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Top Spanish Coastal Towns

A guide to my favourite Spanish coastal towns: Valencia, Alicante, Granada, and Nerja

savannah jane
by savannah janeAbout Me:Hi everyone! My name is Savannah Jane and I'm all about the outdoors, adventure, and travel. I grew up in a family that was always travelling and it quickly became a big part of my life. In 2017/2018 I did a 9 month solo backpacking trip a... read more

EuropeSpain16 days / September 2017

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Itinerary Overview

Spain was one of the countries I explored on my solo backpacking trip across Europe. For the month of September, I began in Valencia, and followed the Mediterranean coast down to Malaga. September is such a beautiful month to be in Southern Spain. Every day was nothing but blue skies and sunshine - perfect beach weather! Although it was still technically high season, there weren’t as many tourists as there are in July and August, so it didn’t feel too crowded.

This trip I’m about to share is what really made me fall in love with Spain. The laid-back yet vibrant culture, simple whitewashed buildings, and stunning beaches, are just a few of the reasons it quickly became one of my favourite European countries.

  • 4 Nights: Valencia
  • 4 Nights: Alicante
  • Day trip: Villajoyosa
  • 4 Nights: Granada
  • 4 Nights: Nerja
  • Day trip: Frigiliana

Q & A

  • How was the food?

    Tapas bars are great so that you can try a variety of authentic Spanish foods. Best to go with a group of people so that you can all share. Pro tip: in Granada, there are bars that will give you free tapas with each drink you order - it'll be the cheapest dinner you ever have!

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Don't miss out on seeing a flamenco show while you're in Spain.

  • Packing tips?

    Bring lots of swimsuits and cover-ups, the coast of Spain is all about its beautiful beaches, and that's probably where you'll be spending most of your time!

  • Transportation Tips?

    I travelled by GoEuro Bus from one city to the next, which was super affordable, comfortable, and easy. You can download the GoEuro App to book your bus.

  • Booking details?

    I used HostelWorld to book my accommodations for the most part, and didn't have any issues booking the hostels only a few days in advance.


  • I stayed at the Centre Valencia Youth Hostel. It’s located right in the centre of the old town, so everything is within walking distance.

  • Xhostel was one of my favourite hostels from my entire backpacking trip. This hostel was so fun and vibrant, which embodied the essence of Alicante completely! There was a rooftop terrace where we would play cards at night before heading out to the bar. The hostel was in a quieter corner of the city, but within walking distance to all of the nightlife and activities in the old town.

  • White Nest Hostel was a pretty large hostel with a cool design, located in one of the backstreets just off of the main street, Gran Vía. It's very central and you can walk to plenty of tapas restaurants and bars, as well as the Alhambra Palace.

  • I stayed at Easy Nerja Hostel which had a rooftop terrace with a stunning view over the whitewashed buildings. It was great to relax on the terrace with a glass of wine after a day of exploring.