Want to explore Europe? Why not go to Spain and discover its incredible history, culture and cuisine? You can save money by going all inclusive when you spend your holidays here with your family and friends.
Barcelona is a city with everything – fantastic modernist architecture, long sandy beaches, great nightlife and lots of cultural sights to see. There are two essential stops on any tour of the city. One is La Sagrada Familia, an enormous, intricately crafted church whose construction began in 1882 and continues to this day. The other is Parc Güell, a grand, sweeping park with views of the whole city. Both were designed by famous architect Antoni Gaudí and perfectly capture the spirit of Barcelona.
Barcelona, alongside Madrid, has the best selection of museums and galleries in the country. Entry to all museums in Barcelona, including the famous Picasso Museum, is free on the first Sunday of every month whilst the Prado Museum in Madrid has free entry every evening from 6pm. Most museums and galleries have similar offers so take a look at their websites before visiting.
Heading south, Seville is another jewel in Spain’s crown. The city, in the region of Andalucia, is famous for orange trees, bull fighting and, of course, flamenco. There are a vast array of flamenco shows on offer, many including dinner as part of the entry price. A cheaper and more interesting option is a visit to La Carboneria, a busy flamenco bar in the backstreets of the city where entrance is free and the atmosphere is electric.
Food, drink and accommodation is generally cheaper in Andalucia, where you’ll also find Seville’s cooler, smaller neighbor, Granada. Sitting at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada is home to one of the most popular tourist attractions in Europe – the Alhambra Palace – a 10th century Moorish fortress with extensive gardens and beautiful architecture. It’s unlikely you’d be able to get a ticket on the day of your visit so book in advance online and expect to spend half a day wandering around the maze of courtyards and water pools whilst admiring breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.
Granada is also the perfect place for bargain eating. In most bars in the city you get a free tapas dish with every drink you order. Another way of saving money on food all over Spain is to eat like the Spanish. Trying tostada (toast) and cafe con leche (coffee with milk) for breakfast will cost you around €2 ($2.60). For lunch, try the staple of any Spaniard’s day, the menú del dia, available in most restaurants on weekdays. This is a three course set menu with a drink, all for around €10 ($13) and always very tasty.