Fi, and breakfast. Great for solo travellers or groups, hostels let you save on accommodation without sacrificing amenities, location, or atmosphere.

3.     Travel by Bus

Buses in Spain provide an economical and scenic transportation choice for inter-city and rural journeys. Many bus companies run fast, comfortable buses with routes connecting all major cities and smaller towns. Tickets generally cost a fraction of trains, and you still get reclining seats, onboard Wi-Fi, and power outlets. Consider night buses to save on an accommodation night, too!

4.     Indulge in Street Food and Market Culture

Spanish street food and markets offer seriously cheap, authentic dining. Grab some churros con chocolate for breakfast. For lunch, fill up on bites like bocadillos (sandwiches), empanadas (pasties) or raciones (large tapas servings) from street stalls for just a few Euros. Wander lively markets piles high with produce, meat, cheese, and bakery treats. Or assemble the ultimate Spanish picnic straight from Barceloneta market in Barcelona!

5.     Drink Alcohol from Stores, Not Bars

Alcohol from stores and supermarkets costs significantly less than ordering drinks at bars and restaurants. Taking advantage of happy hour deals can help lower these costs, too. Otherwise, pick up beer, wine, sherry, and cider from a store to casually drink in public areas without breaking your budget. Many hostels have bars with cheap drinks as well. 

6.     Embrace Free or Low-Cost Museums and Sights

Spain offers many free museums and cultural sights, especially on certain days. State-run sights like the Prado in Madrid have free entry in the evenings, while Barcelona municipal museums don’t charge entry on Sundays. Seville, Valencia, and Bilbao also have a regular roster of gratis museum days. Time your visits right to soak up the art, history, and culture without spending a penny.

With savvy planning using these budget tips, Spain’s vibrant beauty can be experienced without the high price tag. Follow this advice to delight in Spain’s cuisine, artistic treasures, stunning landscapes, and festive culture carefree. Your wallet will thank you while you create priceless Spanish memories.