Holidays in Spain to suit every budget
The airports are usually just a few miles from the city centres, and there are affordable ways of getting there
Many cities in Spain have bike hire services
Turismo de Madrid
Some historical gardens can be visited for free, like the Retiro Park in Madrid
Don't want to go on an expensive holiday? Looking for a last minute destination? Spain offers many value-for-money places for your trip or break – whether you fancy the beach, mountains or city, you can find many places and plans that will enable you to enjoy the country on a budget.
Visiting Spain's large cities does not necessarily have to be expensive. The airports are usually just a few miles from the city centres, and there are affordable ways of getting there, like on the train, bus or underground. Once you get to your destination, you can enjoy public services that large cities usually offer, like free WiFi and economical bike hire. You can also visit beautiful gardens like the Retiro Park in Madrid, or Parque de Montjuic in Barcelona, as well as must-see museums . These museums usually have discounts for children, students, retired persons and groups, and at certain times of the day or on special days admission is free. Some Spanish cities hold events like "La Noche en Blanco" (Sleepless Night) or the Museums Night , when cultural centres open for longer and offer free or reduced admission. Tourist cards can also help you to save money when you visit cultural places in cities like Granada, Seville and Santiago de Compostela. Do you like history but are travelling on a budget? You could cross Spain from north to south on the Silver Route . You can go by car or caravan, but a good way to travel on this route is by motorbike. The route goes from Gijón to Seville, through Astorga, León, Zamora, Salamanca and Mérida, and crosses mountains, valleys and plains. It used to be an essential transport route for precious metals in Roman times, and nowadays it enables travellers to discover cities, churches, aqueducts, bridges, arches and fortresses that were built along the way. It is a great road trip that affords the best views. The most affordable places to stay overnight are camp sites or hostels. And if you are young, you can make the most of the amazing prices offered by hostels which are part of the Spanish Youth Hostel Network. The membership card for these hostels is internationally recognised. If you fancy going on the Way of Saint James , which offers a unique experience in the heart of nature in the north of Spain, the pilgrims' hostels will help you save money. As for food, we suggest tasting our typical tapas, which often come free when you buy a drink in many places, or choose the affordable "montaditos", sandwiches and set menus that many bars and restaurants offer, or you can go to fast-food restaurants. In many Spanish regions you can discover the local food at low prices, thanks to events like the Octopus Festival or the Seafood Festival . If you want to find out more about the festivals that take place in each province and other cultural events, we suggest using our events search engine, and filter your search by event, date and location. Check out the most interesting links to get information on all these options, so that money won't a problem when planning your holidays!
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