Spanish - regional variations to apply but many shop owners and restaurateurs
do speak good English.
Between mid May and the end of September, there is very little rainfall in
Southern Spain and there are normally between 10 - 11 hours of sunshine a day.
The winters are mild with the majority of rainfall between November and January.
However even during these months, you get your percentage of clear sunny days.
GMT : +1 hour in the winter and GMT +2 in the summer.
220V, 50Hz - Standard European-pattern used.
The Spanish currency is the Euro and all major credit cards are accepted
Banks are open for business from 8.30am to 2.30pm Monday to Saturday, except
in the summer months when they are closed on Saturday. Some of the larger
branch offices are open in the afternoon.
The usual shop opening times are 9.30am to 1.30pm and then re-open from 4.30pm
to 8.30pm. However many of the big supermarkets and department stores/malls
do not close for a break during the day. Due to the later finish you will
find that most restaurants serve dinner from between 8.30pm to 11pm, with
these hours expanding in the summer months, allowing you to eat into the early
All restaurants in Spain include service in their prices, however leaving
a tip is regarded as the 'norm' in bars, restaurants, and taxis. Each case
depends on your generosity and the quality of service but usually varies from
between 5% and 10% of the total bill.
Useful Addresses / Numbers
London Spanish Tourist Office
22-23, Manchester Square
Tel: 0207 486 8077
New York Tourist Office Of Spain
666 Fifth Avenue,
Tel: 212 - 265 8822