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The Hospitality Club is the world's largest hospitality exchange organization. We are thousands of friendly members world wide who offer each other free accommodation when traveling. Membership is free and joining just takes a minute - we would love to have you onboard!

Travel Guide for Spain

Here you will find travel information and insider tips about Spain that has been cooperatively contributed by other friendly Hospitality Club members. Please become active as well, and share your vast budget travel and backpacking knowledge with other members and the internet community - it is very easy to edit any information here (more info in the Help File). We hope that these Travel Guides will quickly become a great and fun resource. If you want to print this guide out to take with you, we have prepared this Printer Friendly Travel Guide for you. Enjoy!
For Introduction, Top Things to See and Do, Neighboring Countries, Who is coming?, Want more guests!, Hospitality Club Meetings and the geographic navigation please see the main Spain Page.

Basic Facts

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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= Healt ... more

Attractions and Things to See and Do

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Maps

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Here you can include references to maps that are somewhere on the internet. Two conditions apply: they cannot be protected by copyright, (or you have to make sure that we are allowed to use them), and you have to make sure that it is ok if we call them up from here. If that is a problem, you can also send us the image file and we will upload it to our server.

Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

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Suggested Itineraries

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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 ... more

Transport

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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 ... more

Accommodation

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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

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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 ... more

Money and Costs

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

Visa and Documents and Embassies

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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 purpo ... more

Borders and Customs

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Post and Communications and Internet

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Post, Telephone, Fax, Internet Access ...

Questions and Answers or Forum

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Here anything goes, you can post questions you have, and other members will answer you. If you do answer, please send the reply directly to the asking member as well, and try to integrate the information into the categories above. If too difficult to do, just answer right here and a volunteer will integrate in the future. Also, you can put thanks notes in here. Add new questions on top so they show up on the Travel Guide page. Please post messages not related to traveling or the aim of the Hospi ... more

Hospitality Club Meetings

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Use this section to add more info if you organize meetings and events (you can add a short note on the main country page). You can also invite other members to parties, sports events, whenever you would like to meet up with someone.

Travelogues

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Have you written a story about a trip to this country? Just paste your text in here and share your experience with other members.

Photos

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Here you can include photos that are hosted somewhere on the internet. As with maps, you have to make sure that it is ok for us to use the photos here (so they should be either your photos, or you should ask the owner), and that it is allright to call them up from here.

Activities and Sports

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Nightlife and Entertainment

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Bars, Cafes, Discos, Cinemas...

Population and People

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Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

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Language and Useful Phrases

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Events and Holidays

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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

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Geography

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Environment and Flora and Fauna

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Dangers and Warnings

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Tourist Traps

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Health

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History

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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. ... more

Government and Politics

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Economy

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

Arts

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Music, Literature, Theater, Movies ...

Media

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Newspapers, Radio and TV, Magazines ...

Religion

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Volunteer Opportunities and Work

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Organized Tours

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What to Bring or Packing List

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Shopping

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Books and Further Reading

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Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
Please enter Amazon links to the books - we will put info on how to do this here shortly. This way we hope to get a bit of funding for the running of the club, if someone buys the books you recommend.

Other Information

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Information About Spain:
De 2 Mano

External Links

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Official Country Website:
España-Spain

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Offtopic Messages

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Hello there, i am currently living with my girlfriend and we have a room for rent in madrid in the Lucero area if your looking for a room in madrid feel free to drop me a line at camus328@hotmail.com.
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