My husband and I will be in Barcelona for the first time in about two weeks and are debating whether to go to Las Ramblas or not. We will be in the city for 3 days and 3 nights and want to know if we should be devoting our time to other sights.
My husband and I like good food and drinks (could be from a street cart or a Michelin restaurant). I like unique buildings and architecture. We tend to like off-the-beaten-path spots and would rather hang out in a cafe with locals than be in a crowded museum. I've read that Las Ramblas is rather touristy. That being said, my Dad could not stop raving about Las Ramblas when he was there a few years ago and my Dad and I have similar travel styles.
Additionally, I have a semi-irrational fear of being pick-pocketed. I'm not one of those naive travelers who leaves my handbag unattended (I learned quickly when my wallet was stolen in a restroom in London Heathrow when I was in high school), but in researching for this trip, I've read many articles about handbag thefts in Barcelona, especially in Las Ramblas--even one about a lady who had her handbag taken directly from her lap. Additionally, this is my husband's first trip out of the country (outside military tours) and I had to explain to him why he couldn't keep his wallet in his back pocket. I don't want him to be scarred from traveling if his wallet is stolen, although he has purchased an anti-theft wallet and backpack. Is my fear of purse-snatchers keeping us away from what would otherwise be a good time?
Thanks in advance!