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Spain, along with Portugal, is the two countries that make up the Iberian Peninsula in the western end of the Mediterranean Sea. Spain is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, with a history of ups and downs. The country is the third largest country in terms of UNESCO World Heritage sites after Italy and China.

Madrid is the capital of Spain and is among the most valuable cities to visit. Spain is a quiet, safe, friendly people, great cuisine, a lively lifestyle, many annual celebrations, nightlife and many tourist attractions. After the Madrid, the city of Barcelona is the most famous city in this country.

Barcelona is largest and most populated city in Spain after Madrid. But apart from Madrid and Barcelona, ​​other Spanish cities should not be lost. Cities like Granada, Cordoba, Canary Islands, Balearic Islands, the city of Seville and other Spanish cities have a lot to say.

According to many Spanish tourists, there is a diverse country that has brought many types of entertainment to a great travel destination. A variety of beautiful and unique beaches, a variety of celebrations and hobbies, nightlife, a variety of historical and cultural attractions, and a variety of modern and advanced buildings, and modernization combined with many of these historic attractions of Spain to an amazing country. For tourists.

Lovers of nature, lovers of beautiful and fantastic beaches, culture and history enthusiasts, or people looking for the best of modern entertainment can fully reach their desires in Spain.
In the summer, millions tourists from land and sea and airways arrive in Spain and visit different cities of the country. Summer is the best time to travel to Spain, but it should be remembered that this season is the peak of the crowds in the country. That's why many people choose winter for a trip to Spain, and they know well that in winter they did not drop anything from the attractions of Spain, and even in the winter they went to cities like Granada or La Gran Mezquita in Cordoba and use the hot beaches of this cities.

history

The first time around 3000 to 5000 BC, the first humans entered the Iberian Peninsula. Almost at this time, they entered the peninsula from every tribe and race and culture. The Iberians, the Celtics, the Basques and the Phoenicians, the Greek, and the Carthaginian were among these tribes, and this cultural diversity caused many differences and wars among them. Until the Romans gained this land and the name of Hispania, which is now known as Spain.

The Romans have legislated for this peninsula. At this time, the Romans chose Latin for the people as the official language of the Roman language, and in the final years of their domination of the land of religion, Christianity was designated as the official religion for them.

Spain was conquered by Muslims in the eighth century. Muslims called Andalusia on the Iberian Peninsula, transforming it into a powerful and unified state, and ruled for nearly 750 years in this land. Little by little, the northern Iberian Christian governments began to advance to the south, eventually, in 1492, they succeeded in getting Granada from the Muslims to remove them from the Iberian Peninsula, and founded the Spanish state, which initially turned into a powerful empire He was able to conquer many other lands.

Culture

Spain is made up of different cultures. Some people in Spain believe they are Catalan, Basque, Galician before being Spanish.

Religion in Spain:

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Spain has a long history of art and culture. Some famous artists like Gaudi, Picasso, Dali, Goya, Velázquez, el Greco were produced in Spain. The popular spanish novel of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes was published in 1605.

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You can see Spanish guitar music that is a traditional music all around the country. Sometimes Flamenco guitar accompanies Flamenco dance which are traditional arts in Spain. The dance is made up of fast and precise footwork and also hand, arm, body movements. The rhythm of the music is produced by females and males’ feet who wear traditional dress.

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Spanish people are social, open and friendly, this characteristic makes the nation different from some other countries.
When Spanish people are invited to home for having dinner, it is common they give the host something like flowers, chocolates, a bottle of wine as a gift and the host usually opens the gift front of the guest.

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Geography

Spain is a European country which is in southwest of Europe. The country is neighbour with Andorra, France, Gibraltar, Portugal, Morocco. The area of Spain is about 505,370 km2 and It has coastline of 4,964 km on Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean.

