Spain is a beautiful country with a rich history and culture that will undoubtedly impress every visitor. From the historic cities of Madrid and Seville to the beaches of the Costa del Sol, there is something for everyone. Spain is well renowned for its delicious cuisine, including dishes such as paella and tapas, and is also well known for its vibrant nightlife.
If you are a citizen of a European Union country, it's going to be easy. Spain is part of the Schengen area, so you can travel there without restrictions, visas and even without a passport - just your country's ID card.
In Spain, you pay in euros. Most merchants now routinely accept all payment cards from the world's card associations. However, if you plan to rent a car, carry a credit card. Regular debit cards are usually not accepted for this purpose.
There is a very dense network of ATMs in all cities. However, we recommend that you only withdraw money from those operated by banks. If you come across ATMs operated by other operators, such as Euronet, you will likely be charged a withdrawal fee of up to €10, or 10% of the transaction.
In Spain, 230 V AC with a frequency of 5 Hz is standard, as it is throughout continental Europe.
There are three leading mobile operators in Spain. These are Wind, Vodafone and TIM. European Union citizens pay the standard tariff that applies in their home country. However, data charges may vary.
If you're travelling from third countries, getting a prepaid card, you can buy at petrol stations or newsagents is worth it. WIND's tariff is usually the best value.
Important telephone numbers
The Italian international dialling code is +34
Emergency call (police, paramedics and firefighters can be contacted):112
Rescue service: 061
Spain is the fourth-largest country in Europe by area, and Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world after Mandarin Chinese.
Spain is a constitutional monarchy, which means its powers are limited by the constitution. The Spanish monarchy is one of the oldest in Europe and is considered one of the most important institutions in the country's history and culture.
The world's first novel "Don Quixote" was written by Miguel de Cervantes in the early 17th century in Spanish. It is generally considered one of the greatest novels of all time. It was first published in two parts in 1605 and 1615.
Spain has more than 8,000 kilometres of beaches. From romantic sandy beaches to the unique volcanic black sand beaches of the Canary Islands. The beaches of Valencia and Catalonia with their colourful umbrellas or the turquoise coves of the Balearic Islands.
Spain has a vibrant history. The 49 monuments listed by UNESCO are proof of this. Among the most famous are the Alhambra, a palace and fortress complex in Granada, the Park Güell in Barcelona, designed by the famous architect Antoni, and the Historic City of Toledo, located in central Spain.
Spain is known for its diverse and delicious cuisine, with each region having its specialities and traditional dishes. The most famous Spanish dishes include paella, tapas, and tortillas. The tradition of tapas, small plates of food meant to be shared, is a way to enjoy a drink and bite at the same time. Spanish cured meats, such as jamónibérico, a smoked ham made from Iberian pig, work great for this purpose.
Spain is the world's largest producer of olive oil, an essential ingredient in many Spanish dishes. The country has more than 300 million olive trees, and olive oil production is an important industry.
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