A hub of culture, a rich history and amazing cuisine, Spain is one of the countries of Europe and thanks to the diversity of the cities and towns within its borders, it has something for everyone.*
Whether you're a party animal headed to the Balearics, an adrenaline junkie headed for Pamplona, or a culture vulture exploring the depths of Madrid or Barcelona, having travel insurance which covers you should you have an accident, fall ill or lose your personal possessions can often help you protect what's important during your trip to Spain.
At Alpha, we have a range of affordable travel insurance policies to fit your needs and your budget. You can even tailor your excess to what suits you, which can help offer you peace of mind knowing that you can afford your excess in the event that you need to claim.
Our travel insurance policies have the following benefits:
If you would like a free and easy quotation for your trip, simply click 'Get a Quote' to start. If you need any help along the way or have any questions, just contact our Customer Service Centre and they will be able to help you.
*Please note, Alpha Travel Insurance does not provide cover for any trip which goes against the advice of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). Please check the FCO advice on your chosen destination before booking your trip or purchasing our insurance.
EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION
We’re sure your trip will go smoothly and without any hitches, but just in case something does go wrong, it’s a good idea to have the below contact information to hand.
Police Emergency Information
If you need to phone the Spanish police you can call:
National police on 091
Tourist police in Barcelona on 93 290 33 27
Tourist police in Madrid on 91 548 85 37
I want to report a crime – Quiero denunciar un crimen
I need the police – Necesito a la policía
Fire Emergency Information
If you encounter a fire during your stay, you should call 080 or 112 (all emergencies).
My house is burning down – Mi casa está ardiendo
I need the fire brigade – Necesito el cuerpo de bomberos
Medical Emergency Information
If you need an ambulance at any point, please call 061
I need an ambulance – Necesito una ambulancia
I have had an accident – He tenido un accidente
Where is the nearest hospital? – Dónde está el hospital más cercano?
While you don’t need any vaccinations before going to Spain, you should check that your tetanus jabs are up to date. It is advisable to obtain a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) as this will cover your treatment at any public hospital in Spain. However, it does not act as a replacement for travel insurance, nor can you use it at private hospitals and healthcare facilities.
You must show your EHIC before you receive treatment. If you lose it or do not have it with you for some reason, you can obtain a Provisional Replacement Certificate by calling the Department of Health Overseas Healthcare Team on +44 191 218 1999.
The best time to visit Spain
This really depends on whereabouts you’re staying and what sort of weather you’re after.
If you’re heading to a ski resort, travel during the low season, which lasts from November to February. Be prepared for cold weather and a higher chance of rain during these months. Many hotels near the coast will be closed but if you’re travelling inland, you’ll be able to book a hotel for a bargain price.
The periods between March and May and September to October are the shoulder seasons. They’re great times to travel if you’re not a fan of crowds and super-hot sunshine. Beware that festivals can draw in the masses and therefore send the cost of accommodation swiftly upwards.
Self-confessed sun worshippers will want to travel to Spain between June and August, as that’s when the temperatures are hottest. In some parts of the inland areas this is actually considered the low season as everyone is heading to the coast, so it’s best to check before you book. Accommodation prices in the more popular areas rise by as much as 50 per cent, though.
Visa information for Spain
Residents of the United Kingdom do not require a visa to enter Spain.
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