Relaxing beaches? Check.
Cities with unrivalled beauty and architecture? Check.
Majestic peaks to gawk at? Check.
Delicious food you’ll be craving for months afterwards? Check.
Travel to: Spain
Whether you’re a beach bum, culture-lover, adventurer, foodie, or a little bit of everything, you can’t go wrong with Spain. Immensely popular, brimming with diversity and known for hosting a vibrant lifestyle, you might come to the conclusion that Spain won’t suit your budget – but you’d be wrong.
This is how you can spend two weeks in Spain for every budget.
Top budget tips
Spain, as part of Western Europe, isn’t the cheapest of destinations, but it’s also very doable on a budget as long as you prioritize your spending and know what you want to get out of the country (spoiler: this is definitely a place you can get lots out of).
Peak season is typically in the Northern Hemisphere’s summer holidays, in July and August, as well as during Christmas and the New Year. Unless you’re travelling very much off-the-beaten-track, these times are extremely busy and prices take a big hike so it’s best to avoid the well-known cities and destinations. However, depending on your budget, this is when the hottest and sunniest weather takes place, so it’s down to your preference and what you’re willing to tolerate.
In Spain, the official language is Spanish, as expected. However, Catalan is spoken in Andorra (where it is actually the official language), the Balearic Isles, Valencia and Catalonia.
How to travel in Spain on a shoestring budget
How much you’ll need for two weeks: €700-800.
Cost per day: €50-60 or USD $60-70.
The most memorable, exciting part of our time in Spain was living with a local family in one of Costa Brava’s villages, Corca. The village, nestled in the Catalonian country side, had more horses than people. We walked through large sunflower yards and farms, admired fascinating Spanish art in a hidden museum, and engaged in conversation with villagers – a time we’ll never forget.
Spain is an extremely budget friendly country, even if the prices cannot be pegged with Thailand or Cambodia. The best way to save costs in Spain is by using public transport extensively. The connectivity is brilliant, services run on time, quality is excellent, and the prices are very affordable. Also, use car-pooling services like ‘Bla Bla Car’ that run well in Spain. It can save you a ton of money! – Divya & Vikas, Beyond the Wall
In major cities and main tourist destinations, a dorm bed in a hostel will set you back around €20-30 a night.
The good thing about Spain is its love of small plates, or pinchos (or pintxo if you’re in Basque country). Ordering a few of these to share (if you have a travel companion) in a non-touristy area will be about €2-5 a plate. For a day’s worth of food, you’ll be paying around €10-15.
Beer and wine can range from €1.50 to €3, and maybe more in popular areas. When on a budget, after you’ve gone sightseeing, head to the neighbourhoods where locals live for cheaper drinks.
Bus and metro rides will vary depending on which city and region of Spain you’re in. As a guide, single bus and metro rides can be from 70 cents (usually more so the case in Northern Spain) to €1.50 or €2. Many cities offer multiple rides for a set amount, such as Barcelona, which offers 10 trips on all the local transport for €9.45.
Museum entry can be free or up to €15 or may be slightly more for a guided tour of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, for example. In wine regions, a vineyard tour may cost €10. Look out for specific days of the week or month when some paid attractions offer free entry.
Food is definitely one of the highlights of my visits to Spain. Each region has its own speciality, from paella in Valencia, to pintxos in the Basque Country, and the simple (yet delicious) bread with tomato in Catalonia. The Spanish also eat a lot of tapas, so you can share several small dishes between friends, to try even more tasty food!
For travellers on a budget, bars in Andalucia and other regions in southern Spain often include free tapas when you order drinks. Small dishes of tortilla, seafood, patatas bravas (fried potatoes in spicy sauce) will soon add up to a whole meal, so this can be a great way to save money! – Claire, Tales of a Backpacker
How to travel in Spain on a mid-range budget
How much you’ll need for two weeks: €1,150-2,100.
Cost per day: €80-150 or USD $95-180.
A double room in a comfortable, mid-range hotel will be €70-150 per night.
Dining out for lunch and dinner (with either self-catering or purchasing a quick bite in a bakery for breakfast) at local restaurants will cost €20-40.
Beer and wine will be up to €3 (or more in tourist areas) while cocktails can be from €10 in a nice bar.
On a mid-range budget, you might be likely to take some public transport – ranging from 70 cents to €2 a trip, as well as hire a car for a portion of your vacation, which will set you back around €25 a day.
On a mid-range budget, you can be more lenient with how many of these paid attractions or experiences you can enjoy. Consider a hop-on-hop-off tour or join a bicycle day tour with a local guide.
How to travel in Spain on a luxury budget
How much you’ll need for two weeks: €2,800+
Cost per day: €200+ or USD $240+
A double room in a top-end hotel will cost from €200 per night in most tourist cities like Barcelona and Madrid, and slightly less elsewhere.
Fine dining for lunch and dinner costs €150-200.
In trendy, quaint or more upscale bars, wine and beer can cost around €5 a glass or bottle, while cocktails will set you back from €10, usually, more the more touristy or renowned the bar is.
Hiring a car will cost from €25 a day. Taxis range in price depending on where you are in Spain, but based on Barcelona (which will be one of the more expensive areas), a ride will cost a minimum of €7, with additional supplements for things like luggage, more than four people, or going to the airport or cruise terminal.
On a luxury budget, you can take guided tours through all exhibitions and churches that offer it and splurge on multiple wine tastings. You may even consider adding a few short two or three-day tours to enrich your travels in Spain.
I lived in Spain for 4 years and I had to live in several cities due to my job. That’s how I ended up living in Malaga, Barcelona, Madrid, Seville and finally Tenerife. During my stay in each city, I traveled as much as possible, thus I got to see many not so know, rather remote gems of Spain.
But, even after 4 years of intense Spain travels. Andalusia has my heart. The Southern region of Spain has so much variety when it comes to natural landscapes, beaches, impressive historical buildings and vibrant traditions. Cities differ a lot: whereas Seville has a more serious and proud character, Malaga is more international and has that laid-back beach vibe. Cordoba and Granada have probably the most impressive Moorish heritage in the world. In Andalusia, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to quality food, hiking trails, gorgeous beaches and vibrant fiestas. – Paulina, Paulina on the Road