Cheap holidays in Spain are easy to come by. Thanks to the wealth of hotels and flights, it’s easy to bag a bargain on the basics. But how do you make sure you don’t get fleeced by costly tourist traps? Show your family an idyllic holiday without breaking the bank, with these awesome low-cost day trips.
Forget Benidorm’s roller coasters and water parks. Entrance fees alone for the whole family will set you back the best part of €100 (£80), and that’s before you’ve shelled out for food and drinks. Hop in the car and head into the hills to uncover the rugged natural beauty of the waterfalls at Fuentes De Algar. Just 15km from Benidorm, the area is now a government-protected wetland where the river runs through waterfalls, springs and rock pools – you can even take a dip to cool off from the high Spanish sun. Entrance to the park is just €4 (£3.20) for adults and €2 (£1.60) for children under 10.
City breaks can seem like a no-no with kids in tow, but Barcelona has plenty on offer beyond its stellar tapas and stunning architecture to keep the family entertained. If you’re after a day away from the city’s 4.2km stretch of beach, head out on the Metro to Montjuic Funicular station to grab the cable car up to the castle. It has a gruesome history as a prison and torture site going back several centuries, and commands some picturesque views out across the Med. Entrance to the castle is free and you can enjoy the barbecue menu at woodland-set La Caseta Del Migdia bar nearby.
You could be forgiven for thinking you were in the Caribbean. A 40-minute ferry ride from Ibiza town, Formentera is a world away from Ibiza’s party beaches. When you arrive on the island, you might want to explore its charming villages, but Formentera’s main attractions are its Instagram-ready beaches. Playa de ses Illetes boasts lagoon-like azure waters and crisp white sand, for summer beach fun in a stunning setting. Ferry tickets from Ibiza town come in at around €20 (£16) each (ferry company prices vary) and there’s no extra charge to bring a bike – the perfect excuse to explore the island on two wheels.
This train line has been linking the capital of the Canary’s biggest island, Palma, with the picturesque port town of Soller for more than 100 years, with the vintage, mahogany and brass trains running five times a day. The journey is the attraction in its own right – along the 27km line you’ll chug up through the Sierra de Alfábia mountain range, navigating hair-pin turns and cavernous viaducts below. You can hop off at one of quaint little island stations to explore the countryside. Return tickets cost €22 (£17) each.
A visit to the zoo will usually set you back a fair amount, but Tenerife’s Monkey Park is a cinch at €10 (£8) for adults and €5 (£4) for kids under 12. You will get up close and personal with lemurs, chimps and other monkeys as well as reptiles and other animals. The park is a conservation project designed to protect and breed the primates, so don’t expect any shows with performing monkeys. On the other hand, for a small fee you can buy food for the animals and feed them yourselves.
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