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Land of flamenco, la Tomatina, and running with the bulls, Spain is a Mediterranean paradise for those with a taste for the good life. Awe at the Sagrada Família in Barcelona, wander through the shady boulevards of Madrid, and chase down some authentic Andalucian tapas with some of the world’s finest wine. Lovers of nightlife need only hop over to Mallorca or Ibiza for the beach party of a lifetime, while continental travelers can traverse a Spanish landscape peppered with stunning architectural remnants of both the ancient Ottoman and Roman empires. Spain provides a scintillating Mediterranean experience like no other.

  • Capital: Madrid
  • Dialing code: +34
  • Population: 46,439,864
  • Languages: Spanish; Castilian

General Information

Time zones

  • UTC
  • UTC+01:00


Euro (EUR)


plugs:C, F


Health & Safety


Drinkable Water


Emergency Numbers

  • Fire: 112
  • Police: 112
  • Ambulance: 112

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Travel News

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Spain

The ideal travel companion, full of insider advice on what to see and do, plus detailed itineraries and comprehensive maps for exploring this diverse and compelling country.Marvel at Granada's magnificent palace of Alhambra, get lost in Barcelona's Gothic ... read more

about 20 hours ago

Best Tours of Spain

Book the best tours of Spain with Telegraph Travel and their award-winning team of tour operators. Experience the cultural delights of the Olympic city of Barcelona, from high-end shopping on La Rambla to the fabulous Camp Nou stadium, or soak up the sun ... read more

13 days ago

Budget trips: How to travel cheaply from London to Barcelona

Coach travel to Barcelona is cheap but will take you a day – at least. You’ll get to see a great deal of France and Spain as you travel, but don’t get too excited as the journey takes in a lot of motorways. The two main operators are Flixbus and ... read more

9 days ago