Spain

Spain is an extraordinary destination that is filled with strikingly diverse landscapes, bustling cosmopolitan cities, and a vibrant, colorful culture that has captivated travelers for centuries. 

 

From the rugged mountains of the Pyrenees to the sun-drenched Mediterranean beaches and everything in between, it is a country that truly has it all.

Whether you are looking to explore the historic architecture of Madrid, indulge in fresh seafood by the coast or immerse yourself in the flamenco rhythms of Andalusia, there is something for everyone in this beautiful country. 

 

With a rich history and stunning natural beauty, its offering visitors a chance to discover a vibrant and dynamic culture, tantalizing cuisine, and countless sights and attractions that will leave you breathless.

 

So come and visit this amazing country and experience the warmth, hospitality, and culture that make this place one of the most enchanting and sought-after destinations in the world!

Keep In Mind

*Tipping is not compulsory, but if you’re happy with the service, feel free to tip any amount you want to.

 

*Eating out in Madrid can be cheap if you know where to go. Walking along the little streets, you will find a restaurant with good sangria and tapas. But remember to take a picture of the street if you want to return (we couldn’t return to some of them). Lesson learned!

 

*Drinking alcohol in public places is illegal, but you can enjoy your drink outside if you sit in one of the many terraces around the city. Spaniards love meat, so there isn’t much on offer for vegetarians. It’s best to research in advance to find convenient places to eat green during your trip.

 

*Keep in mind that the Spanish dining schedule is a bit different. The peak hours are between 2–4 pm and 9–11 pm and 4 pm and 9- 11 pm. Consider dining before or after these times to savour your meal without the rush.

 

*Plan for a siesta….Many small shops are still closed from about 2 to 5 pm. If you have necessary errands to run, get them in the morning. If you can’t beat them, join them and nap yourself.

 

*Spring and fall are the temperate seasons of the year and the most attractive seasons for visitors.

 

*One essential item for your Madrid trip? Comfortable shoes. With so much to see and explore, you’ll be doing a lot of walking. So, make sure your feet are happy!

What To Expect

Language: The official language is Spanish; some speak French or English.

 

Currency: The currency is the Euro.

 

Credit Cards and ATMs: If you go off the beaten track, you will only have problems finding ATMs around Spain. If you’re spending time in an isolated area, keeping enough cash on you for the basics is best.

Mastercard and Visa are usually the choices at most machines, restaurants, and shops. Find out that most places don’t want an Amex card.

 

Plugs: In Spain, the plugs are of type C and F, with a standard voltage of 230 V and a frequency of 50Hz. To ensure you can use your electronic devices without any issues, it’s recommended to invest in a universal adapter with surge protection.

 

Safety: Spain is known for its safety, being one of the safest European countries. While the crime rate is low, it’s important to be cautious of pickpockets in the metros and crowded tourist areas. To enhance your safety, consider using safety locks, anti-theft Bags, and RFID technology.

 

**System for registering non-EU nationals travelling for a short stay in 29 European countries (starting in the second half of 2024)

10-Don't Do in Spain

  1. Don’t expect shops to open in the middle of the day

Taking a siesta or a short afternoon nap is a tradition. It will not be Spain if this afternoon nap is removed.

 

  1. Don’t bring too many clothes.

The shopping is  WOW!! There are options for every budget and style. On top of that, if your visit coincides with a sale, you could get some fantastic bargains. I always buy clothes.

 

  1. 3. Don’t worry about drinking in the daytime

There is Happy Hour throughout the day.

 

  1. Don’t eat early

Diner schedule, and most restaurants open at 8 or 9 pm for dinner.

Lunchtime is usually between 13:00 – 15:30.

 

  1. Take your time and take punctuality seriously

Spain has a relaxed sense of time, and people often show up late for appointments or social events. I found that also, NO RUSH PEOPLE LOL…

 

  1. Don’t expect to see a bullfight in Barcelona.

After the Canary Islands, Catalonia was the second Spanish region to ban this blood sport.

 

  1. 7. Don’t stick to the main cities.

Madrid, Barcelona, and Toledo are magnificent cities, but half of the magic lies in its wonderful countryside. 

Take the train to visit other charming villages. Visiting them is a memorable travel experience without spending a fortune or being bothered by huge tourist crowds.

 

  1. 8. Remember tapas, especially if you’re travelling on a budget. They are more than an excellent way to immerse yourself in Spanish culture. They usually come for a small price or free when ordering a drink, like in Granada and Madrid.

Sit at the bar and enjoy the varieties of Tapas with a sangria.

 

  1. 9. Don’t walk long distances. If everything is far, take the bus or the hop-on, hop-off buses.

 

10. Don’t pass a local market; you might find food at a reasonable price and delicious fruit smoothies

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