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Travel tips for Spain - what to prepare in advance and what to obey

1. There is, unfortunately, a big risk to meet with pickpockets in Spain, especially in large tourist cities. Therefore, it’s better not to carry the original documents. It's also recommended to keep money on a card, as it will be much more convenient and safer.
2. It is more convenient to move around the cities on subway. It costs less and passengers don't have to stop in traffic jams. It’s better to walk short distances, so you'd get acquainted with the architecture and features of each city.
3. If you rent a car, you should be very careful. Spaniards do not always follow the rules of the road; they are in no hurry and are quite unpredictable while driving. They often forget to turn the signal while switching lanes.
Spain is home to bullfighting and siesta, which very vividly characterize the mentality of the inhabitants of this country. Passionate and emotional …
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4. Spaniards are sociable people. They are not accustomed to ride in the subway or bus in silence. There are stormy discussion of news, politics or even just the weather among unfamiliar people. Tourists, who first encountered such a lively conversation, can easily enter into communication.
5. Spaniards gesticulate very actively and in the process of communication can unconsciously touch the interlocutor with their hands, even if they see a person for the first time. Such gestures do not have any undertone, and therefore it is worth not paying attention to them.
6. Spain is a fairly religious country. Even during the tour, people dressed in low necked outfit or shorts may not be allowed to enter the church. Therefore, tourists should choose clothes that cover their shoulders and knees.
7. During a siesta, not only shops, but most restaurants and cafes are closed. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
8. In Spain, especially in small towns, people speak English rather badly. It's worth to have a dictionary or phrase book.
9. Catalonia residents do not consider themselves to be Spanish. They speak Catalan and call themselves Catalans. Multinationality is an important feature of Spain, and therefore its culture and peoples must be treated with special attitude.
10. You can travel around Spain in 3 ways - by bus, train or plane. Far distances, including Madrid to Sevilla, are recommended to be done by plane. Domestic airlines offer low prices.
11. You can safely walk on the streets of Spain both during the day and night. Spaniards are active in the evening and night, so the streets are almost always crowded.
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12. All the beaches of the country are free, but you have to pay for sunbeds.
13. Foreign tourists may be confused by girls and women sunbathing topless. That's common in Spain and is not considered nudism. There are dedicated beaches for nudists.
14. Tips in Spain make 10 percent of the check. Extra money aren't included; therefore you leave a tip afterwards.
15. Spaniards talk very loudly and emotionally, but such an expression is not a manifestation of any aggression.
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Fantastic City Tours and Excursions in Spain

Colorful and unique places in Spain

Juzcar

From the series “Monochromatic Cities - Stunning Views”
A small Spanish town Juzcar is also known under the name “The Smurfs Village”. It has placed on the territory of the provincial capital of Málaga in southern Spain. Some time ago this place was known only to few tourists. All has changed in 2011 when this town was chosen by Sony Pictures Company for a new movie about Smurfs. The company offered locals to repaint all buildings in the town in blue for monetary reward. Soon the town became a worldwide known sightseeing. Tourists from the whole world are coming there now.

At present, you can find a lot of cafes and shops that are decorated in outstanding thematic style. Their walls are full of Smurfs graffiti. Also, there were made a lot of thematic sculptures. Well-known characters you can find everywhere. This town is very attractive … Read all

Cueva de El Castillo

From the series “Famous Stables of Ancient People”
The unique cave Cueva de El Castillo was found in Cantabria, Spain. For a long period of time the cave didn’t attract modern people. The cave’s entrance was so small that the only possible way to get there was on the hands and knees. There were found one of the most ancient petroglyphs in the world. Their age goes up to 40 000 years. On the pictures were depicted bisons, horses, some parts are devoted to the hunting.

There is no strong evidence that these paintings belong to the hand of our predecessors. Some researchers say that the petroglyphs belong to the brush of the Neanderthals but they don’t claim it. During the numerous researching it was knew that the first people have stayed there over 150 000 years ago. Cueva del Castillo was discovered in 1903 by Hermilio Alcalde del … Read all

Estacion de Atocha

From the series “Top 14 Most Astonishing Railway Stations in the World”
The unique railway station that unites both traditional and modern styles is situated in Madrid and called Estacion de Atocha. In 1992 at the historic station was opened a new terminal. It was decorated with exotic plants. This place is at the same level with the best Botanic Gardens of the Earth. There you will see a lot of tall slim palms, exotic plants and flowers, the wonderful pool of tortoises.

