Spain

Spain is located on the Iberian Peninsula, bordering Portugal and France. It is famous for ist flamenco dancers and bullfights. The diversity of the country is prooven by its cave paintings, renaissance cathedrals and Moorish palaces. Spring and fall are very pleasant here while the summers are hot.


Madrid, Spain

Culture

The official language of Spain is Spanish but English is widely spoken here. Even though the people have become modern Spain still has its traditions, manners and customs. For example people have two surnames from which the first one can be used to refer to the person. Handshaking is custom for greeting somebody. When invited to someone’s house carry a gift for the host. Casuals are worn by the people most of the time but men are expected to wear jackets at some restaurants. Swimsuites should only be worn at pools and beaches. Smoking has been banned in public places.

Shopping

Shops in Spain are open from early morning till late in the evening but in the afternoon they are closed for lunch and siesta. Porcelain and leather goods will be good gifts for friends and family members as they are famous. Bills include a service tax, so tipping is a matter of gratitude.


Roman Aqueduct in Segovia, Spain

Electricity

The Voltage is 220 V and frequency is 50 Hz.

Getting There

The national airline of Spain is IBERIA but many other airlines offer services in the country. The most famous airports of Spain are Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Alicante and Malaga.

The Madrid airport is located 13 km away from the city and provides bus services every 15 minutes. Also underground services are working to transport passengers to their destination. The airports also provides facilities such as duty free shops, bank, restaurants, tourism information, and hotel reservations.

The airport of Barcelona is only away 3km from the city. Buses are going every 15 minutes and trains every 20 minutes. Of course taxis and facilities like duty free shops, restaurants, bank, car hire and tourism information are also available here.

Spain has a good network of roads which not only connect north to south but also Spain with the rest of Europe. In some parts of the country toll booths are installed, so carrying a few Euros will help. If driving in a private car one should carry a travel insurance that covers medical costs, too and you always should carry a medical kit in your car.


View over the rooftops of Barcelona, Spain

Duty Free Items

The following items can be carried without customs duty being levied on them:
1. 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos, 50 cigars or 250g tobacco (300 cigarettes, 150 cigarillos, 70 cigars and 400g of tobacco for EU nationals)
2. 1litre of spirits if exceeding 22 per cent volume or 2 litres of alcoholic beverage not exceeding 22 per cent volume and 2 litres of wine (1.5 litre exceeding 22 per cent and 3 litres of up to 22 per cent and 5 litres of wine for EU nationals)
3. 250ml eau de toilette and 50g of perfume
4. 500g of coffee or 200g of coffee extract (1000g of coffee and 4000g of coffee extract for EU nationals)
5. 100g of tea or 40g of tea extract
6. Gifts up to the value of approximately €37.26.