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Travel Info

Travel info

Tourism

In 2010, Spain was the fourth most visited country in the world after France, the United States and China.

Visas

Nationals of EU countries (except the UK and Ireland) plus Iceland and Norwaydo not need visas. Nationals of many other countries, including Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, NZ, Switzerland and the USA, do not need a visa for tourist visits of up to 90 days.

For more information visit www.maec.es

Major cities

 Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Sevilla, Saragoza, Malaga

Top tourist attractions

  • Madrid
  • Barcelona
  • Palacio Real
  • La Concha
  • Aqueduct of Segovia
  • Cuenca
  • Ibiza
  • Sagrada Familia (in Barcelona)
  • El Escorial

Activities

Spain is widely known for its several and varied customs such as: Flamenco, bullfights, festivals, crowded beaches, beautiful constructions and the culture that represents the development of the human being in this part of the world. However, Spain is much more than that; this blessed territory hosts many stunning places made by the nature itself, beaches, emerald green mountains, islands, and landscapes.

Relief

Mainland Spain is a mountainous country, dominated by high plateaus and mountain chains. After the Pyrenees, the main mountain ranges are the Cordillera Cantábrica, SistemaIbérico, Sistema Central, Montes de Toledoand others. The highest point in Spain is the Teide, a 3,718 m high active volcano in the Canary Islands.

Climate

The southern and eastern coast of Spain has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters, while the west Atlantic coast is cooler in summer and very wet in winter. Inland the climate is temperate and the capital Madrid, which site on a plateau, can be very cold in winter.

Taxes

Standard Rate 18% (since 1 July 2010). Reduced Rates 4%, 8%.

Public holidays

  • 1 January – New Year's Day
  • January 6 Epiphany.
  • Week Before Easter -  Semana Santa. Easter Monday is not a public holiday, except in Catalonia and Valencia.
  • May 1 - Workers' Day.
  • August 15 - Assumption of the Virgin.
  • October 12 - National Day.
  • November 1 - All Saints' Day
  • December 6 - Constitution Day
  • December 8 - Immaculate Conception
  • December 24 Navidad -  Christmas Eve (Night)

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Source: www.wikipedia.org