Spain is an amalgamation of tradition and modernity. The awe-inspiring landscape and medieval monuments coupled with an active nightlife and modern infrastructure will give you an unforgettable experience. France and Portugal border Spain on either side.

Madrid is the capital city, rich in museums and architecture. Barcelona is another modern city with beautiful architecture and rich nightlife. Cadiz is an old town with historic charm. Granada is a winter paradise. Valencia is a beach town. Cordoba has a stunning mosque. Bilbao is a busy industrial city. Seville has a beautiful cathedral. Ibiza is known for its crazy clubbing.

Apart from these cities, there are also natural gems that are worth a visit. Gran Canaria is an island with a diverse climate. Costa Brava is known for its sandy beaches. La Rioja is famous for its wine. The Sierra Nevada will offer you hiking trails. Tenerife is a land of gorgeous vegetation and rich biodiversity.

Getting Around

Trains are the best way to travel long distances within the country. However, short distance travel can be a bit annoying. Luckily, the bus network is extensive. You can reach nearly all towns via a bus. If you can afford to spend a hefty amount on travel then journeying by car is a good option. Taxis are another means of transportation when traveling within a single city, but they are expensive.

Taxis in Spain are generally safe and easy to find, especially in major cities. Also, car hire is easy, but you need to be over 21. Roads are generally in good condition. Cars drive on the right side of the road. 

Language

Spanish is the lingua franca here, but English is taught in schools. You will be able to talk with the locals if you have a basic knowledge of Spanish.

Currency

The currency in use in Euro. The currency exchange is available in any bank, and at most travel agencies, major hotels, and airports. All major international credit cards are easily acceptable and ATMs are available throughout the country.

Where To Stay

Accommodations can be costly. You can book a room at Paradores, a chain of hotels, which tend to be affordable. A single room will cost you around $60-$75. If you travel to offbeat locations, you can live in a casa rural. A casa rural is a house that you can rent; they tend to be located away from the main cities so that you can escape the hustle and bustle of the metropolis.

Electricity

As for electricity, Spain uses type F sockets. You need to bring a travel adapter to fit the proper socket type. Check out the above-linked page to see the photos and other useful information. The standard voltage is 230 V.  Many of your devices may need a step-up transformer to match the electrical voltage.

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August 14, 2016 12:00 am Published by 3 Comments

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