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Spain Travel Guide: All you need to know to visit Spain in 2023

Spain Travel Guide: All you need to know to visit Spain in 2023

Welcome to Spain

Spain is one of the most popular countries to visit in Europe. It has cosmopolitan cities full of art, charming villages and culture that you must get to know. It is a must for those who want to see a country full of color.

In this ultimate Spain travel guide you will find tips, information, and other topics you should know when traveling to Spain.

COVID Restrictions

Travel Requirements Checklist for Spain

Entry requirements:

  • Visa.

  • Valid passport (must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry in Spain).

  • Sufficient funds to cover your trip.

  • Return or onward ticket.

  • An accommodation provider.

  • Important: The Spain Health Control Form (SpTH) is not required anymore to travel to Spain.

Before You Go

  • Currency– Euro (€). $1 is equivalent to approx. €0.99.

  • Daily budget for 1 person - A daily budget of €47(without hotel).

  • Language - Spanish.

  • Top 3 cities to visit - Madrid, Barcelona, and Sevilla.

  • Top 3 landmarks/monuments - Basilica de La Sagrada Familia, Alhambra of Granada, and The Royal Palace of Madrid.

  • Socket type - Spain uses type C, whose supply voltage is 230V.

  • Time zone - Central European Summer Time, Spain (GMT+2).

Visa information for Spain

Adventurers who wish to travel to Spain and are part of the European Union or the Schengen Area have some advantages. However, those who do not belong to these and who need a visa must obtain the necessary permits, such as the ETIAS or the Schengen Visa.

Spain ETIAS explained

The Spanish government ordered to have the ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) as an electronic travel authorization required for all travelers who want to visit the Schengen Zone and are allowed to enter without a visa.

The ETIAS will be valid for three years from the authorization date. However, non-EU nationals of the 62 eligible nations are allowed to enter the Schengen zone for 90 days for every visit for tourism or business purposes.

Spain Schengen Visa explained

A Spain Schengen visa is a short-stay visa that lets tourists visit Spain and other countries in the Schengen area. This is a group of 26 countries (both EU member states and non-EU).

Soon we will have up-to-date information for these applications.

Typical Costs and Budget

An estimate of how much you will spend on an average budget trip to Spain.

Daily spending per person - Around €119 to €309 per person per day.

This includes:

  • Meals - €32 or €70 per day.

  • Transport - €22 per day.

  • Hotel - €53 for 1 person or €106 for a couple.

A trip to Spain for two people for one-week costs on average €653.

Transport and Ways to Travel around Spain

There are many ways to move through Spain in the urban and rural areas. However, trains and buses are the most economical if you are a traveler. Spain has an excellent public transport system.

Take the AVE (High-Speed Train), which has its main terminal in Madrid and connects with different major cities. AVE is a comfortable, efficient, fast line that will take you to your destination.

RENFE trains have economic lines and connect cities in the north of Spain, as well as high-speed trains and economic lines.

In addition to trains, you will find bus options that are more economical to fleet lines. And if neither option is for you, you can use BlaBlaCar, a service often used by locals which consists of sharing a car while you reach your destination. In this app you can see the driver's profile and the people who go with you on the trip. This is the best option if you want to meet new people, start conversations and get to the city you wish to faster than on a bus.

Safety in Spain

Spain is a safe country, so you won't have any headaches. All you have to do is take care of your personal belongings so as not to fall victim to a pickpocket, something common in this country; apart from that, you will not find any problems.

Use your common sense and take care during your trip. Doing this, you will have a fantastic trip full of great experiences.

We offer you some travel advice to have in mind when you are traveling around to avoid unnecessary risks.

  • Respect the local laws when you are traveling abroad.

  • If you need help, don’t hesitate to ask the Spanish authorities or local police, who will be there for you.

  • Get international travel insurance. If something happens, like getting sick, it's essential to have medical care at hand.

On further information about local laws, the Spanish authorities will help you if you require it, giving you detailed information.

Weather in Spain

Spain has three climatic zones due to its size. However, it is advisable to travel in the summer to more northern regions of Spain and avoid the south, Andalucía, for example, as it can reach temperatures of 45 degrees. Since the season is warm, with a splendid Mediterranean climate for most of the country, you can enjoy the Canary Islands, for example. If you travel in winter, you will find cold and rainy weather in the north but more pleasant and mild in the south.

So, pack your bags and get ready to enjoy the major events that Spain has to offer you.

