Wifi in Spain
internet connections can be had in Spain. While wifi is not as
universally available as in the United States, an increasing number of Spanish
restaurants and cafes are making wireless internet connections
to their customers.
Spain´s main telephone
company, Telefonica, has begun rolling out wifi services throughout Spain.
Monthly subscriptions and prepaid six euro accounts (good for about an hour
of use) can both be signed
up for online. While coverage is still sketchy, Telefonica users can
log on wirelessly from a variety of locations nationwide, such as the cafe
at the Circulo de las Bellas Artes in Madrid.
Cafe Diurno (Calle San
Marcos 37, in the Chueca neighborhood in Madrid) also has Wi Fi at six euros
for one hour (must be used all at once) or 12 euros for a 24 hour period.
Free connections are harder
to find, but as in other countries, wifi activists are creating and publicizing
wifi hotspots in the major Spanish cities. One directory of such wifi locations
can be found
In Madrid, free wifi is available with your meal or drink at Faborit, at the Sevilla metro stop, or at Cafe Panini at Campomanes 11 (between Opera and Santo Domingo, near Petra's International Bookstore). Espresso Republic cafes in Madrid claim to have wifi, but, in our experience, fail to deliver a usable connection. Throughout the city, if your antenna is sensitive enough and you are not concerned about security, unsecured wifi installations are available for use, although the legality of using such connections is far from clear.
One of the most interesting
wifi installations in Spain is in the Castillian medieval town of Zamora,
where the entire medieval center has been turned into a huge