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Barcelona, Spain

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.

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.

City Safe 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.


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Gothic Neighborhood and Rambla

The touristic center of Barcelona is also the oldest part of the town. Centered around La Rambla, Spain’s most famous and crowded boulevard, the Rambla leads to the medieval quarter from the city’s golden age, where the city’s catedral can be visited. The old city attracts a lot of pickpockets and bag-snatchers, especially around La Rambla’s crowds : keep an eye on your belongings at all times. The waterfront part of the Rambla is known for being prostitutes ground, and is best avoided at night. 

El Raval

West of the Rambla around Avenida Paralel, is the El Raval neighborhood, which was a former slum. It is in El Raval that the MACBA (Modern Art Museum) can be found. The south part (Barri Xines) is a red-light district and drug dealing area, and is therefore better avoided – particularly at night.


L’Eixample is the most central neighborhood of Barcelona, north of Plaza Cataluyna. Other than the iconic Sagra Familia Cathedral and the Casa Batllo, the neighboorhood is known for its expensive shops and restaurants as well as its bars and nightclubs. High caution should be exercised around the Sagrada Familia, and on the main avenue Passeig de Gracia.

Barceloneta and the Waterfront

Barceloneta once was factory and port area. The area has now been rehabilitated into a leisure area with waterfront restaurants, hotels, and a beach-side promenade on the Mediterranean sea. The area attracts pickpockets, and the promenade should be avoided at the night.

Warnings & Dangers

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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.



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

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



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.


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



There are no natural hazards in Barcelona.



Barcelona has not recently been targeted by terrorist attacks, but it is best to stay alert.


Barcelona 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.
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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
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