Just as safe as any other time in my opinion. Most of the protests are very localized and easy to avoid. I believe we saw a few while we were in Girona and Barcelona and just walked down a different street. Strikes can affect you if that is your mode of transport...again if bus is on strike take a taxi...train well take a bus...in other words you need to be flexible. I think (I may be wrong here) that they usually give some warning about any sector that may strike and the exact day(s) so keep current on what is going on. I don't think you have any need to be concerned...enjoy your trip.
I was just in Barcelona with my 4 children and we found it very safe. We had absolutely no problems at all! It was a wonderful trip.
As safe for American as for everybody else. The protesters do not care about tourists at all, even less about their nationality.
Spain is very safe for any tourist. The Spanish cannot tell the nationality of foreigners at first glance unless they hear them speak English.
What can affect your trip is if there will be a general strike, but this will be announced in plenty of time. Then transportation will be affected.
In the meantime, we will have strikes all the time because people are unhappy that their salaries have been cut (if they work for the government). Spain has a debt crisis and the government is trying to cut costs wherever they can, so they have asked for sacrifices from the population. The strikes are a way of venting frustration.
No disrespect but after what has just happened in Colorado, Barcelona will be like a kinder garden!Edited: 22 July 2012, 05:34
Hi, I was just about to post the same question when I came upon this thread. I just read there is 25% unemployment rate in Spain. We will be in Barcelona and Mallorca in August. Barcelona is known to have more pickpocket thefts than most cities. In general, as we are experienced travelers, it doesn't concern us. However, does anyone know if the situation is worse now than a few years ago? Is there any concern with traveling with young children in terms of higher or lower likelihood of being targeted? It seems like most of the unrest is in Madrid?
TravelBugged33............... We can only repeat..it is safe. and a lot safer than other locations.
Who will target your and your children?
Is it safe for americans be in america?
How do protests and strikes make a place dangerous anyway?