Solo Travel in Spain

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Think of Spain and you may think of flamenco, siestas and fiestas but there is so much more to the country. Spain for solo travellers is cultural and vibrant and there is so much to see and do here that it can be a little overwhelming planning how to female solo travel Spain. 

Having lived in Spain for 2 years and travelled extensively around the country, I've put together a guide to solo female travel Spain to help you solo travel Spain. 

I've included the best places for Spain solo travel, the best things to see in Spain as a solo, where to stay in Spain and how to get around in Spain, plus the best tours in Spain for solos. I cover is Spain safe for solo female travellers and tips for traveling to Spain alone. Just click on the relevant section or read through the whole article to plan your solo trip to Spain.

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Tip – If you prefer the company of a group tour for your solo travel to Spain, I recommend one of these G Adventures Spain tours. I have personally travelled with them and they are perfect for solo travellers of all ages.

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Solo travel in Seville

The Royal Alcázar of Seville is a beautiful place that you can't miss if you're visiting Seville

Solo Travel in Spain

Travelling solo in Spain is easy. That's why I've given it 4 out of 5 stars for being solo female friendly. This European country has a good transportation system and with many Brits deciding to chase the winter sun you won’t be short of company on the Costa del Sol. You won't ever be alone in Spain as you'll meet other travellers in Spain if you visit cities such as Barcelona, Seville and Madrid. 

The official language is Castellano, the purest form of Spanish but several provinces have their own languages like Basque and Catalan and many dialects particularly in southern Spain are spoken.

If you are unsure where to go in Spain to meet others, you'll find plenty of tourists on the Costa del Sol. English is widely understood here, helped by the large number of ex-pats who have chosen to spend their later years in this area.

It's not really one of the Spanish places for culture but the Costa del Sol is a good destination to ease yourself gently into the country, especially if you don't know any Spanish. Head away from the tourist areas such as Benidorm and Alicante and you do do need to know a few basic phrases of Spanish in the more rural towns. 

Spaniards are friendly and laid-back people. Between the hours of 2 pm and 5pm, it’s siesta time and everything except big supermarkets and shops in shopping malls close down. However, many Chinese and Indian-run bargain shops stay open all day, every day including bank holidays, so you will never be without the essentials. Be prepared that everything moves at a slow pace. The favourite word is ‘mañana’ – tomorrow.

Spain is known for its festivals so there is always plenty of opportunity to mingle with others. Spanish men can be known to flirt so don’t be surprised if you hear the word “guapa” (meaning beautiful) being directed at you.

Topless sunbathing is allowed on the beach and there are even nudist beaches if you prefer no tan lines. Just remember to cover up when you’re walking in town as shops and supermarkets won’t allow people to wear swimsuits inside.

Is Spain Safe For Solo Female Travellers? 

If you're wondering is Spain safe to travel alone? It is but there is petty crime such as pickpocketing in the cities so keep an eye on your belongings and avoid walking on your own in run-down parts of Madrid or Barcelona (especially the Raval area) after dark. I don't recommend taking part in the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona. 

In the south, gypsy woman will walk towards you offering you a carnation or a sprig of herbs. So just beware and keep your distance as this is a scam and they usually have a companion with them who pickpockets you whilst she makes the distraction. 

In Barcelona and other cities, beware of fake goods. Any design handbag you see at a fraction of the cost is fake and your money could be funding criminal activities.

According to International Citizens Group, the safest cities is Spain are Seville, Malaga, Murcia and Granada with Granada as number one for the safest city in Spain. Pamplona and Santander are also amongst the safest places in Spain for solo females.

Spain is a wonderful country to explore independently but if you are unsure of the best places to solo travel Spain, you may prefer to visit on a group tour of Spain for your Spain trip instead. 

Activities For Solos

Active Solo – Spain offers plenty of adrenaline-pumping activities for solo adventurers. Head to the Canary Islands for thrilling water sports such as surfing, windsurfing, and kiteboarding (I tried surfing in Fuerteventura) The Pyrenees Mountains are perfect for solo trekkers and mountain biking enthusiasts. If you're seeking an urban adventure, try rock climbing in the picturesque cliffs near Barcelona.

Backpacking Solo – Spain is a backpacker's paradise, and you'll find fellow travellers from all over the world. Explore the charming cities of Granada and Seville, where you can visit historic landmarks like the Alhambra and the Seville Cathedral. Along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, you'll encounter a diverse community of hikers, making it an ideal place to connect with other travellers. Check the Backpacking Spain section for more

Culture Solo – Immerse yourself in Spain's rich culture by visiting its world-renowned museums and art galleries. Explore the Prado Museum in Madrid, home to masterpieces by Velázquez, Goya, and El Greco. Attend traditional flamenco shows in Andalusia or experience colourful festivals like La Tomatina in Buñol or the Fallas Festival in Valencia. And make sure to experience a traditional calcotada from January to March, a must do in Spain if you are here during the Spring. 

