Barcelona safe - yes or no?

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Barcelona safe - yes or no?

Postby ian991 » Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:05 pm

Is it safe to go there, as it is a political crisis there?

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Re: Barcelona safe - yes or no?

Postby costakid » Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:46 pm

As safe as anywhere else in the world. Better than Syria.

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Re: Barcelona safe - yes or no?

Postby ajtg1952 » Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:37 pm

As far as unsafe places are in the World, Barcelona is the last place I'd consider unsafe.

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Re: Barcelona safe - yes or no?

Postby markwilding » Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:44 pm

When you consider it’s just declared itself illegally independent and no one has died as a result but suffered a terrorist atrocity all in the last few months, it is just as safe or dangerous as any European city at the moment.
London, Paris as well as other have suffered the same fate and i wouldn’t let these acts stop me from going there so I wouldn’t worry and enjoy your stay In Barcelona.
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Re: Barcelona safe - yes or no?

Postby gus » Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:26 pm

I didn’t realise London and Paris had declared independence !!! Must have missed that ;)

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Re: Barcelona safe - yes or no?

Postby costakid » Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:49 pm

Not really a laughing matter is it?

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Re: Barcelona safe - yes or no?

Postby gus » Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:05 am

I’m not laughing - just highlighting the misunderstandings that can arise as a result of poor use of English.

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Re: Barcelona safe - yes or no?

Postby markwilding » Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:25 pm

Don’t blame your facetiousness on me.
‘These acts’ is plural so can only refer to either the terrorist acts of violence or the Declaration of Independence plus the acts of violence. Not the the single declaration.
‘Act’ collates with violence, not independence. ‘Declaration’ collates with independence.
As you say and I’m sure you are well aware that there has been no declarations (of independence) in either Paris or London so it was obvious what the 'same fate' was referring to so a little bit of common sense was needed if you felt you were seeing something other than I had written.

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Re: Barcelona safe - yes or no?

Postby gerryh » Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:01 pm

Getting back to the original topic.
I very much doubt if the recent political situation in Barcelona will affect it's safety for a tourist.
However Barcelona has, for a long time, had problems with organised gangs of pickpockets particularly on the underground system. They are very well organised and efficient at what they do.
Be very careful how you carry your wallet/ purse. Only carry sufficient cash for your immediate needs.
The police advice against carrying your passport etc with you.
Don't let this put you off, Barcelona is well worth visiting, just be aware and careful.
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Re: Barcelona safe - yes or no?

Postby costakid » Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:28 pm

Good advice. Barca is the pickpocket and petty crime capital of Europe. Saying that its a great place but be alert

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Re: Barcelona safe - yes or no?

Postby markwilding » Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:04 am

I would have to agree as well. There was a documentary about street crime In Barcelona some years ago on TV. The oddities of the legal system makes it difficult for police to take thieves of the street. It seems that more than something like 750€ has to be stolen before they can be charged.

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Re: Barcelona safe - yes or no?

Postby Alcala Barry » Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:46 pm

Agree with the last few posts. I reckon you are likely to have more problems visiting certain areas in London, Paris, Manchester, Rome, New York, Miami.

Wouldn't think twice about going to Barcelona. Also, it's was not Barcelona alone that declared independance, it was the entire area of Catalonia wasn't it?

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Re: Barcelona safe - yes or no?

Postby CielodeCadiz » Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:19 pm

I beg to differ. I had a knife held to my throat just about 30 meters off the Ramblas, while admiring a shoeshop window.

Barcelona is well-known for pickpockets and scammers ("the mustard trick") who target tourists and those obviously from outside the area.

A friend had their vehicle picked entirely clean while is was locked up in a well-lighted, guarded, underground garage.

Add in the current political contretemps and I think I'd have to say Barcelona is NOT "just as safe as anyplace in the world".

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Re: Barcelona safe - yes or no?

Postby Manchesteral » Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:17 pm

So don't go there !!

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Re: Barcelona safe - yes or no?

Postby CielodeCadiz » Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:23 am

^^^ In light of their declaration of independence, I intend to avoid Barcelona & the rest of Catalunya as much as possible, even do not want to use their airport. Additionally I've been hearing the city has become a huge tourist trap.

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Re: Barcelona safe - yes or no?

Postby costakid » Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:58 am

No busier than the last 15 years. Barca is always busy.

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Re: Barcelona safe - yes or no?

Postby elusive » Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:05 pm

The city has alaways been a huge "tourist trap" its always been on the visit list for many years.

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Re: Barcelona safe - yes or no?

Postby maureenscot » Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:55 pm

Have there not been anti-tourest action there recently?


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