Tipping customs in Spain compared to other countries

When visiting a restaurant in Spain, should you give the service a tip? Read about the current tipping customs in Spain and other countries around the world in this article.

How each country manages tips in bars and restaurants

If you visit Spain for the first time, you may be surprised to find out that tipping isn’t always expected in a restaurant. Of course, it is a good habit to leave the staff a tip after a delicious meal, especially if the service was friendly. Besides, wages in Spain are much lower than in many other European countries. But if you aren’t satisfied with your experience in the restaurant, at least in Spain the waiter won’t get mad at you if you decide not to tip him. Nonetheless, most of the times you can expect a fast and pleasant service. And because tips aren’t always expected in Spain, you may find the staff especially thankful for tipping them.

Restaurant tips can be indeed a controversial topic in some countries, since it really depends on the local traditions. A new trend called “#tipthebillchallenge” has appeared this August and has gone viral on social media channels such as Instagram and Twitter. The ones who accept this challenge offer the service the same amount of tip as the actual price of the meal. Obviously, this isn’t something that everyone can do:

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Countries where tipping is expected of you

According to the national consumer protection laws, tipping isn’t obligatory in any country around the world. However, some nations consider it rude or even have fixed percentages:

  • U.S.

In the United States, the salary of a waiter depends largely on tips from customers. In fact, the salary is divided into a fixed part (relatively small) and a variable part, according to how much money has been made in the restaurant. This way, the members of the staff are encouraged to give their best. Therefore, if you don’t tip the waiter, that person will be losing money.

Depending on the restaurant, the tip may be already included in the bill or suggested separately, Generally speaking, it will be worth 15-20% of the price, unlike other countries, where it is almost mandatory.

At the beginning of the year, President Trump suggested that tips should go to the restaurant owners, rather than to the waiters, which would strongly affect their income.

  • United Kingdom.

In most restaurants in the United Kingdom, the tip is already charged as a part of the bill with the name “service included”. We recommend double-checking the bill, since paying that amount isn’t obligatory. It is usually around 10-15% of the bill. In case you think the service didn’t deserve it, you will have to state it clearly and claim you money back.

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  • Germany.

In Germany, VAT is included in the bill, but not the service. Whereas most people do pay 10% more for the service, not leaving a tip really means you weren’t happy with the service. Usually, when you ask for the bill, the staff will ask you a question like “Did you enjoy your food?” as a tip reminder. Or they may get back to you with a purse and spend some time looking for coins, waiting for you to round up.

  • Mexico.

In Mexico, the common tip is worth of 15% of the final price. Although it is not mandatory, no tip is also considered as a sign of a dissatisfied customer.

For more details or to prepare your next trip, we suggest having a look at the exciting “Tip Advisor” guide, which shows the tipping customs all around the world.

Does your group of friends usually share expenses when travelling? Then you might be interested in reading our entry about apps to share expenses with your friends.

Apps to share expenses with your friends

We have all seen ourselves in the situation of paying a group restaurant bill or sharing travel expenses with friends, and it goes without saying that it is not an easy task. For this there is nothing better than using applications that work as thinking minds and help us calculate common expenses. Say goodbye to the calculator and avoid defaults with your friends.

From Marbesol we advise you some apps that you must have installed on your mobile to share expenses with your friends.

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Meet the best Apps to share expenses with your friends

These are the mobile applications to share expenses that you should know before embarking on a group trip with friends:

Splitwise

The best way to keep track of accounts and make sure everyone pays their share is to use ‘Splitwise’, a very simple application that balances accounts and reminds you if you owe something to someone.

It is designed to share expenses in different situations, whether on a trip with friends, with your roommates or dinner at a restaurant. You just have to create a group in the app and enter the expenses and people who must pay for it, and the application will be tracking the total calculation, even send a “friendly email” to those who still have money.

In addition, it allows payment via Paypal, which facilitates everything even more. You can download the application for both iOS and Android.

Bizum

When it comes to paying a group account, what works best is Bizum, an app to send and receive money with your mobile, instantly. A new way to pay expenses safely, easily and quickly, forget about making bank transfers and wait several days to receive the money.

Many banks include it in their mobile application, such as Santander or BBVA, but others have created a separate app that works in the same way, such as Unicaja with ‘UniPay’, the download of the application is free and its service has no associated expenses or commissions.

