Travel Information Spain
- FLAG 🇪🇸
- CAPITAL Madrid
- GOVERNMENT Constitutional Monarchy and Parliamentary Democracy
- CURRENCY Euro (€)
- POPULATION 47,725,002 (July 2011 est)
- TOTAL AREA total: 505,370 km2 (water: 6,390 km2 land: 498,980 km2)
- LANGUAGES Castilian Spanish (official) 100%, Catalan (also official in Catalonia, Comunitat Valenciana and Balearic Islands) 17%, Galician (also official in Galicia) 7%, Basque (also official in Basque Country and Navarra) 2%
- DECIMAL SYSTEM Spain uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C)
- TIME ZONE Time zone is UTC+01:00 with daylight saving time
- LOCATION Spain is located in Southern Europe
Most popular cities in Spain
- Madrid — the vibrant capital, with fantastic museums, interesting architecure, great food and nightlife
- Barcelona — Spain’s second city, full of modernist buildings and a vibrant cultural life, nightclubs, and beaches
- Bilbao — industrial city, home to the Guggenheim Museum
- Cadiz — oldest city in Western Europe with nearly 4,000 years of history, celebrates a famous carnival
- Cordoba — The Grand Mosque (‘Mezquita’) of Cordoba is one of the world’s finest buildings
- Granada — stunning city in the south, surrounded by snow capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada, home of La Alhambra
- Seville — a beautiful, verdant city, and home to the world’s third largest cathedral
- Valencia — paella was invented here, has a very nice beach
- Zaragoza — fifth largest city of Spain that held the World Expo in 2008
- Murcia —a city in south-eastern Spain, the capital and most populous city of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia
Sockets & Plugs
Spain uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type F.
Spain uses the euro (symbol: €), code EUR.
Banknotes come in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 euro. Euro is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 2 and 1 euros and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.
Credit & debit cards
Credit cards are widely accepted within Spain (at hotels, shops, and restaurants, travel agencies, car-rental agencies etc.). Visa, MasterCard and Maestro are the most widely accepted. American Express is less common. Diners Club is pretty rare. Discover, JCB, UnionPay and RuPay are unknown.
Automatic teller machines (local name: cajeros automáticos) are very common in Spain. You can find them in both large & small cities, tourist areas etc.
You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Expected to tip
Tipping is quite common in Spain and it’s good etiquette to leave one. How much money you leave depends on the service and how happy you were with it.
Internet speed in Spain is on average 12.1 Mbps.
WiFi coverage in Spain is high. Many hotels, hostels, cafes, restaurants and bars have it.
You can buy a SIM card for about €24.35, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 4 telecoms: Orange, Movistar, Vodafone or Yoigo.
Spain uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800.
If you don’t want to buy SIM card in Spain upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Spain, dial +, then 34 (the country code for Spain), then the area code and the local number.
Low crime rate
Spain has a low crime rate . It is a generally a safe place to live and travel. Exercise normal security precautions.
It’s recommended to follow essential security precautions like wearing a money belt, securing your bag and staying vigilant in crowds.
In Spain you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).
Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 120 km/h (74 mph) on expressways, 120 km/h (74 mph) on motorways, 30 km/h (18 mph) in residential areas, 50 km/h (31 mph) in all built-up areas and 90-100 km/h (55-62 mph) on undivided highways.
Turn on red
Right turn on red lights is strictly forbidden unless an additional green semaphore arrow allows it.
It is illegal to drive with blood alcohol content higher than 0.05%.
IDP is required
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required alongside your original license. IDP can be issued by your local automobile association before you leave home.
Rent a car
In order to rent a car:
- you must be over 25
- must hold a full license for at least a 1 year
- almost always have a credit card (Visa & MasterCard are the best)
Alcohol, drugs & prostitution
Although it is legal to purchase or drink alcohol, minimum age requirements still differ across regions. Minimum age to purchase and drink alcohol is 18 years old.
Blood-alcohol limit is 0.05% (0.5g per litre of blood) while driving.
Prostitution is illegal (in a way of exchanging sex for money). Brothels are illegal.
Cannabis is legal
Cannabis is legal for personal use in private spaces, but illegal (although decriminalized) in public.
- Police 112
- Ambulance 112
- Fire department 112
- National police 091
- Ambulance 061
- Fire 080
- Local police 092
- Gendarmerie 062
- Coast guard 902 202 202
- Civil protection 1006
- Red Cross 901 222 222
No vaccinations are required to enter this country
No vaccinations are required to enter the country, but it is recommended to perform routine immunizations for your protection and to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
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