Let’s go over some of the ways you can save money in the lovely country of Spain. The most expensive cities to visit in Spain are going to be Barcelona and Madrid. So if you are really looking to save some money my advice is to head into the region of Andalucia. You can visit the Alhambra in Granada while eating and finding lodging for much cheaper prices than if you were to stay in Barcelona or Madrid. However, there are plenty of ways to save money in the major cities as well.
Madrid for example, make sure you visit Retiro Park if you are going to be in the city. This is one of the most beautiful parts of the city and it’s completely free. Seeing the sun set at Temple of Debod is another great way to spend your time and save money while in the city. The Renia Sofia museum is also free on Saturday’s from 2:30 until close and is free Sunday’s from opening until 2:30 p.m. The Renia Sofia is home to many of Pablo Picasso’s work including Guernica. If you are hoping to catch a world famous futbol match but can’t afford a ticket, or would rather spend the money elsewhere it’s worth it to head to a bar outside of one of Spain’s many futbol stadiums. These bars will have the game on and the price of a copa de vino is much cheaper than a real ticket.
Speaking of Copa de Vino make sure you take advantage of Spain’s wine. After spending a lot of time in Spain I came to the realization that Spain isn’t the best at marketing themselves. When you think of olive oil you think Italy, while Spain actually produces 40% of the world’s olives and olive oil. Love Prosciutto? Make sure to take advantage of Spain and it’s famous jamon at a restaurant like Mueso de Jamon for a cheap delicious bocadillo. Finally, make sure to visit one of the many supermarkets or chinos for world class wine that isn’t going to break the bank. Take advantage of the tapas that come with any drink you order at a bar, at the very least you will get some peanuts or chips. These tiny tapas go a long way when trying to eat and drink on the cheap, Andalucia is where you will get the most bang for your buck in the tapas category. If you are in Madird though, make sure you visit El Tigre for a unique experience into the world of cheap tapas and big drinks, one of the best places to head to before going out for the night.
If you are wanting to head to Barcelona and stay on budget you still have some nice options of free activities. Walking up and down La Rambla is great for people watching. Make sure you head to one of the many beaches Barcelona has to offer and enjoy the waves and sunshine for a cheap afternoon at the beach. Get lost in the neighborhoods around the city and enjoy the many wonderful works of Gaudi, or head up to Park Guell for a cheap entrance into his many other work. Stopping by La Sagrda Familia is a must, even though it’s not free I highly recommend getting a ticket to go inside the amazing structure. Luckily Spain is a fairly cheap country to travel around and there are many great things you can see on a budget throughout this wonderful country. If you have any other budget recommendations make sure to comment below and let me know what you would add to this list of great free or cheap things to do in Spain.