It’s as easy as creating an account, entering your friend’s phone number or simply choosing it from your mobile’s contact list, entering the amount you want to send, and Bizum is responsible for everything else.

Soon, the application plans to launch two new services, such as ‘online shopping’ and ‘payment in shops’, which will work in the same way, transferring the money from one account to another.

 

Twyp

Twyp works in a very similar way to Bizum, but it is more complete. It is an application to send and receive money from your friends, pay at stores, take money at certain supermarkets, among others. It is an international initiative of ING Bank to make life easier for people. It is available in Spain and very soon we can use it in other European countries.

To start using Twyp you just have to download the app and register, you only need a bank card, your mobile, a phone number and an Internet connection to pay your friends, et voilà!

Taking money out of a supermarket is now a reality. Through the application ‘Twyp Cash’ you can have cash at the same time you pay with the mobile when making the purchase in a supermarket or filling the car deposit. It can be used in the stores of the DIA group and the Galp and Shell service stations.

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Now that we are in summer, would you know what to do if a jellyfish stings you? Check out our latest post and remember these tips to know what to do in case of sting and how to avoid them.

What to do when a jellyfish sting you?

The marine animals that most worry in summer to the malagueños, the jellyfish. Follow these recommendations to know what to do in case of sting or how to avoid them.

In Malaga we enjoy wonderful beaches along its coastline, we have an unbeatable climate and the water has the perfect temperature to cool off in the hottest days, but, as in all beaches, there are times when certain marine creatures approach shore to pay us a visit.

What happens when the people of Malaga hear the phrase: “jellyfish plague”? We can say that it is the nightmare of every summer, and that is, when the jellyfish travel the coast of Malaga from east to west, even if only certain days to summer, we feel it as the end of the world, since with the heat the only thing What you want is to take a bath and cool off.

The species that most frequently visits the beaches of Malaga is the Pelagia Noctiluca, normally lasts about two and three days, but, do not be alarmed or afraid of it, only caution. In addition, the Diputacion de Malaga and the Aula del Mar have put into operation an app called ‘Infomedusa’ to know at all times the state of each beach in the province.

From Marbesol we want to mention a series of recommendations to follow to know what to do in case of sting and how to avoid them.

How to avoid a jellyfish sting?

The jellyfish use their tentacles as a defense mechanism against their predators, these tentacles have urticating cells that when touching the skin cause pain and itching in the affected area. Next, we will mention some tips that you should follow to avoid jellyfish sting:

  • Pay attention to the colors of the beach flags and follow the instructions of the lifeguards.
  • Never touch the jellyfish. Although they are not alive, their stinging power persists.
  • Stay out of the water when there are jellyfish and avoid the areas where the waves break, as this is where they tend to accumulate.
  • If you are bathing and you see jellyfish, leave carefully and tranquility of the water.

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What to do in case of sting?

If after following the aforementioned advice we are stung by a jellyfish, it is necessary to carry out these guidelines:

  • Go as quickly as possible to the post of ‘relief’ on the beach.
  • Never scratch or rub the area of ​​the sting, since by effect of the pressure, the stinging cells tend to be activated.
  • Clean the area with saline or seawater, but never clean the wound with fresh water.
  • Apply cold intermittently to relieve pain for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Use a specific ointment or pain killer.

 

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Check out our latest article about upcoming concerts and festivals in Malaga for this summer 2018.

The most beautiful villages of Malaga to visit this summer

The province of Malaga hides really wonderful places. Still do not know where to go on vacation this summer?

If you want to visit the most beautiful villages of the Costa del Sol this summer and enjoy a vacation without leaving Malaga, these are the 5 most spectacular towns in Malaga that you can not miss.

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5 villages to visit in Malaga this summer

  • Nerja: has been the scene of films, advertisements and series. One of the most famous series and for which Nerja became known was ‘Verano Azul’, for that reason, the town offers a guided tour by one of the most mythical characters of the series, Tito, who will accompany you to visit its most characteristic scenarios, like the Chanquete boat that pays homage to Verano Azul.

