This is what you need to know about holiday rentals spain
Planning a holiday to Spain? Here is some advice on how to book the best Spanish villa and self-catering holiday in the most amazing area of Catalonia.
When is the best time to go?
Because Barcelona is so close to the Mediterranean Sea there is a nice weather all year round, and many people choose Spain as a holiday destination all year round and not only during the summer. July and August are obviously the months that are most in demand. If you can get away in June or September, you will pay around 30 per cent less and the weather is perfect during these months, not cold yet, not too hot.
The northern part of the Costa Brava is gorgeous but is popular with locals and the French, so can be pricey and you need to book well in advance. A cheaper alternative in Catalonia is the Costa Daurada, south of Barcelona. Although Salou is a full-on resort, neighboring Cambrils a couple of miles south is much more low key and is a bit of a gourmet hot spot too.
What makes it so special?
Spain has the third most UNESCO world heritage sites out of all the countries in the world (after China and Italy) with 45. The country’s rich and multicultural history is kept very much alive by the many impressive sites that dot the country: From the Andalusian cities steeped in history and Moorish architecture such as Seville, Cordoba and Granada and natural beauty spots such as the rich wetlands of Donaña or the weird and wonderful moonscape of Tiede in Tenerife.
Make sure your being legal
Short-term (under 12 months) and holiday lets (under 3 months) are regulated in Spain and landlords must be licensed. Spain is a popular holiday destination, which means that there are many properties available at all prices.
However, you may find that affordable short-term accommodation is in short supply in popular areas or during the high season (typically summer, school holidays and Christmas). You must vacate the property when your short-term contract (contrato de arrendamiento de temporada) ends.