Gap Years, Backpacking & Travelling in Spain

Spain doesn't really need an introduction, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. There are lots of places you can visit which all offer different experiences, expect great cities with lots of culture, amazing beaches and a warm climate. Experience the very best of Spain with One World 365.


Spain Travel Ideas, Gap Year Programs & Experiences

Find travel inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to go travelling, backpacking or take a gap year in Spain.

Spain travel guide

Spain Travel Guide

Get esstential travel information, tips, itineraries and inspiration for visiting Spain.

  • Population: 46.5 million
  • Capital: Madrid (population 3,300,000 approx)
  • Currency: Euro
  • Official languages: Spanish, Catalan, Galician and Basque
  • Area: 505, 000 sq km


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Weather & Best Time to Visit Spain

Spain is an all round destination with a warm Mediterranean climate, even in winter it never really gets that cold. The Canary Islands average around 20oC most months and we highly recommend heading to to coast / islands for summer. April and May are our best time recommendations to visit Spain, this is when the country isn't boiling hot and the weather is comfortable. During July and August the weather can be extremely hot, and also crowded with tourists


How to Get to Spain

Several international and low cost airlines airlines in Europe offer great value flights to Spain. You can also cross from mainland Europe via bus/train which can be cheaper than flying but expect much longer journey times. 


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Top Places to Visit in Spain

There are so many highlights:

  • Barcelona - experience one of the best cities in the world, wander around Las Rambles or visit Park Güell with mosaic-covered buildings, Gaudi's sculptural buildings and panoramic views of the city.
  • Balearic Islands - famous for Ibiza and it's world class nightlife, expect buzzing towns, nightclubs and also sandy beaches.
  • Canary Islands - located off northwestern Africa expect beautiful beaches, a warm climate, world class resorts and entertainment including some of the best golf courses in the country
  • Seville - Experience laid back Seville with pretty buildings, fountains, squares and also the Alcázar of Seville - an iconic Moorish-Renaissance royal palace.
  • Teide National Park - A UNESCO-listed world heritage park.
  • Madrid - discover one of the most famous cities in the world, try to take in a football game
  • Costa Brava - a popular summer holiday destination in northeastern Spain with beaches and water parks
  • Costa del Sol - popular with British expats, this area in the south of Spain has pretty coastal towns, beaches and sun



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Travelling & Backpacking in Spain

Spain is the ideal place to travel for those with boundless energy, the islands offer a range of things to do, such as scuba diving, windsurfing, horse riding and caving, to name but a few. Of course, it’s also the perfect place to lie back, relax and soak up the rays. Spain is a very laid back country and local people usually have a siesta during the afternoon, sometimes even large cities like Barcelona and Madrid can seem empty and deserted. This can be annoying if you are looking to go shopping or buy something from a local store but once you fall into the culture you will soon get used to it.

Spanish culture is rich and varied. Characterised largely by its laid back attitude and historical heritage, it manages to seamlessly blend old and new which has resulted in one of the most vibrant and interesting art and culture scenes in Europe set in and amongst some of the continent's most historical cultural facilities and architecture. From modern metropolises like Madrid and Barcelona to sleepier spots like Andalucía or San Sebastian, the Iberian culture has something for everyone at varying paces of life. Spanish cities are sure to stir the soul and inspire new and interesting ideas while experiences with more of a focus on surfing and sunbathing on the coast are not to be underestimated

For outdoor enthusiasts Spain is one of the top places to go, offering a wide range of water sports, the unspoilt beaches are a favourite amongst windsurfers and water skiers alike or you could head to one of the islands many other secluded beaches hidden along the coast. You could head North of Barcelona to the Basque region for scenic rural towns and villages or spend time in the islands or amazing cities of Seville, Madrid or Valencia. There are lots of tours and working holidays available where you can experience life well away from tourist resorts.


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Plan a Gap Year to Spain

So you are thinking about taking a gap year in Spain? Good decision. Now book your perfect experience today by searching gap year jobs and programs in Spain and trips which are open to students, graduates or anything seeking to take a break and discover the best of the country.

If you are looking to visit Spain and would like to do more than just sunbathing our work and travel, overland and adventure programs will appeal to you. Wherever you go and whatever you do Spain is the perfect destination for those seeking sun, sea and an amazing experience all year round. With a range of exciting activities, pristine beaches and sleepy fishing villages, it’s easy to see why the this stunning destination has become a Mecca for those seeking relaxation, sun and a relaxing lifestyle.

Would you like to do more than just sightseeing? Does the idea of living and working in Spain appeal to you? Why not apply for a gap year job in Spain. These positions are very popular with internationals and thousands of people go every year.  Some gap year jobs include accommodation and you could live and work anywhere in the country. A lot of recruiters also do not require you to know Spanish.


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Spain Travel Tips

  • Things to Do: Barcelona, Madrid and Seville and three of the best cities to visit. Granada and Cadiz are underrated destinations. Apply to work in Spain if you are on a budget or would like to be more than just a tourist. Taking a TEFL course and working as an English teacher is highly recommended. You might also like to combine experiences and visit Portugal and Morocco
  • Budget: Spain is a great value for money destination compared to other places in Europe like the UK and France. Larger cities like Madrid and Barcelona are generally more expensive than smaller locations. If you would like to visit Spain in summer islands like Ibiza can be very expensive when taking into account accommodation and going out
  • Food & Drink: One of the most important parts of a cultural immersion is through culinary exploration. Traveling is designed to get people out of their comfort zone and challenge them to try new things. The experience of Spanish food is about more than just flavour. The act of preparing food with love and patience, the ritual of eating small plates over long hours and the casual yet sophisticated incorporation of wine into most meals all make the culinary culture of the country an important part of such an experience. Taste the flavours of different regions by traveling around the country or experience the cooking of a local family on a home stay
  • Health & Safety: Spain is a very safe country to visit, sunburn is probably your biggest threat so buy protection either before or in country. Pick pocketing can be a problem on public transport systems and in major cities so keep an eye on your valuables and bags and understand when and where potential problems might occur


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