  1. Highest Point: “Pico de Teide (Canary Islands)” at 12,198 feet (3,718 m)
  2. Lowest Point: Coast of Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea at 0 feet (0 m) (Sea level)
  3. Longest River: “Tagus” with length of 645 miles (1038 km) (shared with Portugal)
  4. Largest Lake: “Lago de Sanabria” with a surface of 368 hectares

Madrid is Spain’s capital and largest city that is located in centre of Spain. Other large cities of Spain are Barcelona, Valencia, etc.

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Economy

  • GDP in Spain:The economy of Spain is the world's 13th by real GDP in 2018.
    # Country GDP (Billion $)
    1 US 20,412.87
    2 China 14,092.51
    3 Japan 5,167.05
    4 Germany 4,211.64
    5 UK 2,936.29
    6 France 2,925.10
    7 India 2,848.23
    8 Italy 2,181.97
    9 Brazil 2,138.92
    10 Canada 1,798.51
    11 Russia 1,719.90
    12 Korea 1,693.25
    13 Spain 1,506.44
    14 Australia 1,500.26

    In the graphs below, growth of GDP from different sectors are shown.

    GDP from Agriculture:

    GDP from Manufacturing:

    GDP from Services:

    Source: www.tradingeconomics.com

  • Exports from Spain:In 2018, Spain had about € 22.18 billion exports. Catalonia was the biggest exporter among Autonomous Communities and after that, we can see Madrid, Andalusia and Valencia.
    Main exports of Spain are:

    1. Capital goods
    2. Food, beverages and tobacco
    3. Automotive sector

    The country usually exports to France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, UK, US, Morocco, China, Turkey.

  • Quality of life in Spain:Numbeo.com says Spain is world´s 15th country in terms of Quality of Life. The website has calculated Quality of Life in Spain by considering purchasing power, pollution index, house price to income ratio, cost of living index, safety index, health care index, traffic commute time index and climate index.
  • Wages in Spain:In 2018, Spanish workers earned an average of 23,000 € a year. In graph below, you can see minimum rates of salaries in different years:


    Source: www.expatica.com

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Weather

The climate in Spain is different because of diverse natures in the country. Green nature, mountains, Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, dessert cover the country. There are different types of climates in Spain. Mediterranean, Oceanic and Continental are 3 famous climates in the country and also there are climates such as Alpine, semi-arid, mild subtropical in some areas.

  1. Mediterranean:
    This climate is for areas close to Mediterranean Sea. It has hot and dry summers. In other seasons specially winter, there is irregular rains and the period of cold weather is short.
  2. Oceanic:
    This climate is for areas close to Atlantic Ocean. In winters the weather is cool but not cold and in summers the weather is warm and not hot.
  3. Continental:
    Most central parts of Spain have this type of climate. Continental climate has cold winters (appropriate for snow) and hot summers.

Before traveling to Spain, passengers need to check the weather. There are some websites which forecast the weather like:

  1. www.aemet.es/en/
  2. www.spain.info/en/clima/

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Spain most visited cities

  • Barcelona
  • Bilbao
  • Canary Islands
  • Cordoba
  • Granada
  • Madrid
  • Malaga
  • Marbella
  • San Sebastián
  • Seville
  • Valencia

Spain Immigration

Spain has historical attachment with many of its neighbors, Portugal, France, Andorra and many of the former Spanish colonies are among the countries that can easily get the citizenship of Spain due to their historical background with Spain.

In general, people living in these countries and citizenship of these countries can more easily acquire Spanish citizenship. These people can take their citizenship with shortly stay in Spain for less than three years. But citizens of the European Union can only take their citizenship in Spain after five years of living in Spain. Residents of other countries should stay in Spain for up to 10 years and work in Spain to apply for citizenship in Spain.

Today, a large number of countries with a lot of linguistic and cultural affiliations to Spain, such as Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Peru, etc., are now rising. Of Europe, and especially of Eastern Europe and Africa and Asia, many people are migrating and gaining permanent residence in Spain, which has sparked the growth of the population of Spain in recent years.

