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About Spain – DMC SPAIN

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ABOUT SPAIN – DMC SPAIN

TEMPERATURES

Directo Spain your DMC Spain informs you in this page about the average temperature and rain fall registered in the main Spanish destinations period 1980-2010. This information has been obtained from the Spanish National Institute of Statistics web site.

Temperature is shown in Celsius. Details displayed per city, year and month.

http://www.aemet.es/es/serviciosclimaticos/datosclimatologicos/valoresclimatologicos?k=and

SPAIN TIPS

A 10 % tip is customary but not compulsory.

VISA -What documentation is required to travel to Spain?

The documentation required to travel to Spain varies according to the country of origin therefore if you are a citizen of a EU country, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Lichtenstein, you will need a valid passport or ID card.

If you come from another country Directo Spain, your DMC SPAIN informs you:

The maximum stay in Spain is 90 days. There are a number of countries whose citizens are required to have a valid current visa in order to enter Spain. You can consult http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Portal/es/ServiciosAlCiudadano/InformacionParaExtranjeros/Documents/listapaisesvisado.pdf

Citizens of these countries can also travel to Spain if they have a residence permit or a long-term visa issued by another country in the European Union (with the exception of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Romania, Bulgaria and Cyprus), Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein.

Citizens of all other countries must be in possession of documents which justify the object and the conditions of their stay, and be in possession of sufficient economic resources for their maintenance throughout the period they are intending to remain in Spain.

The documents they are required to present will vary according to the motive of the trip. You can consult them in the “Foreign Affairs” section of the Ministry of Internal Affairs website.

It is advisable to take out travel insurance for your trip.

Given that conditions may vary, we suggest you contact the Spanish Embassy or Consulate to verify these requirements before you start your trip.

Currency

From January 1st, 2002, the new currency of Spain, like that of most European Union countries, is the EURO.

Customs

There are no limits to what you can buy and take with you when you travel between countries in the European Union, provided what you buy is for your own personal use. In these cases you will not need to prove they will be subject to personal use in quantities below 800 cigarettes, 400 mini-cigars, 200 cigars, 1 kg of tobacco, 10 litres of liqueurs, 20 of fortified wine, 90 wine and 110 litres of beer.

Furthermore, monetary amounts of over 9.999,99 euros must also be declared.Travellers may not bring foodstuffs of animal origin for their own consumption into the European Union as part of their baggage (meats, meat products, milk and dairy products).

The only exceptions, in general terms, are commercially packaged baby formula, and special foods required for medical reasons. Travellers arriving from the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Iceland may bring in small quantities of meat and dairy products for personal consumption. Other foodstuffs can be brought into Spain up to a maximum weight of one kilogram.

Travellers are permitted to enter Spain with their personal baggage, which may contain items for personal or family use, or to be given as presents. These will not in principle be considered as commercial goods, depending on the quantity or type of goods. This evaluation will be made by the customs services on arrival.

Languages

Spain is a country rich in languages. Directo Spain, your DMC SPAIN can talk to you in English, Spanish, French and German. Althow Spanish is the official language, however other languages coexist in some communities, these are the cases of Basque in the Basque Country, Galician in Galicia, Catalan in Catalonia and Valencian in Valencia. There are also other dialects in other regions of the country.

Opening times
Usual shop opening times are 9:30 am – 13:30 pm, Monday-Saturday, and 15:00-20:30 pm, Monday-Friday. Major shopping malls, department stores and supermarkets stay open without a break from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm or in some cases until 10:00 pm.

Banks are mainly open Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 14:00 pm (ATMs are available throughout the country. Make sure that the signs at the back of your ATM card match the signs on the ATM machine. ATMs in Spain only accept four digit Pins so it is very important to make sure you have a four digit PIN before travelling).

