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Traveling and vacationing in Costa del Sol should be a safe and enjoyable experience for anyone who chooses to visit. Because it is such a touristy area, there are always going to be incidents of small crimes like pick-pocketing, but being a victim of this can easily be avoided. Other than small crimes, Costa del Sol is a safe place to vacation. However, there is a definate risk of attempted theft, even if unsuccessful. You should be aware that there are a large number of active criminals in the large areas especially Fuengirola.
In case of a health emergency while visiting Costa del Sol, there are ambulances, doctors and hospitals that are all rated as excellent. Any tourist can visit the emergency room of any hospital if there is a need. There are public health clinics that are open 24 hours a day, however, many tourists prefer to visit only the private health facilities. So, it’s a good idea to quickly review the list of available clinics at the beginning of a vacation just in case one is needed.
In regard to recreational (illegal) drugs, many tourists used to travel to Spain because of the liberal drug laws. However, those laws were changed in 1992, and now, anyone caught using, distributing or buying illegal drugs while in Spain may be fined or arrested. The only legal drug in Spain is marijuana, but it is only legal in very small amounts and cannot be used or displayed in public.