Is Barcelona Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Barcelona is generally safe for solo female travelers. The crime rates are relatively low, however pickpocketing and bag snatching are common in crowded places and on public transportation. Basic precautions like avoiding deserted areas, not flaunting wealth or valuable possessions, and being vigilant on the street and in the metro, especially after dark, should ensure a safe stay.

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How safe is Barcelona?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Moderate

Barcelona, generally holds a decent level of safety. However, during the night time, especially if you're alone, it is advisable to stick to well-lit, populated areas. Unwanted attentions or pickpocketing incidences can happen, particularly in tourist-centric locations. Public transportation is reliable and often preferred. Overall, maintain awareness of your surroundings and take general precautions as you would in any other city.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Safe

Public transportation in Barcelona is safe, reliable, and well-maintained. It includes a comprehensive network of metro lines, buses, trams, and trains. Furthermore, they run frequently and even late at night. However, caution needs to be exercised, as in any crowded place, against pickpockets and minor thefts. Special attention should be placed on your belongings. Despite this, it still remains a secure and efficient way to move around the city.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Low

Barcelona is generally considered safe for solo female travelers, with locals respectful of personal boundaries. Street harassment is not a rampant issue, with most of the concerns revolving around pickpocketing. That said, it's always important to stay vigilant, especially in crowded tourist areas. However, women should feel relatively comfortable moving around the city, at day or night, without facing significant harassment or discomfort.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:High

Barcelona, despite being a fantastic city with vibrant culture and breathtaking architecture, unfortunately has a comparatively high rate of petty crimes. Tourists often face thefts, pickpocketing, and scams, particularly in crowded areas such as popular tourist sites, beaches, and public transport. Often these crimes are non-violent; however, the frequency can be disconcerting. It's crucial to be cautious, stay vigilant about your belongings, and be aware of your surroundings when exploring the city.
Tap water:

Tap water:Very safe

Tap water in Barcelona, is generally safe to drink. Barcelona's water undergoes rigorous treatment and testing processes to meet European Union water quality standards. However, due to its high mineral content, some travelers find the taste to be a bit off-putting, but it's perfectly safe for consumption.

Is Barcelona safe to travel?

4.1 /5

Based on 92 experiences

Solo travel experience

I generally felt safe, and I walked most of the time along tourist spots. I just need to make sure that I was always alert with my phone and my rucksack was in my chest. As pickpocketing is rampant according to some market vendors in La Boqueria. I wanted to visit some other churches, but most of the peak times- you have to pay an entrance fee. Overall, I did enjoy my visit. If I have the opportunity to go back- I will probably stay somewhere quieter.

Posted: June 18, 2024
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Group travel experience

Barcelona was really beautiful. It is such a great city. I was there with my fried and we’ve visited a beach, a museum another most important touristic places. Btw be careful if you have expensive things. A lot of people say that it may be quite dangerous there

Posted: June 13, 2024
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Group travel experience

It was not too bad, never felt in danger or was robed but did witness one. The main problem seams to be the pickpockets. Dint walk.alone at night but even if I did I don't think it would be too unsafe

Posted: May 31, 2024Experienced: August, 2023
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Sevda

Sevda

Turkey

Group travel experience

I really felt safe. We did accomadation by hostels and we were 4 people so we used bolt as a transportation a lot. And we love walking so almost to everywhere we walked. We ate paella which is really good. Park güel was amazing, I think you should do it with guide for sure and also for Sagrada Familia, defineteley buy the tickets like 14 days before you go to see inside because we couldnot see.

Posted: April 28, 2024
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Ola

Ola

United States

Solo travel experience

I stayed in an AirBnb in Barcelona for about 6 weeks in January/February of 2023. I signed up for a Spanish course at UB to learn a little bit more Spanish and make some friends. Overall, Barcelona is a great city for travel. As a solo female traveler I was not going out too late and far, however I felt very safe walking near Placa de Catalunya even around 10pm. The city is very walkable and there are many things to experience. I would highly recommended going inside the Sagrada Familia during sunset, the stained glass windows were absolutely beautiful. The weather during this time was chilly and windy however it wasn’t too cold. Comparing to NY prices, I would say Barcelona is a pretty affordable city.