Breakfast time is usually from 8:00-10:00 am and lunchtime in restaurants from 13:00-15:30 pm. Dinner is served from 8:30-11:00 pm. Many catering establishments operate a continuous service throughout the day, a common practice in coffee shops and bars, in many of which it is possible to order snack-like servings (tapas), a limited variety of set dishes, rolls and small portions of selected foods (raciones).

Nightlife in Spain is a class of its own, particularly from Thursday to Sunday. Pubs, late night haunts (bares de copas) and discotheques normally keep open until 3:00 or 4 :00 am in the morning, and in  major cities, such as Madrid and Barcelona, there are innumerable night-spots that stay open till dawn.

Electricity
220 volts  (50 cycles) is commonly used in Spain. Two round prong plugs are used in all outlets. Standard American plugs will not fit into Spanish outlets. Adapters may be purchased at any hardware store.

Taxes

A 10 or 21 percent V.A.T. (Value Added Tax) tax is added to all rates. This tax on services is not refundable UNLESS YOU ARE ORGANISING A CONFERENCE, SEMINAR, PRODUCT LAUNCH OR MEETING with Directo Spain, your DMC in Spain,  can offer you the possibility of being invoiced without VAT.

Travelers not coming from the EU can be paid back the V.A.T. tax of those goods they have got during their staying in the EU if they show all the documents in the customs in three months time. The seller usually prepares all the documents, although it is a voluntary system and not all of them do it.

Public holidays

There are 14 Public Holidays in Spain, 10 of which are common to the entire country, and 4 celebrated only within the boundaries of each autonomous region.

January 1st- New Year’s Day

January 6th – the Epiphany

Good Friday

May 1st – Labour Day

August 15th – Feast of the Assumption

October 12th – Spain’s National Day

November 1st – All Saints’ Day

6th December – Constitution Day

8 th December – Feast of the Immaculate Conception

December 25 th-  Christmas Day

Local fiestas

If you want to live the “real Spain” you might want to come one of the following dates:

During the year: BULLFIGHTING

Bullfighting is the Spanish National Festivity, no doubt one of the most famous and polemical celebrations with fans and detractors all over the world. There are Fairs during the year in cities with an old bullfighting tradition like Seville and Madrid that might be an extra attraction to the dates of your event.

February: CARNIVAL

Although we would never dare to compete against the popularity of the Carnival in Rio, the celebrations in Cadiz, really deserves a visit.

March 19th (same each year): FALLAS IN VALENCIA

You might have heard about impressive beautiful cardboard figures that get burned in the night of Saint Joseph, while the roar of fireworks resounds all over the city. Well, that’s Valencia in the night of nights, the highlight of the Fallas celebration.

March-April : EASTER IN SEVILLE

You don’t have to be a believer to enjoy the deep respect and devotion that characterizes the Eastern Processions in Andalusia.

One of the most emotive moments is the “Madrugá”, the night of Holy Thursday to Holy Friday, when nobody in the city sleeps, and from the balconies they wait for the most important Brotherhoods to walk their Saints. It is simply amazing!.

APRIL FESTIVAL IN SEVILLE

After the solemnity of the Eastern celebrations, the capital of the Andalusia region explodes in a 24 hours/6 days non-stop party with lots of food, wine and, of course Flamenco.

The festival takes place in a specific area of the city, meaning you can enjoy the normal Seville and, on top, have access to that frenzy mad week we call “Feria de Abril”.

July 7th (same all years): SAN FERMINES

If Hemingway felt in love with this celebration, there must be a reason. Running in front of the bulls through the narrow streets of an old town in Northern Spain sounds a bit risky, but somehow more than 1.000.000 visitors cannot be wrong, isn’t it?

August: TOMATINA IN BUÑOL

Every year, the last Wednesday of August a tinny little town near Valencia over 30.000 pax from around the world go nuts in the Tomato party, called Tomatina, consisting basically in throwing tomatoes to any human being near you. In the last edition of the Tomatina 120.000 kg tomatoes were used.

That isn’t probably the cleanest activity you can offer your group, but you wouldn’t deny it is quite exciting, eh!

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