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Information on driving in spain

Driving in Spain is not very different compared to driving in other countries of Europe. It is relatively more strict in some areas compared to places such has the UK. Driving is done on the right side of the road. The speed limit is 120 km/h on the open highways, 80kmph on regular roads, 50 or 30 in towns and residential areas. Speed limits are strictly enforced. Speed cameras are installed in most of the roads and highways, although there will be warning signs. If a driver is caught speeding, then they have the option of paying the fine on the spot. If this is done then there is 40% discount. Spanish are known to drive fairly erratically. While driving on the highway, it is not unusual for people to change lanes without using the indicators.

Spain collects a road tax which can cost between 50- 120 euros per year. The highways and roads are filled with toll booths, therefore always carry loose change. They do accept credit cards. An important note to remember is that in order to legally drive in Spain, ones must have either a Euro driver’s license or a Spanish license. If one brings a car from another country, and it stays in Spain for more than a year, then the licence plates will need to be changed to Spanish plates. Some people will drive out of the country and back again, to circumvent this law.

Police in Spain are known to do on the spot checks, especially if you are driving a car with non-Spanish licence plates. The rules concerning drinking and driving is very strict. It is considerably stricter compared to most European countries. The maximum blood alcohol level allowed is 0 .5 milligrams per millilitre of blood. If the driver is a new licence holder then it is 0.1 milligrams. Seat belts are a must for both front and rear passengers. Never cross white lines while driving. Always wait for the lines to be broken before crossing over them.

When taking the car out, make sure all of the proper documentation is in place. This includes licence, registration and insurance papers. Third party insurance is not an option, it is necessary. If stopped and fined for any reason, be sure to ask for a proper receipt of the transaction. Drivers licence is compulsory for all motorcycles above 75cc and wearing a helmet is a must. This includes anyone riding pinion.

Travel Guide to Spain

A visit to the Kingdom of Spain is one of those experiences that can enrich a person’s life, for it is a country loaded with history, culture, and traditions. Although many people feel that it could be expensive to visit, Spain can be fairly accessible to any well-informed visitor, and it is definitely worth every penny or euro.

Hotels throughout the country offer value to the traveler. Some include a private bathroom and free wireless Internet access. Many of these hotels offer a great location, like the ones in Puerta del Sol, right in the center of Madrid.

Having a clear plan of the places that you want to visit is a must. Madrid, being the capital city of Spain, is a must see. Some of its main tourist’s attractions are the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, El Retiro park, the Almudena cathedral, and the Prado Museum.

A very reliable public transportation system, including the subway and public buses, makes very affordable to move around the capital city. Around Puerta del Sol or Plaza Mayor, many restaurants or European cafés are available. Full service restaurants usually offer a 3 courses meal including either wine or water for approximately €10. More casual places offer snacks and a beverage for approximately €6.

Other popular cities to visit while in Spain are Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Ibiza, and Toledo. The last one is the closest one to Madrid, approximately 50 minutes by bus. To visit the other ones, low cost airlines are usually the best option, saving time and money, when arranged in advanced. Other options include train (RENFE), or bus. This last option is the most cost effective; however, the trip takes longer.

There are so many things see in Spain, that it can be overwhelming. Some of the places that a traveler must not miss are: Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí’s most emblematic Works, like Casa Milá, also known as “La Pedrera”, Casa Batlló, and the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia, all in Barcelona. Also in this city, the Olympic harbor, known as “Port Olympic,” and the Gothic Quarter, are of great value.

In Valencia, you want to try the popular seafood rice, known as Paella. The main attractions include the Silk Market, the City of Arts and Sciences, the Central Market, the Serranos Towers, and the Fine Arts Museum San Pio V. Also, the Cathedral with its famous Miguelete, a bell tower that offers panoramic views of the city, is worth a visit.

Learning some Spanish, the main language spoken across the country, will make it easier to communicate with the locals when needed. But, having a passport, and taking the time to experience this wonderful country are truly the only requirements.