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Everything You Need to Know Before Staying in Spain

By Yann, published on 22/03/2019 We Love Prof > Languages > Spanish > Guide to Travelling to Spain

“The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life. ” – Agnes Repplier

In 2017, Spain was the second most visited country in the world after France. From the Sierra Nevada to the beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean, from UNESCO World Heritage Sites to flamenco shows, Spain is one of the countries whose culture just keeps drawing in the tourists.

So how can you prepare for a trip to Spain? How much does it cost to travel to the Iberian peninsula?

In this article, you’ll find the answers.

The Most Beautiful Monuments in Spain

Planning a trip can often be an exciting part of the process. Once you’ve started looking at where you’d like to go, how much it’d cost, etc., that’s when your trip really begins.

Which are the most beautiful buildings in Spain? You can visit some of the most beautiful buildings in Spain. (Source: skeeze)

To help you with some ideas, here are some of the most beautiful Spanish monuments and sights.

The first one worth a mention is the Alhambra in Granada. It’s listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. In the heart of Andalusia, this is an essential thing to see when you’re visiting the south of Spain. The Alhambra is a masterpiece of Islamic and Moorish architecture and tells the stories of the peoples and religions that lived across Europe. In addition to the monument itself, you can also visit the beautiful city of Grenada, one of Spain’s finest.

The Alhambra isn’t the only thing worth visiting in Spain. The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is another of the monuments that draw millions of tourists to Spain.

This basilica is famous for still being under construction. Work on the building designed by Gaudí was started in 1882. The money earned from tourists visiting is put back into furthering the construction of the building. Maybe it’ll be finished one day!

The last of our top 3 unmissable buildings in Spain is Cordoba’s mosque. The Mezquita de Cordoba has a similar architectural flavour to Grenada’s Alhambra and is a result of the country’s Muslim history. It was initially built as a mosque before being transformed into a Catholic cathedral and is a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Of course, there are more than just these three sights in Spain. Other monuments of note include:

  • Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
  • Burgos Cathedral
  • The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao
  • Casa Milà in Barcelona
  • The Royal Palace of Madrid
  • Montserrat Abbey
  • Alcázar of Segovia
  • The Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca
  • Cathedral-Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar
  • The Roman Theatre, Mérida
  • The Giralda of Seville
  • The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia

The City of Arts and Sciences is a bit different from the others on this list as it’s a very modern and futuristic building. It was built in Valencia at the end of the 20th century and marked a change in Spanish architecture. This site covers 350,000 metres squared and includes a botanical garden, an oceanographic museum, and an art museum. It definitely impresses visitors who’ve made their way to the city.

Which Are the Most Beautiful Cities in Spain?

A lot of Spain’s most beautiful monuments are found in Spain’s most beautiful cities. In addition to these monuments, take the time to spend a few days in these Spanish towns and enjoy the best that Spanish life has to offer.

Which are the best Spanish cities to visit? Spanish cities are full of history. (Source: caciaca)

The most famous Spanish city is the capital, Madrid, a vibrant and cosmopolitan city. There are many different nationalities in Madrid and this large city deserves several days to fully discover it. As the capital, Madrid is home to large boulevards, traffic and noise, as well as a large choice of relaxing parks and museums.

The Prado Museum and the Museo Reina Sofia are the two unmissable museums in the capital and you can discover works by artists like Picasso and Dali.

However, there’s also another city in Spain that has stolen a lot of Madrid’s thunder. Barcelona has been one of Spain’s most popular tourist destinations for those looking for sun, beaches, and parties. On the Mediterranean coast, Barcelona welcomes tourists from all over the world, though you could argue too many of them. It’s probably a good idea to avoid the city in July and August or you may as well have just stayed at home.

For those visiting Andalusia, Seville is a dream destination. The capital of this autonomous region is famous for Islamic architecture which can be found all over the south of Spain. With the Royal Alcázar of Seville, the Plaza de España, and the Italica archaeological site, there’s plenty for tourists in this beautiful city.

There are a lot of other Spanish cities that are worthy of also being included in this list. They include Toledo, Salamanca, Cordoba, Malaga, Girona, Grenada, Las Palmas, and Palma de Majorca.

Salamanca is nicknamed The Golden City due to the colour of its sandstone buildings. As the sun sets, this city glows. Perhaps you’ll find the time to visit one of Spain’s most beautiful cities.

How Much Does it Cost to Visit Spain?

It’s all well and good dreaming of going to Spain but you’ll also need to budget how much it’ll cost to travel to Spain so that you don’t come back with your pockets empty.

Which is the most popular Spanish dish? You’ve got to try the food. (Source: Eisenmenger)

Whether you travel to Spain, Russia, or Australia, there are three main things to consider when budgeting for your trip: accommodation, food, and transport.

Luckily for you, Spain doesn’t cost an absolute fortune. You can easily get to Spain for between £50 and £200 depending on the type of transport you use. Some of the cheapest ways include taking long-distance coaches or budget airlines. However, the train can cost you quite a bit.

Once you’re there, you’ll need to find your accommodation. A night at a hotel can cost between £40 and £100 depending on what you opt for. Youth hostels are actually quite expensive in Spain in comparison to other European countries but some do offer private rooms for around £20 per night if you can’t find a hotel room. That said, you’ll probably have to share a bathroom with other guests.

When it comes to food, you can either self-cater and cook in your accommodation (if you’re in a youth hostel, Airbnb, etc.) or eat in restaurants. A meal in a restaurant will cost you around €15. Fast food can be found for around €8. Of course, you’ll probably want to try tapas for €2 or €3 per dish.

You’ll also need to consider the cost of the transport if you’re planning on visiting other towns and cities or doing any activities like visiting art galleries of museums. The cost of attractions will vary massively depending on what you’re visiting. Make sure you get discounts for seniors, those under 25, or by visiting on the first Sunday of the month when many attractions are free from a certain time.

The budget for visiting Spain will depend on the kind of tourist you are. Backpacking won’t cost the same as staying in a luxury hotel.

Where Should You Stay in Spain?

There are plenty of different types of accommodation in Spain from the Costa del Sol to the Basque Country. To find the perfect accommodation, there are several sites to help you. There are comparison sites that can help you find the cheapest hotels or sites like Airbnb for those looking for holiday rents.

Where can you find accommodation in Spain? Where you stay can drastically change your trip. (Source: IndiraFoto)

In Spain, you’ll probably stay in a hotel as you would anywhere else in the world. With luxury hotels, hotel chains, and youth hostels, there’s something for everyone. That said, hotels aren’t the only places you can stay in.

Why not consider camping?

Whether you’re in a tent or a caravan, there are camping sites that are great for travelling with friends or family.

You can also rent holiday accommodation from sites like Airbnb or CouchSurfing.

Whatever you choose, the most important thing is to get the most out of your time in Spain!

If you’re interested in going to Spain, you may want to consider learning Spanish as you can’t guarantee everyone you meet will be able to speak English. On Superprof, there are plenty of private tutors offering Spanish lessons. You can get either private tutorials, online tutorials, or group tutorials.

While private tutorials are the most effective of these options, they’ll also cost more per hour. Online tutorials tend to be cheaper as the tutor doesn’t have to factor travel costs into their rates. Finally, group tutorials are a great way for you and some friends to split the cost of Spanish tutorials. While the lessons won’t be tailored to just you, they will be cheaper per hour.

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