The southernmost province of Spain, Andalucía is perennially popular, particularly its showpiece cities of Seville, Granada and Córdoba, with their exquisite monuments highlighting the area’s Moorish past. Even here prices are competitive compared with Madrid and Barcelona.
You only need to head a little further afield, to the underrated city of Málaga with its Picasso connection and burgeoning art scene, or the atmospheric ancient port city of Cádiz, and you’ll enjoy that alluring southern Spanish vibe for budget-friendly prices. Cheap tapas (the tradition of free tapas originates in Granada) means you can sample Iberian flavours for a couple of euros a plate, and to continue your budget adventure, simply hop on the ferry to Morocco, tantalisingly close by.
Where to stay
Best guest house location to city centre: El Riad Andaluz
Best for style on a budget: Villa Lorena Malaga
Daily budget: Basic €65; occasional treat €85
Drink: €1.70–2.50 per caña (small beer)
Food: Menú del día €10–12
Hostel/budget hotel: €16/€35–80
Travel: Madrid–Barcelona: bus €32–43; train €60–125
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