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Hola and welcome to the best Hostels in Spain. This list will help you backpacking Spain like a boss. We found many fantastic hostels from Madrid to Barcelona, from Valencia to the Canary Islands. Oh you will be amazed.
Are these the best Hostels in Spain?
Claro que sí!
The quality of hostels in Spain varies a lot. You can find really worn-out, old hostels up to absolutely incredible places like Rodamón Hostel in Barcelona. It is simply a top designed hostel!
In this list we give you a wide range of hostels; from 5 Star Hostels to Backpacker and (of course) Party Hostels. All are great! 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.
On top, we share our tips on how to book hostels, and how to get around Spain.
Enough of that. Let’s jump right into the cool hostels.
Here is all the destinations we cover in this guide:
In case you do not want to scroll all the way through this giant guide, here’s the shortcut for you. Either way, I recommend to keep scrolling. You will be amazed by these budget accommodations we reviewed for you.
The #1 destination in Spain is Barcelona. The Mediterranean pearl has it all: Beaches, culture, food, architecture, nightlife, epic hostels.
If you only make it to one city in Spain, make it Barcelona.
Here is the 3 best hostels in Barcelona:
Find our detailed guide on best hostels in Barcelona here.
Our #1 choice and recommendation is Rodamón Hostel.
The location is outstanding, since you will be staying on the top of famous Passeig de Gracia, just a short walk from bustling Gracia (perfect for bohemians and nightlife).
We love this place for being a cute boutique hostel with a big terrace, neat private rooms and dorms alike. Especially the privacy curtains and solid bunk beds made it a great hostel.
If you have never ever stayed in a hostel, this is a perfect hostel to give it a try.
The most famous hostel in Barcelona, well known for its gorgeous rooms, the spacious common areas, bars and events. It is much bigger than Rodamon Hostel.
If you are into bigger hostel with a perfectly charming environment, this is your spot.
As for the location, it is also at the end of Passeig de Gracia, making it perfect to visit Gracia neighborhood. You have a metro station right in front. You will be at Las Ramblas in 10 minutes!
The rooms are less luxury than Casa Gracia and Rodamon Hostel, yet, they are cool and comfy.
YEAH Hostel is the best option out there for the solo-traveler, in our opinion. It is easy to socialize and the clients here are usually younger. A youth hostel, if you will. So if this is what you are looking for, go for it. This is more the backpacker-kind of cool hostel.
The location is again great. You can have a good sleep at night, and discover the busy city by day.
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:
Read the full guide to best hostels in Madrid.
Here we cover as well the coolest things to do.
One of the coolest hostels in Madrid, and our #1 recommendation with probably the coolest name: The Hat Madrid!
Enjoy a design-led hostel hip vibes and literally on top of all this: Their roof-top terrace.
This is the best place to mingle, have a cocktail, enjoy a concert once in a while. On a daily basis you can enjoy the sunsets from here.
It does not matter which room type you choose. Both dorms and private rooms absolutely rock. A splurge worth it either way!
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.
There is also free WiFi in every single corner.
The last option of this list of the 3 best hostels in Madrid is a more backpacker typed place.
Sungate One is a smaller, more intimate hostel. It is super easy to connect, and you can feel the family, friendly, social vibes here.
If you prefer a small hostel in Madrid, then go with Sungate One. The team behind is what makes the difference here. It is the kind of backpacker-type hostel that made hostels so comfy and homey.
The team always create a family atmosphere, including everyone.
After Madrid and Barcelona, we will cover the 3rd biggest city in Spain: Valencia.
The smaller version of Valencia is home of the world famous Paella. When you plan to taste this yummy rice dish, do it here in Valencia.
The best hostels in Valencia are:
Update: Here’s our guide to 61 FUN Things to do in Valencia.
Neo-classical, geometrical design with a new understanding of reception.
The team reinvented the understanding of a receptionist‘s work and included smart technology to achieve a deeper hostel experience.
Valencia Lounge only offers private rooms, no dorms here. It is a small, intimate boutique hostel. With only 11 rooms, the hostel caters for the millennial traveler looking for a unique, tranquil experience.
