- >How do electrical appliances work in Spain?
- >Where can I get a tourist card and what are its advantages?
- >Is nudism prohibited on the beaches of Spain?
- >What you should know if you have a complaint about a tourist service.
- >Which system of weights and measures is used in Spain?
- >Can you drink the tap water?
- How do electrical appliances work in Spain?
Electricity supply in Spain is AC 220 volts, 50 Hertz. Sockets meet European regulations and use the round pin system. However, most hotels have adaptors for different plugs. Make sure that the electrical appliances you are going to use (computers, mobile phone chargers, shavers…) work at this voltage.
- Where can I get a tourist card and what are its advantages?
You can purchase a tourist card in many cities in Spain. They are available in destinations such as Barcelona, Gijon, Leon, Granada, Toledo, Valencia, and Zaragoza. These types of cards are sold at tourist offices, airports, hotels and travel agencies. They include preferential admission to monuments and museums, and discounts on sightseeing, entertainment, transportation, shopping and restaurants. They are usually valid for one, two or three days (generally consecutive, as the card is activated the first time it is used). The price depends on the destination and the type of card, although it usually ranges between €10 and €60. In addition, there are special cards with a lower price for children. Many of the cards can be purchased online (we recommend you visit the official web page of your destination for more information). After the purchase, you can have the card sent to your home, or pick it up at any of the points provided in the city for this purpose (generally airports, train stations and tourist resorts). You'll find more information at the following links: Barcelona tourist card Barcelona Night Card Gijón tourist card Granada tourist card Palma tourist card Valencia tourist card Zaragoza tourist card
- Is nudism prohibited on the beaches of Spain?
In Spain there are no laws specifically prohibiting nudism on beaches. Therefore it is not a crime unless there is indecent exposure. However, to regulate the use of their beaches, some municipalities prohibit nudism, except in areas where it is approved. Failure to comply may result in a small fine. Therefore, to avoid conflicts, it is always advisable to seek places where the practice is permitted or nudity is acceptable. In Spain there are more than 300 beaches classified as nudist beaches. We recommend using them if you wish to sunbathe nude. You can consult them on the official website of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fishing, Food and the Environment. (https://www.miteco.gob.es/es/costas/servicios/guia-playas/default.aspx). If you are interested in sunbathing nude at any other beaches, you should consult the local City Council or the tourism office of your destination. If you would like to go topless, you may do so freely at any beach in Spain. In turn, if you are interested in learning about the different Naturist Associations and Centres for Naturist Vacations, you can do so at the Spanish Naturist Federation.
- What you should know if you have a complaint about a tourist service.
During your stay in Spain, you have the right to receive tourist services according to the quality and characteristics advertised by the companies which offer them. If you are not satisfied, you are entitled to lodge a complaint or claim. The current legislation requires all establishments to have documents known as “claim forms” available for customers, and to advertise this fact on a notice placed so as to be clearly visible to the clientele. To complete the claim, you must fill in the claim form and give one copy to the establishment and another to the Directorate General for Tourism of the autonomous region you are in at the time. You can also do this through any of the registration offices of government bodies and many tourist offices. This process can lead to a fine for the company you are claiming from.If you wish to receive financial compensation for your claim, you must file it with the Law Courts or request arbitration from the Directorate General for Consumer Affairs. The arbitration application must be opened at the municipal consumer information offices (OMIC) or the Directorate General for Consumer Affairs of each autonomous region.
- Which system of weights and measures is used in Spain?
Spain uses the Metric (Decimal) System, with seven basic units of measurement, known as the International System of Units (SI), which is valid throughout the European Union. The system governs all units of weight, measurement and distance (metre, kilogram, second, litre, ton…).
- Can you drink the tap water?
Drinking water supply is guaranteed throughout Spain. We have stringent control systems that guarantee water quality. Nevertheless, in some Mediterranean coastal areas consumption of bottled water is widespread.