Best Places for Backpackers in Spain.

Enjoy backpacking around Spain without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Spain.

Top 50 hostels in Spain.

These are the 50 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Spain.

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Hostel Urban Rio Cea

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Hostel Urban Rio Cea

Hostel Urban Rí­o Cea is located in the heart of León, what there is to be seen is within walking distance, the Cathedral is a four-minute walk, likewise Real Basílica de San Isidoro, Barrio Húmedo & Tapas district. León is one of the major cities that the Camino Frances passes through on its way...
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Toboso apar-turis

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Toboso apar-turis

Located in the very centre of Nerja, the Toboso apar-turis tourist complex can be found on the eastern Costa del Sols iconic point of reference, the Balcn de Europa. Placed as it is in the heart of Nerjas old town, Toboso apar-turis ensures that the visitor has a perfect opportunity to expl...
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Slow City Hostel

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Slow City Hostel

Small,cute and urban hostel placed in the historical center of Pontevedra. The building is a typical family house of 1920 restored with two double bedrooms and a spacious dorm with 6 bunks. The bath and the kitchen are shared. There´re a washing machine and a lot of space for bicycles. All the r...
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Hotel Las Rosas

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Hotel Las Rosas

The Hotel the Roses, is the only hotel in centre of Priego of Cordova. We continued ourselves characterizing by our philosophy to give a superb service with a familiar and very warm treatment, without forgetting the professionalism and the quality. In our last reform we have wanted to transmitter...
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Mare Nostrum

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Mare Nostrum

The Hostal Marenostrum has a privileged location. Located in the centre of Barcelona, close to The Opera House Gran Teatre del Liceu, and offers a pleasant and cosy treatment so that their clients feel at home. Services: -Modern rooms with air-conditioning/central heating. -Satellite TV. -Tel...
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Meson Castilla Atiram Hotel

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Meson Castilla Atiram Hotel

The hotel lies in the city centre in a quiet area, 100 meters from Plaza Cataluna and Plaza Universidad. It has a charming family atmosphere. All rooms are fully equipped and have been furnished with hand painted Catalan style furniture. Our hotel occupies the first floor of a stately building a...
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Hostal San Telmo

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Hostal San Telmo

The property enjoys a friendly atmosphere and a peaceful location. San Telmo property has been fully renovated and modernized and comprises 23 comfortable rooms spread over 3 floors. All the rooms have an en-suite bathroom, complete with shower, washbasin and toilet. Double or twin rooms have a ba...
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Casa Palacio Pilar del Toro

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Casa Palacio Pilar del Toro

The Hotel Casa Palacio Pilar del Toro occupies a restored 17TH-century mansion in the historic centre of Granada, next to the medieval Moorish quarter of the Albaicín. We have reception 24 h that provides information about the city, assistance for purchase of tickets or car rental and luggage for ba...
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Metropolis Sevilla Hostel & Suites

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Metropolis Sevilla Hostel & Suites

Seville! Falling out of your front door right into the heart of the historical center, minutes away from the famous cathedral Giralda, best Tapas & Flamenco places and the hippest Nightlife area. Welcome to Oasis Urban Lodge! A new concept of apartments to make you feel at home while in Sevill...
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Villa Barbara

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Villa Barbara

Renovated few years ago, this familial hotel comprises a total of 4 floors with 36 double rooms. Amongst the facilities count a foyer with a reception desk, an air-conditioned dining room, a café and a TV room. The holiday resort of C'an Picafort is the principle coastal development of the munici...
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Alojamiento Turístico Los Poetas

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Alojamiento Turístico Los Poetas

Alojamiento Turístico Los Poetas is in the area of ​​the Loma de Baeza, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, opposite Academy Civil Guard. Alojamiento Turístico Los Poetas is a charming tourist area and cozy family business located in a newly built neighborhood open year round. It offers guests sin...
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Ajuntament Apartments Barcelona

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Ajuntament Apartments Barcelona

