Useful information

Useful Information

Currency: Euro.

Language: Spanish.

Visa: No visa is necessary for citizens of other EU countries staying a maximum of three months. For citizens of other countries, a visa may be required.

Emergency Numbers (dial toll-free from any phone):

  • Emergency services: 112
  • Ambulance/Ambulancia: 061
  • Fire service/Bomberos: 080
  • National Police/Policía Nacional: 091(in case of serious crime)
  • Local Police/Policía Municipal: 092 (for towns and cities)
  • Civil Guard/Guardia Civil: 062 (for small towns and villages)


Telephone Calls: To make an international call from Spain, dial 00 and then add the country code followed by the telephone number. To call Spain from abroad, the country code is 34.

Business hours: The normal opening hours for shops: Monday to Saturday: 10am-1:30pm and 5pm-8pm. Large stores usually stay open all day from 10am-10pm. Most shops are closed on Sundays. Most museums are open from Tuesday to Sunday, except public holidays.

Banking facilities: All Spanish and most international banks have branches in the city. Opening times: Monday to Friday: 9am-2pm. Saturday: 9am-1pm.

Taxis:Taxis are easily identified in the cities as white cars with a green light on the roof. The light is lit when they are available. Prices are reasonable but make sure the meter is reset when you start your journey. Surcharges apply for airport pick-ups, items of luggage, journeys outside of city boundaries and after 10pm and at weekends.

Tipping: Typically Spanish people leave a few coins after a meal but there´s no rules.

Tap water:Tap water is of excellent quality and safe to drink. Most locals drink tap water.