Regions

Spain is a kingdom that has a set of regions that are autonomous and under the control of this kingdom. Spain has two independent cities and a number of autonomous regions, mostly of their own unique language and culture, but historically have their own unique history and shared history with Spain history.

 These autonomous regions include the Basque Country Galicia, Catalonia, Valencian and Balearic Islands, as well as Andalusia. Travelers traveling to Spain are better off to recognize and respect this historical and linguistic background of each region. Of course, these regions of Spain should also include the Canary Islands, which are part of Africa, as well as the two cities of Ceuta and Melilla.

To explain and understand better the regions of Spain, it can be divided into different geographic regions. In the northwestern part of Spain, there are Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, in the northern part of Spain, the cities or regions of Basque Country, Navarre, La Rioja, northeastern Spain, the cities of Catalonia and Aragon, in the central part of Spain, the cities of Community of Madrid, Castile-La Mancha, Castile-Leon, Extremadura, in the eastern part of Spain are the cities of Murcia, Valencia, and in addition to these, there are the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands and the Andalusian coastline along with the two cities of Ceuta and Melilla To get the structure of today's Spain.

The largest and most important cities in Spain

The most important cities of Spain can be mentioned in terms of importance and magnitude as follows:

  • Madrid: is the capital of Spain, Spain's largest and most populated city, famous for its many tourist attractions, numerous famous museums, delicious food and famous restaurants, nightlife, and much more.
  • Barcelona: after Madrid, Barcelona is Spain's largest and most densely populated city and is known as the capital of Catalonia. Due to historic and tourist attractions, the most important belt in Spain is the well-known culture, hospitable people, modern buildings and wonderful beaches.
  • Bilbao: The reputation of Bilbao is mostly due to the industrialization of this city in Spain, though the famous Guggenheim Museum is also located in this city.
  • Cadiz: Cadiz is the oldest city in Western Europe that has a history of 4,000 years. It also has a very famous annual carnival.
  • Cordoba: Cordoba is renowned for its unique climatic conditions, and is also one of the best buildings in the world, the Mezquita Grand Mosque.
  • Granada: This city is one of the most beautiful cities of Spain in terms of natural scenery that is located adjacent to the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
  • Seville: This is the home of third largest church in the world, but its reputation is largely due to its natural and vibrant natural beauty.
  • Valencia: One of the most beautiful beaches in the world - Paella is located in this city
  • Zaragoza: This city is also the fifth largest city in Spain and is considered to be the historic city of Spain.

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Other destinations of Spanish tourism

Apart from the beautiful and spectacular cities of Spain, there are also other parts of the country known as the country's special tourist destinations, among which the most important are:

  • Costa Blanca: One of the most beautiful beaches in Spain and the whole of Europe, with miles of white beaches and a large number of small and spectacular villages around it.
  • Costa Brava: From other spectacular Spanish beaches known for its rugged beaches
  • Costa del Sol: The most beautiful beaches in the southern Spain known for its warmth of the beaches.
  • Gran Canaria: Miniature Continental Spain, famous for its unique climates and spectacular landscapes.
  • Ibiza: one of the most famous Balearic Islands known for its nightlife and night clubs and hobbies.
  • La Rioja: From the spectacular areas and the area found dinosaur fossils in Spain
  • Mallorca: Mallorca is the largest island in Balearic, known for its great hobbies, nightlife and unique beaches.
  • Sierra Nevada: The largest mountain peaks of the Iberian Peninsula, located on this island, provides a great place for skiing and hiking and horseback riding.
  • Tenerife: One of the most spectacular natural areas in Spain with many natural attractions, including forests, animals, mountains, beaches, volcanoes, strange plants, and so on.

Conditions of entry to Spain

Spain is one of the EU member states and also a member of the Schengen Treaty. This means that Spain has no specific border control with all Schengen member states for entry and exit.

