FAQ's and other information
Spanish Culture 4. How can I avoid looking like a tourist in Spain? Ditch the white tennis shoes and shorts for a start, and try to avoid baseball caps. A fanny pack will betray you instantly; a mochila—an all-purpose cloth or leather bag with a long shoulder strap, bought locally—will serve you better. 5. What are siesta times?
Spain's famous siesta brings on a sense of calm and tranquility in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Between 2 and 5 p.m., Spain shuts down to allow the locals to rest after a long and hectic morning and to prepare for the busy afternoon. Meanwhile, the common tourist invariably chooses this time to stroll the streets for their souvenir shopping or sightseeing, only to find the shops closed and the streets empty… FAQS:
Activities 6.What is Flamenco?
Flamenco is one of the most prominent parts of Spanish culture. It is not just a dance but also include guitar playing, singing, hand clapping and a variety of other forms. Flamenco is considered as an essential element throughout Spain especially in the southern part of Andalucía. 7. What are the famous Spanish Carnivals? Corrida de Toros
Originally, the sport involved men riding horses and fighting raging bulls, but it eventually changed to men or matadors, fighting bulls without the aid of horses. Today, bullfighting is seen more as a ritualistic event, than a sport. La Tomitina Fest La Tomatina is a festival in which participants throw tomatoes and get involved in this tomato fight purely for entertainment purposes. Since 1945 it has been held on the last Wednesday of August, during the week of festivities of Buñol. 8. Want to attend a soccer (Football) match?
Futbol season usually runs from late August through May and tickets are available for most matches from weeks before each match. Just don’t expect to find a Barça-Real Madrid ticket easily. Reselling is illegal (although quite common). But, there are tours to the stadiums of Real Madrid and FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou. 9. Ride the Only International Zip Line
The scenic one-minute ride will not only get you across the Guardiana River (Spain) to Portugal, but will also take you forward in time, considering the time difference between the two countries. FAQS:
Food 10. Where is the best food in Spain?
Cuisine varies a lot from region to region. In general, Southern Spain is the origin of many of the iconic dishes such as tapas and gazpacho. Hot chocolate and churros is a very popular dessert throughout the country. Churros are deep-fried pastry covered in cinnamon and sugar. Dipped in liquid chocolate. A tapas is an appetizer or snack in Spanish cuisine. It may be cold or hot. In select bars in Spain, tapas have evolved into an entire, sophisticated cuisine. Gazpacho or Andalusian Gazpacho is a cold soup made of raw blended vegetables. A classic of Spanish cuisine, it originating in the southern region of Andalusia The most creative food in Spain is coming out of two areas: Barcelona and the surrounding region of Catalonia, as well as San Sebastian and Bilbao in the Basque Country. But, if you stay away from the places that seem full of tourists at lunchtime, it is hard to have a bad meal in Spain, really. 11. Dine in the World’s Oldest Restaurant 300-year-old Sobrino de Botin in Madrid is the oldest restaurant. Situated in the heart of the Spanish capital, just off Plaza Mayor, this beloved culinary institution founded in 1725 still uses the original 18th century wood-fired oven to prepare some of the best roasted lamb in town. FAQS:
Before you go to Spain
12. I don't speak Spanish. Is this going to be a problem?
Learning a few basic words of Spanish is always handy. Most Spaniards don’t speak English at all, with the exception of the most touristic areas. Does it mean that you won’t find anybody to talk to? Absolutely not! Spaniards are open and easygoing, the younger generations study English at school and there are lots of foreigners here that will surely be glad to help you out. And… you can also try drawing or sign language to get yourself understood, or drop us a message and we’ll be glad to help you out.
1. Dress stylishly, but modestly.
2. Shake hand whenever you meet someone
3. Be ready for late lunch and dinner. Spaniards usually have their lunch between 13:00 hours to 15:30 hours and dinner usually is after 21:00 hours! They are very relaxed eaters diners.
4. Tipping in restaurants is customary in Spain. If you are satisfied with the food and service, make sure to leave some tips
5. Siesta (afternoon sleep) is something extremely popular in Spain and people prefer to take a short break of 2 hours post-lunch, in order to get some sleep! Most of the shops would remain closed during the late afternoons and trust me, you’ll absolutely enjoy the siesta period!
6. Keep changes handy – you never know when you’ll need it!
1. Don’t carry too many clothes – because Spain is a shopper’s paradise!
2. Don’t get into discussions related to regionalism
3. Don’t complain about smoking – the Spaniards love to smoke!
4. Don’t expect everyone to speak English – in fact, it’ll be good if you learn to speak a few Spanish words. Most Spaniards have their own English accent which is a tad bit difficult to be understood if you aren’t paying enough attention.
5. Do not carry your wallet in the back of your jeans pocket, nor ladies sling bags
Sockets & plugs
Spain uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type F.
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