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Basic Facts

Official Country Name: España Capital: Madrid (you must visit Toledo, was the capitol) Population: About 40.000.000 of friends! Telephone Code: 34 (the diferent areas in Spain has no code, so you must remember the spain code area) Time Zone: Area: sq km Language(s): Spanish (official), Gallego (in Galicia), Euskera (or Vasco in spanish) in Euskadi (or "Pais Vasco" in Spanish) Ethnic Groups: Highest Mountain: President/Head of State: Government: Currency: Exchange Rate: US$1= Health Risks: Electricity: Weights & Measures: Country Name in other languages: Spain (English), Espagne (French).

Attractions and Things to See and Do

Spain Travel Guide (L) 


UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Spain (L)

The Seven Wonders of Spain (L)

Maps

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Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

Suggested Itineraries

1 Day, 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 1 Month ...

You cant not miss it
Euskadi, Asturias or Galicia (visit the three is a good idea)
Cantabria, if you like touristic place in the north sound good too.
Barcelona, Madrid, Sevilla (for visit important cities)
Toledo, Navarra, Salamanca
Valencia, Girona, Málaga (for important touristic points)

A diferent idea for know Spain
A lot of people use to know Barcelona, Madrid, and south side... Well, is no a bad trip, but, you miss some place... I think if you are really interested in know Spain no touristic place, just know the diferent Spains ;-). Try to visit, one or more region in north of Spain... Galicia very interesting place with one religion tradition (see compostela) celtic culture, Asturias minner region, the most espectacular views you will find in Asturias, and very quiet areas mixed with really happy areas, celtic culture too. In spain capitol of hospitality people (but look in the small towns, is really nice) Cantabia In the north too, good with views, and filled with touristic places. Euskady or Pais Vasco: Really nice people, really with views, and a complete diferent culture.
If is posible may be great to know Galicia, Asturias and Pais vasco.
You must too know Salamanca, a study city, with very famouse nighlife, and of course one of the most importants culture cultures point in Spain.
If you visit Madrid, please, dont forget the Park In sunday, with a lot of drummers improvisations in the side of a lake..., and you must grow at the same time you listen this improvisation, or just go to the point in view it, is nice... visit the album about Madrid in gallery.

Is there a lot of interesting points to visit, may be great if my Spanish companions help me and put here more tips!

Transport

Getting there and away: Get in Spain is a member of the European Union and the Schengen Agreement, which governs its visa policies. No visa is required for citizens of other EU member states, and those of nations with whom the European Union has special treaties. There are no border controls between Spain and other Schengen Agreement nations, making travel less complicated. As of May 2004 citizens of the following countries do not need a visa for entry into Spain. Note that citizens of these countries (except EU nationals) must not stay longer than three months in half a year and must not work in Spain: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Sweden, Switzerland, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, South Korea, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City and Venezuela. There are a number of ways to get into Spain. From neighboring European countries, a drive with the car or a train ride are feasible; visitors from further away will probably be using air travel.(Wikitravel)

España es miembro de la Unión Europea (UE) y del tratado de Schengen, el cual rige su política de visados. No necesitan visa los ciudadanos de otros países de la UE, y de los países con los cuales la UE tiene tratados especiales. No hay control de fronteras entre España y otras naciones del tratado Schengen, haciendo el viaje menos complicado. Desde Mayo de 2004 los ciudadanos de los siguientes países no necesitan visa para entrar en España. Los ciudadanos de esos países (excepto los de la UE) deben permanecer menos de tres meses en medio año y no podrán trabajar en España: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bélgica, Bermudas, Bolivia, Brasil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canadá, Chile, Costa Rica, Croacia, Chipre, Chequia, Dinamarca, El Salvador, Estonia, Finlandia, Francia, Grecia, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungría, Islandia, Irlanda, Israel, Italia, Japón, Letonia, Liechtenstein, Lituania, Luxemburgo, Macao, Malasia, Malta, México, Mónaco, Nueva Zelanda, Nicaragua, Holanda, Noruega, Panamá, Paraguay, Polonia, Portugal, Rumania, San Marino, Suecia, Suiza, Singapur, Eslovaquia, Eslovenia, España, Corea del sur, Reino Unido, Estados Unidos, Uruguay, Vaticano y Venezuela. Hay diferentes formas de entrar en España. Desde países vecinos, es posible en coche o tren, desde más lejos probablemente deberá usar avión.


Hitchhiking: To get to cities like Madrid or Barcelona it should be fairly easy. But in general it is more difficult to hitch-hike there. It is possible to hitch-hike, but the freeways do not have as many reststops and you may find yourself let out in the middle of nowhere on some exit. Just expect a longer wait! The Spaniards are fairly reluctant to take hitchhikers, and many of your rides will probably be foreigners or truckers.

