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10-day Itinerary in Spain: Touring Barcelona, Seville & Madrid, with budget tips

10-day Itinerary in Spain: Touring Barcelona, Seville & Madrid, with budget tips

You’ve got a bit more than a week to spend in Spain? Lucky you! As a resident of Barcelona, I’m of course tempted to say that you could easily spend the whole time in my city, but most visitors try to see more of Spain than just the northeastern corner when they come. Indeed, you’ve » Read more

Beaches, mountains, museums & hot springs: 5 winter escapes in Spain

Beaches, mountains, museums & hot springs: 5 winter escapes in Spain

Many first-time visitors (myself included) to Spain have this idea that the country is a warm, perhaps semi-tropical land of sunshine, sangria and siestas. It is. And then it is not. Spain is a big country, and yes, many areas are lucky to have great weather year-round (the Canaries), while other regions are cold and rainy » Read more

Affordable mountain escape from Barcelona: The Pyrenees

Affordable mountain escape from Barcelona: The Pyrenees

I’m sometimes asked why I chose to live in Barcelona instead of Madrid. A big part of my reasoning was Barcelona’s proximity to things I love: the Mediterranean Sea, France, wine regions and the stunning Pyrenees Mountains on the border of Spain and France. To get out of Dodge (or Barcelona, in this case) and » Read more

Cultural landscapes in Mallorca: Beyond the beaches

Cultural landscapes in Mallorca: Beyond the beaches

Think Mallorca, and cultural heritage is not the first thing that springs to mind. Three months ago, we examined—in an article here on EuroCheapo—how Mallorca is a favored spot for Z-List celebs to hang out their tired careers to dry. So those in search of fine landscapes and cultural history might be inclined to look » Read more

Mallorca: Sun, sea and schnitzel

Mallorca: Sun, sea and schnitzel

Our travels have just brought us to Mallorca. With a population of almost 900,000, this large Mediterranean island struggles with its image. Tarnished by four decades of mass tourism, Mallorca has long been regarded as the vacation choice for those who simply cannot afford anything better. For 25 years, Brits went to Mallorca to party » Read more

Menorca: A Spanish beach paradise for Cheapos

Menorca: A Spanish beach paradise for Cheapos

The second largest and least tourist-ridden of Spain’s Balearic Islands had been on my holiday wish list for years. An untouched paradise of pretty coves, virgin beaches, historic cities and laid-back Spanish culture, Menorca awoke my curiosity, especially in the face of its rowdier, glitzier and better-known sister islands, Ibiza and Mallorca. I also had » Read more

Melilla and Ceuta: A touch of Spain in Africa

Melilla and Ceuta: A touch of Spain in Africa

Back in the summer, we had a solemn moment over our evening tapas as we marked the tenth anniversary of the invasion of the island of Perejil. In July 2002, a small Moroccan force invaded this fragment of Spanish land off the coast of North Africa, only to be ousted a week later when Spain » Read more

Tarifa: Spain’s oft-overlooked destination

Tarifa: Spain’s oft-overlooked destination

While Barcelona and Madrid get all the hype, Tarifa, Spain is a worthwhile destination for any Cheapo looking for adventure, culture, history and relaxation. The narrow streets of the city center make it almost impossible for cars, allowing for a laid-back pedestrian town. For those looking to experience the lesser-known side of the country, here » Read more

Lanzarote: A surprisingly unspoiled Canary Island

Lanzarote: A surprisingly unspoiled Canary Island

I didn’t know much about this volcanic island when I booked my flights. In fact, while the name “Lanzarote” is pretty well known, since returning to London I have discovered that very few of my friends know much about what it’s really like. I’ll be honest—I expected Lanzarote, the easternmost of the Canary Islands, located » Read more

Mountains, Beaches, and Modernismo: 5 reasons to visit Sóller, Spain

Mountains, Beaches, and Modernismo: 5 reasons to visit Sóller, Spain

Early one morning last week I got up and headed straight for Palma de Mallorca’s train station. Well, not the city’s main commuting station, but rather the station serving the Ferrocarril de Soller, a vintage, 100 year-old train. The picturesque old train, comprised of half a dozen wooden cars dating back to the railway’s opening » Read more

A Cheapo guide to the Canary Islands

A Cheapo guide to the Canary Islands

By Audrey Sykes— The Canary Islands are the prime euro vacation spot for those eager to break from the winter. Not only is the weather warm, water gorgeous and beaches sublime, but the volcanic topography is naturally wonderful. This southern Spanish archipelago is a hotspot throughout the year, so here are some tips to help » Read more

Spain: A trip through the Basque region

Spain: A trip through the Basque region

By C H Kwak— Madrid’s museums, Barcelona’s nightlife and Andalucia’s architecture attract throngs of tourists to Spain. The Basque region, on the other hand, has curiously remained off the tourist radar outside of Europe. Gorgeous landscapes, sumptuous food and unique cultural heritage are but just a few of the reasons to trek up north. I » Read more

