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Spain, What to Expect

Spain is located in southeastern Europe in the Iberian Peninsula. It shares its borders with France, Portugal, Gibraltar, and Andorra. Spain has a vast coastline along the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the Mediterranean Sea to the southeast. It also shares maritime borders with Morocco, Algeria, and Italy. Madrid, the capital, and Barcelona are its two major cities.

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
Casa Batllo Barcelona, Spian
Casa Batllo Barcelona

Fast Facts

  • Capital: Madrid
  • Population: 46.95M in 2021
  • Currency: Euro
  • Official Language: Spanish
  • Visa Requirements: Spain is a member of the European Union (EU) and Schengen area. So, anyone can visit it with a valid Schengen visa.
  • Best Time to Visit: late Spring(April-May) to early Autumn(September-October) is the best time to visit Spain.

Spain Top Experiences

  • Visit Sagrada Familia In Barcelona
  • Witness the Magic Fountain Show of Montjuic in Barcelona.
  • Visit Alhambra Palace in Granada
  • Admire the Gaudi Work at Casa Batllo.
  • Throw tomatoes during La Tomatina in Buñol
  • Join the Carnival in Tenerife
  • Discover Debod, Spains only Egyptian Temple.
  • Got a Football call from Camp Nou to visit the FC Barcelona
Artist at La Rambla, Barcelona, Spain
Artist at La Rambla, Barcelona


Spain is generally a safe destination for tourists, students, business travelers, and others. Violent crime is rare, and Spanish locals are usually very accommodating to tourists. However, street crime and scams are a growing issue.

Although violent crime may occur, it is generally uncommon. Foreigners are the targets of choice for pickpockets and thieves who operate in hotel lobbies, restaurants, public transit systems, airports, car rental counters, and other areas frequented by tourists. Upon arrival at the airport, train station, bus station, hotel, or other areas with large crowds, keep a close eye on your personal belongings.

Common crime tactics

It includes baggage theft while visitors check-in/out of their hotels, during check-in at the airport, while picking up or dropping off a rental car, or while hailing a taxi; theft of valuables left in vehicles; criminal distractions (e.g. asking for directions, dropping coins/keys and asking for assistance, or “inadvertently” spilling something on the victim and offering to clean it up) to allow a counterpart to pick a victim’s pocket; and taking advantage of unsuspecting tourists who hang a purse/backpack on the back of a chair, place their cellphones on a table when at a restaurant, or place their belongings on a bench beside them.

Recent Report is beneficial before a visit to Spain.

The last Note: No need to panic. These are the types of things travelers should be aware of before traveling to Spain, plus a few safety tips to help you out of trouble if you land in it.

Budgeting Plan

Transportation -Spain has an excellent network of roads and highways. Spain has extensive and generally safe train, bus, subway, and airport transportation systems.

Taxis are also abundantly available, reliable, and safe. Private transportation companies (e.g. Uber, Cabify) are operating in Madrid and Barcelona; check individual websites for operating status.

Renfe is Spain’s national train network which operates regular services across the country. It has high-speed, regular, and suburban train lines. The best way to travel long distances in Spain is to book the high-speed train or AVE (Alta Velocidad) which runs between most major cities.

In Barcelona, the FGC Trains provide regular connections to the suburbs.

Getting the bus is one of the cheapest ways to get around Spain. I love to use this option and extensively used Flix Bus within Europe. You can use Movelia for a collective sum of all bus companies at a single point.


A hostel dormitory bed starts around €10`15 and most hostels come with breakfast.

Budget hotels start at around 50€ per night for a single room with basic amenities.

Other sites to plan and choose your accommodation might be, Air BnB (start from 20€), Agoda, or Hostelworld. (dorm 15Euro and room 30Euro). However, when you’re looking for a hostel, do your research, read reviews to get a feel for the place. and book somewhere that suits you

Food and local Dishes

In Barcelona and Madrid, you can find any type of international restaurant which can provide you your local dishes. However, from Spanish cuisines, a few must-try will be

  • Gazpacho, The reddest, ripest tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, bread, peppers, and cucumber are blended until silky smooth, then chilled before use.
  • Tortilla Española, A very simple recipe includes Eggs, potatoes, and onions but the taste is not a simple one.
  • Churros, A biscuit-like snack or dessert.

Suggested daily budget –  For Backpacking a suggested budget is about 50~60€. It includes a bed in a dorm, a portion of basic food, and public transport within the city with a couple of site seeing.


  • If you are an art lover then don’t miss a free art show at Casa Encendida.
  • Use a Barcelona card if you plan a visit of three days or more. It includes unlimited public transport and entry to 20 attractions. For adding skip-the-line facilities, you can use Barcelona City Pass.
  • Book in advance to get everything cheaper than a high price.
  • On the first Sunday of every month, many museums open their doors for free. So, check the available ones to save some bucks.
Royal Palace, Madrid, Spain
Royal Palace, Madrid


Hey, This is Rashid and I am here to share my Wide Angle Dreams with you, with the aim to provide you a Wide Angle to catch your bucket list dreams of travelling and trekking. If you love to travel but feel that you are bound in tough daily routines and find very little time to catch your travelling dreams, then you are at a right place.

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