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City of constant innovation, anyone who comes here leaves with a lasting impression. Book a flight to Valencia and join the party. There are plenty.


Dynamic community
Valencia already had a maze-like medieval center. Now, there’s also a City of Arts and Science, designed by Santiago Calatrava (who is from Valencia), to match the city skyline’s great light. There are also beaches and green spaces — and just like in Malaga, golfing facilities are a strong feature of Valencia.

Have we mentioned the parties?
Besides paella, the local and national dish, Valencia is known for its parties and festivities. Las Fallas is the main event, burning up the city every March, but there’s nightlife all year round in the bars of the old town and by the Mediterranean.

Culture and Business

On a business trip, knowing the culture and customs of the country you are visiting can have a big impact on the success of your business.

Before leaving

Make sure you have your identity card or passport and boarding pass with you. Depending on your country of origin, take care of your visa or other necessary documentation ahead of time.

Climate

There are three different climatic areas in Spain, due to its large size. The Mediterranean climate is characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters. The vast central plateau has a more continental climate with hot, dry summers and cold winters.

Time zone

GMT + 1 

Geography & politics

Spain is part of the Iberian Peninsula and is located in southwestern Europe. It includes two archipelagos: the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands. Spain is a parliamentary monarchy— the monarch is the head of state, while the prime minister is the head of government. Spain is a member of the European Union.

Tipping & paying

Most places accept credit card payments, but it is always useful to have some money with you. Spain is part of the Eurozone, so the currency is the Euro (EUR). It is common to leave a tip of up to 10%, but only if you are satisfied with the service.

Languages & useful phrases

Spanish (Castilian) is the official language throughout the country. There are other co-official languages per region: Basque in the Basque Country and in Navarre; Catalan in Catalonia and the Balearic Islands, Valencian in the Valencian Community, and Galician in Galicia. In Spanish, "Hola" = hello; "por favor" = please; "Muchas gracias" = thank you very much; “Perdón” = sorry.

What you should do

Punctuality for social gatherings is not very common, but for business, always arrive on time. If you are eating out, the bill is not usually split—whoever made the invitation will normally pay. Try to speak some Spanish. In Spain it is not usual for people to speak English as well as in northern European countries, although it is more common in business settings.

What you shouldn’t do

Don’t assume that culture in Spain is the same everywhere. There are 17 autonomous regions and people are very proud of their region, each with its own culture, languages and dialects.

What to wear

Men should wear a suit and tie and women a suit or dress. Appearance is important—be smart, conservative and professional.

First impressions

When meeting someone in a business context, greet them with a handshake. In social situations, it is normal to give two kisses on the cheeks—but between men, continue with a handshake. If you are invited to someone's house, take a small gift as a thank you gesture.
The culture is quite open and communicative and it is normal to talk about family and life in general before moving on to business.