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Welcome to Spain

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

It is little wonder that many Spanish people refer to their own country in the plural as there is more variety on offer in ‘the Spains’ than most people will be able to experience in a lifetime.
When you book a holiday in Spain with JiveHippo you are opening up a whole world of possibilities, from lazy days on beautiful beaches and top-class shopping to exciting fiestas and limitless cultural experiences. 
Wherever, you go in the country, you will be just minutes away from the opposite of what you may have expected. Head to one of the bustling party centrals and you will still be just a short drive from centuries-old Spanish communities, or island hop from one diverse location to another.
If you never went anywhere else in your life, Spain would offer sufficient choice for a different holiday every week. Even going on city breaks within the country would take you quite a while and then there are the festivals, the beaches, the mountains, and the islands. Every trip will bring surprises, whether you choose to head to the capital, Madrid or to the Balearic or Canary Islands. Here is a look at some of the must-see destinations.
The Islas Baleares perfectly demonstrate the variety for which the whole of Spain is renowned. The islands each boast their own unique features and Mallorca (Majorca), for example, has something to offer everyone all in one location. The 'senior' island in the Balearics is the perfect destination for those wanting hiking and stunning mountain scenery or holidaymakers seeking all-night partying and plenty of sun and sand. 
Ibiza, meanwhile, has become renowned as a clubbing capital of the world but it is far from just a magnet for party people. There are plenty of cultural experiences to be had and beautiful sights to be seen, as there are on nearby Menorca. Visit prehistoric monuments or seek out deserted coves and beaches which are ideal for a little holiday relaxation. To really get away from it all, head to Formentera, where chilling out is the pastime of choice. Whatever you want to see or do, from Gothic Cathedrals and fruit orchards to high-rise hotels and world class restaurants, the Balearics have it all.
Even the climates of the Canary Islands differ, as does the scenery and atmosphere. Here you will find everything from volcanos to some of the best purpose-built tourist attractions imaginable. Gran Canaria and Tenerife are undoubtedly the most popular destinations, closely followed by Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. Wherever you choose to go, however, you will be missing out if you don’t stray off the beaten path every once in a while. 
Visit the areas where some of the fruit and vegetables you routinely eat at home are grown, or take time to have a chat with the fishermen who still make their living from the sea. Tourism is obviously the order of the day in the region but there are still plenty of opportunities to leave the confines of your hotel or apartment complex and experience the ‘real’ Canaries - a place you will never forget.
Barcelona, Spain’s second largest city is also one of Europe’s most fashionable. There are few cities that can offer such a perfect combination of beautiful scenery and stunning beaches, history, shopping, and modern facilities, all in one location.
The port of Alicante is the perfect gateway to the Costa Brava, whether you want the home-from-home comforts of Benidorm or a city break in an area that has inspired poets and writers for centuries. You can step from the past to the present in the turn of a city corner. Must-see sights in Alicante itself include the Castle of Santa Barbara, St Mary’s Church, San Juan Beach, Canalejas Park, and the Island of Tabarca.
Who would not want a holiday in a place called the Coast of the Sun? The Costa del Sol is one of Spain’s most popular tourist destinations and a place that people revisit time and time again. Take a donkey taxi on a tour of Mijas, the white town, cross Alameda’s bandit land, or simply relax on beaches where you will never feel that far from home.

Climate

July and August are the hottest months, whilst generally the climate is warm if you head south and temperate in the north. The Madrid area does get very cold in winter and November and October see heavy rain on the Atlantic coast.

Getting Around

In all of Spains major cities they have excellent local transport. Cities such as Madrid and Barcelona have extensive bus and metro systems and the prices are relatively cheap.

Buses run from 6am to 2am, and in bigger cities, most of the night. You will be able to buy different amount of trip tickets, which you can use as many times until the ticket runs out.

The metro is run efficiently and extensively in most of Spains cities.

The tram is slowly but surely coming back in some of Spain´s bigger cities, and is useful for quicker, shorter journeys.

Health

Before visiting Spain, be sure to get your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This card entitles you to state medical treatment if needed.

If you do not have your EHIC then you must be able to show your travel insurance and have accessible funds to be able to cover any costs of any treatment that you may need.

Language

Spanish is the country’s official language but there is no shortage of English speakers in tourist areas. Basque, Galician, and Catalan are also spoken.

Money

The Euro is the currency of Spain with 100 cents making up one Euro. It is always worth shopping around for the best possible exchange rates as there are now a number of online specialists. Do, however, ensure that any such firm is FCA regulated.

Safety

Most of Spains tourist visits are trouble free. However you should always be aware of petty street crime.

Thieves can often work on teams of two or more people to be able to distract you while the other pick pocketing.

More reports are being made of bogus police officers that are asking tourists for their ID and to see their purses or wallets. Remember that official Policemen will not ask to see your wallet or purse.

There are also reports of "highway pirates". Highway pirates target non registered cars and sometimes, forcefully make you stop. claiming that something is wrong with your car. If you want to stop and check, never pull over on the side of the road, wait until the next petrol station and pull in there to check your car.

Time

Spain are under the Central European Time Zone (UTC+01:00).

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