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52 minutes ago, lakegirl16 said:

Question on tipping for tour guides and bus drivers.  What is customary in Europe?  Thank you





No tipping at all!!!!!


Spanish workers (European in general but I will write about Spanish only) have their working rights and a salary. It is considered all services are included.


Just to clarify.... I barely tip 3-4 restaurants in a whole year. Only in those were food and service were very very good and price was cheap. And never 5 euros. Less quantity.

In the rest of cases I just pay my bill.


As I do.... 99,99% of Spanish (and of Europeans)


In other words.... let's think on a taxi.


You arrive, you pay the bill. That's all. Nothing happens


If .... if.... if.... taxi driver speaks your language AND he's very polite AND he gives you some information or intersting advice AND he helps you with your luggage AND....

you can tip 3 euro or so

But if he does so many things and you do not tip.... it happens nothing





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Just to understand how prices and tips go in Spain.


A taxi from the airport to the pier costs 45 euro in Barcelona and ALL supplements (weekend if apply, baggages, port, airport, etc...) are included


Point of view of tipping.

A taxi costs 40 euro. I will tip 5 euro, maybe more to taxi driver. He will receive 45 euro at least


Point of view of no tipping

A taxi costs 45 euro. I will pay 45 euro. If he wants 50 euro, they should increase official fares to 50 euro.


At the end, the incomings are the same but prices in Spain (in Europe in general) are what people pays for and consider all is included.


And as said.... only if an EXCELLENT service, something extra something you didn't expected worths a SMALL tip

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==> For online purchases


It is possible that when making an online payment you will be rejected again and again. You will wonder why.


It may be because your card does not meet the European Union's electronic payment requirements. In this case, talk to your bank. If the required security measures increase you will not have problems


For security measures, it is considered that they ask you for two of the following three things: "something you know", "something you are" and "something you have"
- Something you know: PIN, password, etc...
- something you are: fingerprint, facial recognition, voice recognition, etc...
- something you have: mobile phone (device), mobile phone (number), passport, etc...


Electronic payment must ask for at least TWO of these three things.


For example, in my case it is very common that if I buy something from my mobile phone
- the bank knows that I am using the mobile phone that is registered and will also ask me for either my confirmation fingerprint or my PIN


If I buy from a laptop
- the bank is going to ask me for my PIN and probably either asks me to unlock an application on my mobile to confirm, or sends me an SMS and asks me to enter it


It is very difficult to make an online purchase from a laptop in Spain without having a mobile phone due to security measures.


So, if your payment is rejected, check to see if you are meeting these requirements or you have to talk to your bank.







It is advisable that your card has the PIN activated.


Although the use of the contactless system is widespread, you may have to use the card chip to pay (inserting it into the machine). Either because the contactless system is not yet activated on a machine, or because it fails and you have to try the chip.


If you use contactless it will NOT ask you for your PIN
If you use the chip, YES it will ask you for the PIN


In Spain, the system of physically signing a card receipt is no longer used.





In Spain there is a very recent measure (March 2024) through which the customer has the right not to hand over their card to pay anywhere.


That is, it doesn't matter if it is a store, a restaurant or a means of transportation. The payment system must be designed so that you never let go of the card from your hand (in a restaurant, for example, you don't have to give it to the waiter to manipulate it in the machine).


If it is a contactless system (most of them) it will be very easy. They bring you a terminal and you pass it to pay.


If the chip must be used, you must still be the one to manipulate it. In no case who charges.


To do this, if it is not a counter where you pay next to where you order, either they provide you with a wireless terminal (the most common) or you go to where the terminal is.



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We are a Canadian couple taking a European cruise onboard the Island Princess this August and are wondering what form of currency should we bring. I know the onboard payments are done in US but what about when ashore? Would it be better in cash being the local currency, or a credit card?  



I would recommend you to calculate rates before your cruise.


How much (in percentage) you will pay if using your card?. This is.... it is just a percentage or there's an additional fee per operation??


How much (in percentage) you will pay if you exchange cash?. Sometimes it is just easier to get money from an ATM. You use your card, you ask for money.... money you pay is in your local currency, money you get is in euro.



I guess it is an issue just of fees, commisions and percentages.

In Spain, in touristic zones and big cities, you can pay a coffee with a card. And obviously in cash.


I'm sure you will cross more countries that use euro. So cash will be used there too.



