If you are looking for a destination that offers friendly locals, beautiful scenery, exceptional cuisine, and many fun attractions, you cannot go wrong with Spain.
The picturesque country not only offers a diverse landscape, but there are activities and attractions that can complement every age and personality.
There is, however, some information you should be aware of before you book a holiday. Here are seven facts you should know before visiting Spain.
There are plenty of destinations to choose from
When looking into holidays in Spain, the most obvious destinations such as Barcelona or Marbella may spring to mind. However, for those looking for a relaxing getaway that can see you explore beautiful beaches and exotic locations, make sure you do your research first. You may find a new area of the country to explore, be that a little village tucked away, or a bustling town by the sea.
Learning the Lingo is Appreciated
While locals don’t expect you to know the language fluently when visiting the city, they will appreciate an attempt to learn a few basic Spanish words or sayings, such as Hola (hello) or Buenos Dias (good morning).
So, should you be heading to Spain anytime soon, take the time to learn a little of the lingo, which will be appreciated by locals and could help you to ask a question when you’re lost or need help.
Expect to Eat Late
In comparison to other countries, Spaniards tend to eat a little late. For example, many will often enjoy lunch between 2pm to 4pm, while they might sit down for dinner any time after 9pm.
If you’re heading to an area of Spain that is predominately filled with locals, restaurants might not open until 2pm; however, tourist destinations will more than likely open restaurants much earlier.
You’re Free to Drink the Tap Water
Rather than buying bottles of water at a local store for your hotel room, grab a glass and use the tap. That’s because it is sourced fresh from the Guadarrama mountain range, and it’s even safe to drink in big cities such as Barcelona and Madrid.
Tipping Isn’t Obligatory
Tipping your waiter is certainly not obligatory in Spain although it is preety much standard practice to leave a euro or two when dining out. Most Spaniards choose to leave either nothing or a few coins for serving staff after a meal or drink. If, however, you have booked a fancier meal, it can be a polite gesture to leave a 10% tip, but it’s not expected by servers.
Siestas are a Myth
Taking a siesta is a Spanish stereotype. While rural workers commonly enjoyed a nap after spending a morning working in the fields, the midday snooze is becoming a thing of the past. As many Spaniards now work in offices in vibrant cities, many don’t have the time or access to a bed to take a nap in the middle of the day.
There are Five National Languages
It is important to note that there are five national languages in Spain. Depending on where you’re visiting, you would be smart to familiarise yourself with the local language, as not every local might speak Spanish as their mother tongue.
For example, you might see signs in:
However, Spanish is the official language across the country. Yet, you should aim to learn more about the regional lingo when choosing a destination, as learning a few words is a great way to show locals some respect.
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