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Spain

I've actually been to Spain for summer vacation every year for as long as I can remember. But I was always in the same place. One day I thought to myself: This can't be true? And set off on a road trip through Spain so that I could tell you even more about Spain...

Overview

 

Capital

Spain's capital is Madrid.


Language

The national language is Spanish (Castilian), although Catalan, Galician and Basque are also spoken depending on the region. Some people also understand or speak English, especially in the tourist regions.


 
 
 

Currency

In Spain, payments are made in euros.


 
 
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Entry & Visas

Spain is a member of the EU, which is why EU citizens do not require a visa. In addition, there are generally no border controls within the EU. You only need to carry your identity card with you.


Time

Central European Time (UTC+1) applies.


 
 
 

Credit cards & ATMs

There are ATMs everywhere in the cities. Outside of cities, however, you should always have enough cash with you. In restaurants and other establishments, it is best to ask in advance whether card payment is possible.


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Best time to visit

It depends on what you're planning. If you want to go to the beach, May to September are ideal (late summer can be particularly good!). Spring and fall are best for city trips, as it's not so hot then.


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Driving

A national driving license is sufficient for EU citizens. The traffic signs and rules are by and large uniform within Europe.

The speed limits are 120 km/h on freeways, 100 km/h on dual carriageways, 90 km/h outside built-up areas and 50 km/h within built-up areas. The blood alcohol limit is 0.5 per mille.

You can find more information here.


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Phone

If you have a phone contract from the EU or the Schengen area, you do not pay any roaming charges. You can use your phone at the same rate as at home.