Spain

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

 

Currency - Business hours - Transportation - Internet - Basic conversation guide - Langages spoken


Currency

From January the 1st of 2002, the currency in circulation is the euro. There are some notes of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros. The nominal values of the coins are the following: 1 cent (or 1/100 of euro), 2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, 1 euro and 2 euros."

 

Automatic Teller Machines (ATM)
To find out the locations of ATMs in Spain , click on the link to your credit card: Visa, Mastercard or American Express


Business hours

Businesses open from 9.00 to 14.00 and from 16.00 to 19.00 in general ; from 9.00 to 15.00 in July - August (from 9.00 to 14.00 to the public including on Saturday).



Transportation

Road
The road network is excellent, the main cities are reached via highways. The "Autovias" are free, the "autopistas" highways have tolls. The Web site of the Spanish Head Office of Transportation (both in Spanish and in English) provides with information on the condition of the roads, traffic, etc... www.dgt.es The police is very strict on speed limits: 120 km/h on highways, 100 on main roads and 50 km/h in cities. The fines are high and foreigners have to settle them at once and in cash. Car pounding is systematic in case of unauthorized parking. The fine may amount to 120 Euros.



Rail
Good, especially the TGV (high speed train) : AVE (Madrid - Seville) and Euromed (Barcelona - Alicante). It should be pointed out that a new high speed line should connect Madrid to Barcelona in 2002.

Air
Good, but the domestic traffic is very jammed: delays in flight schedules are frequent.

 


Internet

The Internet suffix is: .es



Basic conversation guide

Yes = Sí
No = No.
Thank you = Gracias
Hello = Hola
Good morning = Buenos días
Good afternoon = Buenas tardes
Goodbye, Goodbye = Adiós
I do not understand = No entiendo
What's the price? How much does it cost? = ¿Cuánto esta? ¿Cuál es el precio?
I would like to buy = Me gustaría comprar...
Do you accept credit cards? = ¿Aceptan tarjetas de crédito?
Where is? = ¿Dónde está?
Post office = el correo
The bank = el banco
The police station, the police force = la estación de policía; la comisaría de policía
The pharmacy = la farmacia
An airport = el aeropuerto
The train station = la estación del tren
One ticket to..., please. = un billete para..., por favor.
Would you have any available rooms for tonight? = ¿Tiene habitaciones para esta noche?.

 


Languages spoken

Official language: Spanish. Commercial languages: English, French.The constitution of 1978 officially acknowledged other regional languages. As far as commercial languages are concerned, it is important to note the growing use of English as well as French.


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