Ibiza, Barcelona & Valencia
Know Before You Go
For an epic trip with zero stress and infinite holy s#!t moments, get familiar with the information below. Seeing the world should be fun, not stressful, which is why we’ve written this guide for you and are available 24/7 so all you have to do is travel. Now, it’s time to do a happy dance and make this trip ULTIMATE.
Complete Your Checklist
Before heading to the airport, complete the tasks below and check them off in your Online Account Checklist. If you have any questions, give us a call at 800-766-2645. We’re available 24/7 to make sure you have the Best. Trip. Ever.
- Verify your passport: In order to enter Spain, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date of at least six months after the date of re-entry. There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens
- Join the Facebook group: Join your private Facebook group as soon as it opens! It’s how you can meet other travelers and see announcements from your Tour Director. Call us at 800-766-2645 if you’re having trouble joining.
- Request a roommate:: Double check with us and your Tour Director that they have your rooming status on file. We will assign a roommate for you if you do not submit a specific request.
- Personalize your trip: Travel Insurance is not available for purchase on tour, and the price of Optional Excursions increases after departure. We suggest logging in to your Online Account now to add these items.
- Call your bank: Let your bank and credit card company know of your travel plans so you can withdraw cash and use your debit/credit cards abroad. Otherwise, you risk your account being blocked.
Pack Like a Pro
Your airline ticket includes one checked bag (typically 27" x 21" x 14") but note that years of customer feedback tells us that the lighter you pack, the better. Double check the luggage size requirements on your airline’s website, but we recommend traveling with one small backpack or purse, and a smaller carry-on suitcase (22” x 14” x 9”) or bag; You may need to carry your suitcase where buses and elevators cannot, and remember that you’ll have the opportunity to do laundry throughout the trip. See more packing tips below that will help you become an international, carry-on-suitcase, jetsetter:
- 1 lightweight jacket
- Comfortable walking shoes or sandals to keep cool during city sightseeing
- 1-2 pairs jeans or loose, lightweight pants
- 3-4 shirts / t-shirts / sweaters
- 1 nicer outfit for Farewell Dinner or a night out
- Bathing suit
- Sunglasses and sunscreen. Pro Tip: Bring two travel-size sunscreens in your carry-on
- Underwear and socks
- Toiletries, medicine
- 1 reusable water bottle
- Phone or camera
- Debit / Credit cards and cash
- A power adapter – type “C” or “F”, or a staff favorite is the “Targus World Power Travel Adapter” ($20, Amazon.com)
Note: If you’ve purchased the Sagrada Familia optional excursion, you are required to cover your shoulders and knees when entering the basilica.
Also Note: June through August are peak temperatures in Spain ranging from 85-90 degrees during the day and dropping at night. Layers and staying hydrated are key!
Check your online account 30 days prior to departure for your flight itinerary and confirmation number. You can check in to your flight 24 hours prior to departure. If you prefer to check in at the airport, plan to arrive 2.5 – 3 hours before departure.
- If your flight is cancelled or delayed: Don’t worry! We design the first day of tour as an arrival day in case of flight delays or cancellations. Work with the airline to get rebooked on the next available flight, then let your Tour Director know your new arrival time
- If you slept in and missed your flight: You should still talk to the airline and see if they can get you on the next available option. Tears may help in this case.
Note: All flight information is online (e-ticket) via your account and the airline’s website. You will not receive a physical paper ticket from us.
Arriving in Barcelona
Your Tour Director will communicate on Facebook or email about where to meet them at the Barcelona airport - This is another reason you should join your Facebook group! If you’re flying from the U.S., prepare for an overnight flight, and a morning – midday arrival in Barcelona.
Meet Your Tour Director and Fellow Travelers
Your Tour Director will also tell you best way to communicate with them during the trip; they will be with your group from start to finish so if there is anything you need, connect with them. Concerned about international cellular data and staying in touch with your group? Check out “Phones and Electronics” further down in this guide.
Use Your Phone, Internet, and Electronics
We recommend you get an international data plan from your cell phone provider. The most common options are the Travel Pass with Verizon, or purchasing a personal hot spot with your carrier. Wi-Fi will be in some hotels, restaurants, and bars; but it isn’t always as strong as Wi-Fi in the US. For your cell phone and any other electronics you bring abroad, you will also need a converter/adapter.
