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FAQ. Is Barcelona a safe city in 2016? E-mail
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FAQ. Is Barcelona a safe city to visit?

Is Barcelona a safe city to visit? Yes. Barcelona is a very safe city for tourists to visit. There is very little violent crime even at night. The only area where you need to take a little care very late at night is the lower part of the Raval part of Barcelona's old medieval city, but even here violent crime is rare.

Barcelona does have problems with pickpockets during the day. You can lose phones, wallets and bags, but you will not be assaulted or mugged, just robbed. Pickpockets are the biggest crime problem in Barcelona, but if you take some simple precautions then you will not be a victim of pickpocket crime. Read more about Barcelona pickpockets to see how to safeguard your belongings.


Regarding terrorist threats in 2016 and 2016, as long term residents of Barcelona, in our opinion, Barcelona is as safe as any other major European city, or maybe safer. No major western city in the world is completely safe from terror as we have sadly seen in recent years, but Barcelona and Spain have very well trained security forces.

Spanish security forces have long experience from past times when internal terrorism was a threat in Spain, so Spain is experienced and well positioned to deal with threats of this nature. Spain is a modern European country with high level security awareness, so as mentioned, Barcelona is regarded as a very safe city to visit.

We would like to take this opportunity to express our condolences and sympathy to 2015 Paris victims of terror and their families and to all victims of terror world-wide. We encourage all followers of peaceful co-existance not to change their free way of life or to give in to fear. There are by far more people on this planet who want to live in peace and harmony with other nations and cultures and this spirit cannot be broken by a very few disturbed individuals. 

“Always remember, others may hate you, but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself.”
― Richard M. Nixon


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