Spain is well-known worldwide for its flamenco dancers and bullfights. The architecture reflects the Moroccan style. Cave paintings, renaissance cathedrals, Moorish palaces establish the diversity of the country. Spring, fall and early summer are very pleasant here, while summers are hot.
Spanish is the regional language of Spain. English is also broadly spoken here. Over the stage of time, Spanish people have become modern in order to gel with the shifting times and are no longer traditional. But that hasn’t changed the values, traditions, manners and customs of the locals. People here have two surnames; the first surname can be used to pass on to the person. To greet someone, a handshake will do the job. Take a small gift along when visiting someone’s house. Save the flowers for individual occasions. Dinner is generally taken very late in the night. People wear casuals most of the time. Men are predictable to wear jackets at some restaurants. Swimsuits should be confined to the pools and beaches. Recently a ban has been applied on smoking in public places.
IBERIA is the national airline of Spain. A lot of other low-cost airlines offer services in the country. There are almost thirty international airports in Spain, out of which Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Alicante and Malaga are famous.
Madrid located at 13km away from the city has a good bus service every fifteen minutes. Underground service also works to transport passengers to their destinations. Other amenities offered at this airport are duty free shops, bank, restaurant, tourism information, and hotel reservations.
Barcelona is very close to the city, situated at a distance of 3 km only. Buses are available every 15 minutes and trains are available every 20 minutes. Taxis are available all through the day. Duty free shops, restaurants, bank, car hire and tourism information are available here.
There is a good network of roads connecting Spain north to south. Toll booths are installed in some parts of the country. Carrying few Euros will help smooth sailing at the toll booths. If driving one’s private car, it would be better if the travel insurance covers medical costs too. Carrying a medical kit can prove to be of some help.
Shops open quite near the beginning in the morning and stay open late in the evening. In the afternoon, they are closed for lunch or siesta. Ceramic and leather goods are famed and they will be good gifts for friends and family members back home. Bills are to be paid beside with the service charges, so tipping is a matter of appreciation.