Hubby & I just back from a 2 night stay in Barcelona, great located hotel, no problems wishing we could stay longer, walking back towards ramblas from the Mitsui japonese restaurant we were approached with 2 guys I was very aware of the problems re pick pocketers already warned by a friend!
It was quietish around 10.30am we were in a well lit area, still we didnt feel in danger......We noticed 2 guys lingering ahead of us as we got nearer to them one at either side of us, touting for a local disco common sight for tourists, we are used to the touts on holiday so politley shrugged them off and carried on walking, the guy at my side insistantly making us look at his card, at this point I promptly looked towards the guy at my hubbys side (hubby is 6-2) as I glanced slightly behind hubby the guys thumb and finger was in my husbands back pocket, he felt nothing. Id bungled them, It was a blur after that, I tripped up and fell on my knee, the wallet was firmly gripped this guy ran off, my hubby chased him, also a couple of local guys who were nearby helped chase the thief they hated it and said these were gypsies who were from out of the area! I was so scared! The money had gone he threw the empty wallet on the ground. Gutted! Deflated! We eventually found the police station, logged report, was told it was a very bad area that the police station was in, we were scared to walk back to hotel. Awful. No more city breaks for us! Police do nothing to deter,pick pockets are rife and 'get away with it' all the time. Why is this crime allowed to continue!! No respect for tourists! Im digusted and very shaken up by our ordeal! We have been to Egypt many times and the locals there have far more respect for us as visitors to their country! Hope this helps someone who is visiting Barcelona!!