Historic Solo – Discover Spain's historical heritage by exploring ancient towns and historical landmarks. Walk through the narrow streets of Toledo and Segovia, where medieval architecture and history come alive. Visit the Alcazar of Segovia and the Aqueduct of Segovia, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Language Solo – If you're looking to improve your Spanish skills, consider enrolling in language schools in major cities like Barcelona, Valencia, or Salamanca. Take part in language exchange programs to practice with locals and fellow language learners. Engaging with the local community will not only enhance your language abilities but also give you a deeper understanding of Spanish culture.

Nature Solo – Spain boasts diverse landscapes perfect for solo nature enthusiasts. Explore the stunning beaches of Costa Brava or Costa del Sol, where you can relax and soak up the Mediterranean sun. Head to the Picos de Europa National Park for challenging hiking trails and breathtaking mountain views. The volcanic landscapes of the Canary Islands are simply stunning too. 

Ocean Solo – Spain's coastline is a haven for water sports enthusiasts. Surf the waves in Tarifa, known for its windy conditions and vibrant surf culture. Dive into the crystal-clear waters of the Costa Blanca or the Balearic Islands to discover vibrant marine life and underwater caves. For a more leisurely experience, try paddleboarding along the tranquil coves of Menorca.

Party Solo – If you like to party, you have to experience the Spain nightlife. These three destinations have the best nightlife in Spain: Madrid offers vibrant clubs, rooftop bars, and flamenco-filled tapas venues. Barcelona's coastal charm boasts beach parties and beachfront nightclubs, along with EDM clubs and themed bars. But Ibiza definitely has some of the best places in Spain for nightlife. This is the ultimate destination with renowned electronic dance music events hosted by world-class DJs, open-air clubs, trendy beach spots, and unforgettable boat parties.

Wellness Solo – Spain offers several wellness retreats where you can unwind and rejuvenate. Consider joining a yoga retreat in Ibiza or a meditation retreat in the serene countryside of Andalusia. Pamper yourself with spa treatments in luxurious resorts along the Costa del Sol or in the hot springs of Ourense. * See all Spain retreats here 

Wildlife Solo – If you're a wildlife enthusiast, visit the Coto Doñana National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to spot rare bird species and the Iberian lynx. In the Canary Islands, don't miss the opportunity to witness the migration of whales and dolphins. Head to the Sierra de Andújar Natural Park to catch a glimpse of the elusive Iberian wolves and wild boars.

There's so much to see and do here for all types of solos!

Au pairing in Spain is a great way of gaining work experience and immersing yourself in the culture

Working & Volunteering in Spain

If you are thinking of working or volunteering in Spain, Global Work & Travel helps you to organise Spain volunteering placements and other opportunities around the world. Choose from one of their teach English in Spain programs, Spanish courses Barcelona or au pair in Spain and become a nanny. 

Whether you want to teach English in Barcelona, au pair in Barcelona, learn Spanish in Barcelona (or learn Spanish in Valencia instead), their placements are ideal for solos and include all the support you need for a life-changing adventure. * Save £100/$100/€100 with the code ‘GatG.’ * Discover all Spain volunteering and working placements 

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Stunning Monserrat, a day trip from Barcelona

About Spain

Spain isn’t just Flamenco and Paella (although you can find the best Spanish cities for Paella here). It’s a country of many faces. From the rugged Atlantic Coast and the St. Jacob’s Pilgrimage in Galicia, Spain’s north, the mountains, rivers and nature parks in Aragon to the famous white villages and golden beaches of Andalusia in the south, there is something to do and see for girls with every taste. Bordering France, Portugal, Andorra and Gibraltar, Spain’s shape is often compared to a bull’s skin. 

Spain has so many areas to visit from vibrant cities with a Spanish flair to traditional Spanish villages. Known for their siestas and fiestas, the locals know how to have a good time and enjoy lazy afternoons and long evenings. With a good year-round temperature, they have an outdoor culture with families, couples and groups gathering in the streets to catch up long after the sun has gone down.

Spain is made up of 17 regions, each one with different provinces, and two archipelagos: Balearic and Canary islands. One of the most well-known regions is Andalucia, home to the Costa de Sol and mass tourism developments. But the Costa del Sol isn’t just a place for catching some sun. As well as the sunny coastal town of Marbella, the Costa del Sol is also home to Malaga and Torremolinos. 

Spain is known for its mild climate year around with the exception of the north where it rains and, in the Pyrenees, snows in winter. Mediterranean cuisine includes olive oil, fish, fresh fruit and vegetables. Serrano ham, wine, leather goods, medieval and Moorish history. Remember that Spain was under Moorish rule for 500 years until conquered by the Reyes Catolicos, beaches and water sports, nature parks, museums, especially in Madrid.

But the country is most famously known for the Camino de Santiago, a series of pilgrim routes which stretch from France to Portugal and Spain. And if you solo female travel on the Camino, you can easily meet others following the same route. Below I've included my favourite areas for solos. 

