A country in southern Europe on the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, bordering Portugal, France, Andorra, and Gibraltar.

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How to overcome the language barrier when visiting France and Spain?

I may be traveling to France and Spain for business purposes, and I'm likely to mix some pleasure with that business trip. I do not expect many language issues during the business conversations. ...
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If you go to the pool and find all the sunbeds have towels on and you have nowhere to sit, what do you do?

When I've been staying in a hotels in Spain I often go down to the pool in the morning and find that there are no sunbeds to sit on because people have reserved them with towels. I'm never 100% if a ...
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Is there any common website for Spanish intercity bus timetables?

As I wrote in an answer some time ago, there are, in my opinion, very good bus connections in Andalusia (and elsewhere in Spain). But I don't know of a single site where you could easily check the ...
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Why is the train between Barcelona and Madrid so expensive?

A one way ticket from Barcelona to Madrid is more than 100 euros, which is much more expensive than in the rest of Western Europe. It is even more expensive than the Eurostar, which required to dig a ...
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What's the cheapest way to purchase data access for my verizon smartphone while traveling in Spain?

What's the cheapest way to purchase data access for my verizon smartphone while traveling in Spain? Voice minutes would be useful too, although data only would be ideal. Specifically, I'll be ...
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Good locations in Spain for hiking, nature, architecture, and photo opportunities?

I'm thinking about visiting Spain sometime in September or October. I'm interested in hiking, nature and historic architecture and am constantly looking for great photo opportunities. Which parts of ...
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Can I travel from the USA to Spain with a one-way flight?

I am going to be an au pair and will not qualify for a work visa, and do not want to pay for 15 hours of classes to qualify as a student. Does Spain have any rules for "onward travel" where I would ...
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Where to see the last Arabian flag in Andalus (Spain) and history of Andalus in general

In which museum in Spain I can find the last flag of the Arabian armies that used to occupy Spain for 700 years (Andalus). All I find about it in the net is this photo which seems like a festival for ...
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Transit between ferries on Tenerife

I'm planning to take a ferry from Gran Canaria to Tenerife and then Tenerife to La Palma on 21 December. The ferry from Gran Canaria arrives at Tenerife 17:00, and the ferry to La Palma departs at ...
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Hiring a car in Berlin and dropping it off in Barcelona for a road trip

I am planning on a road-trip from Berlin to Barcelona. I am most interested in knowing if I can hire a car in Berlin and drop it off in Barcelona. (also, if anyone has tips on routes to take that is ...
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Can I hitchhike on a yacht to cross the Mediterranean from Spain to Turkey?

I've heard occasionally of people managing to get passage on yachts and other boats and I would like to try this. How can I find a boat to ride on and what would be the likely conditions of carriage?
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Single vs. Multiple entry Schengen visa, for Spain and France?

I am from Egypt and I'm planning a vacation to Spain and France. While filling the visa application, should I choose a single or a multiple entry visa?! If i got a single entry Schengen visa, I still ...
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Left Luggage facilitaties in train stations in France? or Sending luggage from France to Spain?

After some time in Nice, I'm doing the Camino 'Le Puy - Pamplona' track (5-6 week walk and was hoping to leave the rest of my luggage in a train station either in Lyon or Nice. Does anyone know if you ...
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Looking for a small scenic beach town village in Spain or Portugal

A few friends and I are looking for a small Spain/Portugal beach town or village to stay at for a week. We want something scenic, ideally with cliffs or terrain on the beach. We are all 28 to 30 and ...
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Differences between the Routes of the Camino de Santiago

I will be a first time "pilgrim" in July of the Camino de Santiago (Way of St James) and am deciding on the various routes. Can someone explain what differences are encountered on the routes - how ...
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What's the cheapest way to travel from Paris to Madrid by train?

I am planning to travel from Northern Germany to Madrid by train in March. I found an offer for a night train to Paris for 43 Euro which is pretty cheap. From Paris to Madrid, my local train ...
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What precautions should travelers take in Spain/France?

On my last visit in Milano Italy, i went to the Duomo. It was the first day of my trip, and definitely the worst. On the second I stepped out the subway, "Tourist hunting gangs" jumps from all over, ...
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Is there a resource for crime statistics in Spain - especially robbery

I'm going to visit Spain, and my wife is very worried about thieves in Spain. What cities should we be aware of? Are there any ways to protect myself from them? eg Barcelona has a reputation for ...
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Getting to Valencia Airport early in the morning

What options do I have to get to Valencia Airport early in the morning (to catch a flight with departure at 6:30) other than the expensive taxi?
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Is a day trip between Barcelona and Andorra possible?

I am traveling to Barcelona this October and wish to take a day-trip to Andorra. Is this possible?
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Buying a rail pass from a non EU country and reserving seats in advance

I'm going to Europe next June and I plan to travel by train. I want to reserve my seats in advance, so I'm thinking about buying them around three months in advance. I'm also thinking about buying a ...
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Driving from London to Malaga, Spain. Tolls expensive?

I've been waiting a long time to get a car, and now that I have one I plan to do a road trip with friends and visit my parents who live in southern Spain. I'm aware of the costs to get to Santander ...
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Getting to La Tomatina

I'm going for an exchange programme to Nimes, France from Delhi, India, in August, just in time for La Tomatina in Buñol. I was planning to take the overnight bus from Nimes to Valencia that arrives ...
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Are there restrictions in public transport during Semana Santa in Spain?

