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Getting to Spain

By Plane
The major airports receiving international flights are in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Ibiza and numerous other places around the country. Other important cities and tourist areas can be reached by plane. There are regional airports in Sevilla, Granada, Jerez de la Frontera, Malaga, Almeria, Alicante, Murcia, Zaragoza, Girona, Valladolid, Santiago de Compestela, Bilbao, San Sebastian. Most of the islands have an airport. Detailed information about the airports can be found on the website of aena and Spain Then and Now

The Major airline in Spain is Iberia, but over the last couple of years a lot of budget airlines have started to fly on different routes. The best known of these budget airlines are Vueling, Air Europa, Spanair, and Click air. The Canary Islands are connected by a smaller airline called Binter Canarias.

From Europe there are numerous flights to several destinations in Spain, especially in the tourist season. Budget airlines that have flights to and from Spain include Ryanair, Easyjet, Air Berlin, and of course all the Spain based airlines.

By Bus
Buses run from all over Europe, making this one of the cheapest ways to get there. Eurolines has connections to and from other bigger and smaller European cities, and has stops in Spain in: Alcalá de Chivert, Algeciras, Alicante, Almería, A Rua, Astorga, Badajoz, Bailen, Barcelona Norte, Barcelona Sants, Behobia (on the border with France), Béjar, Benavente, Benidorm, Bilbao, Burgos, Cáceres, Castellón, Córdoba, Estepona, Figueras, Fuengirola, Gerona, Granada, Guadix, Irún, Jaén, La Cañiza, La Coruña, La Gudiña, Lalin, Leon, Llanes, Lleida, Lloret de Mar, Madrid, Málaga, Marbella, Mérida , Monforte, Murcia, Navalmoral, Orense, Oviedo, Palencia, Plasencia, Ponferrada, Pontevedra, Porriño, Puebla de Sanabria, Puenteareas, Ribadavia, Sahagun, Salamanca, Salou, San Sebastián, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Sevilla, Tarragona, Tordesillas, Torrelavega, Torremolinos, Trujillo, Valencia, Valladolid, Verin, Vigo, Villaderrey, Vitoria, Xinzo,
Zafra and Zaragoza.

By Boat
If you are coming from Northern Africa, Italy, France or the United Kingdom, you could also take the ferry.

By Train
There are international trains to and from Spain to Portugal and France. Most major cities in Spain have direct international trains to most major cities in Europe.

By Car
Most cars will enter Spain from France. There are two main routes to enter Spain. One on both sides of the pyrenees. On the west side that is the A63 (in France) which becomes the A8 when you pass the border. The first big city this route passes is San Sebastian (Donostia) and from there you can head further west, or south. The other main route is the one that runs from Montpellier to Girona and Barcelona. The A9 in France, the AP-7 in Spain. If you want to enter Spain from France there are also a couple of routes through the mountains. From Portugal there are numerous crossing into Spain, and as both countries are within the Schengen zone entering Spain should be easy.

As written above, you can also enter Spain with your car on one of the many ferryboats coming from different countries. If the country you are coming from is not a part of the Schengen zone it's wise to consult on what you can take with you (and how much), and what not.

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Spain Facts

Population:
46,661,950 (2009)

Capital:
Madrid

Official language:
Spanish

Recognised regional languages:
Aranese, Basque, Catalan/Valencian and Galician

Currency:

Euro (EUR) - Buy euros

Time zone:
CET (UTC+1) - Summer (UTC+1)

Internet TLD:

.es

Calling code:

33

 

 
     
 
   

 
 
   
 
 
 
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