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Spain accomodation in May/June

Wife and I have just decided to have 30 days in Spain from mid May to Mid June.

We are going two up and have decided not to take the tent. I am getting very mixed advice on booking accommodation, should we book all ahead or can we expect to find a cheap room if we just turn up in a small town at that time of year?

Any advice of places not to miss is most welcome.

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personall i would'nt.
if you pre book all your stays then you are on a schedule, so then if you like something you cant hang around for a better look. you will also meet people who have been somewhere and will recommend it to you for a look.
in may/june it should'nt be a problem finding accomadation on a daily places as the tourist's have'nt arrived yet and there'll be plenty of rooms about, but do look for your room earlyish and dont leave it till 9pm like i normally do! lol
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If you have an idea of where you might be on certain days have a look at Hostelworld.com

You can print out accomodation that you may want to use.

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Sound advice from Kevin and Steve. In May the summer season has started, but not properly warmed up - so you will find lots of options. Also, the flexibility of not planning too much is important. I do a number of Euro trips every year, and have never booked hotels in advance, even in the middle of summer. I've only been caught out twice (August in France) and needed to revert to my tent, which I usually carry.
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Thanks for the advice.

I think I will book a few key spots where we will stop for a few days but travel between them without booking.


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I wouldn't book ahead. Even in the smallest villages in Spain, most of them have a pension or B&B. In the bigger cities, the Paradors are reasonably priced.

Some days you might not feel like travelling but if you're on a booked schedule, you're under pressure to get to the next destination. Have a great trip.
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What I've done in the past when touring round Spain is to call in at one of the Ibis, Etap and Formule 1 hotels and pick up one of their little booklets with all their locations on. I know then if I'm stuck I can get to one of them, they're often a reasonable price, and they'll usually have rooms available. Especially nice if the weather turns crap.
Downside is they often aren't in such scenic locations but have secure(ish) parking.
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What I've done in the past when touring round Spain is to call in at one of the Ibis, Etap and Formule 1 hotels and pick up one of their little booklets with all their locations on. I know then if I'm stuck I can get to one of them, they're often a reasonable price, and they'll usually have rooms available. Especially nice if the weather turns crap.
Downside is they often aren't in such scenic locations but have secure(ish) parking.
This is good advice.

We got a F1 hotel booklet from a F1 hotel in France last summer. When we got fed up of riding, we looked at the book and went to the nearest F1 hotel. There is always one close by.

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Here in Spain there are many hostels to stay without reserve, unless the site is terrible tourist.

I counsel you when you come to Spain go to a travel agency and buy stubs "Bancohotel.

The price is greatly reduced in the hotels with this book. Spend a day in a double room (2 persons), in hotels 3 and 4 star, cost only 50 Euros.

You pass the link:

http://www.bancotel.com/bancotel/servlet/hrsv001_c

If you come to Valencia (my hometown), it could take 1 or 2 days at home.

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forgot I know comentarte sites to visit.

With my first harley, toured all over Spain and I would advise many places.

For example, Galicia and Asturias are impressive for its scenery, very close to England or Scotland.

Asturias:



Madrid is a great city with great museums, but if you go there, I recommend that you go to a restaurant that is known as "PEPE EL GUARRO (Casa Pepe). They serve a "free tapas" with that is a scandal. What of "Piggy" does not do justice.

Tapa Tipycal "Pepe el guarro"




What of free tapas in Spain is very typical of cities like Granada, where a , invite you to eat for free a "cap" with potatoes bravas "or" chicken wings ". 1 Beer + "cap" 1.30 Euros.

TAPA BEER + BRAVAS (FREE):




If you're looking at flamenco and bullfighting I recommend the south (Andalusia), although the bulls can watch them in any city in Spain. (In Catalonia will be banned).

If you like, do you see snow-covered landscapes of the Aragonese Pyrenees, (Candanchu, Panticosa, Jaca), are excellent to go on a bike, even if not in May will be the best time. I would expect to June.

Jaca:



Bue for eating a piglet (pig), go to Segovia, where in addition enontraras a famous Roman aqueduct.





In Valencia you have the "City of Arts and Sciences". A majestic Oceanographic park, museum and opera. (BIG EVENTS, CONCERTS, ETC)



In the area of Calpe, Benidorm, you can enjoy the beach and night in open air terraces. (Ideal for summer ).


Tell me if you go to any city in particular and I can give you advice, especially for lunch (which I like best, good and cheap, ).
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I do some work for this company. but if you are looking for accommodation within some of the spanish cities, then they are pretty cheap. and they do same day bookings, often.

Budget accommodation: hotels, hostels, apartments and B&B's - Budgetplaces.com

I would not book ahead though, part of the kick is finding new places. also , lookup the paradors. but you'd have to book them, as they are very popular with spanish tourists (as they are generally very nice/good value).

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Hi,

I've lived in Catalonia, Spain for the past dozen years and have travelled pretty much all over the Peninsular since the early eighties - Spain has changed a lot since then!

I don't think you will have any trouble finding digs unless there's a fiesta on, and the you can just move on out to the next town.

I agree with some of the others; it's far better not to be pinned down - Spain is full of amazing surprises, scenery, fiestas, characters, you name it . . . it really is the pace to just go with the flow. Also, route planning is quite difficult as the condition of the roads varies enormously and their classification isn't a good guide to this at all!

SatNavs are just about the worst things you can have here, as their 'logic' doesn't take these factors into account!

Finally, you will often find that hostals are better than hotels. This is a down to the Spanish system of classification. So it's alway wise to check things out on the ground when you're there. Without doubt a ** hostal is better than a * hotel!

Luis's advice is great, spot on - but no doubt as a true blooded Valenciano it's a pure accident that he hasn't recommended anywhere in Catalonia! - ¡Esa es sólo mi sentido del humor Inglés, Luis!

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