Make sure you take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before going away, especially if you're planning on doing any hiking, surfing, cycling, etc. See our holiday extras page for more information.
It's also a good idea to get a European Health Insurance Card – or EHIC – before travelling in Europe. While not a substitute for health insurance, it does entitle you to emergency treatment on the same terms as Spanish nationals. It won't, however, cover you for medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or non-urgent treatment. A full travel insurance plan will cover you for any mishaps, even with your accommodation or travel plans. For the latest health and safety information, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/health.
British citizens don't need a visa to enter Spain, but you and your party will all have to have valid passports. For the most up-to-date passport and visa info, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements.
There are several ways to get around in Costa Almeria. The cheapest transportation is their affordable bus service which runs 365 days a year and will take you to the local attractions, beaches, and neighbouring resorts.
If you want to venture further inward or to some of the lesser known beaches on the coast, there are plenty of car hire companies that will get you ready to explore those sunny sea roads. After a long day out shopping a convenient way to get back to your hotel is by taxi. They will be cheaper when booked in advance and if you are planning on using one for a one-off journey, it's a good idea to check the price first.
Even though Costa de Almeria is known for its quiet beaches and stunning landscape, there are still plenty of things for your children to enjoy if they want a break from playing in the sand or swimming in the resort pool. Kids will love a day out to Roquetas de Mar aquarium which is full of weird and interesting sea creatures from different types of tropical fish to piranhas. Another great day out for the kids is in Almeria's Oasys Mini Hollywood. This replica of an American western town is complete with a sheriff's office, saloon, stables and zoo.
Dial 112 for all emergencies and an operator will put you through to the necessary services.
If you are a victim of crime or affected by a crisis overseas, or if something happens to a relative or partner, contact the British Consulate. The Malaga Consulate covers the region of Almeria.
Address: Edificio Eurocom, Bloque Sur C/ Mauricio Moro Pareto 2, 2º, 29006 Malaga Telephone: 952 352 300 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pharmacies are widely available and can be identified by a large green cross signage. Registered pharmacists are able to provide first line care and consultation. Pharmacies are generally open from Monday to Friday from 09:30 to 14:00 and 17:00 to 21:30, and Saturday 09:30 to 14:00. Information about pharmacies open 24 hours a day can normally be found on the window or doors of any pharmacy.
In case of an emergency go directly to a hospital, where emergency services are generally available. Casualty or A&E departments are called 'Urgencias'.
A social security card, a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or proof of private insurance should be presented at the hospital. The EHIC card gives the right to free emergency treatment for residents of EU/EEA countries in state hospitals or clinics only. Treatments not qualifying as an emergency are not free.
Hospital La Inmaculada General local hospital. Address: Avenida Doctora Parra s/n, 04600 Huercal Overa. Tel: 950 029 000
Hospital Torrecardenas General hospital with accident and emergency ward. Adress: Prje. Torrecardenas s/n, 04009 Almeria. Tel: 950 212 100