Spain Travel Tips

From: Spain Travel Guide

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Spain Travel Tips
As with any travel destination try be be as well prepared as possible before you arrive in Spain:

Opening Hours
Many businesses close during the afternoon for a siesta, although the large shopping malls and many tourist sites will often remain open for most of the day, especially during the summer months.

Lunch time is often between 1pm and 2.30pm and dinner is usually from 9pm onwards, with many of the nightclubs starting to get busy from 11pm. It is also worth knowing that on public holidays you will also find many businesses are closed.

The Weather
The weather can quickly change in certain areas so ensure that you are suitably prepared and equipped to deal with extremes of hot and cold.

It is also worth knowing that on the Canary Islands if it is raining on one part of the island it is more than likely not on the other side.

Tourist Sites
Arrive at tourist areas as early as possible as many often become busy very quickly such as for Teide Volcano in Tenerife, the Real Alcazar in Seville and the Alhambra in Granada.

Dress appropriately for the activities you plan to do such as wearing suitable footwear and trousers for rugged areas such as the Cueva del Viento lava tunnels on Tenerife for example or packing a warm coat for the summit of the Teide Volcano in Tenerife, where you will find it noticeably more cold and windy at the top.

Spain has an excellent network of trains and long distance busses that cover much of the country as well as metro and busses within the main cities which can often be a lot less stressful than hiring a car which with the driving culture can be a challenge. Travel by plane is another excellent option for maximising your time with plenty of domestic flights around the country.

When collecting your hire car make sure it is well equipped with items required by law such as with two warning triangles, spare wheel and fluorescent jackets for all passengers.

When driving throughout Spain keep your fluorescent safety jackets for all member of the car within the glove compartment so that if you have to stop on a highway you and your passengers can easily put your fluorescent jackets on before leaving the vehicle as it is a legal requirement.

Crime and Safety
Money belts and internal pockets are a great idea when visiting many of the tourist sites as petty crime is common in these areas as well as on public transport and around busy markets and shops. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash around with you and be as discreet as possible when opening your wallet so as not to show everyone the contents.

Carry suitable identification with you as you will be required to show this when paying by credit card and carry your cash and cards in different locations on your person, to help guard against losing both at the same time.

Check the beach flags before going into the sea and avoid swimming in areas that are not supervised by lifeguards due to the possibility of strong undercurrents or jellyfish for example.

Travel and Health Insurance
A definite must have is suitable travel and health insurance and ensure that it covers you for all the activities you wish to do so that you are fully aware of what is and is not covered.