SPAIN TRAVEL GUIDE

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INTRODUCTION

Spain, a country on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, includes 17 autonomous regions with diverse geography and cultures.

 

From the rolling hills and olive trees of Andalusia to the astounding architecture of Barcelona, all the way to the Museum Mile and carnival madness of Madrid, Spain is one great land of fun and frolic. It has great art, greater architecture, wild nightlife, sultry weather and so much more – bloody bullfights, the swirl of the skirt of a Flamenco dancer, exploring Don Quixote countryside, sunbathing on the pristine beaches of Marbella, a visit to the majestic Alhambra or just feasting on paella at a roadside tavern – this is Spain.

 

Spain is considered an exotic country in Europe due to its friendly inhabitants, relaxed lifestyle, its cuisine, vibrant nightlife, and world-famous folklore and festivities. Among many places worth visiting are Spain's thriving capital Madrid, the vibrant coastal city of Barcelona, the famous "Running of the Bulls" at Pamplona, major Andalusian cities with Islamic architecture, like Seville, Granada and Córdoba, the Way of St. James and the idyllic Balearic and Canary Islands.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Spain has reopened its borders to travelers from most EU countries; however, entry remains restricted to travelers arriving from other areas, except for Spanish nationals and residents, and accompanying immediate family members.As of July 22, travelers arriving from Montenegro and Serbia are no longer allowed to enter Spain.Spain has reopened its borders to travelers from the EU, the Schengen area, and the UK. Travelers arriving from the aforementioned areas are no longer required to present a residency certificate or to self-isolate upon entry into Spain; however they will need to complete an "FCS health control form" 48 hours before arrival at https://www.spth.gob.es/. A QR code generated from the completed form must be presented upon arrival. Travelers will also undergo a temperature check and visual health assessment.For travelers arriving from outside the EU, only the following categories of travelers may enter:•Habitual residents in the European Union, Schengen Associated States, Andorra, Monaco, The Vatican, or San Marino.
•Holders of a long-term visa issued by a Schengen member of Schengen Associated State who are going to that country.
•Health professionals coming to Spain for work.
•Goods and transport personnel in the practice of their duties.
•Diplomats, consular, international officials, military personnel, civil protection and members of humanitarian organizations in the practice of their duties.
•Students who study in one of the EU/Schengen member states and possess the appropriate visa or equivalent permit and medical insurance. They may enter the country 15 days prior to the start of their studies.
•Highly qualified workers, including participants in high-level sporting events that take place in Spain.
•People traveling for duly accredited family reasons.
•People traveling for duly accredited humanitarian reasons of reasons of force major.
•Residents of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, or Uruguay, provided that they have come directly from these countries or only made international transits at airports outside of these countries.Residency permits and D visas that expired between December 14, 2019 and June 21, 2020 are accepted for entry.

 

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QUICK FACTS

  • Capital: Madrid
  • Currency: Euro (€)
  • Area: 505,370 km2
  • Population: 47,725,002 (July 2011 est)
  • Language: Castilian Spanish (official) 100%, Catalan (also official in Catalonia, Comunitat Valenciana and Balearic Islands) 17%
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 72%, none 20% other 8%
  • Electricity: 230V/50Hz (European plug)
 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 6 January, Epiphany
  • 19 March, San José Day (most regions)
  • 1 May, May Day/Labour Day
  • 15 August, Feast of the Assumption (not banks)
  • 12 October, National Day
  • 1 November, All Saints
  • 6 December, Day of the Constitution
  • 8 December, Immaculate Conception

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Temperate climate; Clear, hot summers in the interior, More moderate and cloudy along the coast; Cloudy, cold winters in the interior, partly cloudy and cool along the coast.

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Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

SNOW:

The snow sports season in Spain can be as long as from late November until early May at the highest peaks. The best time is usually between November and February.

HIKE & CYCLE:

The best time for outdoor activities in Spain is during Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to October). Although summer can be popular, it is uncomfortably hot!

BEACH:

You can enjoy the beaches of Spain from as early as May through to early October, with the months of July and August being by far the hottest and busiest. The climate will of course differ between the Southern and Norther beaches of Spain over these months.

WIND:

You can find good wind somewhere in Spain almost throughout the year. The best time for kitesurfing is from April to October, although July and August can get very busy. Tarifa is a great place to learn to kitesurf.

For more details on kite surfing in Spain expand this section!

SURFING:

With a north and south coastline, Spain is a great all year round surfing destination. Summer and early autumn (June - September) is better for beginners while September to April brings bigger swells with the largest swells during winter.

 

LGBTQ

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in Spain have undergone several significant changes in recent years. Same-sex marriage in Spain has been legal since 3 July 2005, making Spain the third country in the world to allow same-sex couples to marry on a national level, after the Netherlands and Belgium. Today, Spain has been recognised for providing one of the highest degrees of liberty in the world to its LGBT citizens.

 

Spain has also been recognised as one of the most culturally liberal and LGBT-friendly countries in the world. The cities of Madrid and Barcelona, in particular, have a reputation as two of the most LGBT-friendly cities in the world with popular annual Pride Events. Gran Canaria is also known worldwide as an LGBT tourist destination.

 

HEALTH

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