The municipality and coastal city of San Sebastian is located in the Bay of Biscay, approximately 12 miles (20 km) off the French border. It is one of Spain’s most renowned tourist destinations and, not surprisingly, its main economic activities consist of tourism and commerce. In spite of its popularity and the general safety tourists experience while travelling in Spain, the city, like others around the world, holds a few risks travellers should be aware of.
Pickpockets and other thieves
Typically working in groups, pickpockets in San Sebastian use all sorts of methods to distract you while their partners pick your pockets. The best way to prevent having your belongings spirited away is to:
- Always keep back-up credit cards, passports and larger amounts of money in money belts worn underneath clothing and keep copies of passports and other important documents at the hotel
- Use a second money belt (bag style) to carry some money and your regular credit card
- Never place anything of value into back pockets (except perhaps an old wallet with a small amount of money in it, as this helps to mislead pickpockets)
- Never board crowded metro trains
- When approached by individuals behaving oddly or appearing over-friendly, walk away with your hands tucked into your pockets
If threatened with violence, hand over your wallet. It is better to hand over a little money and get away unscathed than trying to argue and end up being injured by a violent assault. Prevent other thefts by never leaving valuables in a car and keeping luggage; handbags, cameras and so on close to you, never leaving them out of your sight and, if at all possible, wearing bags and cameras across your body.
Driving in San Sebastian
Avoid having a motoring accident in San Sebastian by remembering that traffic tends to be very fast paced. Free-roaming domesticated animals and lack of road signs and lighting also make driving in rural areas during the night extremely hazardous.
Slips, trips and falls are, like elsewhere in the world, common causes of personal injuries in the city. Look out for slip, trip and fall hazards and report them as soon as possible to prevent yourself and others sustaining injuries by slipping, tripping or falling. Should you be injured in San Sebastian in any way, be it a slip, fall or trip or a road accident, you could qualify for personal injury compensation.
Visit Accident Advice Helpline’s website or contact us via our 24-hour freephone number 0800 689 0500 to learn more about claiming for compensation.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice