The Spanish constitution guarantees the freedom to practice any religion, although most of the population is Catholic.
If the purchaser’s residence is outside the European Union, they may claim back the tax on their purchases. You must meet a series of requirements:
• Purchase in a shop offering the DIVA electronic tax-free form.
• Purchases must be personal and not commercial.
• The goods purchased must be taken to the country of residence within three
months following the date of purchase.
The DIVA form can be validated directly using the interactive DIVA system
terminals without having to pass by the customs service offices. These terminals
can be found near the customs offices at points of departure from Spanish territory
(international airports, maritime ports and land borders).
There are various companies in Spain authorized to process the reimbursement of I.V.A. (Value Added Tax) for tourists.
Drinking water from taps is considered safe in Spain, unless otherwise marked. For environmental reasons, try to use a refillable water bottle rather than buying bottled water.
Spain is one of the warmest countries in Europe, so you probably will not be using your umbrella much, however, it depends on the time of year and the area you’re visiting.
If you are coming in summer, temperatures range 25 – 35 ºC. We recommend packing light clothing.
If you’re visiting in autumn, the weather is more changeable, with temperatures ranging between about 15 and 20 ºC.
In winter, you will need to wrap up well in inland and mountain areas where there’s a chance of snow and where you’ll find low temperatures ranging between about 2 and 15 ºC.
If you are coming in spring you’ll find pleasant temperatures of between about 10 and 22 ºC. We recommend checking the website of Spain’s National Weather Service (AEMET)
Mobile phone coverage is generally very good in most parts of Spain. Ensure global roaming is activated before you arrive.
Yes. All passengers traveling with us are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
No, because all establishments in Spain include the price of service. However, it is a common practice to tip in bars and restaurants, hotels and taxis, depending on the amount and on the customer’s generosity, although it tends to range between 5%
and 10% of the total amount.
ATMs are very common in Spain, so finding one won’t be a problem in most towns and cities.
1 Jan New Year’s Day
6 Jan Epiphany
13 Apr Maundy Thursday
14 Apr Good Friday
1 May Labour Day
15 Aug Assumption of Mary
12 Oct Fiesta Nacional de España
1 Nov All Saints’ Day
6 Dec Constitution Day
8 Dec Immaculate Conception
25 Dec Christmas Day
For a current list of public holidays in Spain go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/spain/public-holidays
Major credit cards are widely accepted by stores and hotels in Spain. Smaller cafes and shops may not accept credit cards, so ensure you carry enough cash to cover small purchases.
Destinations catering Halal to the needs of Muslim travelers.
There is Islamic Heritage all over the Iberian Península. But the most impressive traces of the Culture of old Al-Andalus persists in Andalusia, a region South of Spain. Granada, Cordoba and Seville are the three gems of the crown with sites like Alhambra Palaces, the Giralda and Cordoba Mosque. But there is an important number of Spain’s popular cities which don structures that are inspired by Islamic architecture.
A service that has taken into account some faith-based needs of Muslim travelers.
Although the average prices will vary depending on your destination and the time of year, the following are approximate amounts:
Single bus or underground ticket, about €1.50.
Cinema tickets between €5 and €9.
Breakfast with coffee, cake or pastry and juice, between €2 and €4.
A daily set menu in a modest restaurant, around €12. An à la carte menu may cost around €20. In a mid-level restaurant, the daily set menu will be about €36. For restaurants with a 3-fork category, it may be over €90.
A double room in 5-star accommodation will cost between €200 and €300; 4-star, between €100 and €200; 3-star, between €60 and €100; in accommodation with two stars or less, below €60.
If you are a citizen of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein: you will need a valid passport or ID card. Minors must have an ID document and carry parental authorization.
If you’re coming from another country: The maximum stay is 90 days.
There are a number of countries whose citizens are required to have a valid current visa in order to enter Spain. You can check the list on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.
Citizens of all other countries must have documents to justify the object and conditions of their stay and be in possession of sufficient economic resources for their maintenance throughout their stay in Spain. The documents that must be submitted will vary according to the motive of the trip.
You can check this on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. List of countries that require a visa.
You need to be at least 18 years old and have a valid driving license. If you’re from a country outside the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein you’ll need to have an international driving license.
To rent a vehicle in Spain, you must be at least 21 and have a credit card. Additionally, many companies also require you to have had your driving license for a minimum of one or two years. In any case, we recommend you check these requirements with the Spanish consulate or embassy before starting your trip
In all cases, including taxis, the following precautions must be observed:
Regardless of age, children cannot be held on the lap or in their arms.
No child under 12 can sit in the front seat unless they use a device approved for this purpose.
Children under 3 must use an approved restraint system suitable for their height and weight and must always be placed in the back seat.
Any child over the age of 3 with a height less than 1.5 meters must use a restraint system adapted to their size and weight.