17 Things No One Will Tell You Before You Move to Spain

Choosing to live in Spain can be one of the best decisions a person ever makes. Made up of 17 unique regions each with their own history, culture, and cuisine, there’s never a shortage of new things to do. Here are a few hot tips to make your move go smoothly.

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1. Don’t go out during Siesta

Really — just don’t do it. Most stores — except big name stores in large cities — close between 2pm and 5pm for people to take a siesta, or short nap. Many people who work in retail work this split day.

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2. Get used to sharing your food

Spaniards invented tapas: a meal made up of small sharing plates that are put out for the whole table to enjoy. Pintxos are another type of sharing meal popular in Spain, but this time served on a small slice of bread with a toothpick.

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3. Many office buildings only work until 2 or 3pm

This is almost better than a siesta! Many offices work a horario intensivo during the summer, where staff come in early, work through lunch, then head home around 3pm for a lazy afternoon.

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