While many visitors year-round prepare for a visit to mainland Spain, the country is also known for its beautiful islands. The Balearic Islands are located near the mainland in the Mediterranean Sea while the Canary Islands are in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa.

If you are wondering if Tenerife is worth a visit,  enjoy this resource on the top hidden gems throughout the island. While the Canary Islands are made up of eight main islands, Tenerife is the largest and most populous. It is an extremely popular choice as a travel destination and is known for its beautiful beaches, great sea-view restaurants, and family-friendly attractions.

The island is also a great option for those looking for a less-touristy place to visit and an authentic experience, with many places to find solitude in Tenerife.

Tenerife’s landscape and attractions widely vary from the north to the south of the island, each offering its own unique charm. Local villages boast scenic views throughout the island and the people of Tenerife are warm and inviting. If you have a short stay coming up on the island, don’t miss these top nine hidden gems in Tenerife that will ensure you see the best that the island has to offer.

Vilaflor Village

Vilaflor Village, one of Tenerife's hidden gems

Vilaflor Village

I recently returned from Tenerife and without doubt, my favorite area was Vilaflor Village. When you think of the island, you may assume you’d only see scenes of beaches, sand, and shoppes in a big city like Costa Adeje, but a trip to Vilaflor Village offers the opposite. Located in a mountainous region in the southern part of the island, Vilaflor offers mountainous views high above sea level, charming village homes and churches, and some of the most delicious restaurants in Tenerife.

Located near Mount Teide, an active volcano that offers great climbing opportunities, Vilaflor is a rural Tenerife town with great rural landscapes and pine forests. After viewing lots of deserts throughout the island, visitors will enjoy the sights from the highest village in Tenerife. From the beautiful main square, you can enjoy traditional architecture beaming with history and wonderful sightseeing points overlooking the island.

In Vilafor Village, do not miss the opportunity to dine at Los Cipreses De La Casa Inglesa. Located in a local inn, this family-owned restaurant offers fresh ingredients, excellent service, and the best views in Vilaflor. The food and local wine are exceptionally prepared by a skilled kitchen staff and their staff make visitors feel like they are enjoying a meal amongst friends.

Quiet Spots in El Médano

El Médano

El Médano

One of the most known villages in Tenerife is El Médano, found on the southern tip of Tenerife. El Médano is known to have the longest and one of the best beaches in Tenerife. Along this oceanfront promenade, it is common to see locals and tourists windsurfing and kitesurfing with bright-colored sails filling the sky.  This village is a perfect choice for those who enjoy outdoor activities and watersports as the opportunities there to enjoy those pastimes are endless. El Médano is also a scene filled with beach bars and nightlife, making it seem like a very active village. If you’re looking for solitude and a space to yourself, you can find some peace in El Médano, too, but you just need to search for it.

Peace and serenity are found as you travel south down the south in El Médano, arriving at the wild, windy, and untouched Montaña Roja. Known as the red mountain of Tenerife, the unique volcanic landscape makes visitors feel so remote that it seems like they’re on a different planet. This mountain is easily climbable and possible for children of all ages due to several clearly marked path signs and trails. There you can find peace and quiet beyond the beaches of El Médano.

Bajamar’s Hidden Pools

Bajamars Hidden Pools

Bajamars Hidden Pools

One of the best features of Tenerife and the Canary Islands, in general, are the several different piscinas naturales offered throughout the islands. Piscinas naturales are natural swimming holes that have formed off of the ocean, providing a hidden oasis for cooling off in the hot sun. While many of the swimming holes are stunningly beautiful, the hidden pool at Bajamar is a hidden gem that you cannot miss. Piscinas Naturales de Bajamar located on the northeast end of the island, offers several large pools and a smaller option for young children. This hidden gem offers a safe and natural way to swim in Tenerife and is in a great location near many great sites on the island.

