When’s the best time to go?
There’s never been a better time to visit the home of paella and the paso doble. Holidays to Spain offer something for everyone, with stunning beaches, beautiful countryside, cities filled with history and superb cuisine. If you’re heading to this European hotspot, then before you go, let us share with you our travel advice for Spain.
The climate is typically Mediterranean, with long, hot summers and mild winters. For the best of the sunshine book your Spain holidays between May and October when the temperature averages the mid-to-high 20s and peaks in the low 30s.
Visit during the winter months between November and April and you can take advantage of the lower temperatures and spend some time in inland destinations like Barcelona and Madrid. During the summer, the heat soars in the cities, but head over in the winter and you’ll find much more pleasant weather for sightseeing, with the thermometer hovering at around the mid to high-teens.
What should I pack?
If you’re booking your holidays to Spain in the summer months, then put sunscreen at the top of your list. Aside from that, there are a few bits and bobs that will help to make your break that little bit easier. If you can’t live without your gadgets you might want to bring a power adaptor so you can charge them up back in your hotel. A portable power pack is also a good idea for gizmo addicts.
When it comes to clothing, keep it light and airy, with outfits made from linen and cotton. For those balmy Spanish evenings, it’s a good idea to have something special; the Spanish are a stylish people and if you’re going for a night out, dressing up is the only way to blend in.
Swimwear is important if you’re hoping to hit the beach and flip-flops are a convenient way of getting across the sun-bleached sands, without burning your feet or ruining your best shoes.
Passports and visas
Do I need a passport?
The Spain passport regulations state that if you’re a UK citizen you will need a full British passport, which is valid for the duration of your holiday. For further information on entry requirements, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements
Do I need a visa?
Currently, as a British national, you don’t need a Spanish visa to visit Spain. However, if you’re planning on staying for longer than 30 days, it’s best to get in touch with the Spanish Embassy and double-check if you do need to apply for a visa. Contact details for the Spanish Embassy can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/foreign-embassies-in-the-uk
Health and Safety
Should I get travel health insurance?
It’s always best to prepare for the unexpected. Travel health insurance ensures that if you need medical treatment, you’re not left out of pocket. Policies can cover everything from the cost of medicine to your return back to the UK. Before you travel, it’s worth checking over the terms of your agreement, to make sure that you’re covered, particularly if you’re planning activities such as skiing, scuba diving, or rock climbing.
Any other tips?
- Siestas are part of daily life in Spain, so don’t expect many shops, bars or restaurants to be open between 1pm and 4pm. It’s because of this afternoon nap that many establishments are open well into the night.
- Just as with any city in the world, Spanish cities attract petty thieves. If you’re carrying cash, a credit card or a mobile phone, be sure to keep them safe and out of sight. This also applies on the Spanish metro systems, where carriages can be crowded.
- Should you need it, the phone number for the Spanish emergency services is 112.
- Smoking is prohibited in enclosed public spaces, such as bars, restaurants and buses.
- Cover up, once you’ve left the beach. Wandering around a city in your swimwear is considered offensive and even illegal in some seaside cities.