Barcelona

Barcelona is Spain’s most dynamic, urban and cosmopolitan city. From the Gothic neighborhood to Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia cathedral, the city has plenty of sights and landmarks. As the cultural center of Spain, Barcelona offers famous museums such as the Picasso Museum and the Miro Museum; and Barcelona food scene is one of the best in Spain.Barcelona is a safe city. With a rating of 85% Spain, is ranked 17th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries. Barcelona is a bit more dangerous because of the high number of tourists being pickpocket targets.

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Although the country is very safe,  the number of tourists in Barcelona attracts a lot of pickpockets and crooks who take advantage of the crowds on the city’s streets. SafeAround will allow you to see on a map the city’s safest and most dangerous neighborhoods and areas, details on scams and other risks, as well as some useful travel advice.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

Barcelona is a safe city. With a rating of 85% Spain, is ranked 17th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries. Barcelona is a bit more dangerous because of the high number of tourists being pickpocket targets.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH

As a top touristic destination, there is a high pickpocket risk in Barcelona. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

Barcelona is an averagely safe city regarding the chances of being mugged or kidnapped. Be aware of dangerous zones by asking local advice.

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 Barcelona. 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.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

There might be some risk while taking public transport in  Barcelona.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

There are no natural hazards in Barcelona.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

Barcelona has been recently targeted by terrorist attacks, be alert to suspicious activity anytime.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Barcelona is generally very safe for women travelers.

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As the cultural center of Spain, Barcelona offers famous museums such as the Picasso Museum and the Miro Museum; and Barcelona food scene is one of the best in Spain.

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. www.doyouneedvisa.com 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.