Travelling to Spain can be an incredible experience; but, as with any trip, it’s always best to go prepared. Here are some tips for travelling in Spain:
1. Learn basic Spanish phrases: Even if you’re not fluent in Spanish, learning some basic phrases can help you communicate with locals and show respect for their language and culture. Phrases like “hola” (hello) and “gracias” (thank you) can go a long way. For a quick go to, you can pick up an English-to-Spanish phrase pocketbook or download an app to help you on your travels.
2. Be aware of the siesta: Many businesses in Spain close for a few hours in the afternoon for a siesta. This is a time for locals to take a nap or relax, so it’s best to avoid scheduling anything important during this time. This is the ideal time to go sightseeing, have a picnic or have an afternoon nap yourself.
3. Dress appropriately: Spain is known for its warm weather, but it’s important to dress appropriately for the culture. Avoid wearing shorts and flip-flops in churches and other religious sites, and wear modest clothing when visiting these places. Don’t forget to pack and use SPF when you are out and about, it’s really important to stay protected from the sun, even in the cooler months.
4. Try the local cuisine: Spain is famous for its delicious food, so be sure to try some of the local specialities like paella, tapas, and churros. If you’re unsure of where to eat, ask locals for recommendations. Not only is local Spanish food some of the best you have ever tasted but it is also very budget-friendly.
5. Be mindful of pickpockets: Unfortunately, tourist areas in Spain can attract pickpockets. Be mindful of your belongings, especially in crowded areas, and keep your valuables close to you. Small crossbody bags are ideas just make sure they are kept closed.
6. Take advantage of public transportation: Spain has an excellent public transportation network, including buses, trains, and metros. It’s easy to get around without a car, and it can save you money and stress from navigating unfamiliar roads.
7. Respect local customs: Spain is a country with a rich history and culture, so it’s important to respect the customs of the locals. For example, bullfighting is a controversial topic, so it’s best to avoid discussing it unless you’re familiar with the local views.
Travelling in Spain can be an incredible experience that you’ll never forget. With these tips, you can enjoy your trip to the fullest and immerse yourself in the local culture. Have fun exploring this beautiful country!
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