I'm sure your bank will say cheaper if paying by card (rather than in cash). If so, go to an ATM, ask for 40-50 euro in cash and pay everything with your card


but... ask your bank






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We have 60+ euros left over from a trip to the Azores, I think enough for what we need, especially if taxis take cc, and I know they do in Barcelona.  Our credit cards have no foreign transaction fees.  One phone will have an esim and the other I can use an international plan any day I need it (for 10 USD).  I am hoping to get by with hotel and cruise ship wifi for most of what I do.  Our passports are good for another year plus.  I hope that I'm not forgetting anything.  We travel frequently. mostly to Central America, so I know some of the big mistakes.  

About money (and cards), it is important to have always cash money. There are things you will only pay with coins and ... euro are required.
But, maybe you will not use any coins. You can pay in Spain coffees, ice creams and obviously taxis, restaurants with a credit card (just a hint.... Mastercard or Visa!!!. Amex and Diners aren't welcome)
In my day-to-day in Spain I pay barely nothing in cash.
Just in case, if you would need 50 extra more euro, go to an ATM, not to an exchange currency agent.

For phones, you can buy a Spanish e-SIM. They are cheap and they will let you use internet on your mobile and call anywhere. Remember you can use any Spanish card free of charge in France (and in other EU country)

And about passports, all controls just on arrival on airport. There's no passport control between France and Spain, so no controls when arriving to French ports
Just as an example, this is the border between Spain and France in the shore road. You can guess where custom booths were located some decades ago but... they doesn't exist at all


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We will be using credit cards while in Spain, but wondering where/when we might also use cash ( euros ) just as easily/ appropriately … small purchases etc.

Going to the bank to exchange US $$ to EUROS 😉



Hi, for exchange, I would ask your bank about fares for ATM.

Probably, for just 50 euro it is the cheapest option. You go to an ATM, you ask for 50 euro and your bank will calculate into dollars with exchange fee.

Ask your bank and even ask if it doesn't matter which ATM you use or if it is cheaper in a brand of ATM.

If it doesn't matter, be sure you will have thousands and thousands of ATM available 24/7 for you.


For paying, as Spanish, I barely barely use cash in my day-to-day.

This means, restaurants, taxi, almost all shops, public transport, etc... can be payed by card.


You could need cash in Street shops and.... few more places (and some street shops are accepting cards)


But as an example, you will be able to pay a baguette or a coffee with card and zero problems


About cards, be awared that Diners and Amex are NOT accepted in Spain as a rule (use Mastercard or Visa)




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On 1/29/2024 at 11:04 AM, alserrod said:




If you live in North America, let's make it clear, in Spain tips are much more infrequent, and even non-existent, compared to what you are used to.



In Europe in general there is the impression (and desire) that money is earned honestly through wages, not tips. The worker is already assured of a salary before starting work and will carry out his or her work, with or without tips.


Therefore, the general rule is to tip if the service was extraordinary, if you would remember something special about that service. And the tips are always much lower than what you are used to. It is always considered that the service is included in the rate you are going to pay.


That means that services like a bus driver (where you are expected to take a very specific route without much option for change), just for example, are never tipped.


Where do you usually tip?


In restaurants, if you consider that the service has been special (if it has been normal service, you only pay the bill and nothing happens)

In a taxi if they have done something very special for you (for example carry a lot of luggage or give you valuable information)

In a hotel if they have provided you with something (if you have only asked for the room key, this is what was expected of them)


And remember that

In restaurants sometimes you prefer a 5-star review with photos and comments on Google or TripAdvisor instead of a tip

If you don't tip.... nothing just happens. The one who served you will also receive his salary. He has it included and it is very regulated

Oh, and if you tip, always in euros. Tipping in a currency other than the local currency is like going to your city and tipping someone in euros. What do you do with those bills?



Thank you!  Your information is incredibly helpful.  Everything that I was looking for was answered here in matter-of-fact prose.

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About cash and cards


Cards are accepted almost everywhere in Spain.


Let's hint that

- If a business points (it is enough information in entrance) cards are welcome, they must accept it (if card reader doesn't run, it would be their problem, not yours)

- nevertheless they can set a minimum amount up to 30 euro (they can say "cards accepted, minimum 5 euro", for instance)

- and good to know.... it is forbidden to pay more than 1000 euro in cash in Spain (There are enough reasons to pay more than 1000 euro: cars, holidays, furniture, etc...  If so, card, bank transfer, check or whatever. If cash and detected, it is punished)



But... never mind where you live when you read this. I would invite you to think.... What should I recommend about cash to a Spanish visiting my country?


