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.
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.
€25 is approx £22
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
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).