FAQ. Is Barcelona a safe city in 2018?

FAQ. Is Barcelona safe to visit in 2018?


Is Barcelona a safe city to visit in 2018? The answer is yes. In our opinion Barcelona is a very safe city for tourists to visit. Barcelona has very little violent crime during the day or the night. We live here and we feel that this is one of Europe's safest and most civil cities to visit and live in. 

The only Barcelona area where you need to take a little care and have some safety concerns is perhaps in the early hours of the morning in the lower part of the Raval part of Barcelona's old medieval city near the port, but even here violent crime is very rare.

Barcelona does have problems with pickpockets during the day, so be aware. You might lose phones, wallets and bags, but as we mentioned above, it is very unlikely that you will be assaulted or mugged.

Pickpockets are the biggest crime problem in Barcelona, but if you take some simple precautions then you can avoid becoming a victim of pickpocket crime. Read more about Barcelona pickpockets and how they operate and tips on how to safeguard your belongings.

Regarding terrorist threats to Barcelona, we are long term residents of Barcelona and in our opinion, Barcelona is as safe as, if not safer than many other major European cities. No major western city in the world is completely safe from terror as we have sadly seen in 2017, but Barcelona and Spain have very well trained security forces who are well deployed throughout the city.

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, in our opinion, Barcelona is still as a very safe city to visit.

We would like to take this opportunity to express our condolences and sympathy to 2015 Paris and Barcelona 2017 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

Regarding recent political tension in Barcelona

We are confident that the all autonomous communities in Spain, including Catalonia, will be able to have an exchange of ideas or opinions on the issue of the future political ambitions of Catalonian nationalist parties. Both the nationalist movement of Catalonia, which comprises around 47% of Catalan voters, and the rest of Spain's 16 communities have always expressed interest in peaceful dialogue, so I am sure a peaceful solution can be found. For tourists there is no danger, in our opinion, as both sides are interested in peaceful solutions. There might be occassional disruptions to traffic caused by peaceful demonstrations but tourists can safely visit Barcelona in our opinion.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 January 2018 11:09