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Considering a trip to Spain?

For the mature UK traveller, Spain has long been our most popular holiday destination!

And it’s not only us that love it’s picturesque beaches and Mediterranean climate…

Spain is set to replace the USA as the world’s second most popular destination, behind France.

So to make sure you’re ahead of the crowd, we’re giving you an over 50s guide to travelling in Spain!

5 cities to consider

From the green mountains of Galicia to the volcano landscapes of the Canary Islands, Spain is one of the most diverse countries in Europe.

But with so much to fall in love with, which place do you choose?

Here are some must-see cities to get you thinking:

1. Barcelona

Admire the colorful, undulating architecture of Antoni Gaudi and visit world class art galleries.

2. La Rioja, Wine District

Take a tasting tour to sample the local wines produced here in the sun-soaked Ebro Valley.

3. Bilbao

Home of the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao is a significant destination for art and culture.

4. Burgos

This historic city is paradise for architecture lovers (Including the stunning cathedral!).

5. Seville

The capital of Andalucia, Seville is alive with music, fiestas, dance and wonderful food.

Healthcare in Spain

Over 12 million of us visit Spain every year, so it’s hardly surprising that it also claims the record for the highest number of Brits being hospitalised – 675 in 2013/14 – and consular assistance cases (5,283).

Importantly, unlike the rest of Europe, the healthcare in Spain is predominately private.

So while your EHIC covers basic health care in Spain for what is defined as ‘medically necessary’ treatment, the Foreign Office warns that many services which the NHS provides free here may well incur a charge in Spain.

To make sure you end up at the appropriate hospital, remember to call the emergency medical assistance team of your travel insurance as soon as possible.

To report a crime, there is an English-speaking police line on +34 90 210 2112. You must keep the police report for travel insurance purposes or to apply for an emergency travel document from the nearest British Consulate.

How to choose the right travel insurance

Take time to find the right insurance for your needs, especially if you have a pre-existing medical condition. Our travel insurance for over 50s can keep you safe every time you travel.

If you’re a regular visitor to Spain, you may want to consider annual European travel insurance to save you money.

A comprehensive travel insurance policy will include everything from lost luggage to trip cancellations to emergency evacuation.

Here’s a list of key benefits you should always consider:

  • Cancellation: if you need to cancel your holiday before go
  • Medical expenses: for illness and accidents when you are abroad
  • Personal accident: for death or permanent disablement
  • Curtailment: when needed to cut your holiday short
  • Lost documents: cover for passports, tickets etc
  • Possessions & baggage: for lost and stolen bags including contents
  • Personal liability: when an accident caused by you affects a third party

Benefits of AllClear Cover

Gold Gold Plus Platinum
Emergency medical expenses and Repatriation costs Up to £10m Up to £15m Unlimited
Cancellation* and Curtailment Up to £2k Up to £15k Up to £25k
Travel Delay Up to £300 Up to £1,500 Up to £1,500
Recuperation stay
Personal Belongings Up to £2k Up to £2.5k Up to £3k
Personal liability Up to £2m Up to £2m Up to £2m
Legal protection cover Up to £50k Up to £50k Up to £100k
* If you buy a policy which includes cancellation cover
All these figures are per person and per trip

Simple 3 step quote process

1. Call us or click a quote button on our site

Once you are ready to start the quote process, the first step is to provide your personal details and information about your holiday plans.

2. Complete our simple medical screening process

You then declare the medical conditions for you (and any other travellers) and answer the specifically designed medical questions.

3. Get your quotes

You will then get your quotes and can either proceed to buy, or save your quote, at this stage.

5 extra tips

  • Pack light. Rolling a packed suitcase along the cobblestone streets of a historic town in Spain is difficult enough!
  • Take extra of any medication you’re prescribed.  Your travel insurance should cover you for loss or theft of medication, but it’s always better not to be short of medication abroad! On that subject, learn the Spanish name of any essential medication.
  • Those over 60 can get discounts on rail tickets in Spain by purchasing a senior card at a train station. It is called the Tarjeta Doradothe card itself costs 6 euros and it will save you 25-40% on train tickets.
  • Several tour companies offer guided experiences in Spain for travellers aged 50 and up, which can be a great way to travel with less hassle and meet others while on the road.
  • Interested in Spanish culture? Consider taking a flamenco dancing class or a Spanish cookery lesson. It will certain make your travel experience authentic!

Author notes

Written by Lydia Crispin, MA Content Creator at AllClear
Edited by Letitia Smith, M.Sc. Content Manager at AllClear

Written by: Lydia Crispin | Travel Insurance Expert
Last Updated: 22 September 2022


† Based on Trustpilot reviews of all companies in the Travel Insurance Company category that have over 70,000 reviews as of January 2024. AllClear Gold Plus achieved a Which? Best Buy.