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  SPAIN INFORMATION
   What is the average temperature in Spain ?
Iberian Peninsula, Balearic Islands, Ceuta, and Melilla
Canary Islands
 What documentation is required to travel to Spain ?

Documentation required to travel to Spain varies according to the country of origin.
If you are a citizen of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein: you need a valid passport or ID card. Under 16s can be included on the passport of their father, mother or tutor, as long as they have the same nationality as the passport holder and are travelling with him/her.
Furthermore, if the young person is travelling with an ID card, this should be accompanied by parental authorisation.
If you are travelling from one of the following countries (Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, the USA, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Republic of Korea, San Marino, the Vatican, Singapore, Uruguay or Venezuela): you must present a valid passport, which will allow you to remain in Spain for a maximum period of 90 days.

 Do you need vaccinations to travel to Spain ?
You do not need any vaccinations against illness to travel to Spain. As in any part of the world, it is advisable to have your anti-tetanus vaccination up to date if you are going to be in contact with nature and the countryside, as well as any other official vaccination programme.
Under exceptional circumstances, the Spanish authorities can ask travellers to undergo a medical examination to ensure that they are not suffering from any of the illnesses requiring quarantine listed in International Health Regulations.
 What’s the time in Spain?

The time zone on the Spanish mainland and the Balearic Islands is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) + 1 hour in winter and + 2 hours in summer. On the Canary Islands, it is GMT, or GMT + 1 hour in summer, i.e. always 1 hour less than the time on the mainland and in the Balearics.
Spain changes its time between summer and winter for daylight saving. This means that the last weekend in October the clocks go back 1 hour (at 3am it is 2am) and the last weekend in March they go forward 1 hour (at 2am it is 3am).

 At what time do shops and businesses open?
The most common business hours are Monday through Saturday, from 9.30 h to 13.30 h, and from 16.30 to 20.00 h. Big shopping centres and department stores open from 10.00 h to 21.00 or 22.00 h uninterruptedly. These big stores open sometimes on Sunday. In coastal cities, in high season, shops are usually open passed 22.00 h. Pharmacies open from 9.30 to 13.30 h, and from 16.30 to 20.00 h. In all major cities you can find pharmacies that open 24 hours. Pharmacies follow a rolling late-hour schedule, which is published in the newspapers, and is posted at all pharmacies.
 At what time are meals served in Spain?
Breakfast is usually had from eight to ten in the morning. Lunch, at restaurants, is served between 13.00 to 15.30 h. Dinner is served from 20.30 to 23.00 h. Many establishments are open continuously throughout the day, especially bars and cafeterias; there you can have "tapas", appetisers, and combo meals.Cinemas usually have flexible hours, starting around 16.30 to 17.00 h. The last showing is around 22.00, although there are cinemas with midnight shows in all major cities. Theatres usually have a single show, which normally starts around 20.00 h.Night time in Spain has a very special meaning, specially from Thursday to Sunday. Pubs, bars, and nightclubs usually stay open until three or four in the morning. In all major cities you can find places that are open until dawn.
 When are the national public holidays in Spain?
.. Certain dates are public holidays in Spain, and they can be national, regional or local. The following are the national public holidays for 2009:
  • 1 January, New Year’s Day
  • 6 January, the Epiphany.
  • 9 April, Maundy Thursday (throughout Spain, except in Catalonia).
  • 10 April, Good Friday.
  • 1 May, Workers’ Day.
  • 15 August, the Assumption.
  • 12 October, National Holiday in Spain
  • December, Monday following Constitution Day (except in Castile-Leon, Catalonia, Region    of Valencia, Madrid, Navarre and Basque Country).
  • December, the Immaculate Conception.
  • December, Christmas Day.
  •  What languages are spoken in Spain?
    Spanish is the official language in the entire national territory. However, other languages coexist with Spanish in certain regions of Spain. These are: Catalan in Catalonia, Galician in Galicia, Euskera/Basque in the Basque Country, Valencian in the Valencia Region and a particular variety of Catalan spoken on the Balearic Islands.
     What religions are practised in Spain?
    Freedom of religion is guaranteed by the Spanish Constitution, although the majority of the population is Catholic. Other religions also practised in Spain include Islam, Judaism, Protestantism, and Hinduism, all of which have places where to conduct their rituals.
     If I am not a citizen of the European Union, what should I know about health care in  Spain?
    Countries that follow European Community rules: Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein.They enjoy the same health care benefits as member countries. Countries with which Spain has bilateral agreements: Andorra, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Peru.You will receive free medical care and hospitalisation in the case of a medical emergency, or accident, by showing the corresponding certificate from your country of origin. If you forget your certificate, you will have to pay upfront for hospitalisation, doctors, and medicines, and then ask your insurance provider or health care service to refund your expenses, always showing your receipts. Other countries:Although you will be treated in case of emergency, you will need to pay for medical attention, so you are advised to purchase health insurance. In any case, we recommend that you find out from your health insurance provider, or social care institution, about their requirements and policies about getting medical attention in Spain.
     Is Spain a safe country?
    Spain, one of the safest countries:
    In general terms, Spain is one of the safest countries in Europe for visiting tourists.
    As in any country, there are basic security measures to bear in mind…
    Try not to walk around empty streets or poorly-lit areas, and avoid street gambling stalls. Try to carry only the money you need for any one excursion. Take care of your possessions in crowded places such as public transport or department stores. When relaxing in public places, keep valuable objects like mobile phones and cameras out of view.
    Do not forget advice from security experts: Prevention is the best cure for this kind of problem. If you need help you can contact the Police on 091.
    Where can I find the embassy or consulate of my country in Spain?
     Transportation in Spain
    Travelling by train can also be a convenient option, since they are quite comfortable and cheap, but some Spanish trains may not be as fast as you may expect. In fact, the Spanish speed train (AVE) runs only from Catalonia (in the North) to Andalusia (in the South) crossing Madrid, with no other routes available for the moment. Bear in mind that the Speed train tickets are significantly more expensive that standard trains. You will find train schedules and tariffs in this website: www.renfe.es
    Booking online is also possible at the site.
    Transportation by bus is very popular in the country coaches reach places where trains do not go to, coaches will also offer you better schedules and destinations than trains. There are different coach companies working in the country depending on the destination. We recommend you the following sites for planning your trip by coach:
    www.movelia.es, www.auto-res.net or www.alsa.es
    Travelling by plane is also a good choice, the main cities are communicated by plane and it will save you a lot of time if you need to cover long distances. Here are some websites from the main airlines offering trips within Spanish cities:
    www.air-europa.com, www.iberia.com or www.spanair.com
     Foreign embassies and consulates in Spain :
    http://www.spain.info/TourSpain/Informacion+practica/Embajadas/?Language=en
     
         
     
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