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
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.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
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.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
Spain is a safe country regarding mugging and kidnapping risks, although some areas are best to be avoided at night.
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.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
Transports and taxis are generally very safe in Spain.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
There is very little risk regarding natural disasters in Spain, other than avalanches which can be a significant threat when skiing in the Pyrenees.
TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
Spain has not recently been targeted by terrorist attacks, but it is best to stay alert since other countries in Europe have been targeted.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Spain is generally very safe for women travelers.