Families will love to know that this natural swimming attraction is recognized as one of Tenerife’s most family-friendly waterparks. The view of the water, sand, and a nearby lighthouse make this attraction a great choice as a hidden gem in Tenerife. After a day swimming in the beautiful natural pool, Bajamar is located near some wonderful attractions in Tenerife including the popular UNESCO World Heritage Site, La Laguna.

Punta de Teno Lighthouse

Punta de Teno Lighthouse

Punta de Teno Lighthouse

The journey to get to this remote lighthouse is a bit far from the southern Tenerife area, yet it’s worth every moment to find total serenity. Punta de Teno Lighthouse is a hidden gem tucked into the far northwest corner of the island, between the beautiful mountains of Masca and the Atlantic Ocean. This village evokes serenity and guests will love the untouched and protected oasis of Puna de Teno. The lighthouse in the village is a stunner, constructed back in the 19th history beaming with colonial backdrops. To find this lighthouse, you must pass through the known village of Buenavista and tourists will find this attraction about twenty minutes away. The process of getting there involves windy, twisting mountain roads, so drive or bike there with caution.

Punta de Teno Lighthouse is most often visited during sunrise and sunset for wonderful photography opportunities, yet visiting this site would be good any time of the day. To find smaller crowds, consider visiting in the middle of the day when most tourists frequent local beaches. A recommended hike there for great views of the ocean and lighthouse is the Camino del Risco to Teno Alto trails.

Cueva del Viento

Not everyone will find it peaceful to squeeze into a lava tube, but if exploring a wind cave has been on your bucket list, you may just find some peace there. Cueva de Viento is a volcanic cavity located in the village of Icod de los Vinos. Potholing, or navigating this wind cave is a unique experience and doesn’t draw many crowds, making it a great hidden gem in Tenerife. Two-hour tours are available for visitors interested in learning more about this wind cave and cave experts may find opportunities to explore the cave further. This activity is not acceptable for children under the age of five.

The mysterious ambiance of the wind cave is familiar to locals, known as Guanches, as the indigenous peoples of the Canary Islands are very familiar with volcanic activity formations. For visitors to Tenerife, though, those less familiar will admire the interesting topography of Cueva de Viento. To enter, guests must access with lit helmets into tight spaces, so spending time alone in this wind cave may not be for all wanting to uncover hidden gems in Tenerife.

Gastronomic Delight in Costa Adeje

Gastronomic Delight in Costa Adeje Tenerife's hidden gem

Gastronomic Delight in Costa Adeje

If you are familiar at all with the island of Tenerife, you know that Costa Adeje is a bustling area of nightlife, restaurants, and shops. While the terms hidden and Costa Adeje may not seem synonymous, there are many lesser-known culinary experiences there that cannot be missed. These best restaurants in Costa Adeje offer sea views, great food, and in many cases, fewer crowds.  Whether dining out as a family or wanting to find a remote and cozy spot to dine as a couple, this previously sleepy village in Tenerife is a lively scene for gastronomy.

There are hundreds of incredible eateries along this stretch of coastline but these highlighted restaurants offer something extra special. Choose from Mediterranean, European or Spanish dishes with many focused on paella or freshly caught fish dishes. While the food at each of these offerings is incredible, the ambiance and setting for a private, remote dinner make this event a true hidden gem. First-class service, delicious homemade wine, and views overlooking the Atlantic make this experience ideal for couples or families who are looking to make everlasting memories in Tenerife.

Hidden Beauty of Los Silos

Hidden Beauty of Los Silos in Tenerife

Hidden Beauty of Los Silos

If you’re looking to take an adventure in Tenerife that will reveal untouched beauty and offer cultural events, you can’t miss Los Silos. This historic area hidden in the mountains of Aregume is surrounded by colorful gardens and for Tenerife it has become a powerful symbol of the islands. At its center is Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Luz, a famous statue that has a festival named after it on the islands. There is significant history behind this statue and this area predates the 1600s with Portuguese references. It is here that tourists will find solitude and spaces in gardens to unwind from the busier lifestyles on other areas of the island.

