Located in southwestern Europe, Spain has always been a preferred tourist destination. It is a country rich in culture, art, gastronomy and entertainment. A mix of architecture styles, unique and tasteful food, vibrant nightlife and a sunny climate are some of the reasons why this country attracts thousands of visitors every month.
Why Visit Spain
Spaniards are extremely friendly and LOVE to go out for a coffee, to a club or just to hang out. They will ensure you have the time of your life. They also tend to go be late and go out late (after 12 am), and they are very affectionate (you give two cheek kisses every time you meet someone).
Spain boosts beautiful and diverse natural landscapes, many of them declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. The country is basically divided in 2 regions: the humid north, with mountain ranges, beaches, lush forests, lakes and rivers and the dry south, made up of desert areas and sunny beaches. Beaches are a preferred destination during the summer months.
FOOD & WINE
Spanish is the favorite destination of the foodies. Michelin-starred restaurants and lively tapas bars can be found on every corner. Its cuisine offers a varied gastronomy with well-traditional flavors from each region and its known for been delicious and healthy. The “Paella” has been an iconic dish of the mediterranean cuisine. Wine also has a strong presence in the country, brought to the country by the Phoenicians in 800 BC. They have thousand of award winning wines for you to try.
La “fiesta” is something that is deep root inside all the spaniards. The fun is in all the regions of the country, with traditional parties, discos and pubs that open daily until late hours, a real magnet for tourists who come looking for fun.
Spain has a long collection of buildings of great architectural value, included in the list of World Heritage Sites. The church of the Sagrada Familia, the best example of the unique work of the great Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudí, the most famous Spanish architect as well as one of the most unusual of the early 20th century. Thanks to its history, architecture in here is a mix of moorish influences, European trends, and surreal modernism.
What to expect
Spanish is the official language. English is also widely spoken in the country, mostly in larger cities, tourist attractions and by younger crowds.
In Spain the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa; If you are traveling from the US you will need an adaptor.
Euro is the official currency in Spain. Other foreign currencies, like dollars, might be accepted at tourist attractions and hotels, but they won’t be accepted at other establishments, you could exchange the currency at any bank or withdraw it directly from the ATM. Credit cards are widely accepted.
Spain is one of the safest countries to visit in Europe. Violent crime rate is practically non-existent. However, petty crime like pickpocket could happen in big cities like Barcelona and Madrid, most commonly in the metros or crowded tourist areas, so watch out and be cautious. Try to avoid through empty streets and night in both cities.
Nationals of the following countries do not need a visa to enter Spain for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period:
Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Taiwan, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, USA, Uruguay and Vanuatu.
Citizens from all other countries (except, of course, european citizens) need to request a visa in advance through the embassy.
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