Spain is a country that has historically been a cosmopolitan country, and in the last years it has become one of the top tourist destinations in the world, so its population tends to be open and friendly with foreigners. Even though in some regions people tend to be more communicative while in others more serious, in all regions, if you stop someone in the street to ask for directions, you can expect a nice response.
Spaniards are polite but much unstructured; once they gain some confidence they tend call people by the first name (or nick name) and pat his or her back or shoulder when talking. The most common ways of greeting are a double kiss in each cheek, and a firm shack of hands between men (men only kiss themselves among relatives or very close friends). In any case if you are in doubt on how to greet someone, a handshake is the best choice.
It is not advisable to get into hot topics such as the Franco’s regime, or the Civil War since those are very painful issues where varied opinions could be found. Spaniards are very patriotic and in some cases religious. Discussions on topics like Church and Spain’s foreign policy could lead to unnecessary arguments.
Alcohol sale is forbidden to people under 18 and drinking in the streets is banned. However, in both tourist and nightclubs areas enforcement of these laws is quite lax. Betting is legal and there are land based casinos in the main cities, like Madrid and Barcelona. Regulation over “casinos en linea” is practically new in Spain, there are a few companies that have licence to operate, see an example of a legal online casino operative currently in Spain.
The best way to move around Spain is by bus or train. Buses cover the vast majority of the country with lines getting into every town and with good frequencies. This is probably one of the cheapest transportation means. Trains on the other hand also cover long and short distances, but do not have the same coverage as buses. They are ideal for long distances, since they are fast. If you need to travel between two big distant cities (such as Seville and Barcelona) the AVE (which stands for Spain’s high speed) rail is an excellent alternative to a plane since it covers the length in five hours.
Possession and consumption of illegal drugs at private places is not prosecuted in Spain. However, taking drugs in public will be fined and if the amount found is sufficient to presume selling intentions, you may be arrested.
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