Spain's budget destinations: where to go for under €500 per week

Budget dining on the Costa del Sol


Great news for Spanish tourism. Earlier this year, the British Post Office ‘Travel Money’ service published its annual survey Worldwide Holiday Costs Barometer and Spain is back on top as the Number One destination for budget holidays! Spain tied first place with Sri Lanka, beating 40 destinations to regain their title. 

The annual barometer monitors the cost of eight typical tourist purchases: a cup of coffee, bottle of local beer, a bottle/can of Coca-Cola/Pepsi, a glass of wine, a 1.5 litre bottle of mineral water, suncream, a pack of 20 Marlboro Lights cigarettes and a three-course evening meal for 2 adults (including a bottle of house wine). 

The survey was carried out on the Costa del Sol, where the items totalled £36.14 (€42.38), compared to £52.89 (€61.99) in Marmaris, Turkey; £63.08 (€73.94) in Pula, Croatia; £87.06 (€102.04) in Sorrento, Italy, and a whopping £145.28 (€170.27) in Australia, four times higher than the cost of the same items in Spain. 

The results also demonstrate a 50% decrease in the cost of dining out in Spain, compared to five years ago. An average meal for two costs just £22.32 (€25) in Spain, compared to the most expensive location in the survey, Seoul in South Korea, where a meal for two could set you back a tidy £122.45 (€140).

So, now you know your purchases will cost you less in Spain, what about finding the most economical place to stay? At we wanted to explore the perfect budget Spanish holiday.

Our goal: to find the best high season budget accommodation, for a family of four sharing, for 500 € or less per week. 

There was a lot of competition, with our final destination choices being influenced on their proximity to the most economical airports to fly into. With London, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Paris our departure airports. 

Well done to our chosen winners: Punta Prima, Benalmádena, Puerto de Mazarron,Vera Playa, Torrevieja, Ayamonte, Nerja, Torrox Costa, Peñiscola, Almuñecar and Playa del Inglés. Check out our infographic below to see typical budget prices for low, mid and high season accommodation.