Spain Travel Guide | Tips & Local Hacks for Visiting Spain
When I came to Spain and I saw people partying, I said, to myself what. Whether. You come to Spain for the Fiesta in Ibiza SES on the Costa Brava or a fruity tour of San Sebastian this video will, help you avoid tourist traps understand. Spanish cultural do's and don'ts and learn everything you know to make your trip to Spain truly, unforgettable, I'm Alex, I'm Marko and you are watching vagabrothers your, go-to guide for Travel Tips vlogs and inspiration, here, on YouTube now we lived, in Spain for three, years and in this video we're gonna share all the tips hacks and insider information that, we learned while living there so if you haven't already hit the subscribe button and turn on notifications so, you don't miss any videos share, this video with your travel buddies and, get ready to have some fun because. Hello. Again bond whiskey Thank You M so. Holiday, in Spain how, original where are we off to this time magaluf, man authority. Comedy Oh visa. A bit too posh for my liking bah, salona, no it's more subtle than that well. Right. Spain. Is the second, largest country in Western, Europe occupying. Approximately, 80 percent of the Iberian, Peninsula modern. Spain is a product of thousands. Of years of migration, and conquests most notably the Phoenicians, the Romans and more. Recently. The Moors who in the eighth century invade, from Morocco, to turn Spain, into, one of the leading centers of learning in. All of the world a mosaic, of conscience, if you will in precisely, modern. Spain is best described as a nation of nations a legacy of the Reconquista, when the Catholic kings of castile united. All of the different kingdoms to, push out the moss in 1492. 1492. The Year Columbus, sailed the ocean, blue spot-on, in just a number of decades Spain went from being a conquered, occupied, country, into, one of the most powerful kingdoms, in, all of history okay, let's talk where to go the, three most popular cities, are Madrid, the capital which, brings together the best of Spain beachside, Barcelona. Which fuses, the medieval quarter with, the modernist, architecture, of Catalan, born, Antoni, gaudí, and sultry. Sevilla in the south the birthplace of flamenco, Spain is full of distinct, regions, like Catalonia, with the Costa Brava and the Pyrenees the Basque Country a foodie, paradise with, great waves and a unique culture, and. Andalusia. Where, Moorish influence blends. With iconic, Spanish, tradition and of course there's beaches not just the Costa del Sol or the Costa Brava, but the Balearic Islands Majorca. Minorca Ibiza. And Formentera and, the, tropical, Canary Islands, which are actually off the west coast of Africa and unlike, any part, of Spain, if you want more information on where to go and what to do in Spain make sure that you subscribe to our Channel and turn on notifications so. You don't miss the video that we're making about that subject very, soon also, if you haven't seen our eight part series on the basque country or our top, ten things to do in barcelona, check, out those videos as, well moving, on to climate although some of Spain's most popular, destinations, are on the Mediterranean, most. Of the country is on what's called the Meseta an elevated, plateau that's, cold in the winter hot, in the summer and makes Madrid Europe's, highest, capital, the, north of Spain is green because it rains all the time especially in the Basque Country where locals have a specific. Name for their type of rain called, shitty MIDI therefore. When packing, it's best to bring layers especially. If you're journeying away, from the Mediterranean if. You're visiting in the winter make sure you have a warm waterproof, jacket. Although, it doesn't really snow unless you're in the mountains also. Pack a dressy, outfit for going out or just head to a Saeta if you find yourself underdressed. In summer Spain, gets slammed with foreign, tourists, known as Giddy's, while, domestic tourism surges, around Christmas, and Easter, known, as semana, santa which is most, big, in Sevilla, over, tourism, is a serious, problem in parts of Spain specifically.
