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The capital of Costa del Sol has 330 sunny days per year, high temperatures and 14 kilometres of beach. And life, lived to the fullest. Book a flight to Malaga and...

Green, green, green
Andalucia is Spain’s province for golfing and Malaga has various golf courses to choose from. Actually, natural spaces are abundant. The botanical garden of La Concepción is one of the most important in Europe and a true tropical dream.

Picasso & friends
This is where the most influent painter of the XX century was born. The Picasso Museum is a must see, but the Gibralfaro castel, the Alcazaba fortress an the Roman Theatre are also worth to mention. As for tapas and vino, the historical centre and the promenade are part of the circuit.

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 citizen’s card or passport and boarding pass with you. Depending on your country of origin, arrange your visa or other required documentation well in advance.

Climate

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

First contact

When meeting someone in a business context, greet him or her with a handshake. It is considered normal to give two kisses on the face in social situations; the handshake continues to be the appropriate greeting between men. If you are invited to someone's house, bring a gift to show your appreciation. The culture is very open and communicative. Talking about family and life in general before moving on to business is common.

Geography and Politics

Spain is part of the Iberian Peninsula, in southwest 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. It is a member of the European Union.

Language and expressions to memorize

Spanish is the official language throughout the country. There are other co-official languages by 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” = hi, “Por favor” = please; “Muchas gracias” = thank you very much; “Perdón” = sorry.

Time zone

GMT + 1 

Tips and Payment

Most businesses accept credit cards, but it is always useful to have cash with you. Spain is part of the Eurozone, so the currency used will be the Euro (EUR). It is customary to tip around 10%, but only if you are satisfied with the service.

What to wear

Men should wear suits and ties and women suits or a dress. Appearance is important, be smart, conservative and professional.

What to do

Punctuality for social meetings is not very common, but always arrive on time for business meetings. If you are eating out, the bill is not usually split - whoever has invited you will tend to pay. Try to speak some Spanish. In Spain, it is not usual for people to speak English as well as they do in northern European countries, although English is more common in business.

What not to do

Do not assume that culture in Spain is the same everywhere in the country. There are 17 autonomous regions and the Spaniards are very proud of their region, each with its own culture, languages and dialects.