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Do you think Barcelona is safe for 5 17 year old girls?

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Do you think Barcelona is safe for 5 17 year old girls?

Hiya, we're planning a week long trip to Barcelona, do you think it would be safe for us to be there alone? Also, we would stay self-catering, is it expensive for food and toiletries?

Thanks.

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21. Re: Do you think Barcelona is safe for 5 17 year old girls?

This is from the official Foreign and Commonwealth Office web site here in the UK - 3rd paragraph under heading Crime:

" If the police request ID, either show them your passport, driver’s licence or other photographic identification"

Someone should tell them they're wrong.

fco.gov.uk/en/…spain

I'm honestly not trying to be clever but due to the risk of pickpocketing I never take my passport out with me, and telling people otherwise, particularly when you apparently don't have to, is just an unnecessary risk.

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22. Re: Do you think Barcelona is safe for 5 17 year old girls?

yep, someone should, because they are wrong.

europa.eu/youreurope/…index_en.htm

"it is still always best to take a passport or ID card with you, so you can prove your identity if needed (if stopped by police, boarding a plane, etc.).

Driving licences, post, bank or tax cards are not accepted as valid travel documents or proof of identity.

Sample story

Lars is Swedish and holidaying in Spain. He took his bank card with him – in Sweden, it's accepted as proof of identity.

But Lars could get into trouble if the Spanish authorities want to check his identity, because the only valid ID documents they recognise are national ID cards and passports issued by the Swedish authorities."

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23. Re: Do you think Barcelona is safe for 5 17 year old girls?

The real issue is the massive amount of pickpocketing in Barcelona and the issue of safety in big cities for young girls (both naive and otherwise) who do not speak the language.

Compared to both of these, the theoretical need to carry your passport issue is of no importance whatsoever.

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24. Re: Do you think Barcelona is safe for 5 17 year old girls?

I am still trying to understand five mothers who would send 17 year old girls along to BCN. Frankly that does not sound reasonable to me. If this is some school group etc. okay but not alone.

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25. Re: Do you think Barcelona is safe for 5 17 year old girls?

As a matter of interest..does anybody know what the likely course of action is if you can't produce your ID when asked?

I've always vaguely known that I 'should' have it on me but the risk/stress/hassle of having it lost/stolen versus the likelihood of being asked is a no brainer for me. To each their own hey? In over 15 years of travelling in Spain and Canaries I've never been asked but bet I'll get caught out on my next trip now ha!

Just a quick note on alcohol in BCN - lots and lots of random people selling cans of e.g. beer on streets to people egardless of age. I

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26. Re: Do you think Barcelona is safe for 5 17 year old girls?

not sure if the original poster has been back but I would strongly suggest looking at other destinations, magaluf, malia, zante, kavos, kos etc which are much more geared up for your age group and you can socialise with people your own age.

Unless there is something specific you want to see in Barcelona I am sure it can wait until you are older!

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