VISA AND OTHER PROCEDURES
Portuguese citizens only need to present their Citizen Card to be able to enter Spain. Brazilian citizens can stay up to 90 days without a visa.
No specific vaccine to consider when visiting Spain.
Take your European Health Insurance Card with you so that you can enjoy healthcare at a reduced cost and with special conditions, in case you have any unexpected problems.
For more information on traveling health, see the Health Portal of the Ministry of Health and Tropical and Traveler Medicine Clinic. In FitForTravel find country-specific health and disease prevention advice (in English).
TRAVEL TO SPAIN
Several airlines fly from Portugal to several cities in Spain, including the Balearic and Canary archipelagos. Among the most popular are the TAP, a Iberia, a Easyjet and Vueling. Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga, Valencia and Seville are destinations that you can easily reach from Lisbon or Porto for between €50 and €150, return trip.
Portugal and Spain have several train connections. The most popular is Lisbon-Madrid operated by Renfe and toured by Trenhotel Lusitania. This route can be done for as little as €30. Another very advantageous one is established by trenhotel Surprised (Lisbon-Hendaye-Irun).
The Spanish capital is 6 hours by car from Lisbon, almost the same time as Porto. Most of the fastest routes – almost only in Spain – are not equipped with tolls.
the national airline Iberia covers most of the country but does not always have the best deals for certain destinations. Other companies operating domestic flights in Spain include Vueling, a Air Europe and Ryanair.
the national company Renfe operates an extensive rail network that allows you to reach most of the country easily and quickly, even faster if the train in question is an AVE (Spanish high-speed). All long-distance trains require a prior reservation, which seems to be possible with non-Spanish credit cards on the company's website, after a long period of technical unavailability for these cards.
An extensive network of buses from different companies runs through most of Spain with more or less frequent connections. The buses are of excellent quality and, depending on the service and the route, offer different classes.
An option to consider only if you do not have your own car and are thinking of exploring the confines of Spain with little time. Count from €10 per day for an economy vehicle (in low season) which can be lowered the longer the rental period. The roads are of good quality and have much less tolls than the Portuguese ones. As a rule, fuel is slightly cheaper than in Portugal.
It is a valid transport solution for trips to the nearest islands off Spain, between the Balearic or Canary Islands. Spain and in particular the Costa Brava, Costa Central, Costa Daurada, Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera are also popular destinations to explore by private or chartered boat. The summer months are the most suitable in most parts of the country, except for the Canaries where almost the entire year is good for sailing.
Any time of year is good to visit Spain, as long as you take into account that the country has four distinct seasons of the year and that, due to the altitude and interiority, certain areas have more extreme temperature extremes than in Portugal.
In winter, in the higher areas of northern Spain, temperatures can drop sharply below -10°C. Instead, at the height of summer, in Seville and other parts of the vast plateau Spain, Extremadura and Andalusia, approach 45ºC several times. The areas in the northern provinces facing the Bay of Biscay or close by are the wettest and greenest in the country.
The high season for Spanish tourism runs from June to September, but certain areas preserve large numbers of tourists and even foreign “residents” for most of the year. This is the case of the Balearic archipelago and even some of the most popular areas of the Canary Islands.
The Spanish currency is the Euro (EUR). Spain has a slightly higher cost of living than Portugal. You will find ATMs and the possibility to pay with credit and debit cards all over the country.
As far as the price is concerned, camping is the basis of accommodation in Spain, it can be practiced in excellent conditions in numerous parks in the country. Here are the hostels, dedicated to backpackers and other more thrifty visitors. may have daily rates from 15€, 20€ in certain neighborhoods of Madrid and Barcelona. In recent years, with the contribution of several foreign sites, the rental of Spanish houses prepared to welcome visitors has become one of the most popular solutions.
The hotels complement the offer of accommodation with different types and prices, from the most avoidable to the most elegant boutiques, lounge or simply luxurious. Spain is guaranteed to be one of the European countries with the best hotel offer.
The Paradores are the equivalent of Pousadas de Portugal, a chain of hotels located in historic places of great significance and managed by the Spanish state. The stay can cost between €80 and €250 per night, per double room, with additional values for meals.
Like the cost of living in the country in general, food in Spain is priced somewhat higher than in Portugal, which vary from region to region and increase considerably in the most tourist destinations. Expect to pay €25 to €40 for a full meal in an average restaurant.
Several Portuguese mobile phone operator packages already include conversation and navigation minutes in Spain, for a pre-established price. If you want to avoid the extra expense, count on Wi-Fi points in cafes and restaurants that allow customers to use them. With a few exceptions, the most sophisticated hotels and inns should also offer access. You can also purchase a personal and portable Hotspot modem that you can use nationwide using smart phone, tablet or portable. Among the companies that provide this service are the tripnet and All Day Internet.