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Siesta Schedule Spain

“Why do Spaniards eat dinner at 10pm  or 11pm?…. Do people in Spain still do the siesta?”….

These are two very common questions we hear at our Luxury Travel HQ in Madrid Spain while talking to potential American customers.

Siesta Schedule Spain Backstory

Spain is a great place to enjoy a relaxed Mediterranean lifestyle and has a daily routine that is 100% unique in the world.

It is one with very uniquely late Spanish rhythms and one is which some studies show that Spaniards sleep up to an hour less than the rest of Europe. That is because, the day starts nearly as early as in other countries but it seems endless, especially when the Mediterranean sun shines brightest in the ultra-long days of summer in Spain.

For vacation travelers who enjoy cultural adventures and luxury Spain travel this can be unique, fun and memorable.

In an age of homogenized cultures in much of northern Europe, the culture shock of  2pm lunches and 10pm dinner in Spain, can seem charming, as long as you had a sturdy breakfast with some protien and healthy fats. Tapas, the ubiquitous Spnaish small plates, are often available an hour or two before those traditional meal times.

Meanwhile there is a growing anti-siesta movement to change time itself  by turning back the clocks an hour for starters, at least in winter.

“We want to see a more efficient culture,” said Ignacio Buqueras, a most outspoken advocate of changing the Spanish schedule.

For the moment, Spain’s government seemed to treat the “adios siesta” campaign seriously…..

This would put Spain, in the southwest corner of Europe, in its natural geographical time zone with Portugal, Ireland and United Kingdom in Coordinated Universal Time, the modern successor to Greenwich Mean Time.

Under Generalisimo Franco, Spain changed to a time zone that includes Germany and Italy during World War II.

So as Spain recovers from a deep Europe economic crisis, the reform movement contends that the country can become more in sync with the rest of Europe and more productive, with the typical Western schedule.

A plan for a more regular timetable would cut lunch to an hour or less and allow working mothers and fathers more time with their children.

Of course this seems way to logical to many non-Spaniards would represent a HUGE cultural change to Spanish life.

And the long erractic Spanish working day  (8am to 8pm in some cases with a 2 to 3 hour lunch and siesta break) would be changed to a 9-to-5ish schedule.

In September 2013, a parliamentary commission recommended that the government turn back the clocks an hour and introduce a regular eight-hour workday. As yet, the Spanish government of Mariano Rajoy, a slow moving relaxed man in general not known for boldness, has not taken any action.

We doubt they will in 2014 based on past experience but perhaps 2015?…..

So come enjoy the siesta schedule in Spain while you still can. Contact us for Spain luxury travel tours today!

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As Spain and Portugal return to normal following the pandemic, we at Magical Spain & Portugal continue to go above and beyond to demonstrate the health and safety of our guests is of paramount importance to our team. As you can see above, we’ve been awarded the “Safe Tourism Certified” accreditation for meeting and exceeding all government protective guidance.

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Originally from America, I worked in the Health and Wellness sector until my desire to travel resulted in my settling in Spain. Having fallen instantly in love with the country, cultures, and people here, I have made it my mission for the last twenty years to share this passion with our clients.

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The highlight for me was going to the restaurant you picked for us in Cadaqués. Wow, what a treat! Mercedes is an incredible guide. As I reviewed some Rick Steves videos, I noticed that your guides Jesús, and Mercedes featured in them! I’m so glad we had your company to get us to the airport or we’d be standing in Plaza Catalunya waiting to board a bus to the airport after wheeling all our luggage there from the hotel. We’re feeling bad for others but thankful for your excellent planning and the 24/7 support by Inma and Mercedes! Thanks again and we hope to return to do Andalucia and or Portugal soon!”

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“I urge everyone who values unforgettable vacations to contact Magical Spain and talk to Dan or Rachel.

Beyond the personalized planning and fine 24-7 tour support, we loved the quality and care of the licensed guides, the delicious tapas, the exotic ambiance of Seville and Granada, Madrid’s majesty and art, medieval Toledo, and meeting the olive oil estate owners, artist, chef & winemaker.”

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“Our private Spain guided trip was superb and stress-free, thanks for the customization.. we loved the Seville and Granada walking tours, but also the historic hilltowns, medieval castles, wine tasting with the winemaker,  tapas on the plazas, flamenco guitar…great insight and memories!”

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“Outstanding, seamless planning with a very personalized itinerary executed perfectly…..

In Spain, we felt like VIPs as we met the winemakers in La Rioja and Ribera del Duero, the chefs, the village mayor  and flamenco dancer in Sevilla! The unique experiences and memories beat that of 4 or 5 cruises.  We will be back to do Andalucia or Portugal in a few years”

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