Spain is divided into three different climatic areas. The climate of the oceanic north (Galicia, Cantabria, Basque Country) is characterized by regular rainfalls and mild temperatures all year long, without excess during summer. The centre of Spain (Madrid, Castilla, Leon, Mancha, Aragon) has a continental climate, with a cold and dry winter and a warm summer. On the Mediterranean coast (from Catalonia to Andalusia), winter is mild and summer often scorching, especially in Andalusia. Rainfalls concentrate in summer and in autumn.
Spanish Family Values
The family is the basis of the social structure and includes both the nuclear and the extended family, which sometimes provides both a social and a financial support network. Today, it is less common than previously for family members to work in a family business, as personal preferences are important and university education is general. The structure and the size of the family vary, but generally, people live until longer lives, have fewer children than before, and fewer people live in their homes with extended family. Familial networks have become less tight. The greatest changes have occurred inside families, between men and woman, and the parents and children because the values that inspire these relations have changed.
Religion in Spain
The majority of Spaniards are formally Roman Catholic, although different religious beliefs are accepted. During the history of Spain, there have been long periods of where different religious groups have coexisted, including Muslims, Jews and Christians. Still some traditions manifest more like a cultural event than a religious one. During Holy Week, many participants of the processions wear peaked, black hats as the sign of a penitent and walk barefoot, carrying a burden of some kind.
Religious history is apparent in every small town, where the most grandiose building is typically the church. In the large cities the Cathedrals are almost museums.
Etiquette & Customs in Spain
When introduced expect to shake hands. Once a relationship is established, men may embrace and pat each other on the shoulder. Female friends kiss each other on both cheeks, starting with the left. People are often referred to as Don or Dona and their first name when in formal occasion as a general rule.
Many men use a two-handed shake where the left hand is placed on the right forearm of the other person.
If invited to a Spaniard’s home, you can bring chocolates, pastries, or cakes; wine, liqueur, or brandy; or flowers to the hostess. If you know your hosts have children, they may be included in the evening, so a small gift for them is always appreciated.
Remain standing until invited to sit down. You may be shown to a particular seat. Always keep your hands visible when eating. Keep your wrists resting on the edge of the table. Do not begin eating until the hostess starts. Use utensils to eat most food. Even fruit is eaten with a knife and fork. If you have not finished eating, cross your knife and fork on your plate with the fork over the knife. The host gives the first toast. An honoured guest should return the toast later in the meal. It is acceptable for a woman to make a toast. Indicate you have finished eating by laying your knife and fork parallel on your plate, tines facing up, with the handles facing to the right. Do not get up until the guest of honour does.
Business Meeting Etiquette
Appointments are mandatory and should be made in advance, preferably by telephone or fax. Reconfirm in writing or by telephone the week before. You should try to arrive on time for meetings. The first meeting is generally formal and is used to get to know each other. Do not be surprised if no business is actually conducted during the first meeting. Agendas are often used but not always needed to be followed too strict. Make sure all your printed material is available in both English and Spanish. Not all businesspeople speak English, so it is wise to check if you should hire an interpreter. Several people may speak at once. You may be interrupted while you are speaking.
Business dress is stylish yet, conservative. Dress as you would in the rest of Europe. Elegant accessories are important for both men and women.
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The Palacio Real (Royal Palace) of Marid is the official residence of the King of Spain although it is only used for state ceremonies. The Royal Palace was built between 1738 to 1755 and King Carlos III took up residence in the palace in 1764.
Protected from strong winds by steep cliffs and islands, La Concha in San sebastian is said by many to be one of the best city beaches in Europe, let alone Spain. Here you can go surfing, walk along the promenade in search of good restaurants and enjoy the beautiful views of the beach.
AQUEDUCT OF SEGOVIA
The Aqueduct of Segovia is one of the best-preserved monuments left by the Romans in Spain. The ancient aqueduct carries water 16 km (10 miles) from the Frío River to Segovia and was built of some 24,000 massive granite blocks without the use of mortar. Probably constructed around 50 AD it still provided water to the city in the 20th century.
Part fortres part palace and part garden the Alhambra is situated on a plateau overlooking the city of Granada in southern Spain. The palace was constructed in the 14th century by the Nasrid sultans. The Alhambra is now one of Spain’s major tourist attractions and many visitors come to Granada just to see the Alhambra.
The Sagrada Familia is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona and one of Spain’s most visited tourist attractions. It’s a design by Antoni Gaudí, a Catalan architect who worked on this project for almost 40 years until his death in 1926. The construction of the basilica began in 1882 and still as yet not finished.
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Official Currency ” Euro”
Spain is a country of Festivals and there is at least one every month in the months starting March to October. Prices also fluctuate according to the season and tourist traffic. For instance, the Semana Santa or Holy Week or the Pamplona bull-fighting events cause the cost of living to reach the sky.
May, June, September and October. The tourist season normally experiences its peak between end of March and early October. Since air-cooling facilities are not as widely in use as in other European countries, August in Madrid is a bad idea for those coming from cooler climates.
Get the menu of the day –Most restaurants have a cheap “menu of the day” during lunch around 7-9 EUR. They are a good way to save money on food and taste delicious Spanish food. Skip eating out for dinner – it’s too expensive.
Take the bus –While the train system is fast, it’s expensive. If you have the time and want to save money, take the buses.
Get city passes –Most travelers don’t get city passes, but if you plan to do a lot of city sightseeing, they are good investment. All the major cities have multiple museums, attractions, and activities. Getting a city pass can save you up to 20% on these activities and get you free transport. If you are going on a sightseeing binge, get the pass.
Drinking water supply is guaranteed throughout Spain. They have stringent control systems that guarantee water quality. Nevertheless, in some Mediterranean coastal areas consumption of bottled water is widespread.
Dress casually and blend in with the locals, forget the hankie on the head its a dead giveaway. Try to keep cameras, money bags and any valuable objects out of sight, if possible leave your jewelery in the safe at your hotel or better still at home.
Look confident -look like you know your way around and your destination, even if you don’t.
Speak in a reasonable tone –shouting louder than the locals in your own language makes you stand out.
Spain Travel Dont’s
Do not complain about smoking. Spanish believes whoever complains about smoking are actually afraid of life.
Do not get involved with any drugs. The penalties for the possession of any kind of drugs are severe in Spain.
Do not wear shorts in public.
Do not eat with your hands. Not even fruit!
Do not get drunk and do not walk around at night alone.
Do not carry your wallet in back jeans pocket, nor do the ladies sling your bags over the backs of chairs.
Do not be tempted to walk home if you are out after the Metro and the buses are shut down.
Do not cross the eight lane roads anywhere except at the crossings.
Do not walk anywhere uphill in the heat and humidity.
Do not dally watching the street entertainers as the pickpockets are there making a living too.
Do not go to Starbucks, the coffee elsewhere is better and cheaper.
Spain Travel Do’s
Do shake hands with everyone, from the oldest to the kids, and expect a kiss on each cheek, a hug or a pat on the back from those you know.
Do dress stylishly, but modestly. Wear nice accessories too.
Do get ready to become a second-hand smoker if you are not a smoker, and pretend that you are fine with it. Smoking is widely accepted in Spain.
Do leave your valuables in the hotel safe. Wear a money belt or something to keep money really close to your body to avoid pickpocket attack.
Do carry small changes for using the public toilets.
Do be prepared for late lunch and dinner. In Spain, no one goes out much before 10pm to eat or for a drink, try to have a light snack about 5pm to put you on.
Do tips if you are satisfied with services. Tipping is not customary in Spain.
Do rest your wrists at the edge of the table when eating.\
Do put your knife and fork on your plate parallel with the handles facing to the right to show that you have finished eating.
Do give a high quality gift, such as brandy or whiskey, and bring a small gift for children as well. Open your gift immediately when receiving a gift.
Do be patient. The Spanish have a very relaxed view of time.
Do be aware that dining is important to business relationships in Spain.
Do make use of the public transport system. Well organised and one ticket fits all.