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Safe to travel to Spain now?

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Safe to travel to Spain now?

Hi everyone - I booked a ticket to Madrid for beginning of June to go see some of the major cities - Madrid, Barcelona and so on. However I am getting worried with the recent protests and economy issues, especially since I have seen that these events have affected travel. If anyone has any input I would greatly appreciate it. If worse comes to worse I guess I could take a train to another country... Thanks, Teresa

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1. Re: Safe to travel to Spain now?

There's nothing to worry about!

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2. Re: Safe to travel to Spain now?

Teresa:

The general strike was a one day affair. Unfortunately there were some unruly people in Barcelona that created bad news for Spain. Spain is a very safe country to visit. The bad economy is actually good for visitors because many prices have come down, such as the price of hotel rooms, to attract more visitors.

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3. Re: Safe to travel to Spain now?

Of course it is safe to visit Spain. The strike was only for 24 hours.

The media focused on / magnified one small bit of trouble on the strike day.

You probably have more chance if seeing civil unrest in Pittsburg than in Spain!

By the way, recent strikes are not unique to Spain so you could just as easily be affected by one if you did get a train to another country - e.g. French Traffic Controllers were not working this week. So just relax and have a wonderful time here in Spain.

Edited: 1:14 am, April 03, 2012
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Thanks for all of the feedback and perspective everyone! I really appreciate it.

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5. Re: Safe to travel to Spain now?

Just to add, for your tranquillity... I was in Barcelona, actually in the demonstration, on the strike day. I learnt there were "riots" on the news. Sadly, the press were not interested in the HUNDREDS of peaceful demonstrators, but magnified the (definitely reprobable) acts of a bunch of idiots.

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6. Re: Safe to travel to Spain now?

I totally agree with Belsaita.

It's now the trend to magnify anything remotely resembling a riot in Barcelona and other cities, when the truth is that 99.999% of demonstrations are absolutely peaceful and chances that as a visitor you'll be affected by them are close to zero, being affected meaning that you'll have to look for an alternative route to your restaurant/bar/sight/museum.

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Ah, yes - the lovely media blowing everything up. Again thanks so much and glad for those who traveled to Spain had an enjoyable time.

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8. Re: Safe to travel to Spain now?

But are there more crimes now due to the poor economy? I heard that the police stations are always full of tourists whose money and passports are stolen / robbed.

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>>> I heard that the police stations are always full of tourists whose money and passports are stolen / robbed. <<<

Only the public counter area, not the cells ;-)

Edited: 7:47 am, September 20, 2012
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We're leaving Saturday, and my husband is a little concerned.

I have a safety purse and he has a hidden wallet thingy. But we keep hearing about muggings and pick pockets.

We will try to not dress flashy or look too American, but what else can one do? It can't be any worse than NYC ! right ?