An awful experience on a Palma city centre bus, during our journey into the centre of Palma, the bus we were travelling on became very busy. I was very aware the whole time we were in Palma of the pickpocket situation and frequently held onto and wore my bag to the front. I did this on this particular journey . A moment of forgetfulness looking out the window (standing room only) I felt something, I turned round and caught the thief redhanded. Luckily he dropped the purse he had opened the clasp of my bag and removed it. I can only apologise to the other passengers if they understood the broad scots expletives he received!!! No laughing matter it left me shaken and upset the rest of the day. Please take care.
Overall trip to Palma was wonderful. I did catch a fellow with 3 fingers in my right side pocket. I managed to take a picture before he tried to knock my camera away. He's the one on the right, without sunglasses. Amazingly, he walked right by me the next evening in a different part of town. He kept looking over his shoulder for a few blocks...
JUST BACK FROM PALMA AND HAD A NASTY EXPERIENCE OUTSIDE CATHEDRAL. Didn't realise it at the time but we were aware of a young, well dressed English speaking man who was constantly on his mobile and seemed to be everywhere we were from outside Cathedral to actual tour inside it. Apon us finishing tour and walking out into the small narrow streets outside it we took a wrong turning (which is quite easy to do) Eventually two young girls came round a corner and when we asked for directions, they took flowers from their pockets and pinned on our lapels. After doing this they asked for a penny and when I took out my wallet to oblige one of the girls tried to snatch it. Luckily I held on tight but lost 20 Euros in the struggle. On reflection we concluded that the young man was in contact with the girls and had been advising them of our movements throughout the tour. A lucky escape but my advice is if offered any flowers etc. make a sharp exit and DON'T put your wallet/purse on show at any time.
While being exquisite, Mallorca is also host to many nasty pickpockets. While boarding a bus in crowded conditions, my wallet was nabbed by a clever thief. The trick is simple, yet effective: while attempting to board buses, many people will cram together with hopes of getting in the bus first. Watch out for people behind you who will use the awkward condition to snatch your wallet in your front pocket (never, ever hold your wallet in your back pocket) without you ever noticing the daring move. Do not overtly display affluence and you'll be fine.
I got well and truly conned in the resort of Palma Nova/Magalluf a few years ago.....a spanish woman approached me with a red carnation flower in her hand which she tried to put in my pocket. She asked for 500 pesetas i think, for the flower......i refused and handed it back to her. A few minutes later i went to buy something and realised i was £50 worse off than i should have been. she had pickpocketed the money whilst trying to put the flower in my pocket!!! i believe she had seen me cash a travellers cheque just minutes earlier and followed me. BEWARE!!!!!
The only problem you may face in Palma, and in Spain in general, is the pickpockets. They are also called gypsies. Keep your wallet in the FRONT pocket of your pants so you can keep an eye on it. If anyone (usually women) offers you a flower for free, say NO and walk away...ignore her pleas. Just after they give it to you, they will ask you for a penny, and then if you take out your wallet, they will take hold of it to look for the coin, and w/o you knowing, they will take all of your money... I have seen this about to happen a million times. Also, women with cardboard signs may approach you, and while they fight w/ you, their hands come under the signs to reach into your purse. So, if approached by anyone who looks suspicious, walk away quickly...if it's hard to get away, push at them and RUN, as some of them can be quite pushy.
I should have read this page first!!! I can confirm the flower-selling gypsy pickpockets aropund Palma Cathedral, the Arab Baths and Mallorca Museum - all withnin a maze of tiny streets. Two gypsy women very nearly got all my cash while pinning a flower on my shirt - BE VERY CAREFUL!!!
Two major hazards that face the tourist in Palma/Majorca are 1, The gypsies that accumulate outside the cathedral. They are expert pickpockets and know who and how to remove money and money belts from without you feeling a thing. Wear your bum bags under your T shirts and dont let them near you when they offer you flowers for sale. 2, On the busses which are exceedingly packed. You enter at the front and exit at the back of the vehicle. This is a prime time for the pickpockets as pushing past you they releive you of your cash and then get off the bus as it drives away. Always if possible hire a safe and store your valuables.
Beware of pick pockets and beggars. There are lots of poor people and romanies in the city centre, always have eyes in the back of your head! Other than that Palma is relatively safe.