Location? It is right in the centre of Valencia’s old town.
A simple hostel. Russafa Hostel does not look anything special, however it is a great hostel to stay in due to its vibes. They have their own Paella nights and are 100% committed to ensure a great time in Valencia.
You won’t find any bunk beds here, the dorms are equipped with single beds.
This is what we like about this place.
Furthermore, the location is awesome! Russafa is the stylish, and hip neighborhood in Valencia with all the cool bars, restaurants and cafés. You are right in front of the Russafa Market, perfect to get fresh fruits and vegetables.
Featuring a modern décor, each room features a ceiling fan and wardrobe. The dorms come with single or bunk beds; you can choose this when booking.
When you fancy a cheap sleep in Valencia, this is your place to be.
You can use the kitchen, free WiFi and even a small gym.
The location is also fantastic. You are on the edge of the old town. In just 5 minutes you are in the heard of the old quarter.
More the party type of traveler? then you will enjoy the Red Nest Hostel. It is more the party hostel in Valencia.
The quirky design of the room is as fun as the vibes here. The hostel organizes its own family dinners. Keep an eye on the black board so you don’t miss it. This is the perfect start for a fun night out in Valencia.
Oh, and of course the billiard pool is worth a mention.
Just a bit more than 150km south of Valencia you are in Alicante. Yet another fun city on the Mediterranean coast of Spain.
Here is the best hostels in Alicante for your stop:
Listed as a hostel, Hola Hostel is more a stylish bread and breakfast. The newest kid in town comes in a super stylish design. The hostel is located inside a big flat, so it really feels like living like a local.
You won’t find any dorms here, only single rooms and double rooms. It is a great hostel for couples visiting Alicante.
However, please note some rooms do not have a window. I personally do not like this.
Compare prices at: Booking.com
Opened in late 2018, The Market Hostel is a brand new place to enjoy a quiet and yet stylish, fun place.
The pods in the dorms are though-through: A comfy mattress, power socket and light. And every bed in a dorm has its privacy curtain. That is a big plus!
The Market Hostel is a top choice for anyone looking for a stylish, friendly place.
Hostel Ole 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.
Probably the craziest Party hostel in Spain: X Hostel!
We have even seen people with a tattoo of this hostel in their butt…no kidding!
X Hostel is the best party hostel in Alicante, and it only needs a few more words:
Basque Country, up in the North. Oh get ready for a unique culture and lots of yummy Pintxos.
Lucky enough, there is two fantastic hostels here.
The best hostels in Bilbao are:
For me, this is the best hostel in Bilbao. An absolute Poshtel with an on-site restaurant and bar, simple but cosy dorms and a great ambiance. The bar is popular amongst both locals and travelers.
Oh and while you are here, please have a pintxo on me; they are soooo tasty.
(if you do enjoy a Pintxo here, drop us an instagram photo and tag us with @hostelgeeks)
You will be staying in the very hear of the city center, just a 3 minutes walk away from the famous sight Guggenheim Museum.
Only downside: the beds in the dorms do not have privacy curtains.
Quartier Bilbao is famous for its cosy vibes and its breakfast. The location is not to beat, you are directly in the old quarter where you find literally everything.
Do not tell your mom, but there is a really good tattoo artists nearby…
Only downside again: the beds in the dorms do not have privacy curtains, same as Poshtel.
Next to Bilbao you will find the famous San Sebastian. If you are not into Pintxos and Surfing until now, you will be now! There is 3 amazing hostels in San Sebastian I want to share with you.
For me, Koba Hostel is the coolest hostel in San Sebastian. Sparkling clean, cool dorms and a chill out area to hang out, watch movies on the projector or sports events. There is also the occasional live music which makes it even more fun.
WiFi is only available in the common area; on purpose. The hostel wants to encourage everybody to come out to the common area and socialize. I actually appreciate that. Yet I can understand when some travelers might be annoyed bis this.
