European currency (Euro): The Euro is now the official
currency of 12 EU member states (including Spain). The first
Euro coins and notes were introduced in January 2002; the
Spanish Peseta was still in circulation until 28 February
2002, when it was completely replaced by the Euro. Euro
(Euro) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of Euro500,
200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of
Euro2, 1 and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.
Currency exchange: Money can be changed in any bank, and
at most travel agencies, major hotels and airports. National
Girobank Postcheques may be used to withdraw cash from UK
accounts at main Spanish post offices.
& debit cards: MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club
and Visa are widely accepted, as well as Eurocheque cards.
Check with your credit, or debit, card company for details
of merchant acceptability and other facilities which may be
Travellers cheques: International travellers cheques are
widely accepted. To avoid additional exchange rate charges,
travellers are advised to take travellers cheques in Euros,
Pounds Sterling or US Dollars.
hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1400; Sat 0900-1300 (except during