If you do not have a minimal fee for ATM (just a percentage), I would get 20 euro (maybe 50, no more), pay the fee and pay everything with card. You will know you have payed 20 euro for those minimal purchases. Maybe you spent only 12.... think on 20 and it's all

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I read somewhere that taking a cab from your hotel to the port in Barcelona the driver requests a charge to get into the port area. Is this true?

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1 minute ago, HMSDingy said:

I read somewhere that taking a cab from your hotel to the port in Barcelona the driver requests a charge to get into the port area. Is this true?



It is true


You can find more information here


but as a sum up....


You pay a

- minimal fare

- fare per km (or per hour)

- supplements


in this case, arriving or leaving to the port or to the airport has a 4,5 euro supplement

leaving station has a 2,5 supplement




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Official and Fake webs



A curious tip to know that one webpage you are visiting is the "official page" (well at least to discard some unofficial webs).


All official web MUST have a Spanish version.
It could happen that, because cookies, computer configuration or whatever, webpage appears directly in your own language. OK.... but first of all, try to search the Spanish version of that web.... It if doesn't exist.... 100% possibilities it is not an official web.
I guess this tip runs in other countries too

All official webs located in cities with a second language MUST have another local language too.
This is.... 
Barcelona, Tarragona, Palamos, Palma, Mahon and Ibiza must have Catalan version of webpages
Valencia and Alicante must have Valencian version
Bilbao and San Sebastian must have Basque version
La Coruña and Vigo must have Galician version

and all Canary islands ports and Andalusian ports (Malaga, Cadiz...) will not have another version.

For instance, Sagrada Familia official webpage is in Catalan, Spanish and English

Touristic ho-ho bus in Barcelona is in English, Italian, German, French.... Spanish and Catalan

If I were you I would distrust about any "official" webpage in Barcelona (for instance) without a Spanish version and a Catalan version.
It is common to have any Spanish version, but unofficial webs do not translate into Catalan.

Hope it helps


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Many people ask about flamenco shows in various Spanish cities.


If we check Wikipedia there is a lot of information at the beginning. I will copy only the first lines.


Flamenco (Spanish pronunciation: [flaˈmeŋko]) is an art form based on the various folkloric music traditions of southern Spain, developed within the gitano subculture of the region of Andalusia, and also having historical presence in Extremadura and Murcia.[1][2][3] 






And with this I want to emphasize that it is a dance strictly from Andalusia. There is a lot of flamenco tradition in that region, it is a dance that is part of popular customs and, in some cases, it is even taught from family to family. At large public events, and especially at parties, you will see it as part of the fun. There are schools to learn but above all, a legacy that passes from one to another.


However, outside this region it is not a popular dance, nor something typical. You don't see shows outside of private venues, it is not part of the culture or traditions far from Andalusia.

In the places where you see that offer flamenco, it is something exclusively guided towards tourists.


Can you imagine going on a trip to San Francisco and being offered a Mexican ranchera show?


For someone who travels from afar, the distance from Monterrey to San Francisco is not that long either, but... Is the ranchera traditional in San Francisco?


The same thing happens with flamenco.


Therefore my recommendations are these


- If you are on a cruise through Spain and one of the ports is in Andalusia (Cádiz, Málaga or Motril), if you like flamenco, go see a show.


- If you are on a cruise through Spain but the cruise does not pass through Andalusia, DO NOT go to any flamenco show and leave it for when you actually visit the land where it comes from.
This includes all Mediterranean ports from Cartagena to the north, Atlantic, Balearic Islands and Canary Islands
(among others, don't go if you are in Barcelona, Valencia, Palma, Bilbao, La Coruña, Menorca, Ibiza, Alicante, Tarragona, Palamós or any of the Canary Islands)

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This is the number of ATMs per each bank in Spain.

Probably it will not matter which brand are they for you if you are going to ask for cash.... but number is not small at all.

It means, more or less, one ATM every 1000 people, and definitely in city centre you will find more ones.


BTW, translation is "cajero automatico", may you need to search on a map.






Infografía con el número de cajeros que tiene cada banco en España

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Bear in mind that most ATMs in Spain charge a fixed usage fee, It can vary from a couple of euros to maybe six. Banks change their policy periodically so the amount can vary. I follow a particular Tripadvisor forum where the charges are regularly updated. As at the last time I read anything (which is about three months back), the only bank not making any usage charge is Banca March. As at last Christmas, when I was last used a Spanish ATM, the BBVA charged around two euros. Santander always seems to be the most expensive at around €6 per withdrawal. Something to bear in mind if planning to withdraw small amounts often. 