Just 10 minutes from Paseo de Gracia! Ajuntament Apartments Barcelona are located in a typical neighborhood of Barcelona (Sant Andreu). You could mingle with the people who really live in Barcelona but will have the city center just 10 minutes by subway. Come from the airport by train directly in...
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Pension Salamanca

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Pension Salamanca

We are located right in the heart of the City of Salamanca, just a few steps from Plaza Mayor, the Cathedrals, the universities historic buildings and the so known House of the Seashells. We offer rooms of several sizes and features, with TV, free WiFi, competitive rates and personal attention....
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Barcelona Nice & Cozy

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Barcelona Nice & Cozy

We have 3 large bathrooms to share. We offer a fully equipped kitchen for use by our guests, a dining room, a large, sunny courtyard where you can BBQ, or take in the sun. We also have a large room with sofas and computers for use 24 hours a day as well as Free Wi-Fi throughout the house. We a...
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Hotel Muvabeach

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Hotel Muvabeach

Just below the castle of Papa Luna, Peniscola and flanked by historic walls, lies the Hotel Muvabeach. Decorated with white, black and gold colors, is the most modern and minimalist reference in the area. Opened in June 2014, we have designed to offer a unique experience to our guests. We have...
Hotel Muvabeach is a hotel in peniscola. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Albergue Cruces de Iria

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Albergue Cruces de Iria

Albergue Cruces de Iria is the very best lodge to enjoy the very best of Padron and Galicia. Our hostel will offer to the guests the very best facilities and amenities to make their stay fantastic. We have individual bathrooms and showers for men and women, with toiletries and hair dryers as well a...
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Hostal Milan

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Hostal Milan

Located in the heart of Alicante, Property Milan is a comfortable property with 28 rooms, a shared equipped kitchen is accessible to all customers. Each room is equipped with a central air conditioner, television, and wifi. Some rooms contain their own bathroom facilities and mini fridge....
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Hispano-Argentino

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Hispano-Argentino is a guesthouse in Madrid. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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La Siesta Malaga

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La Siesta Malaga

Our charming five bedroom guest house is situated in the heart of Malaga's old town. The building was originally built in 1860 and has undergone extensive renovations in order to transform it into an place of calm and superior comfort for our guests. Upon arriving, you will notice the Andalucian fla...
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Hotel Burlada

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Hotel Burlada

Hotel Burlada is a small and functional hotel offering excellent value for money, refurbished in 2014 situated 5 minutes from downtown Pamplona. 4 kilometers far. of the University Hospital, 7 minutes each connected by public transport. Equipped with free WiFi Internet access in all facilities and p...
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Apartment Ruzafa Centre

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Apartment Ruzafa Centre

Apartment Ruzafa Centre is a cozy and functional apartment located right in the center of Valencia. We offer a comfortable accommodation option for those people looking for intimacy, privacy and comfort in the city of Valencia. Our apartment has all the conditions and amenities to help you meet Val...
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Pension Terminal

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Pension Terminal

Pension Terminal is located in central Malaga, just 200 meters from Maria Zambrano train station and bus station. The reception is open 24 hours and the rooms are spacious and offer air conditioning and Wi-Fi. La Pension Terminal hostal rooms are simply decorated and functional and have tiled fl...
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Albergue Bela Muxía

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Albergue Bela Muxía

Bela Muxía is a hostel with various services and facilities for anyone wishing to spend a few days in Muxía. Whether you are doing the Pilgrimage to Santiago or just enjoying your holiday. Guests can go cycling, fishing and hiking in the surrounding area. Bela Muxía is not just a place to sl...
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Estrella de Mar Hostel

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Estrella de Mar Hostel

Estrella de Mar Hostel is a brand new Hostel located at 50 meters from the beautiful Mediterranean Beach of Calella The Average temperature of the town is between 24/30 in Summer with nice Sea Breeze and mild 10/19 in Winter mostly with sunny days. You can enjoy lots of sport and nature a...
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Wake Up in Tarifa

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Wake Up in Tarifa

It is an old building located in the center of Tarifa. It has a bright central courtyard and a nice living room with TV. It offers fully equipped and 48 beds in 6 spacious rooms 4,6,8,10 and 12 kitchen. Our team organizes all kinds of water sports courses as kite surfing, paddle surf, surfing, d...
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Hostal Barcelona Travel

