Walking Across Europe is superb so get on your walking boots to see the region at its very best and really get away from it all.
So, you’ve decided about the destination for walking holiday and it’s Spain. It’s a great choice as Spain’s nearly 2,500 miles of coastline entice tourists to enjoy not only hiking but also sunbathing, swimming and surfing.
Usually, March through September is an excellent time for camping, mountain biking or hiking along the trails found in the Pyrenees, Cantabrian Mountains or Sierra de Grazalema National Park. Skiers and snowboarders can hit the slopes in these mountainous regions around November, after the first snowstorm of the year. It’s not recommended to go to Spain in July and August, if you can’t bear extreme hot and crowdie places.
Talking about places, the climate in Spain varies by region. So, firstly decide to what particular Spanish part you will head for and then choose the right time.
The Southern part of Spain features the Mediterranean climate and some of the best beaches in the country. However, during summer months it’s stiflingly hot, especially in the cities of Seville and Córdoba. In winter the temperature falls down to around 60 degrees on average with scattered rain showers. Heading farther inland it’s colder, and snowfall is common in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Granada. It’s recommended travelling to the southern Spain in the spring or fall, when the temperatures are more comfortable.
Generally, it’s cooler in Northern Spain than in the south. Summers are temperate (around 70 degrees) in places along the Atlantic coast, such as San Sebastian and La Coruña. However, the northern region of Galicia can get quite hot in July and August, reaching upwards of 90 degrees. Hikers visiting the Pyrenees Mountains along Spain’s northern border should come in the summer, as it’s the best time to avoid snowfall and frigid trail conditions. It’s better to come to Northern Spain in summer rather than in cold and damp winter.
Central Spain with its capital Madrid is very contrastive region. It’s extremely hot in summer and very cold in winter. So, the best time to go trekking in central Spain is spring or autumn.
Spain is a member of the European Union and its currency is euro since 2002. So, if you come to Spain from another EU country which has euro too, then you won’t need to bother to charge currency. In other case, you’ll need to exchange money to euro and the best way to get euros is to use an ATM machine. Spain is the European country with the most ATM machines and every block in cities has an ATM machine. Just make sure to use ATM of the same network as your bank is tied to, in order to minimize any currency charges. You may also exchange money in any bank or a currency exchange office, but the exchange rate will be higher.
There is no better place to learn Spanish language than in Spain. So, grab your pocket dictionary and set for an adventure in the country of Don Quixote.
The official language in Spain is Castilian Spanish. Of course, you may hear a little bit different version of Spanish inside the country, as there are different dialects according to the regions (for example, Catalan is spoken in Catalonia and the Balearic Islands, Valencian – in Valencia, etc.).
Thanks to the great amount of immigrants from the English and Arabic spoken countries, there should be no problem in communicating with locals in English or Arabic.