Located on the northern coast with the rugged Teno mountains in the background, Los Silos is close to the gorgeous coastal town of Garachico which also offers a great day trip from southern Tenerife. Besides the church in the plaza of Los Silos, art enthusiasts can find the famous painting of the Martyrdom of San Sebastian. This is known today to still be Tenerife’s most valuable piece of artwork on the island.

Mystical Taganana

Mystical Taganana, one of the best hidden gems in Tenerife

Mystical Taganana

If you’re looking for a true hidden gem in Tenerife, there is a small village called Taganana which equates to true peace and quiet. Located in the reserve area of Anaga Rural Park, this option is a great one for those on the southern end of the island who are seeking a slower pace. As one of Tenerife’s oldest villages, Taganana has dramatic landscapes, giving a small village allure that many locals and tourists have come to love. The best way to reach Taganana is by driving through one of Europe’s oldest forests, Las Mercedes forest, on a windy road in between ravines. I’m not sure if a location exists in Tenerife that could feel more remote!

In the center of the village, you will find Nuestra Señora de las Nieves square, which is a quiet place among laurel trees that locals know well. The topography of Taganana is unique, and the mountain town offers specialty activities like local stone presses and Portuguese neighborhoods unique to that area. If you are searching for a cultural activity while in Tenerife, visiting Taganana is the best option of all.

Secrets of Masca Village

Masca Village, a hidden gem in Tenerife

Masca Village

If driving up winding, mountainous small roads and holding tight onto the seat handles is for you, you’ll especially love Masca Village. All in fun, the ride up to the mountain village of Masca is thrilling but should not be taken by those skeptical of driving on the windy roads. Once the drive is complete, you will be enamored by the beauty of this village. Even from the car, travelers experience breathtaking mountain views and can pull over to many scenic spots to take pictures. If you hike or bike, Masca is also known as one of the best spots to get outside and do recreational activities. Due to its extremely high altitude, pack a light jacket for a trip to Masca as the temperatures up there are dramatically cooler than in the more desert-like areas of Tenerife.

Masca remains a hidden gem for many due to its mix of mystery, as many locals believe that many years ago, pirates hid out in these mountains. Although currently known as a much more tourist-driven spot, Masca Village definitely has fewer tourists than more popular spots like Costa Adeje.

Getting Ready for Tenerife

The time has come for your trip to Tenerife and prepping your plans to include less-crowded places will immensely help the process. It was important and very valuable for me to have a car while exploring Tenerife as there are many hidden gems both in the north and south ends of the island. While biking is also common in Tenerife, having a car secured is an important step to make sure you can get to more remote places. I highly recommend Top Car, a locally-owned Canarias car rental site that has affordable car rentals.

When looking for accommodations for your trip, be sure to map out which hidden gems in Tenerife you hope to explore most. It can take over an hour to travel from the south to the north end of the island, so positioning yourself near those sites you want to see most would be helpful. I stayed on the south end of the island, closer to Costa Adeje, yet I was easily able to travel to the north’s hidden gems, too. The culture and environment of Tenerife is nothing short of welcoming, with locals being so proud to call Tenerife home. In addition to these hidden gems in Tenerife, asking a local Guanche what their favorite areas are on the island may help you discover even more hidden spots.

The vibrant cities of Europe have long captured the imagination of travelers, drawing them in with their rich history, captivating architecture, and cultural treasures. However, there’s a lesser-known, yet incredibly captivating way to explore these urban wonders – by embarking on day cruises that navigate the very heart of these metropolises. Imagine cruising along calm waters, absorbing the panoramic views of iconic skylines, and uncovering hidden gems that can only be seen from the water’s edge. These day cruises offer a fresh perspective on city exploration, fusing relaxation, adventure, and cultural immersion into a single experience.