Also, there are no other countries except Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the United Kingdom. Similarly, each citizen of the Schengen Agreement states can apply for their visa in each of their countries in other countries and their visa is valid enough in other countries of the agreement. Of course, it should be borne in mind that all EU member states are not a member of the Schengen Agreement, and also that all Schengen member states do not belong to the European Union. Therefore, you can travel to Spain from any of the Schengen member states easily and without common border controls.

To enter Spain If you are not a member of the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you do not need a visa, but people under the age of 18 must provide consent from their parents. People from Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Mauritius, Saint Kitts and Nevis and Seychelles can also stay or work without a visa for a period of 90 days in Spain, but there is no possibility of working for other members of the Schengen Agreement.
People who come to Spain from countries outside the European Union, the Schengen agreement or Switzerland, who intend to stay in the country for more than 90 days, need a visa. Even people who want to stay in Spain for more than 6 months after arriving in Spain must do so before 30 days.

There are several ways to travel to Spain. Through land routes and using private cars or buses and international trains from neighboring countries, by flying from many of the world's airports and through ferry routes, you can easily reach many Spanish cities Accessed. Air travel is the most and the best way to travel to Spain.

Minimum required documents to travel to Spain

  • Given the above, citizens from EU countries, the United States and Switzerland can travel to Spain with a valid passport and ID card. Citizens of these countries do not need a visa.
  • Citizens of other countries must also have a valid passport when they receive a visa, of which at least six month validation.
  • It's always the best way to get the latest information from the State Department or the Spanish Consulate in your own country to travel to Spain.

 

 

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How to travel to Spain

Spain has one of the most advanced ways of communication in the world, and how it is deployed in such a way that it can be easily traveled to the country in various ways. Currently, it is possible to travel to Spain using aviation routes, railways, sea routes or land routes to this country and its various regions.


Travel to Spain via air routes

Ibiza, Spain's national airline company. The most important international airports in Spain are the Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Palma D'Malvera and Malaga airports, then Seville, Valencia, Bilbao, Alicante, Santiago de Compostela, Vigo, Gran Canaria and 2 airports in Tenerife.

 There are dozens of smaller airports along these airports. Madrid, Barcelona and Bilbao are one of the most beautiful airports in the world designed and built by the largest architects.

The carrier’s active in Spain, which provide affordable services to many airports around the world are, Vueling, EasyJet, Ryanair, Blue Air and Jet2.com.
Keep in mind that when you buy a plane e-ticket, and at the time of delivery, you must have your credit card and identity card.

 

Travel to Spain by train

Without a doubt, the best way to travel to Spain, especially from other European countries, is to use high-speed trains, with the high speed train from France to Spain being the best route.

Paris' rail links to Barcelona continue to link to Madrid. From Paris to Barcelona it takes about 6 hours. Another route linking France to Spain is the San Sebastian route to Boyne. There is also a regional TER train from Toulouse to Barcelona. On the other hand, there are rail links from Portugal to Spain, which is not the quality and speed of other lines

Travel to Spain by bus

One of the best ways to travel cheap to Spain is by bus. Usually bus costs are much more affordable than other modes of travel to Spain, and the buses that provide passenger services in this country enjoy the highest international standards.

Most bus companies offer Spanish passenger transportation services to all Spanish cities, but only bus companies in Madrid and Barcelona, ​​which offer passenger transportation services to other countries, and in most other cities only One or two cities outside of Spain are provided.

During the holidays, it is usually difficult to travel by bus because the roads are busy and commuting is slow, but in other conditions and days of the year, the use of a bus is a reliable and convenient way to travel. Usually for every 100 km, the rate is 8 euros, which is cheaper than airplanes and trains.

Travel to Spain by boat

The most common ways to travel to Spain are by sea. Every day, Brittany Ferries is scheduled to operate from British services from Portsmouth and Plymouth to Santander and from Portsmouth to Bilbao. It usually takes about 24 hours for a trip from Portsmouth to Santander.

P & O also offers shipping services from Portsmouth to Bilbao from Plymouth and Southampton to Santander.

