Spain Travel Fact File (January 2024)

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Alicante, Spain, beckons adventure with Mediterranean water sports, mountain hikes, and limestone caves. Dive into caves, explore historic castles, and savour local cuisine amid vibrant festivals. This culturally rich destination offers a diverse blend of outdoor thrills and gastronomic delights.

Climate in Spain

Alicante boasts a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers (20-30°C) and mild, wet winters (8-17°C). Spring and autumn offer pleasant temperatures, making it a year-round destination for outdoor activities and exploration.

Time Difference in Spain

Spain is 1 hour ahead of the UK

Language in Spain

Spanish – Official language.

Commonly Used Words in Spain

Hello = Hola

Goodbye = Adios

Thank you = Gracias

Please = Por favor

Yes = Si

No = No


Which Plug Do I Need in Spain?

Spain uses the Type F plug.

What is The Local Currency in Spain?

£100 = €115.61 (Jan 2024)

What Credit Cards Can I Use in Spain?

Credit cards from major card companies like VISA, Mastercard, and American Express are generally always accepted in Spain. However, it’s important to remember that acceptance may vary depending on the individual business, so checking in advance is a good idea.

Tipping in Spain

Tips are not included in the overall price of our treks and adventure trips, but most trekkers do tip their guides, porters, and cooks on the penultimate or final day of the trip. Tipping is a universal custom in adventure travel, but is not obligatory, so you should never feel forced into it, but it is a tradition on the trail. Tipping policies can be found through the Vamoos app for each individual trip.

Approximate Food & Drink Prices in Spain (January 2024)

Coke/Pepsi 1.92 €

Water 1.42 €

Coffee 1.77 €

Beer 2.50 €

Inexpensive Meal 12.00 €

Passport Validity for Spain

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must follow the Schengen area passport requirements.

Your passport must be:

  • issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

Check your passport meets these requirements before you travel. If your passport was issued before 1 October 2018, extra months may have been added to its expiry date.

Contact Spain’s embassy or consulates in the UK if you think that your passport does not meet both these requirements. Renew your passport if you need to.


Do I Need a Visa for Spain? (January 2024)

You can travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. This applies if you travel as a tourist, to visit family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training.

If travelling to Spain and other Schengen countries without a visa, make sure your whole visit is within the 90-day limit. Visits to Schengen countries within the previous 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days.

COVID-19 Requirements for Spain? (January 2024)

There are no COVID-19 testing or vaccination requirements for travellers entering Spain.

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