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MARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS

In Spain, it is possible to arrange civil and religious marriages between foreigners or a foreigner and a Spanish national provided you do your paperwork first. In addition, the Spanish government is working on agreements with major non-Catholic faiths in terms of accepting their religious marriage ceremonies. In the meantime and subject to the agreement of individual priests, it is possible to have a civil marriage blessed in a non-catholic church. Same-sex marriage is legal in Spain and includes the same rights and privileges as male-female unions.

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Roman Catholic Marriages

These are a matter for the local Archbishop in the area of the forthcoming marriage and, in general, they require a baptism certificate and a statutory declaration by the parents of the English party to the effect that their son/daughter is single. Formalities do, however, vary significantly from parish to parish and the requirements should be checked well in advance with the local priest.

Civil Marriages

According to information from the Civil Registry in Madrid the requirements for marrying in this country are:

A birth certificate (accompanied by a sworn translation)

Passport

Consular registration Certificate

Consular Certificate of No-Impediment to the marriage

It is also a general requirement that you show you are a legal resident in Spain and this is done by providing a recently issued copy proving “empadronamiento” or registration at the local town hall.

Formalities may again vary in different Registries and applicants should check in every case which precise documents are needed or waived. (Note: that in general throughout Andalucía all these documents are required). Once your documents have been filed, a notice of intention to marry is displayed on a Consular notice board for 21 days. The notice itself is sworn by the applicant and can only be accepted if he/she has been residing for a clear 21 day period in the Consular district where the notice is displayed.

Where one of the parties to the forthcoming marriage is resident in the UK and will come to the marriage ceremony shortly before it is to take place they should approach the nearest Spanish Consulate in the UK to obtain information regarding the procedures involved. If proof of UK residence is needed, a letter can be obtained from the local Electoral Registration Office to the effect that the UK resident is on the electoral register for the year in question. It is important to note that paperwork can be lengthy and time consuming and ample forward planning is necessary, especially where a marriage is to be celebrated during the summer months. Where one of the parties to the forthcoming marriage is resident in the UK and will come to the marriage ceremony shortly before it is to take place they should approach the nearest Spanish Consulate in the UK to obtain information regarding the procedures involved. If proof of UK residence is needed, a letter can be obtained from the local Electoral Registration Office to the effect that the UK resident is on the electoral register for the year in question. It is important to note that paperwork can be lengthy and time consuming and ample forward planning is necessary, especially where a marriage is to be celebrated during the summer months.

There are no facilities for marriage at a British Consulate in Spain. Some foreign consulates do provide a service for their nationals however.

Gibraltar

Where marriage in Spain is not practical for nationality or other reasons, Gibraltar can offer a possible alternative. It is quite straightforward and the ceremony takes place in English. It is advisable but not essential to book the registrar several weeks ahead.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

You do not need any vaccinations against illness to travel to Spain. As in any part of the world, it is advisable to have your anti-tetanus vaccination up to date if you are going to be in contact with nature and the countryside, as well as any other official vaccination programme. Under exceptional circumstances, the Spanish authorities can ask travellers to undergo a medical examination to ensure that they are not suffering from any of the illnesses requiring quarantine listed in International Health Regulations.

The documentation required to travel to Spain varies according to the country of origin.

If you are a citizen of a EU country, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Lichtenstein, you will need a valid passport or ID card. Additionally, in the case of a minor travelling with an ID document, this must be accompanied by written permission from the parents.

If you come from another country:

The maximum stay in Spain is 90 days.

There are a number of countries whose citizens are required to have a valid current visa in order to enter Spain. You can consult them on this list. Citizens of these countries can also travel to Spain if they have a residence permit or a long-term visa issued by another country in the European Union (with the exception of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Romania, Bulgaria and Cyprus), Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein.

Citizens of all other countries must be in possession of documents which justify the object and the conditions of their stay, and be in possession of sufficient economic resources for their maintenance throughout the period they are intending to remain in Spain. The documents they are required to present will vary according to the motive of the trip. You can consult them in the “Foreign Affairs” section of the Ministry of Internal Affairs website.

It is advisable to take out travel insurance for your trip. Given that conditions may vary, we suggest you contact the Spanish Embassy or Consulate to verify these requirements before you start your trip. There are no limits to what you can buy and take with you when you travel between countries in the European Union, provided what you buy is for your own personal use. In these cases you will not need to prove they will be subject to personal use in quantities below 800 cigarettes, 400 mini-cigars, 200 cigars, 1 kg of tobacco, 10 litres of liqueurs, 20 of fortified wine, 90 wine and 110 litres of beer. Furthermore, monetary amounts of over 9,999.99 euros must also be declared. Travellers may not bring foodstuffs of animal origin for their own consumption into the European Union as part of their baggage (meats, meat products, milk and dairy products). The only exceptions, in general terms, are commercially packaged baby formula, and special foods required for medical reasons. Travellers arriving from the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Iceland may bring in small quantities of meat and dairy products for personal consumption. Other foodstuffs can be brought into Spain up to a maximum weight of one kilogram. Travellers are permitted to enter Spain with their personal baggage, which may contain items for personal or family use, or to be given as presents. These will not in principle be considered as commercial goods, depending on the quantity or type of goods. This evaluation will be made by the customs services on arrival. Sums of money in excess of 9,999.99 euros must be declared. Currently, over 18s are authorised to carry 200 cigarettes, or 100 mini-cigars, or 50 cigars, or 250 grams of rolling tobacco. The quantities of alcohol visitors are permitted to bring into the country are one litre of drink with an alcohol content of over 22%, or two litres with a lower alcohol content.


