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Useful facts on Spain

airport Airports in Spain
Alicante Airport Almeria Airport Asturias Airport Barcelona Airport
Bilbao Airport Fuerteventura Airport Gibraltar Airport Girona Airport
Granada Airport Gran Canaria Airport Ibiza Airport Jerez Airport
La Coruna Airport Lanzarote Airport La Palma Airport Madrid Airport
Malaga Airport Menorca Airport Murcia Airport Palma de Mallorca Airport
Reus Airport Santander Airport Santiago Airport Seville Airport
Tenerife North Airport Tenerife South Airport Valencia Airport Valladolid Airport
Vigo Airport Vitoria Airport Zaragoza Airport

currency Currency
In Spain, as in most other countries of the European Union, the official currency is the euro since January of 2002.

electricity Other forms of payment accepted
Credit card:
Paying with a major credit card is possible at most Spanish shops and businesses, usually clearly posted at the door of the establishment.
Traveller's cheques:
Traveller's cheques, presented with a valid passport, are also accepted at most hotels, restaurants, and shops.

time Official time
The peninsular territory and Balearic Islands go by the Greenwich Meridian time zone (GTM), plus 1 hour in the winter, and 2 hours in the summer. In the Canary Islands the time zone is that of the Greenwich Meridien, plus 1 hour in the summer, always one hour behind peninsular Spain.

time Phone call from Spain
If you wish to call abroad from Spain, dial 00 + country code + the phone number. You can place international calls from a public phone. Phone booths use coins or cards, which can be purchased at tobacconists' shops.
If you wish to make a phone call within Spain, just dial the number with no prefixes. The phone number always has 9 digits, whether it is a cell phone or a regular phone.
If you wish to use your cell phone in Spain, you should know that our GSM technology is not compatible with other countries', such as the U.S. and Japan. If your technology and ours is compatible, then you should contact your wireless carrier to make sure you will be able to use your phone in Spain (some carriers will have to activate international service for your phone).
Once those steps are taken at the country of origin, use your cellular in Spain as if you were calling from a Spanish line. That is, you will need to dial 00 + country code + phone number to make international calls.

time Weather
Spain's predominant climate is Mediterranean-temperate, with dry summers, and pretty constant temperatures during the winter. In Spain, you will enjoy more than three thousand hours of sunlight. Therefore, it is hardly surprising that this region is one of the warmest in Europe.
In this sense, we should mention the Canary Islands. Because of its peculiar location, in front of the African coastline, these islands enjoy a mild climate, with generous temperatures (the annual average on the coasts being 22C), without a major difference in weather between daytime and night time.
However, the main characteristic of Spanish climate is its variety, due in part to Spain's geographical diversity.
This way, if we travel north to the Cantabrian coast we will find a humid, temperate climate, with mild winters, and gentle summers that rarely go over 25 C.
In the higher areas of the country, the climate gets rougher, and snow is frequent from the beginning of winter to the end of spring. Such is the case in the Pyrenees, Sierra Nevada, the Central Mountains, the Iberian Mountains, the Cantabrian Mountains, etc.

time Languages
Spanish is the official language in the entire national territory. However, other languages coexist with Spanish in certain regions of Spain. These are: Catalan in Catalonia, Galician in Galicia, Euskera/Basque in the Basque Country, Valencian in the Valencia Region and a particular variety of Catalan spoken on the Balearic Islands.

time Religion
Freedom of religion is guaranteed by the Spanish Constitution, although the majority of the population is Catholic. Other religions also practised in Spain include Islam, Judaism, Protestantism, and Hinduism, all of which have places where to conduct their rituals.

time Electrical voltage
Electric appliances in Spain work with 220 volts, CA. 50 Hz and plugs conform to the European system of round pins with two holes.

time Shops and businesses opening times
The most common business hours are Monday through Saturday, from 9.30 h to 13.30 h, and from 16.30 to 20.00 h.
Big shopping centres and department stores open from 10.00 h to 21.00 or 22.00 h uninterruptedly. These big stores open sometimes on Sunday.
In coastal cities, in high season, shops are usually open passed 22.00 h.
Pharmacies open from 9.30 to 13.30 h, and from 16.30 to 20.00 h. In all major cities you can find pharmacies that open 24 hours. Pharmacies follow a rolling late-hour schedule, which is published in the newspapers, and is posted at all pharmacies.

public holidays Public Holidays
Jan 1st New Year's day Jan 6th Epiphany
March or April Easter 1st May Workers' Day
15 August Assumption of the Virgin 12 October Spain's day
1 November All Saints 6 December Constitution day
8 December Immaculate Conception 25 December Christmas day

Text courtesy of Spanish Tourist Board
 
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