Apart from Great Britain, Spain has very reliable offshore lines in northern Africa, especially in Algeria and Morocco, which are often planned and implemented by Canal Islands. There are also routes from the Balearic Islands to the cities of Mirrora, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera. At the same time, the direction of Barcelona to Genoa is also very popular among tourists and travelers.

 

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Public Holidays

Date Holiday Areas
1 Jan New Year's Day All
6 Jan Epiphany All
28 Feb Andalucia Day Andalucia only
1 Mar Balearic Day Balearic Islands
19 Mar Father's Day Celebrated on St. Joseph's Day. Not a public holiday
19 Mar St. Joseph's Day Murcia, Valencia only
29 Mar Holy Thursday except Canary Islands, Cantabria, Catalonia, Valencia
30 Mar Good Friday Friday before Easter Sunday
02 Apr Easter Monday Balearic Islands, Basque Country, Catalonia, Navarra, Valencia
23 Apr  Castile and Leon Community Day  Castile and Leon only. Commemorates of the Battle of Villalar in 1521
23 Apr St. George's Day National Day of Aragon
01 May Labour Day -
02 May Community Festival of Madrid Madrid only
06 May Mother's Day Not a public holiday
15 May Feast of St.Isidro City of Madrid only
17 May Galician Literature Day Galicia Only
30 May Canary Islands -
31 May Castilla-La Mancha Day of Castilla la mancha region
31 May Corpus Christi Castilla-La mancha
09 Jun La rioja Day -
09 Jun Day of Murcia
13 Jun Feast of St Anthony Ceuta only
25 Jul St. James' Day Galicia
28 Jul Day of Cantabria Institutions Cantabria only
06 Aug Our lady of Africa Ceuta only
15 Aug Assumption Day Assumption of Mary
22 Aug Aid El Kabir Ceuta, Melilla only
02 Sep Ceuta Day -
08 Sep Day of Asturias -
8 Sep Day of Extremadura Holiday -
11 Sep National Day of Catalonia
15 Sep Lady of Aparecida
17 Sep Day of Melilla Melilla only
09 Oct Valencian Community Day -
12 Oct Hispanic Day Columbus Day
01 Nov All Saints' Day -
09 Nov Our lady of the Almudena City of Madrid only
03 Dec Feast of St Francis Xavier Navarra only
06 Dec Constitution Day -
08 Dec Immaculate Conception Day -
25 Dec Christmas Day -

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Visas

Spain, as a member state of the Schengen Agreement, as well as the European Union, applies the policies of these unions to issue visas. Accordingly, all EU member states and all countries approved by this union do not need to obtain visas to enter Spain.

 In addition, there is no border control between Spain and all other countries that have signed the Schengen agreement, except in special circumstances and as a matter of necessity, this makes it easier to travel among these countries.
According to the latest statistics, the following countries do not need to obtain a visa to enter Spain:

Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vatican and Venezuela.

Bear in mind that the citizens of the above countries, other than those of the European Union, cannot remain in Spain for more than three months in a 180-day period in each of the Schengen member states and do not have the right to work in Spain. Unless the visa is received.

The people of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile and Venezuela will have to book their hotel in Spain for an entry to Spain and have an international insurance worth at least EUR 30,000. For those people, if their travel time is between 1 and 9 days, they will need 514 euros and they will have to pay 57 euros for each additional day they will be staying at the same time.

Surfing inside Spain

Surf by train

RENFE is the national rail transport company of Spain. Spanish trains are usually divided into two categories of long- distance and short- distance trains. Long-term trains are moving in a timely manner, but short-term trains, often seen in Barcelona and its trails, known as Cercanías, usually delay 10 to 20 minutes. It is usually advisable to make an early purchase to purchase a train ticket to make sure you have a ticket.

In general, the Spanish rail system is very advanced and reliable. The cost of using the urban train is also much better in Spain than in other Western European countries. Remember, however, that it is better to book your ticket to use the train in Spain, especially if you are planning to use long distance trains.

