Culture and etiquette
The national religion is Roman Catholic, but many other religions are practised.
Tipping is discretionary. Restaurants always include service charges in your bill, but these will be clearly stated. A small tip of 5-10% on top of that is usually expected, but not a necessity.
Smoking is popular with the Spanish so most places have designated smoking areas, which will be clearly signed. It's banned on public transport and inside where food is being served.
The main language is Spanish. But Catalan, Basque and Galician are also spoken. We think it's a good idea to learn a few key phrases and words to help immerse yourself in the culture and authentically enjoy all the things to do.
- Hello - Hola (OH-lah)
- Goodbye - Adios (ah-dee-OS)
- Please - Por favor (por fah-VOHR)
- Thank you - Gracias (GRAH-cee-ahs)
- Yes - Sí (see)
- No - No (noh)
- I would like - Quisiera (kee-see-AYR-oh)
- The bill, please - La cuenta, por favor (lah KWEHN-tah, pohr fah-BOHR)
Jabs, visas and other advice
For up-to-date advice on jabs, visas and other foreign advice, we recommend following the government's website
For all emergency services call 112 - depending on availability you should be able to speak to someone in English.