* Before your solo female travel in Spain, check what paperwork or visas are required for Spain 

Plaza Espana in Seville is a place that has the ‘wow factor'

Seville

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Seville is the capital of Andalusia. This Spanish gem was founded by the Romans. It's a university city and feels different to other destinations in Spain with its old winding streets and historic plazas. Seville was an important port of the Spanish Empire and is home to Real Alcazar de Sevilla, one of the most popular things to do in Seville. This royal palace is one of the oldest in Europe and it's simply stunning. I've written a dedicated guide on Seville that you can find below. * Read my guide: Solo Travel in Seville 

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If you love art, Malaga was where Picasso was born!

Malaga

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Andalusia was also the birthplace of the famous painter, Pablo Picasso who was born in Malaga, a Spanish city rich in history. Once a Roman town, Malaga was then ruled by the Arabs and houses the Alcazaba, an 11th-century palace once used by the city’s governing Muslims. Both Moorish and African architecture have had an influence.

It's a city that is oozing with art, history and beaches and with more than 320 days of sunshine each year, it's the place to visit for some sun. Other places to see here are the Roman Amphitheatre, the Cathedral del Malaga and Castillo de Gibralfaro. The Old Town is really cute too. Discover more with my solo guide below. * Read: Solo Travel in Malaga

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Tarifa is the place to go for windsurfing and kitesurfing

Tarifa

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Then there’s Tarifa with beaches that go on for miles. This is where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean Sea and if you're into windsurfing or kitesurfing, Tarifa is the place to go in Spain. And when you're ready to go on land, there's the old town with its ancient walls, narrow streets, and Moorish architecture. Tarifa also has great nightlife, amazing food, and a buzzing arts scene. It's a good destination for the ocean solo.

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The stunning Alhambra, a Moorish Palace that you can explore in Granada

Granada 

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If you're unsure where to visit in Spain for its rich history, the World Heritage Site of Granada has some of the best examples of Islamic architecture that you’ll find in Spain and is one of the most beautiful places in the country. 

The Alhambra is a Moorish palace and a stunning Medieval complex of palaces, courtyards and fountains fit for a queen. It is also said to be the birthplace of flamenco and is one of the best places to visit in Spain solo to watch a flamenco show and see traditional flamenco dancing. 

There are numerous national parks in Spain but the most popular and the country's largest is Sierra Nevada National Park. See this natural unspoiled beauty area is doable on a day trip from Granada. As well as being one of the safest places to visit in Spain it's also one of the cheapest places in Spain to visit! I've included my guide to Granada below. * Read: Solo Travel in Granada 

Barcelona is perfect for solos as there is so much to do. It's easy to meet others here too

 

Barcelona

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Catalonia is a popular region in northern Spain, most famous for its capital city – Barcelona, one of the best cities in Spain for solo travel. This fascinating city has so much to offer that you should definitely take a Barcelona trip. You could easily spend a whole week there and still only have scratched the surface. 

Barcelona is a city of amazing architecture and a living masterpiece of Gaudi, Dali and Miro. You don’t even have to make an effort to find their work as they are everywhere. Barcelona is home to the Sagrada Familia, one of the top things to do in Spain. 

With unique architecture, numerous beaches and endless sightseeing, it’s easy to see why Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in the world but there is more to Catalonia than this cosmopolitan city.

Monserrat is a stunning place that is reachable on a day trip from Barcelona. The Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat sits high on a rocky mountain where the statue of the Black Madonna graces the basilica. Many flock here to see the statue, the patron saint of Catalonia, and hike in the nature park which is reachable on a day trip from Barcelona. 

Catalonia also has the Costa Brava, one of the most unspoilt stretches of coast in Spain. If you’re a beach babe, this is the place to enjoy Blue Flag beaches with Tossa de Mar as one of the favourites. I lived in Barcelona for 2 years and share my tips and advice below. 

Head to Madrid to see Spain's capital and marvel at the architecture

Madrid

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It may not have the beautiful beaches of Barcelona but what Madrid does have is an authentic Spain experience. As the capital of Spain, Madrid is one of the best cities in Spain to visit. It is bursting with culture, architecture, and art.

The highest capital city in Europe (at 650 metres above sea level), Madrid was rebuilt after the Spanish civil war and has a mix of buildings old and new, making it a beautiful city to visit.

Known for its art, museums and historical plazas, Madrid is also becoming a trendy place to visit with new gastro bars and cafes constantly popping up. There are plenty of things to do in Madrid and once you’ve visited the capital, the museums and El Retiro Park, lose yourself in the beautiful Sierra de Guadarrama mountains. Find out more about what to do in Madrid below. * Read: Solo Travel in Madrid

The City of Arts and Sciences Complex is my favourite area in Valencia

Valenica

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Head east on your solo Spain trip and you’ll find Valencia, the capital of the region with the same name. Located in the southwest of the Mediterranean, Valencia is an important port town with a mix of history and futuristic science buildings within the City of Arts and Sciences. It's one of the top cities to visit in Spain, and there are plenty of things to do in Valencia for solos.

