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Kingdom of Spain/Reino de Espana

Region: Europe

Area: 504,030 thous. km²

Capital: Madrid

Big cities: Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia

Climate: varies from temperate in the north to dry and hot in the south, the central plateau can be bitterly cold in winter.

Languages spoken: Spanish

Religion: Christian 

Local time: GMT +01

Calling code: +34

Currency: Euro

Credit cards: VISA, MasterCard, American Express

Visa:  not required by citizens of EU, Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland; required by CIS nationals. For more details please visit http://www.learn4good.com/travel/es_visa.htm#req

Transport: air transport, rail transport, motor transport, water transport

International airports (cities): Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao, Malaga

Spain has long been favoured by patients coming from overseas. According to the World Health Organization, Spain’s health system is ranked the 7th in the world. Primarily private clinics are engaged in the system of medical services for foreign patients. Notwithstanding the high quality of medical services, the prices here can be delivered at fraction of the cost compared with Austrian or Swiss clinics. This is the reason why patients from the USA, the UK, France, and the CIS countries strive to come to Spain every year.

Medical establishments in Spain apply the cutting-edge medical equipment, vanguard medical technologies, especially in microsurgery, robotised and laparoscopic surgery. Moreover, doctors receive very advanced training, and friendly and attentive personnel ensure comfort and pleasant stay at the medical establishment. Personnel of most medical establishments speak not only good English, but also German, French, and Russian.

Overseas patients come to Spain for receiving high quality medical services in aesthetic dentistry, plastic surgery, orthopaedics, ophthalmology, oncology, cardiology, neurology, and reproductive medicine. Each year increasingly more female patients choose Spain for delivery and post-delivery care.

Plastic surgery and aesthetic medicine are two of the most popular medical fields today. Spanish surgeons perform their job seamlessly. The range of surgeries is quite wide, including correction of drooping eyebrows, upper eyelids, removing the bags under the eyes, face and neck lifting , jaw implants, rhinoplasty, hair transplantation, liposuction, breast correction for men, and many more procedures. After the surgery patients go through a rehabilitation programme in the mountains or at the coast of the Atlantic Ocean or the Mediterranean Sea.

Another highly demanded sphere of medical services in Spain is ophthalmology. The clinics offer comprehensive treatment and diagnostics of practically all eye diseases: cataract treatment, heterotrophy, eye orbits, retina, vitreous body, and tear-ducts.

For many overseas patients it has become a good tradition to combine recreation with complex diagnostics of the organism, which implies biological testing of the organism, genetic test, and preventive medical examination.

Recommended time for treatment: March to November.

Clinics:

Spain is the cradle of Flamenco, Corrida and Siesta, the motherland of Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Francisco José de Goya, and Diego Velasquez. The Kingdom of Spain today is one of the most popular destinations in South West Europe annually visited for recovery and resort recreation by over 10 million foreign citizens from all corners of the world.

Spanish traditions of balneotherapy and climatotherapy have roots stretching back into the antiquity. Its healing thermal and mineral waters were used for recovery purposes already by ancient Greeks and Romans. Old Roman Baths (Thermae) survived throughout the country. Many of them were repaired and renovated in the XX century. So now they are fashionable balneotherapy centres offering their visitors a wide range of services: from cosmetological programmes of face and body treatment to prevention and treatment of severe diseases.

All throughout the Spanish territory there are about 2000 mineral and thermal springs located in the coast areas, on islands, and in the mountains. Some of the most famous resorts are: Murcia, Granada, Huesca, Guipúzcoa, Pontevedra, Cuenca, Gerona, Hierro, Tarragona, Mar Menor, Alhama de Aragon, Barcelona, Caldes de Montbui, Archena, Valencia, Caldes de Malavella, Costa Brava, and Costa del Maresme. Owing to mild climate, most of these resorts host overseas guests all the year round. In addition, combining recovery procedures with climatotherapy brings about excellent results and effectiveness of the treatment and recovery process.

