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Backpacking Spain on a Budget

Cadiz in Spain

Spain is an extremely popular country to visit with its coast line and islands attracting millions of tourists each year. There is also the popular Pyrenees Mountains which offer good skiing and also mountain biking during the summer months. If you have some time and really want to explore all that Spain has to offer from the North to the South, East to the West, then backpacking is a great way to see the country and you can also do it on a budget by backpacking. There are lots of ways that you can see the country and have a great time on a limited budget. You will need to do a bit of research and work out a budget as well as a route that you are going to take. You may wish to take your bikes with you so you have your own transport, and you should be able to get these on the train so that you can cover longer distances.


Getting around can be the most time consuming as well as expensive part of your journey. You can get cheap bus fares, but this is a relatively slow and tedious way to get around, especially over long distances. You may be able to get a bus which goes at night though so at least you can sleep on your journey. Cycling is a great way to be able to get around but will also require a certain level of fitness as well. You will be able to still use the train when you have your bike and the trains are the fastest way other than flying to get around usually. If you have your own car you may even wish to drive this down to Spain which will let you travel in a lot more comfort and at your own convenience. You can even get a bike rack for your car so you can still take your bikes with you. You may need to get out additional insurance coverage depending on our policy, you will also need to get your car checked out and serviced before making the trip. A great starting point can be to read the Spanish section on Seat61 for trains information.

Youth and Backpackers Hostels

There are plenty of Hostels available throughout Spain, so you are sure to be able to find somewhere cheap and clean which won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Going on to one of the many travel related websites should be able to give you a whole host of reviews of places as well as recommendations on places to go and see. You will find n a hostel you have clean but basic accommodation. Some places are cleaner than others so if you have read mixed reviews about the place online, ask to see the accommodation before confirming your stay. You can usually get private rooms or sleep in a dorm room which is usually the cheaper option. It can sometimes get noisy so if you are a light sleeper you should take some ear plugs and maybe even an eye mask with you. You can meet some great people in the hostels, but you do need to safeguard your possessions as well. Most places have lockers which you can hire, and they can be secured.

Couch Surfing

Couch Surfing is where you contact people through the coach surfing website who offer free accommodation to people travelling through their area. What is on offer does depend, you may have a bedroom with private on suite or you may be on the couch! But it is free, and you usually get offered a meal as well. You might be staying with singles, couples, girls or guys. You will need to see the availability of what is on offer in the area you plan to visit. This is also a great way to get some inside knowledge about the area and get their recommendations of the best places to go and things that you shouldn’t miss in seeing or doing. This is an increasingly popular way of travelling cheaply and with the advent of the internet and the ease of communication around the world with different people the numbers of users either using or offering the services is going up year on year. So what are you waiting for? Let’s go surfing! (Interested also in couch surfing in China)?

If backpacking is something you prefer to avoid, you can also find some of the cheapest holidays to Spain with companies such as Travel Republic. This option can mean the chance to get a package at a good price and focus on 1 or 2 locations.

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