I see a lot of stuff in the news and online about some civil unrest in Barcelona. I am set to be in Barcelona in mid Oct. Is it safe right now?
Unless you plan on joining in the protests while you're there, you should be ok.
Read similar posts down the list. It is about referendum vote on October 1. Like anything, it is a big city with isolated protests. Walk 3 blocks away and you don't know anything is happening. This city returned to 'normal' (relatively speaking) within days of a terrorist attack. I expect by the time you get there the election will be old news. If not, just avoid any protest by moving out of the way. Remember this is not a country who practice the right to bear arms, so violence is less a result.Edited: 21 September 2017, 07:05
See post 6. from an American caught up in a demo'
A lot safer than Tennessee. 228 murders in Memphis alone in 2016. Maybe something to do with bearing arms. Anthony! LOL
Mid October is not "right now", and as a British politician once said "a week is a long time in politics" .
In any case, as already mentioned, any protests that happen, for whatever reason, are in very restricted areas
I always feel safer in Spanish cities than I do in many other cities, especially some in the US. As with anywhere keep awake and aware. I'm in Barcelona now and wish I never had to leave. It was only when there was a cacophony of banging of pots and pans in the courtyard outside my window last night that twitter informed me of the ongoing protest in another part of the city. Today I haven't encountered any protest in several large tourist areas.
Thanks for this update. We arrive in Barcelona on October 9th and it is hard to get up to date info re: tourists. I will look forward to reading your views on the situation if you can post again in a few days.
Just avoid areas where there are demonstrations and you will be safe. Barcelona is a very big city and they will not be demonstrating everywhere.
However I think that tourism will fall in this beautiful city because of all of the negative publicity it is getting.
Benny's almost certainly wrong. Whilst demonstrations and strikes are not impossible, the people who seemed to be the main focus of concern, at least on here, the ordinary people of Catalunya, behaved immpecably yesterday even in the face of extreme provocation. If anything, given the activities of the officials involved, it's the rest of Spain that might suffer in the long term. We've been discussing a trip to Andalusia next year. We are currently reconsidering. There is a more than remote possibility that the handling of this event by the government could result in a movement across Europe to get Spain to change, possibly similar to the anti-apartheid movement of the last century. It will, of course, be a 21st century version, internet and social media led, but France, Italy, Greece etc. could benefit.
I have always wondered why especially Americans choose Barcelona and think it represents the Spain that is in all the tourist brochures.You know - the flamenco, the fashionable shops in Madrid, the wonderful legacy of the moors, the beautiful landscapes and coastlines of Northern Spain, the enormous variety of accommodations throughout Spain. I agree with BennyMalaga and think tourists will think twice about visiting. Politicians will be able to stir up controversial actions in short notice. I don't want to be in some sort of Mexican standoff situation.