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Barcelona avoiding AP7 - hijacking risk? Which route instead

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Barcelona avoiding AP7 - hijacking risk? Which route instead

There have been a few incidents about hijacking British tourists cars and when driving from UK to Barcelona, my husband would prefer to take the route (I think) down to Bordeaux and then across the central right hand top part of Catelonia maybe through Aragon thereby avoiding the AP7 which it supposed to be a hotspot. Is there a better route?

Does anyone know how many of these incidents there have been - its putting a blight on our plans! We were planning on coming back to Lloret de mar for a second week - is is possible to drive along the cost road and would this be safer?

I have hotels and everything planned and all but booked and would so like to get it in perspective and get on with finalising the details of what I hope will be a fab holiday!

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1. Re: Barcelona avoiding AP7 - hijacking risk? Which route instead

These incidents happen, I wil not deny this, but I can only say than this is the last concern for those who take that route often. Over last years I've seen some accidents, dangerous drivers... But I've never witnessed any criminal activity. If I had time enough I would drive along the dramatic landscapes of the Costa Brava or plan a scenic route trough the Pyrenees and beautiful villages in Aragon, but just to avoid a boring motorway, not for safety concerns.

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2. Re: Barcelona avoiding AP7 - hijacking risk? Which route instead

The chance of being hijacked is very small. When someone has trouble the news blows it up out of all proportion.

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Speaking as somebody who was hijacked a few years ago I would say that the risk isn't very great. It certainly doesn't deter me from using the AP7. Being aware of the potential risk is a great advantage.

However, recent changes in local road laws have banned heavy lorries from using the NII from the French border to Barcelona (perhaps even beyond?) so the NII/A2 is a much nicer road to travel on now. Slightly slower than the AP7 but free, it has become my road of choice down to Vidreres then I join the C32 toll road into Barcelona.

The A2 road construction works just south of Girona airport has recommenced but doesn't appear to be creating much congestion.

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thanks very much everyone

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26.06.2014. This morning drove down to Barcelona from France and stopped at the last service station before Barcelona , and just after the last Toll on the AP7.

We stopped for a coffee break and when we went back to the car a person in a car parked next to us said that our rear right hand tyre was punctured. It seemed alright to us so we drove off after another driver a few metres away mentioned to be careful as there are car robberies taking place in this area sometimes.

We drove along the ap7 towards Barcelona when a message in our car said to check the tyre pressure. We very quickly became suspicious and the same driver that unknown to us was following us suddenly overtook us and was flashing his lights and making frantic signs to pull over. We became very frightened and kept on driving and headed to the nearest exit. The car followed us. We made signs to him that we were not going to stop and made sure he saw us making a telephone call. He then drove off.

Shortly after, we stopped and called for assistance. Our tyre was completely flat by this time. We discovered it had been stabbed 3 times. We also learnt that we were about to be robbed and that is how they target tourist cars. We were very lucky but were left with a lot of frustration and an expensive bill from the local Mercedes garage. We have been driving down this motorway for many years and this is the first time we have experience this situation. We tend to stop in Toll areas which are safer.

Our advise is to NEVER STOP IN SERVICE AREAS OUTSIDE TOLL ROADS AND IF YOU HAVE TO, THEN REMAIN BY YOUR CAR. IF YOU DISCOVER YOU HAVE A PUNCTURE AFTER HAVING STOPPED AT A SERVICE AREA DO NOT STOP IF A CAR THAT IS FOLLOWING YOU IS SIGNING YOU TO STOP. CONTINUE UNTIL YOU GET TO A PETROL STATION OR SEE A POLICE CAR. DIAL 112 EMERGENCY SERVICES.

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