From its famous Mediterranean beaches to the buzzing streets of Madrid and Barcelona, Spain is a country devoted to living the good life. Bordered by the Pyrenees at the north with beautiful mountain views in summers and adventurous skiing in winter; by beautiful cliffs on the Atlantic in the Northwest, and by charming creeks on the Mediterranean sea. Spain is the world’s third most-visited country, and therefore attracts a lot of pickpockets and other scammers, especially around its main cities. SafeAround has compiled information from numerous sources make sure you have a safe trip in Spain and be aware of all potential dangers. Spain is very safe : it is ranked 17th out of 162 on the safest and most dangerous countries ranking.


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Is Spain a Safe or Dangerous Country?

Travelling in Spain is generally safe: it is ranked 17th out of 162 on the safest and most dangerous countries ranking. Most travelers will never face any kind of serious threat or danger, but petty theft is a serious problem in urban areas and many have lost their passport, cash or credit cards to pickpockets and bag snatcher. There are many scams in Madrid and Barcelona’s touristic places, with small groups of thieves working together to distract you in order to steal you wallet. Some of these distractions include making you sign a fake petition, asking you directions on a map, and even throwing a white liquid looking like pigeon poo on your clothes before starting to clean it off (while emptying your pockets). There are also reports of old ladies offering free flowers for “good luck”, while their accomplices pick your pockets. If you travel by car, never leave any valuable in it – especially if it is a rental car : thieves occasionally operate on parking areas. Beaches are also common targets for thieves: never leave any valuable unattended when you go swimming. Be especially vigilant for bag and phone thieves at transport hubs like train stations, airports, restaurants, outdoor cafes, beaches and on public transport. Protect your personal belongings at all times, especially your ID and passport. Petty crime, like bag snatching and pick pocketing, is a serious problem around touristic areas and on public transport. For more details, see city specific advice or take a look at our travel articles.Spain is a very safe country. It is ranked 17th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

Spain is a very safe country. It is ranked 17th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.


As a top tourist destination, pickpocketing is the major risk for tourists in Spain. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Spain is a safe country regarding mugging and kidnapping risks, although some areas are best to be avoided at night.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : HIGH

There are a lot of scammers and con-artists trying to take advantage of tourists, particularly in large cities and around major landmarks in Spain. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.


Transports and taxis are generally very safe in  Spain.


There is very little risk regarding natural disasters in Spain, other than avalanches which can be a significant threat when skiing in the Pyrenees.


Spain has not recently been targeted by terrorist attacks, but it is best to stay alert since other countries in Europe have been targeted.


Spain is generally very safe for women travelers.


Useful Information

Visas are not usually required for stays under 90 days, and EU nationals (Schengen) can stay in the country as long as they want. Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to the country you’re visiting. is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The currency in Spain and most of Europe is the Euro. Spain is cheaper than other European countries, but the costs can add up in the main cities. Allow a budget of at least 70€ per day including accommodation.
The weather in Spain is hot and dry, the best time to visit is around summer (June-September), although major cities can be visited year-long.
The main international airports are in Madrid (Barajas) and Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Málaga, Alicante, Girona, Valencia, Ibiza, Seville and Bilbao. There are also airports at Almería, Asturias, Jerez de la Frontera, Murcia, Reus, Santander, Santiago de Compostela and Seville. If you’re looking fore cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar.
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page.