Spain Warnings and Dangers

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Spain Warnings and Dangers

  • Pickpockets

    Barcelona Warnings and Dangers

    Please be very wary when getting the train from the airport into Barcelona Sants station as it appears to be a big pickpocket target. You've just arrived from the airport for your holiday and with your case are obviously a tourist who will have all your valuables on you and are probably distracted, especially if it's your first time to the city, in...

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  • Security

    Madrid Warnings and Dangers

    We were enjoying a drink in plaza de Santa Ana, quite near Plaza Major. My boyfriend went to the toilet and left his phone on the table as he had been taking photos. I was approached by a girl aged about 12 and a boy aged about 7. The girl asked me to sponsor her, for something at school, and showed me a form with signatures. The little boy was...

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  • Beware Pickpockets

    Palma de Mallorca Warnings and Dangers

    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...

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  • Pickpockets & Thieves

    Sevilla Warnings and Dangers

    People of Sevilla stay up late, and stay out late. We had to walk a ways to a taxi stand at 4:00 am and were wondering if we would run into mischievious types.... but what we found were a lot of people still sitting in bars (not blasted, by the way)and many couples walking around after a night out. I suddenly felt a lot safer.

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  • BEWARE AROUND CATHEDRAL

    Granada Warnings and Dangers

    I was approaching the cathedral when I became aware of someone very close behind me. When I turned there were two young women very close and right behind me holding city maps open in front of them. They did not meet my eyes and moved away so although I was suspicious, I thought maybe they just got a bit too close because they were busy looking at...

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  • Be Aware!

    Barcelona Warnings and Dangers

    Not far from parkway Passeig de Gracia when I have turned to Avingida Diagonal, there happened a following case with me. It is necessary to tell, Avingida Diagonal unlike Passeig de Gracia is not so populous. I was delighted to an opportunity to have a rest from tourist crowd and have directed aside Templo de la Sagrada Familia. Suddenly the young...

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  • Transports

    Madrid Warnings and Dangers

    We were warned about security and the need to be wary of pick-pockets, especially on the Metro. Lo and behold, while on the Metro during the morning rush toward the airport, we were jam packed, shoulder to shoulder, leaning and bumping into everyone around us. All during our trip, I carried my Euro coins in a sealed baggie in my front pocket, handy...

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  • Unwelcome Visitors

    Palma de Mallorca Warnings and Dangers

    From time to time nuclear powered USA Navy aircraftcarriers and nuclear armed submarines anchor in the bay of Palma de Mallorca. This is not very nice (to say the least) as they put in danger local residents and visitors. In the picture you can see local Greenpeace activists trying to prevent the US Gerorge Washington from anchoring in Palma....

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  • Gypsies & Beggars

    Sevilla Warnings and Dangers

    When we visited Sevilla, there were a few gypsies around the cathedral area. They were typically ladies, and would approach people (mostly tourists, I'd say) and offer them a small bunch of rosemary or other posy, saying that they are lucky, and should have this gift. They would then try and get the person to pay for the 'gift'. We weren't bothered...

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  • THE ALHAMBRA TICKETS

    Granada Warnings and Dangers

    WARNING FOR ANYONE CONSIDERING BOOKING OF THEIR ALHAMBRA TICKETS ON-LINE: (PLEASE READ THE LAST PARAGRAPH!!) Before visiting Alhambra, Granada we decided to follow various on-line recommendations and book the tickets in advance online. On a www.ticketmaster.es we didn't managed to get over first two steps (the page just went blank), so after a...

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  • People to Avoid

    Barcelona Warnings and Dangers

    This is an old scam. A man stands beside a tape recorder playing music. There are some small dolls that jig up and down to the music. When he stops the music they stop dancing. The trick : there is some invisible fishing line attached to the back of the tape recorder, the tape recorder is rigged to move this line up a down and make the dolls...

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  • Local people

    Madrid Warnings and Dangers

    You have all heard this a million times before, but beware of the pickpockets. Although I believe it is not as bad as places like Barcelona, but just keep an eye and hand on your belongings. Don't keep a wallet in your backpocket in crowded areas, and wear a money belt, or just have front pockets.

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  • Rocky Peaks

    Palma de Mallorca Warnings and Dangers

    There is one potential danger in Mallorca, if you go around this island by car please PAAAY ATTTENTTTTION!!! roads are really narrow!!! See the road and not too much the beautiful see views...TAKE CARE!!!!!

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  • What To Avoid

    Barcelona Warnings and Dangers

    The original title of this tip was 'Bullfights: Don't waste your time and money'. I did change it as nowadays (and I'm glad of it) even if you really want to waste your time and money watching a beautiful animal being tortured to death, you can't do it in Barcelona anymore. Its not true there were no local tradition of bullfighting, there were...

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  • Eating & drinking

    Madrid Warnings and Dangers

    I was last Saturday in Madrid, on the 8th of September 2012. We went to "Parque del Retiro", it is a nice place to walk and there are a couple of coffee shops by the lake, where you can have drinks outside. The place we went was called "kiosko Galápagos" and is just in front of the lake. We were with my little niece, who is 3 years old. We just...

