Facts about Spain

Facts about Spain

Below you can read a number of practical information in connection with trips to Spain. Read, for example, about time difference, tips and currency

  • Residents: 50 mill.
  • Capital: Madrid
  • Language: Spanish, Catalan, Galician and Basque
  • Religion: Roman Catholicism
  • Currency: Euro
  • Surface: 505 370 km2

Worth knowing

Time difference

There is no time difference between Sweden and Spain.

Transport in Spain

The buses we travel with in Spain are in good condition and all are equipped with air conditioning.

Price level

Prices in Spain are lower than in Sweden. It is possible to get a good meal at a very reasonable price, but you will of course find all price ranges. Half board and other included meals usually do not include drinks.

Tip

It is customary to tip and you usually round up. If the service has been satisfactory, you tip about 1-2 euros per person.

For cruises, other rules apply. See the travel program for your trip.

Currency and credit cards

Spain’s currency is the euro (EUR). Visa, MasterCard, Diners and American Express can be used as debit cards almost anywhere in Spain. In the larger cities you will find ATMs where you can withdraw cash.

Credit cards are not quite as common in Spain as they are in Scandinavia. Even if stores and restaurants advertise that they take credit cards, it is not certain that they will accept it if the purchase price is less than a certain amount. This is because the stores pay a high fee for receiving foreign credit cards.

Electricity

In Spain, 220/230 volts apply, just like in Sweden. Spain has the same sockets as in Sweden, and you do not need to bring an adapter.

Telephone and internet

According to allcitycodes, the international country code for Spain is +34. The EU countries as well as Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein are covered by Roam Like at Home, which means that you must be able to use your subscription within the EU at the same price as at home. However, your operator has the option of limiting how much data you may use, so check with your operator what is included in your particular agreement.

Tact and tone

When visiting museums or churches, keep your legs and arms covered to show respect.

Smoking

During air travel and transport, there is an absolute ban on smoking. You may not smoke indoors in public places unless you have set up a special smoking room.

Climate and weather in Spain

On this page you can read about the climate and weather in Spain. See, for example, temperatures for the capital Madrid, Barcelona and Santa Cruz on Tenerife.

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN CHRISTMAS AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Madrid
Daytime temperature 10 12 16 18 22 28 32 31 26 19 14 10
Night temperature 3 4 6 8 11 16 19 19 15 11 6 4
Precipitation (mm) 33 35 25 45 51 21 12 10 22 60 58 51
Malaga
Daytime temperature 17 18 20 21 24 28 31 31 28 24 20 18
Night temperature 7 8 10 11 14 18 21 21 19 15 11 9
Precipitation (mm) 69 60 52 44 20 6 0 6 20 57 101 100
Barcelona
Daytime temperature 14 14 16 18 21 25 28 29 26 22 17 14
Night temperature 5 5 7 9 13 17 20 20 17 14 9 6
Precipitation (mm) 38 37 36 40 47 30 21 62 81 91 59 41
Palma de Mallorca
Daytime temperature 15 15 18 20 24 28 31 31 28 24 19 16
Night temperature 4 4 5 7 11 15 18 19 17 13 8 4
Precipitation (mm) 37 32 26 34 32 12 5 17 50 62 55 48
Santa Cruz, Tenerife
Daytime temperature 21 21 22 23 24 26 29 29 28 26 24 22
Night temperature 15 15 16 17 18 20 21 22 22 20 18 17
Precipitation (mm) 32 35 38 12 4 1 0 2 7 19 34 43

The climate in Spain varies from temperate inland to subtropical in the south. On the Atlantic coast in the north, there is a lot of precipitation in winter and the summers are cold. In the east and south along the Mediterranean coast, the climate is subtropical with a mild winter. During the autumn and spring a lot of rain falls. Southern Spain, including the Canary Islands, has a subtropical to tropical climate. The average temperature is between 18 and 24 ÂșC during the year.

Northern Spain

Further north in the Basque Country and on the northern coast, more art and more experiences await. Do not miss the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao built by the international top architect Frank Gehry. The museum is half-built and half-sculpted, with a silvery, fish-like armor created from thin titanium plates and equipped inside with American pop art, abstract expressionism and other leading, modern art from around the world. Northern Spain also attracts with Rioja and its wines, which should be enjoyed at any of the area’s all exciting wineries and with Hemingway’s favorite city Pamplona in Navarre, where you can experience the famous and infamous San Fermin festival. Every year on July 7, the bulls are released on the narrow streets and young adventurous – or foolhardy – men are allowed to play game for a day.

The south of Spain

Continue your journey in southern Spain to the Spanish sunny coast, which is much more than the beaches of Gibraltar and the Costa del Sol. It is also Picasso’s hometown of Malaga. Many of the master’s works can of course be seen here at the Museo Picasso, which is housed in the prestigious Palacio de Buenavista. Southern Spain is also the white villages (Los Pueblos Blancos) in Andalusia. For example, Ronda with the 100 meter deep ravine that divides the village in two, and the charming mountain village Frigiliana, where several Danish artists have chosen to settle. Sunny southern Spain can also offer Granada with the famous Moorish fortress Alhambra and the city of Seville, where you can see good flamenco.

Facts about Spain