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High quality medical care, both private and national, is offered by a wide selection of clinics, medical centres and hospitals throughout the Canary Islands. These include the Hospital General de Lanzarote, located in the capital city, Arrecife, as well as a private hospital in Lanzarote’s popular resort of Puerto del Carmen on the south-east coast, called Hospiten Lanzarote.

In addition, all of the major holiday destinations have either government (Centro de Salud) or privately run medical centres. Of course, in private hospitals holidaymakers have to pay for treatment.

The Canaries are not known for any particular diseases but please bear in mind the climate here is very warm so take care to drink plenty of water to avoid becoming dehydrated and always make sure you are well protected from the sun.

It is very unlikely that you will need medical attention while on holiday but Spain-Lanzarote advises full travel insurance for your peace of mind. Also, please remember to bring your EHIC (European Health Insurance Card), which allows all EU residents access to public care. Applying for this important document is easy and free, find more details here.

State-run hospitals provide an interpretation service and there are many English-speaking doctors and dentists working in private clinics. Ask your hotel reception for a recommendation should you need one.

The local chemists (Farmacias), recognisable by a green cross sign, will have the most well-known brands of analgesics and popular remedies. It is always a good idea to bring a sufficient supply of any special medication and painkillers with you.

Minor medical problems can often be solved at the chemist and there is always one open after hours in each area.

Hospital General de Lanzarote, Arrecife: +34 928 595 000

Hospiten Lanzarote (private) +34 928 596 100