What do you have to take into account when traveling to Spain? Below, we will give you seven key tips before you come to our country on your holidays to practice the Spanish you learn throughout the year at Interigual.
What to wear?
It all depends on the area and the time of year you are going to travel to Spain.
From October to April, in general, you should prepare warm clothes, especially if you are going to visit the northern half of the country, where you will need hats, scarves, gloves, etc.. In the southern half and along the Mediterranean coastline, the climate is not as severe, but jackets and sweaters are required. It would also be convenient to prepare umbrellas and raincoats to protect yourself from the rain. Shoes should be comfortable and warm. The exception would be if we travel to the Canary Islands, which have a subtropical climate, and to which light clothing and a jacket should be worn at night.
If the trip is going to take place between May and September, prepare light cotton clothes, short-sleeved t-shirts, comfortable shoes and if possible open shoes, swimsuits, sunglasses and a swimsuit. Don’t forget a summer jacket, it’s always necessary on the terraces. If you visit northern Spain, you may also need umbrellas and raincoats.
Do I need to have health insurance in case I am sick on my trip?
In Spain, there is a wide network of medical centers and hospitals, well distributed throughout the country, and medical care is universal and free.
All persons coming from the European Union are entitled, as holders of the European Health Insurance Card, to receive medical assistance, as well as Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein.
For the rest of the tourists, the most advisable thing to do is to take out a travel insurance policy, which has a wide coverage in case of needing medical assistance, as well as being covered in case of repatriation.
There is no need to take any special precautions to travel to Spain, simply and as when traveling to any part of the world, it is recommended to have the vaccination calendar updated.
Otherwise, just bring what you might need on a regular basis, painkillers, some medicine for stomach problems, antihistamines, and don’t forget the sunscreen.
The electricity has a voltage of 220 volts, at 50 Hz. of alternating current. Please note that the plugs are 2-pin round plugs, you will need an adapter for photo and video cameras or mobile.
Can I use my phone?
There are roaming agreements with many of the telephone companies from all over the world, so when you turn on your phone at the airport, it usually connects to one of the local networks, Vodafone, Movistar, Orange, etc..
In the case of the need to make many calls, the most advisable thing to do is to buy pre-paid cards in any call center or call-center, in which by dialing a toll-free telephone number and a pin number, we can call all countries in a more economical way.
Can I drive in Spain?
Spain has an extensive network of quality roads and motorways, which connect all the cities comfortably. Driving in the right-hand lane is prohibited, and mobile phone use (except hands-free) is prohibited, as well as seat belt use is mandatory for all passengers.
Residents of the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, and Iceland only need their valid driving license, but if they are from any other country, an International Driving Licence is essential.
If you want to rent a car, bear in mind that you must be at least 21 years old, have at least 2 years of driving experience and have a credit card as a guarantee.
Is it safe to travel to Spain?
Spain is a very safe country, with a very low crime rate, but we must not forget a series of precautions, such as, for example, carrying only the money we need at the moment, being careful with thefts of handbags and wallets, especially in tourist areas or very conglomerate areas such as subway or train stations, always pay attention to our suitcases, mobile phones or personal belongings, etc.
What are the store hours?
Most of the establishments are open from Monday to Saturday, from 10 am to 2 pm and from 4.30 pm to 8 pm, in summer until 8.30 pm. The large shopping centers are open continuously from 10 am to 10 pm and are open on the first Sunday of the month and on public holidays, except in the most tourist areas of the city, where they are allowed to open every Sunday.
Most banks and savings banks are open from Monday to Friday from 8 am to 2 pm and pharmacies from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm and from 4.30 pm to 8 pm, although in large cities there are many that are open 24 hours, and of course, in each area there is a pharmacy on call outside normal opening hours.
Do you like to eat?
If you like to eat well, you have chosen the perfect country for your holidays, as Spanish cuisine is rich, varied, healthy, traditional and a fundamental element of our culture.
Gathering around a table is the best excuse for any social event, family gathering or meeting with friends.
I hope these tips have been useful, but what Interigual recommends is that you speak a little Spanish before you travel to Spain, in that we can help you just request your first Spanish class at the following link: http://www.interigual.com/free-level-test/?lang=en