Take part in the famous Fallas festival or just meander around the cobbled streets of the old town before exploring the dry river bed which is now the city’s much-loved park (it's ideal to jog along). Make sure to walk or cycle along the promenade for some beach views and spend some time in the Old Town. If you climb the Valencia Cathedral, you'll get great views of the city. I spent 2 weeks in Valencia and have a guide on Valencia below. * Read: Solo Travel in Valencia

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San Sebastian has one of the most gorgeous coves in Spain

The Basque Region

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Head to the Iberian Peninsula for the coastal city of San Sebastián, known for its picturesque bay. It’s the place to come for a Michelin-Star restaurant or a traditional pintxos bar. Explore the cobblestones of the old town, cycle along the banks of the River Urumea or sunbathe at La Concha beach – the city’s iconic symbol. San Sebastian has a nice relaxing vibe and is great for a couple of days. 

It's also a good place for surfing. Or just enjoy an evening at a concert in the park, or al-fresco in one of the many bars and restaurants especially within its winding streets that are buzzing at night. There’s a reason that this gorgeous city was voted the European City of Culture in the past. 

Bilbao is easy to visit from San Sebastian as it's a short train journey away

Bilbao

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Also located in Basque county is Bilbao, a port city in the north, where you can also feast on pintxos (small tapas) at one of the pintxos bars. One of the tourist attractions here is the Guggenheim Museum, built along the riverside.

The museum houses both modern and contemporary art by artist, Frank Gehry, but you don’t even need to go inside it to admire its futuristic architectural style. Other sites to see are the Cathedral, Archaeological Museum and Plaza Nueva.

If you do make it north, the Basque region is cooler than the rest of Spain but with temperatures of 26 degrees Celsius in the summer, it’s definitely worth a visit. From the Basque Country you can take a boat across the Bay of Biscay from Bilbao to England.

Head to Zaragoza to see its historical buildings

Other Places To Visit in Spain

Aragon is located in the north of Spain. Visit its capital, Zaragoza for historical buildings, its famous suspension bridge and the river Ebro for a panorama of the city. Or Nerja for caves and the Balcony of Europe where you can see Africa on a clear day.

Murcia is a gateway to the south and has beautiful art deco buildings and plenty of art and culture to keep you occupied. Wine lovers will appreciate the region of La Rioja with more wine bodegas than you can visit in one stay. If you prefer seafood with your wine, the Celtic land of Galicia serves up a good prawn or two. 

Although Pamplona is synonymous with the Running of the Bulls, one of the unique things to do in Spain (which we don't recommend), this region called Navarra has plenty of outdoor sports within the Pyrenees to get your adrenalin going.

Asturias is a very natural region of lush beauty or head to Cantabria for cave paintings from a bygone era. Admire cathedrals in the Roman city of Segovia in Castilla y León or spot a windmill in Castilla La Mancha. Merida is another Roman city with some of the most impressive ruins in the country.

Ibiza is one of the most popular Balearic islands, known for its party atmosphere 

Spain's Islands

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And then there are the islands. Easily accessible from Barcelona by boat or plane are the Balearic Islands – Mallorca, Menorca, and Ibiza. Known as the party island, if you visit Ibiza from May to October expect to experience a hedonistic side of Spain. Visit the cathedral of Palma de Mallorca and the fabulous beaches of Cala Ratjada or Andrax, or hop across to Mallorca to see Valdemosa, the monastery where Chopin and George Sand spent time.

The Canary Islands are also part of Spain but are further afield near the coast of Africa. If you are needing some winter sun these islands have year-round sunshine. Choose from Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa. Gran Canaria is also said to be the safest place in Spain!

Final Thoughts For Solo Travelling Spain

I hope that this article has encouraged you to travel solo to Spain and put your mind at ease if you were wondering “Is Spain safe for women to travel to alone.” Whether you want to throw tomatoes at strangers at one of the festivals, sample cava in a vineyard, or walk along a world-famous pilgrimage, take a Spain solo trip for culture, adventures and plenty of stories to tell, no matter where you choose to visit.

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Best Tour Companies To Spain

Solo travelling in Spain is easy but you may feel more comfortable joining a tour company that offers solo holidays Spain especially if you are unsure of the best places to solo travel in Spain. Not only do you just turn up and everything is arranged for you, but you get to meet like-minded others who are also traveling alone in Spain.

Below, I’ve included recommended tour companies for your solo trip to Spain. Whether you are searching for Spain solo tours or even a Singles holiday Spain, all of the following companies have been tried and tested by myself and other solo female travellers whatever your age.