CURRENCY

The official currency of Seville is the euro, as in much of the European common area. The symbol which represents the euro: €. The following bills are in circulation: 5€, 10€, 20€, 50€, 100€ and 200€. In turn, 1€ is divided into 100 cents. There are coins of 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cent.

LANGUAGE

They speak Spanish in Madrid, although with a rather characteristic accent. Anyway, if you are from another country and have little practice with Spanish, don’t worry, we are very accustomed to understanding you and making ourselves understood without any problem. In Madrid, communication always flows.

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Madrid has an inland Mediterranean climate (Köppen Csa) which transitions to a semi-arid climate (BSk) in the eastern side of the city. Winters are cool due to its altitude, which is approximately 667 m (2,188 ft) above sea level, including sporadic snowfalls and frequent frosts in December and January. Summers are hot, in the warmest month – July -average temperatures during the day ranging from 32 to 33 °C (90 to 91 °F) depending on location, with maximums commonly climbing over 35 °C (95 °F) during frequent heat waves. Due to Madrid's altitude and dry climate, diurnal ranges are often significant during the summer.

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Few cities boast an artistic pedigree quite as pure as Madrid’s: many art lovers return here again and again. For centuries, Spanish royals showered praise and riches upon the finest artists of the day, from home-grown talents such as Goya and Velázquez to Flemish and Italian greats. Masterpieces by these and other Spanish painters such as Picasso, Dalí and Miró now adorn the walls of the city’s world-class galleries. Three in particular are giants – the Museo del Prado, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza – but in Madrid these are merely good places to start. Spain's broad sweep of architectural history provides a glorious backdrop to city life, from medieval mansions and royal palaces to the unimagined angles of Spanish contemporary architecture, from the sober brickwork and slate spires of Madrid baroque to the extravagant confections of the belle époque. Put simply, this is one beautiful city.

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Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport is located just 30 minutes from the city centre by public transport. Madrid is connected by rail to Spain's major towns and cities, as well as to Portugal and France. Coach companies run daily bus services to Madrid from cities and towns across Spain, most European countries and from north Africa. Boasting one of the largest road networks in the world, driving to Madrid is a great option if you prefer travelling at your own pace. The airport express shuttle coach will get you from Barajas straight to the centre of Madrid in just 40 minutes.

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Ideas for a great shopping experience in Madrid, for every taste and budget. No trip to Madrid would be complete without an afternoon (or day!) of shopping. There are exclusive and sophisticated shops in Madrid. The most popular luxury brands from Spain rub shoulders with renowned international firms. There are outstanding art galleries in the city. Also, Historic establishments. The shops and businesses that have seen the birth and growth of more than three generations of Madrid’s citizens. Useful for visitors they have a Madrid City Tour tickets at the official tourist store!

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The nightlife in Madrid can be divided into various zones with options to suit all tastes. Red wine and beer may traditionally be most Spaniards' drinks of choice, but cocktails are becoming an increasingly popular alternative. From small gigs in hidden bars to jam-packed concerts in popular cafés, there is live music in Madrid every night. Madrid nights are the stuff of legend, and the perfect complement to the more sedate charms of fine arts and fine dining. The city may have more bars than any other city on earth – a collection of storied cocktail bars and nightclubs that combine a hint of glamour with non-stop marcha (action). But that only goes some way to explaining the appeal of after-dark Madrid. Step out into the night-time streets of many barrios and you’ll find yourself swept along on a tide of people, accompanied by a happy crowd intent on dancing until dawn.

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Madrid is brimming with revamped markets where locals do their weekly shopping and meet friends for a drink and a bite to eat. Here are the he best tapas bars for a most enjoyable culinary experience. Madrid is home to a vast selection of eateries, some of them of truly stellar quality. Following the release of the prestigious Michelin guide’s 2018 edition, the city of Madrid now boasts 17 restaurants with Michelin stars. Rice is a staple in many mouth-watering dishes from vegetable paellas to arroz negro, a rice dish with cuttlefish, dyed black by squid ink. Culture includes a huge variety of cakes and pastries, some linked to special dates and celebrations and others available all year round. Using local recipes, often with an Arab influence, the sweets and pastries of Madrid also include specialties from other Spanish regions, highlighting the city's role as a traditional haven for people from across the country.

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Spain is a Mecca for watersports enthusiasts, which is hardly surprising considering its immense coastline, many islands, numerous lakes and reservoirs, and thousands of kilometres of rivers and canals. Canyoning & Kayaking are the most practiced. Madrid can have very high temperatures in the summer months. Luckily, there are lots of places to cool off in town. Enjoy a tree’s shade in the park, hydrate yourself in an outdoor bar or dive into the pool of a hotel, a private club or a public sports facility.

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Madrid is the capital of Spain and the largest municipality in both the Community of Madrid and Spain as a whole. The city has almost 3.2 million inhabitants with a metropolitan area population of approximately 6.5 million. It is the third-largest city in the European Union (EU) after London and Berlin, and its monocentric metropolitan area is the third-largest in the EU after those of London and Paris. The municipality itself covers an area of 604.3 km2 (233.3 sq mi).

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