Hotels near Santiago Bernabeu football stadium in Madrid, Spain

Santiago Bernabeu stadium is the home of the Real Madrid FC team in Spain, although sports fans from all over the globe know it for being one of the world’s football “temples”, a venue where La Liga matches are hosted every two weeks as well as an important page in the history of this discipline having served as home to several UEFA Champions League finals and the FIFA World Cup final in 1982. Unlike most stadiums –commonly situated in the outskirts of cities-, the Santiago Bernabeu is located in the city centre, in the Chamartín district to be exact, so while you are in Madrid you can take a tour, visit its museum, buy official t-shirts and merchandising and, of course, get tickets to attend a match.

Going from Madrid airport to the Real Madrid football stadium

Being located in the heart of the city, you may choose to stay close to this sports venue during your trip. In such case, you will need to travel straight from Adolfo Suárez – Madrid Barajas airport to Santiago Bernabeu football stadium. The distance between these two points can be covered by car in only 15 minutes, however, should you prefer to use public transport, both the C1 trains and the metro line 8 depart from Terminal 4. Get off at Nuevos Ministerios and then take a taxi or walk for about 10 minutes to reach your final destination. If you are travelling from any other point in Madrid, metro line 10 will take you to the Santiago Bernabeu station, few metres away from the stadium.

Accommodation close to Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, Spain

In order for you to plan your trip in advance and choose among different hotels near Santiago Bernabeu stadium, we have gathered details of our three preferred options and sorted them out by travel budget –from lower to higher price. It must be noted, though, that all of them boast an enviable location and have been considered great value for money by former guests.

2-star hotel in Madrid: the Infanta Mercedes

While staying here you will be within short walking distance of the Paseo de la Castellana and the stadium. With such a convenient location and providing guest services like safes, tourist information, daily maid service and cleaning, left-luggage and meeting facilities, this accommodation is one of our favourite ones in the Spanish capital. The rooms of this hotel near Real Madrid football stadium can accommodate solo travellers, couples, groups and families and feature free WiFi and private bathroom. Furthermore, guests may enjoy the breakfast buffet served every morning or have a drink at the onsite bar any time of the day.

3-star hotel in central Madrid, Spain: the Di’Carlo

Situated in a privileged spot between two metro stations, the Di’Carlo is a great option for travellers combining business and leisure in Madrid, since they will be able to commute easily and quick to places of interest such as the IFEMA exhibition and convention centre, Puerta del Sol and El Retiro Park. Santiago Bernabeu stadium lies roughly 1 kilometre away so one can take a nice stroll from the premises to arrive. This hotel near Real Madrid football stadium features comfortable rooms equipped with cosy beds, TV sets and private bathrooms with toiletries.

The Holiday Inn Madrid Bernabeu (4 stars)

If you have previously stayed in a Holiday Inn hotel you are probably already familiar with the features and amenities offered in their standard and deluxe rooms and suites. By choosing this option you will not only have found accommodation close to Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, but also a home away from home in the very heart of the business and financial district of the city enabling you to relax, work and immerse yourself in the Spanish culture and lifestyle. The onsite beauty salon and barber shop, the round-the-clock room service and the concierge –among many other extras- are the perfect complement for an urban stay. The closest metro station is Nuevos Ministerios, which has direct links to terminal 4 of Madrid airport.

Would you rather stay in a hostel or guest house in Madrid city centre? You can always find cheap accommodation in Gran Vía and transfer to Santiago Bernabeu stadium by metro.

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Transport from Madrid airport to the city centre in Spain

As you probably know already, Adolfo Suárez – Madrid Barajas airport is a huge connecting hub for airlines and travellers from all over the world, and as such, it boasts a well-designed and effective public transportation network that has been made available to arriving passengers in order to ensure they get to their final destination as quickly and comfortably as possible. In the same manner, these transport options are varied and offered at different costs so that you can choose the one that suits you best. In this post, we will provide useful information about how to get to Madrid downtown from the airport by metro, train, bus and taxi.

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Using the metro to go from Barajas airport to Madrid city centre

Upon arrival in the Spanish capital, you may use Line 8 of the city’s metro system which provides direct services between terminals 1, 2, 3 and the underground station of terminal 4 and the central “Nuevos Ministerios” station. This is perhaps the fastest way to reach your accommodation in central Madrid (it takes only 15 minutes), however, when making an estimate of your travel expenses, take into account that a single ticket for this journey will cost 4,50 euros, and surcharges apply when getting on the train at the stations of the air terminals. The metro trains from Madrid airport start running at 6 a.m. every day, the last one leaving its first station at 1:30 a.m.

Trains connecting Adolfo Suárez – Madrid Barajas to Atocha railway station

The railway station in Madrid International airport is located on the underground level of terminal 4, and is the point from which Renfe Cercanías trains depart towards Atocha train station in central Madrid and the Prado Museum area. Tickets cost 2,60€ and can be purchased at the airport kiosks, although the service might be complimentary if you are transferring to an AVE high-speed train in Atocha. This journey lasts 25 minutes and is a more comfortable one in terms of space, especially if you are carrying heavy luggage.

Travelling by bus from the airport to Madrid city centre

Several lines of the EMT public bus company stop outside the arrivals zone of the different terminals in Adolfo Suárez – Madrid Barajas airport on their way to the city. This service is the cheapest one (only 1,50 euros) and it must be said that, unless you commute during peak hours, you will have plenty of space to store your luggage safely. The EMT buses going from Barajas to Madrid are the blue ones.

Line 101, for instance, runs services between terminals 1, 2 and 3 and the nearby Canillejas area. This means that you will be able to travel cheaply and quick to many hotels close to Madrid International airport like the Barajas Plaza hotel. Its operating hours go from 6 a.m. to 11.25 p.m.

Line 200 transports travellers from all terminals in Madrid airport to Avenida de America central bus station, a connecting hub from where you will be able to take another bus to virtually any corner of the city as well as to destinations within Spain and the province. Services start running very early (at 5:00 in the morning) and are extended until it is almost midnight.

The Express Line 203 is a special bus service covering the distance from the airport to central Madrid in just 40 minutes, and a one-way ticket costs 5€. Its main advantage is that it works 24 hours a day, every day of the year, with buses picking up travellers every 15 minutes during the day and every 35 minutes in the night time. The last terminus is Atocha, even though the route ends at Cibeles at night while the train station remains closed.

Taking a taxi in Madrid airport, Spain

Travelling by taxi from Madrid airport after your flight lands may not be the cheapest option, yet it can be highly convenient if you feel tired, jet-lagged or if it is late at night. Official taxi cabs will be waiting at the clearly signposted ranks, and are identified by the badge of the city and its white colour with a red stripe. Bear in mind that, in most cases, the minimum fare the driver will charge is 20€, regardless of where you are heading to. What is more, supplements may also apply if you ask to be dropped off at a bus or train station or at the IFEMA exhibition centre.

Find flights to Gran Canaria in Spain

Already planning your next holidays in Gran Canaria (Canary Islands, Spain)? Even when there is a varied offer of all-inclusive packages available, you may prefer to book your trip yourself and find accommodation online, thus being able to customise your escape to the island, whether a romantic or family one. Likewise, regardless of the fact that you are a city lover who wants to roam the old streets of Vegueta in the capital (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) or a tropical soul who longs for endless hours under the sun in Maspalomas, it is highly likely that you will find the perfect place to stay and the airline that best suits your trip dates and travel needs. Continue reading to find out more about the carriers operating flights to Gran Canaria, their origin airports, service frequency and flying times.

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Flying to Gran Canaria from Germany

Whatever your hometown, you get the chance to fly to the Canary Islands from most airports in Germany. The average duration of a flight from Germany to Gran Canaria is a little more than four hours, and frequency varies according to the airline company, which may sell seats on an either regular or seasonal basis. TUI flies to LPA airport from Frankfurt and Hannover; Condor from Hamburg and Munich; Norwegian from Munich and Düsseldorf; Eurowings from Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Cologne Bonn and Hannover; Germania from Berlin Tegel and Ryanair from Berlin Schönefeld.

