Welcome to Spain
Indulge in the rich taste of Tapa, dance to the rhythm of Falmenco and get lost in the marvellous creativity of Pablo Picasso as Spain has more than enough extraordinary stuff ready for you to fill up your vacations with.
Country Quick Facts
It is located over the Iberian Peninsula on the southern part of France and the eastern part of Portugal. Majorly, the nation is clipped in the southwest part of Europe. Spain’s coastlines lie on the Mediterranean Sea and the Bay of Biscay that are considered to be a faction of the Atlantic Ocean. Its largest city is Madrid which is also the country’s capital. The Pico de Teide in the Canary Islands is the highest point of Spain at 12,198 feet.
Area: 505,370 sq km
The officially spoken language in Spain is the ‘Spanish’ which is also called as Castilian. Apart from this, varied other languages and other dialects are being used for communication but specifically by some of the territories and localities. People living in Spain are known as the ‘Spaniards’ and its population is equal to only 0.61% of the world’s population. Talking about the urban and the rural consistency, the urban population is 82.3% and the remaining is the rural one.
The official currency of Spain is known as the ‘Euro’ symbolised as ‘€’. This currency came into use in 2002 and is presently used since then. The coins of the Euro’s currency are available in the denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 cents, and also €1 and €2. Apart from this, the most widely used notes there exist to be 5, 10, 20 and 50 Euro denominations. 100 cents together comprise to form one Euro. You cannot make use of the other currencies in Spain and however, in case you are able to use, you won’t be getting good exchange rates for the same.
There are many myths on the weather conditions of Spain, as it is considered to be really good. However, this is not the case. Basically, the weather in Spain is divided into four categories i.e. winter, spring, summer and the fall. The weather in summer is not mandatory to remain a sunny one. Thus, the conditions here are quite unpredictable. During wintertime, it is usually dry and sunny but sometimes chilly too. The spring weather is considered to be a great time for tourists to visit Spain.
Time: The Standard Time Zone followed by Spain is the Central European Summer Time. Its time zone is 9 hours ahead of the Pacific Standard Time.
Electricity: Spain attains the Standard Electricity Voltage of 220 V and a frequency of 50 Hz. The Plug type used in Spain is the Type C and F with two round pins and earth clips. Unless you have an appliance that is formed for 220 V, you can’t use your appliance in Spain.
Weight & Measurement: The Metric System is used by Spain for the weight and measurement.
Telecommunications: Currently, Spain makes use of both Cellular as well as landline modes of telephones. Presently more than 18 million Telephone’s main line users are there and approx 49 million mobile cellular users are there. Apart from this, other modes of communicat¬¬ion such as the Radio, Television and the Internet are also used on a regular basis by majority of the Spaniards.
Top Cities of Spain
The top cities of Spain are proving to be a bundle of perfect destinations, great economy and yummy cuisines. Some of them are as follows :
Food & Drink
As a traveller, a simple question always strikes a person’s mind and that is none other that, ‘what would be the eatables available there’? Since, you are visiting Spain and undoubtedly the choice is made by you and that you really wisely because the country has a handful of cuisines available whose taste will just reach your heart. You will for sure enjoy and praise each and every last bite of your dishes while consuming them with this stunning nation.
Type of a Tapas dish made with a combination of boiled and then fried potatoes and the spicy sauce
It is served as a light dinner and is eaten on a regular basis. Spanish Omelette with variations like green pepper mushrooms or eggs.
Agua de Valencia
This is a drink comprising of a fusion of the Cava, orange juice, vodka and gin. The key elements of this drink are the Valencian oranges.
Cava is a Spanish Champagne and is one of the fine sparkling wines in Spain. It is consumed in special events like parties and weddings.
It is a kind of a rice made with the mixture of chicken, fish, meat, and vegetables. Paella is cooked over an open fire in a big sized pot.
Chorizo is a type of a pork sausage that carries a flavour of smoked paprika and the garlic.
It is a Spanish soup but unlike a normal soup, it is a cooler one. Gazpacho comprises of chunks of vegetables and a tomato base.
This is one of the most commonly consumed dishes in Spain. Made with tomatoes, these are thin slices of bread served as a breakfast.
Pollo al ajillo
Pollo here is referred to the Chicken. The dish consists of chicken cooked with wine, served along with potatoes, mushrooms and salad.
