If you’re headed to Spain soon, consider yourself lucky. Sunny Spain is a traveler’s paradise with the best wine and food, impressive architecture, unusual outdoor adventure events, and stunning nightlife you could only dream of. And to make your trip even better, here are four tips that you should remember.
1. Take Note Of Spain’s Peak Season
From June to August, tourists come by the hundreds. This is the time when beaches are jam-packed, bars are too crowded, and accommodations become very expensive.
If you don’t want crowds and lines, avoid Spain’s peak season. But if this is the only time you can travel, avoid the city and visit least known places like Menorca and Costa de Almeria for beaches or Aragon, Cantabria and Asturias if you prefer a trip to Spain’s rugged mountains.
2. Carrying Sports Equipment
If you travel with large sporting equipment like bikes, diving equipment or surfboards, you might end up paying for more. Airlines like Air France and Iberia charge too much to carry this heavy equipment while it’s cheaper to buy these when you’re in Spain.
3. Remember To Set Your Watches
Take note of the local time in Spain and set your watches in advance. In the city, shops are open from 9 in the morning till 2 pm and then again from 4 pm till 5 pm from Monday to Friday. When you go further south, afternoon breaks tend to be longer.
Dining establishments are open for lunch from 1 pm to 4 pm and for dinner, 8 pm until midnight. Schedules are again different in the south where restaurants are open till much later. Restaurants in Barcelona start to become busy at around 9:30 pm; however, those in Spain’s capital will still be waiting for customers to arrive.
Also, take note that most restaurants in the country tend to close down every August to make way for summer activities and holiday events.
4. Take Note Of Spanish Lingo
Another essential thing that a traveler has to remember is to learn a bit of street lingo. The term kiosco means street-corner shops. These sell sweets as well as gusanitos or corn puffs. Street vendors sell street foods for only a few cents or centimos.
Buying from these places is how Spanish children learn how to carry out their first transactions in Spanish. Meanwhile, taking a siesta is taking a break, having leisurely meals and watching football. Take note of these Spanish terms, and you’re all set for your trip to Spain.