If the dorms would come with privacy curtains for each bed, it would be perfect. Oh I know, I am a negative Nancy sometimes…
Moving on to Koisi Hostel in the district of El Antiguo, near Ondarreta Beach and Mount Igeldo.
What I really enjoy about Koisi Hostel are:
Again no privacy curtains. I can’t understand why a hostel skips these…but okay.
This is the best hostel in San Sebastian for surfers. The hostel is dedicated to a certain type of traveler, the active traveler with kind of the same mind set. It is easy to connect. Obviously the hostel offers surf lessons, and they even rent boards
If you are wondering, how far you have to carry your surf board to the beach, it is not even 3 minutes. Take that!
You can do paddle surf as well as surfing.
At the night you enjoy a cold drink at the hostel bar. I mean you deserve it after a long day of surfing.
Salamanca is a popular place for Erasmus students. It is not the typical travelers destinations here in Spain, but this is where the magic is. You can explore a real Spanish city with not many tourists. I personally love this!
Erasmus Home is the name of the best hostel in Salamanca.
You cannot stay more central than here, you are directly in the historical center of Salamanca. From the interior it is a simple, clean and neat hostel with a big heart. Depending on the season, you will meet more travelers here. If no one is really in the hostel, don’t worry. Just go downstairs to the Erasmus bar. It is a popular bar for locals, students and, you guessed it, Erasmus students. A quiet hostel with the charm of its own city.
Stay here, you will enjoy it!
Between France and Barcelona you find the one and only Costa Brava.
A long stretch of cliffs and natural virgin beaches. We love to come here to unwind, soak in the the sun, enjoy the beaches obviously and even visit the famous Dali Museum around the corner in Figuerres.
There is a wonderful hostel for you to check out if interested in the Costa Brava.
Tossa de Mar is tiny , picturesque village on the coast of the sea. Especially in summer season the beach is packed and the city a vibrant destination to visit.
Tossa de Mar is your perfect place to conquer Costa Brava.
I stayed at Mana Mana Hostel, right in the heart of Tossa de Mar.
Make sure you check out their roof top terrace. It is the soul of the hostel. Sometimes, the hostel organizes BBQs here and live music.
You can get to Tossa de Mar by public bus from Barcelona.
Cordoba, the cute city between Seville and Granada, has not only the best free tapas in Spain, but also a couple of stunning hostels.
Important: Do not get confused with the Cordoba in Argentina.
The best hostels in Córdoba are:
Charming boutique hostel with a gorgeous, spacious roof top terrace. Try some sushi made by the most famous sushi-chef in town, and dance on the roof top terrace to the guitar sounds of local bands.
What about the location? Bed And Be is really downtown! Just 10 min to the train station, the river and La Mesquita.
We totally recommend this hostel for solo-travelers backpacking Spain.
It is the perfect location to explore the city. We recommend to rent a bike.
OptionBe Hostel is the little brother of Bed And Be, welcoming you to a lovely house in the historic centre of Córdoba.
We especially enjoy the daily activities like walk- ing tours and bike tours, and the breakfast, avail- able all day long. OptionBe has a very cool patio and TV room, and their amazing roof top terrace comes with a great surprise.
It is located in a quiet street in the historic centre. All the main attractions are very close, as Córdoba is small and very walkable. We recommend visiting the Cathedral-Mosque, it is one-of-a-kind!
This place is a great hostel for solo-female travelers and couples.
Málaga is full of hostels and we have to admit, there is more than one stunning hostel in the lively, fun city!
That is why, we include here best hostels in Malaga depending on the type of traveler.
Let’s kick of the best hostels in Malaga with seriously the TOP one: Urban Jungle Hostel!
This hostel will redefine everything you think you know about hostel:
Super stylish, friendly, social, hipster.
If you are looking for us, we most likely hanging out in the sun at the roof top terrace.
To us, Urban Jungle is the best hostel in Malaga for all types:
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.
This hostel is a top choice for solo-travelers.
A young and modern accommodation in the centre of Málaga, at premium level. Alcazaba Premium Hostel combines high-end standard with quality rooms, design, and facilities, all on a budget.
