• 112 - for all emergencies
  • 902 102 112 - for multi-lingual services (usually incurs a longer wait)

112 is the pan-European Union emergency number and is recommended to all visitors and new immigrants. Local numbers do exist. However, to use these, you have to know which police or fire department deals with which situation.

The operator will need to know the service you require (policia, bomberos/fire or ambulancia), your location, your name and details of the incident. Calling 112 in Spain will generally give you Spanish-speaking operators, so basic language skills may be needed.

If you can't describe the incident, say 'no hablo mucho español' and the required service will be sent out, whilst efforts will be made to find an operator speaking your language.

If you have a list of phone numbers for local clinics, the police station and medical services that have operators that speak your language, and the situation is non-urgent, use these in preference.