Health and Safety - Mallorca Travel Destinations
Despite the terrorist attack on a Madrid railway in March 2004 Spain remains an extremely safe destination for tourists. Majorca particularly is quite safe but there’s still always the risk of a road accident, accidental injury, breaking your camera or damage to hired equipment – which is where insurance can prove invaluable.
Travel insurance can cost as little as a few pounds, but it’s important to make sure your level of cover is appropriate for the type of holiday you’re having. A weekend break on the beach will require less cover than a couple of weeks jet skiing or scuba diving.
Frequent travellers might consider taking out annual multi-trip insurance which will save both time and money.
A reciprocal agreement between EU countries means that citizens can receive free or reduced cost medical care on production of a European Health Insurance Card (the EHIC). These are available from most British medical centres and post offices and must be completed before you leave for your holiday.
It pays to know that a EHIC in Spain is not a substitute for travel insurance. While Spain is renowned for its standard of medical care, only state-covered emergency treatment is covered by the form. You may not be entitled to everything that you would receive on the NHS.
Majorca’s weather is pleasant year round and doesn’t reach the extreme temperatures which can be found in inland Spain over the summer months. However the island is blessed with sunshine for 300 out of 365 days of the year. July and August are Majorca’s hottest month, where temperatures can nudge 30 degrees with 11 hours sunshine a day. Make sure you can enjoy them all with regular applications of a strong sunscreen. You could also take a leaf from the locals’ book and avoid the hot midday sun with a siesta.
The water on Majorca is safe for drinking but may not be to everyone’s taste due to the large amounts of chlorine it contains. Mineral water is cheap and plentiful to buy: ask for it con gas (carbonated) or sin gas (still).
Majorcan farmacias are instantly recognisable by the large green crosses which hang outside them. They are able to sell non-prescription and prescription drugs, including many that you wouldn’t be able to buy over the counter in other countries.