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					Travel Tips to European Countries: Spain

About The Country

Spain is famous world wide for its flamenco dancers and bullfights. The
architecture reflects the Moroccan style. Cave paintings, renaissance
cathedrals, Moorish palaces prove the diversity of the country. Spring,
fall and early summer are very pleasant here, though summers are hot.

Culture

Spanish is the regional language of Spain. English is also widely spoken
here. Over the period of time, Spanish people have become modern in order
to gel with the changing times and are no longer conservative. But that
hasn’t changed the values, traditions, manners and customs of the locals.
People here have two surnames; the first surname can be used to refer to
the person. To greet someone, a handshake will do the job. Take a small
gift along when visiting someone’s house. Save the flowers for special
occasions. Dinner is generally taken very late in the night. People wear
casuals most of the time. Men are expected to wear jackets at some
restaurants. Swimsuits should be confined to the pools and beaches.
Recently a ban has been applied on smoking in public places.

Shopping

Shops open quite early in the morning and stay   open late in the evening.
In the afternoon, they are closed for lunch or   siesta. Porcelain and
leather goods are famous and they will be good   gifts for friends and
family members back home. Bills are to be paid   along with the service
charges, so tipping is a matter of gratitude.

Electricity

Voltage is 220 volts and frequency is 50 Hz

Getting There

IBERIA is the national airline of Spain. Many other low-cost airlines
offer services in the country. There are nearly thirty international
airports in Spain, out of which Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Alicante and
Malaga are famous.
Madrid located at 13km away from the city has a good bus service every
fifteen minutes. Underground service also works to transport passengers
to their destinations. Other facilities offered at this airport are duty
free shops, bank, restaurant, tourism information, and hotel
reservations.

Barcelona is very close to the city, situated at a distance of 3 km only.
Buses are available every 15 minutes and trains are available every 20
minutes. Taxis are available throughout the day. Duty free shops,
restaurants, bank, car hire and tourism information are available here.

There is a good network of roads connecting Spain north to south. Toll
booths are installed in some parts of the country. Carrying few Euros
will help smooth sailing at the toll booths. If driving one’s private
car, it would be better if the travel insurance covers medical costs too.
Carrying a medical kit can prove to be of some help.

Duty Free Items

1. 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos 50 cigars or 250g tobacco (300
cigarettes, 150 cigarillos, 70 cigars and 400g of tobacco for EU
nationals)
2. 1litre of spirits if exceeding 22 per cent volume or 2 litres of
alcoholic beverage not exceeding 22 per cent volume and 2 litres of wine
(1.5 litre exceeding 22 per cent and 3 litres of up to 22 per cent and 5
litres of wine for EU nationals)
3. 250ml eau de toilette and 50g of perfume
4. 500g of coffee or 200g of coffee extract (1000g of coffee and 4000g of
coffee extract for EU nationals)
5. 100g of tea or 40g of tea extract
6. Gifts up to the value of approximately €37.26.

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