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Spain

Continent: Europe

Ideal Duration: 10 - 14 days

Best Time: Spring and Fall are the Best Seasons to Visit Spain Read More

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Budget: Expensive

"An explorer's paradise"

Spain Tourism

With amazing beaches and super fun nightlife, Spain is considered to be one of the most exotic countries in Europe. It is not just known for its beaches, but also its snowy mountains and deserts. The country is historically rich with the third rank in the number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. It is also famous for the numerous festivals taking place. Spain is also architecturally marvellous with Islamic, Catholic and Renaissance architectural designs.

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Best time to visit Spain

Spring and Fall are the Best Seasons to Visit Spain is the best time to visit Spain

September to October and March to May is the best time to visit Spain.

The country is located in Western Europe, and due to this, it has Mediterranean climatic conditions. Spain has hot, dry summers and wet, cold winters. However, the temperature mostly varies from the north to the south of Spain. Northern Spain, also known as The Green Spain or Secret Spain, should be visited anytime during the spring or fall. Throughout these months, you can roam around the places and enjoy some of the magnificent local festivals with much lesser crowd around, a host of ideal accommodation options, and the most suitable weather conditions. During winters, Northern Spain is deserted and gloomy due to icy cold temperature and rains and the Sierra Nevada Mountains in South is the most visited place by the tourists. It is one of the most sought-after ski destinations and here, the temperature remains cool and comfortable for all. Summers are warm and humid in Spain, and the temperature often rises above 113 degrees F. Also, coastal areas like San Sebastian, Costa Blanca and Costa Brava are the most crowded with expensive accommodation options. There isn’t any monsoon season per se in Spain. However, late October and November are often the wettest months in the country. Spain celebrates a host of festivities throughout the year and anytime in the year is good to experience their local revelries in some part or the other. The weather conditions, though, depends upon the part of Spain you wish to visit.

Regions in Spain

The country is divided into various autonomous regions along with two independent cities. The autonomous regions include the Euskadi, Galicia, Catalonia, Balearic Islands, Andalusia and the Valencian region. The Canary Islands near northern Africa is also a part of Spain. Spain also has a lot of beautiful cities like Madrid, Barcelona, Cadiz, Bilbao, Cordoba and many others.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Great Beaches. Culturally Rich. Fun Nightlife. Historical cities.

What's Not So Great?

Crowded in tourist seasons. Language problem. Costly train service.

For Whom?

Historical city lovers. Adventure seekers. Traditional tourists. Couples

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Currency of Spain

Euro is the official currency of Spain.  The banknotes of EUR 500 are not accepted in many places. No other currency is accepted in Spain apart from US dollars at very few places with a bad exchange rate.

Exchanging Money in Spain

To exchange money, one can do it at any bank. Traveller's cheques can also be cashed in any of these banks. The main international airports also have the facility of currency exchange. Credit cards are accepted in Spain even at small stores and gas stations. Most ATMs allows a person to withdraw money with a creditÊcard. One must carry an identity card as they are asked to produce it while doing a credit card transaction.

Nightlife in Spain

Spain is known for its vibrant nightlife and noisiness. For experiencing the nightlife, one can grab a few drinks at the music bar and then proceed to the clubs to party till dawn. Most of the dance clubs are open all night. The nightclubs in Ibiza are world famous as the best DJs from all around the world come and perform there. Apart from Barcelona, Madrid and Ibiza, the other cities famous for nightlife are Granada, Valencia, Seville, Bilbao and Mallorca.

Shopping in Spain

Spain can also be considered as a shopper's paradise. Apart from the popular international brands, there are some Spanish designer brands like Custo Barcelona and Kowalski, whose products are difficult to find outside Spain. The 'Golden Mile' is Madrid is home to the best shops in the city. Barcelona's streets like Ensanche Area and Paseo de Gracia has the most amazing boutiques in the city. One can also buy crafts from Galicia in the town of Santiago de Compostela. Gourmets can opt for buying Spanish speciality cheeses, Chorizo, Jamon and wine.