Ticket booking is especially important at times when the tourist season is called, and the tourist rates in Spain are very high, such as summer, because more travelers prefer to use a train to travel, and you may not be able to do it every day.

Another issue is that when passengers use the train in Spain, there must be passengers along the way and there are no passengers standing along the way, just in sharp contrast with most European countries that do not have any law in this regard, and sometimes more than the actual train capacity of people they will ride it.

 

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Sightseeing in Spain by bus

Maybe the train does not have access to all of Spain's small towns, so if you are looking for access to pristine areas and small towns in Spain, the best choice for you is without a doubt the use of Spanish advanced buses.

The bus transport system in Spain covers almost all areas, towns and villages. There is a special operator for each route and area, and at each station you can easily get your ticket for your destination. You can even choose the best areas for work by consulting the staff of bus companies at each station.

Sightseeing in Spain by Boat

By travel to any of the Spanish cities you can easily visit many of the beautiful sights and gorgeous scenery by renting a yacht and visit the many tourist attractions in the area. It is usually recommended in May to visit areas such as Costa Brava, Costa Blanca and Balearic Islands, due to the extreme weather and the most spectacular beaches, because not only has not this month yet a large population traveled to Spain, but air is Very nice.

 In the summer and in July and August, the weather gets hotter and a lot of people travel to Spain and its coastal areas, but boat trips and visits to various areas are still widespread. But areas like Canary Islands can be seen at any time of the year with spring weather and warm beaches.

But remember that yacht rentals or any other boat need a RYA Spanish yacht license or an international canoeing license. But if you do not have a certificate, you can hire someone to accompany you and guide your boat. Using the waterways, you can easily access various restaurants and beachfront cafes in different areas and visit the various Spanish ports. Even some ships offer services such as bed linen or drinks to their customers.

Sightseeing in Spain with car

In the big cities of Spain, such as Madrid and Barcelona, ​​or in the middle cities of the country, such as San Sebastian, car use is not as cost-effective as the cost of parking and fuel, and also the traffic almost heavily in all parts of the city will experience. If you park a car in prohibited areas, you will be fined for more than € 85. In addition, you need a road map to access different areas of the city. Keep in mind that the streets of Spain do not usually turn left.

Using a private car in Spain will only be useful if you want to travel from city to city or go out at night, otherwise, heavy traffic will be annoying. Traveling from city to city with a private car is usually very enjoyable because there are many natural scenery and attractions on the streets and roads outside the city. But remember, before you get to the city, it's best to park in one of the city's parklands.

In Spain, there are two types of roads, autopists, which are usually monetary and you must pay the entrance fee, and in fact are the same motorways, and the autovías roads, which are usually free to access, are in fact the same expressways.

Also, remember that speed limits in Spain are 50 km / h in urban areas, around 90 km / h in  around urban areas and 100 km / h on roads, and autopinists and autovías 120 km / h.

Speed ​​limit in Spain

Spanish driving laws are very precise and rigorous. All roads and highways have a certain speed limit, which can lead to heavy driving offenses. Usually on Motorways the maximum speed is 120 km / h, on fast main roads 100 km / h, on non-urban roads 90 km / h and in cities 50 km / h. There may, however, be some exceptions on some roads.

Meanwhile, the highway has a minimum speed of 60 km / h. In residential areas, drivers can eventually move at 20 or 30 kilometers per hour.

All speeds are determined by the use of traffic signs and speed limits. Remember that driving penalties are very heavy in Spain because of the high speed. This fine is determined depending on the degree you are moving at a higher speed, and sometimes reaches up to 600 euros. All driving offenses should be paid up to 60 days in the end. If this amount is paid within the specified period, up to 50% will include the discount. Speed ​​traps and portable radar traps are also available on all roads and roads to capture offenders

Sightseeing in Spain by thumb

Unlike many other European countries, Spain is not a very good country for any hitchhiking, because it may take hours for hours, and your efforts will still be fruitless. Spanish people do not inherently easily reassure anyone, so if you can talk to people in gas stations or parking lots, then you can convince them to gladly accept you. Of course, if the people of Spain trust someone, they usually have a very good and polite behavior with him and sometimes they are very generous with him.