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  • Bad Timing

    Barcelona Warnings and Dangers

    too many times, i have arrived in a city, expecting to see something i have been planning for months. unfortunately, due to my lack of practical planning, i arrive at the site after hours, it's under construction, or closed for the season. do your research and find out ahead of time if it will be open to the public, and how much it costs.

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  • Monuments & highlights

    Madrid Warnings and Dangers

    The mayor of Madrid has lost his treasure, so now he is digging the city up. That is what I am told. Madrid is currently COVERED in roadworks, tunnels and lots of noise and dust. The center: Sol is ineccessible to buses and much of traffic has to be diverted to surrounding streets. Around the famous bear statue it is really noisy and dusty.

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  • Avoid Crowds

    Barcelona Warnings and Dangers

    It is more than difficult to get around the block that contains the Sagrada. People are standing around, and others taking pictures, while others are waiting in line to get in. Either way, it is near impossible to walk around the block that houses the church, so we used the adjacent block to walk more freely; but not much more. In addition, the...

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  • Money Matters

    Barcelona Warnings and Dangers

    Dear all people in the world at large... Every friend groups of mine who have visited Barcelona in the last six months have been robbed off at various restaurants in Barcelona... They have lost their passports, cash, phones, credit cards, cameras, jackets anything within just a blink of an eye.. Usually these petty thieves work in a team and while...

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  • Beware of highway "help"

    On 28 September 2012, we had an incident on the autopista near the town of Torreblanca (Castellon). At about 11:00 am, we stopped at the service area and when we returned to the autopista, a few minutes later we noticed we had a flat tire. We stopped, and a few minutes later 2 men came and told us that they would send somebody to help. They had on...

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  • Camper Van Hire Spain - our problems

    Camper Van Hire Spain – our hire problems … … with Autocaravan Express S.A. - aka Spaincamper.com.Firstly let us introduce ourselves. We are a mature English couple living in New Zealand and have recently spent 6 weeks touring France, Spain and Italy in a Campervan. When we were planning our trip we did a lot of research and eventually chose the...

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  • Well guess what? Since this...

    Well guess what? Since this page has been in existence, it has gotten some very nice reviews... but certainly a number of reviews by people who have said 'I would never go to a bullfight!'I understand this completely. I understand the disgust that people feel about the killing of animals. It may seem a heartless and cruel thing we do, the killing...

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  • Exchange rates

    The following is a warning that was issued by Yahoo Finance on March 9, 2012:A SNEAKY WAY TO CHARGE YOU MOREHow it works: You pay for a souvenir using your U.S. credit card and the merchant hands you back a receipt in U.S. dollars. "Seems innocent enough, but exchange rates (almost always) favor the merchants," says Robert Reid, U.S. travel editor...

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  • Car hire pitfalls in Spain

    Try carhire3000.com I nearly always use their system for booking and have just booked a car for 1 week for just over £100 with a spare driver as well. Nearly always better to use the website systems as going direct will usually be more expensive. Some companies in spain will exclude a lot from the insurance, I once found that if the car broke down...

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  • Pick Pockets: HOW they do it

    Here's a common trick to be prepared for. Pick pockets often work in teams, not alone. About 3-4 people (yes women too) is common. As you enter the subway terminal, they will be studying you to see if you're a weak, easy target to hit. You should be on high alert to all surroundings and people. LOOK at people and be obvious about it. Stare. Show...

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  • Avoid Viator day-trips from Madrid

    Our Avila-Segovia tour, booked through Viator, was the worst we have ever been on: 1. The guide's English was so heavily accented she was incomprehensible much of the time. Occasionally we were unaware for a few moments that she had shifted from Spanish to English. 2. The guide refused to use the jump seat opposite the driver. Instead, she hogged...

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  • FOREST AND MOORLAND FIRES

    With Asturias, and the whole of northwest Spain, sweltering uncomfortably in the humid heat at the moment, and coming across a rather lousy photo I took from the train window in Toraño in mid-March, during three glorious weeks of fine, but low humidity weather, I thought the moment apt to issue a WARNING to all intending to visit Spain over the...

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  • Beware of pickpockets

    Barcelona is fast becoming the pick pocketing capital of the world.There are so many scams for distracting the unsuspecting tourist. keep your wits about you at all times.do your research on the official Barcelona sites who will provide you with lists of the current scams and tips for keeping safe.not going to go on about this as it will put you...

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  • Beware of pickpockets!

    Beware of pickpockets especially in overcrowded places like Las Ramblas, major shopping complexes or even at tourist information offices. Do not carry your haversacks or bags behind your back especially when you queue up to purchase tickets or waiting for your turn. The best way is to carry your bags in front of you so that you are aware of what is...

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  • Ferry Tour to Tangiers

    FRS ferry company offers a tour that is the same price as the ferry ride to Tangiers. What they don't tell you is that your tour guide will take you to varioius places within Cazbah where they do very, very high pressure sales. We were the only people on the tour and I didn't think we were going to be about to leave a carpet "factory" that they...

