Planning to visit Spain? Maybe Andalusia? Sun, beach, good food, nice cities…there is so much to see and do here that you might need some help! To make your planning and stay easier, we have selected the best travel apps for your Spain holiday: from buying bus or train tickets to picking a beach, avoiding jellyfish or choosing the best restaurant for you.
Maps and GPS travel apps for your vacation in Spain
MAPS.ME: a good alternative to Google Maps when you have no data connection!
Maps.me is the absolute best offline map app! You won’t need Internet, all it needs is your phone’s GPS! Users without a data connection can still use the app for turn by turn directions, which is great for those that do not want to spend mobile data.
There is the option to download traffic information which is color-coded on the streets like on Google Maps. The discover nearby feature shows a well-organized list of interesting places to visit close to your current location. Truly amazing to discover Spain and never get lost!
WAZE: best app for drivers in Spain
One of the best travel apps for your Spain holiday if you are planning a road trip and need a good GPS. With this app you can always know what’s happening on the road: radars, speed limits, traffic, construction, police, crashes, and much more in real-time. If traffic is bad on your route, Waze will change it to save you time.
Communication: Messages and translation apps to immerse in Spanish society!
WHATSAPP: the most used messages app in Spain
One of the most popular communication Apps in Spain is WhatsApp. Everybody uses it here. You never hear anybody saying “send me a text” or an SMS. It’s always “send me a WhatsApp”. It’s great for texting, making phone calls, sending voicemails, and sending videos and photos and you can even use it on your desktop as long as your mobile phone is nearby.
GOOGLE TRANSLATE: quick and easy translation app!
It’s still the best free translation app out there, free and quick. It is great for short phrases and single words or for those moments when you are sitting in front of a menu in a language you don’t understand and haven’t a clue what is on offer. All you need to do is hold your phone or tablet over the text you want to translate and up pops the translation! Sometimes the translations are not perfect, but for holiday purposes it works!
Best travel apps for your Spain holiday: Transportation
OMIO: All in one – flights, train and bus tickets in Spain
Hassle-free booking so you can spend more time getting excited about your trip! Omio, formerly known as GoEuro, is an ingenious travel search engine and booking app that allows you to select flights, trains and buses with more than 80,000 destinations in various European countries. This includes not only popular cities and airports, but also small towns with trains and buses.
Best of all, Omio gives you information on what are the cheapest and fastest options. Not only do you save a lot of time searching the Internet, but also that of flights and trains, by selecting the optimal and cheapest trips. They work with more than 800 trusted transport partners all over Europe, like Alsa (the Spanish national bus company) or Renfe (the national train company).
BLABLACAR: car-shared travel in Spain!
Thanks to Blablacar I have been able to travel all across Spain on a budget. Drivers are people like you and me, not professional but really experienced. You can see their profile and reviews from previous rides. It is cheaper than a bus or train ticket and it gets to some hidden or remote places where buses or trains don’t. You can see part of the country and the views while you get to meet locals! Depending on which cities or towns you’re traveling between, you can even pick who you want to take the trip with. Totally safe and definitely recommended.
Best travel apps for your Spain holiday: Eating and getting around
TRIPOSO: the most complete travel app for your Spain holiday
Similar to TripAdvisor but more user friendly and less bloated with ads about accommodation. It’s also fully equipped with features to let you find and book hotels, restaurants, activities and more. While flight booking isn’t included, that’s more than made up for by the fact that Triposo has guides for every city.
In addition, it has decent offline maps, directions from your location to searched points of interest and a lot of content in each city and town, while also including a currency converter and other features to make your trip as easy as possible. Definitely one of the best travel apps for your Spain holiday!
TRIPADVISOR: restaurant reviews, activities and much more!
TripAdvisor enables travelers to post reviews and photographs. Users can book hotels, flights, vacation rentals, restaurants directly from the site or the app. It will make your trip to Spain easier since the site has its own recommendations, too. One of the best travel apps of all times, worth downloading it for your Spain vacation!
HAPPYCOW: stay vegetarian or vegan in Spain
Absolutely the best travel apps for your Spain holiday if you are vegetarian or vegan! Spain is no paradise for herbivores. Ask for a vegetarian dish and you may get a salad with ham. So let HappyCow come to the rescue.
As the most popular online resource for traveling veggies, it lists local vegetarian or vegan restaurants. You can also search for restaurants that include plenty of options for veggies in their menus, even if they aren’t strictly vegetarian or vegan.
