Spain Basic Information
While Spanish is the main language in Spain, Catalan, Basque and Galican are also recognised in different regions so don’t expect to understand everything you hear should you happen to understand a little Spanish. True story. For more info before you go, here's our top tips about Spain.
Spain is one of the Schengen Convention countries, which means Australian passport holders going to Spain on holiday for less than a total of 90 days within a 180-day period do not need a visa to enter the country. Make sure your passport has at least 6 months’ validity from your planned date of return to Australia. Please be aware that this information is a guideline only. For up-to-the-minute visa information, contact your local Embassy or Consulate of Spain.
Spain is part of the European Union and uses the Euro as currency. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and the Euro changes constantly, so keep an eye on the exchange rate and buy Euros when the rate is at its best.
Spain is home to some of the best ham, cheese, olive oil and wines in the world, but the gastro party doesn’t stop there. Just like the wine, the cuisine varies from region to region so don’t forget to ask for local specialities wherever you go. For example, the Mediterranean diet is ideal for tapas or dessert fans, whereas paella lovers will feel right at home in Valencia or Albufera. Don't miss trying the fresh fish and traditional seafood dishes in coastal areas of Andalusia, Catalonia and Valencia. There are also countless wine trails to stumble across or down around Spain, not to mention sampling sherry in Jerez (meaning 'sherry' in Spanish) or sidra (apple cider) in Asturias. And we haven't even touched on the tasty bize-size tapas (or pinxtos as it's known in the Basque region) found in bars all over the country. Your taste buds will thank you!
The fun doesn’t stop until after the sun comes up in Spain, especially in party spots like Ibiza, Barcelona, Marbella and Madrid. Kickstart your evening with dinner and drinks or even a flamenco show, but whatever you do, don’t be a rookie and try any of this before 9pm. Everything starts late in Spain and it’s important to remember that afternoon siestas are your friend and perfectly normal here. Enjoy some of the best nightclubs and DJs on the planet by dressing like you’re in a stylish part of Europe (you are) and starting late because La Movida (the move) doesn’t begin until after the clock strikes midnight.