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Spain is the fourth largest country in the European continent. It is the only European country that has a border with an African country, which is Morocco. Spain's capital city Madrid is located in the heart of the country and provides access to other parts of Spain. Madrid is also known for beautiful and unique architecture, as well as delicious cuisine, making it a popular destination for tourism.
Visa and Immigration Procedures to Spain
There are many different documents required for travelers entering Spain. If you are planning a visit, you will need to provide a booked air ticket to your destination in Spain, proof of sufficient funds for your stay and a valid passport of at least 3 months. It is not necessary to submit proof of your accommodation if a private accommodation is already arranged. Applicants must show-up in person in order to have biometric data taken. However, if you are applying again within 5 years, the data will be reused. For EU residents, before booking your air ticket, you will need to make sure of the validity of your European ID, which must be valid for at least 3 months. Your ticket to Spain will require a visa if you are not an EU resident. Please be sure to check with your embassy before booking your air ticket.
Things/Items Allowed into Spain
Under the EU laws and regulations, there is no need to declare your goods in the customs declaration area inside the airport if you are carrying less than 800 individual cigarettes, 400 cigarillos (max. 3 grams each), 200 cigars, 1kg of smoking tobacco, 10 liter of spirits over 22 %, 20 liters of alcoholic beverages less than 22 %, 90 liters of wine (though no more than 60 liters of sparkling wine), and 110 liters of beer. Rules and regulation are applied on any ticket arriving from Europe or outside Europe regardless of ticket class. Passengers older than 17 years old and arriving from non-EU locations are allowed to bring without customs duty 200 individual cigarettes, 100 cigarillos (max. 3 grams each), 50 cigars, 250 grams of smoking tobacco or proportional assortment, 1 liter of spirits over 22%, or non-denatured ethyl alcohol with more than 80% volume, 2 liters of spirits or aperitifs made of wine or similar beverages less than 22% volume, or sparkling wines or liquor wines, a proportional mix of these products; and in addition, 4 liters of wine or 16 liters of beer, medicines in proportion to the traveler's needs (for all passengers), and other goods (for air travelers), up to a total value of EUR 430 per adult or EUR 150 if aged under 15 years old..
Things/Items Forbidden out of Spain
• EUR 10,000 or more in cash
• Animals without electronic microchip
• Art Objects
Things/Items Forbidden into Spain
• Meat Products
• Dairy products
• Uncertified Monuments
• Uncertified Art Objects
• Arms and Ammunition
Voice of Travelers to Spain
Great Trip in Spain
After arriving at the Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport in the morning, we went to the bus ticket stand to book a ticket to the Artiem Madrid, which is a fabulous hotel located outside the city center. It had fresh air and a beautiful view from my room's terrace. Then, we went down to the lobby to wait for the hotel restaurant to open for breakfast. Breakfast was healthy fresh yogurt, cheese, and milk, absolutely delicious! Also, booking a ticket for public transport was very easy and cheap. It was around EUR 20, and the same ticket could be used for any train and bus. Later on, we walked around the Plaza Mayor and along the edge of Campo del Moro. Spain was an amazing place to visit.
Architecture in Madrid was spectacular. The city was had great fountains, and ultra-modern buildings and hotels. Furthermore, Spain has the best bars, beaches, tours, and much more destinations that travelers can go. If you are a traveler who likes to party, go to Madrid. But if you are a person who enjoys beaches and sun, Barcelona will be your best bet. It was a great country to visit; you will never regret visiting Spain.
The Most Beautiful Country in the World!
Spain is completely different from any other European city. It is very special in the summer, as the beautiful golden beaches can be enjoyed. Spain is also ranked as one of the world's top four tourist destinations. I went to Barcelona and booked my hotel in the San Siro district, which was near the La Rambla Street. Walking through the La Rambla Street was one of the best moments in the trip. I also visited the Barcelona zoo with my kids. The zoo was very clean and organized. I only went to Barcelona for this time, so I want to see the other cities next time I travel to Spain.
Spain Travelers' Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the best time of the year to book a ticket to Spain?
A. When visiting Southern Spain, since the temperature in summer averages 80 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit, visiting in the spring or fall when the weather is more comfortable is recommended. If you are traveling to Northern Spain, although some parts can reach 90 degrees Fahrenheit in summer, summer is the best time to visit due to the temperate weather. Winter should be avoided as snowfall and trail conditions get bad in Northern Spain. For central Spain which includes Madrid, spring is the best as summer gets very hot and the temperatures are just above freezing point in the wintertime.
Q. What is prohibited in Spain?
A. Bullfighting was prohibited in the Catalonian community by a vote of the Catalan parliament in July 2010. Walking around in public shirtless is also prohibited in Spanish cities. If caught, you will be fined about 600 euros.
Q. Are there vegetarian restaurants?
A. There are many vegetarian restaurants in Spain. Most restaurants in Europe now serve special menus for vegetarians. Especially in Northern Spain, there are a variety of vegetarian restaurants, making it the ideal place for vegetarian visitors.
Spain - Direct Flights to Major Airports
Airports handling direct flights to Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport • Charles de Gaulle Airport
• Athens International Airport
• John F. Kennedy International Airport
• Dublin Airport
• Sheremetyevo International Airport
• Indira Gandhi International Airport
Airports handling direct flights to Barcelona–El Prat Airport • Heathrow Airport
• Dubai International Airport
• Beijing Capital International Airport
• Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport
• Istanbul Atatürk Airport
Airports handling direct flights to Palma de Mallorca Airport • Munich Airport
• Zürich Airport
• Brussels Airport
• Houari Boumediene Airport
• Sofia Airport
Airports handling direct flights to Málaga-Costa Del Sol Airport • Gatwick Airport
• Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport
• Tangier Ibn Battouta Airport
• Luxembourg Findel Airport
• Václav Havel Airport Prague
Airports handling direct flights to Ibiza Airport • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
• London City Airport
• Domodedovo International Airport
• London Stansted Airport
• Ben Gurion Airport
Flight Routes to Spain
The main airport in Spain, and also its first is the Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport which ranks as the fifth busiest airport in Europe. A ticket from Air Europa, Air France, British Airways, American Airlines, Alitalia, and Egypt Air will fly directly to the Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport. Traveling by land is also possible via trains and overnight buses especially if visiting from another European country.