Spain is considered to be the most popular European country among tourists. A wonderful climate, many architectural monuments, golden beaches, and noisy festivals — all this attracts a huge number of people from around the world.
Besides, Spain is considered one of the safest and most hospitable countries in Europe. Tourists feel very comfortable here. However, it is still worth knowing about the insignificant, at first glance, nuances that will help to avoid embarrassing situations when vacationing in the Spain country.
A feature of life in Spain is the daily siesta. Life literally freezes from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the country. At this time, not only shops and cafes are closing, but also municipal institutions, post offices, and currency exchange points. It is difficult to find a bank that will be open after 2 p.m. On Saturdays, banks are open until 1 p.m., and on Sunday, all organizations have a day off.
The most popular museums work without breaks from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., but small local museums may well close for a siesta or work only in the morning. If you are hungry during the siesta and all the cafes and restaurants are closed — go to the nearest shopping center. They never stop working for a siesta and almost each of them has a couple of cafes or at least a food court.
Restaurants and Cafes
Try to visit only the places you already know, but you shouldn’t go to the first restaurant or bar you see. First, make sure there are visitors in the institution — if there is no one there, most likely, it doesn’t have a very good reputation. The reasons for this may be problems with the quality of products, hygiene, service, and even calculations.
There are no public toilets in Spain. They can be found at airports, railway and bus stations. In cities, you shouldn’t look for them. If you suddenly need a toilet, go to a bar or restaurant.
In large cities, it is most convenient to travel by public transport. You should refrain from catching a taxi since a lot of time will be spent waiting in traffic jams. It is best to travel by metro — this way you can not only save a lot but also reduce the riding period and have time to visit more interesting places. You can even purchase a special ticket for 10 rides, including trips on the metro and buses.
On the Street
No matter how developed Spain is, you can always run into a pickpocket on the street. Therefore, tourists shouldn’t carry expensive things and important documents. Also, keep your bag and things in front of you.
There is no doubt that you will enjoy Spain. The tips for tourists that you read, of course, are not exhaustive or unique, but they can make your stay in this wonderful country at least a bit better and more comfortable. Mucho suerte!