IMO you should make Barcelona your base. There's loads of shopping so jobs shouldn't be too much of a problem, there's beaches within easy reach and theres lots of history and culture to enjoy. There's a real buzz about the place and theres no shortage of pubs and clubs. For accomodation you'll probably want to stay in a cheap hotel (have a look on here http://www.travelsupermarket.com/travelmerge/travelsearch.aspx?package=5) for a few weeks initially while you get your bearings and get yourself jobs and that. After that you may want to look at renting an apartment or something similar near the centre. In terms of festivals there is some information on festivals in June here http://gospain.about.com/od/june/p/junefestivals.htm and in August here http://gospain.about.com/od/august/p/augustfestivals.htm. Also in August is the Benacasim festival, a massive music festival featuring some of the worlds top bands. Hope that helps, have fun! (I'm very jealous )
In the province of Malaga there are amazing beaches, caves, cliffs and stunning towns, like Ronda. or Nerja. Personally I'd avoid Marbella, and too much touristic and crowded towns.
Once there, you definitely can't miss Granada. The palace of Alhambra and the Albaicin are jewels left by the Arabian culture. There are also amazing parties, young people from overseas having fun in the streets and good flamenco spots if you like it. The beaches of Cadiz are also a big party competing with the Ibiza ones. But I must say that July and August are terribly hot, so make sure you're getting to somewhere close to the water!. The best time to get to Andalusia is definitely May-June.
Finding a job can be easy in touristic areas, specially if you speak spanish and english and have some experience as waitress for example.
If you want a great music festival there are loads in summer, but the best is close to my town in Benicassim , the FIB. if you like indie music and crazy beach parties it's one of the best summer festivals of Europe, they say.
Check these webs.
[ Edit: Edited on Mar 7, 2007, at 3:43 AM by nautilus ]
If you decided to visit Spain this summer, don't miss Salamanca from your trip plan. The area around Salamanca also offers many facilities for cultural and sporting day-trips to villages, the mountains or to the lakes.
Due to its difference between Southern mountain ranges of water an the other dry regions, Salamanca has a great diversity of plant life, with holm oaks on the eroded flat lands, bushes and thicket in the foothills, and sizeable swathes of forest up in the mountains. Take http://www.gosalamanca.info/how-to-get-salamanca/weather.aspx as your guide and you will find a lot of interesting things about this amazing city.
Feria de Málaga: 11-19th August.
Don't miss it.