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    Palma de Mallorca: Quaint streets, sunny beaches

    Perched on the beautiful Bay of Palma and benefiting from tiered rows of pretty stone streets, Palma is chocolate-box Spain. Unlike Magaluf with its flesh pots and high-rise hotels, Mallorca’s capital retains its old-world charm, with winding alleys, traditional flower-filled courtyards and sunny squares among its many beauties. Then there’s a slew of world-class

    monuments and museums, among them the 14th-century La Seu cathedral which dominates the skyline. Equally lovely, though, are the many little cafés and restaurants, many seemingly intent on proving that it’s not just Barcelona where impressively good tapas are to be had. Like its Catalan neighbour, Palma has beautiful beaches, good food in abundance and more than one fabulous place to shop.

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    Catedral La Seu (Cathedral)

    Carrer de Palau Reial 29
    07001 Palma de Mallorca
    Spain
    Tel: 971 723 130
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    Opening times musuem and cathedral:
    Mon-Fri 10:00 – 18:15
    Sat 10:00 – 14:15 (1. Jun – 30. Sept)
    Mon – Fri 10:00 – 15:15
    Sat 10:00 – 14:15 (2. Nov – 31. Mar)
    Mon – Fri 10:00 – 17:15
    Sat 10:00 – 14:15 (1. Apr – 31. May and Oct)

    Dominating the Palma skyline is La Seu, the city’s majestic sandstone cathedral. Begun by James I of Aragon in 1229, it wasn’t finished until 1601 and was remodelled by Gaudi 400 years later in 1901, although that took until 1914 to complete.

    Passeig Maritím

    Passeig Maritím
    Palma de Mallorca
    Spain
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    A pretty promenade flanked by a curious mix of yachts and fishing boats on one side, and upmarket boutiques and restaurants on the other.

    Palau de l’Almudaina (Almudaina Palace)

    Avinguda Antoni Maura 24
    07012 Palma de Mallorca
    Spain
    Tel: 971 727 337
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    Opening times:
    Tue – Sun 10:00 – 20:00 (Apr – Sept)
    Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 (Oct – Mar)
    Closed on Mondays

    Originally a Moorish fortress, the Almudaina Palace was rebuilt as a royal residence by James I following the Reconquista in the 14th century. Highlights include the beautiful surrounding garden.

    Museu Es Baluard (Baluard Museum für Modern Art)

    Plaça de la Porta de Santa Catalina 10
    07012 Palma de Mallorca
    Spain
    Tel: 971 908 200
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    Opening times:
    Tues-Sat 1000-2000
    Sun 1000-1500

    Opened in 2004, Es Baluard is Palma’s contemporary art museum and is packed with treasures by the likes of Picasso and honorary local boy Joan Miró.

    Banys Àrabs

    Carrer Can Serra 7
    07001 Palma de Mallorca
    Spain
    Tel: 971 721 549
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    Opening times:
    Daily 09:30 – 19:00 (Dec bis Mar)
    Daily 09:30 – 20:00 (Apr bis Nov)

    One of the last reminders of the Moorish rule that dominated the 12th and 13th centuries, the columned baths were built using recycled Roman stone and sit within a pretty Palma garden.

    Museu de Mallorca

    Carrer de Portella 5
    07001 Palma de Mallorca
    Spain
    Tel: 971 177 838
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    Due to renovations closed until further notice

    Mallorca has a long and fascinating history and this small museum covers most of the important moments. Set within a 17th-century palace, highlights include the Moorish ceramics.

    Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró a Mallorca

    Carrer de Saridakis 29
    07015 Palma de Mallorca
    Spain
    Tel: 971 701 420
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    Opening times:
    Tues-Sat 1000-1900
    Sun 1000-1500 (16 May-15 Sep)
    Tues-Sat 1000-1800
    Sun 1000-1500 (16 Sep-15 May)

    Although born in Barcelona, Joan Miró spent much of his life in Mallorca. Following his death, his Palma studio was turned into a tiny museum and houses a permanent collection of his work.

    Poble Espanyol (Spnaish Village)

    Poble Espanyol 39
    07014 Palma de Mallorca
    Spain
    Tel: 971 737 075
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    Opening times:
    daily 0900-1800

    A cultural theme park, the Poble Espanyol contains replicas of Spain’s most famous buildings, among them the magnificent Alhambra Palace in Granada.