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Hostal Barcelona Travel

Barcelona Travel is located in a Modernist building from the XIX century in the center of Barcelona, around 5 minutes walking from Gran Vía Avenue and Plaça Universitat Square. Rooms are modern with air-conditioned, parquet floors and a 40-inch flat-screen TV. Private bathrooms also come with a h...
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Ibiza Beach Camp

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Ibiza Beach Camp

You can arrive and leave any day and stay as long as you like (min. 2 nights). When you get to camp, you’ll be greeted with a welcome beer or sangria, shown to your tent home and orientated (beach is that way, beers are that way). Then we shall commence bliss time. We do daily yoga, there’s snorkeli...
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Hostal Girona

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Hostal Girona

Our B&B is located at “The Eixample Neighborhood”. Which is characterized by long straight streets, a strict grid pattern crossed by wide avenues, and square blocks with chambered corners, in vibrant, artistic, trendy and diverse place, famous for its history and architecture. Our charming rooms are...
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Fashion House

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Fashion House

Fashion House Bed & Breakfast is located in a fine 19th century building in the elegant neighborhood of the Eixample, in the centre of Barcelona, a few steps away from Plaza Catalunya, la Rambla and the Gotic Quarter as well as from Paseo de Gracia with its Gaudi's houses. A careful renovation has...
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Apartamentos Liedtke

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Apartamentos Liedtke

Our apartments are located in a unique enclave of the mountain of Tramuntana Mountain, where you can enjoy stunning views of the sea and the mountain from the terraces and the pool. We have a vast experience in the hospitality service that we capitalize to bring our customers and guests. We are l...
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Barbieri Cave

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Barbieri Cave

Do you want to stay in a different lodging? In Barbieri Cave you will be able to experience and live an unique experience in Granada. You will enjoy and discover a different environment to know and explore the very best of our facilities and Granada. We are located in one of the most renowned lo...
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Hotel San Cayetano

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Hotel San Cayetano

The Hotel San Cayetano is located in the center, two hundred metres of the Ronda that you will love. Our hotel has 24 rooms fully equipped to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay. From our hotel, and thanks to its location, you can follow routes that take you to meet romantic, arabian, Roman ......
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Martha

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Martha's Guesthouse

It is a Small and comfortable Guesthouse with just three rooms, so you will feel like at home. It is located in a third floor with NO elevator. Recommended age: 15-40. It is just one block from Las Ramblas and just one block from the metro station Drassanes We are just 5 minutes walk from the sea...
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Hostal ElKano

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Hostal ElKano

Hostal Elkano is a welcoming, centrally located property in Barcelona’s popular Poble-sec neighbourhood, a short walk up Avinguda Paral•lel to Plaça Espanya, Montjuïc and the Fira de Barcelona exhibition centre. It features 14 homely rooms for 1-3 people, with either en suite facilities or in-ro...
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Hostal Libertad

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Hostal Libertad

The Hostal Libertad is situated in the center of Gijón, 5 minutes walk from the main square and 350 meters from the train station and bus station. Wi-Fi and 24-hour reception. The Rooms at Hostal Libertad are functional and include heating and TV. Some have private bathrooms while others have sha...
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El Molino Del Abuelo

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El Molino Del Abuelo

We are e Eco friendly place which means we care for the Life using renewable energy, growing our food organically, composting, healthy cooking, Yoga, calmness, living in peace. More than 8 years building, painting, sculpturing,creating with lots of fantasy this amazing space where each corner matte...
El Molino Del Abuelo is a guesthouse in Ronda. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Hotel Gastronómico Venta Magullo

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Hotel Gastronómico Venta Magullo

Hotel Venta Magullo lies a 5-minute drive from Segovia's famous Aqueduct. It is a charming guest house with free Wi-Fi, free parking and excellent dining options. Some rooms at Hotel Venta Magullo have a terrace with views of the garden or the Aqueduct. All come with TV, air conditioning and an e...
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Hotel Ogalia

