Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Is it really 100 degrees F. in Paris???
  2. 2 Our Paris plans
  3. 3 Amalfi Coast restaurants...are dinner reservations a must?
  4. 4 Just Us 2 Wedding and 2 Wks in Europe. We need help planning please!
  5. 5 Christmas trip to Germany, what city?
  6. 6 Trip Report Pegontheroad in eastern Europe
  7. 7 Have I made a mistake in my apartment choice in Paris?
  8. 8 Dubrovnik City Wall Walk - Hours?
  9. 9 Trip Report TR: Solo in DUBLIN for BLOOMSDAY, an Irish literary odyssey
  10. 10 Stonehenge from London: how to arrange private tour?
  11. 11 Trip Report Barcelona Barcelona where have you been all my life! Days 1 and 2
  12. 12 Northern Germany
  13. 13 Plug to carry for US gadget charging
  14. 14 Rail Itinerary around Northern/Central Italy
  15. 15 Itinerary help for Italy!!
  16. 16 St. Petersburg plus
  17. 17 Advice on Tuscan hilltowns itinerary
  18. 18 Trip Report 7 Days, 7 Counties, 3 Generations Southwest Sampler
  19. 19 Trip Report Scandinavian and Baltic Adventure - our trip report
  20. 20 Hotels in Barcelona
  21. 21 Referendum in Greece
  22. 22 CapitaineTrain.com again !!!!!
  23. 23 Barcelona Itinerary
  24. 24 Where to go in Southern Italy in December?
  25. 25 Bath or Exeter
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