This summer Spain is closed, come back in September
Each year when the clock strikes 2 p.m. on the last Friday of July, Spain's cities transform from bustling urban bazaars to something resembling NASA footage of the lunar surface.Q: When is the best time to visit Spain?
A: Any time except August.
This, in itself, is ironic. Spain is not exactly known for its orderliness. Queuing in the British sense—i.e., patiently waiting in a single file line…and actually enjoying it—doesn’t exist here. Rather, Spanish queuing is more of a “gather `round and sniff your neighbor’s cologne” affair. Driving and parking is even worse, with most Spaniards viewing no parking zones as more of a suggestion than a mandate.
I therefore find it amusing that a country living in controlled chaos for eleven-twelfths of the year will—on the same afternoon—uniformly pack up and leave.
Staying home and working through the month of August does, however, have a downside. Just try to find a restaurant, bread store or even a pharmacy that is open for business. Granted, the Spanish government mandates that at least one outlet for essential services—and yes, tobacco stores are deemed an essential service—must remain open within each X kilometer radius during August. But having to drive several kilometers to buy a newspaper can be a bit bothersome
If I wanted to do that, I would have stayed in the US.
Sal DeTraglia / Expatica
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