Health information for the alternative Costa del Sol
Prevention is better than cure!
No-one wants a health problem to spoil their holiday so it is a good idea to take some simple
precautions to protect yourself whilst abroad. Take a look at the
Boots.com travel information section
for lots of good advice on basic health and suncare, including a suncare factor calculator and
special sections for kids health and sun protection. Fill in their easy to use
holiday essentials selector
form to obtain a personalised packing/ shopping list from which you can order any products that
you need there and then saving a great deal of time and effort!
If all your preventative measures have failed and you do find that you fall ill whilst staying
here and require some medical assistance then don't worry as there are plenty of good medical
The main hospital serving the region (Hospital Comarcal de la Axarquia) is at Torre del
Mar where they have a 24 hour Emergency Department (Urgencias). Each of the larger towns
also has a health centre (Centro de Salud) with more limited facilities. In addition,
Nerja in particular has a large number of private doctors, physiotherapists, osteopaths,
chiropractors etc. who speak good English.
Emergency Health Service (equivalent to 999 in UK): 061
Hospital Comarcal de la Axarquia: 952 548300
Nerja: 952 522416
Torre del Mar: 952 542396
Torrox Pueblo: 952 538601
Vélez-Málaga: 952 502008
Dr Rik Heymans: 952 526775