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Hotel Ogalia

Ogalia Hotel was opened in 2006 in the very same Center of Vigo, commercial zone and business zone of the city. Located in the proximities of the train station, Corte Ingli's (shopping center), Gran Via Street, Principe Street, Puerta del Sol and the Marco Museum. Furthermore, the hotel has an easy...
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Albergue Hostel Buen Camino Tui

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Albergue Hostel Buen Camino Tui

Hostel Buen Camino Tui offers a spacious and comfortable space for rest. It is adapted for people with reduced mobility. It has two floors, spacious bathrooms, bright room, laundry area, a kitchen and a living room where you can enjoy the moments of reading and sharing experiences. For access to the...
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La Isla Hostal

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La Isla Hostal

La Isla Hostal is a newly renovated B&B in the heart of Barcelona, just in front of the Arc de Triomf and just 10 minutes from Plaza Catalunya and the Gothic Quarter. We have a range of comfortable singles, twins and doubles equipped with TV, WiFi and tea/coffee-making facilities. Shared or en-su...
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Hostal La Mar

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Hostal La Mar

Hostal La Mar is located in the centre of Altea, just 150 meters away from Roda Beach, where the fishing port is located, as well as the marina. The guesthouse was restored not long ago and comprises 11 rooms equipped with private bathroom, TV, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi. Single, double, triple and...
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Gijon Surf Hostel

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Gijon Surf Hostel

Staying at Gijon Surf Hostel, you will be able to enjoy high quality accommodation at the best prices. You will find rooms with bunk beds, kitchens, fully equipped bathrooms and communal zones for you to share enjoyable times. Along with your stay you will enjoy a buffet breakfast and be able to sha...
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A Fabrica da Luz

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A Fabrica da Luz

The building is a former power plant in the early twentieth century. It has become a center of rural tourism, which has hostel, canteen, active tourism activities, conferences, exhibitions, etc. The hostel has a capacity for 28 people counting with two class rooms for 14 people. All customers the...
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Hotel Roc Lago Rojo

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Hotel Roc Lago Rojo

In the very heart of the Costa del Sol, the Hotel Roc Lago Rojo is located in La Carihuela, the picturesque old fishing district of Torremolinos. Just 50 metres from the beach, this is the ideal place for a truly relaxing holiday. Thanks to the extraordinary climate, the wide range of excellent...
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Albergue Camino Norte

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Albergue Camino Norte

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Hotel La Vega

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Hotel La Vega

The La Vega offers an ideal location for both the business traveler as for tourists. Located in a spacious and quiet residential area at the entrance of Valladolid, hub to access very quickly and easily to both the center of the city of Valladolid and the other cities of Castilla y León form. The V...
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Pension Suecia

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Pension Suecia

Pension Suecia is at the foot of Assabica Hill, where the Alhambra sits. We have free Wi-Fi and a terrace with views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. All our rooms have central heating, as well as a fan for the summer months. Pension Suecia has a small garden with a table and chairs, and a roof...
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San Sebastian Surf Camp

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San Sebastian Surf Camp

We are an all-inclusive surf camp located in the traditional town of Aia . We include daily surf lessons and equipment rental, 3 meals a day, dorm style accommodation, transfers to the local beach break, and party nights. We are uniquely situated so that everyone that comes to stay catches unfor...
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Hostal Berlin

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Hostal Berlin

Don't hesitate! We're the best option!!!! Hostal Berlin is the most modern, comfortable, familiar Hostal of Marbella, filled with light and charm, equipped with simple, double, and triple rooms, all of them with private bathroom. We offer as well parking places at 10 euros per night in a parking si...
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Cozy B&B Beach Centre Apartment

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Cozy B&B Beach Centre Apartment

This flat is located in the heart of Malaga, close enough to walk to the center in 10 minutes, but far enough to escape the tourist crowds. There are 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, living room and kitchen. The living room and kitchen are separated by a breakfast bar, which is the ideal location to eat a typic...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Spain.

Check out tips from other travellers and bloggers and their experiences in Spain.

