Spain in a Nut Shell…

  • Eat! – Paella. Steaming pans of rice, prawns, chicken and vegetables stained yellow with saffron. If you’re in the Catalan region of Spain, you need to ask for Fideau instead, which is the Catalan version of this dish, made with tiny pieces of pasta instead of rice. Served with plenty of ali-oli, creamy garlic sauce!
  • Drink! – Sangria. Served in jugs with plenty of ice, this refreshing drink is made from red wine, a splash of brandy and plenty of chopped fresh fruit.
  • Wear! – Flamenco clothing (if you’re in Andalusia in particular!). With ruffles a plenty, these dresses and trousers are quite the statement – but not so sensible for sightseeing.
  • Beware! – The football scam. If a local approaches you to chat about football or even to share their moves, ignore and keep a close eye on your valuables. Pickpocketing is particularly rife in Barcelona.

Introduction to Spain…

Spain has long been popular amongst backpackers and travellers alike. The country gets some serious sunshine, particularly on the Mediterranean coast. And the best thing about the Spanish way of life? Siestas. Every single day…

Spain Basics:

  • Currency: Euro
  • Capital city: Madrid
  • Main religion: Catholicism
  • Main language: Spanish
  • Telephone code: +34
  • Time: GMT+2
  • Emergency number: 112

Spanish Language Essentials:

  • Hello: Hola
  • Thank you: Gracias
  • How are you? Cómo estás?
  • Can I have the bill please? Me puede dar la cuenta por favor?
  • Please: Por favor
  • How much? Cuánto cuesta?
  • Good bye: Adiós

 5 Random Facts about Spain:

  1. Spanish is the second most popular language in the World (after English), with more than 400 million native speakers.
  2. Spain is the only country in Europe to grow bananas.
  3. On New Year’s Eve, Spaniards eat 12 grapes to celebrate.
  4. The country has more festivals than there are days in a year (wow!).
  5. Spain is the World’s largest producer of olive oil, and they still gather most of it by hand.
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