Posted: April 28, 2024
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Veronika

Veronika

Germany

Solo travel experience

I general i felt safe during daytime in family friendly areas,but Barcelona got a bit scary,many pickpockets are around the cities.They dont mind if its daytime. Overall people in Barcelona a friendly,not always helpful when it comes to recommendations though. Catalans are very proud. Foodwise i loved it,not only tapas u will find,also a variety of international food.fresh food. Nightlife is good,if you’re into Bars, you’ll find many options.

Posted: April 26, 2024
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Group travel experience

I unfortunately got robbed on the street late at night on my first night in Barcelona. I was walking back to my hotel late at like with my friend (female) and 2 men ran up to us and grabbed my purse and her phone. We were very shaken up by this experience and did not feel safe for the rest of the trip. Would not recommend walking at night, even in a group. We were here on a work trip and several other coworkers, including men were either pickpocketed or someone attempted to rob them

Posted: April 16, 2024
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Rukiye

Rukiye

Turkey

Solo travel experience

Barcelona is a beautiful city in general. It has very suitable conditions for traveling alone. I visited many European cities alone. However, I received warnings from locals about a lot of theft here. I think it was a bit of an exaggerated warning. It's not such an unsafe city. Just in general, you should not act like a tourist while traveling. This can be a problem in any country if you act too much like a tourist.

Posted: April 8, 2024
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Family travel experience

I visited Barcelona in October with my 13-year-old daughter. It was absolutely an amazing experience in terms of culture, food, history, and shopping. I recommend staying just off La Rambla, a famous car-free street. It's very safe to travel to, even at night. There are lots of beautiful ceramics to shop for, as well as high-end designer brands.

Posted: April 7, 2024
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Solo travel experience

During the day I always felt safe in Barcelona and I highly recommend visiting the city! It's full of life and you never feel alone despite travelling solo. I spent most of my time outside in parks and there are hundreds of sights to visit. After hiking to the top of the Tibidabo, I had a picturesque view! For lunch I usually had really good empanadas for a low price. You should definitely walk along the beach and let your feet get wet although I have to admit the water was a bit cold in April. All in all, it was a wonderful experience!

Posted: March 27, 2024Experienced: March, 2023
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Is Barcelona safe for women?

Safety rating

3.6 /5

Based on 14 experiences

Crime rates rating

1.9 /5

Based on 14 experiences

I think Barcelona is very safe! Just watch out which neighbourhood you go to alone at night, otherwise is really chill! Take public transport! And if you have any issues, just ran to another woman, therw is a lot of sorority, in general the city is very feminist and people will speak up if they witness something bad :)

Posted: June 16, 2024
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Well lit always busy Can be fun when you have plans and know where to go I walk a lot and always feel safe but as a girl people do stare It’s good fun and nice people Locals are friendly and helpful

Posted: June 12, 2024
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Is Barcelona safe right now?

Before your visit to Barcelona, it's essential to check travel advisories for Spain, including your home country's official travel advisory. These advisories can provide up-to-date information on safety, health, and any specific considerations for travelers.
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United States Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The United States Government advises exercising increased caution in Spain due to terrorism and civil unrest. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: July 26, 2023
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Canada's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Canadian government advises exercising a high degree of caution in Spain due to the threat of terrorism. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: June 4, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Australian Government advises to exercise normal safety precautions in Spain. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: April 18, 2024

Is Barcelona worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 92 experiences

Solo travel experience

The city is busy and fun if you know what your looking for. Variety of activities always something to do. People are friendly but very much interested in new people. Enjoy my time in city and out at the beaches

Posted: June 12, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 3/5
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Couple travel experience

Everyone was very nice and sweet. People were very open and friendly. The food was ten out of ten. The only thing that we didn’t understand was the fact that we could find any restaurants that work 24/7

Posted: June 11, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 3/5
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