Spain is full of wonderful places to discover. You don't have to travel far to enjoy beautiful and authentic towns, idyllic beaches, the friendliness of the people and fabulous local cuisine. Do you know where to go on vacation in Spain on your next home exchange? We recommend you step outside of the most touristic routes and let yourself be carried away by the hidden and local treasures of this country.
You have surely heard about Madrid, Spain’s capital: it is an impressive city full of museums, things to do, different neighborhoods, a famous Plaza Mayor, active nightlife and great culture to offer. We recommend you rediscover it with different eyes! Walk through the Prado Museum, see the Cybele Palace and the Puerta de Alcalá with your own eyes, tour the Gran Vía, discover the Puerta del Sol and taste a local specialty at the Mercado de San Miguel. Madrid will surely be added to your list of favorite cities.
Our Tip: Did you know in Madrid you can discover an authentic Egyptian temple? Just five minutes from the Plaza de España you will find the Temple of Debod, which arrived in Madrid in 1970 as a gift in gratitude for the help that the Spanish offered Egypt with the Aswan dam. We recommend visiting it at sunrise or sunset, on a weekday if possible, when the light is magical and it is less crowded.
Travel through time and lose yourself in the Alhambra’s architecture and its Nasrid Palaces. Stroll through the Gardens of El Generalife and enjoy the peace that is felt in every corner. In addition, from the Alcazaba, you can enjoy the best views of the city of Granada. The Alhambra is like its own city; it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Granada is perhaps one of the most beautiful cities in Spain. With a home exchange you can enjoy it like a real local.
Our Tip: The province of Granada is full of wonders to discover. We recommend planning a route through some of its beautiful towns to get away from the crowds that normally visit the Alhambra. Some ideas: on its tropical coast, Almuñécar and Motril; Guadix with its famous cave houses; Sierra Nevada, and the Alpujarra with its fairytale villages; or the corners closest to Granada, such as Alhama and its beautiful gorge, or La Malahá and its natural outdoor spa.
Get ready to enjoy wavy shapes, colored mosaics, columns, and geometric shapes everywhere! We recommend that you walk and get lost in every corner of this magical park, inspired by Hansel and Gretel, and let your imagination run wild. You'll love sitting on its colorful snake-shaped central bench (110m long!) and enjoying views of Barcelona on your way up to the park.
Our Tip: If you visit Barcelona on your vacation, you will probably visit the Sagrada Familia, or stroll along the Rambla. But if you want to run away from tourists and discover the authentic local atmosphere, we recommend you discover Barcelona’s neighborhood markets, specifically the Sant Antoni market or the Ninot Market.
Flexibility in your travel dates and your vacation destination when possible will almost certainly save you money. By consulting price comparators for plane or train tickets, you will be able to determine the dates that are most advantageous in terms of price. Check out websites like Trainline for the train or Kayak for airfare.
For a cheap and absolutely unique and authentic vacation, exchanging homes will allow you to save up to 80% on accommodation. Home exchanging will also allow you to save money on meals, since you will be able to buy produce and food at markets or supermarkets and cook them from the comfort of home. To find all our advice on cheap vacations in Spain and abroad, click here.
“Everyone knows the Basilica del Pilar in Zaragoza, but very few people know that the Seo Cathedral is almost a thousand years old. It is a Mudejar architectural gem, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and holds a masterpiece inside of it. If you plan your home exchange in Zaragoza, take a day trip to the Monasterio de Piedra, a place with 800 years of history and where the Piedra monk first brought cacao from the Americas. From the Piedra Monastery, chocolate spread to the rest of Europe! But it is not only a monastery, it is an incredible place where life full of nature and waterfalls can be seen in its pure state."
When talking about Cádiz, and Conil de la Frontera, you always think about the beach, which is wonderful. But nearby you will also find Santa Lucía and the village of Vejer de la Frontera, where you can hike the beautiful “Los Molinos de Agua” trail. This trail is 5 km long and at the end you can regain strength at the venta de El Toro restaurant, just at the beginning of the route."
"If you visit Navarra, I recommend that you discover the Irati Forest or the source of the Urrederra River, where the water’s turquoise color is spectacular."