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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/10241770/Barcelona-worst-city-for-holiday-scams.html

This is not news; Barcelona has been this way for ever. Eileen and I were in a taxi last year going past the foot of the Ramblas, when our driver said, unprompted, ‘Un carrer muy peligroso,’ or in English, ‘A very dangerous street.’

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  1. Diana
    August 18, 2013 at 11:39 am

    And from what I have seen on the weather forecasts over the past few days, the weather has been lousy right up to and beyond the Pyrenees. Here in Javea, however, the sun has not stopped shining, and the water in the pool is around 32. Paradise.

  2. August 18, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I don’t know for sure but I suspect that the pickpockets in the Ramblas don’t do as well in dodgy weather.

    That paradise if yours isn’t without its criminality. I know of one Brit on the Costa del Sol who was mugged, beaten up and hospitalised with facial injuries; the perpetrators have never been caught.

  3. Diana
    August 18, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Um, this is the Costa Blanca, actually. Further south – Benidorm and Alicante areas – There are truly problems. I am not saying that there are no problems here, but they are minimal, D.G.
    Are you in Spain or Scotland just now? If Spain, then at least the thunder storms are usually pretty spectacular. We watch them over the mountains inland.

  4. teargas
    August 18, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    No, sadly it isn’t news and Spanish law is not about to sort it. If you steal less than 400 Euros you can’t be held by the police and you are therefore released immediately. The professional pickpockets and they are legion call it a day at around 300 and they’re home free…. every day! The police know exactly who they are but can’t touch them. And that’s only one of the scams on the Ramblas and elsewhere. Barcelona is best avoided these days unless you have a desperate need to see the Sagrada Familia, which admittedly is worth it but you need to be very vigilent at all times and that spoils it a bit.

  5. Joy
    August 18, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Driving along the autovia past Barcelona is not too clever either. We were followed for some distance before the shady characters in the car behind pulled level with us and tried to flag us down on the pretence there was something wrong with our car. They soon sped off when my husband held the mobile phone to his ear whilst looking at their number plate!

  6. August 19, 2013 at 10:28 am

    The car trick is common too, and your husband dealt with it in exactly the right way. Stopping is the wrong way.

    As for the pickpockets, they are looking for the unwary, Carry your wallet in a zipped pocket and you’ll be okay. But never, ever (mostly applies to ladies) carry it in a shoulder-bag.

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