Breath-taking landscapes, vibrant and relaxed culture, picturesque architecture and of course the delicious food and Spanish dishes – Spain is heaven on earth for you traveling soul. There are some things you need to know to plan the perfect trip to Spain.
Here are a few things you need to keep in mind to plan a trip to Spain:
When is the best time to go to Spain?
The north and south of Spain can be visited during different times of the year as the weather in these places differs. So, you can suit yourself and decide when you want to go where.
The south of Spain gets hot in summer, so the best time to visit the south is just after the summer starting from September to early November. This is also the perfect time to visit the south as the summer crowd has just left, so you have ample space to enjoy the magical colors of the arriving autumn.
The perfect time to visit the northern part of Spain is in the summer as these mountainous regions remain pleasant in weather with occasional rain.
March is when spring is in full swing in Spain, and both, north and south are highly enjoyable during this time around.
What to pack?
A few things to keep in mind while packing are that you want to look good, you want to feel good, and most importantly you want to feel comfortable with what you are wearing in regards to the weather in Spain.
If you are traveling in summer, then you need to pack light summer clothes and a ton of sunblock cream. If you are traveling to the north, you need clothes that will keep you warm and also protected from the rain. Don’t forget to pack an umbrella if you’re going to the north because you’re going to need it.
If you are traveling in the winter months, make sure to carry enough warms clothes to keep you warm on cold nights and even days.
How does communication work in Spain?
This something you need to understand before you plan a trip to Spain or any other country. What language do the people communicate? What the general methods and gestures of communication of that country or region? These are some of the essential things to know if you want to feel like home in Spain.
People in Spain do not speak English, so having a translator or a Spanish guide along with you is ideal. Also, an important thing to pack would be an English to Spanish translation book to help you communicate better if you don’t want to hire a Spanish human guide.
Is it expensive?
Traveling in Spain can be as expensive as you want it to be or you can travel on a budget. There are luxury hotels and resorts, and there are hostels and low budget yet comfortable places to stay at and eat.
A meal at a sweet little café would cost you around 4-6 Euros, or if you are in a mood to eat at a restaurant, it can be done within 20-25 Euros. Tapas bars are cheap, and it is easy to score free tapas with a drink during happy hours.
Travelling in Spain is also inexpensive. A few hours journey would cost you somewhere between 5-6 Euros depending on your destination. On average, with a 50 euro per day budget for a single person, you are good to go.
What about the food?
You are in for a treat when it comes to food in Spain. You are going to get to eat some of the most delicious Spanish food, especially if you are a meat-eater. For vegetarians, it can be a bit difficult to find decent vegetarian meals, so carry a few snacks around with you.
If you are a meat-eater, you are going to enjoy the ham and cheese spreads and all the other meat dishes in Spain. If you are vegetarian, you have tried a special cooked Spanish meal at a high-end restaurant even if it costs a little more because they are absolutely delicious.
Where to go?
Spain is a culturally vibrant and diverse country. All parts of Spain have something unique and fun to offer. Even though Barcelona and Madrid are amazing destinations which will bring out the aliveness in you, Spain is so much more than that.
The wide and open olive fields and picturesque villages of the stunning countryside of Spain are sure to bring adventure and brightness to your life. While traveling through Spain, don’t forget to enjoy the Flamenco music and the Spanish guitars and hike through the Taberans which is the only mystical desert in Europe.
While you’re traveling through Spain add a dash of spiritual exploration and enroll yourself in one of the yoga retreats in Spain where you can travel within yourself to find the treasures of your soul.
Generally, not a lot of important and attention is given to travel insurance, but it can be beneficial to get travel insurance before your journey to Spain. It makes any medical emergencies much more comfortable.
It’s a tad bit expensive to get the travel insurance, but you will at least have your peace of mind in case of any medical emergencies as the insurance would make it easier to files claims and receive the medical support you might need. Better to be safe than sorry.
Here’s an inside tip that will help you get through your trip and have the time of your life without worry about money management. Get a pre-paid traveling debit card and fill it up with all your Euros.
Carry enough cash to pay at places that don’t accept cards, for example, transport places or if the card machine is broken. If you are traveling for more than two weeks, having a traveling debit card is the easiest as the safest way to carry and manage your Euros on your trip to Spain.
There’s something magical about Spain with the music, the delicious food, the welcoming and lively people and breath-taking landscapes.
Keep the things as mentioned above in mind while you plan a trip to Spain but don’t sweat it and most importantly, don’t forget to dance Flamenco style and have fun.
My key to happiness is travelling, reading, writing and practicing yoga. Every person has his or her part of the experiences to tell people and I am the kind of the person who also loves to tell and get insight from their experiences. Willing to meet new person, new voice during my journey.