Flights to Gran Canaria from London

If you will be departing London towards sunny Gran Canaria, you can reach the island in about three hours and forty five minutes by flying non-stop with Ryanair or Jet2 (from Stansted airport), Easyjet, Norwegian Air Shuttle or TUI (from London Gatwick) or British Airways in codeshare agreement with Iberia (from London Heathrow).

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Flying from UK to Gran Canaria

Connections from other airports in UK to Las Palmas operate periodically as well. By way of example, you can travel by air from Manchester, Birmingham and Cardiff with TUI; catch a flight from Bristol to Gran Canaria airport with Easyjet, or else fly with Jet2 from East Midlands, Newcastle, Glasgow or Leeds. Ryanair also links Manchester to this Spanish island.

Travelling within Spain: flights from the main Spanish cities to LPA

In case you are already touring Spain and decide to take a trip to the Canaries, you have a wide array of options to choose from: flying from Madrid to Gran Canaria with Iberia Express, Air Europa, Norwegian or Iberia; from Barcelona with Norwegian Air Shuttle or Vueling; from Seville with Vueling or Ryanair; from Málaga-Costa del Sol with Norwegian or from Alicante with Iberia Regional. While flying from the Spanish capital and the south make take less than two hours and a half, take into account that the average flight duration from Barcelona to Gran Canaria is about three hours.

Flights to Las Palmas

There are many other cities in Europe from which you can fly to Gran Canaria in Las Palmas province. The following are just some of them: Rome Fiumicino (including one stopover with Vueling airlines), Helsinki (with Norwegian or Finnair), Oslo (Norwegian or Scandinavian Airlines from both Tromso and Oslo airports), Brussels (with TUI or Brussels Airlines), Paris CDG and Lyon (with Vueling), Malmö (with Tui Fly), Stockholm Arlanda (with TUI or SAS), Dublin (Aer Lingus), Zürich (Edelweiss) and Lisbon (Tap Air Portugal).

Fly from Tenerife to Gran Canaria

Lastly, if you wish to make your holidays in the Canary Islands even better by visiting more than one island, know that regional airlines like Binter, CanaryFly or Air Europa Express sell cheap flights from Tenerife to Gran Canaria, as well as from other minor islands like La Palma, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. Should you wish to travel to La Gomera or El Hierro from Las Palmas, chances are that you will need to have a layover. Inter-island air commutes take from 30 minutes to one hour. Although they can be more expensive and take longer, ferry boats are an alternative means of transportation between islands in the archipelago.

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A trip to La Palma in the Canary Islands: SPC airport and the astronomical observatory

Even though it is not one of the main islands in the Canarian archipelago of Spain, La Palma Island in the Atlantic Ocean has its own unique allure: its volcanic origin turns out to be perfectly compatible with exuberant vegetation featuring local species and astounding landscapes. Furthermore, the “isla bonita” -as it is commonly referred to- is home to the Observatory of Roque de los Muchachos, which accommodates one of the most technologically advanced telescopes in the world. For these reasons, La Palma is not only a destination for those who enjoy hiking and sunbathing, but also for astronomy lovers who want to fulfil their life-long dreams.

For disambiguation purposes, it must first be clarified that La Palma Island neither is nor belongs to Las Palmas province, as many tend to mistake one term for the other or believe they are the same place. La Palma belongs to the Santa Cruz de Tenerife province, and is located in the western half of the archipelago, while Las Palmas is the eastern province of the Canary Islands, comprising Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. It has nothing to do with Palma de Mallorca in the Balearic Islands either.

Flying to La Palma airport in Spain: terminals and airlines

The airport in La Palma island has only one terminal and its assigned IATA code is SPC. You may fly to La Palma from other airports in the archipelago by booking your flight with regional airlines, yet there are also domestic and international connections available from many European cities, namely Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin (Schönefeld and Tegel), Brussels, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Stockholm (Arlanda), Frankfurt, Hamburg, Helsinki, London (Gatwick), Madrid, Munich, Oslo, Stuttgart and Zurich.

