Just choose the right hostel for your own travel style. At the end of this guide we also included a big map with all hostels in Spain in it.
Here we also give you an idea for a great itinerary when backpacking Spain. It is easy to travel around the country. You can either do it by train, bus or renting a car. If you want to rent a car, we recommend to check Discover Cars. It will compare for you all the companies and it makes it easy to score the cheapest deal.
Sometimes you can rent a car from 3€ per day….WOW!!!
On top, we share our tips on how to book hostels, and how to get around Spain.
List of cities with the Best Hostels in Spain
Enough of that. Let’s jump right into the cool hostels.
The most visited places in Spain are Barcelona and Madrid, because they have a big airport. We recommend you to include at least 2 more destinations if you want to experience the diversified culture.
Every region in Spain is different from each other. Therefore, choose your places depending on your time/ interests or weather.
1. Cantagua Hostel – best for female solo-travelers
Cantagua Hostel comes with a beautiful interior design, super cool dorms, and a chill out vibe you will enjoy.
The staff is on top of the game, and the location is in Eixample, directly at Russafa. If you have read our introduction, we have mentioned Russafa and City Center are the best neighborhoods to stay in Valencia.
Cantagua Hostel is fantastic for its vibes, its cleanliness, location, and design.
Hostel Ole Backpackers Alicante will do everything in their power to provide that home-away-from-home feeling.
But that isn’t to say new experience and excitement is lost. At Hostel Ole in Alicante you can join tours or explore at your leisure; the staff are eager to help either way.
If the party animal in you enjoys a good pub crawl, then join Hostel Ole in their very own crawl offered twice weekly. The nightlife of Alicante is there for the taking; alternatively, enjoy a quiet drink back at the hostel.
You may have also heard of the ever-popular Free Tours in Europe?
Well, Hostel Olé offers a short presentation of the city delivered by a prepared guide.
Located in an historical building, offering a clean- lined design.
The Lights Hostel has bright rooms furnished with large comfy beds, private curtains and reading lights. Join free sangria nights, home-made dinners and lots of other fun activities upon the roof top terrace.
It is located in the sunny city center of Malaga, next to the main market, just a 15 min walk to the beach, bus and train stations.
Designed for social travelers. La Banda design is influenced by trendy London bars and boutique music festivals.
The hostel reception is packed with original touches and homemade furniture that make it hard to get out and see the city!
The hostel tried to design the hostel in a way that brings people together. To top it off you can expect a soundtrack of great tunes playing day and night, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the vibes – on the roof top terrace of course.
La Banda Rooftop is right in the heart of the city. Seville’s city center is quite small, and you can walk around easily or get a bike. Here you are in good hands and get a top location.
TOC Seville is a small, boutique-style hostel. It is well-known for its beautiful interior as well as exterior, and it’s the perfect accommodation for the romantic couple on a budget.
Come here, enjoy the city during the day, and slow down at TOC Sevilla. It is certainly a cosy, chill hostel with a deep design touch.
Located in the city center, near the main touristic attractions including the cathedral, and Real Alcazar de Seville.
TOC Seville is really DOWNTOWN! You will love the location as you are in walking distance to the major spots of Sevilla.
Make sure you book early, cause the hostel fills up quickly.
The Nomad Hostel in Seville is truly a great hostel, recommended for solo-travelers, couples and families alike.
Opened in August 2014, the Nomad Hostel captured the hearts of travelers and backpackers right away. The accommodation offers a warm social environment to slow down, have a rest, and connect with other travelers. If you’d like, you can get some drinks at the hostel bar, and join the hostel events or the free tour around the Andalusian capital.
And speaking of being social, the hostel also organizes different events at their roof top terrace. This charming and homely place is a great choice to actively support the “Slow Travel Movement”, and their staff love to pay attention to creating an eco-friendly environment.
What about the location? The Nomad is in a quiet street in new town, just 5 min from the river and cathedral. We loved the restaurant on the right corner of The Nomad, it is super delicious, highly recommended for lunch!
Also, ask the staff if they have a discount for them. Once in a while guests receive a discount or free drink. Thanks, Nomads!
Best Hostels in Tarifa: La Cocotera and Ohana Hostel
Tarifa is a wind paradise and it is a popular destination for kite-surfers. It has always been a popular destination in Spain due to the great beaches and the possibility to practice lots of water sports.
Hostels are upcoming and we have to admit, there is more than one stunning hostel in the city!
I would recommend to stay in the old town. That way, you will have everything nearby. Even the beach is in walking distance.
The best hostels in Tarifa are:
La Cocotera – best hostel for digital nomads and long term travelers
This small cozy hostel is a real hidden gem in Tarifa. Marina (co-founders) and all the whole team are really kind, (even the cleaning lady who does not speak English but will welcome you with a real warm smile).
The team will help you to make your time in Tarifa even more magical.
Ask them for their favorite beaches and places.
Marina recommended to us Bologna beach and the ruins. I can say it is a magical place.
It is a one off creation that draws you in and makes you feel special, at home. Casa Caracol Hostel has evolved from the crazy party days of its beginnings down a once forgotten back street in the centre of the maize of the old town.
The laid back vibe is still there and the years have served only to make the place more beautiful.
The events are highly recommended: Roof top BBQs, nightly meals, activities and day trips to remote beaches provide a unique way of getting to know your fellow travelers and the fantastic staff.
Located in a quiet side street in the bustling centre of new bars and restaurants and a 5 minute walk from the bus, train and maritime stations. It is a short walk to the surf beach – ready?