If you're already planning to visit Spain - scroll to the next section for a list of the best places to stay.

THE TOP 20 MOST SPECTACULAR PLACES TO WATCH SUNSETS IN THE CANARY ISLANDS

Canary Islands is made up of seven islands, geographically closer to Africa that of Spain. However, the climate of the islands is completely different to that of the rest of Spain. Is conditioned by the trade winds and the azores high, the proximity of the islands to the African Coast (which makes it possible for the arrival of wind very warm and dry from the Sahara) and the relief of the same. All these factors make the islands have a tropical climate, with an average of 22º throughout the year. It is scientifically proven that the weather has a very strong influence on the emotions; feel the rays of the sun on the skin, breathe the pure breeze from the sea, play with the sand between the toes or contemplate a sunset, are moments that we Full of vitality and happiness.

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Spain is known for its fiestas and San Isidro festival is celebrated each year across the city of Madrid, on the weekend closest to the 15th of May. Madrilenos celebrate San Isidro, the patron saint of farmers as well as Madrid, by dressing in traditional attire, and taking to the streets all across the city for parades, performances, fireworks, music and so much more.

Sights, sounds and smells of San Isidro 2016 Madrid’s top festival for their patron saint! Spain is known for its fiestas and San Isidro festival is celebrated each year across the city of Madrid, on the weekend closest to the 15th of May. Madrilenos celebrate San Isidro, the patron saint of farmers as well as Madrid, by dressing in traditional attire, and taking to the streets all across the city for parades, performances, fireworks, music and so much more. If you’re heading to San Isidro, the life of the party is at La Pradera de San Isidro, a park to the South West of the city centre, however just about every Barrio in Madrid has events to celebrate.

Hannah

Back to the Future in Alcala

Small enough to visit all in one day, great enough to leave the impression that inhabitants are proud of its full glory. Town Alcala de Henares, one of the oldest cities in Spain is located on the river Henares, 35 kilometers northeast of the city of Madrid, historical center is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Urban area stands out for its civic duty to pronounce who was born here, since as the author of timeless novel said “Every man is as Heaven made him, and sometimes a great deal worse.” Miguel de Cervantes spent there 4 years before his family moved to Valladolid, which was not their final destination. With some beliefs, souls even unconsciously are choosing their place before birth, according to that, it is easy to say Alcalá is a town with interesting, poetic soul. Anyway more prosaically reason to claim that, is the experience of architecture bearing traces of Roman and Muslim culture, traditions, monuments and even something what is always alive – nature. Eventually man creates the culture, then culture creates the man, in sociology science is well known as phenomenon of acculturation. On top of that aesthetic impression of this area is worth to see especially when You are nearby Madrid.

Loui

The search for tapas in Avilés

Throughout our road trip in Asturias we found some places that were like this, so it’s a good idea to check the menu or reviews before you go to an Asturian restaurant! I also felt the concept of tapas is quite different than in Catalunya. In Asturias you can get a whole plate of food and it could still be called tapas! But as you will find out, Asturias is very different from the rest of Spain in many ways.

Kalli K

Conclusions about whether or not getting a TEFL certificate is worth it

I don’t regret paying the money and doing the course. I had absolutely no experience teaching English before moving to Spain to do it, and the course at least gave me the confidence to start doing it. I had spent so many hours doing all the assignments and readings that I felt I had real life experience or at least that I had some worth as a teacher. However, considering my teaching experience comes from private classes, the course did very little to help me understand how to prepare a class for one person. The course is very focused on giving lessons to a class of students, and preparing lessons for a class is actually easier than preparing for one student. In a class the students can entertain each other. They can play games with each other, do activities and especially talk to each other in English. In private lessons, it’s just you and the student for an hour or an hour and a half so it’s up to you to fill ALL that time which requires quite different planning than the planning required for classes.