Note: You should use a “C” or ”F” adapter / converter on this tour. A staff favorite is also the “Targus World Power Travel Adapter” ($20, Amazon.com)
On The Ground
Money and Tipping
Cash and most well-known credit/debit cards are accepted in Spain, but if you want to avoid international surcharges on your credit card, try to mostly use cash. Budget $80- $100 per day for meals, shopping, and free time activities. When it comes to tipping, many locals leave 1-2 Euro for exceptional service, or round up the bill to the nearest Euro. For your Tour Director, we recommend tipping $40 - $60 at the end of the trip if you feel inclined.
- Spain: Euro (€)
Note: Let your bank and credit card companies know your travel plans ahead of time to avoid potential complications while abroad.
On this trip you’ll experience standard rooming, unless you purchased a private room upgrade. Standard rooming is in European hotels or boutique hostels and you’ll room with up to six fellow EF Ultimate Break travelers of the same gender per room. What to expect for standard rooming:
- 4-5 fellow EF Ultimate Break roommates of the same gender
- Small, boutique hotels and hostels
- One private bathroom per room that you’ll share with your roommates
- Limited WiFi connection
- Limited air conditioning – AC is popular in the U.S., but not in Europe!
If you have any questions about your rooming status or want to request a specific roommate, call us at 800-766-2645, or connect with your Tour Director.
Getting from A to B
Transfers between cities are via private motorcoach, and they can take anywhere between 2-8 hours with stops in-between. You’ll also receive a public transportation pass in most major cities where necessary. Transportation in cities that offer no pass may require more walking. Prepare to walk between 4-8 miles per day, especially when sightseeing.
Note: Bring a great book with you to pass the time on transfer days. Try bringing a novel that’s based in somewhere you’re visiting!
Optimize Your Free Time
If you did not purchase EF Ultimate Break Optional Excursions before the trip began, you can log into your Online Account and do so on tour. You can also talk to your Tour Director on tour and they can help you get enrolled. If you’d like to plan something else during your free time, connect with your Tour Director before doing so; they sometimes arrange extra activities for the group during free time. Prices for these optional excursions will increase on tour, so please check your online account for available add ons.
The Inside Scoop: Ibiza
You’ve seen the pictures, danced to the songs, and heard the rumors, but what really happens on this mystical island? You may be surprised to know there’s more to Ibiza than the all-night clubs, or maybe the only shock-factor is that the clubs open at 12am… Either way, read on for more information so you can make your few days in Ibiza the best.:
- Most clubs open at 12am and close at 6am, or opt for a day party that ends at 12am
- Public Buses! Regular buses operate every half-hour (2€ one way) between the top clubs, Ibiza Old Town, and beaches of the island. After 11:30pm, the "Disco Bus" takes over (around 3€ one way). You HAVE to try it.
- Ibiza's top clubs include Ibiza Rocks, Ushuaia, and Underground (to name a few). Just remember that tickets can vary from $15 - $150 EUR if there's an event!
- Sunsets in Ibiza are a big deal. Check out Sunset Strip, Benirras Beach, or Es Vedra for the best
- The sun and drinks are strong. Wear sunscreen and drink water
- Remember Ibiza is an island and can be expensive, so pay attention to how you spend your money
Note: Public buses do not allow glass bottles, and you need to have a cover up over your bathing suit (no shoes, no shirt, no service). Remember this when using public transportation!
Live Like a Local
Ibiza aside, there is even more to see and know in Spain. Because of its geographic isolation from the rest of Europe and rich history, Spain is truly its own culture. You’ll find this reflected in the art, music, food, and more. As you prepare to spend time on the southern coast, here are some expert tips to help you understand the ins and outs of Spain and feel like a true Spaniard.
- Siestas are a midday break (1-4pm) when people gather with friends/family for a meal or nap
- Spain is home to the great artists and architects like Dali, Picasso, and Gaudi – you can’t (and shouldn’t) miss their work
- Pickpocketing is unfortunately an issue in Spain; Keep an eye on your things at all times
- Spaniards are night owls – nighttime is when the cities come to life with people talking, dancing, and eating!
