Tips to plan your Spain trip
- As Spain is part of the European Union, Schengen visa is required for entry into the country. Details on the visa requirements and procedures are available in http://www.vfsglobal.com/spain/india/ for Indians.
- Purchasing the tourist cards in Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia are highly recommended for those who plan to visit major attractions in these cities as it includes free entry to most of these sites. Also, the added advantage of this card is that it gives you priority entry, hence saving a great amount of time.
Madrid Card: This offers free entry to more than 50 museums, sights and rides within the city, also discounts on best restaurants like Botin, flamenco shows and few shops. Avoid long waiting queues at the Royal Palace, Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen Museums. Find more information about Madrid Card in the following link: http://www.madridcard.com/en/inicio
Barcelona Card: This 3-in-1 card offers free rides in train (airport), metro and bus, entry pass to museums and discounts in various shops, tours and in nightlife activities. More information on Barcelona Card: http://www.barcelonacard.org/
Valencia Card: Enjoy the free ride in all the public transport (bus, tram and metro) within the city, free entry to museums and major attractions as well as a free tapas and a beer or a soft drink with this card. To know more on Valencia Card visit: http://www.valenciatouristcard.com/ar/what-is-it
- Spain has well-connected high-speed trains: Renfe and Ave, running throughout the country on regular intervals which takes you to the desired destinations in no time. We would recommend purchasing these tickets at the station, as it is sold for much cheaper price than online.
- It is advisable to do an advance reservation for Flamenco shows in Madrid and the price for these shows varies depending on the venue and the combo. Tickets can be purchased for these shows in Madrid in the following link: http://www.flamencotickets.com/madrid-flamenco-shows
- Details regarding most of the activities in Ibiza are available on http://www.ibiza-spotlight.com. We purchased our tickets to the Pukka Up Boat Party through this website.
- All the non EU residents visiting Spain can enjoy the Tax Free shopping in Spain and save upto 18% off the price if the total bill exceeds €90.15.
- Most of the attractions in Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia can be covered by foot. Hence, we would recommend you to grab a city map, which comes handy while walking around the city (also reduces total travel expenses).
- If you are planning to visit Spain during summer then it is advisable to carry sunscreen with minimum SPF 70 and an umbrella, also light summer cloths along with comfortable footwear.
- Maximum visitors allowed inside the Monumental Zone in Park Guell, Barcelona is 400 in every 30 minutes. It is easier if you purchase tickets online in advance to reduce the waiting time. Also we suggest purchasing entry tickets to Gaudi’s attractions like La Sagrada, Casa Mila in advance to avoid long queues at the ticket counters.
- While visiting Barcelona Cathedral make sure to dress appropriately (Men: full pants and sleeved top; Women: full pants/ skirts and sleeved blouses)
- As often warned by the locals about pickpockets, do remember to keep an eye on your belongings while at the restaurants, travelling in public transportations as well as walking around the city, especially in Barcelona.
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