Some of the airlines flying to La Palma in the Canary Islands from cities across Europe include Germania, Tui, Condor, Easyjet and Vueling. Eurowings and Transavia have codeshare agreements with the aforementioned companies to cover such routes.

How to get from La Palma airport to the Astronomical Observatory in Roque de los Muchachos

The Astronomical Observatory in La Palma is situated on the highest point of the island, right next to Caldera de Taburiente National Park. If you travel to La Palma, chances are that you will be staying in the capital city (Santa Cruz de La Palma), less than 30 minutes away by bus, or in Tazacorte or Los Llanos de Aridane, both municipalities about 40 minutes away by car. However, should you need to go straight from the airport to Roque de los Muchachos, you will need to rent a car or else take a taxi for this journey, which costs around 50 euros and lasts 1 hour and 20 minutes.

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Passenger services in La Palma airport

You must always arrive in time for check-in and boarding, but take into account that this one is a small terminal building and so you are advised not to arrive too early (that is, four hours earlier than your departure time). There are cafeterias with snacks, take-away food and drinks both in the public and restricted zones, a duty free shop and a local-products store for your last-minute souvenirs in the boarding area. Passengers may use the free WiFi connection provided by Aena, the business centre and a kids playground. The car rental offices are located in the arrivals hall.

Accommodation in the island of La Palma in Spain

Travellers who are looking for a different sort of paradise can also enjoy the perks of booking their hotel in a less-crowded sunny destination. Check out our recommended hotels in La Palma: a beach resort in the Canary Islands, the “Sol La Palma” in Puerto Naos, and a 4-star hotel in the municipality of Breña Baja (H10 Taburiente Playa).

The best rural houses in Gran Canaria island, Spain

Although they are popular for their beaches and holiday resorts, there is an alternative way for nature and adventure travel lovers to enjoy everything the Canary Islands have to offer. While all-inclusive vacation packages may leave little room for spontaneous activities and unplanned roaming, choosing rural accommodation instead enables visitors to have a completely different experience in which breathtaking views, hiking excursions and homemade local cuisine will undoubtedly play a main role. What is more, if you still would like some vitamin sea during your trip to the Canaries, know that many rural houses are not too far away from the coast, meaning that you will be just a short drive from both options.

If you are starting to plan your trip, you may be wondering which Canary Island suits your travel preferences and needs best. This time, we are going to recommend a selection of rural houses in Gran Canaria, the capital island of Las Palmas province. Our recommendations are located in the northern area (Teror and Moya), the central district known as Tejeda and the picture postcard town of Mogan, and feature capacity for groups and families, equipped kitchens and bathrooms and, in some cases, open-air swimming pools, terraces and stunning landscape views. Continue reading for more.

Rural house in the north of Gran canaria: Doña Margarita

This rural accommodation in Teror -Gran Canaria– consists of an apartment comprising two double bedrooms with access to a kitchenette with microwave, fridge and coffee maker, free WiFi and safes, among other guest amenities. It has a beautiful rooftop terrace where you can eat and soak in the views. Casa Rural Doña Margarita is situated in the heart of the old town, which boasts impeccably well-preserved traditional canarian architecture; as a matter of fact, the accommodation itself is in a remodelled 18th century building. Teror centre is far away from both the major urban areas in the island and the eminently touristic zones, yet you will be only a 30-minute drive away from the capital city (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) and less than one hour by car from the airport.

Rural accommodation in Gran Canaria: holiday home El Roble in Moya

El Roble rural house in Gran Canaria is found in Fontanales, in the north of the island. It is considered to be a country home and a holiday house offering guest amenities such as barbecue, garden, outdoor pool, fully-equipped kitchen, washing machine, dining area and fireplace, all of it surrounded by the stunning views of volcanic valleys telling the story of the “guanches” who fought against the Castilian conquerors centuries ago. Other perks of choosing this rural house in Moya, which has capacity to accommodate groups or families, include the privacy it affords and its private parking spaces.

