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Such a beautiful city but sadly it is marred by the blatant pick pocketing and scams that happen on a daily basis. We were unfortunately robbed at an intersection after pulling over when a motorcyclist alerted us to a flat tire. We were in high alert as it seemed odd how much he wanted to help us. We instead called the rental company who sent a man to fix the wheel for us. We stayed in the car until the mechanic arrived.

Once he was there, I stepped out of the car in order for it to be jacked up. And immediately locked the doors as I went to throw some garbage away (not more than 10 paces away). In that split second, my bag was taken from inside the car. The car doors had failed to lock because the trunk was open. I let my guard down for a split second and that was enough. Mind you, my husband was standing next to the car with the mechanic while this happened. He saw nothing.

And to add insult to injury, we had helped another tourist on our first day in the city to get his stolen bag back after a team of two ran off with it. This happened in broad daylight, next to a children's playground at an outdoor cafe. NO ONE ELSE HELPED HIM.

We also saw multiple tourists (some in tears) with the police, who again, can do nothing but shrug and say it happens.

Be aware. And be paranoid. We believe that the GPS on our dashboard was the giveaway that we were tourists. Side note, Enterprise charged us 217€ for the flat tire. Apparently the flat was NOT covered by the insurance that we paid for with the car.

I can't tell you how badly this ruined our honeymoon. No amount of beautiful sites or great food is worth being paranoid and distrustful of everyone around you. If you're hoping for a relaxing and incident free vacation, avoid Barcelona at all costs. It's just not worth it.

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