Long Solo Vacation in Spain Questions
Hello all !
I am looking to spend 3 months in Spain this year, starting July, as a getaway vacation time. I am in my early thirties and will be going there solo. I am european and aware of the Spanish temperature (I am of Mediterranean descent myself, so that won't be a problem as long as there is some A/C around lol).
I am not entirely sure which place i am gonna pick still. I think I would enjoy different places for different reasons. It's probably going to be either Murcia, Sevilla, Valencia, Girona or Malaga. More likely but not necessarily close to coastal areas, since it's going to be full blown summer.
Fortunately budget is not an issue, although i do not want to go overboard for no season. Looking at different websites for rentals, like idealista I do see a lot of pretty big apartments/houses go for 700-1000 (or less), which is definitely within my range. The problem is that these do not appear to be short term rentals, and I am quite unsure that 3 month renting will work with those.
Has anyone had a similar travel experience ? What is a good place to rent such an apartment from ? Maybe airbnb instead ?
Summer Rentals High
Just my experience.....
Tourist areas charge mental prices in the high season, the biggest rental platform is booking.com, then follows air b and b, home and away (Owners Direct), etc etc. Booking.com charge the highest commission at 15% plus payment charges, so naturally these prices are the highest, though big hotels do run special deals to cover their fixed costs in the low season (crazy low - worth a look in those lower months).
You are looking for a 3 month stint which hits the key 'money making months', so you need to shop around for the areas which are not so horrific. I would do a compare/ contrast on booking/air b and b to identify deals on a spreadsheet.
My other half is Spanish - Murica is quite reasonable as I understand, Sevilla you will melt as its soooo hot in the summer, Valencia is a City (not a tourist area and not an attraction as such as the other locations on your list). Girona is similar to Valencia...not a tourist attraction, not something to go mad about.
I have a touristic apartment in Benahavis, close to Marbella (Malaga), and prices rocket, its unbelievable. Often the Spanish rent out apartments on long-term contracts but exclude July and August, as they can charge crazy rates for these two months, anything from €1,500 to €2,500 per WEEK.
Your chosen areas area all very different so you need to ask what to you want to achieve and what you are looking for.
For cheaper rents I suggest looking again at your areas and then look at the lower end rental platforms (as you already noted) like air b and b, Owners Direct, where the commission is lower (3% circa), you could find some deals as there is a mass of accommodation especially generally (again depends in areas). Note a 3 month stint which includes the high season will not qualify for the lower rents ( you got that point). You could negotiate (change your own linens/ mid cleans etc) which might reduce your price.
Hope this helps!
Murcia is probably going to be one of the places I will rent. I am thinking that it may be smarter(or could end up be dumber :P) to rent in 3 places instead of one. Like spend 1 month in each place, to get the chance to go around a bit.
What scares me a bit is that i am not seeing many means of transportation, for example Murcia to Malaga seems to not have air connectivity and seems to take 8 hours for to reach there, while the distance is 400km. I generally prefer to spend more in order to not have to spend extra hours for no reason. I was thinking that maybe renting a car i feasible, but since i won't be going back to Murcia, I am not sure if it's feasible to leave it in Malaga and go on from there. Guess I will have to ask and see how that works.
Murcia is very reasonable even in July, for the whole month of July I am finding a lot of 700-1000euros per month apartments in airbnb.
I was thinking that Malaga could be my next stop in August. Is Marbella worth staying for a month ? I have heard good things about the place and I don't mind spending a bit more in August to go near the coastal areas (not that i necessarily have to, but i am contemplating my options). Maybe any other areas worth visiting instead around Malaga ? Costa Del Sol maybe ? Currently I am seeing apartments going for around 2000 to 2400euros in Marbella airbnb for a month. I don't mind that if it's worth it. Fuengirola is even better at around 1700euros.
I generally want to relax and have a good time. I am not a museum or sightseeing fan (although natural beauty is nice), but i do enjoy nice bars, restaurants, and a good nightlife.
I also like the Girona possibility because it's close to Barcelona, which I would like to at least visit for a day or two.
Thus, I was potentially thinking of an itinerary like :
July in Girona
August in Murcia
September in Malaga (Marbella?)
More than likely if i do this, I will look to book Malaga first, cause it's the most expensive one. I could also do it the opposite way, start with Malaga and end up in Girona, doesn't really make a difference (although bookingwise, Malaga probably makes more sense to be first).
Something like that maybe. Again, I am a bit scared of the transportation, but I should be able to find an easygoing way i hope :D
Would you think this plan is fair ? I'd love to hear your opinion :)
Thanks again !
So, thinking that I really want to visit Ibiza, I adjusted the schedule and looked into the means of transportation. Came up with this plan:
Murcia (1st to end of July)-> Bus to Alicante (1 hour) -> Flight to Ibiza (45 minutes, 1-5 of August) -> Flight Ibiza to PalioMalaga (1hour15mins) -> Taxi/Bus to Marbella (1hour, Stay for 25 days)
and now 2 options :
1) Malaga to Sevilla -> 3hour flight
2) Malaga to Almeria -> 3 hour train
Not sure if Almeria if Sevilla would be the best choice here. Or maybe something else. I just don't like spending too many hours travelling :)
Look upon travel time as part of the experience, and break up long journeys by spending the odd night or two at little places you've never heard of. You'll get to know Spain much better that way.
On travel I always use the 'Rome to Rio' App to checkout all travel options, it details all modes of transport (car hire/bus/train /bike/walk etc) it covers time/cost/contacts....even bus time tables.Puts meat on the bones when you don't know the areas, a little perspective! Car hire BTW often you can pick up in one city and drop to another...but check the fine print, you can get clobbered.
Not a fan of Ibiza (just my opinion - would not go if you paid me! ha ha! )...
Marbella is a fab base, Rhonda, Tarifa, Gibraltar even day trip to Morocco...plus Marbella itself, beautiful old town...can eat quite reasonably from the super markets and eating out if you know where to go. Everyone says Picasso's in Banus is must....good prices and massive pizzas. I will try it at some point, clients all rave.
Seville is supposed to be beautiful - I've still not been but everyone raves....check temperatures even in Sept, last year was a killer in Spain even into October. Almeria - looks like lots to do (again not been), Granada is lovely and I have done Sierra Nevada...
Sounds like a plan! trip advisor is great for intel !
I have already booked the Ibiza part :clap2: :juggle: That's the only one so far lol, but i got a great price on a 4 star hotel for 5 days, and I just couldn't resist :D I really wanted to at least visit.
Nice to hear that Marbella is beautiful, I guess I will keep it as part of my trip plan :D Somewhere around there at least, but Marbella is most likely. I am mostly keen on Almeria, not a super fan of big cities and too hot is not nice :/
Thanks again !
Murcia is extremely hot in summer, Beware!
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