We think it is pretty normal, when travelling to a different country, to feel a bit confused and surprised to discover different behaviors and habits.

In this month´s Blog we have decided to inform you about all the habits that usually attracts the attention of foreigners when coming to our country. Some of them may be considered a bit weird and others quite funny. Keep on reading if you want to find out more!

We think it is pretty normal, when travelling to a different country, to feel a bit confused and surprised to discover different behaviors and habits.

In this month´s Blog we have decided to inform you about all the habits that usually attracts the attention of foreigners when coming to our country. Some of them may be considered a bit weird and others quite funny. Keep on reading if you want to find out more!

Daily Schedule

The first thing that draws people’s attention when visiting Spain is definitely the schedule for meals and work.

Compared to any other European country, everything is done « late » in Spain. From having lunch at 14:00 to dining at 21:00 and going out until 6 in the morning (clubs tend to get busy at 2 am!). Shops usually open around 9/10 and close at 22:00. 

Nevertheless, in big cities like Madrid the work schedule is usually more « European » and without big lunch breaks. In smaller towns, shops and offices usually close from 14:00 to 17:00 in order to allow people to have a nice long lunch at home followed by sleeping a siesta.

Greeting people with two kisses

Something really typical over here is greeting relatives, friends or even people that are new acquaintances with two kisses on the cheeks.

Spaniards are very physical people. To some northern countries this aspect may be considered a bit too effusive while South Americans usually see people from Spain as a bit awkward or clumsy.

Spanish bars

Spanish people love to get together in bars and have a cerveza and a tapa no matter what time it is. One of the most curious things that foreigners usually point out, when entering a Spanish bar, is how many napkins have been thrown on the floor.

It is impossible not to notice how some Madrilenian bars are not exactly the cleanest, but do not let the « napkin carpets » fool you. Most of the bars are very cheap and offer delicious and typical food.

Olive Oil

Spanish gastronomy is one of the most appreciated gastronomy of the world and there are plenty of acclaimed chefs coming from our country. One of the secrets of their cuisine? Olive oil.

While most countries usually use butter for cooking, Spain take advantage of the fact of being one of the top producers of the liquid gold in the world.

Street life

First of all, everyone in this country loves to spend time outside rather than indoors. Spain is a warm place and as soon as there is a ray of sun, people go out in the streets to enjoy the day.

You can spot a Madrilenian because he or she will be sitting outside having a coffee or a drink on one of the city´s many many terraces, even in winter (as long as there is some sun out).

There are many other habits that are worth learning about but we reckon it is better if you find them out yourself when coming to Madrid! And of course, if you are heading over here, do not forget to book a bed at Mad4You Hostel!

We hope you have enjoyed this month’s Blog! Keep in mind that us receptionists are always eager to give you recommendations and help you out with anything you might need in the city. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us at info@mad4youhostel.com or give us a call at 0034 915 217 549.

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