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5 hours ago, Harters said:

Bear in mind that most ATMs in Spain charge a fixed usage fee, It can vary from a couple of euros to maybe six. Banks change their policy periodically so the amount can vary. I follow a particular Tripadvisor forum where the charges are regularly updated. As at the last time I read anything (which is about three months back), the only bank not making any usage charge is Banca March. As at last Christmas, when I was last used a Spanish ATM, the BBVA charged around two euros. Santander always seems to be the most expensive at around €6 per withdrawal. Something to bear in mind if planning to withdraw small amounts often. 


Hi, to be accurate and to explain it....


It is YOUR bank who decides the fee

It is the Spanish ATM who charge you the fee


This is, let's suppose your bank has a deal with a Spanish bank and cash withdrawal fee is 1 euro (fixed fee, not variable)

They can decide


- to ask you 1 euro each time you use an ATM

- to let you to use them for free. Or at least one or twice every month (they assume some fee as gesture for you)

- to ask you up to 6 euro each time you use an ATM (they really make business with you).


And it is possible your bank has deals with some ATM and not others.... so ask for them before travelling. Maybe you would pay a fee and cheaper just some metres ahead (or maybe the same fee).



But very important. Spanish ATM MUST inform you about the fee and you must accept.

After knowing the fee you can cancel operation if you want


(and you can check two different ATM to know if fee is the same or isn't)






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1 hour ago, alserrod said:

It is YOUR bank who decides the fee

I do not believe this is the case.


If it was the case, you would expect that different people would be charged different fees for using the ATM because their bank had set a different rate.


That is certainly not what happens. I know, for a fact, that folk of various nationalities and customers of different banks are all charged the same fee for using an ATM belonging to, say, BBVA.  I am absolutely confident that it is the Spanish bank that sets the usage fee. 

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8 hours ago, Harters said:

I do not believe this is the case.


If it was the case, you would expect that different people would be charged different fees for using the ATM because their bank had set a different rate.


That is certainly not what happens. I know, for a fact, that folk of various nationalities and customers of different banks are all charged the same fee for using an ATM belonging to, say, BBVA.  I am absolutely confident that it is the Spanish bank that sets the usage fee. 





I have a credit card that allows me three monthly cash withdraws free. I will pay for the fourth one.

When I go to ask for money with that card, it has a fee. It appears on screen before accepting. It doesn't matter. I will not pay for it on first, second and third time. It will be my bank who will deal with that ATM. I will pay since fourth one.


With another card, I can withdraw with no cost only in their ATM but the fee isn't the same depending of the ATM I use (in case of not being the same one).


In Spain almost all ATM belongs to THREE different networks

- 6000 network

- Servired

- 4B


It is very common that if your bank belongs to Servired (just as an example) will:

- offer you withdraws with no costs in their ATM

- offer you a soft fee in Servired network (other banks belonging to Servired)

- ask you a hard fee in 4B or 6000 network



I have heard people who says their bank has a deal with a Spanish bank (or Spanish ATM network). In that case, the fee will be strongly different if you use one or other ATM


That's reason I say everyone should have to ask their bank.

In case they same fee is the same..... always remember it will appear on screen before accepting.







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You will find tapas bars everywhere in Spain (and with a very similar format, also in Portugal). This includes the Canary and Balearic Islands.

It should be noted that some tapas may be especially typical of some area of Spain but you will have no difficulty finding them elsewhere.

Also note that some tapas based on plant products may be specific to seasons.


Clarification about words (in many places you will see that they use only the word "tapa" or that they mix them together).
*tapa, is a small portion that accompanies the drink
*pincho, is a small portion that accompanies the drink but is much more elaborate
*portion, it is a much larger tapa. It may even be the same.


That is, you can order "tortilla tapa" and they will give you something to accompany the drink, while the "tortilla ration" would already be something that would be equivalent (in quantity) to a plate to eat.


For its part, a "croquette" can be a tapa. If you order a portion of croquettes they will give you six croquettes


It is very, very common in Spain to order several portions and share them among everyone.


The waiter will put them in the center and simply put cutlery and empty plates so that everyone can serve themselves the amount they want.

Not all dishes are tapas or portions. For example, paella is not a tapa (and if they offer it, it will not be in a bar designed for Spanish customers).



And some of the most common tapas.


I can tell you that I have eaten all of these dishes at lunch or dinner with more or less frequency. That is, they are traditional Spanish cuisine dishes brought to bars. Normal size if it is a "ration", smaller size if it is a "tapa".


