Barcelona is the most fantastic city, but many people have had their holiday ruined by the world expert pickpockets for which the city is unfortunately famous.
My advice would be to buy a handbag with an outside pocket, a zip, plus, more importantly, a flap; they, apparently, are the most difficult to pick. So now they just take a Stanley knife to the strap, usually from a motorbike!
So, pop along the calle Hospital (down the side of the Liceu Opera on the Rambla). There are a couple of shops there that will sell you a length of chain cut to size, and fit a clip fastener to each end which you can then clip on to your bag, which of course needs to be one with rings to which the strap is attached. It will only cost you a few euros.
More very useful tips: always put your train/bus ticket in the outside pocket, NEVER in your purse. They watch at the entrance to the metro to see where you put your purse, and check its colour and size, so that they know exactly what they’re looking for. Avoid being jostled in crowds. If you’re wearing a back pack type bag, put it on your front.
Another good tip is to make a reduced colour photocopy of the relevant page in your passport. Then have it authenticated by a official stamp on the pack by taking the photocopy, plus your passport, to a post office? bank? police station? town hall? and when that is done, have it laminated. You now have a neat ID card, which you will need when you use your credit card, and you can leave your passport safely in the hotel. And keep your credit card separate from your money.
While you’re at the shop in calle Hospital, why not buy a made to measure belt? Choose your belt, have it cut to the exact size you want, and choose a buckle from a huge variety. It will cost you about 10 euros.
So all those who have had a holiday ruined, take my tips on board and give it another go!
Barcelona, Rambla - they don't use the plural any more
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