I'm currently traveling in Spain on public transport. With the Easter week (Semana Santa) coming up, do I have to expect limited services on long distance buses and trains? What about local transport ...
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Finding a quiet hotel in Madrid

I'm trying to find a quiet hotel in Madrid that's not too far out of the way. Normally, I'd just hit a hotel booking website, pick a few in the right geographical area and price range, and check the ...
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Any special requirements in driving from Spain to France?

I'm renting a car in Barcelona. And i would like to make a trip at the Pyrenees, both the Spanish and French sides. Are there any special requirements needed for the rented car?
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Getting married in Madrid, looking for affordable group housing for friends & family

I'm an American getting married to a Spanish woman in Madrid, Spain. I'd like to find some affordable housing for my guests who will be visiting (friends and family) to try and cut down their costs. ...
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Spain visa - must I make entire hotel payment, or is deposit enough?

I am a Kenyan student studying in the UK. I have a Tier 4 visa. I am applying for a visa to Spain, and one of the requirements is a hotel confirmation. Do I have to make the full payment for the ...
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Interesting places to see around (not in) Valencia? [closed]

What are some interesting places to see that are accessible from Valencia for a reasonable price? I'm not looking for things in Valencia proper (suggestions are still very welcome, but it's a lot ...
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What's the best survival strategy for Running With the Bulls?

The Running of the Bulls can be quite dangerous, obviously. As you're running in a narrow street, with hundreds of other inept runners, what's the best strategy for running the route with the ...
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Transport for Tour of Southern Spain

I've been to the south of Spain a few times and was hoping to make another trip in the near future. My plan is fly from JFK or ORD to Madrid to Sevilla (obviously assuming this is the cheapest route ...
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What do I need to know or do in order to rent a car in Spain?

I'm a US resident and am looking to rent a car in Spain. How do I get a license to drive there?
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Where can I find authentic areas in Canary islands?

I am going on a trip to the Canary Islands. I have heard that it is quite commercial in some areas. Does anyone know of the authentic and more "virgin" regions, "off the beaten track," particularly ...
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If I buy a Renfe ticket online, in what form do I get the actual ticket?

I will be traveling to Spain, and noticed that I can get a train ticket at a discount if I buy online now. I started filling the form, and they wanted to know lots of data, including an ID number(!) ...
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Can I drive in Spain using my U.S. (New York State) license?

I know I can get an IDP, but I read in some places that they recognize US Driver's Licenses specifically New York. Can anyone confirm?
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Motorcycle rentals in Spain, licence restrictions

I'm planning a 3 day motorcycling trip around Seville, Spain. I'm from EU, and have had a full motorcycle licence for less than a year. The rentals I've found on internet so far seem to require that ...
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Any tips for completing purchases through RENFE's website?

I've found the Spanish train website renfe.com cannot complete credit card transactions. I've attempted with several different bank and credit cards from several different countries, verified the ...
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Train Reservations in Spain (with pass)

I need to book a seat on a train from Barcelona to San Sebastian. The site I was using wants to send the ticket by post, but that will be too slow. Is there a way I can do it electronically, or pick ...
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How to go from Madrid Airport to Gran Via?

I've seen several options using bus and subway in Google Maps, but I am looking for both the fastest and the cheapest way. I am also looking for a way to do that with the least number of line or ...
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Where can I find a guidebook of Menorca?

I'm looking for a guidebook to visit Menorca. For other travels I used to get the "Lonely Planet" guide, but there isn't any of Menorca, and I think that get one of "Spain" is too wide. Where I can ...
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How long is an acceptable shower in Spain? [closed]

I hear taking long showers in foreign countries is looked down upon, especially if you are living with someone temporarily. Is there a standard shower time in Spain that is considered acceptable?
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Are there any last-minute cheap Spain-domestic flights?

I'm travelling alone to Barcelona airport (BCN). I would like to take a cheap round-trip flight from BCN to Madrid. Is there any web-site or smartphone app that sells last-minute cheap Spanish ...
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Using your passport / confirmation email as your ticket on a train from Barcelona to Lyon?

So currently traveling at the moment and last night i booked a train from Barcelona to Lyon. I used the tgv-europe.com and the last time I ordered a ticket from there it was easy, it just sent me a ...
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Valid Schengen visa in unmarried name and old expired passport, can I travel with both again?

I am a spouse of a British citizen and applied and was granted a Schengen visa from the French embassy last year, which is valid till 2015, this was however in my passport which has my maiden name. I ...
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Deposits policy for holiday accommodation in Spain

I am in the process of booking an apartment somewhere in Spain and I've been told that I need to pay 30% of the total booking amount in advance to confirm the booking (fair enough) and after that I ...
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Mallorca's public transportation prices

What are the current prices of public transportation bus and train services? Are there any monthly/weekly passes?
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Internet in Spain for a citizen from other EU country

I am from Czech Republic and would like to know if I can buy an internet e.g. for 6 months or a year as a non-Spanish citizen and if yes. If my ID is enough or I need something else too? Also - how ...
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Does a ticket to Montserrat Mountain include 8 free city rides?

Regarding Barcelona 1) I have heard that a ticket to Montserrat Mountain includes 8 free city rides. Is it so? 2) Are there any activities that runs only on a specific day? E.g. the magic fountain?
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Is it feasible to travel daily from Gavà to Barcelona?

We are planning a 5 day trip to Barcelona and due to a limited budget we were thinking of staying in Gavà and then travelling to Barcelona, practically every morning. Do you consider this as feasible ...
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Do Vietnamese citizens need a visa to enter Spain for short term?

I am new here. I am studying in China (Beijing), and I have an opportunity to go to Spain (Valencia) for summer school in this July for one week. I have Vietnamese citizenship. I would like to ask ...