Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Sicily-Driving from Taormina to Cefalu
  2. 2 Perugia
  3. 3 Italy, beyond the most common Tourist Destinations
  4. 4 Ireland road trip in June: Where to stop?
  5. 5 Favorite restaurants, Florence
  6. 6 Americans moving to Europe - Suggestions?
  7. 7 Areas in Milan
  8. 8 Initial itinerary - 1 month in Greece
  9. 9 Day trip to Lake Como from Milan
  10. 10 Ireland last minute recommendations
  11. 11 Ireland itinerary help please
  12. 12 No Periods in British Written English!
  13. 13 3-days Athens Itinerary, thoughts? Starting this Wednesday!
  14. 14 Trip Report CDG much improved
  15. 15 Dublin or Amsterdam?
  16. 16 St Denis Cathedral
  17. 17 Trip Report A few days in Naples - what a great city
  18. 18 Versailles & musical fountains: Touristy or Magical? Skip it or Don't Miss?
  19. 19 Parma, Reggio or Modena for a year?
  20. 20 Trip Report The Roads Less Traveled: Traversing France With Mai Tai Tom & Tracy
  21. 21 Travel from Madrid to Barcelona with a Side Trip?
  22. 22 Rouen Tour Companies
  23. 23 One Month in Italy - Where would you base yourself?
  24. 24 Booking through Loco2 Train
  25. 25 Ronda Wine/biking
View next 25 » Back to the top

Tell Me The Truth -- Barcelona Pickpockets/Scams

Jump to last reply

Don't bash me--- this is a real question.

I've traveled alot to Europe in the past, but I haven't gone for a few years. I have been almost pickpocketed (politely) in Rome (smiled and waved them away). Almost pickpocketed (politely) in Paris by gypsies (smiled and waved them away). Friend was almost "gamed" by the Sacre Coeur (she stuck her finger out and a Nigerian placed a string around her finger, it was very strange). So, I get it. I understand how to be careful, etc. I *think* I know what to look for. I used to live in the Tenderloin in SF, for goodness sakes.

However, the more I read about Barcelona, the more I'm finding advice that I may be:

- brutally bumped around, knocked over in order to get pickpocketed (Disboards)
- get stuff dumped on me so that people will pretend to clean it off (Tom's Port Guide)
- young children will pull on me and their accomplices will pickpocket me (Rick Steves)
- I should get lash-guard safe camera straps to avoid being robbed (but what about my neck? how I would lash guard my neck? lol)

Is that all true? How much of the above is just "internet" advice versus real life in Barcelona.

I am going with a group of young and old. We will be targeted, I have absolutely no doubt. But how much of it will be polite pickpocketing/opportunistic stealing (which I'm used to) versus I need to make sure my 65 YO father doesn't get brutally knocked over while he is taking pictures with his DSLR?

Thanks.

102 Replies | Jump to bottom Add a Reply
102 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement