Communications and business
Mobile phone operators provide GSM 900/1800 coverage throughout Spain and the Balearic/Canary Islands and European mobile phones do work in Spain, but they often have high roaming charges. Usually, you will be charged for receiving calls as well as making outgoing calls so call your network provider beforehand to enquire about any special roaming deals.
If you are going to be in Spain for some time (or even just a few weeks) consider buying a local (Spanish) Sim card and handset (or use this in your current mobile phone if it has been unlocked) for more flexibility.
Email, internet and wireless access is available at hotels, internet cafes and bars so business travellers using their laptops can connect to wireless broadband. The international access code for Spain is +34, the outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom). Each city/area in Spain has an individual telephone code, for example it is (0)93 for Barcelona and (0)91 for Madrid. Pay phones accept both coins and phone cards which you can obtain at post offices, tobacco shops and newsagents.
Many businesses close for the traditional siesta period at around 2pm - the hottest part of the day - re-opening around 5pm. Trading hours vary but as a general rule they tend to be between 9am and 1.30pm, reopening at around 4pm until 8pm.