In this wonderful zone you can wait for the train. Choose the bench and adore the view. The new terminal resembles the modern shopping centre. Several years ago there were opened a number of cafes and restaurants, even the stylish nightclub. The railway station Estacion de Atocha is the biggest in the country. It was built in 1892. The station has 13 platforms and 24 lanes.

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If you are a fan of esports and miss traveling, this is your chance. Riot Games, the developer of such popular titles as League of Legends and Valorant, will have not one but two important esports events in the capital of Iceland! Both will take place in May, so all fans of these games still have time to book their flights and hotels in Reykjavik. The news came just after Iceland’s announcement that it would make it easier for travelers to enter the country. Read this

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Advices for popular cities of Spain

Barcelona
1. Travelers are advised to be especially careful and keep valuables away from prying eyes. Despite the fact that Barcelona is quite a safe city, you should not tempt fate and leave bags and clothes. If you lose valuable items, you should contact the police to get insurance. 2. Tourists will find much interesting in «Guia del Ocio» newspaper as it throws the light on the upcoming cultural events and excursions. You can buy it in any newsagent. 3. Since dinners are rather late in … Read more
Madrid
1. The system of buses is very well-developed in the city, so travelers can easily get to any area of Madrid by public transport. If you plan to travel frequently, you can purchase a special pass from the driver. 2. In order to rent a car, you will need to have a credit card, a passport and an international driving license. By the way, the age of a renter must be at least 21 years. 3. Car rentals located near railway stations are considered the most advantageous ones. 4. Those … Read more
Sevilla
1. Currency is best to be exchanged in special exchange offices as they offer the most advantageous tariffs. 2. All beaches of the city are municipal, so entering them is absolutely free. Charges may be withdrawn only for the rental of deck chairs, parasols and various sports equipment. 3. You are highly recommended to leave tips in local restaurants and cafes. The usual amount of tips is 5 - 10% of the total bill. It should be also noted that leaving a tip to the waiter is not … Read more
Benidorm
1. The majority of shops in Benidorm are open from 10:00 to 21:00. Some shopping centers may be closed during a working day for a lunch break. Fans of shopping should keep in mind that in Benidorm low price of goods is usually the indication of its poor quality. The travellers, who want to save money on purchasing souvenirs, are recommended to go to Cala de Finestrat market, which is open on Fridays. 2. CARREFOUR supermarket is the best place to purchase food. It works every day including … Read more
Granada
1. When you plan to make a walk, it is necessary to take a copy of your identity document, as well as a map of the city. All valuable items should be kept in the safe of your hotel room. Motorists also should not forget that leaving valuable items in their cars is very dangerous. 2. The majority of shops and shopping centers open from 9:00 to 20:00. Small shops can close for a lunch break during the daytime, and large supermarkets and shopping complexes usually work without any breaks. … Read more
Valencia
1. Currency is better to be exchanged in banks. They usually open early, no later than at 9:00 am, and serve clients up to 14:00. Many exchange offices may work around the clock, but they usually offer less profitable exchange rate. 2. Travelers should not forget to follow basic safety precautions. Do not go for a walk to remote areas of the city, do not leave your belongings unattended, and do not forget to monitor your bags closely in public places in order to avoid becoming a victim of … Read more
Salou
1. Tourist season in Salou lasts from the beginning of May till the middle of October as this period features the most favorable weather for rest, recreation and city exploration as well as plenty of exciting cultural events. A hotel for this period should better be booked in advance as many local hotels raise prices for rooms. 2. The resort area should better be cruised and explored on foot as a major part of entertainment establishments, landmarks and sites as well as hotels are located in … Read more
Lloret de Mar
1. Descriptions of many local hotels contain the information on the distance to the popular beaches. It should be taken in consideration that the straight distance is indicated. The holiday resort is placed in the hilled country that is why one will need to make the way through the wind streets and routes. 2. Prudent tourist should give preference to the hotels situated in the suburbs of the resort. The pricing of the hotels centered in the heart of the city is rather high. Many tourists … Read more

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