From crazy Ibiza, to festival and music-filled Barcelona, to traditional flamenco dancers, the Spanish know how to have a good time! Let’s not forget the infamous La Tomatina, when over 30,000 tomato-loving folk flock to Bunyol to throw, well, tomatoes.
Fiestas aside, Spain has some of the best beaches in the world on offer, and an amazing history reflected in its prehistoric cave paintings, Moorish palaces, crumbling castles, Roman ruins, Gothic, Renaissance and Modernist cathedrals, and amazing art galleries, like the Guggenheim in Bilbao, and the Picasso Museum in Barcelona. If you're heading to Europe, Spain is a country you can't miss...
Spanish is the official language but there are also a number of other languages spoken: Catalan in Catalonia (including Barcelona and Ibiza), Galician in Galicia, Euskera/Basque in the Basque Country, Valencian in the Valencia Region. You can get by with Spanish, though!
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A pint of the local beer in Spain is approx. €2.50 ($3), but can cost a few euros more in the centres of Barelona or Madrid. We'd recommend the local speciality, sangria - a mix of red wine and fruit, which you can find in large jugs for as cheap as €10.
A tapas lunch or a plate of tasty egg tortilla accompanied by coffee can cost well under €5 (under $6) in an inexpensive local cafe, whereas a main course somewhere a little fancier will be around €10 (around $12). Look out for pintxos bars where each tapas items are around a euro each.
The prices of transport in Spain differ depending on where you are, but on average a one-way ticket on local transport is around €1.50. The train and bus network is extensive and efficient.
Taxi tariffs start at around €5 (approx. $6) with around €1.50 added for every km your travel. Be sure to use licensed taxis on your way home after late nights in cities like Barcelona in order to stay safe and avoid being ripped off.
Accommodation prices fluctuate depending on the season; expect higher rates during summer, especially on islands like Ibiza. Grab yourself a dorm bed in a hostel in any city on the mainland, from around $20 a night.
Looking for something a little nicer for your holidays? You can splash out on a private hotel room for around €30 ($35-40) per person, per night. These can book up fast during the summer months, so book ahead, especially if you're looking for somewhere to rest your head in Ibiza.
The summer months of July and August are the hottest of the year, which means things get busy. If you're heading to Ibiza to party, this is when most of the action happens! If you're a culture vulture, intent on soaking up more than just sunshine and beaches, spring and autumn are the best times to visit Spain, in order to avoid crowds and bag cheaper rates on accommodation and flights. Spring is especially exciting, as is the season for festivals and the Spanish climate is the most bearable.
Higher parts of the country such as the Pyrenees, the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Central and Iberian ranges experience a harsher climate with snow from the beginning of winter to the end of spring (from November to March).