Gaudi Cathedral, Barcelona

Gaudi Cathedral, Barcelona

Spain is a very popular holiday destination for every type of person, from the young single traveller, to the parents travelling with kids, right up to the elderly tourist looking for somewhere to relax. And it’s not difficult to see why all these people enjoy the country – it has something to offer for everybody. So if you’re considering a holiday this year and trying to keep it on a budget, why not try Spain?

If you’re travelling alone, perhaps backpacking around Europe and just want to get to see a bit of the country and its unique culture, head to Barcelona. Known as the ‘city that Gaudi built’, Barcelona is full of sights to see within easy distance from wherever you’re staying including the infamous Sagrada Familia and the Parc Guell. Being a fairly cosmopolitan city, you’ll find food and accommodation are pretty easy to come by and cheap. Head to the markets to pick up your food, or follow the locals for somewhere a little more authentic.

Benidorm is the perfect resort for families travelling to Spain. It may be renowned as a ‘lad’s night out’ type of town, but in reality this is only a small portion of Benidorm’s draws for tourists. Of course it has the typical holiday resort charms of sun, sea and sand, but it also offers a huge amount to keep the kids occupied. There are a number of cheap places to stay such as the Cabana Hotel that also cater well for the kids with pools, kids clubs and playgrounds. For a day out, take the older ones and adrenaline seekers to Terra Mitica, a park split into themed areas of Egypt, Rome, Iberia, Greece and the Islands, which plays home to big name rollercoasters and thrill rides such as Magnus Colossus and the Flight of the Phoenix. While there are things for younger kids to enjoy there, they might be happier at Mundomar or Terra Natura, which are both animal parks with shows and a few water rides. The whole family is bound to love the renowned dolphin show at Mundomar.

If it’s just you and your spouse or friends looking for somewhere peaceful to relax on holiday and take in the sights, head more inland in Spain to the mountainous regions. A visit out of the high season months, July and August, to the Alhambra Palace in Granada simply cannot be missed. ‘Real’ Spain exists in the tiny white-washed villages that dot the mountains and valleys around there. Head to Seville to taste some of the country’s most delectable delicacies in a traditional meal of tapas and wander the winding streets.

It really is easy to take in the sights of Spain on a budget, no matter how old you and who you’re travelling with. Just remember to eat like the locals, research the best hotels and spend your days wisely to get the best out of your hard earned money.