Surviving the Summer Travel Season in Spain with Money-Saving Tips

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By now everyone surely knows I’m a huge fan of Spain, having visited the Costa Brava region several times. I absolutely adore the country. Spain is known for its fascinating history, seemingly endless fiestas, and gorgeous coastlines. The best time to visit the Iberian nation is arguably autumn, although I’ve also been in winter and spring and had incredible experiences. But what about summer travel in Spain?

Summer Travel in Spain

summer travel in spain

What’s not up for debate is that most of Spain gets extremely hot during the summer months. Of course, this is also the time when the most tourists arrive. If you don’t like standing in long lines with a whole mess of sweaty people then avoid a Spain holiday in the summer. Big crowds of tourists often mean big bucks, especially compared to the lower travel season. It doesn’t mean that summer travel to Spain is out of the question. However, if you’re dead-set on traveling to Spain in the high season, there are ways to not pay out the nose and still have a good time.

Money Saving Travel Tips in Spain

Everything is more fun when I feel like I’ve gotten a deal. European tourists are lucky and get to take advantage of budget airlines for inexpensive, direct travel to the Iberian Peninsula. I only wish air travel in the US was so affordable. One way to save a bit of money is to consider finding the least expensive flight to Europe from North America and then research discount airlines {like the Spanish airline, Vueling} and fly into the Spanish airport of your choice. You’ll just have to look at various routes and times to see if this option can save you money.

summer travel in spain

Besides airfare, hotel fees eat up most travel budgets. Now, I can honestly say I’ve never stayed in a hostel, but some of my travel-obsessed friends swear by them. They say that the easiest way to save on lodging costs is to stay in a hostel. Apparently hostels provide visitors with clean rooms, some interesting amenities, and many times free breakfast and Internet {see my money rant about paid Internet}. House swapping, room rentals, and couch surfing are some other creative ways to spend less on sleeping quarters.

What about Food in Spain?

Eating like the locals is a sure way of making the most of one’s food travel budget. Spanish people tend to eat a light breakfast and a large mid-day meal of the day. Ideally, you’ll have lodging that has breakfast included, so that’s one less meal to buy. The large, lunch-time meal is cheaper than à la carte options and dinner prices. In the evening, one of my favorite tricks is to seek out places that offer free tapas with drink purchases. I’m sure to have a gin and tonic, wine, or sangria while in Spain, so why not get free food while I’m drinking?

Barcelona Tapas summer travel in spain

Europe, no matter where you’re going, is going to be more expensive in the summer. After all, it’s the high season. When choosing to visit a place during the most popular time you have to know it’s going to cost more in general, but by putting in a bit of research and using some creativity, you won’t feel completely ripped off. I say any time is a great time for Spain. And the summer heat? Ha! I’m from Texas. Bring it and the Iberian ham on!


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  • Anita Mac
    April 26, 2013

    You know, I have never been in Spain in summer! Spring and fall have been so good to me! I am sure gelato would be on my Spanish summer survival guide…it’s the perfect answer to a hot summer day. Tapas and wine – well that is just a good answer for anything!

    • Leah Walker
      April 26, 2013

      Gelato is the cure for everything don’t you think? Not to mention the tapas and wine. 🙂

  • Andrea
    April 28, 2013

    Spain was hot enough in the spring thank you very much! And I can’t stand all those tourists LOL! But whatever the case, some very good tips, just in case I should ever find myself there in high season. For now, my plan is to escape to Spain this fall… my favorite time to travel!

    • Leah Walker
      May 14, 2013

      Fall is really my favorite time to travel as well. Spain is absolutely wonderful during that time, too. Have fun!

  • @mrsoaroundworld
    May 1, 2013

    Spain is always a good idea para mi… but in the height of Summer? Maybe not!
    But I will have a glass of tinto de verano any time!

    • Leah Walker
      May 14, 2013

      It’s a deal, Mrs. O. How about we escape to Portugal instead?

  • Matias
    May 3, 2013

    Hi Leah,

    Glad to see you love spain as much as I do 😉 Even though I also enjoy it (even more) in summer than in autumn. If you want, next time you come to Spain you can check our website where you can find amazing activities hosted by locals that will make you live spain as never before.

    Un saludo and congratulations for your blog 😉

    • Leah Walker
      May 14, 2013

      What a cool idea about activities with locals. I’ll be sure and check it out. Thanks for sharing.

  • Savi
    May 3, 2013

    Great post- I’m in love with Spain but never been there in the height of summer 🙂

    • Leah Walker
      May 14, 2013

      Me either! I think I’ll take Spain any time of the year though.


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