One of the obligatory stops in Nerja is the Balcon de Europa, a beautiful viewpoint located in the center of the town with views of the beach and the cliffs. Another essential visit is the Caves of Nerja, tourist caves of great archaeological importance, buy your tickets here.

Finally, we can not forget the marvelous coves of Maro, the wildest virgin beaches of the Costa del Sol, with crystal clear waters and pure nature. The best known are ‘El Cañuelo’ and ‘La Cala del Barranco’.

 

  • Frigiliana: is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful villages in Malaga, located in the Axarquía and characterized by whitewashed whitewashed houses and narrow cobbled streets full of flowers. It was awarded in 1982 with the first National Embellishment Award, considered an Artistic Historic Site since 2014 and in 2016 it received the award for the third Rural Wonder of Spain.

Its old town, declared a historical and artistic complex, is made up of beautiful narrow streets that reach the most unique area of ​​Frigiliana, that of Barribarto, which we recommend visiting both day and night.

The honey of cane is the typical product of Frigiliana and in addition, it is its star product, since it lodges the only existent factory in Europe.

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  • Ronda: is one of the best-known towns of Malaga, has the peculiarity that is seated on a ravine 120 meters deep and is surrounded by lush river valleys, Ronda is a paradise that is worth visiting.

The most famous monument in Ronda is the Puente Nuevo, built in 1793 after more than forty years, linking the old and new areas, offering spectacular views of the Tajo de Ronda. To make a small route, we recommend going down the Tagus along the Camino de los Molinos to see the bridge from below and take some amazing photos of Ronda.

Another thing that this town is known for is the birthplace of bullfighting, the Bullring of the Real Maestranza is one of the oldest and most beautiful in Spain.

Arab remains such as the Baths, the Palace of the King Moro and La Mina, and the Arab Walls are some of the best preserved Nasrid works in Spain.

  • Mijas: is another of the towns of Malaga that stands out for its white houses with blue touches, flowers and labyrinthine streets. The most characteristic is its transport, the famous donkey-taxi, a fun and original way to visit Mijas.

It is a town that has it all: mountain, beaches and golf courses. The most beautiful beaches are the well-known Calahonda and El Faro, are two coves of fine sand perfect for diving and windsurfing. Mijas is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in the summer on the Costa del Sol.

One of the essential visits is the Mirador del Compás and the Virgen de la Peña Sanctuary, from where you can visit the most spectacular views of the Sierra de Mijas and its coast.

 

  • Marbella: is one of the most important tourist centers of the Costa del Sol. One of its main tourist attractions is Puerto Banus, as it houses a large leisure area within the incredible facilities of its marina.

The most beautiful part of Marbella is its historic center, set in a beautiful bay that shelters the most beautiful and characteristic corners of Andalusia, such as its whitewashed houses and the large number of orange trees for its streets and squares.

If what you are looking for this summer is to enjoy beaches and chiringuitos, Marbella is one of the most complete tourist destinations that you can find on the Costa del Sol.

In addition, you can rent a car in one of our offices located in Marbella and take the opportunity to visit the nearest towns such as Ronda or Mijas. Book your car with Marbesol for your summer holidays and get the best price.

 

Take a look at these summer events that you can not see on the Costa del Sol to enjoy a summer of 10

Everything you need is in the shopping centers of Malaga

Find out which are the most popular shopping centers in Malaga and where they are located to make the best purchases in the city.

The center of Malaga is a must for all those who visit the city and want to make their purchases. But not only tourists go through the center of Malaga, but also the people of Malaga go to the famous Calle Larios to enjoy a walk and make the necessary purchases.

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In Calle Larios and its surroundings, we can find many shops of all kinds such as fashion stores and accessories, perfume and cosmetics stores, lingerie and other types of services, such as pharmacies and restaurants.

Malaga is a very tourist city at any time of the year and because of this, there are so many shops. Not only can we find all kinds of entertainment and stores in the city’s downtown areas, but we also discover different shopping centers distributed in different areas.

Shopping Centers of Malaga

Among the most popular shopping centers, the following stand out because of their central location and their wide variety of shops.

El Corte Inglés, one of the most traditional places in the city when making purchases.

The Malaga Plaza Shopping Center, also known in the city as FNAC because it contains this trade inside. This shopping center is located in the center of the city, next to the Corte Inglés.

