Visiting

Business hours

Spanish working hours can be from 9.00am to 7.00pm with a long lunch break or continuous working hours from 9.00am to 5.00pm with a shorter lunch break.

However, commercial trading hours differ and can be from 9.30/10.00am until 2.00pm and 4.30/5.00pm until 8.00/10.00pm.

During the summer (June till August) many Spanish businesses work until 3.00pm.

Public holidays

January 1 – New Year´s Day
January 6 – Epiphany
April 18 – Good Friday
May 1 – Labour Day
August 15 – Feast of the Assumption
October 12 – Spanish National Day
November 1 – All Saints Day
December 6 – Day of the Constitution
December 8 – Immaculate Conception
December 25 – Christmas Day

Climate

Spain has a predominantly warm Mediterranean climate with dry hot summers (25ºC to 40ºC) and cold winter temperatures (2ºC and 9ºC). There are more than 3,000 hours of sunshine per year. 

For weather details in Spain, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.

Currency

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The official currency is the Euro (€).

Banks

Bank business hours are normally from 8.30am to 2.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Time zones and time differences

Spain is eight hours from March to September and 10 hours from October to February behind Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

To find out the current time in Madrid, view the World Clock.

Dialling codes

Spain’s country code is +34.

For calls to Spain from Australia dial: 0011 + 34 + area code + telephone number.

For calls from Spain to Australia dial: 00 + 61 + area code + telephone number.

Find out more about Australian area codes or international dialing codes.

Electricity and water

Spains’s power supply is 220 volts, 50Hz. The round two-prong plugs are the most common.

European round pin adaptors will work in Spain.

Tap water is safe to drink in Spain.

Links and resources

Spanish Tourism Board

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