Barcelona. So. We, recommend traveling, during, the shoulder seasons, September. To November or. March, to May when, the weather is still warm but prices for flights and hotels are much lower than in summer, language, is a tricky. Issue in, Spain you might assume that everyone speaks Spanish, but many regions. Have their own languages. Like, the Latin based languages, of Catalan. And Galician, or, buscetta. The Basque language. The only non indo-european. Language, in Europe, and one, of the oldest, living languages, in the world, Spanish. As we know it actually comes, from the region of Castilla, so people in Spain call it Castellanos. Cassiano, became the lingua franca, of Spain, during the Reconquista, which was led by the king and queen of Castilla. Ferdinand, at Nyssa velvet so calling, Cassiano Spanish. Is kind of like calling English, British if that makes sense because England's, only one part of Britain, these regional. Languages, are central, to many people's, identities. Especially. In the Basque Country in, Catalonia. Where many people, are pushing for independence, from Spain if you try to learn some local words like Kai show hello, and Basque or bone, dia it will be much appreciated by. The locals, now that we've covered the basics let's, debunk, some popular, myths starting, with the one thing that we all seem to associate, with Spain bullfighting. The truth is that not all Spaniards love bullfighting, in fact many, hate it and it's banned in regions, like Catalonia, however it remains popular in more, traditional parts, of Spain and it's probably not going anywhere anytime, soon. Nor. Do all spaniards, dance flamenco, like many things associated with Spain it actually, comes from Andalusia. Specifically. From the Roma people who, originally. Migrated, from India, almost 1500. Years ago and who, despite persecution, have. Added, much to, Spanish culture, especially in, the south Spaniards. Do know how to enjoy life so, many foreigners, assume that life has been easy but the truth is Spain, has faced some serious challenges especially, in the last century, most, notably, the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s. In which the democratically. Elected Republic. Was, overthrown, by the fascist, dictator Francisco, Franco, who ruled Spain with an iron fist until, his death in 1975. Since, then Spain has returned to democracy, had a liberal Renaissance, known as la Movida Madalena, and joined, the European Union, but, the wounds, of the Spanish Civil War that, turned brother against, brother are, still very. Very real, be. Respectful, more, recently, challenges. Include, the 2008. Financial crisis. Known as the, crisis, which, left one out of two, young Spaniards, without, a job which, is why over 80%, of, young Spaniards, under 30, still, live with their parents the, economy, has started to recover but unemployment, and low wages continues. To make life difficult for, young Spanish, people not, all Spaniards take siestas and the tradition actually originated, in southern Portugal, where, was a way for day laborers, to get a rest from the midday Sun typically. You have lunch at home have. A short nap maybe. Take a Paseo a walk around town and then return to work from 5 to 8 p.m. that being said most, small businesses, do shutdown between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. every day, and on Sundays, so plan your shopping importantly, Spain, has to be one of the most fervently, Catholic, countries, in the world it's the birthplace of the Inquisition, the Jesuits, and Opus, Dei and even, though over three-quarters. Of modern Spaniards, identify, as Catholics. Very, few, of them actually, practiced. Religion furthermore, Spain was deeply influenced, by Sephardic, Jews who arrived during Roman times and spoke hybrid of Spanish, and Hebrew, known as Ladino, as, well as the Islamic Moors, who turned Cordoba. Sevilla and Granada into, some of the most advanced, centers of science and learning in all of the world at that time during. The Inquisition these two religions were forced to either convert, to Christianity, leave Spain or die but their legacy has, survived, in many ways Jewish, influence on, Spanish cooking for the, Arabic impact, on the Spanish language a tsukada, a safe fake alcohol any word that starts with a el probably, comes from arabic some.
