Summer in Spain is a big deal. With temperatures rising above 40 degrees, escaping the city becomes not just a luxury, but survival. But, where do Spanish people go on holiday in Spain?
Where do Spanish people go on holiday in Spain?
There is no doubt that Spain is the place to be in Summer. The crystal clear beaches of Costa Brava, the nightclubs in Ibiza… there are plenty of wonderful choices to pick from.
But, where to go on holiday in Spain when there are so many options?
The choice is actually quite simple for the average Spaniard: during the summer you go wherever you can stay for free. But let me elaborate on the most common scenarios.
If you are wondering where do Spanish people go on holiday there is a very common destination: Their grandparents’ village in the country: El Pueblo.
Historically in Spain, a lot of people will opt for a countryside life, making a living in either through agriculture, farming or similar activities.
However, in the seventies and eighties a lot of the younger generation decided to move to the city for better work prospects.
Consequently, many city dwellers will have grandparents still living in small villages in the Spanish countryside.
A popular holiday choice for many Spanish people is to return to their parents’ villages and enjoy the slow life.
Chilling in the village square, swimming in the river and being overfed by grandma are a must. Enjoying a siesta after a long family lunch is encouraged. And that’s the kind of things people do in summer in the village.
And if the weather gets too hot, do not be surprised if you see the ocasional grandma bringing a chair out her house. They do so to catch the nightly breeze and keep up with the village gossip.
The parents’ beach house
In the same way that some people in England own a house in the country some lucky Spanish families do so in the beach. They move their residence to their beach house when the weather gets warm. This happens very often in places like Mar Menor.
Consequently, many villages by the beach in Spain are deserted during the year but packed during the Summer. Especially at the weekend.
It is not uncommon for people to commute to the city from their beach apartments. Or to spend Monday to Friday in the city and the weekend at the beach apartment.
It should not come by as a surprise that Millennials, generally struggling to make ends meet, will not own a house by the beach.
As a consequence, it is very common for all the children to head to their parents’ beach apartments for the full “free summer holiday” experience.
It’s very likely that this is the reason behind why Spaniards are so loud.
A full house packed with the original members and spouses, kids and grandparents can be a nerve-racking – and very loud – experience.
But what happens if no one in your family happens to own a house at the beach or in the country? Where do Spanish people go on holiday in Spain?
Those who do not own a house by the beach or have a pueblo to return to desperately look for ways to escape the city and get a glimpse of the sea or run to the country where it actually gets chilly at night even in Summer.
Many apartments by the beach or houses in the country are available for short term rentals. People will try to get couple of weeks off work over the Summer and pay outrageous amounts of money for the temporary Summer experience.
Just to give you an idea of pricing, in a random beach area in Spain, rent can be around 500€ per month if you rent an apartment over the year, but it can be up to 1500€ per week during the Summer.
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