Collage of Euro Currency Bank NotesThe unit of currency in Spain is the Euro –  €

Coins : “cents” are 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50, “euros” 1 and 2.

The 1, 2 and 5 cent coins are dark in color.
The 10, 20 and 50 cent coins are gold in color.
The €1 and €2 coins are gold and silver in color.

Paper Notes:  “euros” 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500.

The €5 is grey, €10 is red, €20 is blue, €50 is orange.
The €100 is green, €200 is yellow and €500 is a burgundy color.

When requesting the paper notes from your bank, try to avoid notes above €50.  There aren’t many places that can provide change for bills greater than €50.  If you are visiting one of the Markets, I would suggest no greater than €20.

Heidi

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Heidi is passionate about travel (50+ countries) and loves experiencing the world with hubby Alan and their 2 kids. In Aug 2012, they left the “perfect American life”, quit their jobs, sold their belongings and moved to Almuñécar. She likes to share all of her favorites things about the area, as well as practical information too. You may also view their family travel blog, Wagoners Abroad, at http://wagonersabroad.com