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Destination Information

Spain is an exhilarating place in which to travel. Today a high-speed rail line links Madrid and Barcelona in fewer than three hours, while the 190-mph AVE express takes just two and a half hours from Madrid’s Atocha station to the Andalusian city of Seville. Although much of the Spanish coastline is overbuilt, the interior is largely unspoiled. A new generation of chefs has revolutionized Spanish cuisine, and the country can now boast a galaxy of Michelin stars, notably in the northwestern Basque region.

When to Visit

Spain has three main climatic zones: north, central and Mediterranean. Galicia, in the coastal northwest, receives abundant rainfall; Madrid typifies the high central plateau; Seville is 10 to 15 degrees warmer than Madrid, with August being unpleasantly hot; the Mediterranean region of the Costa del Sol is exemplified by Almería.

Time

Six hours ahead of New York (EST).

Currency

Euro (€). Fluctuating rate valued at €1.00 = US$1.22 as of January 2021.

U.S. Embassy

Madrid, Tel. (34) 91-587-2200. Consulate: Barcelona, Tel. (34) 93-280-2227.

Direct Dial Codes

To phone hotels and restaurants in Spain, dial 011 (international access) + 34 (Spain code) + city code and local numbers in listings.

Entry Requirements

Passport (valid for six months beyond end of stay). Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.