What you should Know Before you go to Spain

If you have booked a stay in one of the villas in spain that many people love, and you’ve decided you’re going to explore Spain while you’re there, you may appreciate one or two bits of information that could help make your holiday even better.

  1. Siestas aren’t all about napping

Contrary to popular belief, siesta’s are not all about taking a long snooze while the sun is at its hottest. Many people tend to have their lunch around 2 pm, and they tend to spend much of the siesta catching up with family and friends, which sounds wonderful. Siestas typically run from 2 pm to 4 pm, although some like to take their siesta a little earlier or a little later.

If you happen to be visiting the Spanish countryside you may find that siestas are likely to run until 5 pm, but this is not always the case. However long the siesta lasts it tends to be the reason why many shops, restaurants and bars are closed during these hours. Why not take the time to enjoy a nap yourself? You may feel better for it.

  1. Not everyone in Spain considers themselves Spanish

If you think everyone in Spain is Spanish, you couldn’t be more wrong. Those who live in the Baroque region and Catalonia seem to have their own identities, and they’re proud of them. Everything from the language, culture, and the food is different, which may come as a bit of a shock to some tourists. This means your holiday has the potential to be even better as you’ll probably come across new dishes and accents that you were not aware of. Embrace the diversity and enjoy all that it has to offer.

  1. It’s polite to say ‘Hello’ and ‘Goodbye’

While not everyone back home says ‘Hello’ when they enter a shop or restaurant, it is considered to be polite if you greet people this. A ‘Hola’ or a ‘Buenas’ is appreciated, even if you’re saying it to someone who has just got in the lift with you. When it comes to leaving the shop or restaurant an ‘Adios’ or ‘Hasta luego’ will also be appreciated. This is just part of Spanish culture, and it actually feels quite nice as it can make you feel more relaxed and at home.

  1. You should think twice about visiting in August

Although many people love to visit Spain when the sun is at its hottest, you may want to re-think your August vacation. Spain can get very hot this time of year, and you’ll find that many Spanish people like to leave for cooler climes. This can result in many towns and cities seeming quite deserted, and you’ll probably realise why as you spend your time just trying to cool down. That’s right, even the locals find it too hot, so you probably will too!

If you think you can cope with Spain’s August Sun, you may wish to know that public transport isn’t what it usually is as there will be fewer buses running. The good news is that many restaurants, cafés and shops tend to stay open during this sweltering month, simply because those who stick around need to shop and eat somewhere.

  1. Everything about Spanish trains is admirable

Spanish trains really are something to be admired, from their efficiency to their high speeds and their design. If you are a lover of trains or you would like to visit a country that has really good rail connections, you need to head to Spain. You won’t find that it’s just the major cities that have really good connections, you’ll also find the countryside does too, meaning you can travel from your villa to wherever you like with relative ease. You may also be pleased to know that Spanish trains tend to be very comfortable, which really makes our rail service seem distinctly lacking.

  1. The south of Spain is much more relaxed

The south of Spain tends to be much more relaxed than its northern counterpart, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s lovely to see people mosey around with ease while the rest of the country seems to be rushing around. Why not join the locals in their relaxation and put your feet up? Chill out, and take your time walking around the towns and tourist destinations, you’ll enjoy it more!

  1. Some of the world’s best olive oil is produced in Spain

Although Italy tends to produce a lot of olive oil, Spain is also a great producer too. This means that you can get your hands on some very tasty and freshly produced oil that can be used in many different ways. You may be surprised to know that a lot of Italian olive oil originates here in Spain. This is because Spain tends to have more olive oil than they need so they export it to Italy. Why not enjoy some olive oil that’s been produced locally, it tastes so good. You may also want to think about taking some home with you as a souvenir too.

Now you know a little more about the amazing country you’re about to visit, you have the chance to enjoy it a little more. So why not greet people wherever you go, hop on a train, take a long lunch, and generally just enjoy yourself on your holiday in this remarkable country?