Adapter needed

Do I need a travel adapter for a trip to Spain?

Yes, you need a travel adapter (plug adapter) for a trip from Canada to Spain. In Spain, people are using different plugs and electrical outlets that are not compatible with plugs from Canada!

Spain und Canada compared
Flag: Canada
AOutlets of type ABOutlets of type BOutlets
120 VoltVoltage
60 HertzFrequency
Flag: Spain
COutlets of type CFOutlets of type FOutlets
230 VoltVoltage
50 HertzFrequency
Power sockets

Which types of power outlets are used in Spain?

Spain uses power outlets of type C and F. Electrical outlets of type A and B, which are common in Canada, are not in use in Spain.

Country information

About Spain

Flag: About Spain

Spain is a country in Europe (Southern Europe) with about 48.1 Millionen inhabitants on an area of almost 505 000 km². The capital of Spain is Madrid (3.3 Millionen inhabitants).

People in the country are mainly speaking Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Basque and Occitan.

The neighbors of Spain are Andorra, France, Gibraltar, Portugal and Morocco.

TLD: .esCurrency: EURCountry calling code: +34Country Code : ES
Mains voltage

What is the Electricity Voltage in Spain?

The voltage in Spain is 230 volts.

The voltage, therefore, is higher than the 120 volts in Canada. This difference means that you have to be cautious when using electrical devices purchased in Canada:

You should read the instruction manual of your device and check at which voltage it is safe to use.

If the voltage stated in the user's manual or on the device's power supply differs from the mains voltage in Spain, you should either not use your device there, or buy a voltage converter before departing.

Utility frequency

What is the utility frequency in Spain?

The utility frequency in Spain is 50 Hertz.

The frequency, therefore, is lower than the 60 Hertz in use in Canada. This difference may not be a problem for most of your devices, but you still have to be cautious:

Devices that either measure time, or are equipped with moving and rotating parts, are particularly dangerous! So, if you plan to use shavers, heaters, kitchen appliances or alarm clocks in Spain, read the instruction manuals to see if these devices are safe to use on the local utility frequency.

If the mains frequency specified in the manual or on the power supply is different from the rate used in Spain, you should not use the device!