Health and safety
- Where is smoking prohibited?
In Spain, smoking is prohibited in all enclosed public areas (including public transportation vehicles and buses). It is also not permitted to smoke in health facilities (including outdoor areas that are part of its premises), any educational or training centres (except in outdoor spaces in universities and adult education centres) and playgrounds or play areas (outdoor spaces equipped for children). There are a few exceptions to the general rule. Thus, in prisons and psychiatric hospitals, inmates and patients are allowed to smoke in areas outside of their buildings or in closed rooms for smoking. Also, a specific smoking area can be assigned in residential centres for the elderly or persons with disabilities. This prohibition does not apply to private clubs for smokers. Hotels and similar establishments can book rooms for smokers, but these should be in separate areas with separate ventilation.
- Is Spain a safe country?
Spain is one of the safest countries:
In general terms, Spain is one of the safest countries in Europe for the tourists who come here.
As in any country, there are some basic safety guidelines…
We recommend avoiding isolated or badly lit places, and street gambling. It's a good idea to carry only the money you need for each outing. Be alert in crowded places, such as public transport or department stores. In public parks and other places used for leisure, don't leave objects such as mobile phones or cameras unattended.
Don't forget an expert tip on public safety: prevention is the best way to avoid this kind of problem. As well as the Police, who you can call on 112, there is information here on AlertCops, an interactive channel providing crime alerts.
- Can you find services tailored for people who have Celiac Disease in Spain?
In Spain there is a growing awareness of Celiac Disease and the importance of providing gluten-free food. Therefore, more and more hotels, restaurants, campsites, parks and recreation centres are prepared for the needs of people with Celiac Disease. You can find a list of them at the official website of the Federation of Associations of people with Celiac Disease of Spain. (http://www.celiacos.org/). In turn, the Federation recommends that tourists who do not speak Spanish carry a piece of paper with this text written on it. “Soy celíaco. Si consumo algún alimento que contenga trigo, centeno, cebada, avena, kamut, espelta o triticale, o bien sus productos derivados, puedo enfermar. Esto incluye la harina, pan, pasta, croquetas, dulces, salsas, algunos embutidos… Los celíacos podemos comer carne, pescado, huevos, legumbres, frutas, hortalizas, arroz, maíz, soja y también patata. Estos productos se deben cocinar sin harina, cocidos, a la plancha, a la brasa o bien crudos. Si durante la preparación de la comida le surgiera alguna duda, por favor consúlteme. Gracias.” Translation of above text: “I have Celiac Disease. If I eat food that contains wheat, rye, barley, oats, kamut, spelt or triticale, or any of their derived products, I could become ill. This includes flour, bread, pasta, croquettes, sweets, creams and some sausages. People with Celiac Disease can eat meat, fish, eggs, legumes, fruit, vegetables, rice, corn, soy, and potatoes. These products must be cooked without flour, boiled, grilled, roasted, or even raw. If there is any doubt during the preparation of the food, please ask me. Thank you.”