3 Important Tips for Planning a Family Trip to Spain
Are you planning a relaxing vacation in España? Spain is a typical tourist destination in Europe and for good reason. Spain is very diverse in culture, from food to trust and even language. Your stay in the northern part of the country will vary dynamically from the time spent in the South.
Here are three tips that will help you plan a family vacation in Spain – and enjoy it.
- Take a crash course in this language
Just because you are in Europe does not mean that everyone around you will speak English. In Spain, you will find the opposite. The farther you get from the main cities, the more difficult English speakers will come. Also, if you really want to experience Spain – you need to know some Spanish phrases to find local hot spots. Locals will appreciate the fact that you have taken the time to learn a little of their language.
Plan your trip far enough ahead to take a crash course in Spanish with your family. Learn how to say hello, goodbye, and ask for directions. If you want to start a conversation with a Spanish person, learn some Spanish weather phrases and start a conversation. People are far more likely to start conversations with strangers when they can speak the same language!
Most importantly, if you are in a position where you need to ask for directions or have an emergency outside the main cities of Spain, you will be able to get the help you need.
- Understand that your usual 9-5 schedule is not valid in Spain
Relaxation is a core principle in Spanish life. Some say it’s hot, others say it’s cultural but you cut it: napping is an integral part of everyday life in Spain. In fact, you will find that many businesses close between 2pm and 4pm. Although metropolitan areas such as Barcelona and Madrid have begun to leave this afternoon nap, most countries are still observing siesta time. A nap is fantastic when you need an excuse to take a nap all day, but it can frustrate many of your plans for sightseeing and shopping during the day.
Which brings us to the next point: Dinner is much slower than you expected. Unlike their European counterparts, España people prefer to eat in the afternoon. The schedule for typical restaurant dinners and porches is at 10:00 p.m. and later. If you want to immerse yourself in culture, adjust your sleep schedule. If not, know that you will get ‘tourist treatment.’
- Plan a big event and preorder ticket
This travel tip applies to any country with many ‘must visit’ Spanish tourist attractions. Given the country’s rich history, classic tourist locations such as the Basilica and Notre Dame are busy locations. Don’t make the mistake of waiting all day to enter the page. Instead, do yourself and your family a favor to look at these locations and buy tickets before you are in Spain.
As a friendly reminder, hot Spanish. Very hot for Europeans or typical Central American Americans. If you spend most of the day standing hot with your children, do you think you will enjoy as much Basilica as you will with a visit on time?
The moral of this story? The more you are ready for your trip to Spain, the more you will enjoy it. Planning a last-minute vacation is less than ideal, especially if you don’t know the country’s language. Spain is cheap compared to all of Europe, so make sure you fill your schedule with lots of sightseeing.
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