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  • Local Fiestas

    From Madrid to the remotest place, every city or town in Spain celebrates its local saint's day. Local holidays often encompass interesting cultural traditions, but apart from the fact that you may arrive in town only to find stores closed, many of these traditions can also entail unpleasant surprises. Years ago, a list of the events held to...

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  • Time Zone

    It is well known that Spain's peculiar timetables may be annoying, in particular for inflexible travelers. Moreover, not only are things done later in Spain than in other parts of Europe, but another time-related factor can also affect your travel in Spain: dusk and dawn occur later there than you would expect. That is due to the fact that Spain...

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  • Spain: Taxi Drivers

    Even though I am fluent in Spanish, I didn't know to be careful about negociating with taxi drivers and how to keep from being ripped off. One taxi from the airport overcharged me because I didn't negociate before getting in because I thought it was a set rate. I paid 30 euros that day and 20 on another day for the same trip. I had a scary...

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  • Bandidos

    Spanish friends were warning me about being robbed at monuments like the Alhambra gardens and other such parks and places where you might be wandering alone. I hadn't had any sense of trouble until my daughter and I went up alone to see the "Castillo" in Fuengirola. It's wooded and hilly. There were very few people around, we only saw a couple...

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  • Bullfighting

    Bullfighting is one of the best known aspects of the Spanish culture and supporters of this cruel activity still claim it is the "National Fiesta". In reality, though, an overwhelming majority of the population disapprove of these practices. Nevertheless, the banning of such inhuman treatment to animals is not yet an issue in Spain, as the fans of...

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  • ETA

    ETA is a terrorist group from the Pais Vasco (Basque Country), basically what they are 'fighting for' is the liberty of the Pais Vasco. In other words they wish to separate from the rest of Spain. They are in fact very similar to The IRA, in Northern Ireland. ETA stands for Euskadi Ta Askatasuna. Euskadi is the name all people from Pais Vasco call...

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  • Teaching in Spain.

    Please see my Cádiz or Granada page tips on this which as basically accurate for working in the south of Spain.To avoid bad contract and bad pay try working in the North of Spain where you shouldn’t work for less than 1000 euros. You can even expect to earn 1,200-1,500 if you are lucky for a 27 hour contract.They will give you a good contract in...

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  • Spanish men! (Sorry guys)

    Ladies be warned that Spanish men can be really....er....vocal or obvious if they think you are attractive. Old men are the worst: they will walk passed you and mumble 'Que guapa eres' in a really sleazy manner!Old and young alike will stop what they are doing (even if they are carrying heavy furniture) and stare at you until you disappear into the...

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  • Taxis

    It is sad to say that in many places such as Madrid, Malaga or Sevilla the taxi drivers often try and take advantage of 'rich' tourists and bump up the fairs for unsuspecting tourists that have recently arrived and have no idea about the prices here, especially if you are from a country that don't use euros. Therefore ALWAYS ask them how much the...

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  • rental car - hidden costs

    We rented a car with Europcar in Roquetas del Mar for four days with full insurance (extra 15 euro/day) for peace of mind. We asked the receptionist about any possible extra costs. The answer: only fuel (always return car with full tank) and police tickets. Sounded ok. During the renting time we had a flat tire which was replaced with the spare...

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  • This is Europe?

    I've been to Europe a couple of times, using Eurail. Whereas most of the northern countries like France, Germany, Holland, Sweden etc. have timetables that are correct to the exact minute, Spain seems to be tainted with a Mexico-like befuddlement. Maybe it's the language but the trains are late...sometimes HOURS late...as a rule. It's totally off...

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  • Topless Bathers in Tossa del Mar; Watch...

    I didn't know where else to put this so here goes: [Keep in mind, this is "tongue in cheek humor!"]It could be dangerous for a relationship if your mate becomes too "interested" in the sites on the beach at Tossa del Mar (the topless bathers). The picture is the least offensive of the ones we took from atop the bridge over the beach.But, I do have...

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  • Safe, Safe Country...However...

    Spain is about as safe as it gets. You will rarely find any serious crimes committed here. With that being said, petty theft is quite common in many areas...typically, the larger cities. Madrid and Barcelona are the places where you can expect this the most. My friend got pickpocketed on the metro in Madrid, depite having his wallet in his front...

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  • Animals

    Not really a warning or dangers tip here, rather a comment on animals rights.In the old part of Granada we saw a bunch of kids proudly showing off by brandishing a poor bird of prey. The animal was blindfolded and seemed to be frustrated by the number of people stopping by to touch it.Be responsible. Animals are not toys.

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  • Exchanging money

    I don't recall seeing this in other countries (but I could be wrong), but many of the currency exchange locations only give you a "good" deal if you are changing a large amount of currency (like 2 thousand dollars). If not, like my husband & I were, you get a really sucky rate & might as well have changed your money at the airport. so, watch out...

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