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1. Posted by sezzle (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Im planning on going to spain at the end of march around the 28th this year. but im not sure where is the cheapest and best place to go in spain at this time of year as im a student i have a limited budget so trying to keep it as cheap as i can. spain is not my finall decision im just wanting to go somewhere with a bit of sun and a bit more heat than the uk so open for suggestions of anyother countrys in europe that are cheap and nice at that time of the year.
please help.
sarah

2. Posted by hobo1985 (Inactive 52 posts) 8y

spain is quite expensive generally compared to many other countries, however if your looking to stay in europe its never going to be cheap cheap. I would go for a less developed country- morocco is a good destination, can be done cheaply with a variety of things to do and see. Turkey is another option but if you are travelling alone, it may not be adviseable as a minority of men in turkey tend to be a bit full on towards women (especially if you have blond/ginger hair or/and blue eyes).

Really you know why you have outlined spain- what is it your wanting to see/do/experience?

What kind of budget did you have mind?

What sort of trip is it going to be- staying in hostels/camping/hotels?

Hope this gives you food for thought

3. Posted by wtnow (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

Actually, we find Spain in the winter and in a small village ( near the sea ) to be extremely inexpensive. We like it so much, that this is the second winter for us here.We are a family of 3 and lived quite luxuriously last winter for 33 dollars a day in a 4 bedroom village house with large terraces with great sea and mountain views. The sunny, warm weather and many festivals make it divine! We lived much cheaper than friends of ours that were touring in SE Asia with a family. We can walk to everything or take cheap mass transit if a greater distance is needed.

It is not as cheap as Turkey ( which would be freeeeeezing right now & we were out in t-shirts today) but we found it waaaay cheaper than Morocco ( and you do not have to worry as much about getting sick or having bugs in your bed in cheap places etc). Don't get me wrong, we loved Morocco, but did not find it cheap, nor a place ( it is filthy, chaotic & intense) that one would want to spend a long time in. (I have spent time in Baku, Egypt, Haiti and Mexico & Morocco takes the cake for intensity and assault on ones senses).

Are you traveling during Easter holidays? Both Morocco and Spain will have more tourist. Southern Portugal is also warm and cheap like Spain.

Most anyplace can be as expensive or cheap as you want it to be. Traveling slow is one way to save money ( get your flights worth and get a monthly rental off season etc) and staying in a small village, living like a native will be MUCH cheaper. Most campsites in southern Spain ( or anywhere in Europe) have bungalows & you can buy your food at local markets & or hypermarkets and cook yourself mostly which will help save money ( buying from local farmers even better..huge bag of vegetables 1 euro).

I think your best weather bets ( as well as being cheapest) in Europe at this time would be Spain or Portugal ( southern most for both of these...it gets cold & wet in Madrid and Barcelona etc).

Look to our blog archives for ideas for Spain( or others):

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4. Posted by hobo1985 (Inactive 52 posts) 8y

i think climate wise depends on which part of spain your in. In 2005 i worked the summer season in malgrat de mar just outside of barcelona, june/july i was carrying a rain jacket with me as there was cold winds. I am not saying this is normal weather, but be aware of your travelling across spain the weather may change, hence why the costa del sol is open for tourists in the winter and the costa brava isnt.

Oh yeah...good point ntnow- easter if your planning to travel, the prices jump up! I remember when i worked in a travel agents, used to be a crazy 2 week time!

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6. Posted by sezzle (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Thanks for the replies everyone. Basically my other half and I want to go somewhere warm/hot but cheap at the same time. We have been looking into package holidays as we think that this would be cheaper than going it alone. Is there any good ways of getting a bargain? we also want somewhere with culture but not in the middle of nowhere.

7. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 8y

Quoting sezzle

Thanks for the replies everyone. Basically my other half and I want to go somewhere warm/hot but cheap at the same time. We have been looking into package holidays as we think that this would be cheaper than going it alone. Is there any good ways of getting a bargain? we also want somewhere with culture but not in the middle of nowhere.

Sevilla and Granada ... If you are looking for something hot, at the end of March, you need to go south to Andalucía. Sevilla and Granada, and for a matter of fact a lot of the other towns and cities in Andalucía are very rich in culture. For both cities I can recommend the Oasis Hostels. (last year in Sevilla, they asked guests to help out, and in return you could stay the night for free, maybe they are still short on staff, and they still do this). In Andalucía you have the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, but also plenty of beaches.

Another option, if you want to go for a short period, can be to look at one of the Canary Islands, (or is that maybe a little bit too touristic?) or perhaps take a look at the south of Portugal (e.g. Lagos)

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 21, 2008, at 2:06 PM by Herr Bert ]