Rural house in Tejeda, Gran Canaria

Tejeda is a charming village, home of the “Roque Nublo”, an iconic volcanic rock that long ago became the symbol of the island. For that reason, this rural house in Gran Canaria was called “El Rincón del Nublo”. It features two double guest rooms and a sofa bed, satellite TV, complimentary WiFi, appliances, bathroom, dining area and parking spaces, aside from an ample terrace with barbecue amenities. The area is quiet and tranquil, and the specific spot where this rural accommodation in the island is conveniently located invites to take hike tours to discover the nearby pine forest, almond trees and local restaurants serving the most delicious typical canarian dishes.

Rural stay in the south of Gran Canaria

Best known for its beach resorts, the south of the island also offers the opportunity for a rural stay, as is the case with Los Pinos rural house in Mogán, Gran Canaria. This option is located in the beautiful small town of Mogan, where guests will be in contact with nature while also close to its popular port. Inside the accommodation, travellers will benefit from its cosy rooms, the swimming pool, the relax area, the WiFi connection and fully-equipped kitchen and bathroom; outside, they can rent a bike, join a sightseeing tour, enrol in a diving or fishing class or eat at a local bar featuring live music performances. Even though Mogán is on the southernmost point of the island, only 37 kilometres separate it from the Maspalomas Dunes, and you can drive straight to Gran Canaria airport thanks to the easy access to the GC-1 motorway.

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Palma de Mallorca airport in the Balearic Islands, Spain

Passengers landing in the Spanish island of Majorca or departing from it must transit through Palma de Mallorca airport (IATA code: PMI), also known as Son Sant Joan. The international gateway into this holiday paradise -also a hub for Air Europa in the country- is located 9 kilometres away from Palma downtown and is considered as the third largest and most important air terminal in Spain, behind Adolfo Suárez –Madrid Barajas and Barcelona-El Prat.

Furthermore, Mallorca airport becomes one of the busiest airports in Spain during peak season, something that handles perfectly with a single terminal that is divided into four modules (A, B, C and D), each of which has different levels featuring check-in desks, security filters, concourses, boarding gates and air bridges. The arrivals zone is located on ground level.

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Flying to Mallorca from mainland Spain and the Canaries and other European cities

A good number of airlines offer flights to Palma de Mallorca airport and connections to other Spanish destinations. If you wish to travel to Madrid, Alicante, Barcelona, Costa del Sol, Seville, Zaragoza, Tenerife, Ibiza or Menorca from Majorca, you can do so with companies such as Vueling, Air Europa, Air Nostrum and Ryanair.

Daily flights are operated by Transavia to Amsterdam, and Easyjet flies between Palma de Mallorca airport and Basel, Liverpool, Hamburg, Berlin Schonefeld and London’s Luton and Gatwick airports. Passengers from Newcastle, Mancester, London Stansted, Belfast, Birmingham, Nottingham or Glasgow commonly choose Jet2 for their trip. Eurowings connects the island with Vienna, Berlin Tegel, Cologne, Dortmund and Dresden.

Budget companies Ryanair and Norwegian Air operate flights from Palma de Mallorca to Warsaw, Brussels, Dublin, Cork and Frankfurt in the first case and to Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Helsinki in the latter. British Airways connects the airports of Heathrow and London City to the island, while Luxair does the same with Luxembourg; Tui with Munich, Lyon and Paris Orly; Air France with Paris Charles de Gaulle and Swiss International Airlines with Zurich.

Ground transportation from Mallorca International Airport

Several public bus lines run services between PMI airport in Spain and different points in Majorca island. For instance, buses number 1 and 21 help you commute from the terminal building to the port including stops in the city centre. Other lines can take you straight to your hotel in Mallorca or your favourite cove, namely A11, A32, A42 and A51.

There is a taxi rank in front of the Arrivals public zone. Bear in mind that taxi drivers in Palma will add a surcharge of 2.90 euros to the total price in all journeys departing or arriving at the airport. If you are carrying heavy luggage, an additional cost of 0.60 euros per unit applies.

