11 Travel Tips You Need To Know Before Visiting Spain

January 3, 2019 0 By

There’s always an excuse to visit Spain… whether it’s for the glorious sunshine, lazy-day siestas or soaking up those beautiful sights – the whole country is a open book of experiences that are definitely too beautiful to resist.

The best part about visiting Spain though is the sheer diversity you can find all across the country – the cultures, food and even languages can change quite dramatically depending on where you find yourself in Spain. This of course only adds to the excitement of visiting and re-visiting Spain as each time afford you the possibility of having a fantastic new experience in a paradoxically familiar place.

25 Travel Tips You Need To Know Before Visiting Spain

Despite the diversity, a few rules hold true, no matter where in Spain you’re planning on visiting and indeed, it doesn’t matter if it’s your first or tenth visit, Spain always manages to find brilliant ways to surprise and impress you. To that end, I’ve put together 25 top tips that will be useful for your next galavant to Spain! Entonces, ¿Qué esperas! 😉

 

1.) Spain ain’t small 

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Yup, Spain’s not a small country – there’s no point just visiting Madrid or Barcelona and thinking you’ve seen the whole of Spain… the country is vast and diverse – both in culture and geography. This makes for a truly exciting country to visit, especially if you’re planning a road trip where you can experience so much!

 

2.) Some of the best views are not quite where you’d expect

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Everyone knows the locals knows where the best spots are and that holds particularly true in Spain. Even if you don’t end up mingling with the locals for some reason or the other, ask the receptionist at your hotel (or you host on Airbnb) or pretty much anyone you find that lives in the local area. Their simple tip can sometime be the one thing that makes your holiday extra special!

 

3.) Don’t just stay in the cities

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There are some pretty beautiful cities in Spain, including but not limited to the amazing; Valencia, Madrid, Barcelona and Granada, but don’t think the cities are all there is to see! The beautiful Mediterranean coast, mountainous Basque region and the plains around Madrid all provide ample stomping ground for us travellers to see and explore a different aspect of this stunning country.

 

4.) The love of Siestas is real and deep! 

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A siesta is a pretty big deal in Spain… and rightly so! Usually, around 1-4pm, many shops, offices and restaurants will shut their doors for a little afternoon kip. Take advantage of this time to chill-out and relax… or even enjoy a cheeky siesta yourself, after all it’s your holiday!

 

5.) You’re going to eat late! 

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One thing to note (especially if you’re not from Southern Europe) is that dinner is usually much later than its Northern European neighbours. Dinner will usually start around 10pm for locals and can last a good few hours. Food is not rushed and is an amazing opportunity to socialise until the wee hours in your new local haunt.

 

6.) Pintxos are great with pre-dinner drinks 

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Pintxos are usually a quick snack that you’ll eat whilst having an early evening drink and little (or long) gab with your friends. Grab a wine or beer and order 1 pintxos at each place you visit (you can go to as many places as you like), enjoying a scrumptious snack before your late evening meal. Pintxos are usually inexpensive and readily available in bars. Don’t expect to pay more than 1-2 Euro per pintxo, unless you’re ordering caviar… and if you are, grab me a plate too! 😉

 

7.) Spain isn’t just Spanish 

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Don’t be fooled into thinking that Spain has one national identity! Catalonia and the Basque region both have very strong identities that people are very rightly proud of. The language, food, culture and even architecture changes quite dramatically depending on where you are. If you’re visiting Barcelona, for instance, learning a little Catalan is always a nice little nod to the region and its proud people!

 

8.) You’ve got to have Pan Con Tomate for breakfast

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It’s as simple as it sounds, shredded tomatoes, fresh olive oil, a sprinkle of salt and a baton of bread (cut to size, of course). It’s such a delicious breakfast and it fills you up royally before you traipse around the towns.

 

9.) You won’t get lost, well, you might but…

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Roads in Spain are great, especially if you’re using the toll roads between major urban centres. If you’re driving, grab yourself a sat nav or use Google Maps on your smart phone. This will allow you to better concentrate when driving in an unfamiliar country, while also making sure you don’t get lost – not that I expect that you would! 😉

 

10.) Eat where locals eat! 

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One of the biggest things I learned about Spain (and with other countries I’ve visited) is that you should follow in the footsteps of locals. If I see a restaurant filled with locals, I will always try and go there -I’ve yet to be disappointed and it’s always a nice surprise to discover something that’s not a total tourist trap. (I wouldn’t tourist traps so much if they weren’t overly pricey with the food being rather appalling – I’d rather pay crap prices for crappy food or expensive prices for delicious food than expensive prices for crappy food, its as simple as that really…).

 

11.) Do Download a free offline walking map

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Exploring a destination on foot is a great way to explore wherever you’re visiting but getting lost is a waste of time (especially if you’re just visiting for a few days) that can easily be avoided by getting yourself an offline map. This will allow you to walk the winding streets like a boss, all without getting lost when on foot!

There’s always an excuse to visit Spain… whether it’s for the glorious sunshine, lazy-day siestas or soaking up those beautiful sights – the whole country is a open book of experiences that are definitely too beautiful to resist.

The best part about visiting Spain though is the sheer diversity you can find all across the country – the cultures, food and even languages can change quite dramatically depending on where you find yourself in Spain. This of course only adds to the excitement of visiting and re-visiting Spain as each time afford you the possibility of having a fantastic new experience in a paradoxically familiar place.