tips from the British Embassy in Madrid for those travelling to festivals in Spain

The Indispensible Festivals Guide

published: Tue 4th Jun 2013

The following tips from the British Embassy in Madrid trying to avoid bad experiences in Spain this summer. These tips are intended to make sure our readers get the most of their trip and enjoy some summer festival fun.

Whilst the vast majority of festival goers have a great time with no problems, those that do need help is almost always because their passport has been lost or stolen.

If something goes wrong, your local Consulate is available to offer help and support if you have been hospitalised, arrested or are a victim of crime. Their details are 0034 913 342 194 if you need help, advice or an Emergency Passport.

Don't forget that the festival organisers can also support you. Go to one of the information points, or contact the Red Cross (Cruz Roja) for more information.

For more information please click here.

Before you set off

Get travel insurance and check what it covers
Apply for a European Health Insurance Card
Leave a photocopy of your passport with your family in the UK
Fill in the last page of your passport with your emergency contacts
Become a fan of the British Embassy Madrid on facebook and follow them on Twitter – they will keep you up to date on what to do if anything goes wrong.

When you arrive

ock your valuables in one of the lockers available on site
If camping, don't leave anything valuable in your tent
Carry a photocopy of your passport with you and leave the original locked away Have one of your cash cards and some cash separate from the rest of your valuables just in case
Be extra careful in large crowds, keep your cash in a zipped pocked or bag
Follow the instructions of the event organisers and Spanish Police whenever necessary

After it's over

Bear in mind you will be tired, which makes you more vulnerable
Don’t fall asleep on the beach if you have your valuables on you
Public transport can be busy so give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport or to get your train.

festival information by: Scott Williams

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