About Spain

Spain is a country located in southwestern Europe. It was founded in 1492.

History [Founded in 1492] • Capital [Madrid] • Government [Constitutional Monarchy and Parliamentary Democracy] • Currency [Euro (€)] • Language [Spanish(official)] • Religion [Roman Catholic] • Electricity [230V/50Hz (European plug)] • Time Zone [UTC + 1] • Country Code [+34] • Internet TLD [.es] • Emergencies [Dial 112]

Spain Travel Guide

This local travel guide below will provide you with travel information & tips to plan your trip to Spain and find the best things to see, do and experience in Spain even  before you arrive here.

Local Attractions

Plaza de Cibeles

Plaza de Cibeles

Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor
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Royal Palace of Madrid

Royal Palace of Madrid

Map

Tipping

Hotel –  1-2 euro per piece of luggage for bellhop.  2-5 euro per day for housekeeper.
Restaurant – 10% of the bill.
Tour Guide – No tipping expected.
Taxi Driver – 10% of the bill.
Spas – 10% of the bill.

Money & Duty Free

Currency

Euro with symbol: € = 100 cents
Euro Notes denominations (€):5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500
Euro Coin denominations(€): 2, 1
Euro Coin denominations(Cents):1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50

Credit cards

MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants.  It is advisable to have more smaller US dollar notes for easy spending as locals prefer dollars.

ATM

ATMs are available in many places and accept cards from overseas banks such as MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus, Plus, Maestro.

Travellers cheques

Not widely accepted.

Banking hours

Mon to Fri: 0830-1400

Safety Guide

Emergency number

Dail 112

Keep yourself insured

  1. Ensure you buy travel insurance before you come as admitting to local hospitals for tourists will be expensive.

Keep yourself safe

  1. Do not walk alone late at night.
  2. Avoid unlit areas.
  3. Do not leave your drink unattended.
  4. Do not carry a lot of valuables and cash.
  5. Avoid cash counting in public.
  6. Do not accept offer of rides from stranger.

Keep belongings safe

  1. Ensure your cars and accommodation are locked when leaving for other destinations.
  2. Do not leave your wallets, mobile phones, bags, backpacks,  or cameras unattended in public places.
  3. Report lost or stolen possessions to local police stations. Get a report from them if you are claiming travel insurance.

Keeping safe with alcohol

  1. If you drink alcohol in designated ban area could lead to fine or being arrested.
  2. You can be fined for drinking alcohol on public transport, including taxis.
  3. If you drink, take cab back to your accommodation. Best if your friend can accompany.

Keeping your credit cards and identity safe

  1. Do not show your credit card number and PIN that will let people capture with a camera.
  2. Do not bring too many credit cards.
  3. Report lost or stolen credit cards immediately.