    Olivar Market

    Plaça de l’Olivar 4
    07002 Palma de Mallorca
    Spain
    Tel: 971 720 314
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat, 0700-1430

    Palma’s biggest covered market is the place to go for fresh, local produce such as huge juicy strawberries and strings of plaited garlic.

    Ca'n Pere Antoni

    Ca'n Pere Antoni
    Palma de Mallorca
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    Palma’s city beach has a blue flag award for cleanliness and views of La Seu. It’s not the biggest beach however: Playa del Palma 10km (6 miles) away is a better bet for serious swimmers and sun worshippers.

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    Fine dining

    Restaurant Simplyfosh
    Carrer de la Missió, 7A
    07003 Palma de Mallorca
    Spain

    Seven Mallorcan restaurants currently boast a Michelin star; one of them is British master chef Marc Fosh’s Simply Fosh in downtown Palma.

    Worth the wait

    Catedral de Mallorca
    Plaza Almoina, s/n
    07001 Palma de Mallorca
    Spain

    It took almost 700 years to build La Seu, Palma’s cathedral. The foundation stone was laid in 1230, but the main facade was not completed until the early 20th century.

    Balearic Bohemians

    Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró a Mallorca
    Carrer de Saridakis, 29
    07015 Palma de Mallorca
    Spain

    Joan Miró was one of many artists who fell in love with Mallorca and lived there for almost 30 years. Frédéric Chopin, however, was unimpressed and left again after a few weeks.

    Natural facts

    Mallorca’s coastline is 550 kilometers long. Palma’s Can Pere Antoni beach extends from the cathedral to the marina. The island has intermittent streams instead of rivers.

    What’s in a name?

    Until 2011, the city was just plain “Palma.” Then its name was officially changed to “Palma de Mallorca,” but many locals don’t hold with that. They simply say ciutat (city).

    Golfer’s dream

    Son Gual Golf S.L.
    Finca Son Gual
    Ma 15, Palma – Manacor, Km 11,5
    07199 Palma de Mallorca
    Spain

    There are excellent golf courses just outside the city. Boasting 24 courses, Mallorca has the highest density of golf courses of any region in Europe. One great address: Son Gual.

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    Country Information

    Country overview

    Spain is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. Endless beaches, brilliant sunshine and azure waters draw beach lovers to the Mediterranean coast, and the Balearic and Canary Islands. But visitors also flock to see the historical architecture of cities, such as Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Leon, Seville and Segovia.

    If you want to experience the real Spain, don’t go to bed too early. In these parts, people stroll the city squares and dine out late into the night.

    Geography

    Spain accounts for roughly four-fifths of the Iberian Peninsula, with Portugal, Andorra and Gibraltar occupying the remainder. In the northeast, the Pyrenees form a natural frontier to France. The state territory also encompasses the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera) located southeast of Barcelona, in the Mediterranean, and the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa. Ceuta, Chafarinas, Melilla and Ladu are tiny Spanish enclaves in North Africa, relics of the former Spanish Empire.

    Spain is a mountainous country. The Pyrenees extend for 400 kilometers from the Basque Country in the northwest to the Mediterranean. Some peaks rise more than 3000 meters above sea level; the highest elevation here is the Pico de Aneto at 3404 meters above sea level. The country’s interior consists of a vast plateau, the Meseta, which is intersected by a number of mountain ranges.

    In the north and northwest, the Meseta is bordered by the Cantabrian Mountains and the Iberian Mountains, and in the South by the Sierra Morena, beyond which lies the Guadalquivir Valley. Galicia’s mountainous landscape runs along the jagged Atlantic coast. The extreme south is also mountainous; the Sierra Nevada southeast of Granada belongs to the Betic Cordilleras, which run parallel to the Mediterranean and include the highest mountain on the Spanish mainland, the Mulhacén (3481 meters above sea level). The highest elevation on Spanish territory is the Pico del Teide (3718 meters above sea level) on Tenerife.

    Spain has just under 5000 kilometers of coastline. The Mediterranean coast extends from the French border to the Rock of Gibraltar. The Strait of Gibraltar connects the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean and divides Spain from North Africa.

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    Population: 46.43 million (2016)

    Population Density (per sq km): 92

    Capital: Madrid.
    Population: 3.16 million (2016)

    Language

    The official language is Spanish (Castellano, Castilian). Catalan, Galician and Basque are spoken regionally; in tourist regions, English and German are commonly spoken foreign languages.

