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About Spain

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

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

Facts

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]

Climate

Events, Festivals and Holiday

January

– New Year’s Day, January 1, Fri
– Epiphany, January 6, Wed

March

– Good Monday, March 25, Fri

May

– Labour day, May 1, Sun

August

– Assumption Day, August 1, Mon

October

– Hispanic Day, October 12, Wed

November

– All Saints Day, November 1, Tue

December

– Constitution Day, December 06, Tue
– Immaculate Conception Day, December 08, Thu
– Christmas Day, December 25, Sun

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