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Travel Guide

Magnificent art museums, amazing architecture and tapas and sangria and you will be shouting Viva Espana in no time!

The Spanish know how to have a good time! From crazy Ibiza to flamenco filled fiestas, Spain tourism has something for everyone.  Let’s not forget the famous La Tomatina, when over 30,000 tomato-loving folk flock to Bunyol to throw, well, tomatoes.  Good times aside, Spain has some super beaches on offer, and an amazing history reflected in its prehistoric cave paintings, Moorish palaces, crumbling castles, Roman ruins, Gothic and Renaissance cathedrals.

Spain: Fast Facts

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Languages Spoken

Spanish is the official language but there are also a number of other languages spoken: Catalan in Catalonia (including Barcelona and Ibiza), Galician in Galicia, Euskera/Basque in the Basque Country, Valencian in the Valencia Region.

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Name: Euro
Code: EU
Symbol: €
€25 is approx £22

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Time Zone

GMT + 1: The Spanish mainland and Balearics
GMT: The Canary Islands
Daylight savings means clocks go forward one hour from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October.

Our favourite destinations in Spain

Sandwiched between a pristine beach, and soaring hilltops encrusted with Gaudi's art and architecture, Barcelona really is a city with it all. An amazing Gothic Quarter, insane nightlife, heaps of galleries (say hey to Picasso and his beloved pooch, Lump for us), streetside tapas joints and the otherworldly Sagrada Familia are just a few of our favourite things.
There are more bars per capita in Madrid than in any other European city – proof that Spain's capital city loves to party!  Let’s hope you can keep up, the Madrileños are known to stay up past 7am. Explore the narrow labyrinths of Madrid's medieval quarter and the grand 18th and 19th Century boulevards around the centre  2,800 hours of annual sunshine, heaps of shops and galleries seal the deal!
Ibiza & the Balearic Islands
The Balearic Islands consist of Mallorca (sometimes called Majorca), Menorca, Formentera (home to one of the prettiest beaches in the world - who knew!?) and the world-famous Ibiza. In between raving and beach hopping, take time to discover the churches, monuments and caves of the islands as well!
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San Sebastian
This idyllic city in the heart of Spain's northern Basque country is home to a great beach, a fascinating old town, stellar views from a viewpoint high above the city and, most importantly, the best, cheapest and most plentisome wine and pintxos (Basque tapas) bars in Spain. Sangria, anyone?

Spain: travel costs

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A pint of the local beer in Spain is approx. €2.50, but can cost a few euros more in the centre of Barelona or Madrid. We'd recommend the local speciality, sangria, which you can find in large jugs for as cheap as €10. Look out for happy hours!

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A tapas lunch or a plate of tasty egg tortilla accompanied by coffee can cost well under €5 in an inexpensive local cafe, whereas a main course somewhere a little fancier will be around €10.

cost of transport in spain


The prices of transport in Spain differ depending on where you are, but on average a one-way ticket on local transport is around €1.50 (approx £1.33). The train and bus network is extensive and efficient.

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Taxi tariffs start at around €5 (approx £4.44) with around €1.50 added for every km your travel. Be sure to use licensed taxis on your way home after late nights in cities like Barcelona.

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Accommodation fluctuates depending on the season; expect higher rates during summer, especially on islands like Ibiza. Grab yourself a dorm bed in a hostel from €15 per night (approx £12).

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Looking for something a little nicer for your holidays? You can splash out on a private hotel room for around €30 per person, per night. These can book up fast during the summer months, so book ahead!


Adventure Tours

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Fiestas & Siestas | 12 days
Glistening shops and bars of Madrid? Check. Balmy summer evenings in Barcelona and Bilbao? Check. The endless pintxos bars and charming streets of San Sebastian? Check Throw in Zaragoza's awe-inspiring basilica, and a few nights in Portugal's insanely artsy capital. Lisbon, and you've got yourself your dream holiday.
From £1,242 | Was £1,553 | 20% off!
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Ibiza & Beyond | 9 days
There's more to Ibiza, Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia than partying, ya know... (but maybe not much more, depending on what kind of person you are). On this nine-day fiesta, try and save a bit of time to soak up beautiful galleries, crumbling, gothic alleyways, charming winebars and some of the best coffee shops in Europe. Then... to the clubs!
From £1,087 | Was £1,259 - 15% off
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Mediterranean Highlights tour
Mediterranean Highlights | 13 days
Kicking off in Rome, the capital of all things culture, you'll journey to Florence before hitting up the most Instagrammable and up-and-coming destination of them all: the Cinque Terre *sigh*. Pose at Pisa, kick back on the French Riviera and visit Monaco, before spending four amazing nights split between Barcelona and Madrid.
From £1,339 | Was £1,785 - 25% off!
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When's the best time to visit Spain?

Weather conditions vary throughout Spain but the country generally experiences a warm Mediterranean climate with over 3,000 sunshine hours per year. The location of the Canary Islands especially (facing the coast of Africa) produces mild temperatures of around 22oC year round with only small temperature differences between day and night, and whatever the season - so even if you're craving sunshine and a tan in December, you can head to these parts to get some!

The summer months of July and August are the hottest of the year, and can be extremely crowded. If you're heading to Ibiza to party, this is when most of the action happens! If you're a culture vulture, intent on soaking up more than just sunshine and beaches, spring and autumn are the best times to visit Spain, in order to avoid crowds and bag cheaper rates on accommodation and flights. Spring is especially exciting, as is the season for festivals and the Spanish climate is the most pleasant.

In higher parts of the country such as the Pyrenees, the Cantabrian and Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Central and Iberian ranges experience a harsher climate with snow from the beginning of winter to the end of spring (from November to March). 

Do I need a visa to visit Spain?

All that is required from an EU citizen is a valid passport or ID card, regardless of your purpose or length of stay in Spain.It's the same for every European country, meaning there's so much ease of travel when you're Interrailing or bussing around the continent!

Can I work or study in Spain?

Spain doesn't currently have any working holiday agreements with other countries, so it is possible for British citizens to work or study there.  You could learn Spanish in Spain, soaking up the local culture and practising your new vocab with people you meet. Another popular option is au pairing or teaching - visit our Study Abroad page to find out more.

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