Visiting Spain: The Top 12 Things You Need to Know Before You Go
Spain, a destination country that every tourist falls in love with. It is a place of vibrancy, diversity, history and amazing food. Spain has easily become one of the most visited countries by tourists every year and although I hold back in considering myself a typical tourist, undoubtedly this country is a favourite on my list.
Spain is an exciting multicultural country made up of 17 different regions. Each region differentiates itself with its foods, cultures and traditions. There are certainly a few things that are worth knowing before your travels to Spain to avoid any awkward situations along the way.
Planning Your Trip to Spain
1. Expect to eat late
2. Shops may close in the middle of the day
3. Siesta is not a thing…
4. August is a great time to visit many countries…but not Spain
Being in Spain
5. Pickpockets can be a problem
Big cities, especially places like Madrid and Barcelona are renowned for pickpockets who often target oblivious tourists. Sometimes the pickpockets will target you in the form of a distraction. Common scams include the flower scam. This is when the pickpocket will offer you a flower as an excuse to get close to you and your pockets. They will demand money for the flower and when you refuse, they will reach into your wallet for you. Another example is the pigeon poop scam. Someone will spray paint or milk onto your clothes and “kindly approach you to let you know, offering to help you clean it. This way you’re distracted enough for someone else to get into your pockets.
Make sure you’re vigilant at all times when you’re in a crowded area and keep your bags close to your body at all times.
6. Tipping isn’t necessarily a big deal
7. If you order a drink, expect a free bite
8. Be thankful for public transport in Spain
9. Say hello to the festival capital of the world
10. There’s an escalator etiquette
11. Waiting in line in Spain
12. You won’t be able to get anything done on a Sunday
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