Don’t let your medical condition hold you back from visiting Spain
The number of UK visitors travelling to Spain has hit record high numbers in recent years with 9.6 million people travelling to the European sunshine spot each year. It’s easy to see why – Spain is a short flight away with trips available from most UK airports and prices remain reasonable.
At Free Spirit, we help people with long-term medical conditions to enjoy their Spanish holidays safe in the knowledge that they have the right travel insurance in place to protect them whilst they are on their travels.
If you’re thinking of heading off to Spain, here are our top tips of where to visit:
Spain’s capital city is located in the centre of the country, so ideal for an elegant city break. It’s a big city so there is plenty to do on either a short trip or a week-long break. Some notable highlights are walking along the Gran Via, Madrid’s main tourist area filled with shops, bars and some wonderful restaurants or visiting some of the many museums which showcase Spain’s rich history.
There’s also a great number of green spaces – the biggest one being Casa de Campo which at 1,700 hectares is five times the size of New York’s Central Park. Within Casa de Campo you’ll find a large lake with boats to rent, a funfair and the Madrid Zoo.
Madrid is also home to Spain’s royal family. Their official residence is the Palacio Real (Royal Palace) and tours of the opulent building take place daily.
Barcelona is regarded as the cosmopolitan capital of Spain. Located on the west coast of the country close to the French border, the city enjoys fantastic weather.
In Barcelona, you get a fantastic mix of both a city and beach holiday. In the city, the sheer beauty of the architecture on display throughout means wandering and enjoying the sights can keep you busy for hours. One of the most breath-taking examples is the stunning La Sagrada Familia, a medieval cathedral which attracts almost three million visitors each year and was consecrated by the Pope in 2010.
There’s also a host of live music venues including the Gran Teatre del Liceu, which is a beautifully grand venue with gold leaf, plush red carpets and ornate carvings.
When visiting the beach you’ll find the sea temperature to be lovely to dip your toes in with average temperatures in the summer of between 20 – 24 degrees. All of Barcelona’s beaches have EU Blue Flag status recognising their excellence for water quality and facilities.
Majorca is one of Spain’s Balearic Islands and has consistently been a holiday favourite for many Brits abroad. It’s the biggest of all the Balearic’s and offers soft sandy beaches, turquoise waters and pine scented forests. Average temperatures are around 18 degrees but it can hit as high as 31 degrees in the summer. Majorca has some of the best beaches including the popular Alcudia beach.
Palma is Majorca’s main shopping area with Avinguda de Jaume III the place to head for a mix of high street and designer brands.
Fuerteventura is one of Spain’s Canary Islands, another popular holiday destination for its city and beach holiday mix. It’s consistently warm with temperatures not going much lower than the mid-teens in the winter with highs of 25 – 30 degrees in the summer.
The most popular town on the island is Corralejo, which offers a great mix of old and new Spain. Here, you’ll find traditional tapas restaurants, shops and cocktail bars.
The coastline is great for a spot of sunbathing or for trying out some water sports, with kite surfing being one of the most popular activities.
Specialist travel insurance for holidays in Spain
If you are thinking of heading off to Spain for either a short break or a holiday, then contact us today to arrange your travel insurance. At Free Spirit, we specialise in offering holiday insurance to people of any age with medical conditions and disabilities which might otherwise rule them out of being able to get standard holiday insurance.
You can get a quote via our website or call us on 0800 170 7704 anytime between 8am – 6pm Monday – Friday (we are closed on Bank Holidays). We’ll ask you a short series of questions as part of a medical screening before we make a quick decision about what cover we can offer you