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tours to Spain
 Capital Madrid

Spain  is  located  in Southwestern Europe, bordered by  Portugal on the West,  France and Andorra on the North Area 194 897 sq. mi.

 Carrency Euro = 100 cents 1Euro - $1.44 (Jan 2010)
 Population 40 mln. (2007). Spanish 73%, Catalan 16.5%, Galician 8%, Basque 2.5%
 Local time 6 hours ahead of New-York time
 Electrical Voltage

230V, 50Hz

 Visa reqierment

No visa  needed for US citizens.

 National cuisine

Climate is subtropical Mediterranean, dry and sufficiently hot. Winter soft - average temperature from +47 to +57º F, in the mountain regions sometimes descends to 20º F. Summer is hot - from +75 to 85º F. Sediments (10-28" per year) they fall out, in essence, in the autumn-winter period. On the Canary Islands the climate is predominantly tropical, the average temperature in winter  +79º  (water  -  +68-73º F, in summer +80-83º F (water - 74º F). On Balear Islands the climate is Mediterranean, less dry than in the continental part of the country. Summer is noticeably cooler than on the continent - + 65-80º F, average winter temperature does not descend below + 55º F. Beach season begins in March. Best time for the visit of the country - from the end of the spring to the beginning of autumn.


To make purchases in Spain is very pleasant  occupation, especially, if you anywhere do not hurry and frequently  rest with cup of coffee. In the small family stores owners will climb from the skin there in order to carry out any your whims. On the markets they deal in the freshest products, and almost in any grocery bench it is possible to find outstanding wines. Pride Spain - leather articles the preparation of the skin - one of the most [tsenimykh] traditional crafts of the country. In the entire world is famous also Spanish design - this concerns mode, and articles of daily life.
Stores usually work from 10.00 to 20.00; interruption - from 14.00 to 17.00. Bakery and bars, as a rule, are opened earlier - about 8:00 in the morning. In the hyper-fogsalmon and the department stores of interruption to the dinner it does not occur, but on Sundays they are mostly closed. Markets are opened only in the morning. In some regions only bakery, confectionery  and newspaper kiosks work on Sundays . But in the health resort places Sunday is  usual working day for all commercial enterprises.
In Spain it is accepted to pay both by cash and credit cards. Checks assume rarely. Foreigners can obtain information for the recovery of taxes for any goods with exception of food products, beverages, automobiles and medicines.
Large stores hypermakets (Hipermercados) are most frequently carried out for the urban areas; it is easy to find them from the indicators Commercial Center  (Sentro Comersyal). Hypermarkets are most widely known are the networks Alcampo, Continente and PRYCA. Largest department store in Spain - El Corte Iinles. It has departments in all large cities and in many significant regional centers. Seasonal sales are designated by the sign Rebajas in the shop windows of stores. The specialized stores the specialized stores frequently for the elongation of a number of generations belong to one family. Panaderia is bakery, where they sell bread, rich roll - boyos, cruassans and sweet meat loaves. Pastry, cakes and pastry may buy into Pasteleria - confectionery store; there frequently there are chocolate articles. 

In each large Spanish city there is the market (mercado), which is opened daily from 9.00 to 14.00. In the small cities there is the market day (one or several in the week). On the markets usually it is possible to find the fresh products of the best quality. They there deal in all forms of food, including by dried fruit (frutas sekas) and in seasonal products - fungi, berries, game. Frequently here are sold flowers, hardware, clothing and much other.