Gran Canaria is one of Spain’s Canary Islands and can be found off the West coast of Africa. As such, the island features year round fine weather, making it a popular destination for many holiday makers each year. Offering either serious sunbathing or party style nightlife, Gran Canaria should have something for everyone. Unfortunately, the island can also offer unacceptable and avoidable holiday illness to many unlucky visitors.
A common source of many illnesses in Gran Canaria is poorly maintained swimming pools. Holidaymakers fall ill from ingesting water containing bacteria, this leads to infections that cause diarrhoea, vomiting and sickness. Undercooked food and poor food hygiene in general have also been reported as the cause of many holiday illnesses in the region, and all holidaymakers must be sure to follow these guidelines when travelling to Gran Canaria:
- Use only bottled water for drinking and brushing your teeth.
- Frequently use an alcohol-based hand gel.
- Avoid Ice as it may have been made from tap water.
- Avoid street food.
- Avoid salads and any uncooked fruits and vegetables (these may have been handled unhygienically)
In the event that you do get ill Sickholiday advise that you seek medical attention whilst on holiday as this will greatly increase your chances of making an eligible claim upon your return.
Whilst ill it is important that you drink plenty of bottled water and use rehydration salts when possible. It is advised that you take rehydration salts with you on your trip along with some other essentials such as Cipro (fights bacteria in the body) Imodium (treats the symptoms of Diarrhoea) and a thermometer to measure your temperature.
It is your tour operators’ responsibility to make sure you are provided with a safe, clean and hygienic hotel.
If you have fallen ill whilst on an all-inclusive holiday to Gran Canaria, get in touch with a member of our team on 01625 253 020.
We have over 10 years industry experience and we will be happy to help you through the process of claiming back the cost of your holiday plus any additional compensation you may be owed.