The hostel is home to the well-known Baltik restaurant and the “Terraza de la Alcazaba“ rooftop terrace, with amazing views. Both are very popular with locals.
Located in the very heart of Málaga, within walking dis- tance of every point of interest in the city.
Nearby you can and the famous Picasso Museum (really recommended!), Roman Theater, the entrance to the Alcazaba and the brand new Málaga Museum.
And of course, there are many recommended tapas places around.
We recommend Alcazaba Premium Hostel for couples and families.
In this fun, colorful Spanish city, home to the traditional dance “Sevillanas” and heart of one of the most popular partys in Spain “El Rocio”, we found 3 stunning hostels.
Good to know: in Spanish the cities name is Sevilla – with an A. In English it is with an E.
Did you know we do have a secret city Guide for Seville?
It is full with the best recommendations, as one of Anna’s best friends lived there for 20 years.
Download the Sevila city guide for free here.
The best hostels in Sevilla are:
Designed for social travelers. La Banda design is influuenced 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 o 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 cap-tured the hearts of travelers and backpackers right away. The accommodation o ers 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!
Heart, soul and history.
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 Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura.
Let us have a look:
Located on the coastal line of Gran Canaria (Canary Islands) you will find this cute hostel with a cool name: Avocado Hostel.
The rooms are well-equipped and your bed comes with a curtain to offer you more privacy.
It has a full equipped kitchen and many other facilities. Even a place to store your board or hang a wetsuit 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.
The owner (and surf lover) Alejandro will make you feel at home.
Do you have any question or doubt about the island?
Approach him and get your answer. He knows the island very well!
Great surfer hostel!
Enjoy the city and sea views from the terrace, join sport activities or just enjoy the beautiful urban beach next door. HiTide Hostel has bright and open spaces that will make you feel at home.
What about the location? With the first step outside the hostel, you are already at the beach! Surrounded by bars, restaurants, clubs and surf schools.
Located in an attractive 100 year old family house with a restored interior design in the 20 ́s original spirit. Slow City hostel is bright and spacious, equipped with light design furniture and nice decór.
There is bike storage available, so greatly recom- mended for biker and pilgrims alike.
Where do you find Slow City Hostel? Downtown, right at the historical Portuguese way to Saint James tomb in Santiago de Compostela.
Okay, let us have a look on a map.
Personally, I love maps. It helps me planning everything really easily.
You will find ALL the BEST Hostels in Spain. We even included an itinerary for you.
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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 you can find the schedules for buses around the country.
Personally, I love more trains. 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
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 is some pickpockets around, so do not be naive and let your stuff laying around.
Renting a car is another option. It is the most expensive option here on this list. However, 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.
If you are only going to bigger cities, I would recommend taking the bus or train. If you would love to explore the coast line, a car is the epic option.
I use Rental Cars to find deals.
When renting a car in Spain and Europe in general, make sure you read the terms and conditions. Pay extra attention to the fees.
Hitch hiking is very safe and understood in Spain and Portugal too. It is mostly done by young people and foreigners. I do not have a ton of experience with hitch hiking, so here is a guide to hitch hiking in Spain.
A very cheap and faster alternative to hitch hiking is Bla Bla Car.
Bla Bla Car is a car-sharing platform.
How does it work? 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.
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.
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:
Read our guide on how to book hostels (with websites to use to score the cheapest prices)
If you are new to hostels, we highly recommend to read through quickly.
We know so many hostels in Europe, we actually stayed in so so many hostels across the world.
We are traveling non-stop since 2007, discovering coolest places around. Therefore, we decided to put together this list of great Spanish Hostels.
And not just that.
We also created a big guide to Hostels in Europe.
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.
Okay, after finding out where to stay in Spain, it is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack.
You can buy pretty much anything around Sri Lanka anyway. So no need to pack everything you own!
Here is our ultimate hostel packing list.
It features 23 items you need to pack.
The main things to pack are:
Read the full packing list here.
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