Kelly Cappello

A trip to the small sister of Ibiza - Formentera

When you compare the Formentera island to the other three big islands in the Balearic sea, Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza, All in Spain, you think that there is something wrong with it, as it is not offering the visitors the lifestyle that the other three islands are. And you think that it can do a lot better than this, provide with parties, events and craziness like the other islands are doing. All it could offer was a place to sit and have a relaxing and not so cheap meal, lay down on the beaches and enjoy with little to no music on them, or rent a bike and do a tour around the island – what most of the visitors used to do there. But that’s exactly what was needed from the island.

Macko

Gaudi is everywhere

Going in the downtown direction along the Passeig de Gracia, we continued our acquaintance with Gaudi: the waves-facade as if carved out of stone is La Pedrera’s feature (also called Casa Mila); the balconies in the form of carnival masks and varicolored mosaic distinguishe Casa Batllo. Next door to it there are not less beautiful in their architecture Casa Ametller, Casa Lleó Morera, and Casa Bonaventura Ferrer among many other gorgeous sights manifesting the beauty of Spanish mix of baroque, Art Nouveau, and modernism. Another peculiar feature of Passeig de Gracia are decorative forged street lamps also designed by Gaudi. Walking under the bending-down metal lianas is a truly romantic thing when the lights are on at night. Passeig de Gracia is also remarkably known for expensive shopping at world fashion brand boutiques and stores, staying in the most luxurious and status hotels in Spain, eating in great gourmet restaurants. Walking there gets you to soak the atmosphere of chic and art. The final point of the marvelous architecture in the Passeig is Casa Rocamora with orange glossy tiled roof and then we reached the Catalunya Square with its fresh air of the fountains, shade from the trees, beautiful lawn and flowerbeds. A couple of minutes enjoying the city hustle and bustle in addition to the pigeons feeding – these birdies are the local attraction and a fun thing –  are followed by the main tourist street in Barcelona, La Rambla!

Nadya Tsymbal

Shopping

Shopping in Granada can be tricky when looking for quality. There are so many bazaars and market looking shops as you walking down the Albaicin. They are filled with beautiful lanterns, hookahs, scarves and candles. While this is all very nice, it really depends on what you are looking for. It is not made in Spain and you could find the same in Morocco when you go. Granada is a city of great artesian craft, you just have to know where to look.

Iman Choisya

Nightlife

I remember the night we went out in the city we stood in the line boy and girl next to each other, and when we went out in Sitges (47km away from the center) the bartender went out on the street and yelled that we came in. Very different but both great experiences. The most fun for me was definitely dancing. I love dancing, and Spain is all about the hips. Even if you just watch them do it, you just kind of sink in and feel their rhythm. And I am not talking just about girls, boys dance just as well there. It’s really their style and it’s amazing. With their music, of course, it’s almost impossible not to move when you hear Enrique Inglesias or Despacito.

tjasabrumenn

Girona: why this city is a must-see

If I say “Catalonia”, which city will come to your mind? “Barcelona” is the answer that most of the people would say. However, I am going to introduce you another city, not far from Barcelona, although. Girona is also one of the most important cities in Catalonia. Located in the north-east of Spain, this city has increased its popularity during the last year. Why? A big part of the sixth season of Game of Thrones has been recorded here. Before this happened, there weren’t many tourists in the city. Since then, you can easily be stopped by a tourist asking you “where is the cathedral of Game of Thrones”. This event has had a huge impact in the city. However, Girona is more than Game of Thrones. Let me show you why.

LOJ

Almeria: paradise of beaches and coves

In the south-east of Spain, this place is not the most touristic destination of the country, but it is worth a trip here. I remember when I left home, I was 18 and I was prepared to start the University and a new life in Madrid. I believe that all those who have left their hometowns know not only the feeling of uncertainty in the farewell but also know that when you come back after a long time, you don’t see the place with the same eyes.

