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In this page: Eating Out | Getting Around | Time and Time Difference | Climate | Electrical Standards and Measurement Systems | Paying | Speaking | Emergency Numbers | Communications


Eating Out

Rules For Eating Out
Timings: 13:30 to 16:00 and 20:30 to 23:00, except in tourist areas where the restaurants open much earlier.
The Spanish menu consists of an initial course (rice, pasta, dry vegetables, mixed salad), a second course (fish or meat) and a dessert (rarely cheese). The prices are usually listed without VAT. Bread is billed separately.
Food Specialties
Traditional Spanish cuisine has a country base with distinct regional specialties.

Fried squids, gazpacho and tapas.

Caldereta: Lamb stew: Shepherd's dish. It is an adaptable dish allowing all types of local ingredients like wine, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, red and green peppers and garlic to be added. In the old recipes of Extremadure, the cooking juice is thickened with dried bread-crumbs, lamb liver and almonds, mixed up with a meat stock to make a sort of dough.

Paëlla: typical saffron rice-based Spanish dish accompanied with seafood and meat or poultry.

Churros: In Spain, the churros are part of the popular tradition. The dough is generally molded in a decorating tube with a star-shaped nozzle to make arm-length strips. Once they are fried, they are stacked and sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon in cascade. They are eaten with hot and thick chocolate (Spain has obtained a waiver from the EU to be able to continue making chocolate containing a thickening agent).
The quality of the numerous Spanish wines is constantly improving.
The main labels of quality are: Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Priorat, Toro, Ribeiro, Rias Baixas, Albarino, etc. Catalogne prepares large quantities of a Champagne method sparkling wine labeled « cava ». The Andalusian cherries are known for their variety: fino, oloroso, amontillado, manzanilla, Pedro Ximenez. There are special spirits: anisette, Pacharan and fruit liqueur. Asturias produce cider and Pays Basque du Txacoli (white wine).
Dietary Restrictions
 Rabbit, horse meat and snails are eaten only in some regions of Spain. It is rare to eat raw shellfish.
Table Manners
Continental table manners are followed. What is considered « good » table manners is not common in the average Spanish homes.

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Getting Around

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Urban transport services
Urban Transports of Seville
Find an Itinerary
Find a schedule to Madrid
Taxi services

Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Madrid - Barajas (MAD) 13 km / 8 miles EUR 17-23 / 20-30 min EUR 1.10 EUR 2 Available
Barcelona - El Prat (BCN) 13 km / 8 miles EUR 13-50 / 25-35 min EUR 2.80 / 30-40 min EUR 2.40 Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Train reservation services
RENFE (Entire Spanish territory)
FGC (Catalonia)
FGV (Valencia)
Euskotren (Basque Country)

Major airlines

Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Iberia Major yes Yes
Air Europa Major yes Yes
Spanair low cost yes Yes
Vueling low cost yes Yes

You Can Consult The EU Air Safety List. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


Travelling By Yourself

Car rental agencies
Easycar (low cost)
Real-time traffic conditions
Director General of Traffic (in Spanish)

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Time and Time Difference

Current Local Time
It is %T:%M %A In Madrid
Summer Time
Summer time from March to October.

Map of the Time Zone

Fuseau(x) horaire

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Type of Climate
Spain has a varied climate depending on the regions. It is mostly oceanic climate in the north, Mediterranean not to say dry climate in the south and a continental climate in the rest of the country. The seasons are more distinct in the heart of the country. Average temperatures in Madrid are 8°C in January and 27°C in June and in Barcelona 9°C in January and 20°C in June. The best time to visit Spain is from mid-May to mid-October.
Hotel reservation websites
Spanish meteorology agency

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall



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Electrical Standards and Measurement Systems

System of Measurement Used
Metric system
Unit of Measurement of Temperature
Degree Celsius (°C)

Use our service Measurement Converter.

  • Voltage
230 V
  • Frequency
Type of Electric Socket
Type C and F.
Type of Telephone Socket
DVD Zoning
Zone 2

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Domestic Currency
ISO Code
To Obtain Domestic Currency
The easiest is to directly withdraw money from the ATMs. There are many of them easily accessible in the airports, downtown and in all areas. 
Possible Means of Payment
All credit cards are easily accepted in the hotels, restaurants (except the very small ones and the bars) and businesses, except American Express. Taxis which accept credit card payment are rare. It is not possible to pay by checks other than certified checks. The Spanish have the habit of paying by cash; it is common to see people with wads of bills. If you want to pay by credit card, you will be asked to show an identity card.

To Find a Cash Machine Where You Need, Use the ATM locator


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Official Language
Castilian (Spanish)
Other Languages Spoken
Some regions use their regional language for conducting business (Euskera, Catalan, Galician, Valencian). Other minor regional languages can be used: Bable, Aragonese, Aranese, Extremaduran.
Business Language
English is rarely used but it is developing.

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Emergency Numbers

Fire Department 080
Guardia Civil (Regional police) 062
National Police 091
Civilian welfare (including medical emergencies) 112
Medical emergencies (in Catalonia) 061

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Telephone Codes
To Make a Call From Spain, Dial 00
To Make a Call to in Spain, Dial +34
Mobile Telephone Standards
National Mobile Phone Operators
Movistar, Orange (formerly Amena), Vodafone, as well as other virtual operators.

Availability of Internet

Internet Suffix
National Internet Access Providers
Telefonica, Orange, Jazztel, Ono, Yacom, Arrakis, Al-pi (Catalonia), Euskaltel (Basque Country), R (Galicia).

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