Spain is ranked 7th for best health care systems in Europe thanks to its low cost hospitals equipped with latest high tech equipments and highly qualified surgeon able to perform various type of surgeries (cosmetic, obesity, eyesight..).
In case of accidents or illness, show your passport at hospital and your travel insurance to obtain reduced-cost treatment. In some cases of injuries, if you’re European you can be treated for free using the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
There are no particular vaccinations needed however Hepatitis (A and B), Diphtheria, Tetanus and Rabies vaccinations for people planning to participate in outdoor activities are routine for all destinations. See a physician at least six weeks before your travel to be sure of immunity.
Food and water:
Tap water is drinkable although it can be a little salty in the island of Ibiza and can be unhealthy in some places in southern Spain. It’s better to check with your neighbors or hotel service.
Most restaurants respect hygiene standards however you need to be careful to what you eat. For a healthy meal: Avoid street food, make sure your food is fresh and don’t eat raw seafood. It’s advised to carry anti-diarrheal medicine to face any stomachs ache due to new types of food.
Although Spaniards are known for being diehard meat eaters, there is a variety of vegetarian restaurants. Organic foods are also available in major cities supermarkets.
Pharmacies are easy to find through newspapers, internet or the list displayed on every pharmacy window.
Chemists are usually open from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm and from 4:30 to 8 pm.
You must have a letter or prescription from your doctor when carrying a narcotic treatment. All your medications should be identified with labels.
Spain is definitely a very safe and peaceful destination with a crime rate among the lowest in the European Union. Spain has an incidence of nearly 46 crimes per 100 000 person, according to Spanish interior ministry in 2013.
Most reported crimes are pocketing, thefts from and of cars, mugging, handbag snatching and assaults. The crimes usually occur near touristic attractions, late at bars, at airport and in train and metro stations.
Crimes are generally widespread in major cities like Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga and Seville with on top of them Andalucía whereas in villages and small cities, crime rate is negligible and doors are often left unlocked.
Most crimes are organized by groups. While one distracts the victim, the other steals his possessions. Thieves will act like they need help or offer any serves. They can even pretend to be police officers and ask you to show your valuables (passport, papers…)
Spain is a very safe country to visit however to minimize the risks, some precautions should be followed.
- Be extremely careful of your belongings at all time.
- Don’t carry extra cash, just bring as much you need.
- Be careful of anyone asking or offering help.
- Park in a visible place and avoid leaving any valuables in the car.
- Avoid people asking for your signature for good causes.
- Beware of motorcycle and car thieves as they can smash your car window at traffic lights to steal jewelries and bags.
- The best way to protect your money is to wear a money belt or a wrist pouch.
- Always wear a cross body bag with a zipper and place it in front of you.
- Never leave food unattended in care of strangers as they can put in it drugs or sleeping pills.
- Be mindful of people offering you something for free or wanting to take a photo with you.