One of the oldest balneologic resorts in Spain is Pontevedra, known since 1846. For recovery and revitalising purposes they use steam baths, Sharko shower, Finnish sauna, and hydro massage baths based on mineral waters from local springs.

Tarragona resort settled among fruit orchards and tropical forests. The visitors are offered a Jacuzzi with mineral water, Turkish baths, saunas, mud and electric current treatment, procedures applying weed. This is a wonderful place to relieve stress, strengthen immunity, replenish vital force and lack of nutrients in the organism.

The health centres of Mar Menor in Murcia apply procedures with warm salt water, local clay and muds for revitalising and purifying purposes.

Barcelona is visited for recovery purposes by patients with the diseases of musculoskeletal apparatus, joints and connective tissues, weak immunity, and metabolic disorders.

The health centres at Caldes de Montbui hot water springs offer their overseas patients various rejuvenative, cosmetological, and anti-stress programmes.

The region of Valencia has about 120 mineral springs with thalassotherapy centres and recovery resorts located in the vicinity. They are visited by patients with the diseases of digestive tract, musculoskeletal apparatus, cardio-vascular system, joints and connective tissues, respiratory organs. Based on the mineral water from each spring, an exclusive recovery procedure is elaborated. In spa centres patients are offered to take cosmetological courses and relaxotherapy sessions using sweet water. 

The resorts of Costa Brava and Costa del Maresme are immersed in the atmosphere of peace and quiet. Mountain-framed bays and golden beaches annually host patients with the diseases of musculoskeletal apparatus, mouth cavity, and cardio-vascular system. The programmes of weight reduction and figure correction are also extremely popular.

The small town of Caldes de Malavella holds the healing hot water springs, which are good for rheumatism, metabolic disorders, and dental diseases.

Overseas patients with the diseases of respiratory organs, musculoskeletal apparatus, and kidney come to the Alhama de Aragon resort. Water procedures, drinking courses, and inhalations are performed here applying mild mineralised thermal hydro carbonated radon nitric calcium waters containing arsenic.

Many Spanish resorts offer their visitors to undergo luxury spa procedures designed for rejuvenation, strengthening the immunity, and increasing the vital tonus of the organism. People who are after luxury go to the Canary Islands, the all-time favourite destination for the tourists from all over the world. This is also the place to have an excellent rest, bask in sunlight on the endless beaches of white and black volcanic sand, delight at picturesque landscapes, tropical forests, enjoy the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The visitors of the resort are offered massages, saunas and steam baths, anti-aging, vitamin, moisturising procedures for face, neck, and body. Due to moderately hot mild climate rest and recovery possibilities are available here all the year round.

3*- from €40;

4*- from €50;

5*- from €90.

Hotels:

Рaella (meal from Valencia made of rice, saffron, and chicken), gazpacho (cold soup made of shredded or pureed fresh vegetables, mostly tomatoes), Arroz negro (black rice with seafood and alioli sauce).

Seville Cathedral (the third largest Roman Catholic cathedral in the world built in the 15th century), Salamanca (cozy university town founded in pre-Roman period with plentiful Baroque and Renaissance buildings), Museo Nacional del Prado (one of the most important museums of European art including works of Botticelli and Rembrandt), Palacio de Cristal (huge glass palace in Madrid housing exotic flora and fauna), Alhambra fortress (once a palace for Mauritanian leaders, it is a popular tourist attraction located in high altitude city of Granada), the Picasso Museum.

Las Fallas in mid-March (one of the biggest parties in the world with ephemeral satirical scenery placed in the streets of the city as a humorous social or political comment), Tomatina (the tomato party in Valencia held every year during the last week in August is the world’s largest vegetable fight), Semana Santa (sacred parades during Easter Week featuring biblical scenes), Festival of San Fermín in Pamplona (bright week-long celebration starting at 12:00 every 6th of July with running bulls and other customs), Terra Mítica (thumbs-up theme park offering adrenaline rush for kids and peaceful water rides for adults), Caves of Drach (with the largest underground lake and water tours accompanied by music and light).

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