FAQ. Is Barcelona safe to visit in 2020?

FAQ. Is Barcelona safe to visit in 2020?

Is it safe to travel to Barcelona in 2020? Is Barcelona safe for tourists in terms of general crime? Please see separate article re Coronavirus Barcelona.

 in our opinion it is safe to travel to Barcelona in terms of general safety.

Most areas are considered safe during day and evening. 

However there has been a slight rise in violent crime of late.

In August 2019 the US Consulate General in Barcelona issued a Security Alert advising U.S. citizens of "an increase in violent crime in the city of Barcelona in the summer of 2020, specifically in popular tourist areas. Local authorities have reported a significant increase in the number of petty theft schemes that have included acts of violence, such as aggressive thefts of jewelry, watches, and purses. In some cases, these incidents have resulted in injury. Authorities indicate they are seeking to address these issues."

Despite a rise in crime in 2019, we feel that Barcelona is one of Europe's safer and civil cities to visit and reside in. 

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

Tourists are able to walk the streets and use public transport in safety, but as in any other big city or tourist destination, crimes with some violence can occur and common sense should be used at all times.

Barcelona does have a very big problems with pickpockets at all times of day, so be aware of that.

You risk losing phones, wallets and bags if you do not take precautions, but as we mentioned above, it is very rare that tourists are a assaulted or mugged.

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.

However, no major western city in the world is completely safe from terror, as we sadly felt in Barcelona 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 national terrorism was a threat in Spain, so Spanish security forces are 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 a very safe city to visit.

Regarding political tension in Barcelona in 2019

We are confident that 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 without violence.

Both the nationalist movement of Catalonia, which comprises around 44% of Catalan voters in recent polls, and the rest of Spain's 16 communities have always expressed interest in peaceful dialogue, so we are sure a peaceful solution can be found.

For tourists there is little danger during political demonstrations, in our opinion, as both sides have declared an their interest in peaceful solutions.

There might be occasional disruptions to traffic caused by peaceful demonstrations.

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