Practical Information on Spain
Currency, Time, Voltage, Telephone Calls, Opening Hours…
Currency: The euro is the official currency, as of January 2002. A euro is divided into 100 cents. Coins: 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, 1€, 2€. Notes: 5€, 10€, 20€, 50€, 100€, 200€, 500€. Till receipts in some supermarkets still quote the equivalent price in the previous currency, pesetas, as do many Spaniards themselves.
Time zone: Spain falls within the Central European Time Zone: Greenwich Mean Time + 1 hour in winter, and GMT + 2 in summer. The Canary Islands are always one hour behind peninsular Spain.
Voltage: 220 V for two-pin plugs.
Measurement system: Spain uses the metric system for all weights, sizes and distances.
Telephone calls: The country prefix for Spain is +34. Calls from Spain: 00 + country code + telephone number. Calls within Spain are made to 9 digit numbers with no prefix.
Television: Spain was one of the first European countries to switch to Terrestrial Digital Television (TDT). TDT is the Spanish equivalent of of the UK’s freeview television. Digital television provides a greater number of channels and better picture quality using transmission to a standard television aerial. TDT also allows the viewer to choose the original version language, subtitles and in the case of some sports events, different camera angles. Analogue TV signals cease to exist now in Spain.
Banks: Generally Monday-Friday 8.30am to 2 or 2.30pm. Saturday opening (winter months only) 8.30-12.00.
Shops: Generally 9.30/10am-1.30/2pm, and 5-8pm. Afternoon hours may change to 6-9pm in the summer. Saturdays are generally mornings only. Larger department stores and shopping centres are open 10am-10pm Monday to Saturday.
Offices: Smaller offices tend to follow the same opening hours as shops, while larger offices may open earlier in the day and close by 2pm.
Restaurants and cafés: Lunch is usually served 1.30-3.30pm, and the evening meal from 8-11pm. Many may serve throughout the day.
Services and local information
International Dialing Codes:
Useful telephone numbers:
|Malaga airport||952 048 484|
|Malaga airport (arrivals)||952 048 838|
|Malaga airport (departures)||952 048 804|
|Malaga railway station||952 360 202|
|Malaga airport bus station||902 527 200|
|Malaga airport taxis||952 040 804 / 952 333 333|
|Malaga train info||902 240 202|
|Granada airport||958 245 200 / 958 245 223|
|Granada airport bus station||958 490 164|
|Granada airport taxis||958 280 654|
Embassies & Consulates:
|Austria||952 443 952||Italy||952 306 150|
|Belgium||952 239 907||Low Countries||952 312 800|
|Canada||952 223 346||Netherlands||952 600 260|
|Denmark||952 226 373||Norway||952 210 331|
|Finland||952 212 435||Sweden||952 467 195|
|France||952 214 888||Switzerland||952 217 266|
|Germany||952 227 866||United Kingdom||952 352 300|
|Greece||952 311 847||USA||952 474 891|
|Ireland||952 475 108|