Of course, this does not include all of Spain, for example, in southern Spain, and in the Alpujarras area, hitchhiking is very normal and people are well taken alongside the pedestrians. Remember, people who are somewhat fluent in Spanish can easily be successful in hitchhiking.

Renting a car in Spain

Although it's not advisable to use the car to drive around the city, it is one of the best ways to travel to other destinations outside the city of Spain. In Spain, there are many companies that carry out car rental, and because of the many competition that exists between them, prices are usually affordable. These vehicles are generally equipped with a map and GPS navigation.

When renting a car, note two very important points: firstly, the car is sure to be insured; and secondly, there is a car park in the area you intend to use.
Especially in smaller cities such as Malaga and Costa del Sol, the people of Spain drive unpredictably that may be dangerous for you.

For this reason, the car insurance you rent should include full insurance coverage for collision damage waiver, car theft, Liability coverage and so on. This is important because insurance companies often offer you a lot of discounts to provide you with no insurance. In this case, if an accident occurs, you must pay all the damages.

At the time of renting a car, you can easily rent other car accessories from these companies, such as a child seat. In warm months, having a healthy car is important, and you should always have a bottle of water for drinking.

In the event of a car collapse, you can use mobile mechanics to repair or transfer the vehicle to a repair shop. To rent a car, you need a credit card to pay, a valid certificate, and a driver's license. Usually some companies in Spain do not have any restrictions on travel, and you can travel to any of the Spanish cities or Schengen member states by renting a car.

Sightseeing in Spain with bicycle

Spain has to be considered a paradise for bicyclists. In this country, cycling infrastructure has been well developed from most large cities and towns, and there are well-equipped bike lines, bike maps and bike stations in all areas.

 Although Spain is the second largest European country in the mountainous region, it has a lot of mountains and hills, and it seems to be a bit problematic for cyclists. Madrid alone is about 700 meters above sea level. Still, the bike paths are so favorable that Spain is considered one of the best countries in the world for cycling inside and outside the city, and many tourists visit the Different regions of Spain choose bikes.

It should be noted that there are many companies in Spain offering bike rentals at low cost to travelers.

Use taxi in Spain

Perhaps one of the most common ways to surf in Spain is the use of taxis in this country and in different cities. A taxi is a great way to access any area, but it's somewhat expensive. Of course, according to many tourists, the cost of taxi in Spain is lower than in many other European countries, such as Britain or some non-European countries, such as Japan.

Taxi drivers in Spain can rarely speak a language other than Spanish, so people who know little Spanish can easily use a taxi, although if you do not have Spanish proficiency, you can name the destination and Or write your address on a Spanish-language sheet with the help of others, and give the taxi driver the opportunity to reach you, or by showing your hotel card or business location, you can guide the driver.

Talk

Many Spanish vocabulary have the same roots with English words, and they are both considered to be Latin. That is why those who know English can partly guess what the Spanish people are talking about. Of course, keep in mind that some of the commonly used words and phrases in English in Spanish have a completely different meaning, and they cannot always be the same.

Spanish is the official language in the Spain, although the language issue in Spain is very complex. The Spanish language is part of the Romance language that shares with other Romance languages, such as Portuguese, Catalan, Galician, Italian, Occitan, French or Romanian, and are considered as branches of this language. Many Spanish people prefer to call the Spanish language the name Castilian.

Although Spanish is used as the official language among the Spanish people, many different regions of the country have their own mother tongues, such as Catalan, Basque, Galician, Austrian, and so on. With the legalization and formalization of Spanish in Spain, many people in the country use this language for their daily activities.

