9 Things Tourists Should Never Do When Visiting Spain

Don t Expect Shops and Restaurants To Be Open All Day

In many parts of Spain, especially small towns, shops and restaurants close for a siesta from 1:00 or 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 or 5:00 p.m. Many restaurants reopen around 7:30 or 8:00 p.m., so plan accordingly.

Never Try To See Too Much

Spain is a large country with diverse regions, so trying to see everything in one trip can be overwhelming. Focus on a few key destinations, like Barcelona, Madrid, or Valencia, to ensure a more relaxed and enriching experience

Don t Expect Large Breakfasts and Dinners

Unlike in some countries, Spanish people tend to have small breakfasts and dinners, with lunch being the largest meal of the day. Traditional Spanish meals like paella are often enjoyed at lunchtime rather than dinner

Never Travel To Spain Without Knowing Some Basic Phrases

While many Spaniards speak some English, knowing basic Spanish phrases like "Hola" (Hello) and "Gracias" (Thank you) shows respect and facilitates smoother interactions with locals.

Don t Tip Too Much in Restaurants

Tipping in Spain is not customary like in the U.S. A tip of around 10% is considered generous, and it's important to check if a service charge ("servicio incluido") is already included in the bill.

Don t Assume You Can Always Pay For Things on Credit Card

While credit cards are widely accepted, many small shops, markets, and taxis prefer cash. Carrying Euros in various denominations ensures you're prepared for all situations.

Never Flash Your Belongings

Pickpocketing is common in tourist areas like Barcelona and Madrid. Keep valuables secure and out of sight, especially in crowded places, to avoid becoming a target for theft.

Don t Turn Up To the Alhambra Without a Ticket

The Alhambra in Granada requires advance ticket purchases due to its popularity. Tickets are released three months in advance, and late arrivals are not allowed entry, so plan ahead.

Don t Drink and Drive

Although it may seem quite apparent and common sense, you'll be shocked at how many individuals drive after drinking. While some nations throughout the globe lack legislation or regulations to prevent drunk driving

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