- TORTILLA DE PATATAS (omelette). Potato, egg, oil and (optional) onion. It is very easy to make and accompanies many meals.


Tortilla de patatas con cebolla




- PATATAS BRAVAS / CON ALIOLI (bravas potatoes / with aioli). Partially fried potatoes (they are a little white) served with mayonnaise and hot sauce or garlic mayonnaise.
Aioli is traditional from the Mediterranean area (Barcelona, Valencia, etc...). In fact the word comes from "all i oli" (garlic and oil in Catalan)


Papas bravas. Tan importante es la salsa como el TRUCO de las patatas.





- JAMÓN (ham) . It doesn't really need much introduction. It is enough to cut the ham and present it. It will be accompanied with bread spread with tomato and oil, something very typical in the Mediterranean area.


Tosta de jamón ibérico con tomate y ajo | Mandarinas y miel




- CROQUETAS (croquettes). Its origin is from poor food. It was about taking advantage of all the leftover food at home so as not to throw anything away. You can try them in many flavors (ham, cod, meat, mushrooms, etc...). The product is chopped and a sauce made with milk and flour is added. It is shaped and fried. The outside color is breadcrumbs once fried in oil.


Croquetas de jamón y queso





- HUEVOS ROTOS (broken eggs). (This dish, due to its size, will never be a tapa, always a portion). It is a dish with fried eggs, French fries and some other elements to choose from. Usually ham but you can change it. The client will "break" the eggs to mix them all together and eat eggs, potatoes and ham together. If you don't know how to do it and you ask the waiter, he will do it for you without any problems.

Clarification.... in Spain they do not ask for "sunny side up, over easy, over medium, etc..." eggs. They only order "fried eggs." It is the closest thing to an Over Easy but cooked with a lot of hot olive oil. At the ends of the egg you can see that it has been cooked like this.



Huevos rotos con jamón




- PULPO A LA GALLEGA (Galician-style octopus). It is a dish typical of Galicia. You can find it throughout Spain but traditional from the entire northern area and especially from Galicia.
It is based on cooked and somewhat soft potatoes and cooked octopus on top. It is essential to accompany it with coarse salt and paprika, a very popular spice in Spain.


RECETA PULPO | Así es la verdadera receta de pulpo a la gallega





- PAPAS ARRUGADAS (wrinkled potatoes). It is a dish typical of the Canary Islands. Small potatoes steamed with salt and accompanied with two Canary sauces, red and green.







- PESCADO FRITO (Fried fish). It is a dish typical of Andalusia. Small fried pieces of fish.


Conoce cómo preparar pescaíto frito, la fritura de pescado andaluza



- ENSALADILLA . It is a summer dish. You can order it all year round but more frequently in summer. A cooking potato salad, tuna, egg, etc... and mayonnaise



Ensaladilla rusa casera, receta tradicional

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(Cathedral, Basilica, Monastery, Convent, ...)


If we review the ten most visited monuments in Spain, the first is an ancient Arab palace (Alhambra in Granada). However, the following are almost all Christian cathedrals and basilicas from different cities.


These buildings have extensive public visiting hours but we must not forget that they are "very large churches" where religious worship continues to be practiced.


There are, therefore, rules for access to these temples.


The main question that usually arises is about the pants that are allowed to enter. After reviewing the pages of many Spanish temples I have not found any that specifically say that shorts or short skirts are not allowed. It is possible that they require that the pants be more or less knee-length (not mid-thigh) but nowhere have I seen that they ask for long pants.


Depending on the temple in question, they may have a specific schedule for public visits and another for religious services (masses or other activities) or you may see them mixed together.


If this is the second case, when you are visiting, remember that there are people who have come to the temple with religious intentions and what they expect from whoever is next to them.


Remember that the temple was built for those who wanted to go there with a religious vocation, not for those who wanted to do tourism.


I have made a compilation of the most common rules that are published on the different websites of cathedrals and basilicas in Spain. All of them are designed to respect the place you visit, its religious traditions and those who are praying there.


These are the most common rules of all the temples in Spain



What they say is "dress with decorum" or "dress appropriately."

In many places they emphasize not having bare shoulders (no tank tops. They will be the most rejected)

Somewhere I have seen that they expressly ask for knee-length pants (not ankle-length).
In a specific place I have seen that they ask not to wear "beach shoes" (there is a very popular type of footwear in summer in Spain that resembles beach shoes, and that is what they ask not to wear)


And, although it may seem obvious, no transparent clothing or clothing that reveals the back or part of the body.



