Spain Communication


Yoigo, Vodafone, Movistar and Orange are the main mobile network operators in Spain. Cheap mobile phones (less than €50) with some pre-paid minutes are sold at FNAC or any phone operator's shop and can be purchased without many formalities (ID is usually required). To call home cheap you may opt to buy prepaid calling cards which are widely available in newspapers or grocery stores around the country.


Spanish (español)—officially recognized in the constitution as Castilian (castellano)—is the official language of the entire country, and the other official languages of Spain, co-official with Spanish are Basque, Catalan and Galician. In the tourist areas of the Mediterranean coast and the islands, English and German are widely spoken by tourists, foreign residents, and tourism workers. However, learning some basic phrases of Spanish will help you a lot during your stay.

Useful phrases

Bienvenido (sg) Bienvenidos (pl) /Welcome

Good morning – Buenos días (bway nos  dee ahs)

Good afternoon – Buenas tardes (bway nahs  tar days)

Good evening – Buenas noches (bway nahs  noh chayss)

Hola (oh  lah) is “hi”

I want, I don’t want – Yo quiero, yo no quiero (yoh  kee ayr oh,   yoh noh  kee ayr oh)

I would like (more polite) – Me gustaría (may goo stah ree ah)

Where is – ¿Dónde está? (dohn des tah)

How much does it cost - ¿Cuánto cuesta? (cwahn toh cways tah)?

What time is it? - ¿Qué hora es? (kay orah ess)?

Do you have? - ¿Tiene? (tee ayn ay)?

I understand, I don’t understand – Yo entiendo,  yo no entiendo (yoh  ayn tee ayn doh,   yoh  noh ayn tee ayn doh)

Do you understand? - ¿Entiende? (ayn tee ayn day)?

Where is the bus train station (or bus station) - ¿Dónde está la estación de ferrocarril? (dohn des tah  la  ays ta see ohn  day  fay roh cahr reel) or ”autobuses” (ow toe boos ehs).

Where is a restaurant? - ¿Dónde está un restaurante?  (dohn days tah  oon rays tore rahn tay)?

A train? - ¿Un tren? (oon trayn)?

The street … ? - ¿La calle … ? (lah cah yay)?

A bank? - ¿Un banco? (oon bahn coh)?

Where is the bathroom? - ¿Dónde está el baño? – (dohn days tah  ayl  ban yoh)?

Right – A la derecha ( a  lah day ray chah)

Left – A la izquierda (ah  lah eez kee ayr dah)

Straight ahead – Derecho (Day ray choh)


Wireless internet access is widespread in cafés, bars, hotels and other public “hotspots” – Barcelona city council, for example, operates Spain’s largest free public wi-fi network. Otherwise, you can get online at computer shops and phone offices (locutorios), where you’ll pay as little as €1 an hour, though it can cost two or three times as much.