Bilbao on a Budget: Five Tips

Bilbao on a Budget: Five Tips

The unveiling of Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in 1997 may have inserted Bilbao into international hipster consciousness, but the Basque city on the river clearly knew it was cool long before Gehry’s agenda was realized. Bilbao is an immediately attractive city with green parks and a pleasingly well-heeled atmosphere. There are so many exciting things » Read more

Wandering Cheapo: Reappraising Andorra La Vella

Wandering Cheapo: Reappraising Andorra La Vella

Andorra La Vella, the capital of Andorra, may be Western Europe’s most maligned capital. A huge duty-free shopping hub, it tends to be written off as an outdoor mall only good for short shopping adventures. Its commercial bluster may indeed shock those emerging from a weeklong mountain journey through the Pyrenees. And in fact, some » Read more

A Cheapo tour of Valencia, Spain

A Cheapo tour of Valencia, Spain

The coastal city of Valencia, the third largest locale in Spain, is an ideal destination for a long, relaxing weekend or an action-packed adventure. We asked Heather Cowper, travel blogger extraordinaire, how to make Valencia a cheapo-friendly spot. Here, her insight for an inexpensive getaway: Cheapo activities in Valencia- Head to the Mercado Central: The main fruit and » Read more

Spain: Autumn Art Round-Up

We don’t know about that “stays mainly in the plains” bit, but we’ll say with certainty that when it rains (in Spain) it pours—at least when it comes to artistic ventures. As bullfighting season draws to a close, the art scene is just revving up. Here are three main events to watch: 1. Thinking takes » Read more

Second Hand Clothes at Humana

Finding a treasure amid heaps of second hand apparel always provides a healthy sense of shopper’s satisfaction. At Humana stores, located all throughout Spain, Germany, and in several other participating countries, you’ll not only be helping yourself to a fine deal, your purchases will contribute to a worldwide humanitarian organization! When we passed by, shirts, » Read more

Festival Spain: Benicassim Rocks

Festival Spain: Benicassim Rocks

Camping. Beaches. Some of the biggest acts music has to offer. What’s not to love? Now in its thirteenth year, the Benicássim International Music Festival has become arguably Spain’s biggest festival draw, serving up four days of bands and plenty of low-cost camping nearby. And Benacássim is a swell location, just north of Valencia and » Read more

Across the Strait – Tangiers

It’s a real shame to be on the southern coast of Spain and not make the short trip across the Strait to Tangier. After all, it’s right there, so close you can make out small patches of farms and houses on the African side. While we’re no fans of package deals, a nice way to » Read more

Spanish Room Mate: Style for Less

Spanish Room Mate: Style for Less

Photo courtesy of Room Mate Offering travelers stylish, modern aesthetics and a collection of bells and whistles you would expect to find in a five-star boutique hotel at mid-range prices, the Room Mate group of hotels is redefining Spain’s hospitality marketplace one city at a time. So far, the chain has set up shop in » Read more

Spain: Costa del Sol Outpost

Spain: Costa del Sol Outpost

Sure, beach clubs abound on the Costa del Sol. Finding one that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg and that isn’t staffed with snobby waitstaff, however, can be quite a challenge. To find anything with a bit of raw character on the southern coast, it’s usually necessary to head west to the Costa del » Read more

Malaga: Mad for Picasso

While Malaga was the last of Picasso’s favored cities to receive an official Picasso museum—following Barcelona and Paris—the artist’s birthplace has wasted no time capitalizing on all things Pablo. Banners strewn throughout town celebrate the legacy of the city’s favorite son. Other evidence of the time he spent there can be found in an assortment » Read more

Spain Flash: May Crosses in Granada

Spain Flash: May Crosses in Granada

Over the first days of May, the Andalusian cultural capitals of Granada and Córdoba celebrate the Festival of Crosses. The crosses themselves are king. Decorated with local flowers, the crosses adorn homes, squares and gardens. The crosses in turn become focal points for singing, dancing and, of course, drinking. Scheduled from the May 1 to » Read more

Malaga: Creepy But Cool

OK, so his work can be a bit much to take in. Nonetheless, Ron Mueck’s otherworldly sculptures are a current hot property. Mueck is a former puppeteer from Down Under who has worked with Muppets and Fraggles before creating eerily real figures that also happen to be ridiculously big. His work is on display this » Read more

Marbella Feria

Marbella Feria

Summer’s almost here in southern Spain, which means Feria season is upon us once again. From Malaga to Cadiz, every town along the Costa del Sol will take their turn hosting civic celebrations that turn every plaza, street, and alley into a bar, dance floor, or both. From now until October, the coast will supply » Read more

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