By bus: Bus travel in Spain is increasingly an attractive option for people travelling on a tight budget. Thanks largely to European Union funding, Spain's road network has vastly improved over the past twenty years, so bus journeys don't take nearly as long as they used to. There are lots of private bus companies offering routes to all major Spanish cities. If you want to travel around Spain by bus, the best idea is to go to your local bus station (Apart from Madrid and Barcelona, most towns and cities have just one) and see what is available. Travelling by bus in Spain is usually reliable (except on peak holiday days when roads can be very crowded and you should expect long delays on popular routes),coaches are modern and comfortable. You can expect to pay about 8 Euros per 100km. (Wikitravel)

By train: Train system in Spain is modern and reliable, most of the trains are brand new and the punctuality rate is one of the highest in Europe, the only problem is that not all the populated areas got a train station, sometimes small towns doesn't have one, in those cases you need to take a bus. Another issue with the Spanish Rail network is that the lines are disposed in a radial way so almost all the lines head to Madrid. That's why some times traveling from one city to another geographically close it might take longer by train than by bus if they are not in the same line. So check always whether the Bus or the train is more convenient.(Wikitravel) RENFE - Timetables and Prices FEVE - FEVE´s web page

By plane: The busiest airports are Madrid, A Coruña, Palma de Mallorca, Malaga, Murcia, Barcelona, Jerez de la Frontera, Seville, Valencia, Bilbao, Alicante, Santiago de Compostella (Wikitravel)

Accommodation

If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or noone is available, here is what other members suggest. Hostels Hotels Camping Other Options

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

The international and for everybody known how spanish speciality is the PAELLA the most famous meal made of rice, vegetables and meat.For drinking the not less famous SANGRIA...u many others specialities depending in which area of Spain u are, but here are some examples: in VALENCIA: Paella, Turrones de Xixona, valencian Oranges, Horchata (a typical drink made of Chufa), Agua de Valencia (a bit alcoholic drink) in CALATONIA: pa amb tumaca (bread with tomato), munjetes (beans), butifarra (blood puding), crema catalana (sweet desert) in MADRID: cocido madrilenyo (boiled meat & vegetables) in ANDALUCIA: gazpacho andaluz (cold soup), pescaito (small fried fishes), Sherry (Jerez's wine) in GALICIA: marisco (shellfish), Ribeiro (white wine) in PAMPLONA: Pacharan (alcoholic drink) in CUENCA: gazpacho manchego, Resoli (very sweet & alcoholic drink) in ASTURIAS: fabada asturiana (stew made of pork and beans), sidra (bit alcoholic drink made of apple)

Money and Costs

Currency, Exchanging Money, Credit Cards, Tipping, Bargaining, Costs...

Visa and Documents and Embassies

Citizen of Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, South Korea, Costa Rica, Chile, Cyprus, El Salvador, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, Norway, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Republic of Croatia, Romania, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Switzerland, Uruguay, Venezuela, Hong Kong (Sar), Macao (Ear) and citizens of the European Union do not need visa to enter Spain for tourism or business purposes. Except for the citizens of EFTA/EU, your stay can not exceed 90 days over a 180 days period.
Other nationals generally require visas, which must be obtained from Spanish consulates abroad. Current list of Spanish consulates abroad you may find here:
http://www.mae.es/es/MenuPpal/Paises/
Immigration (in Romanian)
http://www9.map.es/servicios/servicios_on_line/extranjeria/extranjeria_rumano.html

Borders and Customs

Post and Communications and Internet

Post, Telephone, Fax, Internet Access ...

Questions and Answers or Forum

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Hospitality Club Meetings

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Travelogues

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Photos

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Activities and Sports

Nightlife and Entertainment

Bars, Cafes, Discos, Cinemas...

Population and People

Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

Language and Useful Phrases

Events and Holidays

VALENCIA, 1-19 of march: FALLAS (street monuments made of paper and wood) PAMPLONA,7-14 of July: SAN FERMINES (Running the Bulls) BUÑOL(Valencia),last wednesday of August LA TOMATINA (millions of tomatos for throwing to everybody) ALICANTE, 24 of june: FOGUERES DE SANT JOAN (same that fallas but in june)

Climate and When to Go

Geography

Environment and Flora and Fauna

Dangers and Warnings

Tourist Traps

Health

History

Spanish history is been intense as the facts showed us , it is the battle between the africans and the europeans. Different cultures interacting, for most of the time sadly fighting for the wealth there has always been. The geographic position, the main doorgate to africa or europe, depending where you come from. This is inside of every of us, the constant contradiction between this 2 behaviours. We speak many different languages, and have to do a exceptional effort to believe we are spanish. Normally who believes it (the idea of Spain) normal (blindly), doesn't know much about the iberic peninsula. We have suffered suicidal civil wars like no other european country, and when was time for the last 2 world wars we were already tired of killing each other. As i read from one of the F.A.I. (iberic anarchist federation) head comanders, Abad de santillan Before the military uprising in the 30's (normally confused with Spanish Civil War) , chief executives from the other 'right wing' ilegal party called 'Falange' were desperate to get in touch with anarchist representatives surely to agree some kind of non agression deal between the 2 popular working class factions. The anarchists refused to meet afraid of what the 'others' could think about that. The second biggest mistake, as this man was relating in the 60's, was to stop the civil civilwar against the stalinist posh fuckers. both things comes from the same, like the african teenager is seduced by nike, or the european who thinks if you are nasty you are charismatic. The military and the so-called republican comanders should make the war between themselves and let us enjoy and develop ourselves, but the vast majority of the spanish residents decided to involve the slaughter convinced like monkeys that that what was the right thing to do, to kill the idea of a really happy society, afraid, as we still are now as everybody knows, of enjoyment , our life objective.

Government and Politics

Economy

GDP, GDP per head, Annual growth, inflation, Major Industries, Major trading partners...

Arts

Music, Literature, Theater, Movies ...

Media

Newspapers, Radio and TV, Magazines ...

Religion

Volunteer Opportunities and Work

Organized Tours

What to Bring or Packing List

The Seven Wonders of Spain (L)

Shopping

Books and Further Reading

The Seven Wonders of Spain (L)

Other Information

Information About Spain:
De 2 Mano

External Links

Official Country Website:
España-Spain

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