• 10 Spain Travel Tips You Need To Know

    I’ve already created my travel guide to Spain but I wanted to write up another one which is a little more in depth. This Spain travel tips guide will be filled with everything you need to know before you visit Spain that the locals will tell you. In Spain, they do things a little differently to the rest of Europe, so be prepared.

    01. Siestas aren’t just for napping, more for taking a break

    The weather in Spain is known for being hot. Especially during the summer, the temperatures can reach up to 40 degrees. Siestas are there for locals to take a break from the heat during the hottest part of the day which is usually around 2pm. You are bound to find most shops and restaurants close during that time for an hour or two before reopening. Siestas aren’t usually for napping though they are there for taking a break from the heat. Do not assume everyone is at home sleeping as this can be quite offensive to some.

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    02. Breakfast isn’t the most important meal of the day

    If you go to Spain looking for a full English breakfast, then forget it. They don’t exist in Spain! Most locals don’t bother to have any breakfast, if they do have something, it will be small like a coffee and pastry. The extent of their full cooked breakfasts are Spanish omelettes or in some places an Irish Breakfast but they are quite rare too.

    I did find one cafe called Cereal Hunters in Madrid which I wish I had the chance to try (gutted). However that is an excuse to go back to Madrid and try it. I’m so annoyed I found it on our last day. Most locals have a small breakfast and then a much bigger lunch before siesta time. Cereal Hunters has a huge array of cereals, mainly from America but also from around the world. If cereal is your thing for breakfast, I highly recommend giving them a try as they have soooo many options.

    03. Eat dinner as late as possible

    The ideal time to eat your dinner is around 8-9pm. Most restaurants are open so much later in Spain than in other countries around the world. Most Spaniards will be out a lot later than you think, especially for drinks and socialising. We quite often found ourselves having a big lunch and then eating out at around 8pm and having drinks out even later and then returning back to the hotel around 12 – 1am. It was quite hard to adjust to the different times of eating in the couple of days we had in Madrid, but the longer you do it the easier it will get.

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    Tapas at Grama Lounge                               Tapas at H10 Bar

    04. Spaniards love to socialise

    The Spanish locals love to socialise whether it’s over food, drinks or a cigarette. One of the reasons why I love eating Spanish tapas is because it’s such a social friendly food to eat. You can order several small dishes, talk over the food and try new things.

    Quite often we had a dish each in one restaurant and then moved onto another for another dish to try. The Spanish also love a party or a drink so quite often to bars and rooftop bars are full with people having a good time, they’re great for meeting new people.

    05. Spanish people love to stay out late

    Again linking up with my point above, the Spanish love to stay out late to not only eat but to drink as well until the early hours of the morning. They either have a sleep or rest up during the siesta hours to catch up on some Z’s so they can go out later. Quite often you will find the locals out at bars and restaurants on a weeknight drinking. We stayed out quite late a couple of nights and there was still locals out at 1am still drinking.

    06. Being vegan/vegetarian in Spain is quite difficult

    When ordering breakfast, it was quite hard to find something that wasn’t vegan/vegetarian unless it was a Spanish omelette which isn’t suitable for vegans. Other than that it’s actually not that bad, especially if you are ordering tapas. When you are ordering tapas there is quite a range and depending on the restaurant they will quite often have different options for dietary requirements. So it’s not all doom and gloom for us.

    Just make sure you keep a lookout at which restaurants cater and those that do not. The Spanish love their meat, especially jamón, chorizo and pollo (If you know some Spanish, you’ll know what these words are).

    There are quite a few restaurants in Spain that are predominately meat based and you can see the legs of jamón just hanging from the ceiling – enough to make a vegan or veggie want to throw up. I know!

    07. Go with the flow in Spain

    When it comes to punctuality, in Spain they love to go with the flow and do not rush around. Whether it’s a coffee date, socialising with friends or dinner do not feel like you have to be on time. It’s a different story when it comes to work and school – as punctuality is important there.

    08. Eat a Tortilla de Patata – especially for breakfast

    Now the extent of their cooked breakfasts in Spain are Spanish Omelettes or Tortilla de Patatas. These are made from onion, potato, egg, salt and lots of oil. They are delicious and definitely worth trying. Most of the time they do not come with much but you can always add something else to your order to have with it. If you are vegan, this might not be an option due to the eggs.

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    09. Don’t just visit the cities

    I have visited both Madrid and Barcelona now but I have also visited the outskirts of Spain and visited the less popular destinations (when it comes to city breaks) in visiting Ibiza, Tenerife, Lanzarote and Mallorca. Definitely visit outside of the cities and explore somewhere new.

    10. Most of Spain is Catholic

    I’m not religious at all but I will always adhere to respecting a country’s religion that I am visiting. Spain is a highly religious and Catholic country with a lot of their population attending churches and ceremonies around the country. Make sure you respect the churches and cathedrals that you visit and adhere to dress codes and the rules of entering a place of worship. Most cathedrals will not allow you to wear shorts or short dresses so please be aware of this before you visit.


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