Travel Guide To Spain

Travel Guide To Spain

Indian Embassy in Spain

Indian Embassy in Madrid, Spain

Avenida Pio XII, 30-32

28016 Madrid, Spain

Tel: +34 91 309 88 82, +34 917693741

Email: hoc.madrid@mea.gov.in

Visa Process for Indians

Indian nationals travelling to Spain require a Spain Schengen Visa, which allows them to travel to all the Schengen countries, including Spain for a maximum period of up to 90 days. During the Spain Visa application, applicants need the following supporting documents:

  • Original passport
  • Covering letter mentioning the purpose and date of visit
  • Air tickets and itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Hotel bookings
  • Financial statements according to Spain Visa requirements
  • Employment proof and payslips

About Spain

Spain – the land of flamenco, siestas, and fiestas, endures as one of the most visited countries in the world. This multicultural country is made up of 17 regions, each offering its own take on cultural etiquette, traditions, food, and art such as the famous ‘Paella’ and ‘Bullfighting’.

Spain itself is an alluring conglomeration of diverse landscapes, bustling cities, scenic countryside, and incredible cuisine. All of these can be consumed in one giant fest or nibbled away at repeat trips. After all, Spain is one appetizing country.

Top Places to Visit in Spain

The are many beautiful cities in Spain ensuring that there is never a dull moment during your time here. Here are some of these enigmatic cities which are right out of a romantic’s dream:

Barcelona

The ultimate tourist attraction of Spain - Barcelona is the colorful Catalan capital that flaunts the bustling beaches, glittering nightlife and lively shopping. The architectural marvels of Antoni Gaudi (Spain’s famous architect) are unique to Barcelona, which include the Sagrada Familia Church and the Casa Batllo. You can also explore the city's equally magnificent outdoor offerings like Parc Guell and La Barceloneta beach and centuries-old neighbourhood like Barri Gotic.

Madrid

Magnificent Madrid, the capital of Spain is a city of vibrant neighbourhoods, enviable shopping, stunning parks, wide boulevard and of course its fine art. Madrid is famous as one of Europe’s most colorful cosmopolitan cities.

A single visit to this city will fill your heart with its melodies of the Spanish guitar, joyful laughter from midday meals and the swish of a flamenco dancer's skirt. A visit to Madrid is incomplete without exploring its astounding museums, including Museo del Prado, and Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.

Valencia

The third-biggest city in Spain, Valencia, is a city of arts, sciences and Mediterranean lifestyle. This coastal city is the birthplace of ‘Paella’, and there are loads of tasty places to eat the same. Travellers can explore Valencia’s gothic and renaissance monuments, dynamic museums, lively nightlife, flourishing restaurant scene, and miles of beach.

How to Reach Spain

Boarding a flight to Spain is the best option if you are travelling from out of the country. There are regular flights from Mumbai and Delhi if you are looking to explore this breathtaking country to its fullest. The leading international airports of Spain -  the Barcelona International Airport, Malaga International Airport and Madrid International Airport - are all serviced by many airlines, connecting Spain to destinations from all over the world. However, if you are in Europe, and Spain is the next destination on your list, then the best option to get there is via train, i.e. Eurail.

Best Time to Visit

Spain has a lot to offer travellers no matter which season they visit in. Usually, July to August is considered the best time to visit Spain. However, if you are looking for warm weather, long nights and festivals, it’s best to visit in the Spring (March to May). The start of Autumn, i.e. September to November, is also a pleasant time as the crowds thin out and the temperature starts to cool off.

Things to Pack

When visiting Spain, there are many things a traveller would need to pack. Apart from the essentials such as summer or winter clothing, the following items are must:

  • Sunglasses, umbrella, hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • First-aid kit
  • Relevant documents including Passport, Visa, and identity proofs
  • Travel insurance (for medical emergencies)
  • Power adaptor

Top Delicacies

Whether one is on a city break in Spain or is excited about a countryside retreat, Spain has many lip-smacking delicacies to offer.

Paella

The most iconic Spanish food is, of course, Paella. The key ingredient in Paella is chicken; however, the traditional seafood version is more famous in coastal areas. For an authentic paella, a visit to Valencia is a must.

Gazpacho

Gazpacho, the fresh, chilled tomato soup has claimed space on menus around the world. Usually eaten as an appetizer, a refreshing Gazpacho made from full-flavoured Spanish tomatoes cools one down on a hot summer day. Gazpacho is made from blending fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, garlic, green peppers, onions, herbs and vinegar.

Tortilla Espanola

Known to be an excellent starter for breakfast, lunch and even dinner, Tortilla Espanola is a Spanish omelette. The best Tortilla Espanola is made by slow-cooking potato and caramelized onion in olive oil and then adding eggs to turn it into a thick omelette.

Shopping List Essentials

When you are planning your Spain vacation, you may want to leave a little extra room in your bags to bring home some incredible souvenirs. It is difficult visiting Spain and not falling in love with things that are sold in its local markets. Here are some of the unique things one can shop for when in Spain:

Spanish Fan (Abanico)

Spanish fan is a great souvenir, especially for the ladies of your house who can fan themselves with an Abanico just like Spanish women. Abanicos come with different designs, colors, and styles to choose from.

Olive Oil

Spanish olive oil has unique flavours that you can't find anywhere else and is therefore considered the best in the world. The best place to buy olive oil is Jaen in Andalusia.

Top Indian Restaurants in Spain

Swad

Location:  Carrer de Sancho de Avila, 167, 08018, Barcelona

Contact: +34 931 72 81 31

Kathmandu Tandoori House

Location: B. Plaza de hermanos, 28042, Madrid

Contact: +34 911 26 97 19

Indian Garden

Location: Bajo, 46008, Valencia

Contact: +34 962 05 78 33

 

Healthcare Centers

The knowledge of these major healthcare centres in Spain will help you get quick assistance in the event of a medical emergency. Take a look:

Hospital Clinic I Provincial de

Location: Carrer de Villarroel, 170, Barcelona, Spain

Contact: +34 932 275 400

Hospital Universitario La Paz

Location: Paseo de la Castellana, 261, 28046, Madrid, Spain

Contact: +34 917 27 70 00

Hospital Universitario Virgen del Rocío

Location: Avenida Manuel Siurot s/n, 41013 Seville, Spain

Contact: +34 955 012 000

Moreover, before you get on the adventure train to this soul-stirring destination, secure protection of travel insurance. A travel insurance plan will help trace the best hospitals in Spain and provide appropriate treatment during any medical emergency in this foreign land.

Currency

The official currency of Spain is Euro.

Basis of Local Communication

Spanish, also known as Castilian, is the official language of Spain, which is spoken by about 90% of the population as a first or second language. Other languages like Catalan, Galician and Basque, are spoken by 19%, 5% and 2% of the population respectively.

 

English

Spanish

Yes

Si

No

No

Please

Por favor

Sorry

Lo siento

My name is….

Me llamo…

Good Morning

Buenos días

Where is…?

Dónde está…?

How Much is This for?

Para cuánto es esto?

 

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What is a deductible?

“Deductible”means a cost-sharing requirement under this policy, that provides that the insurer will not be liable for a specified rupee amount or percentage of claim amount or number of days or number of hours, as specified in the policy schedule and which will apply before any benefits are payable by the insurer. A deductible does not reduce the sum insured and is applicable per event, upto the specified limits mentioned.

What Is Not Covered Under the Travel Insurance Plan?

  • Medical Expenses (inclusive of Repatriation and Emergency Medical Evacuation), Daily Allowance in case of hospitalization, Compassionate Visit benefits, the following will not be payable for Any pre-existing condition, Routine examinations, Expenses for rest or recuperation at spa/ health resort/ sanatorium, Pregnancy (including childbirth, miscarriage, abortion or related complications ) or treatment relating to the removal of physical flaws or anomalies (cosmetic treatment or plastic surgery).
  • Cosmetic surgery, unless such cosmetic surgery is rendered medically necessary as part of treatment for accidents and burns whilst being abroad.
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  • The Insured taking part in naval, military or air force operations; war and nuclear perils.
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  • Under no circumstances shall this insurance contract be deemed to provide cover and no liability be incurred to pay any claim or provide any benefit hereunder to the extent that the provision of such cover, payment of such claim or provision of such benefit would expose us to any sanction, prohibition, or restriction under United Nations resolutions or the trade or economic sanctions, laws or regulations of the European Union, United Kingdom, United States of America & India

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What Is Covered Under Travel Insurance?

Loss of passport and documents:

Reimbursement of actual expenses incurred in connection with obtaining a duplicate or fresh passport or reasonable cost of replacing/obtaining the stolen documents/ tickets if the passport belonging to the Insured / Insured Person be lost

Home Fire Insurance Contents & Home Burglary Insurance (contents):

Cover against any loss or damage of the Contents at Home of the Insured in India caused by Fire and Allied perils or through burglary and/or housebreaking while the Insured is on a trip abroad.

Hijack Distress Allowance

Payment of distress allowance in case of hijack of a common carrier for more than certain number of hours whilst on the trip. You can easily avail the allowance by filing a claim online through Travel Insurance cover online process.

Medical Expensesinclusive of Repartration  and Emergency Medical Evacuation

If you are sick or injured during the journey, your medical expenses can prove to be costly. In such cases,  Travel Insurance cover greatly helps. The insurance company also offers a cashless settlement with the network hospitals or you can also opt for the reimbursement process within 30 days of hospitalization.

Legal Expenses

Payment of legal costs and expenses incurred by the Insured towards claims from third Parties for compensation in respect of death or disablement arising due to an injury whilst on a trip abroad.

Personal Accident

Payment of compensation if the Insured sustains accidental bodily injury during a trip resulting in death or Permanent Total Disablement or Permanent Partial Disablement within 12 months of occurrence of such injury.

Trip Cancellation/Or Interruption


Payment towards the non-refundable prepaid payments incurred on the trip being cancelled and additional cost of transportation in case of Interruption: due to medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters or other listed reason in policy wordings.


Trip Delay


 Reimbursement of additional expenses if trip is delayed beyond a period, due to airline problems, medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters.

 Daily Allowance in case of Hospitalisation

 Payment of daily allowance for the days the Insured is hospitalised beyond a specified number of days, as mentioned in the Policy Schedule, for which a valid claim is admissible under the Policy whilst on a trip abroad.Emergency Accommodation

 Payment of compensation for the additional cost of emergency accommodation if the Insured/ Insured Person could not stay in the accommodation originally booked due to ­fire& flood, earthquake, storm, hurricane, explosion, outbreak of major infectious diseases.

Why do I need Travel insurance?

During a trip there are chances of unfortunate events such as loss of checked in baggage, medical emergency, loss of passport that can spoil your international trip, be it business or leisure. Travel insurance can protect you from such events ensuring that you are left stuck in foreign land.

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