Stop navigating from one website to another, and read ALL the information you need before you leave home.
Discover some key Spain facts to have a first glance of the country. By reading some practical information on your next destination you’ll get an idea of what you’ll find once you get here.
If this is your first time in Madrid, I am sure you are eager to know…
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Well, that’s a lot of useful information. But visiting a country is much more than that.
Learning about a country’s customs and culture can help you go through sometimes-challenging foreign waters, without leading to embarrassing faux pas. Most tourists rarely get beyond the superficial “awe” factor when they experience a different culture; understanding the culture provides a far more enriching, deeper experience.
So let me help you prepare your trip providing some additional context. There’s nothing worse than feeling like an outsider!
Would you like to know the most interesting facts on Spain? How many people live here? What’s the different regions’ name? How are the electric plugs?
You’ll find loads of practical information that provides extra insight on the culture and history of the country.
Additionally, there is a section with some curiosities as well.
All countries have their own particular social customs and Spain is no exception.
Discovering Spain is also absorbing its culture and its tradition through the history and traditional customs which identifies the country in an authentic way. There are several myths and misconceptions about Spain, and some travelers only have a hazy idea of the history of flamenco, how to order the right drink at the perfect time, or why we do everything late.
So do your homework before travelling around Spain.
The history of Madrid, Spain’s fourth-biggest city, spans more than 3,000 years and during this time it has crossed paths with literally dozens of civilizations. Much of the city’s history and heritage is very much tied into the Guadalquivir River, which separates the two halves of the city.
Madrid is a city with a rich, passionate history, full of twists and curiosities, which has turned it into the charming, vibrant city it is today.
You might know that the Spanish currency is the Euro (€). But did you know that this same currency can be also used in many European countries?
Banking abroad involves much more preparation than just putting your card in an ATM. When you travel overseas, you will be exposed to paying bank fees, foreign transaction charges, and different exchange rates. Here are some tips and trick I use to reduce my bank fees when I travel overseas.
Moreover, you will find a currency converter allowing you to know the exchange rate between the Euro and your currency.
Is it better to exchange money at home or in Spain? How hard is it to find an ATM? All the answers are in this section.
Contrary to what it should be according to its geographical position, Spain has a 1-hour lead compared to its time zone peers (e.g. Portugal, Ireland, UK, Morocco). On top of this, Spain is divided into 2 time zones.
Additionally, did you know that it’s common practice in the European Union to apply daylight saving dates? All members change it at the the same time.
And don’t forget that official time is always given in 24-hour format, also known as “military time” in the US and Canada. There are no traditional ante meridiem (AM) and post meridiem (PM) suffixes in Spanish.