When most people think travel, hostels and hotels are the first things that comes to mind.
Very few travelers take the time to consider, or are even aware of, the possibility of renting a domestic residence for the duration of their stay.
Renting an apartment, as opposed to staying in a hotel or hostel, has quite a few advantages. These include:
- A slower, more personal travel experience
- Extra space
- Extra privacy
- Cooking and experimenting with the area’s indigenous ingredients
- A lower price than most hotels
With the popularity of Airbnb, the Spanish government has begun to regulate the business of renting private residences as travel accommodations.
These regulations are in place to ensure a greater experience for both homeowners and travelers.
The next few paragraphs will provide with a brief introduction to finding, choosing, and renting a holiday apartment in Spain.
Types of Residences Available for Rent in Spain
The first thing you’re going to have to decide on is the type of residence that you would like to rent.
Spain offers a variety of options in regards to private accommodations. These options include:
Basic Villas and Apartments
- Generally rented on a week-to-week basis
- Range from basic downtown apartments to luxury waterfront properties
- Range of prices
Casas Rurales (Rural Houses)
- Can be self-catering
- Range from boutique cave residences to renovated manor houses with pools and gardens
- Some rent by the room while others rent the entire property
- Activities (like horseback riding or fishing) can be offered
- Prices usually begin at about €30 per person, per night.
Habitaciones and Camas (Private Rooms and Beds)
- Solitary rooms for rent
- Generally located in someone’s home or above a business (like a restaurant or bar)
- Rooms are clean, but furniture is often older or worn
- Will likely have to share a bathroom with other residents
- Cheapest option
Bed and Breakfasts
- Have increased in number
- Some are beautiful establishments, others are simply habitaciones with a fancy title
- Do your research so you know what you’re getting into
Where to Find Apartments in Spain
The internet houses many great resources for finding private accommodations in Spain.
- Popular website used by travelers worldwide
- Currently lists more than 300 residences available for rent
- Prices are generally extremely affordable
- Filters allow you to search for specific amenities, prices, and cancellation, neighborhoods
- Home Away is very similar to Airbnb
- Currently lists thousands of rentals organized by Spanish regions
- Seems to offer slightly more “upscale” residences
- Trip Advisor is another great rental listing website
- Helpful reviews let you see what other travelers had to say about the residence
- Simply use the search function to research “Vacation Rentals” near “Spain” and you will be presented with a large list of accommodation options
- All listings categorized by specific geographic location
- Holiday Lettings is very similar to Trip Advisor
- Also includes helpful reviews that let you see what other people thought of the residence
- Average price of all listings currently sitting at €96 per night
- Prices range from basic, affordable rooms to more expensive, upscale luxury rental accommodations