It is the specific phrase that all the temples say.
Entering a basilica or cathedral with your head covered is disrespectful in the Catholic religious context.

It doesn't matter if it's a sports cap, a hat, a scarf or even a cap worn by people with little hair.
For reasons of respect for the place, it must be removed beforehand. You may need it a lot outside due to the sun and heat, but when you enter the temple you should take it off.


This "lack of respect" is much more common among the foreign public than that of appropriate clothing, possibly due to ignorance of traditions.



Includes drinking water or chewing gum. Includes infant or baby food.


The visits are not long. You are asked to drink water at the beginning and not have to eat or drink anything. If it is essential, please leave the temple for a moment and re-enter.



Each temple has its rules but the most common thing is that they do allow photographs for private use. You may be asked not to use flash.


They will emphasize that you do not do them while there are people in a religious service or praying in some area.


It is common that they do not allow laser pointers (although this is more geared towards guides)


>> SILENCE (and phones)
Silence is always required. In the temples where tourist visits are mixed with religious worship, all the more so.


It is possible that the cathedral or monument has a specific place designed for prayer (and these places are usually very beautiful for tourists). If you access any of these, do so walking slowly, in absolute silence and with respect for those inside.


Do not talk on the mobile phone inside the temple. If they call you, reject the call, indicate in a message that you will call them when you leave and prevent the sound of the mobile phone from disturbing others.

Except for guide dogs for the blind, animals are never allowed in temples. It's a rule to which there are no exceptions.


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Despite the largest number of type of cooked eggs you could find in other countries, the list in Spain is smaller. Most of them are the same or an equivalent, another one could be different.


First of all....
Spaniards DO NOT have eggs (even fried, boiled or scrambled) eggs for breakfast. You will find them at buffets but let's assume they aren't popular for breakfast
In spite of it, you will find fried eggs for a middle morning snack called "almuerzo" and scrambled eggs for lunch or dinner with other ingredients


Eggs are everywhere in Spanish cuisine. There are many recipe that could require small cut piedes of boiled egg, other will include a poached egg, etc...
Other dishes will add a fried egg or a poached egg. 
This is... eggs will be present in the cuisine but in other moments and joined with other ingredients. Surely you will love them


It is hard to understand Spanish deserts without eggs. Cakes need eggs but some creams or deserts are mainly eggs.



==> And... type of eggs

>> FRIED EGGS  ("Huevo frito")


and let's assume they will be cooked with a lot of olive oil in one side only but pouring oil on top with a spoon or other utensil so that the yolk is also cooked a little. York will not be absolutely orange but light pink.


The equivalent you could know is "sunny side up" but they will cook a bit the yolk.
It is important to know.... conversely to an "over easy", a "huevo frito" will be cooked in only one side but yolk will be a bit cooked too.

and... to know it is perfectly fried, the sides of the egg should have small bubbles called "puntillas"


Huevos fritos perfectos

They can accompany any dish. 
I am going to tell the case of the "crumbs" (MIGAS), one of my favorites. Pieces of bread from the previous day properly cooked with some other ingredient (bacon, chorizo, etc...) and accompanied by a fried egg.

In the past it was a poor man's meal to take advantage of what was left over. Today it is an exquisite meal. You have to mix everything and you will surely like it.

It is just one of the examples where the fried egg is present in Spanish cuisine.



Migas extremeñas con huevo frito: fotografía de El Mirador, Hervás -  Tripadvisor



>> OVER EASY ("Huevo a la plancha")

It is, more or less, the same style of cooking. 
Over medium and over hard are unknown in Spain but surely if you explain them they will cook it (ask to have an egg for some more seconds)


Huevo a la Plancha Vuelta y Vuelta





>> HARD BOILED EGG ("Huevo duro")

Exactly the same. 10 minutes boiling


Beneficios y consejos para preparar huevos cocidos o duros




>> MEDIUM BOILED EGG ("Huevo pasado por agua")

Exactly the same. 6 minutes



Huevo pasado por agua en microondas


It is unknown "Soft boiled egg" but enough to say for how long do you want to have it boiled.




