Updated 03.01.2018: Since March 2016, we’ve been sharing the best apps for Spain travel. And, because My Itchy Travel Feet Assistant Editor, Nicole Jewell, lives in Spain, she knows Spain travel apps! This is the most recent update that includes eliminating apps that are no longer published plus we introduce you to our latest finds. If you’re an app user who’s traveling to Spain, bookmark this page so that you don’t miss any updates. Or subscribe to the My Itchy Travel Feet Weekly Broadcast so you’ll be the first to know!
The Best Spain Travel Apps
I can wholeheartedly admit to being biased in favor of my adopted country, but, Spain is a great travel destination for any type of traveler, any time of year. However, those in the know love to see Spain in all of its glory in springtime.
Although most of Spain sees a short, mild winter with full days of sunshine, when spring hits, you’d think the whole country had just been awaken from a long, frost-covered hibernation period. Once the days get longer and the sun is stronger, there is a noticeable energy that pulsates throughout the Iberian Peninsula.
Spain really is a year-round travel destination, but if you can swing it, try to come around late March, April and May. That’s when local festivals spring up, easter week brings beautiful processions around the country, and well, sorry for the cliché, but the country just blossoms.
No matter your itinerary, staying organized and up-to-date is vital to a successful boomer travel adventure. So download the Spain Travel apps that we recommend to make your trip to the Iberian Peninsula the best it can be.
Apps for organizing your trip
Packing Pro app has packing down to an exact science. All you have to do is enter your destination and length of stay and it’ll come up with a suggested packing list, separated by useful categories like documentation, clothing, gadgets, etc. Available for purchase at the App Store.
Evernote is great for keeping up with trip documents, itineraries or just about anything, even photos. We recommend the in-app purchase for synching across all of your electronic devices. The paid version also allows for offline access, which is very important when avoiding phone charges on an international trip. Available for purchase at the App Store and Google Play.
Apps for what to do and where to go in Spain
Spain Travel Guide by Triposo has city guides for over 100 cities in Spain including Madrid, Barcelona and Seville. Along with offline maps and practical information, Triposo also has an in-depth sightseeing section with restaurant and nightlife recommendations. Available for purchase at the App Store and Google Play.
Barcelona Travel Guide and Offline City Map is the travel app for making the most of your time in Barcelona. Whether you’re exploring for a couple of days or making the most of a few hours in port, this app offers insider tips for exploring Barcelona. Available for purchase at the App Store and Google Play.
Rail Planner Eurail/Interrail has all the information needed for Spain train travel. Although the country’s train system isn’t as developed as it should be, in my opinion, it’s still one of the best ways to travel through Spain as well as Europe. One of the great things about the Rail Planner app is that it works offline so you can see timetables for trains wherever you are. Available for purchase at the App Store and Google Play.
MSW Surf Forecast: The Magic Seaweed app shows you what to expect on the beach. Although the app is primarily for surfers, beach goers will benefit from the wave, wind and swell reports, too. Bonus points: The MagicSeaweed surf app works for destinations around the world. If you’re headed out of the bustling city for Spain’s calm coastal waters, this app has information on more than 3400 beaches in Spain. Available for purchase at the App Store and Google Play.
Spanish travel apps for language, weather, staying safe and currency exchange
SpanishDict Translator is going to be useful, no matter what part of Spain you’re planning to visit. While English is spoken in most of the cities, if your Spain itinerary includes off-the-beaten-path destinations, picking up some useful vocabulary is always a good idea. Available for purchase at the App Store and Google Play.
XE Currency Pro takes the hassle out of money conversion. If you’re on a tight travel excursion schedule, the last thing you want to be doing is wasting time trying to convert money while shopping. Available for purchase at the App Store and Google Play.
Sitata Travel Safe is a potentially life-saving app, especially for busy travelers. The app has a database of emergency service numbers for almost any country. Monitoring health and safety threats from around the world is another bonus. Available for purchase at the App Store and Google Play.
Spyglass app is a great guide to take on any adventure. The app allows travelers to use its GPS system for outdoors and off-road navigation, even when offline. The app comes packed with extras such as binoculars, heads-up display, hi-tech compass, etc. Available for purchase at the App Store and Google Play.
Weather for Spain provides quick and easy access to current weather, forecasts, and radar images. Will you need a raincoat or sun hat? Don’t head out the door until checking this app. Available for purchase at the App Store and Google Play.
International emergency numbers app is a indispensable resource if you’re away from home and run into a problem. The app works offline so it’s great in every corner of the earth. Available for purchase at the App Store and Google Play.
Apps for staying in touch
WhatsApp Messenger is the number one way to communicate while on the road in Spain and in Europe. It’s a free messaging app that lets you communicate in real time, without the frustration of roaming charges. The app is so popular, that many restaurants and hotels are using it to communicate with customers. Available for purchase at the App Store and Google Play.
Wi-Fi Finder is an app we’ve recommended often and we really believe it’s one of the best resources a traveler can use. A great tool against those frustrating data roaming charges, Wi-Fi Finder leads you to the nearest wi-fi source. It even allows you to download local maps for free, also helpful for avoiding yet another massive phone bill. Available for purchase at the App Store and Google Play.
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