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ELECTRICITY: 220 V / 50 Hz


CURRENCY: EURO (Euro) €


PASSPORT / VISA:
If you are a citizen of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein: you will need a valid passport or ID card. The maximum stay in Spain is 90 days.


WATER:
Drinking water supply is guaranteed throughout Spain. We have stringent control systems that guarantee water quality. Nevertheless, in some Mediterranean coastal areas consumption of bottled water is widespread.


SHOP OPENING HOURS:
The most usual business hours are from Monday-Saturday, from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, and 4:30 to 8 pm. Major shopping centres and department stores are open all day all day from 10 am to 9 or 10 pm.


SHOPPING:
Top international brands and designers; trendy, creative, traditional and deluxe fashions; exclusive brands, major chains and the latest in cool design.
In Madrid, the so-called “golden mile” (Salamanca neighbourhood with Serrano and Ortega y Gasset streets) is home to the most prestigious Spanish brands, alongside world names in luxury fashion.
Barcelona , a more exclusive and bohemian fashion showcase running for five kilometres on the city’s most emblematic streets.
Santiago de Compostela is home to a host of crafts from the Galicia Region.


BANKS / CREDIT CARDS / ATMs:
Banks open to the public Monday through Saturday, from 8.30 to 14.00 h (except in the months of June through September, when they remain closed on Saturday).
Payment using recognized international credit cards is also commonly available in Spanish shops. They usually have signs indicating this option at the entrance to the establishment. When you make a payment you should show your passport or ID card.
Traveller's cheques, accompanied by a passport, are also accepted in many hotels, restaurants and shops.


TIPS:
In every single establishment in Spain, service is included with the price of the meal or drink. However, tipping is a common practice at bars and restaurants, hotels, and taxis, depending on the total price for the service, and on the generosity of the client. It is usually around five to ten percent of the total price.


PETS:
There are three general rules: animals should be accompanied by their owners or representatives, must be duly identified and must have their accompanying animal health certificate, which should include a copy written in Spanish. Please take into account that all pets must be in possession of the correct veterinary certificate or passport, according to the species of animal.


EMERGENCY PHONES:
Dial 112 free of charge (valid throughout Spain). Service is provided in Spanish, and also in English, French and German in some tourist areas.
 
SOURCE:
http://www.spain.info/


 


 



 

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