There are a number of national and regional youth councils which aim to bring together youth groups and promote activities and the interests of young people in Spain. Attached to the Ministry of Employment and Social Affairs, the Institute of Youth (Insituto de la Juventud, INJUVE) aims to promote cultural communication between youth associations, develop and co-ordinate an information and documentation system, maintain international relations and co-operation in matters related to youth and promote youth exchanges at national and international level. The INJUVE website, www.injuve.es/en, has much useful information regarding youth opportunities as well as links to all the local youth councils in the various regions of Spain.
There is a range of social and sporting activities available to teenagers but these can vary greatly depending on location. Facilities in cities and major towns are generally very good. Municipal sports complexes, known as polideportivos ("multisports"), are located in the larger towns and cities and there are many private country clubs, sports centres and gymnasiums. Swimming pools and tennis courts are widely available. The cost for most facilities is reasonable. The local Yellow Pages or Tourist Office is an excellent source of information for these facilities. Alternatively, consult the website of the Ministry of Education and Science which has links to sports associations. Many schools run clubs for sporting and other activities after the school day has finished. There is usually a fee to participate.
Scouting is popular among young people in Spain. Anyone interested in joining or finding out more about the Scout movement in Spain can visit one of the following websites:
Federation of Scouting Associations in Spain (Federación de Asociaciones de Scouts de España, ASDE)
The Federation of Scouts and Guides in Catalonia (Federació Catalana d'Escoltisme i Guiatge, FCEG)
International Youth Clubs
The Iberoamerican Youth Organisation gathers together the Ministries and Agencies responsible for youth in Spain, Portugal and Latin America and arranges various activities, training and research. The website (in Spanish) has a useful resource list of all the state institutions dealing with youth in these countries.
Discount schemes for young people
The Euro 26 Card offers discounts on a range of services and facilities in 38 countries. It is valid up to the age of 30 years. The card can be ordered online or bought from one of the offices listed on the Euro 26 page. To find out where to buy the Euro 26 card in Spain: Click here
The International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is an internationally recognised student ID which offers discounts all over the world. Any person, over 12 years of age, and in full time education may apply for this card. Non students may apply for the International Youth Travel Card (IYTC) through the ISIC website.
Learning to Drive in Spain
The minimum age for driving a car is 18. Drivers must hold a licence which is only awarded after successful completion of a theory and practical driving test. Over 14s may drive scooters (mopeds) 50cc or less without a licence, but must still provide medical evidence of their fitness to be in charge of the vehicle. In addition they must spend a minimum period (usually at least three hours) with a driving school and undertake a basic theory and practical test.