Posted on 04/27/2019
In a few years, Spain might very well be too full to accommodate the sheer number of tourists that rush to it annually. In the year 2017 alone, it witnessed the largest increase in the number of vacationers compared to prior years. Suffice to say there’s a good reason why more and more people are making Spain a target of their vacations. It could be because of Islands like Costa del Sol-which are a haven for British, German and Dutch tourists-or the historical sites to be found in Madrid or any of the other attractions.
All these entice people from every corner of the globe. Then there are still those individuals who frequent Spain for its rich culture of music and arts. We’re talking about open air theaters and theatre festivals. In short, there are a myriad of things to try in Spain, so it becomes imperative you know exactly what to expect and how best to prepare for it.
Below are some travel tips you would do well to heed. Don’t let all the anticipation and excitement cloud your thoughts from making the right preparation, because, as a full service travel agency in Denham Springs, Louisiana, we’ve seen it all.
- Wonder Isn’t Always in the Cities
We know it might be tempting to waltz around the beautiful cities of Spain, but don’t limit yourself to them. Take a trip to the Mediterranean coast, the impressive plains outside Madrid and the Basque region with its many mountains. These places all provide alternate means of exploration and adventure, so give them a try.
- The Spanish Take their Siestas Seriously
Yep. Spaniards hold siestas in high regard-come to think of it, the word ‘siesta’ itself originated from Spain. Well surprise, surprise.
Around 1 to 4pm, most shops, restaurants, stalls and offices will close up to rest a bit, and you know what people say: When in Rome, do as Rome says (yeah, we know Spain isn’t Rome but you get the point).
So join the locals and have a little rest before you resume your adventure. Hey, when the entire country sleeps, everywhere can be a bed for you (except maybe the highway).
- Dinner Comes LATE
Yeah, this might not sit well with everyone (especially the more rapacious food lovers), but it’s a fact. Dinner in Spain starts around 10pm, and in many countries, that’s more or less bedtime. You have to learn to adjust to this or your stay won’t be as pleasant as you hope.
On the plus side, meals are not rushed, so you get to truly appreciate and savor every bit of it. Moreover, it’s an opportunity for you to socialize and meet new people; maybe even make friends.
- Roads Can be the Death of You
The roads in Spain may be great but navigating around them can be quite confusing. Signs aren’t always there to guide you so you have to make sure you utilize satnav (satellite navigation) or the very trusty Google Maps to help you find your way. Getting lost in unfamiliar territory is common place. It may not take out much fun from your vacation but it can be annoying and a hassle.
So there you have it. These are simple but very important things to watch out for when your feet land in Spain. Now go out there and explore the beautiful nation that is Spain. If you're still looking for a travel agent who knows the right tours to take, hotels to stay in and how to get there in the first place, please give us a call. We're a full service travel agency located in Denham Springs, Louisiana and here to help you plan the trip of a lifetime.