Best things to do in Spain on a budget


Planning to study abroad in Spain in the near future? While much of your time will be spent in class and hanging out with new local friends, you will have weekends, holidays, and breaks from school that will give you many chances to explore this diverse country.

In this article, we will share a few suggestions that will help you get the most out of Spain on a student budget.


1) Visit Templo de Debod and other free museums

Given its significance, there is a good chance you’ll end up flying into or studying near Madrid. If you end up in the area at some point, there are many ways you can save money during your time here.

Keep your eye out for free museum opening times (e.g. the Prado Museum is free Monday to Saturday from 6 pm to 8 pm, and Sundays & holidays from 5 pm to 7 pm), but if you are looking for something truly remarkable, drop by the Templo de Debod.

Free to visit, it was an ancient Egyptian temple that was disassembled in its homeland and then put back together in a park in Madrid. Totally free to visit, its out of place nature makes it a must-visit attraction.

2) Hang out on the beach in Barcelona

Of all the cities in Spain, Barcelona is perhaps the most glamorous of them all. The wildly artistic Sagrada Familia and Park Guell, the amazing buys on La Rambla, and the full tilt nightlife that lasts until sunrise are all evidence of this.

However, all of these can drain your bank account in no time, making a visit highly problematic. It doesn’t cost anything to lounge on many of Barcelona’s many beaches, though.

With snack stands offering some of the city’s best deals on Spanish food, they will be places you will find yourself visiting frequently during your time in Barcelona.


3) Watch the sun set from Mirador de San Nicolas

Granada is another amazing place to visit while in Spain, as it has more than its share of palaces, cathedrals, and other cultural landmarks.

The most significant of these is the Alhambra, a Moorish fortress which dominates this city’s skyline. If you can’t afford the entry fee, there is a spot across the way called La Mirador de San Nicolas that will make for a great alternative activity.

With a commanding view of the Alhambra, you’ll get amazing views and photo opportunities here, especially at sunset.

Be aware that pickpockets operate here, as many people are easily distracted by the dazzling scenery found here.