In this article, we embark on a journey through seven of the most remarkable day cruise experiences in Europe, each offering an extraordinary opportunity to see these cities from a truly unique vantage point. From the romantic Seine River in Paris to the historic River Thames in London, the article takes you on a virtual voyage through iconic waterways, providing a glimpse into the beauty and character that define each destination.

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler seeking a fresh approach to city sightseeing or an adventurer in search of new horizons, these day cruises promise an unforgettable fusion of relaxation and exploration. The article unveils the hidden stories, architectural marvels, and cultural nuances that become apparent when viewed from the water. Join us on this voyage of discovery as we navigate the urban landscapes of Europe’s most enchanting cities, all from the comfort of a luxurious cruise ship.

Seine River Cruise in Paris, France

A Seine River Cruise is a romantic journey that encapsulates the charm of the City of Light. Sail beneath the graceful arches of iconic bridges like the Pont Alexandre III, with landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame Cathedral as your backdrop. Whether you opt for a leisurely lunchtime cruise or a magical evening voyage, the Seine River Cruise promises an enchanting exploration of Paris.

Barcelona Harbor Cruise in Spain

Barcelona’s vibrant spirit extends to its maritime offerings, with a harbor cruise that showcases the city’s coastal charm. Sail along the Mediterranean coastline, enjoying the Sailing Experience in Barcelona and taking in the striking architecture of Antoni Gaudí, including the renowned Sagrada Familia. A Barcelona harbor cruise offers a delightful blend of urban allure and coastal serenity.

River Thames Cruise in London, United Kingdom

Discover London with a cruise on the Thames River

Discover London with a cruise on the Thames River

The River Thames gracefully winds its way through London, offering a captivating view of the city’s historical treasures. Sail past the imposing Tower of London, the majestic Houses of Parliament, and the modern marvel of the London Eye. Many cruise options provide insightful commentary, giving you a deeper understanding of the history and culture that shape this vibrant metropolis.

Bosphorus Strait Cruise in Istanbul, Turkey

The Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul is a maritime gateway that divides the city between two continents. Embark on a cruise along its waters to witness the city’s rich heritage. Admire the majestic domes of Hagia Sophia and the opulence of Topkapi Palace as you sail between Europe and Asia. A Bosphorus cruise isn’t just a boat ride; it’s an immersive journey into the cultural crossroads that define Istanbul.

Grand Canal Cruise in Venice, Italy

Venice’s Grand Canal is a mesmerizing aquatic avenue that winds through the heart of this enchanting city. Marvel at the grand palaces, intricate churches, and bustling squares that epitomize Venice’s cultural wealth. A cruise along the Grand Canal offers a unique glimpse into Venetian life, as well as the city’s timeless allure.

Danube River Cruise in Budapest, Hungary

Budapest’s Danube River showcases the city’s architectural splendor as you glide past its magnificent structures. From the Buda Castle to the Hungarian Parliament Building and the iconic Chain Bridge, the Danube provides a striking view of Budapest’s landmarks. A day cruise along this historic river unveils the seamless fusion of history and modernity that defines the Hungarian capital.

Amsterdam Canals Cruise, Netherlands

Exploring Amsterdam’s iconic canals is an experience that’s both picturesque and immersive. Cruise past charming houseboats, historic bridges, and the iconic gabled houses that line the waterways. With guided tours and leisurely sightseeing cruises on offer, Amsterdam’s canals invite you to intimately connect with the city’s rich history and artistic heritage.

These seven day cruise experiences within European cities redefine sightseeing, offering a leisurely and refreshing way to explore urban landscapes. Whether you’re drawn to the romantic allure of Paris, the historical richness of London, or the exotic charm of Istanbul, each cruise promises an unforgettable perspective. As you gently sail through calm waters, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the architectural wonders, rich histories, and vibrant cultures that shape these extraordinary cities. So, why not step aboard a day cruise and embark on a journey that unveils the hidden beauty of Europe’s waterfronts?

