GREETINGS FROM SPAIN
WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO?
Barcelona, the vibrant city home to beaches, great architecture, art and festivals! Thousands of visitors head to Las Ramblas to people watch, Sagrada Familia to see if it really is finished and Museu Picasso for the obvious.
Barcelona, in the heart of the Catalonia region, is well connected to the towns and villages by the sea and in the mountains, making it a perfect base for an extended trip in Europe.
3 days in Barcelona is ample time to explore the top attractions, dine out and soak up the culture. Click to read the prefect Barcelona itinerary.
The Spanish city of Granada is located in the south-east of Spain and is famous for its Alhambra Palace, flamenco dancing, and gratis tapas with every drink. Granada is very close to the Sierra Nevada mountains, which are a great escape from the high temperature of summer and for winter sports come snow season. Not only that but Granada is a short journey from the coastal towns of Malaga and Marbella so it’s not unheard of that Spaniards are skiing in the morning and sunbathing a night!
Seville is the capital of Andalusia in Spain and the largest city in the region. Seville has a mixed history of Jews, Christians and moors which can still be seen today. Seville was once the centre of all world trade from the new world. Seville has amazing attractions including the Real Alcazar, the oldest still in use Royal Place in the world. The Seville Cathedral is the worlds largest and holds the tomb of Christopher Columbus. For families, there is Isla Magica, the theme park /water park. Seville locations such as Plaza Espana and Italica have recently featured as film sets for Star Wars and Game of Thrones. There is something for everyone in Seville.
SPAIN’S TOP ATTRACTIONS
HOW MUCH DOES SPAIN COST?
For daily breakdowns for Spain see this planning post.
How much does backpacking around Europe cost –
accommodation, transport, food, trips breakdowns.
Spain is part of the European Union and uses the Euro. For the most up to date, rates click here. ATMs are widely available and credit cards are mostly accepted. Tipping is not essential but appreciated for good service.
ESSENTIAL SPAIN TRAVEL ADVICE
EU member state citizens and U.S citizens do not require a visa to holiday in Spain. Southern Spain’s transport (bus and train) system is efficient.
The price of accommodation in Spain varies from city to town. Hotels in Granda start at $52 and go up to $200+. Hostels in Spain are cheaper; a dorm bed in Granada starts at just over £10. The average Airbnb price is low (ish) at £59 (£43 in Granada but go as low as £20) so worthwhile if you are travelling as a pair or more.
We stayed in an Airbnb in Malaga with friends and also in Marbella with family, both had swimming pools, essential for the summer heat! You can even stay in one of the Sacromonte cave houses in Granada with Airbnb! New to Airbnb? We love it! Feel free to use our referral sign-up, you’ll get a discount and we’ll get credit. Gracias!
Siestas definitely are thins in Spain. In Granada, the shops shut downmid-afternoonn so be careful in your planning!