- Music is a key piece of Spanish culture with flamenco, classical guitar, and yes, EDM
- Barcelona is the capital of Catalunya region, one of the two strong identities in Spain (Basque is the other)
- Spanish summers are hot, especially in the south. Stay hydrated and bring your sunglasses!
- Socializing is a huge part of Spanish culture; Whether over coffee, drinks, or food, strike up a conversation!
- Close personal bubbles, eye contact, and two kisses on the cheeks to greet are all the norm in Spain
- The Spanish love to celebrate – if you’re lucky, there will be a festival event, or party while you’re there!
Wine and Dine
Wine. Tapas. Jamón. Ever heard of ‘em? Well, if you haven’t, you’ll be an expert on these delicacies by the end of your 10 days in Spain. Read on for tips, tricks, and delicacies you must try whle in Barcelona, Ibiza, and Valencia.
- The Spanish eat a late lunch (siesta), snack in-between, and dinner at 10pm.
- Lunch is the biggest meal of the day, around 2pm – only the touristy spots serve a 12pm lunch!
- Tapas Bars usually serve food all hours of the day, can be stand-up or sit-down, and often have soccer (excuse us, futbol) playing on the TV. What more do you need?
- Tapas etiquette:: Avoid ordering at the bar then bringing the food to your table. Instead, try standing at the bar for a real authentic experience! If you choose to sit, you’ll just see a service charge on your bill
- Jamón: Pronounced, hah-mohn, is dry-cured ham. It’s everywhere, and it’s delicious.
- Paella: A well-known Spanish cuisine, it’s rice with veggies, paprika, saffron, and seafood
- Wine, Cava, Sangria: Wine, sparkling wine, and wine with fun stuff.
- Blistered peppers: Similar to shishito peppers, they’re grilled, salted, and a great snack
- Pan con tomate:: Bread with tomato, olive oil, and salt. Simple, yet satisfying.
- **Croquettas:**Similar to a mozzarella stick, but usually filled with cheese, meat, or veggies!
- Calamari: Squid or octopus – when in Spain, right?
- Patatas Bravas: A fan favorite for tapas, simply crispy potato wedges with spicy sauce and aioli
Speak the Language
While it may feel awkward at first, attempting the local language goes a long way when navigating a city and interacting with people. Practice these basic Spanish phrases to get started:
- Hola: Hello
- Adios: Goodbye
- Gracias: Thank you
- Buenos dias: Good morning
- Buenos tardes: Good evening
- Cómo estás?: How are you?
- Estoy bien, Gracias!: I’m fine, thanks!
- Lo siento, no entiendo: I’m sorry, I don’t understand
- Donde esta ___: Where is ___
Health and Safety
With a global presence of more than 46,000 people in over 115 countries and regions, we’re fully committed to your safety. But, it’s equally important for you to maintain your health and safety while abroad. From your first flight all the way through to your farewell dinner, drink plenty of water, get sleep when you can, and don’t hesitate to reach out to your Tour Director or your Trip Consultant if you need a helping hand. Keep these extra tips in mind so you can #travelsmart:
- Keep your bag/purse in front of you and your phone zipped inside when you’re not using it. Leave your laptop at home, store valuables at the hotel in locked luggage or the safe deposit box. Refrain from carrying large sums of money or wearing valuable jewelry.
- Use the buddy system. Stay in groups and watch out for each other, especially at night—no one gets left behind!
- Before you go out, grab a business card at your hotel so that you always have the address handy for getting back later.
- At the end of a night out, use trusted transportation like a licensed taxi, and always have cash on hand.
- Be smart about alcohol consumption. Watch your drinks and don’t accept drinks from people you don’t know. Don’t leave the bar alone with someone you just met.
- Save our 24/7 number in your phone: +1–617–619–1411
We’re so glad you chose to travel with us and are now part of the EF Ultimate Break family! We'll look for your post-card in the mail, and your #thisisultimate tags on Instagram. Cheers to the Best. Trip. Ever.