>> POACHED ("Huevo pochado")

Absolutely unknown for breakfast. I have seen it only for some dishes as a side




>> SCRAMBLED ("Revuelto")

It is the same (it is not common to see soft scrambled) but as said, you will see it on buffets despite it is not popular. You can see it with other ingredients for a main dish as lunch or dinner

and other types of eggs in Spain




Revuelto de champiñones con huevo y jamón


Above, not just scrambled eggs but scrambled with mushrooms and ham



>> STUFFED EGGS ("Huevos rellenos")

They are hard-boiled eggs that are broken in two. The egg white is saved and the yolk is combined with other ingredients (for example tomato and tuna) to fill the egg white. Can be covered with mayonnaise


Huevos rellenos (huevos mimosa)




>> POTATOES OMELETTE (and any other omelette) ("Tortilla de patatas")

Omelettes aren't for breakfast but for a middle morning snack or even for a dinner. Most popular is Potato omelette
They are made after potatoes, fried partially on oil and with shaked eggs. It is very common to add onion.
You could add chorizo or other ingredients too.

It is a dish very easy to cook (the biggest problem is it takes some time, it is not fast) and very, very cheap. You can eat in a plate or in sandwich and it is enough a big portion not to have hungry (because it is mainly potatoes and eggs)


Tortilla de patatas o tortilla española. FÁCIL Y PERFECTA





>> HUEVO ESCALFADO  A translator will traduce as "Poached egg". It is not 100% the same but...

There are some dishes that could add a poached egg. I will post "Patatas a la riojana" (Rioja style potatoes). After boiling potatoes and chorizo with some spices and herbs, they will add the egg to be cooked joined.
It is just one example. There are a lot of different ones.



Patatas a la riojana con huevo frito.





>> Wanna
211 Spanish recipes with EGG






I will just talk about two ones where desert is mainly yolk (not egg but just the yellow yolk)


>> AVILA YOLK  (Avila is a city near Madrid, where this desert comes from)

ingredients 12 egg yolks, 180 g sugar, 1 cinnamon stick, 1/2 lemon peel plus glass sugar for cover
Just that.... yolks and sugar



Yemas de Ávila




>> TOCINO DE CIELO (if you use google translator it will say "Sky bacon", lol!!!!)

Ingredients, 12 egg yolks, 500g sugar, 500g butter



Tocino de cielo




Try to taste them in a visit to Spain.
Surely eggs are present in these deserts


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Ah. Eggs. One of my favourite subjects. And reveulto is one of my favourite ways of eating them. A couple of restaurants near where we stay in Tenerife serve them  with mushroom and prawns. Delicious.


And I had a lovely surprise in a restaurant in Port de Pollenca in Mallorca last autumn. OK, so the menu in English said they were "broken eggs" with sobrasada. What else could it be than reveulto? Well, it wasnt. What was served were thin slices of fried potato, covered with sobrasada and topped with two fried eggs.  Not reveulto but one of the most delicious plates of food I ate in the two weeks. 

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2 hours ago, Harters said:

Ah. Eggs. One of my favourite subjects. And reveulto is one of my favourite ways of eating them. A couple of restaurants near where we stay in Tenerife serve them  with mushroom and prawns. Delicious.


And I had a lovely surprise in a restaurant in Port de Pollenca in Mallorca last autumn. OK, so the menu in English said they were "broken eggs" with sobrasada. What else could it be than reveulto? Well, it wasnt. What was served were thin slices of fried potato, covered with sobrasada and topped with two fried eggs.  Not reveulto but one of the most delicious plates of food I ate in the two weeks. 




"Broken eggs" (huevos rotos) are French fries, two sunny side eggs and something extra. Normally Cured ham but in your case it was Sobrasada (very very typical from Mallorca).


It is said "broken because the "ingredient" will be in small portions (in the case of sobrasada it doesn't matter but in the case of ham, a lot of small portions), you will "break" your eggs and you will join all together



In the case of Broken eggs with ham it is served as this


Huevos rotos con jamón





and it is eaten as this


Receta de Huevos rotos con patatas y jamón serrano




You will see often as a casual dinner dish.



Scrambled eggs with ham (Huevos revueltos con jamón) would be something like this


Huevo con jamón de pavo



But it is as easy as preparing single scrambled eggs and adding little portions of ham





Another option is just "fried eggs with..." (huevos fritos con...) but it is eaten, usually in middle morning. As said, Spaniards do not have a large breakfast. Those days you want it, you will eat later "second part".



Some middle morning snack (called "almuerzo") of fried eggs


- with longaniza  (it is similar to a chorizo sausage, different taste. It could be the people's favourite)


El jueves lardero - Rincon del foc








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Bloody Mary, Cosmopolitan, Moscow Mule, Manhattan, etc... are names of well-known cocktails or alcoholic drinks.


It is possible that some traditional Spanish bars do not know how to serve them or simply do not have them prepared.


