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Travel information about Spain

Spain is a sovereign state and is the largest country in Southern Europe. Total area is 504,782 sq km 194,897 sq miles and a population of approximately 46,064,604. From the Pyrenees and the Picos de Europa to the white snowcapped Sierra Nevada are the finest destinations in this order. Fiestas and Flamenco, food, arts are awesome. Beaches and various landscapes will astonish you. Spain is a very happy and bustling with life nation.

Capital city of Spain: Madrid

Closest neighbors to Spain: Neighboring countries are Morocco, Gibraltar, Andorra, France and Portugal.

Best times to visit Spain: You can visit Spain all year-round if you want to. It just depends on the place’s temperature what you prefer. June and September are more comfortable times to get a tan but the heat is intense.

How to get to Spain: From the US, fly nonstop from like New York and Miami to Madrid or Barcelona.

Visa requirements for Spain: Visa is free for the duration of 3 months for US citizens although you need to have a return ticket. In case you will stay for more than 90 days you need to obtain an extension of stay from Spanish immigration.

Currency of Spain: The currency of Spain is Euro.

Official Language of Spain: The official language of Spain is Spanish.

UNESCO World Heritage sites in Spain

There are 46 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Spain and 29 in their tentative list

Cultural (40)

  • Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada
  • Antequera Dolmens Site
  • Aranjuez Cultural Landscape
  • Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida
  • Archaeological Ensemble of Tárraco
  • Archaeological Site of Atapuerca
  • Burgos Cathedral
  • Catalan Romanesque Churches of the Vall de Boí
  • Cathedral, Alcázar and Archivo de Indias in Seville
  • Cave of Altamira and Paleolithic Cave Art of Northern Spain
  • Cultural Landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana
  • Heritage of Mercury. Almadén and Idrija
  • Historic Centre of Cordoba
  • Historic City of Toledo
  • Historic Walled Town of Cuenca
  • La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia
  • Las Médulas
  • Monastery and Site of the Escurial, Madrid
  • Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias
  • Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  • Old City of Salamanca
  • Old Town of Ávila with its Extra-Muros Churches
  • Old Town of Cáceres
  • Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct
  • Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona
  • Palmeral of Elche
  • Poblet Monastery
  • Prehistoric Rock Art Sites in the Côa Valley and Siega Verde
  • Renaissance Monumental Ensembles of Úbeda and Baeza
  • Rock Art of the Mediterranean Basin on the Iberian Peninsula
  • Roman Walls of Lugo
  • Routes of Santiago de Compostela: Camino Francés and Routes of Northern Spain
  • Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe
  • San Cristóbal de La Laguna
  • San Millán Yuso and Suso Monasteries
  • Santiago de Compostela (Old Town)
  • Tower of Hercules
  • University and Historic Precinct of Alcalá de Henares
  • Vizcaya Bridge
  • Works of Antoni Gaudí

Natural (4)

  • Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe
  • Doñana National Park
  • Garajonay National Park
  • Teide National Park

Mixed (2)

  • Ibiza, Biodiversity and Culture
  • Pyrénées – Mont Perdu

Scuba diving safety tips

Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water:

  1. Think safety at all times. Planning reduces risk and gives you more worry-free fun.
  2. Bring the necessary equipment. It should be in good condition and easily accessible.
  3. Respect the sea and the weather. Only go out with your boat when it is safe.
  4. Follow the rules of the sea, and make sure you know what they are.
  5. Wear life jackets or other flotation devices.
  6. Make sure you are rested and sober. Do not drive a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  7. Be considerate, and remember that safety, the environment, and the well-being of everybody is a common responsibility.
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