How to Write Spanish Addresses

Correos advises that addresses (dirección) in Spain should be formatted as follows:
• Top line: Full name of the recipient, or company name
• 2nd line: Type of street, name of street, building number, flat number, entrance number.
• 3rd line: Post code and town name
• 4th line: Name of province

Eg:
Sra Ana Jimenez
Mimbreras 4
03201
ELCHE (Alicante)

If the address is for an apartment the first line will look like this:

C/Pescadoro, 22, 3°, 1A izda
C is an abbreviation for Calle (street)
Calle Pescadoro (Pescadoro Street)
22 is the street number of the building
22 Calle Pescadoro (22 Pescadoro Street)
3° indicates that it is the third floor
1A indicates that it is apartment number 1A
izda is for izquierda (left), dcha for derecha (right) and cto for centro (centre). This informs the location of the apartment in the building.

Mail Redirection and Change of Address

The Spanish postal system offers a mail forwarding service for a period of one, two or six months. Correos must be notified in person at least five working days prior to the move. There is a fee for the service.

Correos also offers a change-of-address service called Domiciliate which notifies businesses and individuals of a customer’s move. An electronic postcard is sent to notify selected recipients. There is no charge for the service. Registration for the service is available online, however users must visit a post office or submit an electronic signature (obtainable at a Correos office with valid ID) in order to confirm their identification.

Mailing a Standard Letter or Parcel in Spain

Regular mail (carta ordinaria) sent within Spain takes approximately three working days. Mail sent to European destinations takes two to four working days.

Stamps (sellos) may be purchased at post offices and tobacconists (estancos). Stamped mail can be posted at a post office or a yellow public post box.

A variety of pre-paid envelopes and boxes are available from post offices. For standard delivery, these may be placed in a local mail box for mailing. In order to send a pre-paid envelope or box via registered mail, it is necessary to mail the item from a post office after it has been affixed with the required documentation.

Registered Mail

If proof of delivery is required for a parcel or envelope, it should be mailed as a carta certificada. If the recipient is not home at the time of delivery, a note will be left notifying them they must collect the item at a specified Correos. It is also possible to track a registered envelope or package, for an additional fee, by requesting a tracking code (código de envío).

Domestic parcels

There are two different methods of sending parcels in Spain:

Urgent delivery (paquetería urgent/postal exprés)

This can be used for sending packages (up to 20kg) within Spain for guaranteed delivery in mainland Spain within 48 hours. Additional options are available including delivery to a post office rather than a residence, insurance, cash-on-delivery and receipt of delivery. Parcels sent using this method must be signed for by the recipient.

National Delivery (paquetería nacional/paquete azul)

This can be used for domestic parcels up to 20kg. Additional options include delivery confirmation, cash-on-delivery service and insurance.

Mailing an International Standard Letter or Parcel

Mail sent to an international destination should be marked clearly with the recipient’s address including country. The envelope or parcel should be marked with the words “Prioritario/Priority”.

Parcels sent to an international destination from Spain can be sent using different methods of international delivery (paquetería internacional).

A customs declaration (Form CP72) must be affixed to parcels sent outside of Spain (though some EU destinations are excluded).

EMS Postal Exprés

This service is available for parcels sent to Europe, the USA, Asia, Africa (some countries) and Oceania (some countries). Parcels may not exceed 30kg.

Optional insurance is available.

Delivery times vary from country to country.

International Economy Delivery

This is available for parcels up to 30kg (some recipient countries may have lower weight restrictions).

Delivery times vary from country to country, though the average delivery time for parcels sent within Europe is 8 to 10 working days.

Optional insurance is available as is a cash-on-delivery service (in participating countries) and a delivery confirmation receipt.

For more information contact www.correos.es

Tel: 902 197 197

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