Spain hints and tips

Tomato festival, Spain

Have an awesome time while on your trip but remember to respect the local culture in Spain.  Check out the Spain travel tips and advice below:

The big tomato fight
Spectators from all over the world are surprised, shocked and impressed each year when they watch the spectacle of tomato fighting.  The strangest of all Spanish festivals and carnivals is La Tomatina where more than 30,000 semi-naked people gather to throw tomatoes at each other before getting washed down by the hoses of the local fire brigade. It is truly worth experiencing and on the top of the list of things about Spain while visiting the country.

Many shops will close down for siesta from 2 till 4 pm and stay open late into the evening.  In the larger cities the supermarkets and other shops will generally stay open.  Traditionally this was the time to have a nap and many Spanish people still do.

Handshaking is the usual form of greeting.

Most Spaniards will get up quite late.  Breakfast is a small affair perhaps with the traditional Spanish chocolate con churros - long tubular doughnuts with thick drinking chocolate.  Lunch is also late and long, the largest meal of the day, often with beer or wine.  Dinner is smaller, often a meal of various tapas.  Eating out can be expensive!  So if you’re on a budget check the menu carefully before taking a seat.  Lunch time set menus can often be of the best value.

*The Small Print
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