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Spain Guide

Know Before You Go...®

Spain is a vibrant country located in southwestern Europe, known for its rich history, diverse culture, and stunning landscapes. From the bustling streets of Madrid to the sun-kissed beaches of the Mediterranean coast, Spain offers something for every traveler. Boasting a mix of ancient landmarks, modern architecture, and delicious cuisine, this country is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. Its warm climate, friendly people, and lively atmosphere make it a must-visit destination for anyone seeking a unique and unforgettable experience. Come and discover the beauty and charm of Spain for yourself.

Why Spain?

  • The Spanish language is the second most spoken language in the world.
  • The national dish of Spain is paella.
  • In Spain there are more festivals than there are days in the year.
  • The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is the largest unfinished Roman Catholic Church in the world.
  • Spain is the most visited country in the world.

History

Everywhere you go, you’ll find that Spanish passion - whether in fine food and wine or in the wild landscapesAngus Jeffery

Transportation on Spain

Getting to Spain and getting around. Our transportation tips will help make your trip smoother. More good sand advice.

Entry Documents

  • Valid Passport: Ensure it’s valid for at least 3 months beyond departure.
  • Visa: Check Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for visa requirements based on nationality.
  • Proof of Accommodation: Have confirmation of hotel or lodging.
  • Proof of Funds: Be ready to show you can cover your stay (bank statements or sponsorship letter).
  • Return Ticket: Show onward travel plans.
  • Travel Insurance: Recommended for health coverage.
  • Arrival Form: Complete if required.
  • COVID-19 Documents: Check latest travel advisories and COVID-19 requirements from reliable sources.

Departure Tax

No specific departure tax in Europe for American citizens; European countries typically include departure taxes in airline ticket prices, applying to all passengers, to fund airport services. Best to check with airline or airport website for any updates.

Driving

  • Non-EU/EEA tourists may need an International Driving Permit (IDP).
  • Ensure all occupants, including passengers in the back seat, wear seat belts.
  • Children under 12 or less than 135 cm in height must use an appropriate child safety seat.
  • Adhere to speed limits: 50 km/h in urban areas, 90 km/h on open roads, 110 km/h on expressways, and 120 km/h on motorways (some sections may have lower limits).
  • Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited unless you have a hands-free system.
  • Overtake on the left, and keep to the right unless overtaking on multi-lane roads.
  • Many highways have tolls; pay attention to toll booths and consider electronic toll devices available with some rental cars.
  • Use headlights at all times, even during the day.
  • In case of an emergency, call 112 and familiarize yourself with emergency service numbers.

Spain Weddings and Honeymoons

Vacationers don’t just stay in Spain villas - they come to paradise to get married and celebrate their honeymoons!

See our favorite villas for weddings.

Know Before You Go...® - Spain Travel Tips

Before making their way to Spain villas, vacationers like to know a little bit of helpful information to make them feel more at home during their stay. Take a look at our travel tips to make your time in villas in Spain even more relaxing.

Capital:
2012Madrid
Population:
201947.01 million
Size:
2018Approximately 194,000 square miles.
Electric Current:
220/240
Time:
15:49 pm zone:+1 (GMT/UTC +1)
Official Language:
English is widely spoken in tourist areas, but learning a few basic Spanish phrases can be helpful, especially in rural areas.
Currency:
Spain uses the Euro (€) as its official currency, which is used in all transactions, both cash and electronic. It is divided into 100 cents, with coins available in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 cents, as well as €1 and €2. Banknotes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, and €500. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted in Spain, with Visa and MasterCard being the most commonly used. American Express and Diners Club are also accepted, but to a lesser extent. Cash is still preferred in some smaller establishments, so it is always advisable to carry some with you. ATMs are easily accessible in Spain, with most major bank cards being accepted. However, it is essential to check with your bank beforehand to avoid any additional fees for international withdrawals. Traveller's checks are not widely used in Spain, and it may be challenging to find establishments that accept them. It is recommended to exchange them for cash at a bank or currency exchange office.
Tipping and Taxes:
In Spain, tipping is not mandatory but it is appreciated for good service. A typical tip is around 5-10% of the total bill. It is usually left in cash on the table or added to the bill when paying by card. However, some restaurants may include a service charge in the bill, in which case a tip is not necessary. In terms of taxes, the value-added tax (VAT) in Spain is called the Impuesto sobre el Valor Añadido (IVA). The standard rate is 21% for most goods and services, although there is a reduced rate of 10% for certain items such as food, books, and public transportation. Some items, like basic food items and healthcare services, are exempt from VAT. In addition to VAT, there is also an income tax in Spain known as Impuesto sobre la Renta de las Personas Físicas (IRPF). This tax is based on a progressive scale, with higher income earners paying a higher percentage. The tax rates can vary depending on the region, as some regions have their own income tax rates. When shopping in
Dress Code:
The dress code in Spain is typically conservative and formal, with a focus on wearing clean and well-fitted clothing, especially in business and formal settings.
Topography:
Spain's topography is diverse and includes mountain ranges, plains, valleys, and coastal regions.
Telephone:
Country code: +34 Area code: Varies by region

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