Spain Travel Tips

Climate/Clothing:

Spring and Fall: 55°F - 75°F Summer: 70°F - 85°F Winter: 40°F - 55°F. Bring comfortable shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer and an all-weather coat. Some religious sites do not allow shorts or sleeveless shirts. 

Language:

Spanish is the local language. English is generally spoken as well.

Passports and Visas:

Passport required. Visa not required for tourist or business stays up to 90 days. For more information, please see Right Travel Visa page

Currency:

Spain: The Euro

Tipping:

This is a matter of personal discretion. Although bills normally include a service charge, it is customary to tip in restaurants and other places that cater to tourists.  You may use the following as a guideline:
Porters: 50¢ per bag
Waiter/Waitress: $1.00 per person (dinner)
Chamber Maid: 50¢ per person, per day
Bus Driver: $2.00 per person, per day
Group Tour Guide: $5.00 per person, per day
Private Car Tour Guide: $10 - $15 per person, per day

Electricity:

The voltage used is 220 volts

*Note: The U.S. uses 120 volts and you can purchase a converter and transformer at most hardware stores for your 120V appliances.

Shopping:

Throughout Spain, stores are open in the morning, closing at noon for siesta. They re-open around 4:00 p.m. and do a lively business late into the evening. Spain is known for its fine leather goods and porcelain.

Health Precautions:

No inoculations are necessary when arriving in Spain or Portugal from the U.S. but you should consult with your health care provider before traveling.

To prevent Montezumas Revenge, avoid the tap water, including raw fruits and vegetables washed in tap water. Your stomach may still become upset due to the change in diet. Bring anti-diarrhea medicine just in case.

For the latest overseas travel health information, call the Center for Disease Controls travelers hotline at 404-332-4559. Or visit their web site at www.cdc.gov

Conservation/Code of Conduct:

Spanish life has undergone rapid change in recent years and many of the stricter religious customs are giving way to more modern ways, particularly in the cities and among women. Nonetheless, many old customs, manners and traditions have not faded and hospitality, chivalry and courtesy remain important. Handshaking is the customary form of greeting. Normal social courtesies should be observed when visiting someone&rsquos home. If invited to a private home, a small gift is appreciated. Flowers are only sent for special celebrations. Conservative casual wear is widely acceptable. Some hotels and restaurants encourage men to wear jackets. A black tie is only necessary for very formal occasions and is usually specified if required. Outside resorts, beachwear should be confined to beach or poolside. Smoking is widely accepted. The evening meal is taken late, generally 9 -10 p.m. The Spanish have two family names in conversation only the first should be used.

Luggage:

Right Travel tour packages allow one piece of luggage per person, plus carry-on bag. Additional baggage will be subject to handling charges of up to $100 per piece.

As Right Travel will not be responsible for loss or damage to luggage and personal belongings, you MUST report any loss or damage immediately at the time of the incident and obtain a written report from the local authority for submission to your insurance provider. If you luggage is lost or damaged by the airlines, a baggage claim form MUST be filed with the carrier before leaving the airport See Right Travel Luggage Page for Important Baggage Information for U.S. Travelers.

Departure Tax:

There are currently no departure taxes in Spain, please see Right Travel departure tax page for more information.

Travel Insurance:

We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance as additional security in the case of cancellation or interruption of travel plans, lost or damaged luggage, travel delays, illness, or accident. Keep all boarding passes, ticket copies and receipts for expenses paid during your trip if it later becomes necessary to file a claim.

Local Emergency Phone #:

General emergency: 112 or 061

Holidays:

January 1 New Years Day, Jan 6 * Epiphany, Mar 19 * San Jose, Mar 24 * Maundy Thursday, Mar 25, Good Friday, May 1 Labor Day, Aug 15 Assumption, Oct 12 National Day, Nov 1 All Saints&rsquo Day, Dec 6 Constitution Day, Dec 8 Immaculate Conception, Dec 25 Christmas Day

Spanish Regional Holidays:

Jan 29  Dia de la Convivencia (Ceuta)
Feb 28 Andalucía Day
Mar 1 Balearic Isles Day
Apr 23 San Jorge (Aragon) and Day of the Region of Castilla y Leon
May 2 San Segundo (Castilla y Leon) and Fiesta of the Communidad de Madrid
May 17 Dia de las Letras Gallegas (Galicia)
May 30 Canaries Day
May 31 Day of the Region of Castilla-La Mancha
Jun 9 Day of the Region of Murcia and Day of La Rioja
Sep 8 Asturias Day, Day of Extremadura and Nuestra la Virgen de la Victoria (Melilla)
Sep 11 National Day of Catalonia
Sep 15 Nuestra Senora de la Bien Aparecida (Cantabria)
Sep 17 Commemoration of the Spanish refounding of the City of Melilla
Dec 26 San Esteban (Balearic Isles and Catalonia).

Note: *These holidays may be replaced by the autonomous communities with another date. **These dates are also celebrated as regional public holidays (within these regions, there are further public holidays peculiar to the various towns and cities). Catalonia, Navarra, Pais Vasco (Basque Country) and Valenciana also celebrate Easter Monday.

Driving:

Traffic drives on the right. There are more than 150,000km of roads. Motorways are well-maintained and connect Spain north&ndashsouth. Tolls are in operation on some sections and have to be paid in Euros. Trunk roads between major cities are generally fast and well-maintained. Rural roads are of differing quality.

Rail Tickets:

The full description of the part of the Rail Ticket can be found on our rail ticket description page at Right Travel Rail Page.

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