Europe is a continent rich in history, captivating stories, and stunning architecture. It’s home to a plethora of palaces that transport visitors to a world of magic and wonder. Each palace has its own unique charm, whether it’s nestled amid the snow-capped mountains of Portugal or within the bustling streets of Istanbul. The good news is that many of these palaces now offer the convenience of online ticket purchases, ensuring a smooth journey. In this article, we’ll take you on a journey to discover the ten most remarkable palaces in the world, each offering a fairytale-like experience. From the opulence of the Palace of Versailles to the historical wonders of Topkapi Palace, these palaces are bound to enchant and captivate.

Palace of Versailles, France

Our fairytale journey begins with the illustrious Palace of Versailles, situated just outside of Paris, France. This UNESCO World Heritage site boasts of its stunning Hall of Mirrors, magnificent gardens, and a rich history that once housed Louis XIV, the Sun King. A visit here is a step into the extravagance of 17th-century France. To make the most of your visit, consider booking your Palace of Versailles tickets online and avoid long queues.

Topkapi Palace, Turkey

Exploring Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace is like stepping into a bygone era of Ottoman grandeur. This historical gem, once the illustrious abode of Ottoman sultans, boasts a sprawling complex adorned with opulent courtyards, extravagant chambers, and an awe-inspiring array of priceless artifacts. When planning your visit, keep in mind that Topkapi Palace ticket prices vary, with options ranging from US$15 to US$30, allowing you to tailor your experience to suit your preferences, whether you’re a history enthusiast, an architecture aficionado, or simply seeking to immerse yourself in the rich heritage of this iconic palace.

Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria

Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria, is a gateway to imperial Austria. With its stunning Baroque architecture, meticulously maintained gardens, and panoramic views from the Gloriette, it offers an unforgettable experience. Ticket prices for Schönbrunn Palace range from US$14 to US$20.

Château de Chambord, France

Nestled in the Loir-et-Cher region of France, Château de Chambord is a fairytale castle that showcases French Renaissance architecture at its finest. Its iconic double-helix staircase is a marvel to behold. Explore the vast grounds and bask in the majestic beauty of this architectural wonder. The ticket price for Château de Chambord ranges from US$14 to US$20.

Alhambra, Spain

The Alhambra, perched atop a hill in Granada, Spain, is a breathtaking Moorish palace that effortlessly transports visitors to a world of exquisite Islamic designs, tranquil courtyards, and enchanting gardens. This historical gem is a testament to the rich history and architectural brilliance of the region. To ensure a seamless and unforgettable visit to this immensely popular attraction, it is highly advisable to plan ahead and secure your Alhambra tickets online, as the demand to explore its intricate beauty is consistently high. By doing so, you’ll not only skip the potential long queues but also guarantee your entry to this mesmerizing palace, where the past comes to life in every intricate detail.

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle, often hailed as the inspiration for Disney’s enchanting Sleeping Beauty Castle, is a true emblem of fairytale dreams. Perched amidst the breathtaking Bavarian Alps, this picturesque castle has an almost otherworldly allure that immediately captures the hearts of all who behold it. Yet, its true magic lies not only in its exterior grandeur but also in the equally magnificent interior. As you step inside, you’ll find yourself transported to a bygone era of opulence and romanticism, with lavishly decorated rooms, intricate furnishings, and awe-inspiring architectural details that complete the enchanting fairytale experience.

Catherine Palace, Russia

Located near St. Petersburg, Catherine Palace is an opulent Russian baroque-style palace that once served as the summer residence of Russian tsars. Its highlight is the legendary Amber Room, meticulously reconstructed to its former glory. Stroll through the majestic halls and gardens to experience the grandeur of imperial Russia.

