Spain Travel Guide

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Spain Travel Essentials

Ideal Duration: 10-14 days for exploring Madrid, Barcelona, and Andalusia; longer for a more comprehensive visit exploring the north, islands, and historical regions

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Best Time: May to June, September to October (Spring and Autumn) Read More

Accommodation Cost (per night in USD):
Dorm bed: $15-30
Budget: $40-80
Mid-range: $100-150
Luxury: $200 and above

Budget for Food & Drinks (per day in USD):
Budget: $10-20
Mid-range: $30-50

Visa Policy for Indians:
Schengen Visa required

Visa Policy for Other Nationals:
Schengen Visa for many countries

Getting In Spain:
Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD), Barcelona–El Prat Airport (BCN) Read More

Getting Around Spain:
Metro, trains, buses, rental cars Read More

"An explorer's paradise"

Spain Tourism

With amazing beaches and super fun nightlife, Spain is located in the southwestern part of Europe, occupying the majority of the Iberian Peninsula. It is not just known for its beaches but also its snowy mountains and deserts. The country is historically rich, ranking third in the number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. It is also famous for the numerous festivals taking place. 

Spain has a long and complex history, with influences from various civilizations, including the Romans, Moors, and Celts. This historical tapestry is reflected in its architecture, art, and traditions. It is also renowned for its contributions to art and culture. It's home to some of the world's most famous artists, including Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. The country houses an impressive collection of European art, and museums in various cities showcase Spanish and international artists' works. 

Spain is a haven for sports enthusiasts. Football (soccer) is a national obsession, and attending a match at one of the country's iconic stadiums, such as Camp Nou in Barcelona or Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid, is a thrilling experience. Spain also offers excellent opportunities for hiking and skiing. The warm climate and crystal-clear waters make it an ideal destination for sunbathing, swimming, and water sports.

Must Know Before You Travel to Spain

  • Public Transportation: Spain has an excellent and well-connected public transportation system. Trains and buses are efficient ways to travel between cities. The subway and buses are practical for getting around in cities.
  • Museum Passes: If you plan to visit multiple museums and cultural sites, consider purchasing a city or regional museum pass. It can save you money and time.
  • Cash and Credit Cards: While credit cards are widely accepted, it's a good idea to have some cash on hand, especially in smaller towns and local markets. ATMs are readily available.
  • Dining Hours: Spaniards tend to eat later than some other cultures. Lunch is typically around 2:00 PM, and dinner often starts around 9:00 PM or later.
  • Siesta Time: Be aware of the Spanish siesta culture, where many businesses, especially in smaller towns, close for a few hours in the afternoon. 
  • Stay Hydrated: Spain can be hot, especially in the summer. Carry a reusable water bottle and stay hydrated, especially if you're walking a lot.

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Best time to visit Spain

March to May(Spring) and September to October(Fall) months are the best times to visit Spain. Throughout these months, you can roam around the places and e (Read More)njoy some of the magnificent local festivals with much lesser crowds, a host of ideal accommodation options, and the most suitable weather conditions. There isn’t any monsoon season per se in Spain. However, late October and November are often the wettest months in the country.

Summers(June-August) 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 and have expensive accommodation options. During winter (November-February), Northern Spain is deserted and gloomy due to icy cold temperatures 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. 

Holidify's opinion on Travel to Spain

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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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.

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.

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.

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How to reach Spain from India?

There are direct flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai to cities like Madrid and Barcelona. The major flight operators are Air India, Emirates, Turkish Airlines and Aeroflot.


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