Sixt, Europcar, Hertz, Avis, Goldcar and Enterprise are some of the car rental firms with presence in PMI. If you are the adventurer type, hiring your own car to get around the island and explore a different beach every day might be the best choice.

Food and shops in Palma de Mallorca airport

Spanish and international brands such as World Duty Free, Parfois, Camper, Collection, Adolfo Domínguez, Love me Stores, Hard Rock, Mango, Natura, Sunglass Hut, Superskunk and Tous are among those you will spot in the different modules of Majorca International Airport. Need a break from so much shopping? Get your cup of coffee or snack at Deli&Cia, Lavazza, Starbucks, Costa Coffee or the terminal’s food trucks. There are also other establishments specialising in Mediterranean tapas like Cafetería Sa Cala or the Warsteiner German Bar, making sure all Germans abroad find their home away from home in the boarding area. Opening hours may vary yet normally range from 6/7:00 to 23/00:00 hours.

VIP Lounges for travellers in PMI airport in the Balearic Islands

Regardless of the category of your plane ticket, if you are having a layover in Mallorca airport or have to spend many hours waiting for your flight, you can purchase an access pass to its VIP passenger lounges. There are two lounges available for travellers flying to both Schengen and non-Schengen destinations in PMI: Formentor, located in Module D, and Valldemossa, on the second level of the Departures zone. For more info on how to buy a daily pass online, visit Aena’s official website.

Spain holidays: from Málaga airport to Puerto Banús and recommended hotels

Does the idea of a luxury holiday in Marbella, Spain, appeal to you? If the answer is yes and you would like to start planning your trip already, consider the Puerto Banús marina in the southwest as the area where you will be staying: its unparalleled offer of fine dining, seaside bars, world-class shopping, yachting and supercar gatherings guarantee that you will not regret your choice. As you might already know, the region known as Costa del Sol, which includes Marbella and other tourist areas, is served by Málaga International airport only. In order to get to Puerto Banús, you will need to fly from your origin airport in Europe or that in which you make your connection after flying from overseas to Málaga airport, then commuting by road to Puerto Banús.

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How to go from Málaga airport to Puerto Banus (Marbella)

Depending on factors such as your travel budget, your available time upon landing, the number of bags you are carrying or the level of convenience you seek, you have several options to commute to Puerto Banús from Málaga – Costa del Sol airport.

Public buses to Puerto Banús: this commute takes a bit longer than one hour and costs between 12 and 18 euros in total, and its main disadvantage is that you will need to change buses upon arriving in central Marbella to resume your journey towards Puerto Banús. First, take line 601, 603, 604 or 606 heading to Portillo in Málaga airport and then catch the bus L-79 to Puerto Banus in the city centre.

If you have some extra time to spare, you may as well travel by train from Málaga airport to Fuengirola for just 4 euros, then transferring to bus line 302, 303, 304, 305, or 313 going from Fuengirola Terminal to Puerto Banus; this second journey costs around 8 euros.

Travelling by taxi from Málaga –Costa del Sol airport to Puerto Banus will take only forty minutes and you will be charged between 45 and 55 euros. Bear in mind that shared rides, executive transfers, limos and hotel shuttles are also available, giving you the chance to commute in style even when the fare will surely be higher.

For greater independence and especially if you plan to tour southern Spain by car, head over to the car hire offices in Málaga airport located inside the baggage claim hall.

Where to stay in Puerto Banús, Costa del Sol, in Spain

Would you also like to find a hotel in Puerto Banús? From 3-star to luxury ones, you can find the one that suits your travel needs best among our recommendations below.

3-star hotel in Marbella

The Pyr Marbella hotel has been rated with 3 stars and is located in the heart of Puerto Banús, within short walking distance of the beach. Featuring twin, double, triple and family occupancy, its rooms and suites include a kitchenette and a bathroom for private use along with a fully equipped terrace or balcony. While inside the facilities, guests may enjoy an onsite café, a daily breakfast buffet, free WiFi internet throughout and two swimming pools –one for adults and the other one for children. Golf is popular in this part of Marbella with over 50 courses in the neighbouring areas; confirmed guests get discounts to play and hire equipment.

