When we have visited the UK and France, tourist information bureaus were located in most towns. They provided local maps, restaurant, tour and sights information. They also had a list of accommodations and would help get hotel/inn/b & b reservations for the night. We appreciated this service because it allowed us more flexibility in our travel. We were not tied to a reservation each evening and could elect to leave a place early or extend as it suited us. We are planning our first trip to Spain and Portugal in May and June. We will be gone a month. In the past, we simply booked our first stay and our last stay and left the rest up to our whim. We tend to meander our way through a country. I have tried to find out if this same sort of service was available in Spain ands Portugal. Does anyone know if these centers are common in Spain and Portugal? Thank you.
They're common in both countries. Look for the large, lower case, script 'I'.
Thank you, Ed. I'm glad to know these services are available.
Where there is recognised need and/or the town or village is large enough, the town hall will be running an 'oficina de turismo' in Spain or 'posto de turismo' in Portugal. BUT beware the hours of opening outside cities and well frequented tourist areas.