Practical Information on Spain

Currency, Time, Voltage, Telephone Calls, AIRPORTS, 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.

Digital tdt in Spain

  • 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. The use of fibre optics is also expanding throughout the country, which allows for on-line streaming TV services such as Netflix, HBO, Hulu, Amazon, etc.

Shopping centres in spain

Business hours:

  • Banks: Generally Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 2 or 2:30 pm. Saturday opening (winter months only) 8:30 – 12:00.
  • Shops: Generally 9:30/10 am – 1:30/2 pm, and 5 – 8 pm. Afternoon hours may change to 6 – 9 pm in the summer. Saturdays are generally mornings only. Larger department stores and shopping centres are open 10 am – 10 pm Monday to Saturday, as well as on some Sundays during the summer period and official, national and regional holidays.
  • Offices: Smaller offices tend to follow the same opening hours as shops, while larger offices may open earlier in the day and close by 2 pm.
  • Estate Agents: Generally 9:30/10 am – 1:30/2 pm, and 5 – 8 pm. English-run agencies sometimes remain open all day without a lunch break, closing around 6:00 pm.
  • Restaurants and cafés: Lunch is usually served 1:30 – 3:30 pm, and the evening meal from 8 – 11 pm. Many may serve throughout the day especially those in coastal and beach resorts.

Spanish Airport Codes:

Iberia Airlines
Iberia Airlines
City / Airport Code Country
Alicante Airport ALC Spain
Almeria Airport LEI Spain
Arrecife/Lanzarote Airport ACE Spain
Badajoz Airport BJZ Spain
Barcelona Airport BCN Spain
Bilbao Airport BIO Spain
Cordoba Airport ODB Spain
Fuerteventura Airport FUE Spain
Gerona Airport GRO Spain
Granada Airport GRX Spain
Jerez de la Frontera Airport XRY Spain
La Coruna Airport LCG Spain
Las Palmas Airport LPA Spain
Los Rodeos (Tenerife) Airport TFN Spain
Madrid – Barajas Airport MAD Spain
Mahon Airport MAH Spain
Malaga Airport AGP Spain
Murcia Airport MJV Spain
Oviedo Airport OVD Spain
Palma de Mallorca Airport PMI Spain
Reina Sofia Airport TFS Spain
Reus Airport REU Spain
San Sebastian Airport EAS Spain
Santa Cruz de la Palma Airport SPC Spain
Santander Airport SDR Spain
Santiago de Compostela Airport SCQ Spain
Sevilla Airport SVQ Spain
Tenerife Airport TCI Spain
Tenerife – Norte Los Rodeos Airport TFN Spain
Tenerife – Sur Reina Sofia Airport TFS Spain
Valencia Airport VLC Spain
Valladolid Airport VLL Spain
Valverde Airport VDE Spain
Vigo Airport VGO Spain
Vitoria Airport VIT Spain
Zaragoza Airport ZAZ Spain

Spanish Provincial Dialing Codes:

Area Prefix code
A Coruña 981
Alava 945
Albacete 967
Alicante 96
Almería 950
Asturias 98
Avila 920
Badajoz 924
Baleares 971
Barcelona 93
Burgos 947
Cáceres 927
Cádiz 956
Cantabria 942
Castellón 964
Ceuta 956
Ciudad Real 926
Córdoba 957
Cuenca 969
Guipuzcoua 943
Girona 972
Granada 958
Guadalajara 949
Huelva 959
Huesca 974
Jaen 953
La Rioja 941
Las Palmas 928
Leon 987
Lérida 973
Lugo 9829
Madrid 91
Málaga 95
Melilla 95
Murcia 968
Navarra 948
Orense 988
Palencia 979
Pontevedra 986
Salamanca 923
Santa Cruz de Tenerife 922
Segovia 921
Sevilla 95
Soria 975
Tarragona 977
Teruel 978
Toledo 925
Valencia 96
Valladolid – 983 983
Vizcaya 94
Zamora 980
Zaragoza 976

International Dialing Codes:

Austria  043  Ireland  354
Belgium  032  Italy  039
Canada  001  Norway  047
Denmark  045  Sweden  046
Finland  358  Switzerland  041
France  033  United Kingdom  044
Germany  049  USA  001
Greece  030

Emergency Calls in Spain:

Emergency Services  112
Ambulance  061
National Police  091
Fire Brigade  080
Guardia Civil  062

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