4-star hotel in Marbella

The 4-star H10 Andalucía Plaza hotel in Marbella caters to the needs of holiday goers who look for a beach vacation and those wanting to stay poolside all day alike. Situated less than one kilometre away from Puerto Banús, it provides well-appointed guest rooms with mini fridge, flat-screen TV, adjustable temperature and pool views. During their stay, visitors can spend their time at the gym (at no extra cost), in its several restaurants and bars, being pampered at the spa (additional fees may apply) or in the adjacent casino.

Hotel near the beach in Puerto Banús

Staying at the BlueBay Banús Hotel in Marbella -Spain– means having easy access to Puerto Banús beach, which is just a short stroll away, to three outdoor swimming pools, to its onsite tropical gardens and to the fully equipped guest rooms that can accommodate couples, groups or families and feature balconies with stunning views. Aside from discovering the rich gastronomy of Southern Spain at the two restaurants inside the facilities that specialise in the best traditional dishes from Andalusia and have a refreshing drink at the poolside bar, travellers may purchase tickets for guided tours and events taking place in Marbella or hire cars or bicycles at the front desk any time of the day or night.

If you would rather stay somewhere else during your vacation in Spain, take a look at our recommended accommodation in Costa del Sol.

A quick guide to Lanzarote airport (ACE) in Spain

Lanzarote is the island of the Spanish Canarian archipelago that is located furthest to the east. Its unique landscapes, heavenly beaches and alluring holiday apartments and hotels have become a magnet for tourists looking for a different sort of vacation and adventurers wanting to take hikes to breathtaking places. If you are flying to the Canary Islands soon, find below a practical guide to find your way around the two terminals of Lanzarote airport, use public transportation from there and visit the Aeronautical Museum within a short walk from the airport parking.

Terminal 1 of ACE airport in Spain

Lanzarote airport’s T1 is the larger of the two and all domestic and international flights are operated from it. The ground floor accommodates the baggage claim area and the arrivals hall; once outside, you may rent a car or hire a shuttle to commute to your hotel in Lanzarote island. You will also find a bar, toilets and a tourist information office on this level.

On your day of departure, you will need to go up to the first floor, where the check-in desks are located. Before going through the security filter you may have a light meal at Caffé Ritazza or get some magazines and last-minute gifts at Hudson News but, in any case, there is a broader choice of restaurants and shops awaiting you in the only-for-passengers boarding area.

Walking between terminals

You can walk both from T1 to T2 and from T2 to T1; in fact, they are adjacent buildings. However, if you land in one of them and need to go to the other, know that there is a ramp in the parking across the street connecting them. From T1, you will have to walk straight ahead and then go up the ramp, and from T2 you will need to go across the street and then down the ramp.

Terminal 2 of Lanzarote airport in the Canary Islands

T2 is home to Canaryfly and Binter Canarias, the two airline companies operating interisland flights and even some intercontinental routes to destinations in Africa in the case of Binter. The terminal is quite small and, after landing, you can collect your baggage, step outside, and easily find the car rental offices.

When departing, you need to go back to this very same place, check in at the corresponding counter (all of them are facing the main entrance) and find the security filter to your right. If you feel like a cup of coffee or a hot sandwich before taking off, you are advised to visit Caffé di Fiore in the public area, since only two vending machines are available for passengers in the restricted departures lounge. On a brighter note, there are many power outlets to charge your mobile devices free of charge while you wait to board the plane.

Commuting from Lanzarote airport to Arrecife

Right outside T1 on your left and conveniently signposted you will find a bus stop where lines 22 (operating on week days) and 23 (operating during the weekend) of the Intercity bus company pick up and drop off travellers. These buses can take you to Arrecife bus station, only 10 minutes away, from which you may commute to most points in the island or get to your hotel in Lanzarote. A single ticket to Arrecife costs 1,40. It must be noted that the aforementioned bus lines also stop in Playa Honda before reaching the capital.

