Spain Travel Guide

Spain is a hugely popular destination for UK travellers and it's easy to see why. From the cultural hotspots on the mainland, to the volcanic Canary Islands and the stunning beaches of the Balearics - Spain has everything you need for every kind of holiday.

What you will find in this guide:

Need to know

Testing requirements

Mainland Spain

Canary Islands

Balearic Islands

Need to know

Time Zone

GMT +1 - 2

Curreny

Euro EUR

Language

Spanish

Power

Type C & F

Flight Time

2 - 5 Hours

Culture and etiquette

Religion

The national religion is Roman Catholic, but many other religions are practised.

Tipping

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

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.


Language 101

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

Emergency numbers

For all emergency services call 112 - depending on availability you should be able to speak to someone in English.

Current travel requirements

Fully vaccinated? 

Travelling with children? 


UK >> Spain

⚠️ Negative Covid-19 test required

Test type: NAAT - e.g. PCR, TMA, LAMP or NEAR

⚠️ Complete a Health Control Form

Children aged 10 and over must provide a negative PCR.

Spain >> UK

⚠️ Pre-departure test required

Test type: Lateral flow or antigen

⚠️ Day 2 & Day 8 test required

Test type: PCR

⚠️ 10 Day Quarantine

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Test to release (optional)

Children 10 and over are required to provide the same tests as adults.

Children aged 5 - 9 must have a pre-departure test and a day 2 test only.

UK >> Spain

😊 No tests required

⚠️ Complete a Health Control Form

Children aged 10 and over must provide a negative PCR.

Spain >> UK

Returning BEFORE October 4th

⚠️ Pre-departure test required

Test type: Lateral flow or antigen

⚠️ Day 2 test required

Test type: PCR

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Children 12 and over are required to provide the same tests as adults.


Returning AFTER October 4th

⚠️ Day 2 test required

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Children under 18 have same testing requirements as adults.

Mainland Spain

Famous for its stunning architecture, fantastic food and wine and beautiful landscapes, mainland Spain is full of delights. Take a look at some of our favourite destinations.

Canary Islands

With glorious weather, dramatic landscapes, beautiful beaches and plenty to do, it's easy to see why this cluster of volcanic islands off the coast of northwest Africa make for a perfect escape.

Balearic Islands

With its sheltered coves, sandy beaches and perfectly turquoise waters the Balearic Islands have something for all travellers. Expect beautiful architecture, waterparks and some famous nightlife destinations!

Need some inspiration?

The top 5 Spanish beaches

Like most British holidaymakers, our customers love Spain! With warmer climates than the UK, it's perfect to visit all year round - so here's the lowdown on our top 5 Spanish beaches.