    Electricity

    220 V, 50 Hz (sometimes 110/125 V in older buildings in smaller places)

    Currency

    1 euro = 100 cents
    Currency sign/abbreviation: €, EUR (ISO code). Banknotes are available in the values 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros, coins, in the nominal values 1 and 2 euros, as well as 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents.

    Public holidays

    The public holidays for the period January 2017 through December 2018 are listed below.

    Please note

    a) Several regional public holidays also exist.
    b) It is usual for public holidays which fall on a Sunday to be substituted by work-free days on subsequent weekdays.

    * not in all parts of the country

    2017

    Año Nuevo (New Year’s): January 1, 2017
    Epifanía (Epiphany): January 6, 2017
    Día de San José (St. Joseph’s Day): March 19, 2017*
    Jueves Santo (Maundy Thursday): April 13, 2017*
    Viernes Santo (Good Friday): April 14, 2017
    Domingo de Resurrección (Easter Sunday): April 17, 2017
    Día del Trabajo (Labor Day): May 1, 2017
    Asunción de la Virgen (Assumption Day): August 15, 2017
    Fiesta Nacional de España (Spanish National Day): October 12, 2017
    Fiesta de Todos los Santos (All Saints’ Day): November 1, 2017
    Día de la Constitución (Constitution Day): December 6, 2017
    La Inmaculada (Feast of the Immaculate Conception): December 8, 2017
    Navidad (Christmas): December 25, 2017

    2018

    Año Nuevo (New Year’s): January 1, 2018
    Epifanía (Epiphany): January 6, 2018
    Día de San José (St. Joseph’s Day): March 19, 2018*
    Jueves Santo (Maundy Thursday): March 29, 2018*
    Viernes Santo (Good Friday): March 30, 2018
    Domingo de Resurrección (Easter Sunday): April 1, 2018
    Día del Trabajo (Labor Day): May 1, 2018
    Asunción de la Virgen (Assumption Day): August 15, 2018
    Fiesta Nacional de España (Spanish National Day): October 12, 2017
    Fiesta de Todos los Santos (All Saints’ Day): November 1, 2018
    Día de la Constitución (Constitution Day): December 6, 2018
    La Inmaculada (Feast of the Immaculate Conception): December 8, 2018
    Navidad (Christmas): December 25, 2018

    Information subject to error.

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    Nightlife in Palma de Mallorca

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    If you’re looking for Bacchanalian all-night parties, head to Magaluf – Palma is considerably more sedate.

    Nevertheless, the city is awash with chic bars and even the odd nightclub.

    Bar Bosch

    Plaza Rei Joan Carles I, 6
    07012 Palma de Mallorca
    Spain
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    One of Palma’s buzziest bars, Bar Bosch boasts a huge drinks menu and outdoor seating.

    Gibson Bar

    Plaça del Mercat 18
    07001 Palma de Mallorca
    Spain
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    A tiny Palma nightspot popular with the cool crowd.

    Costa Galana Lounge Bar

    Avinguda Argentina 45
    07013 Palma de Mallorca
    Spain
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    Piped jazz, white leather seats and a laid-back atmosphere make this a good place to kick back.

    Made in Brazil

    Passeig Maritím 27
    07014 Palma de Mallorca
    Spain
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    Palma’s only samba bar is the place to go for caipirinhas and a good time.

    Abraxas Mallorca

    Avinguda de Gabriel Roca 42
    07014 Palma de Mallorca
    Spain
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    Set on a clifftop overlooking Palma Bay, the bar is located inside a huge natural cave.

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    Restaurants in Palma de Mallorca

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    Barcelona isn’t the only place where tapas rule the roost and Palma’s more robust take on the Spanish classic are just as good.

    If tapas aren’t your cup of tea, there are plenty of restaurants serving everything from seafood to truffles.

    Simply Fosh

    Carrer de la Missió 7
    07003 Palma de Mallorca
    Spain
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    Price: Expensive

    Palma’s poshest dining spot is run by British chef Marc Fosh.

    Mangiafuoco

    Plaça de Vapor 4
    07013 Palma de Mallorca
    Spain
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    Price: Expensive

    Tuscan food with an expensive twist – fresh truffles are flown in from Italy each week.

    La Bóveda

    Carrer de le Botería 3
    07012 Palma de Mallorca
    Spain
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    Price: Moderate

    Mallorcan tapas at the front, formal dining at the back.

