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How to Save Money Traveling To and Around Spain

Updated on October 2, 2012

A trip to Spain can be affordable despite the strong Euro and rising food prices. Follow these tips to save money on flights, accommodation, food, and activities while in Spain. You do not have to break your budget!

Save Money on Airfare

Book flights early to get deals.
Book flights early to get deals. | Source

Flights to Spain

Save money on flights to Spain by booking early. Inquire how early bookings are accepted by the airline of interest as some companies allow bookings up to six months before the trip date. Booking early is a great idea as the advance prices are often much less expensive than last minute reservations.

Another way to stay within budget is to use budget airlines, which travel exclusively within Europe. Even if you live outside Europe, you can take advantage of the reduced rates. You can take one flight to Europe and then switch to a budget brand to take you to Spain. Begin saving money right from the booking stage.

Share Hotel Room

Share a hotel room with your travel companion to cut costs.
Share a hotel room with your travel companion to cut costs. | Source


If you prefer to stay at a resort in Spain, an all-inclusive package is a great way to save money. All food and drinks are part of the bundle price. If you instead choose to stay at a hotel, share rooms with other people in your travelling group to cut down on separate room costs.

Another tip for a cheap holiday in Spain is to compare prices among hotels before leaving home. The comparison allows you to determine the best deal for quality of the accommodation.

Hostels are another option. Typically, hostels cost less than hotels, which gives travelers more money to spend in the community instead. There are many of these establishments in Spain; they are in cities such as Madrid and Barcelona.

Food in Spain

Decreasing food costs is another way to stay on a budget while travelling within Spain. In the beautiful country, the lunch meal is the largest one of the day. When you follow the tradition of eating less at breakfast and dinner, you actually spend less money per day. The reason is that food at lunchtime is cheaper than eating at night.

Save money by eating a small inexpensive breakfast and then enjoy a local Menu del Dia in Spain. The Menu del Dia is a reasonably priced three-course lunch.

Cheap Entertainment

Pay street performers only a handful of Spanish Euro coins to see them perform as cheap entertainment.
Pay street performers only a handful of Spanish Euro coins to see them perform as cheap entertainment. | Source

Free and Inexpensive Activities

Many activities in Spain are free or cost little money. You will enjoy Spain without paying large amounts of money.

Walk through beautiful, family-friendly parks such as Parc Guell and Parc de la Ciutadella. Also, explore the famous street Las Ramblas in Barcelona. Several street performers fill the street and many of them act as “human statues”. Bring spare change to give the artists to prompt them to perform. As well, there are numerous beaches in Spain for relaxation, without any money needed.

Tips for Spain

There are many ways to have cheap holidays in Spain without breaking the budget. Save money on the flight by booking ahead and using a budget airline. Compare prices on accommodations to get the best value. Eat more at lunchtime than other meals as it is the least expensive time of day for food and embark on activities that cost little to no money. Stay within your budget and have a fun trip too!


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      A.E. Williams 5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Cool beans, Christy. Thanks for sharing this. I'd so love to go to Spain!!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks Word Pools :)

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      Word Pools 5 years ago from United States of America

      I hope to someday go to Spain, and I will try to follow your ideas here.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Oh Denise, you were so close to getting there! I do hope you go soon :) Thank-you for the comment.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Well, visiting Spain is still on my bucket list. It was the one place in Europe I didn't make it to when I was there in the 90's. Thanks for the great tips. Rated up/U/I and sharing.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Rolly, that would be great if you took at trip to Spain! I would love to see the photos and hear about your experiences. Thanks for the comment and sending hugs back.

      Glimmer twin, You are right about food costs. I believe some places charge more because they know you have to eat LOL. Great to see you!

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Christy... great writing and filled with info. Spain has always been a place I have planned to look into. Now with this retirement thing happening hard to avoid following through... Thanks for doing this...

      Hugs from Alberta

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      The food cost is a huge expense anywhere one travels. My husband always likes to go to sit down restaurants and I say just pick up a loaf of bread at a bakery, a hunk of cheese and some drinks from a grocery store and we are set for lunch. It is a lot cheaper than going out for every meal. Useful hub!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Teaches, I have heard about house sitting, wow that would be an incredible experience! And you could hub about the process :)

      @Bill, No need to complain as I know we connect when we are able. I don't think it's your issue with not getting notifications but is instead my profile.. I have contacted HP support. Thanks for the comment and read!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I would love to visit Spain. I have a couple of friends there that have offered their home but just can't seem to get there yet. Thanks for the great advice on how to save money while traveling there.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, we are back to me not getting notifications again.....sigh....I'm sorry I'm late....again!!! A little frustrated right now since I don't hang out on Facebook all day, I miss hearing about your hubs.

      Anyway, a great look at Spain; someday I'll be able to use your suggestions. Great job!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Glad you all enjoy the hub! I enjoy reading your comments :) I am wishing you all a wonderful getaway while saving money in the planning process! Thank-you for taking time to read and comment on my hub.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Spain is in my to travel list and this hub was economical thus, compelling me to plan soon :) thanks christy.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love everything about travel and Spain is one of my country in my traveling list. My friend, you have wonderful tips here and I am glad to follow your advice. Good job and voted up!

      Best wishes, Prasetio

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      chrisinhawaii 5 years ago

      Las Ramblas in Barcelona sounds a whole lot like the main strip in Waikiki. My kids and I love those statue guys! We've got lots of great (and not-so-great) street performers over here, too.

      Next time I'm in Barcelona...

      LOL! Fun hub, Christy! Voted up and shared. Aloha! (and glad to see you publishing around here again...)

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I so wanna travel to Spain! Maybe some day. Great info, Christy! Voted up and shared.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Christy, other than the Bahamas and the Caribbean I have never left the country, but if I ever do and travel to Spain I will definitely use your articles and tips here on how to do it and save a bit of money too. Thank you for giving some really invaluable information here. Have of course voted and shared all over too!!