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If the Inbetweeners taught us anything, it’s that a holiday in Spain can be the perfect mix of sun, sea, and unforgettable shenanigans.

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As a university student ready to take on the summer with all the zest of Will, Simon, Jay, and Neil, here’s your irreverent guide to making the most out of your Spanish escapade. Grab your mates, pack your most outrageous swim trunks, and get ready for a story-worthy summer!

1. Destination Decision: Where to Invade?

Spain is vast, with each region offering a unique vibe. For party animals, Ibiza calls with its legendary clubs and endless beach parties. If you’re after something a tad quieter but still want a buzzing beach scene, hit up Malaga or Alicante.

Prefer a mix of culture with your beach days? Barcelona’s got the nightlife, beaches, and some serious architectural drip to make your Instagram pop.

2. Accommodation Hacks: Live Like Locals, Kinda

Skip the pricey hotels; you’re here for a good time, not a long time. Look into hostels, or better yet, pool together with friends and rent an apartment. You’ll save money on accommodation and get a crash course in Spanish living. Plus, you’ll have a place to host those infamous pre-drinks.

3. Eat Cheap & Cheerful

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You haven’t truly experienced Spain until you’ve dived mouth-first into its culinary delights. Hit up local markets for fresh produce and embrace the art of the picnic. For the full experience, find the nearest chiringuito (beach bar) and order a plate of patatas bravas and a cold cerveza. Your wallet (and your taste buds) will thank you.

4. Nightlife Navigation

This is where you channel your inner Jay—hopefully with less embellishment. Start with sunset at the beach, then head to the local bars before tackling a nightclub. Remember, Spaniards start late, so pace yourself. If you find yourself dancing under the stars at 4 AM, congratulations—you’re doing it right!

5. Cultural Day Trips for the Hungover

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After a wild night, a dose of culture can be surprisingly refreshing. Whether it’s a day trip to the historic Alhambra in Granada, a lazy wander through Madrid’s Museo del Prado, or simply exploring the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona, Spain is packed with “I can’t believe we’re here!” moments.

6. Embrace the Unexpected

The true spirit of an Inbetweener-inspired trip lies in the unplanned adventures. Missed your bus? Maybe you’ll end up hitchhiking with a group of fellow travelers. Ended up at a local fiesta? Dance like nobody’s watching (even though everyone definitely is). These spontaneous moments often turn into the most cherished memories.

7. Safety First, Shenanigans Second

It’s all fun and games until someone loses their passport—or worse, their dignity. Keep tabs on your belongings, stay hydrated, and look out for each other. Remember, you want to come back with epic tales, not epic fails.

So there you have it, your guide to a summer in Spain, Inbetweener style. Get ready for a holiday filled with laughter, new friendships, and stories you’ll retell for years—or at least until next summer rolls around. Happy spanish travels!

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