Accommodation in Spain

Parador of Gibralfaro

Spain is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations and has a wide range of accommodation options to meet every taste and budget. From castles to campsites, and with some of the best quality accommodation to be found in Europe, you can be sure of finding the ideal base for your stay.

Here’s a run-down of some of the options available for your visit in Spain:

One the most popular and varied options, the quality of Spanish hotels is renowned throughout Europe. From cheap and cheerful to 5 star luxury, you’ll find a hotel that fits the bill anywhere in the country. Larger holiday complexes and resorts are usually located on the Costas, and are often self-contained entertainment hubs, though the facilities in the older resorts can be a little dated. Most cater for children, but as most rooms are usually only one bedroom, expect to book a second adjoining room for more space. All-inclusive resorts are increasing, through the quality varies. Spa hotels are usually located out of town, while luxury hotels can be found in all the major cities. Increasingly popular are the boutique hotels – offering more privacy in a smaller location, but with all the inclusive facilities of a larger hotel. These are often found in the major cities, along with specialised business accommodation. Expect a variety of board options, from full (all meals), half (breakfast and evening meal) to simply B&B.

Parador hotels
Paradors are state run hotels, usually located in distinctive or unusual, natural or historic sites which are open year round. There are currently more than 90 parador hotels located across the country, and many of these are based in old castles, palaces and monasteries, renovated with all mod-cons. They do operate on a star system, and prices vary from time of year and region to region.

Self-catering accommodation
Self-catering apartments are usually found in the costal resorts as a cheaper, more flexible alternative to hotels. Quality can range from basic to luxury, but usually all have kitchen or cooking facilities that you wouldn’t find in a hotel. These can be run by private forms or individually privately owned, they can offer real value for money. Other options are chalets, villas, bungalows and in Granada, Caves! 

Usually found in city centres, aparthotels have all the advantages of self-catering accommodation but with the services and amenities of a hotel.

Guesthouses and hostels
Usually smaller and more economical than hotels, guesthouses can be a great alternative to faceless hotel complexes, though the quality of accommodation varies. Hostels are a favourite of students and budget travellers, and most offer cheap shared rooms with shared bathroom facilities. Spain also has a number of ‘pilgrims’ hostels’ providing free or low-cost accommodation for people on the Way of Saint James. These include both free public hostels and others in which a small donation is required.

Offering basic amenities such as hot water, electricity and drinking water and surveillance, campsites can cater for caravans, tents or luxury chalets. Facilities and quality vary from site to site, as do costs.


Wherever you decide to lay your head, hiring a car from one of AurigaCrown’s many rental partners across Spain gives you the freedom to explore this rich and vibrant country at your own convenience.

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