• Spain's news in English
Six free apps to simplify your summer in Spain
Photo: CAFNR/Flickr

Six free apps to simplify your summer in Spain

Jessica Jones · 4 Aug 2016, 06:59

Published: 04 Aug 2016 06:59 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Book a sunbed 

Every holidaymaker’s nightmare – arriving at the pool to see that every single sunbed has been informally “reserved” by people who have flung their towels over them (we’re looking at you, Germans…) – could soon be over. BookMySunbed app allows tourists to book their bed ahead of time, eliminating the headache of having to rush down early to the poolside. The app is currently available for hotels across Marbella, but there are plans to soon roll it out across Spain.

Find out where the jellyfish are hiding 

Photo: Photo: Shawn Harquail/Flickr

Jellyfish numbers have been steadily rising on Spanish beaches over the past few years and the last thing you want is for your holiday to be ruined by a nasty sting. Enter Infomedusa, an app that provides jellyfish forecasts for 107 beaches along the Costa del Sol. The app is currently only available in Spanish but is quite straightforward to use. 

Find free Wifi 

WifiMapper has plotted over 500 million Wifi hotspots worldwide, so wherever you are in Spain, with the tap of the screen you can find out where you can obtain free internet access. Available on iOS and Android. 

Swot up on your Spanish

Duolingo makes learning fun, turning the drudgery of learning a new language into a game. Earn points, race against the clock and scale the levels as your Spanish improves. And you’ll appreciate your newfound knowledge when you are able to order fluently and show off your language skills.

Check out four other brilliant apps to help you learn Spanish

Translate Spanish to English 

Story continues below…

For those who have neither the time nor the inclination to learn Spanish, a translation app will come in very handy. 

Spanish Dict allows you to easily translate English words into Spanish and vice versa, an indispensable tool when travelling around Spain. Available on iOS and Android.

Get anything you want delivered in minutes

Photo: Glovo

Forgotten your swimsuit? In need of some high-factor sun scream, or a replacement for that just-finished holiday read? Spanish app Glovo can help you with that. The app, which was launched in January 2015, promises to fetch whatever you want within your city and deliver it to you within the hour. And best of all? The app charges a flat fee of €5.50. What a bargain!  

For more news from Spain, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Jessica Jones (jessica.jones@thelocal.com)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Spain's 'Napflix' aims to bore viewers to sleep
Photo: Screengrab/ Napflix

A Spanish video platform called Napflix, designed to put people to sleep with dull content, was launched this week and its founders are on the lookout for more "monotony and repetition."

Recipe: How to make fabada - traditional Asturian bean stew
Photo: Flavio Lorenzo Sánchez/Flickr

The hearty Asturian dish is a perfect lunch on a cold day... and don't forget the crusty bread and cider!

Brit 'paedo' held on Costa del Sol after Most Wanted appeal

One of Britain's most wanted fugitives was arrested on the Costa Del Sol following a tip-off from an expat just hours after his face appeared on a public appeal.

Spain's parliament approves deficit reduction measures
Photo: Images Money/Flickr

Spanish lawmakers approved on Thursday measures to reduce the public deficit and keep it under the target agreed with the European Union.

'Cubism and War' show opens at Barcelona Picasso Museum
Pablo Picasso Harlequin and Woman with a Necklace. Photo: MP

Barcelona's Picasso Museum unveiled an exhibition on "Cubism and War" on Thursday depicting how one of the most influential artistic styles of the 20th century survived the First World War.

Why this bionic limb pioneer doesn't believe in disability
Hugh Herr has been award Spain's top science prize. Photo: FPA

The Local speaks to Hugh Herr on winning Spain's top science prize and how being an amputee doesn't make him disabled.

Dine in the buff at Spain's first nudist restaurant
A buffet of organic food will be served on "human tables". Photo: Innato / Facebook

Spain's first naked dining experience is to arrive on the island of Tenerife following the success of a similar venture in London.

Spain's top court overturns bullfighting ban in Catalonia
Photo: AFP

Spain's Constitutional Court on Thursday cancelled a bullfighting ban in Catalonia in what is likely to exacerbate tensions between Madrid and the separatist region, and between animal activists and fans of the tradition.

Out of the dark: Five years on from Eta ceasefire
Eta members made a ceasefire declaration in January, 2011. Photo: Gara / AFP

Five years after armed separatist group Eta declared a permanent ceasefire, Basque journalist Alberto Letona is still wondering when the dialogue will begin.

Hunt for ten most wanted Brit fugitives hiding out in Spain
Call Crimestoppers if you recognize these faces.

These fugitives from British justice are thought to be hiding out in Spain. Do you recognize anyone?

Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
Madrid parish church faces fine over 'too noisy' bells
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Celebrate expat life at Madrid’s THRIVE convention
Fury after kids told to bring their own loo roll to school
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
Disney announces plans for Don Quixote action movie
Activist tells 8-yr-old matador wannabe with cancer 'just die'
King to make last minute push to avoid third vote in Spain
Amazing photos of Catalonia's 'human tower' contest
What's on in Spain: October 2016
'No way, Jose! You'll never get your hands on our Rock'
Recipe: How to make a classic Spanish tortilla de patatas
Chorizo in paella? Go back to cooking school Jamie Oliver
Spain in eye of a perfect storm after 10 months without govt
Thousands share clips of life for 'Spain in a Day' film
Ten incredible Spain locations for Game of Thrones season 7
Analysis & Opinion
Why moving to Spain could be the best decision of your life
Seven reasons why autumn is the very best season in Spain
Spanish study finds four types of personality. Which are you?
New search underway for civil war grave of poet Lorca
Bison found decapitated on Valencia nature reserve
Forgotten Voices: What Brits in Spain think about Brexit
One dead and 14 injured in blast at Spanish resort
Game of Thrones want extras 'with muscles' to film in Spain
Thousands march in Madrid to push for bullfighting ban
jobs available