Just a Pack | February 18th, 2019 | 15 Comments

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Andalucia Travel – Exploring Andalucia, Spain on a Budget

Located in the south of Spain Andalucia has a deeply layered history dating back to the Bronze Age.

We recently spent two months traveling around, and falling in love with, Andalucia. We visited the cities MalagaGranada, Cordoba, Ronda, Tarifa, and the region’s capital of Sevilla. During our time we immersed ourselves in the rich culture, history, landmarks, and life in what is the most populous and the second largest region of Spain.

Roman ruins, Moorish palaces, traditional Pueblos Blancos (small white stone villages), and boisterous flamenco guitars all combine to make a visitor believe they are on an incredible journey into the past.

Andalucia is also host to extensive swaths of natural beauty. From rugged coastlines to yellow beaches, vast parched valleys peaked with stony mountains to fields of sunflowers and abundant groves of wild olive and orange trees, mother nature thrives in the arid sun stroked climate. We really can’t use enough superlatives to convey the parched natural beauty of southern Spain, so you’ll just have to go see it for yourselves. Bring a camera. And sunscreen.

Andalucia Travel – Andalucia on a Budget

So, before you buy your tickets and start planning your own trip to Spain and Andalucia, here are a few things you should know about prices in the region. We put together this guide to give you guys an idea about how much a day traveling around Andalucia will cost, at minimum.

Accommodations in Andalucia vary but the typical price of a dorm bed ranges between €14.00 and €18.00. When in Sevilla we tried out a few Pensions (one star hotels, essentially) and hostels before settling on a mid priced hostel that turned out to be one of the best we had ever stayed in.

The Streets of Cadiz, Andalucia, Spain
The Streets of Cadiz, Andalucia, Spain

Cadiz, which may very well be the oldest human settlement in Europe depending on who you ask, was the cheapest town to sleep and eat in. In contrast we found Tarifa to be the most expensive of all the towns we visited.

If you are traveling with a few people Airbnb is worth looking into, while Workaway and Couchsurfing remain the best options for solo budget travel in Europe.

Eating out in the region was a bit of a luxury. While traditional tapas were relatively inexpensive per dish they were also not very filling and we found them to be highly lacking in vegetarian/vegan options. A full blown meal starts at €8.00 and rises steeply depending on quality and location.

As with most European destinations it is advisable to stay somewhere that has a full kitchen within which you can cook most your own meals to keep costs down, and to accommodate a vegetarian or vegan diet.

Have a look at our price list below for a better idea of what groceries, accommodations, drinks, transportation, and activities cost in Andalucia, Spain. These mini guides should help you guys better plan and budget your Andalucia travel adventures!

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Wild Olive Trees, Andalucia, Spain

So, after all is said and calculated, what is the minimum daily expense for travel on a budget in Andalucia?

It is certainly possible to travel or backpack in Andalucia on a budget. If you cook most of your meals and don’t go too crazy drinking and partying late into the night you can travel the region on roughly €28.00  a day. This is pretty much the bare minimum unless you are Couchsurfing or using a program like Workaway to offset the cost of hotels/hostels.

If you want a day laden with sight seeing, visiting historic locations, and eating fine foods you will be spending a minimum of €50.00, provided you are staying in a dorm. If you want more extravagant accommodations increase your budget accordingly.

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Average Cost of Groceries in Andalucia

  • Baguette – €1.00
  • Pot of Jam – €1.65
  • Large Red Bell Pepper – €0.87
  • Tortas Aceite – €1.44
  • Small can of Jalapenos – €1.34
  • Flour Tortillas (10 ct) – €1.10
  • Cucumber – €0.20
  • Zucchini – €0.20
  • Medium Tomato – €0.18
  • Can of Pinto Beans – €0.79
  • Tub of Hummus – €1.49
  • Large Onion – €0.99

  • 2 Gala Apples – €0.75
  • Medium Stalk of Broccoli – €0.67
  • 1 Head of Garlic – €0.34
  • 1/4 lb Cherries – €0.63
  • Small bag of Peanuts – €0.79
  • 2 Bananas – €0.29
  • Small Jar of Dried Spicy Peppers – €0.95
  • 5 Medium Carrots – €0.49
  • Small Jar of Gerkins – €1.19
  • Box of Popcorn (6 bags) – €1.46 

Average Cost of Drinks in Adalucia

  • Sangria at a Bar – €3.00 – €5.00
  • Large Beer from the Store – €1.50

  • Bottle of Spanish Wine from Grocery Store – €1.22 and up
  • 6 Pack of Beer from the Store – €2.50 

Average Cost of Eating Out in Andalucia

  • Tapas in Seville – €2.20  and up
  • Spanish Tortilla Sandwich – €2.00
  • Slice of Pizza – €1.50 in Cadiz
  • Slice of Pizza – €2.50 in Seville
  • Chilimosa in Tarifa – Falafel Plate with Hummus, Salad, and Pita – €5.50

  • Chilimosa in Tarifa – Seitan Kabab Wrap – €5.50
  • Tapas in Cadiz – €2.50  and up
  • Tapas in Tarifa – €3.00  and up
  • Menu del Dia – about €10.00  (three course lunch)

Average Cost of Accommodations in Andalucia

Average Cost of Getting Around Andalucia

  • Bus from El Gastor to Cadiz – €12.60
  • Train from Barcelona to Ronda – €87.30
  • Bus from Tarifa to Seville – €20.05

  • Bus from Ronda to Cruce el Gastor – €3.24
  • Bus from Cadiz to Tarifa – €9.91

Average Cost of Activities and Site Entrances in Andalucia

  • Seville Cathedral – €8.00

Final Thoughts on Andalucia, Spain on a Budget

Real Alcazar in Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain
Real Alcazar in Seville, Andalucia, Spain

Expenses for activities you might want to partake in should not be factored into your daily budget. This becomes overly complicated. An easier way of going about things is to calculate your minimum daily expense and then set aside all left over funds you care to spend into an “activities” pool. Thus on a day when we went to a museum or had a few extra drinks in the evening we did not consider ourselves over budget even though we spent a bit more, we just subtracted it out of the “activities” pool.

You need to remember to set aside some money for things like bus transportation in between towns. Andalucia has a very convenient system of Inter-City buses, and those should be your main method of budget transport around the region.

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15 thoughts on “Andalucia Travel Tips – Exploring Andalucia on a Budget

      1. I’m going to Sevilla and I’m getting so pumped! Never been over seas. Great article.

  1. Andalusia is my favourite region of Spain. Cadiz province is amazing. Next time if you go there visit the towns of the tuna coast (Costa del Atún): Conil, El Palmar and Vejer de la Frontera, Caños de Meca (next to Trafalgar Cabe), Barbate, Zahara de los Atunes and Bolonia (roman ruins by the beach). The whole area is very chill out, with long golden beaches, relaxing bars and the best sunsets ever

    1. Thank you for the suggestions Yolanda! We can’t wait to explore more of Andalusia. Hopefully this coming year.

  2. This is a very informative article, such a great read! Glad you noted the prices and all, traveling to Spain can be expensive specially in places like Barcelona, but there’s a way to enjoy this beautiful country in a budget-friendly way. Awesome suggestions !

  3. You’re so right about the tapas. Delicious and inexpensive but when you’re hungry you can definitely spend a lot. I learned that the hard way. Never walk into a tapas bar hungry!

  4. Awesome Infromation!
    I love Andalucia and the price layout you guys came up with.
    Always good to stick to a budget.

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