You’ve finally been given the vacation you’ve been waiting for, and one of your plans is to travel to Spain and enjoy your days off. In TAS Consultancy we know the Spanish scene quite well, so in this article we tell you the basic things you should take into account if you plan to go sightseeing in the country.
How long can I stay in Spain?
It seems logical, but we prefer to clarify it. The first thing you should know if you plan to travel to Spain in tourist mode, or if you simply want to visit a relative, is to know the maximum duration allowed in the country.
In this regard, the Spanish authorities establish that travelers who can visit Spain without a tourist visa are allowed to stay in the country for a maximum period of 90 days, extendable to 180 days, in case of a force majeure reason that justifies the approval of the extension.
However, for travelers coming from countries that require a visa to enter Spain, a maximum duration of 90 days in the country is authorized, and for no reason may their stay exceed the established time.
Finally, those travelers in possession of a residence permit or Schengen visa will be allowed to travel in Spain for 90 days with the option to extend in specific cases to 180 days.
Now that you have decided the date of departure to start your adventure in Spain, try to book a place to stay a little in advance.
Spain is a country that receives a large number of tourists every year, so if you want to be located in the best area and take advantage of the best prices, plan before entering the country. If you wish, you can consult recognized web portals such as booking.com to get an idea of the available options.
There are many options to choose from, ranging from hotels, rural houses, unique accommodations, aparthotels, tourist apartments, hostels, hostels and camping sites.
From TAS Consultancy, we recommend you to check the location of your lodging and evaluate how attractive it is, which public transportation routes are nearby, what is included in the rate to be paid, what is the arrival and departure time, as well as to get information and read the comments of the experiences of former travelers.
If you have an adventurous spirit, strolling through the big cities of Spain will surely catch your attention.
Do you feel identified? To help you plan your trip, here are the tourist attractions that you cannot miss, and we show you the best alternatives to move internally in the country.
Now that we have given you our top 10 of the main Spanish cities, you may be wondering how do I get to them?
Spain offers a diversity of means of transportation, since it stands out for its railways, subways, highways and roads. However, what we recommend is to organize in advance which areas you want to visit and purchase your tickets in time to find the best prices.
In addition, you can tour the most emblematic monuments by bus and buy your tickets at prices ranging from 5 euros.
And, if you enjoy longer journeys, traveling by train in Spain is an excellent idea.
Renfe and Ave are the companies par excellence that will transport you internally in the country, offering modern and comfortable units with great frequency and a variety of schedules for you to choose from.
So moving between big cities like Madrid to Barcelona will be totally feasible, and you can do it for fares starting from 30 or 40 euros.
A unique gastronomy
Coming to Spain means being willing to sacrifice a few extra kilos, and getting to know our famous tapas and typical dishes.
The freshness of the vegetables, cold meats, wines and beers will make you want to repeat and repeat. However, an important fact to keep in mind: lunch and dinner hours are not usually early.
Lunch is usually between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., and dinner is usually after 9:00 p.m.
And if you are worried about the economic part, there is no better option than ordering a tapa, tasting small portions of tortilla, Iberian ham and accompanying your evening with a “cañita”. You can find options from 1 euro!
Take advantage of the seasons
In general, the Mediterranean climate will offer you sun most of the year. However, Spain is a country that will allow you to enjoy a diversity of landscapes and plans ranging from beach visits, museums, hiking in the mountains, among others.
If you are planning a trip to the beach, the Canary Islands, Ibiza, Alicante, Barcelona and San Sebastian will definitely catch your attention. And, the right time to go sightseeing in them is usually the summer days between the months of June and August.
Now, if your vacation is planned for autumn, touring the city outdoors will fascinate you. You can discover the heart of Madrid and take advantage of temperatures that are usually no higher than 26º and no lower than 5º.
In spring, cities like Seville and Barcelona usually receive multiple tourists year after year, and the months of April and May give them a unique charm that will make you want to return.
And, in winter the Christmas festivities are a spectacle. Not to mention, the weather is in conditions for skiing and snowboarding in mountainous regions such as Pomegranates.
Getting out of the routine and choosing Spain as a tourist destination is one of the best decisions you can make for your vacation. As you may have noticed, you will be able to enjoy a variety of plans, visit emblematic cities and enjoy unparalleled gastronomy. So, now that we have told you about the basic aspects to take into account, don’t give it another thought and set a date for your trip!