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Travel insurance for Spain: set off in search of a fascinating culture
Do you want to discover Spain at your own pace as you go in search of a rich culture blessed with magnificent landscapes? With your Schengen visa, you can move around Europe in complete freedom. From Madrid to Seville via Barcelona and Cordoba, to name but a few destinations, you can experience the Spanish way of life and sample its flavourful dishes. In order to get your visa and be fully protected throughout your stay, don’t forget to take out your tailored travel insurance policy for Spain.
Why request a Schengen visa for a visit to Europe?
There are many reasons to visit Spain: for work, as a student, on holiday… If you don’t live in one of the countries in the Schengen Area, you will require a visa to move around these countries in complete freedom. Depending on your country of origin, a number of different documents may be requested of you in order to issue your visa for Spain, which will also be valid for France and Portugal, for example.
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Your Schengen visa travel insurance will protect you during your stay in Spain
One of the supporting documents required to obtain your Schengen visa is evidence of travel insurance for Spain. As well as being compulsory for administrative procedures, it will allow you to be protected through various coverage options, including 24/7 assistance, medical repatriation, baggage insurance in the event of loss or theft, and the handling of emergency medical costs.
When abroad, expenses due to an accident or illness can quickly cost you a lot of money and completely ruin your stay.
How to get to Spain
By car: you can, of course, hire a car, but you may also opt for ridesharing. Spain features more than 16,000 kilometres of high-speed carriageways, which will help make your various journeys easier.
By plane: various regular and low-cost airlines connect Spain with numerous European capitals and other cities. Spain has plenty of airports offering international connections: Madrid, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca and Malaga, to name a few.
By train: SNCF, the French rail network, works in partnership with RENFE in Spain to provide a number of departures from the biggest cities in France. You are advised to book your tickets in advance to enjoy the best prices. Spain is also easily accessible by train from Portugal.
By bus: various companies such as Eurolines, Linebus and Starbus provide trips to Spain from a number of European cities.
Advice on health and vaccinations
There are no compulsory vaccinations for visiting Spain. Nevertheless, it is recommended that you be vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, meningitis A and C, and hepatitis A and B.
Spain enjoys a temperate climate. It can be very hot inland, and summers are more moderate on the coast. The region of Alicante features its own microclimate.
The ideal periods for visiting Spain are spring and autumn. The temperatures then are more pleasant, as it can be very hot in summer, especially in Madrid; it can also snow in winter.
It would take many months, years even, to take full advantage of the riches that Spain has to offer. Among the most unmissable for your visit:
-Madrid: the Spanish capital has so much to offer that you will never be able to see everything in just one trip. Don’t miss out on the Prado Museum, home to exceptional collections of paintings, and the Royal Palace; not to mention the famous Plaza Mayor. The many restaurants and tapas bars will allow to you to try the local traditional dishes.
-Barcelona: this city’s architectural wealth is undeniable. Take a walk through the Gothic Quarter and admire the various works of Antoni Gaudí: Casa Batlló, Casa Milà, Palau Güell and, of course, the world-famous Sagrada Família.
-Andalusia: Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Malaga and the Cabo de Gata national park await you. Get your fill of sunshine and head off in search of magnificent architecture; a true vestige of the region’s past and Moorish influence.
-The Balearic Islands and the Canaries: ideal for a 100% natural stay on the oceanfront, while still having the possibility to discover traditional small villages. By boat, you can travel between Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza.
-Art and architecture enthusiasts will not want to miss out on a visit to Bilbao, home to the incredible Guggenheim Museum.
-By car or bike, follow the route of Don Quixote, a traditional trek that will allow you to admire the famous windmills of La Mancha.
-Known for its rich architectural heritage, take a detour through UNESCO-listed Toledo, as well as Valencia, Salamanca and Zaragoza.
Tourists are advised to remain vigilant to the threat of pickpockets, particularly common in tourist areas.
The risk of attack is acknowledged by the Spanish authorities. A general attitude of attention and care is recommended in public places, especially during peak hours.
The Spanish currency is the Euro.
Cars drive on the right.
Shops in the cities are generally open from 10am to 2pm and 5 to 8pm from Monday to Saturday. In the countryside, they may close at midday on Saturdays.
Mealtimes are later; in general, lunch is from 1.30 to 4pm and dinner from 9 to 11pm.