Culture of Spain
More than 90% of Spain’s population is an ardent follower of the Roman Catholic religion. However, mentioning the nation’s long-time history, it’s notified that varied other religions such as the Jews, Islam and Christianity were also followed by some of the groups existing here. You shall witness the religious relevance in even the small towns of Spain, where the big and grand buildings are normally transformed into a Church and on the other hand, Cathedrals are witnessed as museums in the big cities. Bullfighting is the most important element of the Spain Culture. There are many bullfight festivals arranged in the nation where you can undoubtedly see the bullfights sessions each week!
Nearly, three decades back, women in Spain were only allowed to be indulged in the household chores and thus, be considered as the homemakers and the men were known as the bread earner of the families.
However, the scenario is completely different now. Women are into varied professions and getting proper education that they are worthy of.
This country is always witnessed taking great interest in Arts and Humanities. It has also given birth to eminent artists such as the Pablo Picasso, Goya, and Dali etc. Here you won’t witness any woman changing her name after the marriage. While naming the child, first time is given and then it is followed by father’s name and lastly the mother’s name.
As according to the Catholic Calendar, each day of the year carries a significance of its own kind however, the secular days which carry a holiday with them are the most important ones. The cultures of Spain are many and they vary from region to region.
Top Activities in Spain
Self Drive Travel in Spain
Are you striving to visit the irresistible country of Spain and that too with utmost freedom? If yes, then nothing is best than a Self-Drive travel in Spain for you. Drive to the most smashing roads of the place with unlimited stoppages in between and that too as per your convenience. Get inspired by the trip, gaze at the alluring beauty of the divine views and landscapes from the roads and highways that you will surely witness during your trip.
No more advises from your cab driver recommending you about the places you should eat at, move to the places of your choice, plan your own itinerary and find something interesting during your way. Here, you will really grab a chance to explore each and every corner of Spain that are not worthy of being missed. Self- Drive carries its own relevance and is surely an apt choice that must be tried out at least once by each and every person who is seeking some fun, more adventure and an independent trip with no hustle and bustle in between.
Urban Adventures in Spain
Majorca is considered as one of the perfect spots for cycling not only in Spain but all across the world. Whenever any traveller visits Spain, it is highly recommended for him/her to visit Majorca once at least. Not just because, it facilitates cycling for the adventure seeking people but also because it offers you with something more than just a beauty which cannot be explained in a couple of words. This is a place apt for both adventure lovers and nature lovers. It has a divine showcasing of plains, hills and mountains that make it a first choice for the purpose of Cycling. Cycle through the almond groves and in case you want a serious adventure, go for the dramatic Serra de Tramuntana.
Don’t follow the myth that Ibiza is a place only for the clubs and parties, because it has much more to offer than you are till now imagining. Here, you can indulge in healthy eating and also some of the very amazing outdoor activities. Paddleboard around the coast, experience peace through the Ashtanga yoga while having a breath-taking view of the Mediterranean and also, spend some time doing hiking and kickboxing. However, this list is not even half of the actual Ibiza! Once, you are tired of trying out all these activities and really exhausted, there are relieving spa and massage sessions crafted specially for you.
As it suggests, here you will be going through the Timanfaya volcano on Lanzarote and get an opportunity to know more about the same. Here, you will be experiencing many bus services willing to give you a full-fledged tour of the Timanfaya volcano, but if you want your trip to be an independent one, you can choose walking along through the astonishing views of the volcano. This walk is recommended highly during morning for more scenic landscapes’ views and also a peaceful walk. Here, you will get to know about the devastation caused to the southern part of the island in the 18th century due to the volcanic eruption and also get to see the varied formations by the same.
Bull Fighting is witnessed in the country of Spain during different festivals carrying their own schedule. Thus, in order to see a bull fight when you are in Spain, you need to know much about its festivals and the perfect time to visit there. One of the full fighting festivals is organised in Valencia in March. This is known as the ‘Fallas Festival’ and is considered to be the Valencia's biggest party. Bull Fighting is one of the cultures in Spain and thus, no one should miss out this one in case he/she is present in Spain. During this festival, you will see the burning of the Town Hall on Day 1 followed by many other activities during the next consecutive couple of days.
La Tomatina is a festival organized in the Valencian town of Buñol that is done majorly with an intention of the entertainment of its attendants. The participants in this activity throw tomatoes on each or we can say indulge in the varied tomato fights. It is celebrated on the last Saturday of August every year since 1945. The festival is the limelight of Spain and is also acknowledged as the ‘must-visit’ for every traveller coming here. It carries some rules and regulations that need to be followed by everyone present in the festival, once you are willing to follow them... the festival is all yours!