Palacio Real, Madrid, Spain

The Palacio Real, nestled in the heart of Madrid, stands as a testament to Spanish royalty and grandeur. Serving as the official residence of the Spanish royal family, this magnificent palace invites visitors to explore its lavish interiors, home to an exquisite collection of art, intricate tapestries, and opulent furnishings. The Royal Armory, housing a vast array of historical armor and weaponry, offers a captivating glimpse into Spain’s martial history. Beyond its regal chambers, the expansive Plaza de Oriente, adorned with statues of Spanish monarchs, provides a picturesque setting for leisurely strolls. To ensure a seamless and hassle-free entry to this grand palace, purchasing Palacio Real tickets online is highly recommended, allowing you to immerse yourself fully in the rich heritage and elegance of Spanish royalty.

Hampton Court Palace, London, England

Hampton Court Palace, nestled near London, is a historical gem that offers a captivating journey through England’s royal history with its splendid blend of Tudor and Baroque architecture. As you explore its grand halls, meander through the vast gardens, stand in awe of the Great Hall, and perhaps even dare to venture into the eerie depths of the haunted gallery, you’ll be transported back in time to the days of kings and queens. To ensure you don’t miss out on this extraordinary experience, booking your tickets online is a wise choice, allowing you to secure your visit to this iconic palace and delve into the rich tapestry of its intriguing history.

Peterhof Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

Also known as the “Russian Versailles,” Peterhof Palace is a grand ensemble of palaces and gardens overlooking the Gulf of Finland. The opulent Grand Cascade, with its impressive fountains, and the intricate design of the Grand Palace will leave you spellbound. Plan your visit wisely and obtain Peterhof Palace tickets online to avoid any disappointment.

The Best Palaces in the World – Final Thoughts

A journey through these ten magnificent palaces in the world offers an immersive experience into the opulent lives of monarchs and historical figures. Whether you’re captivated by the opulence of the Palace of Versailles or the enchanting gardens of Schönbrunn Palace, each visit promises to transport you to a fairytale realm. Online ticketing makes these trips even more convenient, allowing you to skip the lines and fully immerse yourself in the enchanting world of these palaces. So, pack your bags, grab your tickets, and get ready to embark on an unforgettable fairytale adventure through the world’s most captivating palaces.

If you’re traveling to Southern Spain and looking for some tips on saving money, you came to the right place! I have been living in this beautiful part of the country for over three years, and over time collected some handy tips that will save you quite a bit of money.

If you need to do Southern Spain on a budget, you’re most certainly not limiting yourself to only a handful of experiences. Andalusia is such a diverse part of the country that even if you’re on a budget, you can experience everything it has to offer, on your own terms.

In this article, I will share my best insider tips along with 20 different experiences and places you can enjoy for free.

Southern Spain on a Budget: Top Tips for Saving Money

Tip 1 – Travel Off Season

For obvious reasons, traveling to Southern Spain is most expensive in the summer months, with the prices of flights, car rentals and accommodation being at their peak.

Luckily, most of the locations in Southern Spain are blessed with over 300 sunny days per year, so even if you venture there in spring or late autumn, you are still pretty much guaranteed a pleasant weather. Save yourself a lot of money by checking the shoulder season or off season flights to destinations like Malaga, which offers most of the flight connections anywhere in Europe.

Tip 2 – Check Airport Options

As I mentioned above, Malaga is the main hotspot for arrivals for Southern Spain, but in a lot of cases it’s worth checking whether or not you get a better deal flying into Madrid or other nearby airports. The price difference can be quite big, and even if you commute from the city to the south, it will still work out cheaper and you can see a new city on the way.

The Alhambra in Granada, Southern Spain

The Alhambra in Granada, Southern Spain

Tip 3 – Clear Cookies & Check Different Browser and Device

In a lot of cases, you will get a different price for accommodation when checking from mobile vs from desktop, when using a different browser, and after clearing out your browser cookies or browsing in incognito mode. This is especially true for sites like and similar ones. 

On the last trip I booked, I saved 70 euros just by using a different device to check accommodation options for hotel options.

