When planning a trip abroad it is good to be aware of any requirements that the country you are visiting has in place, such as driving regulations and what type of passport or visas you might need in order to enter. On these pages you will find useful information about travelling to Spain to help you prepare for your trip.
The Spanish are well known for being friendly and welcoming. Family and community play a big part of the social structure so you will be sure of a warm welcome that will help you feel right at home from the moment you arrive.
Spanish is the official language in Spain and some of the more commonly used greetings you may find useful to know when visiting are:
- Hola - Hello
- Adiós - Goodbye
- Sí - Yes
- No - No
- Por favor - Please
- Gracias - Thank you
- Habla usted Inglés? - Do you speak English?
- Abierto / Cerrado - Open / Closed
- Hombres, Caballeros / Mujeres, Señoras - Gents / Ladies
- Cámping / Campsite
English is spoken widely within the main tourist areas of Spain, including on campsites, though we recommend investing in a phrase book to help you during your stay, if you are thinking of heading off to more rural areas.
The currency of Spain is the Euro.
Monday to Friday: 0830/0900 to 1600/1800
- In general, smaller branches are closed from 1200 to 1400
- Some banks are open on Saturday (normally from 0900 to 1300), but they are closed on Monday
Credit Cards & ATM
The major credit cards (Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club and Visa) are widely accepted by shops, hotels, restaurants and petrol stations.
There are cash dispenser machines (ATMs) throughout the country which accept debit and credit cards.
Travellers' cheques are no longer widely accepted. They can be exchanged at a few banks.