If you’re thinking about heading out to Spain to devour some tapas, explore the breathtaking architecture of Antoni Gaudí, and dance the flamenco, it’s only right that you’re equipped with our list of things you should also avoid.
1. Don’t Drive Without a Permit
It’s against the law to drive without an International Driving Permit. It’s easy to apply, (https://www.aaa.com/vacation/idpf.html) and you won’t have to worry about getting your rental car impounded while you’re out exploring the town.
2. Don’t Ignore the Flag System
The Spanish coastline has a warning system that’s used to help visitors of any impending danger in the ocean. So if staying safe is your top priority, then you’ll want to pay attention to warnings of rough waves or strong undercurrents.
3. Don’t Bother Rushing
In Spain they have a saying: “Mañana.” (tomorrow.) Especially in restaurants, it might take awhile for your server to take your order, and take even longer for your food to be brought out. So enjoy a drink or two and chat with your companions to pass the time.
4. Don’t Think It’s All About Bulls
Most tourists can’t wait to head out to Spain to check out the bullfighting, but the controversial blood-sport isn’t as popular as it once was. In fact, many Spaniards are calling for bullfighting to be banned entirely.
5. Don’t Expect Everyone to Speak Spanish
99% of Spaniards speak Spanish, but there are five national languages in the country, including Catalan, Basque, Galician, and Aragonese, so there’s always the small possibility you’ll run into someone who doesn’t speak the language, especially in the north.
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