Tip 4 – Don’t Pay for Sunbeds and Umbrellas

If you’re staying on Costa del Sol and want to enjoy a day at the beach, the rental of two chairs and an umbrella can set you back up to 12 euros per day. If you do that for 5 days, we’re talking about a lot of extra money.

Most of the locals who come to the beach go there first thing in the morning, and they bring their own chairs and umbrellas. If you’re staying in an apartment, in almost all cases these are provided by your host, or you can ask for them as you make your booking. Not only can you sit closer to the water, but you don’t have to waste your budget on paying extra for a place to sit and shade.

Tip 5 – Don’t Rent a Car

You might think that seeing Spain without renting a car is impossible, but it can’t be further from the truth. I have been living in southern Spain for over three years, and have seen all the highlights without renting a car. 

Spain has a well developed network of train and bus connections, with high speed trains that will get you from Malaga to Madrid in just two hours. The tickets are easy to purchase online and a single trip will cost you between 10 to 20 euros, to places like Granada, Cordoba or Marbella. 

Paloma Park in Benalmadena, Southern Spain

Paloma Park in Benalmadena, Southern Spain

Tip 6 – Where Possible Use Uber not a Taxi

I have plenty of experience with taxi drivers and uber rides and if there is one thing that will save you a lot of time and money it’s using Uber. Taxi drivers are a bit of a hit and miss when it comes to getting you to your destination for a reasonable amount of money. 

As far as my experience goes, Uber worked out much cheaper than a standard taxi and you’re running zero chance that you will get stuck in traffic with the meter still running. They are super handy in the big cities if you’re going to random locations and can’t locate the nearest taxi rank. In most cases you can also request a car seat for a child, so if you’re traveling with kids you don’t have to bring your own one or rent it out.

20+ Free Things to do in Southern Spain

South of Spain is a beautiful place to explore without having to spend money on any attractions and tourist traps.

It’s a paradise for those who like nature walks, walks by the sea, hiking and all sorts of sports. Best of all, most of the Andalusian cities have beautiful parks which offer a shelter from the sun, and if you’re traveling with kids you will always find a playground just around the corner.

I have selected some of the best experiences from different places in Southern Spain to give you lots of ideas and options for exploring different parts of the country. 

Here are my favorite free things to do in Southern Spain:

  1. Buddha temple near Benalmadena Pueblo with its viewing platform
  2. Sohail Castle in Fuengirola
  3. Benalmadena Pueblo, a typical Andalusian white town
  4. Carmen de los Mártires gardens in Granada
  5. The main courtyard in Alhambra, next to the entrance to Alcazaba
  6. Palace of Charles V in Alhambra
  7. The Botanical Garden of University of Granada
  8. The Albaicin district in Alhambra
  9. Mirador de San Nicholas in Granada with best views of Alhambra
  10. Plaza de Espana in Seville
  11. Exploring the old town of Seville
  12. Park of Maria Luisa in Seville
  13. Puente Nuevo bridge in Ronda, with beautiful gardens stretching next to it
  14. Visiting the charming old town in Marbella
  15. Watching supercars and super yachts in Puerto Banus, Marbella
  16. Watching the sunset in Tarifa
  17. Seeing the meeting point of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea in Tarifa
  18. Taking a walk in the Orange Square of the Mezquita Cathedral in Cordoba
  19. Strolling through the charming old town of Malaga
  20. Enjoying views of the Malaga port and bullring from the gardens of Parador de Gibralfaro
  21. Watching local flamenco performance at the Plaza de St Ana square in Granada
  22. Enjoying a beautiful display of floral beauty in the old town of Estepona
  23. Watching surfers, kite surfers and wind surfers in Tarifa
  24. Enjoying free tapas with every drink in Granada
  25. Visiting the picturesque white village of Frigiliana and enjoying spectacular views of the coastline

I hope you found lots of inspiration and tips in this list! If you’re heading to Southern Spain, let us know in the comments which destination made it to your wishlist and when you are traveling! 

