The choice of accommodation in Spain is vast. There are the cheapest possible options, such as camping or staying in monasteries for free, to the swishiest hotels. Wherever you decide to stay look out for the IVA (Spanish for VAT) as this adds seven per cent to the cost of your rental. Here's a run down of your accommodation options.
You can find these all over Spain and Madrid has a surplus of them. They don't cost much, typically about 15-20 Euros. Check websites for deals before you plan to travel. For instance you can get information on all the hostels in Catalonia at http://www.xanascat.cat/. The Hostel Bookers website is also comprehensive. In Northern Spain there are very cheap Pilgrim's hostels and more luxurious Paradors along the old Camino de Santiago pilgrim routes.
What better way could there be to experience authentic Spain than to stay in one of its historical buildings? State-owned Paradors are situated in some amazing spots including old castles and bay promontories. They also strive to serve visitor the local cuisine of the region and so make for a fantastic adventure.
Known as the Paradores de Turismo de España, these luxury hotels offer surprisingly good value. Paradors can be found in all parts of Spain including the North and the Canary Islands. The first Parador was founded as a non-profit organisation in Avila in 1928.
There are some amazing offers for camping in Spain if you keep your eyes peeled. For instance in Santander at the Playa Joyel campsite costs around £120 with Venue Holidays. This is for a six person tent during a week in the summer. For a comprehensive guide to campsites in Spain visit http://en.infocamping.com/camping-Spain.
Villas and Apartments
Anyone staying in a villa or apartment in Spain will be spoilt for choice. There are literally thousands on offer in every region that you go. So take your time to choose what you want. Holiday makers should definitely insist on a pool and air conditioning. A breezy seaside location is even more preferable.
There are villas and apartments in Spain which are built within easy access of nightlife and golf courses and those deep in the countryside where you are assured peace and quiet. Recently a number of British people have fallen foul of Spanish laws and our having the villas that they purchased reclaimed. Research thoroughly any investment you plan to make. Within the capital cities such as Madrid and Barcelona it is also possible to rent individual rooms for short stays. This can be a great option for business travellers and those who want to be in a specific area.
There is so much choice here that there are bound to be differing opinions on which hotels are good. You might be looking for something quiet and secluded like the Casa de Mandolin in its stunning location in Cantabria. In Barcelona the hotel W is the epitome of sexy sophistication and this is a hotel to impress a loved one with.
In Tenerife South (The Canary Islands) the Hotel Jardin Tropical is not only easy on the eye but it caters well to families.
Boutique hotels are also very much in vogue. There is always something more satisfying about staying somewhere small, preferably family run, which has a great attention to detail and looks after each customer as an individual. Like many European countries, Spain also runs an agrotourism policy where you can rent the family homes of Spaniards. This is a fantastic way to get affordable hotel class accommodation which is truly authentic.