Spain is one of my favourite countries and one which I keep returning to. Why visit Spain? Is a list which includes sunshine, glorious beaches, diverse landscape, exquisite architecture, vibrant culture, great roads and great food a good enough reason?
Visa: Spain is a member of the EU and is part of the Schengen Agreement bloc which allows for free movement between Schengen member countries. Not all EU countries are members of Schengen. Citizens of a number of countries including the USA, Canada and Brazil can visit Spain for up to 90 days without a visa.
Language: A rich diversity of languages exist in Spain. Castilian Spanish is spoken widely as either a first or second language. A number of regional languages include Catalan, Valencian, Basque and Galician. English is not widely spoken outside of the main beach resorts.
Currency: Euro. Spain’s Canary Islands are treated as non-EU with regard to taxes and customs duties.
A to B: Incredibly, the only public transport I’ve used in Spain are airport buses and the Barcelona metro! All were safe, good value and efficient. I’m a better judge of Spain’s roads having rented a car every time I’ve visited. The motorway and main road infrastructure is excellent. The challenge on secondary roads is the country’s mountainous terrain best illustrated in my Majorca post. RENFE is Spain’s national railway company.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
I’ve never had any problems travelling as a solo female in Spain although I’ve noticed that beaches after 6pm become pick-up joints so depart at that time if expressions of interest are not in your plans. Expect alcohol-fulled rowdiness at resorts popular with Irish and British tourists (Benidorm, Torremolinos, Santa Ponsa, Magaluf, Tossa de Mar).