Have you always wanted to visit Europe but don’t have the budget for accommodation costs? Not to worry, you may want to consider applying for jobs that offer free accommodation in exchange for work across Europe

There are plenty of options to find a steady job along with safe and clean digs in various parts of Europe. To help you understand more about the process, here are examples of how to work in exchange for free accommodation in Europe. 

Become a Petsitter

Combine your love of animals with your love of travel and become a Trusted Housesitter.

Combine your love of animals with your love of travel and become a Trusted Housesitter.

All across Europe, there are plenty of people looking for trustworthy housesitters to watch their pets in exchange for staying at their homes for free. Trusted Housesitters is the pet-sitting network for animal lovers who are responsible, reliable, and looking for a fantastic way to travel around Europe while staying for free.

You can find everything, from a chic apartment in Barcelona to a beach house in Portugal. A basic petsitter account costs just $129 for unlimited housesits anywhere in the world, and considering how expensive accommodation can be in Europe, it’s well worth it.

Work on an Organic Farm

Spend the grape harvest season on a vineyard in Europe

Spend the grape harvest season on a vineyard in Europe

If you love the outdoors, this is the perfect opportunity for you. Work on various agricultural projects in exchange for accommodation with World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF).

On the organization’s website, you will find plenty of volunteer roles across Europe. You could be fruit picking in Spain, or working on an organic vineyard in Italy, and getting room and board for free.

Work in Hospitality

Get free accommodation in exchange for working in hospitality

Get free accommodation in exchange for working in the hospitality sector in Europe

Another great way to earn and live while traveling in Europe is to find a job in the hospitality sector. Europe’s hospitality sector is a huge industry, so you’re bound to find a role that suits you. Popular tourist hospitality jobs include housekeepers, bar staff, waitresses/waiters, chefs, and more. This could include working in a hostel as a live-in staff member who takes on the role of a receptionist or even a hostel manager. 

Especially in the spring and summer months in Europe, there are a variety of seaside and lake and holiday camps that hire seasonal workers. These jobs typically offer fair pay along with free accommodation in a cosy cabin or even a quirky tepee. 

Become a Nanny or Au Pair

Get free accommodation in exchange for working in childcare

Get free accommodation in exchange for working in childcare

Another popular way to enjoy Europe without worrying about accommodation costs is by becoming a nanny or au pair. Most nanny jobs are live-in, which means you may end up staying in a lavish penthouse in Paris or even a villa in Italy and get a taste for the rich lifestyle.

As a nanny or Au Pair working in Europe, you may also be offered a wage that you can use to fund the rest of your travels. You may also be given a daily allowance typically put towards food and other miscellaneous costs for both you and the children you are caring for. Your main responsibilities will happen during the week, leaving your weekends free to explore Europe.

Other ways to get free accommodation in Europe

We’ve outlined just a few of the main ways that people can find free accommodation in exchange for working in Europe. If you’re still searching for that great opportunity, you can look through the opportunities listed on Worldpackers

You’ll find everything from childcare jobs, to personal assistant jobs, to charitable volunteer opportunities. A membership is a one-time cost of $49 giving you access to tons of opportunities to work in exchange for free accommodation. Worldpackers is great for solo travelers in Europe because of their host verification process, insurance policy, and huge community network. Use my promo code BACKPACKING10 for 10% off your membership fee.

Getting a visa to work in Europe for free accommodation

When applying for any of these positions, remember to consider your visa eligibility. Before entering Europe or staying for an extended period of time, you may need a B-1 or J-1 Visa, even if you are not paid for your services. Before completing your application, you should speak with a visa specialist or the program leaders.

Are you ready to get down in the dirt at an Italian winery? Or become a nanny to a generous Parisian family? Without breaking the bank, you can have the time of your life no matter what venture you choose. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to start researching and preparing for your Europe trip!