Spain Travel Advice

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Spain Travel Advice
Travel advice when visiting Spain including advice on transport, health, safety, beaches, crime and health and travel insurance.

Travel and Transport
There are numerous taxis available and only use registered or licenced taxis and ensure that the meter is correct when you enter the taxi.

Cars drive on the right hand side and you must have a valid licence, car insurance and carry a certificate of car insurance with you as well as rental documents.

There are strict rules and heavy fines in place for drink driving, using a mobile phone whilst driving and for not using a seat belt, and you should have with you in the car fluorescent jackets in the glove compartment for all passengers within the car and two warning triangles in case you break down or have to get out on a highway, and if you wear glasses to drive with you are also required to have a spare pair.

Urban areas are prone to congestion and traffic can be very fast moving at times and be particularly vigilant when driving at night. Car parking can also be a challenge in some areas, especially inner city and it is often a good idea to seek advice from your hotel with regards to car parking and directions to attractions in the area.

Crime and Safety
When visiting Spain use plenty of common sense and exercise general caution with regards to your own personnel safety.

Ensure to contact your physician at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to travelling to ensure you have sufficient medication to take with you as well as to check that you are up to date with your current vaccinations and for any other vaccinations that may be required.

Take care with sea conditions as there are many areas that are not safe to swim due to strong undercurrents. Many beaches however do have lifeguards and a flag system in place with Green flags indicating that it is safe to swim, yellow flags indicating that care should be taken, for example if there may be jellyfish in the area and red flags indicating danger and to not enter the water.

Jelly fish can be a problem, especially during the summer and have in the past caused many of Spain's popular beaches to be closed due to large numbers of jellyfish arriving along the coast which have included the mauve stinger.

Be aware that the weather in certain areas of Spain can be very changeable so make sure you are well equipped especially with outdoor pursuits such as climbing, mountaineering, skiing or hiking for example where extremes of hot and cold temperatures can occur.

Travel Insurance
Adequate travel insurance is essential when visiting Spain and ensure that it covers you for all the activities that you wish to partake in.