Okay, enough from the main part of Spain, let us hop over to the incredible Canary Islands. There is some amazing hostels in Gran Canaria.
Obviously, there is some cool beach hostels in Spain too. Have a look which type of hostel fits your travel style. As for the Canary Islands, we recommend renting a car. It will be much easier to get around and actually enjoy the islands like Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura.
We always use Discover Car to compare car rentals. You can get your insurance directly with them, which is much cheaper.
Let us have a look:
Best Hostels in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Ventana Azul Surf Hostel
Located on the coastal line of Gran Canaria (Canary Islands) you will find this cute hostel with a cool name: Ventana Azul Surf Hostel.
The rooms are well-equipped and your bed comes with a curtain to offer you more privacy. It has a fully equipped kitchen and many other facilities. Even a place to store your board or hang a wet-suit to dry!
Indulge in the blue sky and the nearby ocean – on the top floor terrace! It might be the most pleasant space in the hostel.
You will need to rent a car to enjoy the full beauty of Gran Canaria.
Over to Madrid. The capital of Spain is also an AMAZING place to visit, do not skip it. Great food, fun nightlife, world famous museums and wonderful hostels to enjoy. Here is the list of the best hostels in Madrid:
Mola Hostel is a new player in town and got high ratings right away.
There is good reason for that:
it’s luxurious, cool, and comes with high quality facilities.
We especially like the design of the rooms. The dorms come with cool and solid bunk beds and the chosen colors for the different rooms and floors add a nice warmth. Any questions on what to do in Madrid? Then don’t be shy and ask for help at the reception from sunrise to sunset – 24 hours.
Personally, I love maps. It helps me plan everything really easily.
You will find ALL the BEST Hostels in Spain. We even included an itinerary for you.
This itinerary is perfect if you land in Barcelona and depart from Madrid (or vice versa).
Please zoom in to Spain and area to have a closer look.
Add as many stops as possible, Spain is awesome (and cheap).
How to get around Spain?
When backpacking Spain, you will need transport.
The transport options are:
Spain is actually really well connected by bus. On my first backpacking Spain trip I only took buses from A to B.
The buses are really affordable, and it is really straight forward. You can check always the bus schedules online, and everything is super easy and reliable.
In summer, you can also count on Air Conditioning in the buses. Perfect.
Just pack a jacket for the bus when the AC is running. You can end up with a really bad cold; I was sick for 2 weeks after my bus ride from Sevilla to Madrid.
On Alsa.com and Omio.com you can find the schedules for buses around the country.
Personally, I love trains more. And trains in Spain are awesome, fast and reliable too. However, the disadvantage to buses is that they are more expensive. Yet, they are faster. It is really up to you, but it is worth it to compare.
Make sure you check the train stations carefully. Destinations like Barcelona and Valencia have more than one main train station. I almost missed my train in Valencia because I mixed up the train stations.
Renfe is the official train company in Spain. Check out their website for prices on Renfe.com.
Omio.com is another fantastic resource we use since 2018.
It is really convenient to buy tickets online. And as far as I know, there is no difference in online and offline prices. You can use your credit card for buying your ticket.
Again, everything is very straight forward and simple.
As always in Europe, make sure you watch your belongings on all train and bus stations around Spain. There are some pickpockets around, so do not be naive and leave your stuff laying around.
Renting a car is another option. For me, it is the most flexible and easiest way to get around.
In the big cities, having a car can be a pain due to reduced parking spots. And parking can be really expensive, on top of that. Actually, only in Barcelona and Madrid parking is annoying. Other cities like Granada and Valencia was fine for us.
If you would love to explore the coast line, a car is the epic option. You can only consider to park outside of the cities like Barcelona and Madrid.
When renting a car in Spain and Europe in general, make sure you read the terms and conditions. Pay extra attention to the fees. Also, keep in mind, it usually costs extra if you cross borders, for instance going to Portugal, Andorra or France.
Hitch Hiking or Bla Bla Car
Hitch hiking is very safe and understood in Spain and Portugal too. It is mostly done by young people and foreigners, even-though it is forbidden by law.
A very cheap and faster alternative to hitch hiking is Bla Bla Car. Bla Bla Car is a car-sharing platform.
How does BlaBla Car work in Spain?
For instance, Maria is driving from Barcelona to Madrid. She puts her itinerary on BlaBlaCar and says she is leaving Monday morning 10am and she has space for 3 more people. The ride costs 35€.
You can create profile on BlaBlaCar and send a request to Maria. Let Maria know who you are, why you want to go to Madrid and so on. You now, some kind of normal, social stuff to show you are not a psychopath.
She then decides if she takes you with her to Madrid. I did this a ton of times, it is very common around Europe.
It is safe, cheap and can be interesting since you get in touch with many different types of people. Check out BlaBlaCar here.
How to book Hostels in Spain?
In every destination guide, hostel review and also in this guide to the coolest hostels in Spain we give you the options to book your hostel (Hostelgeeks does not offer a booking service).
We give you the most popular booking platforms, and ways to get better prices. The websites are:
We will show you how to book your hostel in a smart way, what to take into account and more smart tips. Here you find ALL our articles about hostels.
Staying up to date
This list of the best Spanish Hostels, the 5 Star Hostels, will always stay up to date.
We will keep adding all the greatest budget accommodations across the world. Whether it is a Design Hostel, Boutique Hostel, Eco or Green Hostel – we will have a close look on these backpacker accommodations.