Enjoying Spain

Enjoying Your Travels To Spain

Enjoying Your Travels To Spain

By: Dalvin Rumsey

Thinking about traveling to Spain? Spain – located in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula – continues to be one of the most popular tourist attractions and vacation spots just as much today as it has always been in the past. Maybe you’re wondering about where to visit in Spain… Maybe you want to learn more about its history and experience its tremendous influence in European art… Whatever your reasons for wanting to visit are, you’re certainly bound to enjoy the rich culture, customs, and history of this country once you’ve arrived there.

As you can imagine, the architecture of Barcelona, the Holy Monstreat, and the Toledo cathedral make this a popular coordinate. And because this is such a hot travel spot, you’re advised to make your airline reservations, hotel reservations, and car rental preparations early – three to four months in advance as a matter of fact – especially when tourism is likely to be high (summer months, holidays, etc.). If you prefer to travel “off-season,” – that is, during a time when tourism is low, you may not need to make such early reservations. In the latter case, one month-advanced preparation may suffice.

After you’ve made your reservations, you can fulfill the rest of your time preparing for everything that Spain has to offer. One of the ways that you can do that is by taking a local trip to your favorite library and perusing the immense number of books about Spain. By doing this, you can prepare yourself with the language – perhaps even check out a few books or audio tapes of the language (if available) and additionally learn about Spain’s monetary system.

You should always learn about entry requirements, inoculations and other safety information you might need before you go not only to Spain – but also just about anywhere out of the country. But you can also familiarize yourself with the dress of the land and maybe try a few local restaurants that serve Spanish cuisine and play a little of its native music. Of course you can always visit your museum and inquire about the art of the land so that you’ll know what to look for once you get there – in particular, the works of El Greco. The idea here is to educate yourself amid all the excitement of visiting a place so rich in culture!

Now some people like spontaneity – a little adventure – the unknown – whatever you want to call it, but some of us like to create an itinerary of things to do and places to go. If you’re the “planning type,” then you might appreciate taking the time to map out your excursion. And there’s certainly nothing wrong with that – seeing that you’re visiting a new area, your chances of being bored or going against spontaneity are very slim because Spain has so much to offer to each one of your physical senses!

When and if you create such an itinerary, some of the things that you will want to include of course are things like times to eat, take tours, attend shows, and (our favorite) shop! You might think that this information is hard to find but thanks to the Internet, it really isn’t’ hard to find at all. If you’re working with a travel agent, then your efforts to fill an itinerary should be pretty minimal. But if you’re working alone, you can certainly visit the tourist websites of Spain and create your own chart of things to discover and enjoy.

If you’re handy with the native language of Spain (which you might have correctly guessed is Spanish), you can certainly read a few online Spanish newspapers to find events and locals that might be of interest to you. Chances are that you’ll find a lot more entertainment information by reading a Spanish newspaper than you would if you solely relied on an English interpretation.

Once you’ve arrived and have found transportation to your hotel, you can inquire further to find even more interests. By this time, you should be speaking a little Spanish so that you can effectively communicate and exchange money with your hotel manager:

Hola! (Hello)
Gracias! (Thank You)
Como te llamas? (What’s your name?)
Como estas? (How are you?)
Me llamo… (My name is…)
Soy de United States of America (I’m from the United States of America)
No comprendo (I don’t understand)
Por favor (please)
Me numero de telefono es el… (My phone number is [and then the numbers in Spanish [uno, dos, tres, quatro, cinco, etc.)

You’ll of course want to learn how to ask for other important things like help and/or directions. These are some of the things that will make your trip to Spain more enjoyable – especially as you converse with the natives and experiment with new foods or amusements that you hadn’t even planned for! Just remember to pack your camera or your small video cam so that you can record your experience and enjoy them with loved ones back home.

Travel in Spain by Taxi

Traveling by taxi in Spain provides an extremely convenient way to move about and “sight-see.” Like traveling by taxi in the United States, minimum charges accompany metered mileage plus a small additional fee for baggage and evening – night – or holiday drives.

Spain Driving Tips

European Union citizens (18 years or older) must own a national driving license to drive in Spain, however non-European Union citizens (18 years or older) also need an International Driving Permit as well. Both types of citizens must have car insurance and identification (license, passport, etc.) by law, is required at all times. Seat belts must be worn by all passengers, and travelers under the age of 14 must be seated in the back seat of the vehicle. When driving, remember that driving positions are reversed to American drivers. You must yield to on-coming traffic from junctures and traffic circles.

Special care should be taken to restrict your driving to the main routes outlined on the most recent maps of this area as other routes may not be appropriate for driving (dirt roads, mountain passes, etc.). In urban areas, you can conveniently refuel your vehicle from unleaded or diesel gas stations. But if you’ll drive for long periods of time, it’s wise to completely fill your tank, as fuel stations are sparse in rural sections of the country.

Driving speeds are generally restricted to 30 mph to 56 mph, however driving speeds can increase from 62 mph to 75 mph on highways with more than two lanes. Be prepared to pay both variable and fixed toll charges associated with city entry ways.

Traveling in Spain by Car / Car Rental

Because Spain’s city centers are so popular, you are cautioned to avoid driving in these areas – especially since the narrow roads in these places can accommodate traffic traveling in one direction only. In addition, parked automobiles make driving extremely difficult. Traveling by car rental is best accomplished by following a current map of its roads – which offer views that are nothing short of amazing.

Author Bio
Every Car Hire in association with Auto Europe provides discounted car rental with leading rental companies such as Hertz, Alamo, Budget and Europcar. For information on car hire or car rentals visit Every Car Hire at Car Hire Spain.