María Duarte Guillén

Sunscreen

Another small thing I didn’t consider before getting on the plane to Barcelona was sunscreen. In Spain sunscreen can be very very expensive, sometimes two or three times as much as you see in the U.S., and it rarely comes in bottles of less than 100 mL that are approved to carry on in Europe. A day in the sun is fun but not if the next two weeks you have to pay for it with a sunburn or you have to drip twenty euros on sunscreen. Be prepared and dole out enough sunscreen into little 100 mL bottles before you leave and you’ll save a lot of trouble when you get to Barcelona.

sarah-houck

SERENDIPITY

A pleasant feeling of freedom is everywhere around. Mornings are calm and far from the noisy daybreaks those who live in vibrant cities are used to. Temperatures are quite high when the sky is clear and warm when it’s cloudy – but you must not get fooled as the daylight is enough for you to get a sunburn, or at least it was for me! Sun kissed skin locals mix perfectly with the influx of tourists, which was surprisingly quite high. This little isle in Spain has definitely loads to offer as even the smallest museum on earth is located here! Tourists can get to know more about the place’s flora, fauna and primary sectors of the local economy from Monday to Saturday from 10ººh to 17ººh.

gratsiela-dianova

                            Siestas, Sunshine and Tapas

In September 2015, I packed all my bags, got on a plane and took a leap of faith.  I was off to start my new life in Madrid and I was nervous, scared and excited.  The previous year I was teaching middle school in Boston, in a job I loved (kids) and hated (conniving coworkers, difficult bosses and long work hours). I had nothing to lose.  So I accepted a teaching position and accepted an admittance to a masters program in teaching bilingual education.  I could not wait to see what Madrid, Spain had in store.

Laila Sholtz-Ames

Bakio, Spain : San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

Playa de Bakio

JMH

Lets talk about the culture/spanish people for a minute..

Contrary to many misconceptions about the Spanish, they are in fact, genuinely a nice bunch. Out of all the times I’ve visited Spain, I never really had an unpleasant encounter with the Spanish. Although I roughly speak the language (Portuguese is understood well by the Spanish), and even though it is not at all perfect, I feel like they actually appreciate the effort you make into trying your best to communicate with them. Whenever I went into a coffee shop or local bar, I was always kindly greeted by a simply ‘Hola’ or ‘Buenos Dias’ , that really helps you feel less like an oddball. One thing that I also noticed is that contrary to more southern cities in Spain like Gibraltar, Marbella, etc, most of the people form Seville don’t talk English to you, not because they don’t want to, it’s purely because most of them really can’t speak the language, either they haven’t learnt it in school, as in some areas it is not common to teach english through out the whole schooling years. Its very important to familiarise yourself with the very basic greetings in Spanish. This way they will see you are putting an effort to make yourself understood.

Jules Clarke

1. Take a Tour Through the Historic Center

From there you can walk for five minutes to visit the museum of Fernando Botero (I will talk about it later on this article), and after that you would be just a block away from La Plaza de Bolivar. In this plaza you will find one of the most important cathedrals of the city, the national Justice Palace, the congress building, the mayor’s office, and the 2oth of July (Colombian independence day) museum house. This plaza is consider the heart of Bogota where major historical event have taken place, like the beginning of the Colombian Independence from Spain in 1810, the huge protest in 1941 for the assassination of the political leader Jorge Eliecer Gaitan which started the famous chaos around the city called “Bogotazo”, and the tragedy that occurred when members of the guerrilla group M-19 took control of the Justice Palace for two days in 1985 in an unsuccessful attempt to take control of the government.

Andrea Ruiz

Living in Spain : What is the N.I.E?

First step while living in Spain: The N.I.E Today is the day! You finally managed to find (an) studies/internship in Spain and you just chose your flat and moved in it!

Ayoub Khm

Route recommendation

If you are going by plane, my advice is to land in Málaga and start your journey from there. Once you arrive to Andalusia, you can arrange bus to drive you from city to city (in order to not waste time going by yourself). There are numerous bus agencies to check. Company I was travelling with is called “VIAJES EUROAMERICA” and I was satisfied. Train tickets are expensive, so most of the population in Spain prefers bus while travelling.

Belma

5 Months in Europe: First Stop Madrid

The itinerary was plotted in a spread sheet and a daily budget had been set to keep us in check. So what was the plan? 5 months of taking in 16 European countries starting with sunny Spain, first stop Madrid!

The Backpack Rambler

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