Safety and security in Barcelona: everything you need to know for a trouble-free holiday
Article updated 28 August, 2019.
Safety is not a problem in Barcelona. However there are a couple of things to bear in mind to make sure your holiday goes off without a hitch.
There is no need to worry about safety in the Catalan capital. Barcelona is a city where you can stroll around night and day without fear.
However, we have put together a list of some little troubles that can arise, to save you any nasty surprises.
Barcelona, a safe city
Barcelona is on the whole a safe city. It is one of the least dangerous cities in Europe, ahead of London, Brussels or even Paris.
Of course, crimes are committed everywhere, even if they are minor. Although the narrow streets of the old town were once considered to be cut throat this is no longer the case at all. The Gothic, Born and Raval areas have become very attractive and popular due to the multitude of hotels, bars and restaurants now found there.
Is the Raval a dangerous area?
The Raval still has trouble shaking off its old reputation of being an unsafe neighbourhood and it is often considered the most dangerous in Barcelona. All I can say is I live there and I feel safe, even coming home late at night. The streets are well lit and there are police dotted around.
However there is a certain difference between the north of the neighbourhood (above the Carrer de l’Hospital) and the South. The latter is quieter and less lively than the north and can be a little intimidating in the dark.
The safest areas in Barcelona
Difficult to say which are the safest areas in the city!
Pedralbes and Sarrià-Sant Gervasi are the residential areas where most of the residences have a guard service, which is quite reassuring.
In August, when the residents leave on holidays, there can be the odd wave of burglaries, with burglars operating during the guards’ break times. Nevertheless, this is a rare occurrence.
Only downside: pickpockets
Unfortunately, pickpockets are a plague in Barcelona. They are numerous and particularly effective, which does affect one’s sense of safety and ease in Barcelona.
Thefts occur very discretely, mostly without you realising it. Remember to be vigilant, particularly around the Ramblas and the beach. Also read our articles Anti-pickpocket tips and Pickpockets in Barcelona: what to do in case of theft?
Safety at Camp Nou during Barça matches
Stadiums are often absolutely bursting with supporters, but thankfully this is not the case in Barcelona: the surroundings of camp Nou are totally safe, even on big match nights!!
You can feel free to bring the family to the stadium with nothing to fear. On the contrary the atmosphere is light and friendly. And to really blend in, don’t forget to learn the Barça anthem with our karaoke video!
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