The national currency of Spain is the Euro, so if you are travelling to Spain you will need to take Euros. Here are the top Pound to Euro exchange rates from a wide range of UK suppliers which were last updated 3 minutes ago.
The euro is the official currency of Spain. Previously Spanish currency had been the Peseta and although this was replaced by the euro on currency boards in 1999, euro notes and coins did not come into circulation until January 2002.
The peseta lost it's status as a legal tender in Spain and also in Andorra, on March 1st 2002.
Spain now shares it's currency with 18 other countries out of the 28 member states of the European Union. After the US dollar it is the most traded currency on foreign exchange markets and by far the most purchased currency by travellers in the UK.
Spain is a top destination for British travellers. Your UK passport will be good for a stay of up to 3 months in the country. If you’re planning to stay in Spain for longer than 3 months you must register in person at the nearest Office for Foreigners (Oficina de Extranjeros) which is normally part of the local Town Hall, or at designated Police stations. Local laws and customs are very similar to that of the UK and the rest of the European Community.
It is wise to take a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which is available free of charge and can be ordered online, this will entitle you to state provided medical treatment on the same terms as Spanish nationals but it is still highly recommended you take out travel insurance. Spain is no more prone to natural disasters than the the general area but forest fires often occur during the summer so care needs to be taken when driving through wooded areas. Causing a forest fire is a criminal offence in Spain even if it was unintentional.
For more country-specific information on travelling and entry requirements, see the Portugal page on the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.
Spain is a fantastic place to visit; it has great cuisine, friendly locals, clean beaches and great transport links.
Posted by Graham Morley on 24th May 2018
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