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In Barcelona women are as emancipated as in any other main European city. If a degree of machismo still exists it is minimal, and women are reaching high positions in all walks of life. Women exploring the city on their own will not be hassled.

For general advice to female travelers check out the award-winning website Journeywoman (www.journeywoman.com), a women's travel-information network where you can sign up for a free e-mail newsletter and get advice on everything from etiquette and dress to safety; or the travel guide Safety and Security for Women Who Travel, by Sheila Swan and Peter Laufer (Travelers' Tales, Inc), offering sensible tips on safe travel.

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