Spain is one of the most popular--and the warmest--countries in Europe. Its diverse natural resources, including beaches and mountains, appeal to outdoor lovers and sportsmen, and cities such as Barcelona and Madrid offer gorgeous architecture, historical sites, arts, culture and nightlife. If you're planning to travel to Spain, learn what's required of visitors and what you can expect while there.
United States and Canadian citizens may enter Spain with a valid passport and may stay for a maximum of 90 days. In case of questions while traveling, the U.S. consulate general is based in Barcelona, with offices in most other major cities.
For non-European visitors, an international driver's license is required to drive in Spain. Additionally, drivers must be at least 18 years old and have driven for more than two years. To rent a car, a driver must be at least 21 and must use a credit card.
As of 2009, no special immunizations are required to visit Spain. However, visitors are encouraged to update their tetanus shots, especially if they're planning an active trip.
Generally, Spain is a warm vacation spot for the rest of Europe. However, since the country is so geographically diverse, temperatures can vary. Coastal climate is predominantly Mediterranean--warm and dry in summer, and dry and moderate in the winter. The Canary Islands, which face the coast of Africa, are reliably warm year-round, and the Pyrenees Mountains receive snow all winter.
Traveling with Electronics
Spain's outlets are AC 220 volts/50 Hertz, and conform to the European round-pin adapter. Be sure your computer, hair dryer and other electronic devices can adapt to these specifications.
The Euro is Spain's official currency. Credit cards and traveler's checks are also widely accepted. Prices are more expensive for U.S. and Canadian visitors because the Euro is more highly valued than their dollars.