People Assume that spanish culture is similar, to latin america and while, spain did conquer the vast majority of the americas, the cultures, in places, like Mexico Peru, or Argentina are actually. Blends of Spanish culture with, indigenous and immigrant. Traditions, of course, there are many things that flowed, back to Spain from the Americas, most, notably, looted, gold and, silver, which still, to this day adorn, many of the cathedrals, across the country most, notably, in the little holy. Toledo, not. To mention a love of hot chocolate and the potato which, form a cornerstone, of the Spanish diet, speaking, of diet let's talk about one of the best parts of Spain food, and drink with over a hundred and seventy-one michelin-starred. Restaurants, in Spain and good food at any price point Spain is easily, one, of the best foodie. Destinations, in the entire world before, we talk about where and what to eat let's talk about how to eat specifically, why Spaniards, eat later than other European countries breakfast. Or guest:i you know is a minimal, affair in Spain it's usually just a sweet pastry, and a cafe con leche which is kind of like a latte, or a Cortado, which, is a shot of espresso with, just a little bit of milk lunch known, as la comida, is the, main meal of the day it's served during, the siesta from about 1:00 in the afternoon, until, 4:00 p.m. save money with a menu Dalia a three-course. Meal with, wine coffee, and dessert included. For, around 10 to 15 euros it's, the best deal in the country and, if you're on a budget, timing. The menu that Leah Wright could, carry you through, the full day Spain, is famous for its culture of tapas, which means covers, because supposedly. They, were designed to cover, the glass, of wine for travellers in roadside ends, so they didn't get too drunk before they had to ride their horse to the next village a lot of different explanations no, one really knows where they came from but they're excellent and usually cheap, if not free, at least in Granada where you get a free top-up, with every drink order which is pretty epic, you can eat them for lunch but, it's more common, to have them with a glass of wine at dinner in, the Basque Country they, serve pinchos, similar. To tapas, but a bit more elaborate, and a little bit more expensive however. The best pincha bars in San Sebastian will. Allow you to taste, high-level. Basque cuisine without. Having. To spend the money for a michelin-starred, meal the highest concentration. Of Michelin, star restaurants. In the world are found in Catalonia, and the Basque Country with, more Michelin stars per capita, than anywhere, else on earth, these, restaurants are not cheap they range between a hundred to 300 euros for a 12-course. Tasting menu. Wine, not, included. If you can afford it it's a bucket-list dining, experience, that you will never forget alright, now let's talk about what to eat the essential, dishes to try on your trip to Spain perhaps, the most classic, Spanish dish is the tortilla de patata, a tortilla, in Spain is different than tortilla, in Mexico, it's an egg and potato omelette. That sometimes, serve with onion or chorizo, but best served if it's gooey in the middle you start to see them around ten o'clock in the morning where you can have it with a coffee from a late breakfast, or late. At night they're generally, the tastiest, and cheapest way to keep yourself full throughout, your trip my Yaya is Spain's most internationally. Known dish, but, locals, don't eat it often outside of, Valencia. So if you see it advertised, at a restaurant, in. Or Barcelona, then, chances, are it's probably a tourist, trap, pescetarians. Beware. Traditional. Pas usually, include, quail, and ham, if you want a more traditional seafood. Plate, try, cod, fish known locally, as bacalao, best, served PPG style in bilbao in the Basque Country also. Anchovies. And bonito, tuna, are very, common, especially in, tapas, jamon, is Spanish, for ham cured, ham to be specific, comes, in all different types of qualities pata, Negra is the highest quality and jamon, serrano is, generally, a good quality that's still affordable, locals.
Buy Come on serrano buy the pot that literally a cured, leg, of ham is probably, more economical, and easy to carry if you just get a couple slices of the deli put some jamon on a baguette with some Manchego cheese and, you're golden, even better before you put down the ham and the cheese rub. The bread with garlic, and tomato, and you have Punta Makkah a typical. Catalan, breakfast, that's good any time of day anywhere, in Spain, lastly. An essential, dish is at best Bravo's brave, but they bus crispy. Potatoes, with spicy, mayonnaise now, it's nothing special, but it, is a great way to line, your stomach before. Getting, more expensive. And less filling, tapas, trust. Me there's nothing worse than going out for pinchos or top us spending, 50 euros and coming, home hungry so, do, as the pros do get, de patatas, bravas primero, and then, you, should be good to go with all this good food you'll need something to wash it down now you're probably thinking about sangria, but this is really something that's mostly, served tourists, a smarter, choice is, to try Spain's, many wines which, are high, quality and, low price. On average. About one euro and 25 cents per litre to be exact, here's, an overview of Spain's main, wine, regions, and varietals. The most common grapes are Tempranillo, a medium, bodied red that's, grown largely in the La Rioja, region, in northern, and its name comes from being picked somewhat, early in the season also popular, is God nacho or Grenache which is typically a mixing, grape but can be great on its own cava is a sparkling. White wine similar. To champagne, and it's mostly grown in Catalonia, sherry is very, popular, worldwide but in Spain is called Harris after its town of origin, in Andalusia, other popular, whites are albariño. Which is minerally, because it's grown on the fjords, of the coastal region of Galicia and the naturally, effervescent, chacoly. Which comes from the Basque Country and both chuckle, II and albariño. Go great with seafood most, Spanish beers are crisp lagers, like San Miguel but, craft, beer is making, inroads in major cities hard. Ciders, are popular, in the basque country and a studious, and, students. All over spain love, to pre-party, with a mixture, of coca cola and boxed. Red wine known, as Chi Li mo Chou lastly. Let's talk about one of the most important, things to know before you go social, etiquette do's. And don'ts, do, greet, people both friends, and total strangers, with two kisses on the cheek there's. Nothing romantic about this it's done between everybody but, usually not between gods you're. Not actually kissing, people on the cheek you're kissing like right next, to the cheek you go left side first then. Right side you, make the noise you don't actually do a slobbery, kiss on cheek because that would be weird don't, expect, things to get done at the snap of a finger this is especially important, for people from the United States of America, who expect the customer, to come first in, Spain the customer does not come first and you, will not get anywhere by demanding, things to happen right away remember. If a store or restaurant is, closed it's.
