Useful information : When to go, Getting around...
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When to go
Generally speaking, spring and autumn are the most pleasant seasons in which to visit Spain. Most regions are at their best during the mild spring months, including the coast – as long as swimming in the sea is not one of your priorities. This is also when most carnivals, processions and ferias take place.
Fewer events are organised in the autumn, but fans of this time of year are drawn by the pleasant temperatures, quieter ambience and splendid colours. Central Spain in particular is best visited in the autumn.
Winter is also mild, apart from in the mountains, and quiet, with most sights being free of crowds.
In summer, visitors who don’t like the heat should leave the north-eastern and southern coasts and head to the footpaths of the mountains or the more invigorating beaches of the Atlantic coast.
Formalities and useful addresses
EU nationals must be in possession of a valid identity card or passport.
American citizens can enter Spain visa-free for a period of up to three months and must be in possession of a passport which is valid for at least three months beyond their intended date of departure.
"British Embassy - Torre Espacio – Paseo de la Castellana 259D – 28046 Madrid - [TEL] 91 714 63 00 - www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-embassy-madrid
US Embassy - C/ Serrano, 75 - 28006 Madrid - [TEL] 91 587 22 00 - http://madrid.usembassy.gov
Money and budget
Banks open Monday to Saturday, 8.30-9am to 1-2pm, closed Saturdays in summer and in small towns.
Major international bank cards are accepted in nearly all shops, hotels and restaurants. Make sure that you have cash for tapas bars, taxis, some car parks and smaller hotels.
Category A/B car rental (1 week): €250/270
Typical urban taxi ride: €5/9
Daily menu in a restaurant: €9/15
Admission to a museum or monument: €2/14
A single tapa: €3/4
Bottle of mineral water: €1/1.50.
Health and safety
European emergency number: [TEL] 112.
Medical emergencies: [TEL] 061.
National police: [TEL] 091.
220 V. Plugs have two round pins.
Maundy Thursday and Good Friday
12 October – National holiday
6 December – Spanish Constitution Day
8 December – Feast of the Immaculate Conception
State-owned luxury hotels known as paradors often occupy historic buildings and cost around 150/200€ a night.
Post offices (known as correos) open Monday to Friday from 8.30am-8.30pm (2.30pm in small towns) and Saturday from 9.30am-1pm.
Stamps can also be purchased from tobacconists (estancos).
In addition to Madrid-Barajas airport (www.aeropuertomadrid-barajas.com), Spain is served by many other airports throughout the country.