España siempre es una buena idea!
Spain is the land where revelry never ends! Fascinating, a bit chaotic, and utterly magical, Spain is ready to capture your imagination with its varied hues and colors. This breathtaking country has so much to offer that even a tight budget won’t be able to stop you from experiencing it to the fullest. With rolling mountain ranges that act as a treat to the sore eyes, to the wildly beautiful sandy beaches brimming with life and vitality, Spain has everything for every kind of traveller.
So, how do you make it large in the land of salsa and senorita while on a shoestring budget? Well, Spain’s own economic crisis has made it difficult for the citizens to travel abroad, hence a chain of budget hotels have opened in Spain for the locals and foreigners to stay and enjoy in Spain.
Here are seven amazing ways to backpack in Spain on a shoestring budget:
1) Spin Around Spain Through Staying in Budget Hotel Rooms And Hostels!
If you are a smart traveller, and do your research well, you will find out that the hotel rates in Spain drop dramatically when Spain’s high season (April – October) ends. The rate of a room in a four-star hotel would drop to 20-40% after October; though not all places are so kind. For example in Seville where summers are scorching and temperatures can go up to 50 degree Celsius, hotels drop their rates by 40% throughout July and August.
The idea is to do your research well, and plan accommodation way in advance in order to save monies! Beaches in Spain are crowded between July and August. But if you go there in September, the month when the weather is perfect and sea is warm, you will get amazing deals on hotel rooms, because the crowd by then would have thinned out. Also, if you opt for shared accommodation- youth hostels, couch surfing, etc; you’re in for heft savings, money promise!
2) Ditch The Train, Senor!
Take the Bus, not the Train! A lot of people opt for the train thinking it is a simpler and more convenient means of transport, and they are not wrong, but once you familiarize yourself with the Spanish bus system, you will find that it is not too difficult to take the bus, and will also end up saving some money. We swear on Spain!
3) Spend Nights in Mountain Cabins, And Make The Spanish Stars Your Best Mates!
One of the best things about Spain is that it has a plethora of rustic mountain cabins known as refugios de Montana that offer cheap and basic accommodation and home cooked food to the travellers. It is better to book them before especially during high seasons, because even though they welcome everyone, late-comers can end up sleeping on the floor, which itself is a great experience according to me!
You can also try camping in Spain. While wild camping is banned across the country, so you need to find a proper campsite to pitch your tent.
4) The Spanish Salsa – Eat, Eat, Eat And Repeat!
The Spanish are in the habit of having a small breakfast and a fairly heavy lunch later, because lunch in Spain is far cheaper than evening meals. If you find it difficult to hog all the food during lunchtime, you can opt for a really light breakfast so that you are pretty hungry by lunchtime and can enjoy a good, hearty Spanish fiesta! Burrppp! Most Spanish restaurants offer menu del dìaat lunch-a fixed-price menu that is filling and affordable at the same time.
There are quite a few tapas bars that offer free tapas if you buy a drink. Again you need to be quite thorough with your research if you want to scout them out. But there are many local and some chain bars that offer decent portions of tapas-some even serve burgers and fries for free. Eat away, we’d say!
5) Try Tango With Agroturismo On The Spanish Grounds!
It is a pretty big deal in Spain. For the uninitiated, Agroturismo or agricultural tourism is a practice where the owner of a farmland will host you and for free or at a minimal cost in exchange for volunteering your time to farm the land. You can try Woofing if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty in exchange for a decent accommodation. And yes, you will get to know some serious farming skills to boast about later. No regrets about that one!
6) Monies Don’t Buy Everything in Spain!
Now, Spain has no dearth of free activities. One can don their walking shoes, and walk away to indulge in these free activities just like a local would have done. Or, could cycle away to their joy! Even cities like Madrid, Barcelona, and Granada have a number of activities that can be done without paying any monies to the Spanish Tourism Board or any other entity for that matter.
Some of the museums also have free hours (yes, really!). For example, the Museodel Prado in Madrid is free from Monday to Saturday 6pm to 8pm, and Sundays 5pm to 7pm. Many cities also have free walking tours on offer, and you just need to tip the guide at the end. It is a reasonable way to explore the city without putting a strain on your pocket.
7) Go Underground!
Once in Spain, act like Spanish do! The big cities in Spain are lucky enough to have a reasonably priced metro system, and they connect almost every corner of the city. In fact, in cities like Madrid and Barcelona where taxis are quite expensive, it makes all the more sense to go underground. The pricing system of the Spanish metro is quite simple and easy to understand, and once you familiarize yourself with the routes and the map, everything will become a cakewalk, or ugh a metro walk; you know what we mean!
Spain is a gem of a city, when it comes to backpacking cheap. With the right ingredient of packing, planning, and booking; one could travel across Spain in a shoe-string budget, really! Start your Spanish Escapade today; a country where locals are young at heart, and the tourists feel like home all throughout!