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Barcelona safety, Las Ramblas

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We have booked an apartment in the second to last lower block of La Ramblas for 3 nights prior to a cruise. I choose it primarily for it's location and has all the basic amenities we need. Nothing fancy but practical. It is right across from the Metro stop and a block away from the cruise docks shuttle. Also a short walk to the old city etc. I have been to Barcelona before and stayed in the Eixample area and wanted to be closer in. We are 2 ladies in our early sixties who are very experienced travelers. We certainly are aware that the are picpockets everywhere and always keep our valuables secure and our eyes open.
However, today I read this on www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com.........

"Dodgy areas at night - Areas to avoid at night. Parts of the Raval area ( to the left of the Ramblas as we look northwards), Parts of Barri Xines, and the Southern most end of the Ramblas and streets off it. Any small dark empty streets - but this is common sense - if you want to be much safer try to avoid quiet empty streets and if you do have to go down them then try to ensure you are with someone"

Does this me we just have to keep our eyes open and be careful or does it mean we shouldn't venture out at night at all? I am wondering if we should change our location. It won't be easy or inexpensive to do so at this point but I do not want to feel like a prisioner in the apartment either. Any advice from those familiar with the lower Ramblas would be most appreciated.

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