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Dominating the Iberian Peninsular, Spain is Europe’s second largest country, a country of amazing geographical diversity and contrasts. Traditional whitewashed villages where the old ways of farming are still practiced live alongside the resorts and villas of the jet set.

Madrid, once an Arab fortress, is steeped in history and culture. This is reflected not only in the varied architectural styles of the city and fine traditional cuisine on offer but by the very charm and friendliness of native Spaniards. The vast choice of museums, castles, festivals and pageants lay open the soul and nature of Spain. The Spaniards are a deeply proud people and this is evidenced by the passion held for their heritage.

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Major Regions & Cities

Barcelona                                  Bilbao
Madrid                                      Seville
Costa Almeria                            Costa Blanca
Costa Brava                               Costa del Sol
Costa Dorada                            Fuerteventura
Gran Canaria                             Ibiza
Lanzarote                                  Mallorca
Minorca                                     Tenerife

                                                           

WEATHER    Back to top

Spain is extremely hot during mid-summer, in July and August. The rest of the year the climate is generally temperate in the north, but warm in the south. The best time to visit is during spring or autumn, except for the Atlantic coast, which has heavy rains in October and November. August is the busiest month, while May and October are the best times for both ideal weather and fewer crowds. Madrid and the high central area can get very cold during winter.

Madrid

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rainfall (mm)

35

36

39

45

43

31

10

11

34

48

53

44

Rainfall (inches)

1.4

1.4

1.6

1.8

1.7

1.2

0.4

0.4

1.3

1.9

2.1

1.7

Min Temp (°F)

32

36

37

43

48

55

61

61

55

46

39

36

Max Temp (°F)

52

54

61

63

72

82

90

90

82

68

57

52



Barcelona

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rainfall (mm)

38

37

47

47

44

38

27

44

76

96

51

44

Rainfall (inches)

1.5

1.5

1.9

1.9

1.7

1.5

1.1

1.7

3.0

3.8

2.0

1.7

Min Temp (°C)

4

5

7

8

12

16

19

19

17

12

8

6

Max Temp (°C)

13

14

16

17

20

24

27

28

26

21

17

14

Min Temp (°F)

39

41

45

46

54

61

66

66

63

54

46

43

Max Temp (°F)

55

57

61

63

68

75

81

82

79

70

63

57



Seville

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rainfall (mm)

66

61

90

57

41

8

1

5

19

70

67

79

Rainfall (inches)

2.6

2.4

3.5

2.2

1.6

0.3

0

0.2

0.7

2.8

2.6

3.1

Min Temp (°C)

6

7

9

11

13

17

20

20

18

14

10

7

Max Temp (°C)

15

17

20

24

27

32

36

36

32

26

20

16

Min Temp (°F)

43

45

48

52

55

63

68

68

64

57

50

45

Max Temp (°F)

59

63

68

75

81

90

97

97

90

79

68

61

                                                           
GOOD TO KNOW    Back to top

Time: Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October); The Canary Islands: GMT (GMT +1 in summer).

Electricity: Electrical current is 220 or 225 volts, 50Hz. European-style two-pin plugs are standard.

Money: Spain's official currency is the Euro (EUR). One Euro is divided into 100 cents. Money can be exchanged at bureaux de change and major hotels, but banks give the best rates. All major credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted at most hotels, restaurants, and shops. ATMs are widespread and are generally the cheapest and most convenient method of obtaining money.

Currency Exchange Rates

EUR 1.00 =

USD 1.27

GBP 0.69

CAD 1.44

AUD 1.70

ZAR 9.08

EUR 1.00

NZD 2.08

Note: These rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only. Please go to our Currency Converter for the latest rates.

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Language: Spanish is the official language, but English is widely understood in areas frequented by tourists. Catalan, Galician and Basque are spoken in the relevant areas.

Passport/Visa Note: The borderless region known as the Schengen area includes the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. All these countries issue a standard Schengen visa that allows the holder to travel freely within the borders of all. Non-EU nationals must hold a return or onward ticket. All visitors may be asked for proof of financial means for their stay in Spain.

Health: There are no health risks associated with travel to Spain, and no vaccination certificates are required for entry. Bird flu was detected in a dead bird in July 2006, and although there is little risk to travellers, close contact with live birds should be avoided and all poultry products well cooked as a precaution. No human deaths or infections have been reported. Spain has a reciprocal health agreement with most EU countries, including the UK, providing free emergency health care at State run hospitals. UK travellers should take a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Note that private clinics are not covered, and the scheme gives no entitlement to medical repatriation costs, nor does it cover ongoing illnesses of a non-urgent nature, so comprehensive travel insurance is advised.

Tipping: Hotel and restaurant bills usually include service charges, but additional tips are welcomed for services rendered. In restaurants tips of about 15% are expected. In Mallorca value-added-tax is usually included in restaurant bills, designated 'I.V.A', and may be mistaken for a service charge. Drivers of metered taxis expect tips of 10 to 15%. It is customary to tip small amounts, usually 5-10% for most services, including guides.

Safety: The Basque terrorist group, ETA, declared a permanent ceasefire beginning 24 March 2006. The group has been responsible for numerous bomb explosions across Spain, and is blamed for the deaths of over 800 people in its fight for independence, which has lasted for four decades. The announcement could be the first step towards peace between the Spanish government and the ETA. There is still a potential risk of international terrorism, as in other countries, although the risk to tourists is considered to be low. However most visits to Spain are trouble-free, except for street crime, which is common in the big cities, and travellers are advised to take precautions to avoid theft of passports, credit cards, travel documents and money. Be wary of strangers offering or asking for help of any kind as it is often a distraction for accomplices. There are scams involving letters sent, either stating that the visitor has outstanding traffic fines from their stay, which must be paid into the given bank account before a certain date, or notifying the visitor that they have won the Spanish lottery and are required to deposit an amount of money into a bank account to secure their winnings.

Customs: From 1 January 2006 laws against smoking in public places came into effect and stiff fines will be imposed for smoking in areas such as enclosed public spaces, areas where food is prepared and sold, public transport, designated areas of bars and restaurants, and any places that cater for children.

Communications: The international access code for Spain is +34. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom). Pay phones are either blue or green and accept either coins or phone cards, which are sold at post offices, tobacco shops, and newsagents. Three mobile phone operators provide thorough GSM 900/1800 coverage throughout the country and the Balearic and Canary Islands. Email and internet access is available at internet cafes in most towns and resorts.

Duty Free: Providing goods are bought for personal use, there are no restrictions on carrying tobacco and alcohol between the 15 original countries of the EU (including the UK), with the exception of Finland, Denmark and Sweden. Travellers over 17 years arriving from non-EU countries do not pay duty on 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g smoking tobacco; 1 litre spirits with alcohol content higher than 22%, or 2 litres dessert wine not exceeding 22% and sparkling wine, or 2 litres still wine; perfume up to 50g or 250ml eau de toilette. Travellers over 15 years do not pay duty on 500g coffee or 200g coffee extract; 100g tea or 40g tea extract; medicine for personal consumption; other goods to the value of €600 per adult or €150 for children under 15 years if arriving from EU, and €175 per adult or €90 for children under 15 if arriving from non-EU countries. Strictly prohibited are poultry products from Asia.

 

                                                           
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