A vacation to the happy-go-lucky Spain is something we all would definitely go to, if given a chance. Spain is a total delight and a land full of adventures and luxuries to experience. But a bit more carefulness is always good, and so the government has given a list of do’s and don’ts while travelling to Spain.
Majority of the places in Spain are lovely and peaceful but there has been a several issues of burglaries, balcony falls, snatching, thefts of valuables, passports, and recently some troubles due to fanatic football fans celebrating the world cup at Benidorm. Start taking safety measures at the commencement of the voyage itself by taking care of all valuables and documents while being at the airport or hiring a personal vehicle. Hire licensed vehicles only, and demand their certificates for your satisfaction if needed. Keep a copy of your passport and money at a safe place and don’t carry all valuables in one same place altogether.
Next comes accommodation! Make sure your accommodation is a safe place to be. Lock your luggage whenever you’re out or when it’s not going to be in your sight for a while. Many a times, thieves posed as policemen come to demand your wallets and purses to check, but beware! Genuine cops don’t ask for purses, so ask for an identity if they do so! Ring 112 if needed, as it is a emergency helpline there. Of course, you’ve been there to enjoy but stay away from strangers hitting on you or offering drinks and dinners because they might have doped your dines with sedatives or other harmful drugs, which may lead to a ‘date rape’.
When you’re driving yourself, avoid being approached by fake cops in civil dress travelling in unmarked cars. Real police officers will be in uniform, and will surely have their official ID. Unmarked police vehicles always have a flashing electronic sign on the rear window which has Policía (Police) or Guardia Civil (Civil Guard) written on it, and possesses blue flashing lights. But if you can’t decide, then you can confirm that the registration number of the vehicle corresponds to an official police vehicle, by calling on 062 or 112.
Getting calls from lottery scams, highway pirates stopping you and claiming that you’ve damaged their vehicle, or telling you that there’s something wrong with your vehicle are some other things to be kept in mind and avoided if encountered. Sounds funny, but balcony falls, specially when people are drunk, also account majorly for accidents there, and the insurance policy surely doesn’t encompass accidents while being under the effect of alcohol or drugs. Along with that, Spain has strict driving rules and a heavy imposition of fine if the rules are broken. Carrying spare wheel, having a reflective vest, seat belts, and avoiding the use of a mobile phone while driving are some of the rules. Fines are issued for a lot of driving offences including exceeding the speed limit, and if you pay the fine within 20 days of issue, they reduce it by 50%.