Holidays in Spain: the Irish government’s five “rules” to avoid a nightmarish trip

The Irish government has published five important rules to follow when it comes to traveling to Spain this summer to avoid having a holiday from hell.

After two long years of Covid-19 restrictions and trip cancellations, many people are leaving the island to enjoy vacations abroad.

Spain is a popular tourist destination for the Irish, with the roaring sun being just one of the draw factors.

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However, in some parts of the country, crime levels can be higher, due to the large number of avid tourists that flock there.

The government has issued safety advice to those traveling to Spain this summer, in a bid to reduce the number of people likely to be targeted by criminals looking to take advantage of their naivety and laid-back attitude.

A Foreign Office spokesperson said: “Most of Spain has a moderate crime rate. However, given the very high number of holidaymakers visiting Spain, additional security measures are deployed in public areas at peak times, such as during the summer and at Christmas.

“You should know that in areas such as airports, bus stations, train stations, tourist areas and big cities like Madrid and Barcelona, ​​the risk of pickpocketing and mugging is much higher.”

The first precaution suggested by the government is to avoid carrying your credit card, travel tickets and cash together. Leave cash and other valuables in a safe place in your accommodation.

The Department recommends leaving your passport in a safe place unless it is absolutely necessary to carry it with you. Be sure to leave a copy, along with other documents such as insurance information, with a family member or trusted friend at home.

Do not use an ATM after dark, especially if you are alone. Keep an eye out to make sure no one followed you after your transaction. Try to avoid showing large sums of money when in public.

In public places such as cafes, trains and bus stations, keep your personal items. Keep a close eye on your belongings at all times.

Finally, the government recommends that tourists avoid unlit and dark streets or stairways. Arrange to be picked up or dropped off as close to your hotel or apartment as possible to avoid being on the streets at difficult times.

The Foreign Office has described these measures as “basic precautions” to follow to ensure that you, your family or friends and your belongings stay safe and enjoy your holiday stress-free.

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