Closed Do, linger. After, the meal is finished, in Spanish, this is called the sobre Meza and it's one of the best parts, about dining, with friends so. Have a coffee or a leek or like a nice or watch out on and enjoy, the conversation. Don't, tip. Too much one, of the reasons you can enjoy the sobre Mesa is because, waiters, aren't trying to turn your table, over to get more tips so, sit, down and enjoy. Food, ladies, do, feel free to go topless at the beach it's legal across Spain and totally normal guys try, not to make a big deal about girls, being topless at the beach it might not be normal in your country, but, you know it's really implied to stare so if you really can't hook it together I guess just put on a pair of sunglasses and try not to be a weirdo for both guys and girls do, expect. To be out late. Spaniards. Usually, dine at around 10:00 or sometimes, even 11:00, p.m. and stay, out all night dancing. Be. From a CSV. File. Unlike the, Spaniards. Drink for a long, time, but they do it little by little so, nobody ever gets too wasted, if you get drunk quickly, or early, you're gonna make a fool out of yourself do, expect, to see a lot of PDA, public, displays of affection, this. Is because young, people typically. Live with their parents and they don't really have a place to go hook up with their boyfriend or girlfriend so. After, the club's close you typically see a lot of people especially in parks making. Out, sometimes. More. Than making out sometimes a lot more than making out last but not least if you want to dive into Spanish, culture, here, are some further resources, the, classic, Spanish, book, is Don, Quixote de, la Mancha consumed, agita, Sanja. Which was the first novel. Ever if that's too dense for you you could read shadow, of the wind by carlos ruiz. Visaphone. A fictional. Story set, in barcelona, during, the Spanish Civil War many. Of the most powerful, stories, from Spain come, from the period of the Spanish Civil War a lot, of them were written by foreigners, like Hamish Catalunya, by George Orwell or, farewell to arms by Ernest Hemingway who, said many of his novels in Spain including. The Sun Also Rises for. Those of you who want a really deep dive into Spanish culture I recommend, the new Spaniards, by John Cooper. It's thin concise, and will tell you everything about Spain Spain. Has a great film, industry, most notably, the films of director, Adam Moldova. Including. Volver, and woman. On the verge of a nervous breakdown also. Great is Pan's Labyrinth, and otro, Apogee dos Vasco's, known, as the Spanish affair, in English, which is available, on Netflix and, documents. The hilarious, story, of a Basque, woman, falling in love with an Andalusian. Man lastly. Check out our Spotify playlist about Spain we have a link in the info box we got tunes from ojos a Brujo facto, de la fille las Flores azules, and Manu. Chao who is actually French, but his parents came from Spain okay, that must be caballos ladies. And gentlemen those are the, things that you need to know before you go to Spain if you have any tips of your own make, sure you add them down there in the comment section, if you enjoyed this video please give it a big thumbs up hit, that subscribe button and, enable. Notifications. So you never miss any of our videos so this is the first video that we've done in this format, so let us know what you think is, there any other information that you want to hear from us are there other destinations. That you really want us to cover let, us know in the comments section and we'll be sure to incorporate it into future videos, alright in the meantime remember stay. Curious keep, exploring, and, we will see you on the road us, yeah more.