Summer holidays in Spain promise lots of sun, sand, fun and adventure. There are, however, a few things you should consider before going to Spain.
Crime on summer holidays in Spain
Street crimes, personal attacks and sexual assaults involving holidaymakers are fortunately comparatively rare in Spain, but do occasionally occur. When they do, they are, according to government foreign travel advice, often perpetrated by British nationals influenced by drugs or alcohol.
Drugs and alcohol on holiday in Spain
Many of these incidents involve drinks being spiked with liquid ecstasy, ‘GHB’, ‘date rape’ or other drugs, so purchase your own drinks, always keep an eye on them and do not over-indulge, because many accidents on holiday are also caused by excessive consumption of alcohol.
Balcony incidents on holiday in Spain
A number of serious and in some cases fatal injuries by falls from balconies, for example, were the result of ‘balconing’ (attempting to jump into pools from balconies) while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Avoidable in most cases, these holiday accidents have led to many local authorities introducing laws banning ‘misuse of balconies‘ and fining anyone caught ‘balconing’. Injuries by slips, trips and falls can also often be avoided by remaining at least reasonably sober.
Sun, sand and sea
To prevent accidents on the beach while on your summer holidays in Spain, you should:
- Ensure you understand and follow flag systems used on beaches, as some beaches, particularly those around the Spanish islands, have strong undercurrents
- Take extra care on beaches without signs, flags or lifeguards
- Obtain and follow local advice concerning the presence of jellyfish
You should also be careful when strolling close to the edge of the water on unmanned beaches, as waves of unpredictable size with strong undertows could come in farther than expected and drag you out to sea.
In some areas of Spain, temperatures and weather conditions can drastically change very quickly. If you are planning on hiking, mountaineering or potholing; climbing, skiing or canoeing during your summer holidays in Spain, it is therefore recommended to get relevant advice on safety and check weather conditions before embarking on your adventures.
Hurt on your summer holidays in Spain?
If you were hurt by a slip, trip or fall or other accident in Spain for which you were not to blame, you could be entitled to travel accident compensation. Contact us, Accident Advice Helpline, for confidential, free advice on 0800 689 0500, or on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: April 6, 2016
Author: Accident Advice