    Ca n’ Eduardo

    Carrer Contramuelle Mollet
    07012 Palma de Mallorca
    Spain
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    Price: Moderate

    Excellent seafood served up from its perch atop Palma’s biggest fish market.

    C'an Joan de S’aigo

    Carrer de Can Sanç 10
    07001 Palma de Mallorca
    Spain
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    Price: Cheap

    A quaint backstreet café that has been serving up delicious ensaïmadas (pastries) since the 1700s.

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    Semana Santa

    13 – 18 April 2017

    Venue: Throughout Palma.

    La Semana Santa in Mallorca is not only a religious celebration but also a long lived tradition with a strong following in almost every Spanish city. There are processions held every day of the week but the highlights are the Santo Cristo de la Sangre on Thursday and Santo Enterramiento on Friday. During the week-long celebrations, it is also customary to feast on typical Easter products in Mallorca like panades, robiols and crespells.

    King’s Cup Regatta

    21 – 24 June 2017
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    Venue: Real Club Náutico de Palma.

    Every year, the Bay of Palma witnesses some major nautical action during The King’s Cup or Copa del Rey. As one of the major cruiser class regattas in the Mediterranean, it has become a huge event for sailing enthusiasts. Held at the Real Club Náutico de Palma, the event sees more than a 100 boats competing in the waters each year.

    Parade of Santa Catalina Tomas (Desfile de la Beateta)

    21 October 2017

    Venue: Troughout Palma

    In commemoration of Mallorca’s patron saint Santa Catalina Tomas, the streets of Palma are filled with colours and tradition with floats, musicians and folk groups. Before the parade, a morning mass is celebrated in the Church of St Magdalene. At the end of it, the participants and the general public meet on one of the squares to perform the traditional saradana dance.

    Noche Buena

    24 December 2017

    Venue: Various churches throughout Palma.

    As with other cities across Spain, Christmas Eve in Mallorca is celebrated throughout the city with nativity acts and midnight masses. You’ll also find Christmas markets and illuminations all around Palma. On Noche Buena itself, locals tend to have a big feast at home, with the entire family gathering around the dinner table. Many restaurants also offer a special dinner menu that usually involves several rounds of feasting – be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

    Fiesta de l'Estendard

    31 December 2017

    Venue: Throughout Palma

    The Fiesta de l’Estendard (Fiesta of the Banner) is celebrated on the last day of the year by the Mallorquíns to commemorate the Catalan conquest of the island in 1229 by King Jaume from the Moorish rules. This festival is one of the oldest in Europe, dating back to the 13th century. The events start at the Plaza del Cort in Palma where the banner is placed under the conqueror king’s picture.

    Fiesta of Sant Antoni

    16-17 January 2018

    Venue: Throughout Palma.

    The Fiesta of Saint Antoni Abad is an important event in most of the villages around the Part Forana area of Mallorca and it marks the beginning of the winter’s solstice. Saint Antoni is the patron of the animals and the celebration connects with ancient fertility rituals. It starts in the afternoon on 16 January with the burning of bonfires around the villages and goes on for the rest of the night as locals feast on sobrassada (cured sausages), demons and dances.

    Fiesta of Sant Sebastia

    Around 20 January 2018

    Venue: Throughout Palma.

    It is the most popular festival in Palma. The big day coincides with Palma’s patron saint on 20 January. On the eve of this day, the famous bonfire is lit and several live music events are held throughout the city. The fiesta starts with the Correfoc (fire parades) and continues with barbeques, firework displays and street carnivals. Over the length of the festival, there are also exhibitions being held displaying local handicraft, folklore, and art.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Palma de Mallorca

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    Palma has no shortage of hotels, some lovelier than others.

    Many are family run and small, especially in the city centre, while bigger resorts are mostly found further out.

    Convent de la Missió

    Carrer de la Missió 7
    07003 Palma de Mallorca
    Spain
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    Category: Expensive

    A former convent turned luxury white-painted boutique hotel.

    Hotel Bon Sol

    Passeig de Illetas 30
    07181 Illetas
    Spain
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    Category: Expensive

    Just outside Palma, the décor is a bit fusty but the service and sea views are second to none.

    Hotel Tres

    Carrer d'Apuntadors 3
    07012 Palma de Mallorca
    Spain
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    Category: Moderate

    Scandinavia does Spain in a sunny central spot with beautiful views of La Seu.

