After more than three months of lockdown and restricted movement, most of Spain’s 47 million inhabitants are itching for a holiday, as are the hundreds of thousands (and eventually millions) of foreign visitors who will get to enter the sun-drenched country from July 1st.
But the repercussions of Spain’s all-important tourism industry grinding to a halt will leave their mark on people’s wallets, something that’s already become clear to many residents who’ve found the price of coffee or beer at their local hiked up post-lockdown.
Price comparison website Rastreator has carried out a study into this, using six variables to ascertain whether cities in Spain are now cheaper or pricier.
These are the cost of seven nights in a three-star hotel in the city centre, the cost of renting car for that period of seven days, dinner for two in a restaurant in the city centre, a 500 ml beer in a central bar, a cappuccino coffee and the cost of 1 litre of petrol for a 280km journey.
Rastreator has narrowed down its study to the ten most visited cities in Spain according the country’s National Statistics Institute (INE) : Alicante, Madrid, Malaga, Almería, Coruña, Barcelona, Asturias region (Gijón, Oviedo etc), Tarragona, Cádiz and Palma de Mallorca.
The most expensive Spanish cities to visit this summer
According to Rastreator, Palma de Mallorca (+39 percent), Cádiz in southern Andalusia (+30 percent) and Tarragona in Catalonia (+25 percent) are the cities in Spain where prices have gone up considerably and are comparatively most expensive now.
A week’s stay in Mallorca’s capital is 41 percent more expensive than the national average.
The average price to enjoy seven nights in a 3-star hotel in the Balearic capital is €719, 42 percent above the Spanish average. Palma is followed by Cádiz (€100 per night), Gijón (€85/night) and Tarragona (€77/night).
Palma (pictured below) is also the most expensive city to go out for dinner at a restaurant in the city centre – €53 for a dinner for two, 22 percent above the average in Spain.
Cádiz ranks as the city with the highest price for a seven-day car rental: €235 euros, 68 percent above the average.
The cheapest cities to visit in Spain this summer
The cities where prices have fallen the most as a result of the coronavirus crisis are Alicante (-11 percent), Madrid (- 6 percent) and Malaga (-4 percent).
However, the Andalusian city of Almería is the cheapest city overall for overnight stays.
A 7-night stay in a central three-star hotel costs an average of €508 although the average cost for a week-long stay in coastal city is €314 euros (around €44 euros per night), 38 percent below the national average.
Almería is followed by Madrid (€51.5 per night), although hotel costs in the capital usually go up in the month of August, Alicante (€60 per night) and Barcelona (€65 per night).
Alicante is also the cheapest city on the list for car rental, 75 percent less expensive than the national average, around €35 for 7 days if the pick-up and drop-off are at the airport.