Festivals of Spain

Spain can be considered as the hub of festivals as there are numerous events taking part all around the year. Feria de Abril celebrated in Seville during April is famous for folklore, dancing, flamenco and drinking. Easter and Christmas are also major festivals here. Other important festivals are Arde Lucus in Lugo, Cata del Vino-Montilla-Moriles, Dia de Sant Jordi, Fallas in Valencia and many other carnivals. La Tomatina in Bunol is popular worldwide.

History of Spain

The Southern part of Spain was invaded by the Iberians from North Africa around 1000 BC, followed by the Celtic settlers from France. After that, the majority of the population was Celtiberian. Spain has been ruled by the Catholics, Moors, Muslim invaders and others, which leads to the richness of its cultural heritage. King Ferdinand started expanding his empire in the 15th century, but the country's position declines after 1648 because of the thirty-year war. It was neutral during the first World War. After 1936, General Franco under the influence of Hitler and Mussolini conducted Fascist dictatorship. The democratic constitution was adopted in 1978.

Hygiene in Spain

In order to buy pharmaceuticals, one needs to go to the farmacias as they are not available in general supermarkets or stores. The people from EU can use the public health system with their card. It is illegal for the Spanish people not to treat you if you are ill, yet uninsured, so if there is any trouble, one must not hesitate to go to the hospitals. Avoid direct exposure to the sun during summers as it can lead to sunburn and stroke.

Customs of Spain

Spanish people are a little conservative in their approaches, so it is better to dress modestly while going out. Beachwear is acceptable only in the coastal areas, and they have the option of clothing optional or nudist beaches as well. The normal way of saying hello is by kissing the other person on their cheeks. A firm handshake is also acceptable in this regard. It is normal for them to have a physical contact while talking like putting a hand on the shoulder, etc. If one plans to stay in a Spaniard's house, it is better if they can carry slippers as walking barefoot in the room is considered unhygienic. For tipping, it is advised to pay 10 percentÊof the total bill.

Tips for visiting Spain

Always take care of your bag and belongings in public places. One must also refrain carrying a huge amount of money while travelling. People should be aware of pickpockets in the major tourist areas. Spanish cities can be a bit noisy at times. Carry sunscreen and beachwear if the beaches are on your itinerary.

Culture of Spain

Spanish people are very patriotic towards their country as well as maintain their cultural and linguistic connection pretty well. Though it is not a highly religious country, a major part of the Spanish people are Catholics. All religions are given equal importance in Spain. The official language used in Spain is Castilian Spanish. The language varies across different parts of Spain, where some speak Catalan, Galician or Asturian. English and French are also quite popular in the major cities.

Food of Spain

Spanish cuisine is popular worldwide for its generous use of meat and fish along with a lot of vegetables and cooked in a few spices. For breakfast, people generally prefer having coffee, Galleta and Magdalena. The best places to try Spanish food are the tapas or bars. The authentic Spanish dishes include Aceitunas, Oliva, Bocadillo de Calamares, Caracoles, Churros, Ensaladilla Rusa, Gazpacho Andaluz, Paella Valenciana, Patatas Bravas, Tortilla de patatas and Sepia con alioli. One should also try the local drinks like Horchata, Sangria, Sherry and wine.

Stay options in Spain

The three most popular kinds of accommodations available in Spain are hotel, hostal and pension (a small hotel). One can also opt for farm stays and village B&Bs. Hostal refers to small guest houses that are cheaper than a hotel. If one wants a homely accommodation, Casa Rural is the best options which provide a bed and breakfast service. Apart from hotels, there are state-owned hotels as well known as Paradores which has a historic connection to itself. There are also numerous hostels in the city and the price varies from EUR 15 to EUR 25. Xanascat in Barcelona, Tarragona and Girona is the National Youth Hostel of Catalonia. Camping is also a good option for adventure lovers.

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