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The official language of Spain is Spanish. Capital city: Madrid. Approx. Population: 47 Million. Government type: constitutional monarchy. SPAIN EMERGENCY PHONE # 112 FROM ANY PHONE // As of now, there is no entry or exit tax at the airport.
"Eight years, four jobs and a bilingual wedding ceremony later, I’m finding olive oil to be an appropriate substitute for butter, teaching is my thing, and that Spain might just be my final destination" -Sunshine and Siestas-
Welcome to Spain, Famous for it's bullfighting and siestas!
Bienvenido a España , conocido por sus famosos toros y las siestas !
"In 2012 I embarked on the biggest challenge of my life thus far. I started a small food tour company called Madrid Food Tour. Starting a business in Spain wasn’t easy, and I’m proud to say that my company has grown to become Devour Spain. We offer food tours in Madrid,Barcelona and Seville. Our mission is to connect travelers to small, family run food businesses and the depth of local culture". -Spanish Sabores-
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This was difficult to find, providing the best link I found so far.
Molly, you are a fabulous writer, thank you for all your hard work. -Frozen Explorer-
Expats in Spain
"We decided to sell everything, house, cars, belongings and only store the “must keep” items. We quit our great careers and decided to take a chance, but it feels right. Please join us in our adventures and comment along the way. We hope to inspire and let you know it is okay to think outside of the box. You too can be a Family Living in Spain." - Wagoners Abroad -
"I hope to provide practical information for my readers. Things that may not appear in guidebooks or travel magazines. I share my own on the ground approach, things as locals see them. Any hotels or restaurant which I recommend are made sincerely." -Molly-
Power Source and outlets: Voltage: 230 V, Frequency: 50 Hz, Power sockets: type F
*LINK TO POWER OUTLET AND PLUGS IMAGE CHART*
Let's begin with a few things to know about Spain before I indulge in all the common information I provide. First off, 1 thing I love about the country is their "Siesta" time... Make it a habit to follow the Spaniards culture, it will make the experience much more joyful. Most shops and business will close from 2PM to 5PM and bars and restaurants will close from 4PM to 9PM. For the typical tourist walking around these hours might find it dull a little so make better use of your time visiting more culture driven areas if you can withstand the heat during the day. Dinner at 5 or 6 or 7 is very uncommon in Spain as mentioned earlier most restaurants are closed, the ones that you do find open are mainly for the tourists, but do not expect to get the greatest meal. Spaniards usually eat dinner at 10PM then the night life begins. If you hear the word Tapas, it is a common "snack time" thing to do to hold you off until meal time.
Must I remind you that Spain is the home of Ibiza Islands. Party Paradise. Here is 1 of many websites that promotes the Island ***Link Coming Soon***
Water: Water is potable except for remote locations. Tourists still prefer to drink bottled water.
Trains, Metro and Buses // UBER moves Madrid.
METRO MADRID: ‘Metro Madrid’ communicates the heart of Spain's capital with every corner of the city and 12 districts of the Community of Madrid. You can buy a Metro Madrid Card online for 24, 48, 72, 120 hours which also gives you discounts on various tourist attractions. You can get the information HERE
Yes, there is a MADRID bus system, I just could not locate the webpage in English... Passes are interchangeable between metro and bus. EMTMADRID (SPANISH)
TMB - BARCELONA METRO AND BUS: Well, based on the reading I did, The TMB has a extensive transport route, they even have apps you can download to your smart phone which you get HERE FOR IPHONE and HERE FOR ANDROID. I don't know how reliable they are, but it is sure better then nothing. Apart from that I suggest you use the link directly to their website I provided in the title, it has everything you need to know.
METRO VALENCIA: Metro system covering the Valencia district.
ALSA - LONG DISTANCE BUS TRAVEL: National and International Destinations.
Solely based off of the research I did from multiple sources, cities to avoid as a tourist is as follows. Please do not hesitate to contact me for any misleading information:
1. El Principe (That's all I found for now) Apart from that avoid crowded areas at night or the main center in Barcelona. Be safe and be aware of serious pick pockets, they are organized and efficient working solo and teamed.
(Within a 20 KM radius)
Hostels are not as cheap in Spain!
Sungate One: 18 Min 15,2KM - Google Maps - Tel: +34 910 23 68 06 - From Barajas airport: Take the pink metro line 8 to Nuevos Ministerios , where you take the commuter train C4 or C3 (cercanias Renfe) to Sol station.