The Aeronautical Museum of Lanzarote airport

This museum, situated within a short stroll across the parking of T2 and across the road from Aena’s headquarters in Lanzarote is actually the original first terminal building from which flights departed and landed between 1946 and 1970. It keeps part of its apron and its control tower, and showcases faithful reproductions of different sections of the terminal as they used to be in the past, along with invaluable objects such as radio stations, telegraphs, scales and staff uniforms.

Aviation lovers will surely enjoy the room dedicated to spotters and their pictures, and art enthusiasts will get to know more about Cesar Manrique’s contribution to the decoration of the old and new terminals. Additionally, the aeronautical museum regularly hosts temporary exhibitions. It remains open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 to 14:00 and admission is free.

Accommodation in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia (Spain)

There are two main reasons compelling adventurers from across the world to visit the capital of Galicia in the north-west of Spain: the declaration of its beautiful Old Town as UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1985, and the wish to fulfil what is considered by many a life goal, that is, the completion of the Way of St. James (El Camino).

That being said, arriving to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela or obtaining your pilgrim certificate comes with additional perks. If you have some time to spare in the city and can even stay for a few days in a guest house or hostel for pilgrims in Galicia, we not only advise you to enjoy the fine Galician gastronomy but also to take the time to get around and admire its baroque architecture, its parks, and the convents and churches built centuries ago that still stand, bearing silent testimony to innumerable stories.

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How to get to Santiago de Compostela

Perhaps the most usual way to get to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia for hiking lovers and backpackers is by completing the last or all stages of El Camino (St. James Way), but many other travellers choose to travel by train or airplane from Spanish or European cities. AVE trains connect Madrid and Santiago in only five hours, while domestic air routes as well as international ones are handled to and from its airport, located twelve kilometres from the old town.

Whether you will be taking a city break after your pilgrimage to Santiago in Spain or you are travelling there for the sole purpose of exploring and discovering new places, know that there is a wide array of budget-friendly lodging options for solo travellers and backpackers in Galicia. Below, you will find some of the best valued cheap accommodation in Santiago de Compostela.

Rua Nova hostel in Santiago de Compostela

This budget accommodation in Galicia is strategically situated in the heart of Santiago just metres away from the Cathedral, the University and the popular Obradoiro Square. Pilgrims, hikers, backpackers and tourists appreciate the chance to sleep in a historical building that has been remodelled to accommodate guest rooms featuring complimentary WiFi, flat-screen TV, private bathroom and amenities. The front desk of the Rua Nova hostel in Santiago de Compostela is available around the clock, and there is a tourist information point within short walking distance of the establishment.

 As Margaritas hostel near Santiago de Compostela Cathedral

The As Margaritas hostel is often chosen by travellers who want to stay close to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in a central location of the old town, while also enjoying access to amenities like a communal terrace where they can relax and have a drink at the bar. Guest rooms include free WiFi internet and TV, and are fitted to accommodate groups, families, couples or solo travellers, with the option of having a bathroom inside or sharing one outside. The different room categories in this hostel in Santiago de Compostela –Spain– are individual, twin, double, triple and quadruple. Also, the reception staff can assist you with extras like parking spaces (for a fee), left luggage, local tours, book and DVD for loan and airport transfers.

Sleeping in an old monastery in Galicia, Spain

The known as Hospedería San Martín Pinario is a unique sort of accommodation in Santiago, Galicia, as it has been built inside what used to be a monastery, today turned into one of the most popular places to stay among pilgrims of the Way of St. James (El Camino de Santiago). Even better, it is located right across the street from the Cathedral and within a short stroll of some of the most beautiful sights and landmarks in this UNESCO World Heritage Site in Spain. Former guests highlighted the excellent customer service provided by the reception staff, available 24 hours a day, as well as the basic yet comfortable rooms with private bathroom, featuring occupancy for one, two or three guests in the same unit. To top it all off, this cheap accommodation in Santiago de Compostela serves a hearty buffet breakfast every morning and Galician delicacies in the preserved dining hall of the former monastery, which makes for quite an unforgettable gastronomic and architectural experience.

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