Popular Cities and Towns in Spain

You will find beautiful cities to explore. Here we will mention some of them.

  • Madrid – The capital and heart of Spain, where you can discover the vibrant history of this country through art in the urban areas. Visit the Prado and Reina Sofía museums, where you will find famous works by Pablo Picasso, the Spanish painter. You can also walk the streets of Madrid and stop at a restaurant or bar to rest and try the famous tapas in one of the neighborhoods of Malasaña or La Latina. And very important: don't forget to pass by the Puerta del Sol, a magical place full of history.

  • Barcelona– This city has the gift of making its visitors fall in love. Its architecture will dazzle you, as will the Basilica de La Sagrada Familia, the most dressed monument of the country, an original piece of art and a World Heritage Site.

  • Sevilla– It is located in the south of Spain. You will be surprised by the Seville Cathedral, the largest Gothic temple in the world, a masterpiece of the thirteenth century. Besides that, the city has an incredible Renaissance architecture and Baroque style. You can enjoy a flamenco show and traditional dance while also digesting the tapas in the Triana neighborhood, a fantastic area next to the Guadalquivir river.

  • Granada– Here, you can see the Alhambra, one of the most visited monuments in Spain, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO thanks to its invaluable beauty. You can observe this jewel from the viewpoint of Ermita San Miguel Alto and appreciate the remarkable sunset at this beautiful city.

  • Valencia– With impressive beaches of the Mediterranean, Valencia is one of the most visited cities in Spain. You can enjoy the typical dish Paella, one of the most successful dishes in Spanish cuisine. Besides that, you will find the Roman, Muslim, and Christian influence in its history and architecture. You can also take a walk through the markets: Central Market and Colon Market.

Must Do and See in Spain

Here are lovely things to see on your trip to the tourist areas of Spain:

  1. Visit Albarracín, a national monument in the Teruel province. In addition to visiting and walking, you can enjoy the villages of the area which have an ancient and colonial vibe.

  2. Aqueduct of Segovia, a Roman civil work built between the 1st and 2nd centuries. It would be best if you also visited the Royal Mint of Segovia, where you can learn the history of the construction of this architectural piece.

  3. Caminito del Rey. It is a path of 3 kilometers. Here you can see incredible landscapes of the Gaitanes Gorge and the Guadalhorce River.

  4. The Royal Palace of Madrid. It is one of the largest palaces in Europe, showing the history of Spanish royalty, works of art, and incredible architectural pieces in Baroque style and influences of Neoclassicism.

  5. The City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia, formed by L’Oceanografic, the Museum of Sciences, and the Hemispheric, among others; it's a magnificent complex with a vanguard style of the XXI century.

Typical Spanish Food to Try

  • Paella - It is one of the typical dishes of Spain, a dish born in Valencia. It is composed of rice, onion, peppers, chicken, squid, and tomato, among other ingredients.

  • Gazpacho - It is a cold soup of bread, water, olive oil, vinegar, tomato, cucumber, onion, garlic, and green pepper; delicious and refreshing, perfect for the summer months.

  • Jamón Ibérico - It is a delicious delicacy of ham cuts that can be enjoyed with a glass of good Spanish wine.

Vaccine Information for Spain

Knowing what routine vaccines, Covid-19 measures, and which health controls are required to visit Spain is essential. We recommend you check the CDC website for all vaccine requirements, like antigen tests, what to do if you test positive, diagnostic test, the last dose, travel insurance, recovery certificate, and updated information on healthcare settings.

Spain Had the First Modern Novel

Maybe you did not know or do not remember that Spain has an epic novel of world renown, which is much more important than you think. It is expected that you will hear about it at some point of your life, and it is the work of Miguel de Cervantes, "Don Quixote de la Mancha.”

This work is the first modern novel and tells the story of a nobleman and his adventures.

Fun Facts about Spain

The life expectancy is 84 years. Women have a higher average of 87 years and men 81 years.

Another fun fact is that although Spanish is spoken by most Spaniards, in Spain, six official languages coexist: Spanish, Catalan, Valencian, Galician, Basque, and Aranese.

Spain has 49 sites declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Besides that, the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is the most famous heritage of humanity.

150,000 tomatoes are thrown yearly in the traditional festival La Tomatina, in the town of Buñol, near Valencia. The festival has participants throw tomatoes at each other.

Spain has the oldest restaurant in the world, the Botin Restaurant, recognized by Guinness World Records. It opened its doors to the public in 1725 and is located in Madrid.

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