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Spain

With its stunning beaches, and almost guaranteed sunshine. This excellent value for money country will always be within the top ten of must see places to visit in Europe. Its not hard to see why this popular family holiday destination will always be on every families wish list.

Don’t be put off by the reputation of certain Costas and islands having crowded beaches and a vibrant nightlife. There is something for everyone in Spain. With smaller resorts and opportunities to island hop, your sure to find the peace and tranquility your after.

Spain being the sixth largest country in Europe and the fifth country in the European Union, with the largest city and capital in Madrid. The smaller neighborhood of Portugal is bordering the Iberian Peninsula.

Fun for all the family

Children in Spain are treated like mini-adults, its very unusual not to see them in restaurants with their parents at night. For babies the main resort beaches have play areas, and babysitting services in most larger hotels.  The quieter resorts include the Costa Brava, Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca. Menorca is a very relaxed family friendly island and suitable for young families. The beaches on the Algarve are some of the best on the island.

Central Spain is a distance from the beaches, however within the city there is always something for the whole family. Madrid is known for it's reputation for drawing in art enthusiasts. Extremadura, the unspoilt region better known for birdwatching, is located to the west of Spain, even that would win your little ones over. There is always the option of a short bus ride away from Madrid city center, to visit the well renown Warner Bros Park -  divided into five themed areas of shops, cafes, and cinemas along Hollywood Boulevard. You can experience the amazing stunts show at the Movie World Studio and some of the biggest rides in Superhero World.

Time Zone:  GMT+01:00

Capital:  Madrid

Language: Spanish

Currency: Euro

Climate: Mediterranean

Flight Time from England:  1 hr 55 mins

Visas:   If your passport states you are a British Citizen or a British Subject with Right of Abode in the United Kingdom, you do not need a visa to enter Spain for up to 3 months. If you have another type of British nationality, you should check entry requirements with their nearest Spanish Embassy or Consulate.

Vaccinations:  Hepatitis A outbreaks occur throughout the world and sometimes in countries with a low risk for hepatitis A (including the US). You can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Spain, so talk to your doctor to see if the hepatitis A vaccine is right for you. Rabies are present in bats in Spain.

Health and Safety

You should visit your health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures.

If you’re visiting Spain, you should get a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK. The EHIC isn’t a substitute for medical and travel insurance, it will cover you for any necessary treatment you receive at a public healthcare centre or hospital during your trip. Any treatment provided is on the same terms as Spanish nationals.

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 112 and ask for an ambulance.

Emergency Numbers

  • All emergencies in Spain: Call 112 (no area code needed)
  • Ambulance and Health Emergencies: Call 061 or 112
  • Fire brigade (cuerpo de bomberos): Call 080 or 112
  • Local police (policía municipal): Call 092
  • Civil Guard (guardia vivil): 062
  • National Spanish police (policía nacional): Call 091

Festivals Days and Events

  • The Holy Week (Semana Santa):which takes place during Easter, is an entire week filled with processions and other religious celebrations.
  • Carnival: Colourful and rhythmic carnival is the most extravagant party in all of Spain, with celebrations in Tenerife and Cadiz.
  • The Fallas of Valencia: Around the middle of March, an amazing party takes place in Valencia city, which has been declared an event of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
  • La Tomatina: Ever felt like throwing a tomato to someone? At the Tomatina in Buñol you can! This crazy tradition started 70 years ago, and now on every last Wednesday of August.
  • Festival de los Patios in Cordoba: May is the month of Cordoba and the Cordoba Patios festival takes place every year at the beginning of May. When owners of the most beautiful patios that are normally closed, open up their courtyards for the public to visit.
  • The Feria del Caballo in Jerez: What can you expect during the Feria del Caballo (the Horse Fair) in Jerez? Joyous celebrations, flamenco performances, the best of Andalusian gastronomy and of course: lots and lots of horses!
  • Saint John's Eve: There is one night in Spain that is very special to everyone: the night of June 23rd, Saint John's Eve. It marks the start of summer, and it's celebrated at the beach with bonfires and fireworks.