Directions in Spanish

Knowing how to give and receive directions in Spanish is probably one of the most valuable things that you can have up your sleeve when traveling around. Imagine getting disoriented in a strange new city and not knowing how to get back to your hotel. That could be pretty disconcerting, but if you can simply ask a local for directions, then a stressful situation is easily averted.

Getting lost in a new city is a great way to find hidden gems, but you also want to be able to find your way home again. By memorizing the directions in Spanish, you will be able to call on them whenever you need to.

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Talking about directions in Spanish

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¿Dónde está…?

Where is…?

¿Dónde está el hotel?

Where is the hotel?

¿Dónde está la iglesia?

Where is the church?

¿Cómo se va a Madrid?

How does one get to Madrid?

How to give directions in Spanish





A la izquierda

To the left

A la derecha

To the right



Al final del/de

At the end of

Al comienzo del/de

At the beginning of

Hacia el oeste

To the west

Hacia al norte

To the north

Hacia al sur

To the south

Hacia el este

To the east

A la vuelta

Around the corner

El puente

The bridge

Al lado del/ de

Next to

Delante del/ de

In front of

If you want to know where something is, you can ask “Excuse me, where is the ____?” by saying, “Disculpa, donde esta el/la _____?” Listen carefully for the reply and you are set to go, some verifying what you heard with hand movements might help too.

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