Life is pretty chilled in Spain, it’s all siestas and everything runs late. The Spanish like to enjoy themselves, move slow, eat well and relax.
Spain is pretty cheap when compared to other places in Europe. You’ll find free wi-fi almost everywhere. Prices are are lower outside the major cities, I’ve used airbnb with great success. Hostels usually offer a free breakfast starting from €15, hotels start around €45.
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Tapas will be the cheapest meal you can get, if you want wine expect to pay the same again or more. The average restaurant will cost around €20. You have the usual Fast food restaurants like McDonald’s.
- Tip: Spaniards don’t waste food. It is better to decline food rather than leave it on your plate.
Hire car is the best method of transport if you want to go any distance. If your staying in a city then use the metro and bus lines. Trains can be expensive especially the high speed routes.
- Tip: Spaniards speak a lot with their hands. Never mimic them.
In Spain the power sockets are of type F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
Type F: This socket also works with plug C and E.
Your need for a power plug adapter depends on the power plugs used in your own country. The Mu Worldwide Traveller Duo is a superb addition for those who travel light and it stays in my travel bag all the time. It doesn’t matter where you go in the world this has you covered and will keep you charged up and ready to go with US and Euro plug adaptors and two USB ports.
‘Free’ roaming in the EU has now started, failing that there’s another easy trick to get free roaming simply by swapping your Sim. (You’ll need an unlock phone though) Otherwise, it may be best to stick to free Wi-Fi.
Some ‘Free’ roaming does have it’s limits though, so you’ll want to check with your provider.
- Tip everyone for everything.
- Spaniards don’t waste food. It is better to decline food rather than leave it on your plate.
- Expect to be interrupted when speaking.
- Be patient. Nothing is done in a hurry. Spanish trademarks are procrastination and delay.
- If you have the time and want to save money, take the bus.
- You’ll find the cheapest (and freshest!) produce and meat at the local markets.
- Spain is a country where the strength of the sun can be deceiving, so bring lots of sunscreen.
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