The Vialia Shopping Center, located in the María Zambrano train station.

The Larios Centro Shopping Center, halfway between the Vialia Shopping Center and El Cortes Inglés. In all three cases, we have underground parking where we can leave the car while we make purchases.

Very close to Malaga airport we find the Plaza Mayor Shopping Center, an open space with lots of shops and leisure areas. It is fifteen minutes by car from the center of Malaga, right between the town of Torremolinos and the airport of the city.

This open mall is a little further away from the city, but it is a great place to spend an afternoon with the family.

Muelle Uno-Marbesol

A new Shopping Center that has been open relatively recently, is Muelle Uno, another open shopping center, located in one of the most privileged places of the city, the heart of Malaga.

It is one of the oldest ports in the world and after the reform of recent years, links the historic center with the cruise terminal of the port of Malaga. It consists of a pleasant park of palm trees and another commercial and leisure area.

In this place, different events, exhibitions, concerts and artisan markets are organized. There are also some of the most emblematic buildings of the city, La Farola de Málaga (1817) and the Capilla del Puerto (1732).

The views are excellent offering a complete panorama of the monumental area of the city center, such as the Gibralfaro Castle, the Cathedral of Malaga and the headquarters of the Pompidou Museum in Paris.

 

If you come to Malaga you can not leave without making purchases with which to take a pleasant memory of the city. You can also visit the downtown area of Calle Larios or the Port of Málaga, especially the Muelle Uno.

Contact us and we will inform you about the services of car hire Malaga that we offer so you can enjoy a tourist route throughout the city of Malaga and its shopping centers.

Summer events that you can not miss on the Costa del Sol

Still do not know what to do this summer? We propose several summer events that you will not be able to miss in Malaga.

In Andalusia, there are many events throughout the year, although perhaps the most popular summer fairs are of their villages.

Specifically, in Malaga, there is a great variety of different events where Andalusian culture and traditions show their splendor.

Thanks to car rental companies in Malaga like this, you can visit each of the festivities that we will explain below.

These are some of the appointments that you have to mark on your calendar for the summer season.

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The Malaga´s Fair

Also known as Feria de Agosto, it is undoubtedly the most popular holiday on the Costa del Sol and one of the most anticipated events for its inhabitants, although it is also attended by tourists from all over the world.

It takes place the third week of August (this year is celebrated between 11 and 18), officially beginning with the proclamation, a speech made by some famous person from the city and a magnificent pyrotechnic show on the beach of La Malagueta.

The Fair consists of two parts, which occur simultaneously in different areas of the capital: in the historic center and in the Real Cortijo de Torres.

In both, you can enjoy food, drink, music, and dances until the wee hours of the morning.

One of the most representative images is to see people enjoying the Cartojal, a sweet wine very typical of Malaga.

The day of the sailors’ Virgin

One of the most popular festivities in Malaga is that of the Virgen del Carmen, patron saint of fishermen and sailors, which is celebrated on July 16 in many of the neighborhoods of the city.

It takes on a greater significance in those near the coast, such as Pedregalejo or Huelin, where the images of the Virgin are carried in procession to the seashore. Afterward, the image is taken aboard a boat and followed by numerous other boats full of their most loyal followers.

In this way, the people of Malaga honor those who lost their lives at sea.

The Night of the Wine of Cómpeta

This event is held on August 15 of each year, having its origin in the farewell that formerly was made to those who went to the harvest and did not return until after the summer.

The day starts with the traditional “pisá” of the grape in the Plaza de la Vendimia, where there is music and a large number of activities that last until the night, among which is the visit to a market of artisan products.

Without a doubt a perfect plan to get into the culture of the interior of Malaga.

 

The day of the anchovies in Ricón de la Victoria

The anchovy is one of the star products of Malaga gastronomy (and a hallmark of the province), and as such, a tribute is paid on the second Sunday of September.

During this event, which takes place on the promenade of Rincon de la Victoria, hundreds of kilos of this fish, both fried and in vinegar, are distributed free of charge.

In addition, there are activities such as gastronomic competitions, exhibitions, musical performances… The ideal setting for the closing of the summer season.

 

If you are one of those who when going on vacation want to get into the native lifestyle, do not hesitate to attend any of these events and you will enjoy the culture of Malaga at its best.