Best travel apps for your Spain holiday: Accommodation
AIRBNB: not only home rentals, also local experiences!
The best app to book home rentals is Airbnb. After entering your destination and dates, you can filter results based on the home type, price, requisite amenities and more. But not only! They also offer very interesting local experiences to discover the city! If you don’t have an account yet, you can get 34 € on your first booking on Airbnb by clicking here
BOOKING: best option to find a hotel deal for your Spain holiday
Find over 27 million hotels, motels, vacation rentals, apartments & more! Tried and tested, they have over 135 million verified guest reviews. You can filter by price, review score, WiFi quality and other things important to you. You will be able to make changes in your reservation later and even cancel for free on most rooms if you change your mind. Get 15 € back after your stay with Booking using this link!
Best travel apps for your Spain holiday: “Taxi” apps
UBER: the easiest way to find a ride back to your hotel.
Simple and easy to use. Sometimes more affordable than a taxi, but not always. The quality of the drive is guaranteed: The drivers are professional and polite and you can rate them afterwards. Uber is cashless. After opening the account, you will add your card. When the drive ends, the sum will be taken from your account and the receipt will be sent to your email. No cash, no change.
CABIFY: like Uber, but even better (only available in major cities)
Cabify is the Spanish version of Uber. Simply enter the pick up place and the destination. Since there is no cash payment, you will need to enter your card details or PayPal information, confirm the details, and check the price and wait time. You will then receive an email confirming your trip with a link to rate your driver.
I personally prefer Cabify because, unlike Uber, Cabify charges by distance traveled and the quickest routes are always chosen, so the price doesn’t change depending on traffic. They also offer free wifi in all the taxis (password: cabifymola), air conditioning, music and service for disabled people.
Best travel apps for your Spain holiday: Weather
ELTIEMPO.ES: 14-day weather forecast
The best weather forecast application in Spain, especially regarding beach weather during summer. You can easily access the hourly and 14-day weather forecast of more than 200,000 cities, airports, football stadiums, schools, beaches. Furthermore, it supports multiple languages.
Best money apps for travelling Spain on a budget
XE CURRENCY: the best exchange app
There is no shortage of currency apps out there, but XE is easy to use and available offline. It’s perfect for when you’re comparing prices in Spain with those back home and for making sure you’re getting a good rate when exchanging currencies from or to the euro.
TRICOUNT: share costs with your Spain travel mates
Tricount calculates shared costs and splits bills so you don’t have to think twice about who owes what. Just enter your trip and currency and invite your travel mates to join your trip. Each time someone pays for something, you enter the amount in Tricount and the app splits everything evenly. At the end of your trip, it will show the balances of who owes who what, making it easy to settle up at the end.
Beach and relax apps to enjoy your summer in Spain
BEST BEACH: choose the perfect beach for you
One of the best travel apps for your Spain holiday is Best Beach. Beautiful beaches are so abundant in Spain, particularly along the south coast, that it can be difficult to choose amongst them. Best Beach has information about more than 3,400 of the country’s world-class playas, it’ll help you find just the one for you.
INFOMEDUSA: avoid jellyfish on Spanish beaches
This is a must-have app for visiting Spain during the summer. Infomedusa provides jellyfish forecasts for 107 beaches along the Costa del Sol. The app is currently only available in Spanish but is quite straightforward to use.
KINDLE: enjoy reading on your free time
If you’re travelling for a few weeks and don’t have or want to bring your Kindle, we recommend adding the Kindle App to your phone or tablet and purchasing a few inspiring and practical publications. It’s the lightest way to read guide books and fiction while on the move.
Delivery apps in Spain: Anything you want within one hour!
GLOVO: the top delivery app in Spain!
Forgotten your swimsuit? In need of some high-factor sun scream, or a replacement for that just-finished holiday read? Spanish app Glovo can help you with that. The app promises to fetch whatever you want within your city and deliver it to you within the hour and I can assure you it does!
Best travel apps for your Spain holiday: Emergency apps!
HELP ME – SOS INTERNATIONAL: a lifesaver travel app for your Spain holiday
A free app available in 35 languages that allows you to call the emergency numbers of the police, ambulance or fire department in more than 200 regions. It is automatically configured with the language and emergency numbers of the country you are in and that it provides, through geolocation, the physical address or the GPS coordinates of the place the person is located. You can also send your position by SMS or email to your beloved ones.
So, this was our personal selection of the best travel apps to download when visiting Spain. Now it’s your turn! Tell us which is your favourite travel app and share your experience by leaving a comment below.
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