Safety in Spain
Spain remains a very safe country for expats and tourists alike, especially if safety precautions are taken. According to the Global Peace Index, it ranks 29 most peaceful countries in the world.
Crime levels remain low in Spain, particularly when compared to other countries in Europe. In general, major cities such as Madrid and Barcelona are considered safe for solo travelers, even at night. However, travelers should exercise caution when visiting tourist spots or crowded areas that could be targets of pickpocketing or other petty crime.
Expats should also take safety into consideration when deciding where to live. Neighborhood safety is an important factor to consider when choosing an accommodation in Spain as some areas may have higher crime rates than others. It’s a good idea to research local safety information before settling down somewhere new.
Expats who are driving in Spain should always keep safety first and drive defensively at all times. Traffic laws must be obeyed and drivers must not drink alcohol while driving – doing so can lead to heavy fines or even jail time. Expats should also purchase car insurance which will cover them financially if they are involved in an accident or their car is damaged or stolen.
In terms of natural disasters, parts of Spain experience earthquakes but they are usually minor tremors that rarely cause damage or injury. Expats living near volcanic areas should take precautions against possible eruptions however these events do not occur often so there is no need to worry too much about this scenario occurring during their stay in Spain.