Spain is a traditionally popular tourist destination, where visitors are welcomed and usually spend a carefree holiday. Beware of pickpocketing and petty crime, especially in the larger tourist centers. During the holiday season, there are occasional raids on tourists along the Spanish motorways (especially on the A 7 between the French-Spanish border station La Junquera and Barcelona). The victims are advised of alleged damage to their vehicle (eg flat tire) and “assistance” is offered. Therefore, if possible, only stop at busy service areas. In the event of a breakdown, make sure that the tow truck called for assistance bears the symbol of “Autopistas” or the symbol of the breakdown service requested by you. Always close your vehicle and do not leave any visible objects in the vehicle.
Should we still treat Spain there ??? It was once so many years ago so romantic and safe ……. But we want to go to Africa and therefore have no choice but to drive through Spain.
Here are some dates to the destination Spain:
504,782 sq km
80 per sq km.
Madrid with inhabitants: about 4 million (2005)
Spain occupies about four-fifths of the Iberian Peninsula, which still includes Portugal, Andorra and Gibraltar. The Pyrenees form a natural border with France in the northeast. The national territory also includes the Balearic Islands south of Barcelona in the Mediterranean (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera) and the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa. Last but not least, there are the Spanish enclaves Ceuta, Chafarinas, Melilla and Ladu, all located in North Africa.
Spain is a very mountainous country and lies on average 610 m above sea level. The approximately 400 km long Pyrenean range from the Basque Country in the northwest to the Mediterranean Sea. Some peaks reach a height of more than 3000 m. The highest point is the Pico de Aneto is at 3404 m.
Inland is the Meseta, a huge 600-800 m high plateau. It is divided by numerous sierras. In the northwest and north of Meseta is bounded by the Cantabrian Mountains and the Iberian outskirts. in the south, the Sierra Morena connects. Beyond the Sierra Morena lies the Guadalquivir Valley.
The mountainous landscape of Galicia is located on the heavily rugged Atlantic coast in the north of the Iberian Peninsula.
The Sierra Nevada southeast of Granada in Andalusia is part of the parallel to the Mediterranean Cordillera. The highest mountain of the Spanish mainland lies in this mountain range. It is the Mulhacn with 3481 meters.
All of Spain’s coasts are just under 3,500 km long. The Mediterranean coast stretches from the French border in the north to the Rock of Gibraltar in the south. The Strait of Gibraltar connects the Mediterranean and the Atlantic and separates Spain from North Africa.
Attractions / Attractions
Spain has countless cultural and tourist attractions such as Seville, Barcelona, Toledo, Madrid, Girona, etc. In addition, it has scenic sights and bathing paradises such as the Mediterranean coasts, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands etc.
Parliamentary monarchy since 1978. Constitution of 1978. Two-Chamber Parliament (Cortes Generales): House of Representatives (Congreso de los Diputados) with 350 deputies and Senate (Senado) with 259 senators. Head of State: King Juan Carlos I, since 1975.
The official language is Spanish (Castilian). Catalan, Galician and Basque are regionally distributed; in tourist areas z. T. English and German.
Roman Catholic (94%); Muslim, Protestant and Jewish minorities.
Spain / Balearic Islands: CET. Last Sunday in March until last Sunday in October: CET + 1 (summer time).
Difference to Central Europe is in winter and in summer in each case 0 hours.
Canary Islands: CET -1. Last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October: CET (summer time).
Difference to Central Europe is in winter and in the summer each -1 hours.
Money and price level
In Spain, the EURO is the means of payment. In Spain, the overall price level is somewhat lower than in Germany. In the holiday strongholds, however, it is often more expensive.
220 V, 50 Hz (110/125 V often still in older buildings of small towns).
IDD. The public phones work with coins and prepaid cards of the Telefonica, which you can buy in the tobacco shops.
34. Area Codes of Major Cities: Madrid 91, Alicante 96, Balearic Islands 971, Barcelona 93, Benidorm 96, Bilbao 94, Granada 958, Las Palmas 928, Malaga and Torremolinos 95, Santander 942, Seville 95, Tenerife 922 and Valencia 96.
Traveling by car requires time and leisure, but all routes are already developed as highways today. The journey through France is linked to high motorway tolls. But in Spain are now charged fees for the use of the highway, but significantly lower. If you have time, you should drive over the country lanes, which often means only 300 km per day. But then you should travel according to the motto: The way is the goal.
Spanish Tourist Office
Tel: 069 – 72 50 33 – 72 50 38
Fax: 069 – 72 53 13
Spanish Tourist Office
1010 Vienna – 1
Tel: 431 – 512 95 80
Fax: 431 – 512 95 81
Office Espagnol Du Tourisme
15, rue Ami-Levrier
Tel: 022 – 731 11 33
Fax: 022 – 731 13 66
As a driver you need the national driver’s license, vehicle registration and the international green insurance card. Spanish traffic rules do not differ significantly from the Germans. Fuel is available as Normal (92 octane), Super (97 octane), Diesel (gasoleo) and Lead free (sin plomo).
On the main roads and in big cities, blue and yellow RACE road patrol vehicles (ADAC partner club) are on the way. Available nationwide and around the clock on Tel: 91 – 4 41 22 22.