    Hotel Dalt Murada

    Carrer de l'Almudaina 6
    07001 Palma de Mallorca
    Spain
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    Category: Moderate

    A small family-run hotel with huge rooms and a beautiful bougainvillea-filled courtyard.

    Hotel Born

    Carrer de Sant Jaume 3
    07012 Palma de Mallorca
    Spain
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    Category: Cheap

    The décor is a little kitsch but two-star Hotel Born is central and comfortable.

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    Climate & best time to visit Spain

    The Spanish climate varies from region to region, spanning moderate in the north to Mediterranean in the south, and even subtropical on the Canary Islands.

    The best times to visit Spain are generally in the spring and the fall, when temperatures are agreeable. In most parts of the country, it is very hot at the height of summer, but sea breezes on the coast keep it bearable; the interior is best avoided in July and August. The climate on the Atlantic coast and in all of Galicia is pleasant even in summer. In winter, you can enjoy winter sports in the Pyrenean Mountains or agreeably warm days on the south and southeast coast, as well as on the Canary Islands.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone
    Country code: +34

    Mobile telephony and Internet
    Since June 2017, EU citizens traveling within the EU, and also in Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein have been able to use their cell phones and surf the Net without incurring any extra charges: In other words, customers pay the same price for phone calls, text messages and data volume as they do at home. Restrictions do apply to the constant use of SIM cards abroad, however, and caps may be set on data packages. For full details, contact your mobile telephony provider in your country. Travelers using a SIM card from a non-EU state do not benefit from the new arrangement.

    Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots. When using public Wi-Fi networks, it is a wise precaution to ensure encryption of all passwords, credit card details and banking TANs entered. Use of a VPN app or security software to check the safety of a hotspot is recommended.

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    Shopping in Palma de Mallorca

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    Key Areas

    Plaça Major is the hub for shoppers in Palma thanks to its array of quirky independent boutiques and thrice-weekly craft markets. Big-name international and designer brands are clustered along the Avinguda Jaume III, as is El Corte Inglés, the most popular department store in Spain. Just off Avinguda Jaume III is the Passeig des Born, which is home to scores of luxury boutiques.

    Markets

    Mercat Olivar is the main place for fresh food in Palma, while the nearby Las Ramblas is dotted with flower sellers and craft stalls all week long.

    Shopping Centres

    Palma’s only mall, the Centro Comercial Porto Pi, is a 2km (1.2-mile) taxi ride from the city centre.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    It is polite in Spain to shake hands in greeting. The usual courtesies should be observed. If you are invited to someone’s home, your host will appreciate a small gift. Flowers are given only on special occasions.

    Clothing

    Casual dress is appropriate almost everywhere, although some hotels and restaurants require men to wear a jacket and tie; evening dress is only required for particularly formal occasions. Swimwear belongs without exception on the beach.

    Smoking

    A smoking ban applies in all public institutions, on public transportation, in telephone booths and in rooms containing ATMs, as well as in children’s playgrounds and schoolyards. The smoking ban also applies to all bars, cafés and restaurants. Smoking areas inside bars and restaurants are no longer permitted.

    Tipping

    Tips are generally included in hotel and restaurant bills. It is nevertheless usual to leave a small tip for the service staff. Porters receive a small sum per item of luggage. The usual amount tipped in restaurants is between 10 and 15 percent. When the waiter brings your change, you leave some as the tip. It is considered extremely rude, however, to leave two- or five-cent pieces. When tipping your taxi driver, simply round up the fare.

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    Health

    Emergency telephone number: 112

    Lyme disease, TBE (tick-borne encephalitis) and leishmaniosis are all diseases which are passed on by ticks and mosquitoes and also occur in Spain. Clothing that covers the skin and insect repellents provide protection.

    Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur all over Spain. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Visitors planning an extended stay and close contact with the local population, and generally with children and young people, should also have a hepatitis B vaccination.

    Measles and whooping cough occur in Spain. Before traveling to Spain, visitors should definitely check whether their vaccinations are up to date and if necessary, get a booster shot.

    Epidemic outbreaks of meningococcal meningitis occur in Spain. Visitors should seek protection by getting a vaccination and avoiding large crowds. Children and young people, in particular, should be vaccinated. According to the latest recommendations, the vaccination applies as required travel vaccination for extended stays for certain groups of people (teenagers, school and university students). Visitors should consult their physician regarding the need for vaccination in the light of recommendations in the country of destination.

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