Here is a list of drinks that you will easily find in any bar or restaurant. If you have a stopover for the day and want to drink them or if you are spending a few days pre-cruise or post-cruise in Spain, you may want to try it. There are aperitif drinks, to drink during meals, digestive drinks just after eating, to drink on the terrace and to drink in cocktail bars.





Origin: Catalonia


It is a drink that serves as an aperitif, originally from Catalonia and is made with white wine, herbs, spices, etc...


Ask for it before eating.
It is one of the drinks that best accompanies tapas.





Cómo servir un buen vermut, qué tipos hay y cuáles son los favoritos para  tomar el aperitivo | Hogar y jardín








(typical of Seville)


Fine wine



Receta de rebujito, el famoso cóctel de la feria de abril









(no translation but "sangre" is translated as "blood")


Red wine, Pieces of fruit, sugar, orange soda, cinnamon.


It must be made in advance (minimum two hours) so that the fruit gives flavor to the drink.
It is made in a large quantity and the glass is served.
The fruit is there to give flavor. NEVER EAT the sangria fruit. Much of the alcohol in the drink will be deposited there. If you eat it, you'll get drunk for sure.
It is served very cold.
It is very common in summer and can replace wine in an informal meal.


Any wine can be used as long as it is red. Which?. The cheapest in the store. You're going to mix it with more things and it's going to taste like everything except wine. Don't even think about doing it with a very expensive wine.


Sangría clásica








(translates to Summer red)


It is taken as an aperitif or replacing any beer.

50% red wine
50% lemon soda

With ice or very cold


(Lemon soft drink, as with Fanta Naranja, in Spain there is also Fanta lemon. It is a soft drink that you only find in Spain and accompanies many drinks)



Tinto de Verano: Una bebida refrescante y fácil de preparar




Origin: Navarra Region


It is an alcoholic drink (25-30% alcohol) of red color. It is obtained from specific forest fruits. It is not distilled.


It is highly requested as a digestive drink. A small glass after lunch or dinner. Much more than in a cocktail bar.
It is taken without combining with anything, simply with ice or cold.



Cada oveja con su pareja; cada bebida con su copa - Protocolo a la vista







(translates to Water of Valencia)


Champagne and orange juice


It is very similar to the "Mimosa cocktail". But if you want it in Spain, order it with this name


La auténtica receta del refrescante Agua de Valencia - ALCRIQUE






>> CUBALIBRE also "cubata"
(translates as Free Cuba)



Rum and coke.


Don't order a "XXX brand rum with coke", just a "XXXX cubalibre" (if you want to indicate the brand you want it from)



Cuba libre




>> HORCHATA (NON-alcoholic drink)
Origin: Valencia


It is a drink obtained from a plant.

It originates from Valencia, it can be had with a little cinnamon and is served very cold.


It is difficult to make a comparison with another existing drink. To say I eat soy milk would be unfair. It tastes different.


It is not a drink to order in cocktail bars but on terraces where you sit quietly. They can even offer

it to you at ice cream stands on the street.


It does not contain alcohol (only the drink extracted from the plant) and is very refreshing. Very appropriate for summer



Horchata cremosa casera




Origin: Asturias, Cantabria and Basque Country

It is a fermented apple juice drink (just as wine is made with fermented grape juice, now apple juice will be used).


It can replace wine in meals.


A detail to serve her. It is important that there is height from the bottle to the glass. You will see very curious ways to serve it. The simplest, putting the glass on the ground and turning on a tap



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>> SAN FRANCISCO (does not have alcohol. It is not a cocktail but a MOCKTAIL)


Each one has their own recipe but the San Francisco has different juices (orange juice is mandatory but it will take more) and syrups.



Todo lo que debes saber sobre el cóctel San Francisco - Locatamos






and also, some well-known cocktails and drinks from Hispanic countries.





(please pronounce the Ñ correctly when ordering it, like the GN in French or Italian)
It would be translated as "percolate pineapple"
Origin: Caribbean



Piña colada




(without having a translation, "mojadito" would be translated as "wet")
Origin: Cuba








Origin: Mexico

In Mexican style, if you order tequila at a Spanish cocktail bar, instead of a mixed drink, they will offer you the glass of tequila and include salt and a slice of lemon for you to drink.

The salt intensifies its flavor and the lemon reduces the aftertaste of alcohol (that is why you should take the salt, immediately the tequila and immediately the lemon)



Tequila, limón y sal: significado y cómo tomarlo ¿Por qué el tequila se  toma con limón y sal? ¿Qué debe ir antes y después? : ¿Por qué el tequila  se toma con


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