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15 responses to “Enjoying Spain

  • Henderson

    Yes and really anyone would confidently say this one “Whatever your reasons for wanting to visit are, you’re certainly bound to enjoy the rich culture, customs, and history of this country once you’ve arrived there.”, I also want to go to spain someday for sight seeing and I know there are good and beautiful landmarks there that will surely will make me amazed.

  • Kite

    This is a good advice “Once you’ve arrived and have found transportation to your hotel, you can inquire further to find even more interests” and I recommend also this people who want to visit Spain for the first time. Hotels in Spain are very good and their rooms are of course airconditioned and their bed are big and soft and fluffy and anyone will surely be comfortable staying in the room.

  • Sunny Jay

    Indeed in Spain as we can imagine, the architecture of Barcelona, the Holy Monstreat, and the Toledo cathedral make this a popular coordinate. I want to visit Spain for the reason that it is a beautiful and peaceful country and the people are really hospitable and I hope it is true because I am a shy type person and also a very sensitive person and I really want to meet nice people.

  • Frodulf

    Visiting Spain will surely involves a lot of fun and enjoyment, I always want to visit there when I was a child since Europe is one of the continents that I find great and class and also powerful. I imagined some figures while reading the article and I agree that seeing that we’re visiting a new area, our chances of being bored or going against spontaneity are very slim because Spain has so much to offer to each one of our physical senses! Even Parks and museums, Spain is filled with so much food in our minds and eyes.

  • Sophia

    Enjoying Spain is giving yourself a good time not just on views and landmarks and can be seen beautiful things on eyes but also to experiences. I am not so fan with trips and going to places but I would love to visit Spain if I have much and more money because of some things that I have heard and read about there including this article. I think you made me add a little interest in going to Spain and I think you have done a good written plan and work on this article of yours and I think some of us here also have the same experience.

  • Anjoe

    These translations is really basic and yet very useful when we will go to Spain for sure “Hola! (Hello)
    Gracias! (Thank You)
    Como te llamas? (What’s your name?)
    Como estas? (How are you?)
    Me llamo… (My name is…)”

    In any place we must really learn their language even if some may just call it as basic, we need to learn so that we can’t be fully ignorant on what some people in our surroundings are talking.

  • Victoria

    Spain is a cool and nice place and I have learned that “Spain is seen as an exotic country because of its friendly people, warm weather, laid-back lifestyle, cuisine, exciting night-life, and its world famous festivities and folk-lore” but of course most of us know that already. There are many people who want to visit Spain but till now they haven’t yet because of money, we need a lot of money when going to Spain especially to those places and countries that has low currencies.

  • Mama Mae

    I literally laughed at this one “You might think that this information is hard to find but thanks to the Internet, it really isn’t’ hard to find at all”, because I have seen also on google about Spain and the good places that can be visited in Spain. I am much of visiting other countries and their beautiful places and landmarks and because of that I want my country to be beautiful and especially clean just like other countries that I have seen through internet and I know that if a country is clean in any area and angle of any places, many tourists will surely visit.

  • Tony

    To have a vacation at Spain is surely fun and full of enjoyable moments and I really wanted also to visit there just like some of the people here commenting below the article. The concept of taking a vacation is a recent invention, and has developed through the last two centuries. (see Grand Tour) Once the idea of travel and recreation was a luxury of wealthy people alone. In the Puritan culture of early America, taking a break from work for reasons other than weekly observance of the Sabbath, was frowned upon. I hope I can visit there and also to some country of Asia which I find adorable and colorful.

  • Rage

    You inspired many people here in going to Spain and you did well in advertising Spain. Many wants to visit Spain and some other Europe countries maybe because of the different nature and different weather that they have compared to some other countries and continents in our planet. I admire their winter since it is really balanced well compared to other winter in some countries in Asia that has winter. I also like their landmarks and I am fan also to some football stars their and Europe is just the continent of Football.

  • Larry Padon

    Going into other countries and visiting what is good in that country is nice thing to do and I would love to do it if I have money someday. I am always having trips because I love going to other places but I only did it to my country because that is what I can afford for now. I intend on going outside the country next time, but that is for someday since right now I don’t have much money to go there.

  • Aamir

    Spain is a surprise to those who have the image of having to flight for towel space at one of its crowded beaches or sipping songria while watching a bull fight or flamenco. From the ancient monuments left by the Romans and Moors,the medieval castle of the interior. Although busy in summer even along the coast of the big tourist Costas some enjoyable beaches can easily be found.

  • Varn

    Going outside the country and having a trip in Europe is not a bad idea. I will take that into consideration. Last 5 months I went to Thailand and it was really good there and you can really see the goodness and also the hospitality of the people. In all places in Europe I think Spain is one of the best since there are pretty good landmarks there and also the place is clean and surely many pictures will I take there.

  • Zenda

    This is I want to see on the topic “Traveling by taxi in Spain provides an extremely convenient way to move about and “sight-see.” “, and I am glad I have seen this. To have taxi with good service in any country is such a big plus and of course all tourists want a good service especially in traveling from places to places. I always don’t expect much on any traveling service but at least transport the passenger with convenience.

  • Neil Johnson

    Spain is quite a famous country because of its landmarks and also some other things. I am not much of a fan of Europe and its countries but I will consider Spain as one of the places that I will visit if I can have big money and it will be long and will take long ha ha ha lol. I am hoping right now to graduate on my major and hopefully can get a good job so that I can have money for doing things that I like and I want.

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