Cheapest city breaks in Spain

by Lorraine Williamson
City breaks in Spain are a good option

Which cities in Spain are the most expensive and, perhaps more interestingly, which are the cheapest? The Spanish newspaper El Mundo, in collaboration with comparator Rastreator, made a ranking of city breaks in Spain from cheap to expensive

For the people who would like to go to Spain this year, but have not yet decided on the exact destination, there are a choice of city breaks that might be a nice idea. In that case it is helpful to know what you can expect to spend on a city trip in Spain and that the choice of city does make a difference to the wallet. 

How much does an average city trip in Spain cost? 

Research by Rastreator shows that a city trip to a larger city in Spain costs an average of €1,202 this year. The comparator assumes a city trip of one week (six nights) in a three-star hotel in the center of the city. This amount also includes the cost of a rental car and food and drinks. 

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Here are the ten cities in Spain from cheap to quite pricey: 

  • Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Seville
  • Alicante
  • Valencia
  • Malaga
  • Madrid
  • Barcelona
  • Palma de Mallorca
  • Cadiz 

Las Palmas cheapest and Cádiz most expensive city trip 

According to Rastreator, Las Palmas is no less than 28% cheaper than the average amount that someone spends for a city trip in a Spanish city. The other extreme are Cádiz, Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona where a city break is between 11-24% more expensive than the average expenditure of €1,202. 

Different prices compared 

For example, an overnight stay in Las Palmas costs an average of €57 per night, while someone in Cádiz has to pay an average of €120 per night for a similar hotel. Although this is more than double, Cádiz distinguishes itself with quite low prices in the hospitality industry (an average of €24 for an evening meal plus drink in a restaurant) and for extra activities in the city. On the other hand, Barcelona has to pull out quite a bit of money (an average of €33 for the same dinner as in Cádiz). 

City breaks in Spain a lot more expensive this year 

The comparison site conducted a similar study in 2020 and finds that the prices for city breaks in Spain have risen considerably. In 2020, it cost an average of €956 for a week’s holiday in a Spanish city. Undoubtedly, several factors related to the corona pandemic play a role in these price increases. 



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