Of course, the Catalan, Basque and Galician languages ​​are also known in the official languages ​​of Spain. Spanish as one of the most commonly spoken languages ​​in the world, because of the fact that the Spanish Empire once dominated many parts of the America, is now known as the official language, even in some countries, such as Mexico. Having limited knowledge of Spanish language can be a great help for people planning to travel to Spain.

In addition to Spanish, English and French are also studied in many parts of Spain and even in schools. English language knowledge is not really strong among Spanish people, and many people in the country do not know English.

However, in universities and some of the youth's schools, they study English as a language, but forget about it because they do not have a lot of practice or do not fit into the right situations. However, young people are still the best choice to find out who the English language know.

Many hotels, airlines, and tourist centers have people who speak English well. Even in some areas, such as the beautiful beaches of Costa del Sol, some people speak several languages. In English, English is more widely used and used in Barcelona.

Spanish people generally have a great deal of respect for tourists who are trying to speak Spanish. The best way is to learn at least some of the practical and needed sentences you need in Spanish before you go to Spain.

 

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Famous places in Spain

When it comes to tourism, the name of the Spain is always seen as one of the top names of any tourism company. This is not unreasonable, because Spain is a country full of all, from a lingering history, to a pure Spanish culture and art, and the extraordinary nature of this country. In fact, Spain is a country of all tastes, and every kind of trouble in this country will be delighted with pleasure.

The most beautiful and most popular beaches in the world are the Mediterranean coastlines, especially the Canary Islands. It shows that Spain, which is a perfectly coastal country, can be useful to people who are interested in the beaches, while the historical monuments in this country are known by the architectural diversity of the world's great artists, many museums There are artistic galleries in the world that have a worldwide reputation and, ultimately, for cycling and walking, Spain may be considered one of the best in the world.

The most famous tourist destinations in Spain include:

  • La Sagrada Familia
  • Alhambra
  • Park Guell
  • Casa Mila
  • Casa Batllo
  • La Rambla, Barcelona
  • Ibiza
  • Royal Palace of Madrid
  • Costa del Sol
  • Royal Alcazar of Seville
  • Gothic Quarter, Barcelona
  • Gran Canaria
  • Plaza Mayor
  • Costa Brava
  • Plaza de Espana

Historic cities of Spain

History of Spain is one of the most up-and-coming history of countries in the world. Spain has a very important strategic position. It is located between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, connecting North Africa to Europe, and has been the best route to colonizing the New World from a long distance. This situation has caused a lot of historical changes in Spain. In fact, Spain is the second largest country in the world for its registered works at the UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world's first historic city.

Andalusia, in the south of Spain, has shaped the history of Spain to a great extent. The city of Cadiz is considered to be one of the first cities to have a civilization in Western Europe, with a great deal of Romanism, Ronda, a city built on steep cliffs, Cordoba And Granada have well-defined the history of the Muslim empire in Spain, Seville is known as the Andalusian Cultural Center, and serves as the main port of American merchandise and has many historical monuments.

The beautiful city of Toledo, as the medieval capital of Spain, is located on the north to the center of Spain and is considered to be the historical center of Spain. Merida has exhibited a lot of Roman ruins near the Portuguese border, also recorded in UNESCO's works. Similarly, other Spanish cities such as Segovia, Avila, Burgos, Leon, Salamanca, Soria, Galicia, which are the home of Santiago de Compostela, Zaragoza, and etc., can be named as the two major cities, and of course The historic Spain, Madrid and Barcelona, have provided unprecedented historical effects to the public.

Tourists and visitors of the historic monuments and historical cities of Spain to visit the monuments and museums should already pay for tickets and know the working hours of these places. Keep in mind that on average, around 8 million people visit different cities every month in Spain, which creates limitations for visiting, such as the impossibility of providing tickets for those who have not already made a pardon.

Another important point in planning a trip is to visit the churches because churches have limited opening hours for visitors. Of course, large churches are usually open because they are only tourism-related. In addition, you must keep in mind that the cost of visiting some of Spain's historical monuments is very high and, at the same time, you will not be allowed to take photographs in some historical works.