What To Avoid, Barcelona
When looking for a hostel it´s always a good idea to do it as early as possible. I didn´t and know I´m sitting in an internetcafe because there is not even 1 free bed in Barcelona (at least I couldn´t find it)
Bullfighting is a form of torture to animals simply based on amusement. In recent years, there has been an increase in the cruel practice of this fact, mostly due to a power which has strong financial support. These groups are able to portray a false representation of public sentiment toward this fact taht majority of Spanish people are against this cruelty. Today is a tourist attraction benefiting and entertaining a minority. For as long as each new visitor to Spain visits just one of this events, the event will continue.
I would stay away from the water if I were you. I did try very hard to, but of course after some sangria one night, I was not noticing the ice cubes. Needless to say, I did have some tummy troubles that likely could have been avoided.
Barcelona is a fairly safe city, although petty crime (in particular theft) can be sometimes a problem and its victims are usually visitors to the city, so watchout! Keep an eye out for pickpockets and bag snatchers in the most touristy parts (specially around Plaça Reial and the Chinese Quarter). In the summertime, be extra careful on the beach. Although the local police have special anti-theft operations during this season, the beach is a popular place for thieves and pickpockets. If anything does get lost or stolen, there’s a City Police Station at La Rambla 43, opposite Plaça Reial (City Police Emergency phone: 092) and the city’s main lost-and-found office is on 93 402 31 61.
Barcelona es en general una ciudad segura, aunque el pequeño crimen (en particular el robo) puede ser en ocasiones un problema, y sus víctimas son muchas veces aquellas personas nuevas en la ciudad. Tener los ojos bien abiertos para evitar tirones de bolsas o robos de dinero es una buena idea en las zonas más turísticas (especialmente alrededor de la Plaza Reial y en el Barrio Chino). En verano, la playa es también un sitio donde usted debe de prestar atención, aunque la Policía Local (Guàrdia Urbana) monta operaciones de vigilancia especial durante esta época del año, los pequeños ladrones tienen en la playa uno de sus espacios de actuación favoritos. Si usted pierde o le roban algo, hay una Comisaría de la Guardia Urbana en La Rambla 43, en frente de la Plaza Real (Teléfono de emergencia: 092) y la oficina principal de objetos perdidos tiene el teléfono 93 402 31 61.
THE GOTHIC QUARTER is off the RAMBLAS and is a labyrinth of streets, shops and doorways. An odd thing happens during siesta. All the shops bring in their displays and roll down their metal doors making a labyrinth of faceless corridors. The entire area changes character and I for one, couldnt recognise my way home untill the displays were put out again. It happened way too often LOL.
Tener cuidado con dos cosas: la zona de la Plaza Real en la noche y los taxistas que si se dan cuenta que están llevando a un turista te 'pasean' por toda BCN, cobrándote el triple por el viaje. Es mejor indicarles el camino a seguir de antemano.
Don't leave luggage behind you at bars on the ramblas beside bushes. You think it's safely tucked in out of sight of thieves walking in front of you, but they can easily put the hand through the foliage and grab it from there.
Avoid the area around the Kabul House hostel. i personally saw 3 muggings in a space of 15 minutes as I walked abck to my room. The place is regularly broken into and stuff stolen, which I doubt the owners had little to do with.
Good hang out for atmosphere, beer vendor, internet, breakfast cafe etc but dangerous. Hard call - but its yours. Just don't carry anything you value.
Side streets off Las Ramblas seem quaint, but should probably be avoided. You can very quickly get lost and into neighborhoods that can be a bit scary and sometimes dangerous. Tourists are easy marks for predators.
Just be aware that buying fake products might cost you a fortune or you go to prison.
So be very careful....Minimum fine is 10,000 Euro
Spanish chillis have a curious trait, on any plant you try some are hot and some aren't, its like playing Russian roulette.