Tours For All Ages

G Adventures Spain – Spain travel to Spain and it is easy to navigate your way around which is good news if you want to do independent travel. But if you prefer to sample a festival or walk the famous Camino de Santiago with some company, sustainable companies such as G Adventures offer some of the best Spain tours from a 4-day La Tomatina Festival to a 15-day Classic Spain tour. I have personally used G Adventures and recommend them for solos.

Most tours have an average of 12 people and there is no upper age limit. Once you book your trip you pay extra for any excursions you want to do when you’re there.* Check rates, itineraries and start dates

Intrepid Travel Spain is similar to G Adventures with an average of 12 people on each tour. Over 50% of people who book their trips are solo travelers. They tend to use hotels instead of hostels and have a more comfortable style of accommodation hence the trips can appear a bit more than G Adventures. Their tours to Spain range from an 8 day North Spain Discovery to a 24 day Spain, Portugal and Morocco tour seeing the best of Spain. Read our Intrepid Travel Reviews or check rates, itineraries and start dates

Tours For Over 40s

Just You – Just You offers solo holidays in Spain for single travellers and solos. In a group of both men and women (usually more women), you will have your own room, time for yourself (if you want it) and other solo travellers to sightsee and dine with! Their Spain-escorted tours for solo travellers include a week in Seville, 7 days in Andalucia visiting Malaga and Nerva, a week exploring the Pyrenees and also a walking tour along the Camino de Santiago. Tours cost from £1249. They are ideal if you are looking for singles holidays over 50s Spain. * Check rates and availability for all solo holidays to Spain

Explore – Explore offers every kind of trip for solos for all ages, especially if you’re 40 plus. You can take a worldwide short break, a trip that specialises in food and drink and you also have the option of private or self-guided tours too. They have several trips to Spain whether you want to experience the highlights of Andalucia, walk the Camino de Santiago or cycle around southern Spain for a week. If you have longer you can combine Spain with Portugal on a walking and wine tasting tour. Group sizes are between 12 to 18 and you share a room with another member of the group or can upgrade to a single room. Prices exclude flights. * Check rates and availability for Explore tours

Day Tours

Get Your Guide – Get Your Guide helps you to find top-rated Spain activities and top things to see in Spain. Choose from a guided tour of the Alhambra, priority access to the Sagrada Familia, or an excursion to the Caminito del Rey from Malaga. Some of the tours require a minimum of 2 people but there are plenty to book as a solo including day trips and it’s really simple to use. Just check the reviews, price and availability then book online. * Check rates and availability for Get Your Guide tours

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Accommodation in Spain

Different regions of Spain have their own traditional style such as posadas in historic towns, or haciendas – originally used as farms, most commonly known in the area of Andalusia. Then there are the campsites if you prefer somewhere more budget and out in nature.

You’ll find plenty of hostels in the major cities. These are a great way to meet others if you are backpacking in Spain alone. Head to the beach areas for a room in a resort if you are planning a beach location.  

Expect to carry your luggage up a few flights of stairs if you are staying in an old building within an old area of town. Maybe you prefer to stay somewhere rural in your own villa near a vineyard? Or a tourist apartment such as holiday lettings Spain which you can rent by the week or even month if you are planning on staying a while.

Whatever accommodation you need there are plenty of choices including villas in Spain, and international hotels in Spain. For vacations in Spain where you can just lay in the sun and enjoy your accommodation without having to travel around and tour Spain independently, Expedia offers Spain tour packages which include flights, accommodation and car hire. * Check all Expedia Spain Packages 

Below are recommended solo female-friendly accommodations by myself and our Girls about the Globe community. For more areas than I have included here, I've written a dedicated post on Best Hostels & Hotels For Solos in Spain which includes recommended hotels and hostels in Spain. For all other accommodation in Spain, Check rates and availability for all types of accommodation in Spain

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Best Areas To Stay in Spain

There are so many areas in Spain that are good for solo female travellers. It really depends on what type of experience you’re looking for. Whether you want to relax and sunbathe on the Costa del Sol or sightsee in a beautiful Spanish city. These are my favourite places in Spain to help you choose your best area to stay in Spain.

Barcelona

Barcelona is a vibrant and diverse city with plenty to offer solo female travellers. Neighbourhoods you may want to stay in are Eixample which is in the centre, Gracia with a small-town feel in the city, and Barceloneta, the touristy area by the beach. Everywhere in Barcelona is well connected by the metro and bus. 

Granada

Granada is a historic city located in southern Spain, known for its stunning Alhambra palace, Moorish architecture, and lively student atmosphere. Some safe neighbourhoods for solo female travellers include Albaicín, Realejo, and Centro. These areas have plenty of cafes, bars, and cultural attractions.

Madrid

Madrid is a bustling city with a rich cultural scene and plenty of things to do and see. Some safe and convenient neighbourhoods for solo female travellers include Salamanca, Chueca, and Malasaña.

Malaga

Malaga is a cool city for solos with many diverse neighbourhoods. Culture solos may prefer the historical centre to be near the Alcazaba, Playa de la Malagueta with its sandy shores and waterfront attractions for beach solos or Calm Pedregalejo for a more relaxed seaside retreat. Then Trendy Soho boasting vibrant street art and hip cafes which appeals more to art lovers.

San Sebastian

San Sebastian is a picturesque coastal city in the Basque Country of northern Spain, known for its stunning beaches, culinary scene, and vibrant nightlife. The areas of Gros, Egia, and Centro are good to stay in as they have plenty of cafes and bars.

Seville

Seville is a charming city in southern Spain known for its historic architecture, flamenco dance, and lively culture. It's also one of the safest places in Spain to visit and the safe and convenient neighbourhoods for solo female travellers include El Arenal, Santa Cruz, and Triana. These areas are within walking distance of many of the city's main attractions.

Valencia

Valencia is a beautiful coastal city on the eastern coast of Spain, known for its stunning architecture, beautiful beaches, and delicious cuisine. Areas that you may want to consider here are Ruzafa, El Carmen, and Cabanyal. These areas have a range of accommodation options, as well as plenty of restaurants, bars, and cultural attractions.

Retreats Spain

Spain Yoga Retreats

Yoga Holidays Spain

For Spain yoga retreats, I recommend Book Yoga Retreats. I love this platform. I booked my last yoga retreat through them and found it really easy to use. They list yoga and meditation retreats all around the world including retreats in Spain so you can find the perfect duration for you. Whether that's a long weekend retreat in Barcelona or a week-long yoga holiday in Malaga. Just search by duration or price to find the one that resonates with you. * Check prices, dates and duration for all yoga retreats Spain

Yoga Retreat Barcelona 

This 6-day urban yoga retreat in Barcelona is situated in the heart of the city so you can spend your free time exploring Barcelona. The teachers are international and welcome all levels whether you’re a beginner or advanced. Every day there are morning and evening classes on the amazing rooftop as well as a vegetarian brunch. Prices start from €675 for a shared room. * Check prices and availability: 6 Day Yoga Retreat Barcelona

Alicante Yoga Retreat

For those heading to Costa Blanca, this 4-day yoga retreat in the Spanish city of Alicante will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed. You’ll be near a beautiful seaside location with views of the mountains and the sea and there’s the opportunity to go on guided walks to explore the area. There are daily yoga sessions, plant-based meals and workshops and they offer a free transfer too. Prices from €550 sharing a room. * Check prices and availability: 4 Day Alicante Yoga Retreat 

Yoga Retreat Andalucia

The Soulful Boutique Yoga Holiday provides small yoga holidays in the Andalucia mountains. Take part in Vinyasa, Hatha and Yin yoga classes over 4 days in a typical Andalusian white mountain village. Go hiking, stargazing or learn how to cook delicious meals in an intimate setting with a maximum of 5 people on the retreat. Prices start from €500 for a shared room. * Check prices and availability: 4 Day Yoga Retreat Andalucia

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How Long Do I Need For a Solo Holiday Spain?

When you are holidaying alone in Spain, there are so many places to see in Spain that just visiting one or two regions is a more favourable idea than trying to see so many. If you start from the north, in 14 days you can see Galicia, Barcelona, Zaragoza, Valencia, Murcia, Granada and Malaga. If you have extra time, fly across to one of the Balearics to add an island to your itinerary.

If you're unsure what to do in Spain for a week, you could combine Barcelona and Madrid or Granada and Malaga. Each city in itself needs at least 3 days without including the many side trips that you can do. Here's an example of a Spain solo travel itinerary for 2 weeks in Spain. Read the rest of the article to discover what to do in each destination. 

  • Barcelona – 3 nights (train for 1.5 hours to Zaragoza)
  • Zaragoza – 2 nights (4 hours by bus to Valencia)
  • Valencia – 3 nights (4.5 hours by bus to Murcia)
  • Murcia – 2 nights (4 hrs 15 mins by bus to Granada)
  • Granada – 2 nights (1 hr 45 mins by bus to Malaga)
  • Malaga – 2 nights.

Best Time To Go To Spain

Spain is a diverse country with a climate that varies depending on which region you choose to visit. The north (Bilbao and San Sebastian) is generally cooler than the south for example so it depends what activities you are looking to do when you visit Spain. 

For sightseeing, Spring (March to May) is a wonderful time to visit Spain as the weather starts to warm up, and the landscapes become lush and colourful with blooming flowers. If you're there for Easter you can also witness traditional festivals like Semana Santa (Holy Week) processions. Autumn (September to November) is also a good time to go for sightseeing as the temperature is generally milder and it's also the time for wine harvest festivals in regions like La Rioja.

Cities such as Barcelona and Madrid become too hot in the month of August and you may want to avoid the south of Spain during the months of July and August if you don't like the heat. Not only is it the peak tourist season in Spain, especially along the coastal regions and popular beach destinations like Barcelona, Ibiza, and the Costa del Sol, but the weather can become scorching hot, so be prepared for high temperatures. 

The Pyrenees and Sierra Nevada are ideal to visit in the winter if you like skiing or winter sports. Cities like Seville and Granada are less crowded, and you can explore major attractions without the summer heat. Many people also flock to southern Spain and the Canary Islands for some winter sun during December to February. 

Below is an annual weather chart for Spain from January to December to help you plan your trip. 

Weather in Spain

Travel Insurance For Spain

Spain is a great country to visit but it is always recommended to take out travel insurance for your Spain vacation, especially if you are planning to hike the Camino. 

True Traveller and World Nomads are two insurance companies which can cover travel to Spain. True Traveller is available to UK and European residents, and World Nomads is available to over 100 countries worldwide, including the USA and UK. For digital nomads, Safety Wing is a nomad insurance that covers people from all over the world.

All companies allow you to buy insurance when you are already on the road and offer different plans depending on your needs including additional adventure cover.

* Check insurance prices and cover for True Traveller

N.b. World Nomads provides travel insurance for travellers in over 100 countries. As an affiliate, I receive a fee when you get a quote from World Nomads using this link. I do not represent World Nomads. This is information only and not a recommendation to buy travel insurance.

Travel guide for Spain

Travel Guide For Spain

If you are planning on traveling to Spain alone for the first time, my Girl about the Globe Guide to Spain is written by solo females for solo females. It's ideal for those independently traveling solo in Spain, and especially on a first trip to Spain. 

I have chosen the best destinations in Spain for women travelling solo, included all of the must-sees, restaurants, bars, and recommended accommodations for you to stay in, and added a few solo and local tips too. I know that not every woman travels the same so I've split this guide into different types of solos. 

Find out how to escape the crowds, the best places in Spain for solo travel and to interact with the locals, where to go in Spain for the best view and what to do in the evenings. Follow our 7-14 day itinerary for a recommended route and discover how to plan a trip to Spain, one solo footprint at a time (it's perfect for your first time in Spain). * Find out more about our Spain guide book here

Packing List For Spain

If you’re unsure what to pack for your solo female travel to Spain, I've created a guide of my favourite solo travel products to help you decide what to pack. One of my must-have travel products for Spain is a money belt. I'm not saying that you will get pickpocketed (I lived in Barcelona and it never happened to me) but it’s always best to be preventive rather than reactive and money belts are a good way of hiding your money.

If you are planning on travelling to Spanish cities then it’s a good idea not to have your purse on display. Find out why I love this money belt and click on the link to discover all of my favourite travel products:

Click here for all of our recommended travel accessories for solos

Money Belt

If you are visiting cities known for pickpockets you can store your cards and money in a money belt. They are easy to disguise and wearing a money belt under your jeans is a great way of avoiding pickpockets. For solo female travel in Spain they are ideal and this one has a softer material than the cheaper ones which have a tendency to sweat with your body heat. You can hand wash it too. * Check prices on Amazon

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Travelling Around Spain

There are lots of options for travelling around Spain. the best way to travel around Spain and cover long distance is by taking the train. But getting around Spain is also possible with the bus (it just takes longer) but if you have time, it can be a cheaper option. 

How to travel around Spain by train – Spain has a good infrastructure and travelling in Spain by train is easy but it can be a bit costly. If you have limited time then a high-speed train can be the best way to travel in Spain or choose a slower more scenic one that is cheaper if you are watching your budget. If you are planning on travelling to neighbouring countries, it may be worth investing in one of the Interrail train travel rail passes.

Getting around Spain by plane is a good option if are planning to see more than one region in a short space of time. For trips to Spain, airports such as Girona are hubs for low-cost airlines but you can pretty much get a cheap flight from Barcelona (less than an hour away) or Madrid. Vueling offers internal flights at reasonable prices.

How to travel in Spain by bus – Bus transportation in Spain allows you to travel all around the country. Some of the smaller bus stations can be a bit confusing with a lack of bus times shown so you have to ask when you buy your ticket at the counter which bus stop to wait at.

Instead of taking public transport in Spain, Flixbus is a cheap bus service which operates in Spain as well as other places in Europe. It is the best way to get around Spain if you’re on a budget, and the cheapest way to travel from Madrid to Barcelona. Click here for the buses 

If you are touring Spain on your own it's easy to hire a rental car and navigate your way around to do your own day trips in the places that you choose. One-day car rental starts from €70 a day. I have personally used Discover Cars and recommend them. * Check prices for car hire in Spain

Spains Airports

Madrid – Both Terminal T2 and Terminal T4 have Metro stations which run to the Nuevos Ministerios Metro station in the centre of Madrid from 6 am in the morning until 2 am. Tickets cost 5 Euros. To take a taxi, head to the taxi rank outside of the airport terminal. Taxis cost at least 60 Euros and take approximately 20 minutes. An express bus runs 24 hours a day to Atocha RENFE and takes 40 minutes.

Barcelona – There is a metro which runs through both terminal 1 and terminal 2. The R2 train runs from terminal 2 to Sants Estacio and takes 25 minutes (look for the Renfe sign). A ticket into the city will cost €5 one way for the train ticket or you can buy a 24/48/72 hour card and take the metro instead.

The Aerobus is available from terminals 1 and 2 and runs to Placa Catalunya. It costs €5.75 for a single ticket. Taxis are available but they are the most expensive option costing approx €30 for the 30-minute journey.

Seville – From Seville airport, it takes 30 minutes to get into the city by bus. A single ticket will cost you €5.75. There is also the option of a taxi which is quicker and will cost at least €30.

* Feel more confident on your Spain solo trip with someone waiting for you at the airport when you pre-book a transfer with Hoppa, a reliable and safe service for solo females.

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Backpacking Spain

Spain is really easy to backpack in. I spent weeks travelling around the country visiting several cities on my way to Portugal. If you do decide to take a solo trip to Spain and Portugal, it’s really easy to combine the two as there are no border crossings. I travelled from Seville to Lisbon by bus.

When you are traveling Spain, you can practically get all over Europe from Spain with the trains and bus services. Renfe is the national train system which will take you to the major cities. Interrail in Spain offer a Spain pass but you can just buy your own train journeys separately if you need them. Hiring a car will get you to places off the beaten track and give you more freedom and flexibility. 

For backpackers, the best way to travel Spain is by bus as the buses are cheaper than the train but they do take longer. I used Flixbus which was really cheap and easy to book. If you're looking to travel from Spain, Flixbus offers an Interflix ticket – 5 cities for less than €99 so you can travel from Madrid to Paris, for example from just €45. They make solo traveling in Spain and onwards easy for those of us on a budget. 

In the south of the country you’ll find the cheapest parts of Spain and the best places to backpack in Spain if you’re travelling on a budget. Another cheapest place to travel in Spain is Granada due to its free attractions and being able to get around on foot. San Sebastián is also a budget-friendly city and you can buy pintxos here for a couple of Euros. Plus there are several bars in Seville and Madrid that offer complimentary tapas when you purchase a glass of vino, which helps to keep the costs down.

Spain has fantastic hostels too making it easy to meet others. The ones in Seville also offer flamenco tours and bar crawls (as do the ones in Barcelona). The hostels are generally clean and friendly and you can cook your own food which helps to keep the costs down too. You may even meet another travel partner to travel the rest of Spain with. I've included recommended hostels in the Best Areas To Stay in Spain section above. 

If you’re also a party solo, the best party places in Spain are Marbella and Barcelona. The Valencia nightlife is also good. There are always fiestas in the country too where you can find locals partying in the street.

And if you’re venturing out to the islands, Playa de las Americas on the Canary island of Tenerife is a party city in Spain. I spent a long weekend here and even though it feels like the UK with more sun, it’s a fun destination for the party solo. Is Spain safe to travel as a backpacker? Yes, definitely and I recommend it for backpacking as it’s easy to combine with neighbouring European countries. * Read: The Best Travel Backpacks For Women if you need a new backpack for your trip. 

Where can I fly from here? (flying from Madrid)

  • Paris – 2 hours 15 mins
  • Lisbon – 1 hour 30 mins
  • Tangier – 1 hour 30 mins

How To Be a Conscious Traveller in Spain

When you go to Spain, it's important to be a responsible traveller. I've listed some ways on how to be a conscious traveller in Spain that will help put your tourism dollar back into rural communities. Look at walking holidays in Spain in other lesser-known areas instead of just the Camino de Santiago, and consider community-based projects and tours to help rural tourism.

Although the majority of bull rings in the country lay dormant or have been converted into shopping centres and outdoor music venues (in Barcelona, for example), bullfighting is still one of the traditional activities in Spain. Avoid any bullfights and Pamplona, which is famous for the ‘Running of the Bulls.’ Not taking part in the festival shows your support.

* Read more: Bull Fighting at Plaza de Toros

You’ll find public water fountains throughout Spain that you can use to refill your water bottle. Most tap water is okay to drink too but check with your accommodation first if you’re unsure. If you’re heading to a Spanish beach, check that it has a blue flag, which means the beach has been cleaned and benefits swimmers and marine life.

Social Impact Projects

Support local artists in Lanzarote – Lanzarote is known for its artisan crafts ranging from ceramics to embroidery, and basketwork to drawn work. Stroll through the craft markets, such as Teguise market on Sunday or Arrecife market on Saturday and support local traditions and local artists. Or better yet, go to the Farm Workers’ Museum House where they host regular educational workshops with artists from around the island. 

Back to Eco – In the many streets of Barcelona one can find Back to Eco, a clothing shop with a mission (same team as Infinitdenim). This shop and organization promote circular fashion by reusing and recycling textiles. They also host regular workshops where they teach how to repair, recycle, and reuse denim (truly eco). 

Volunteer with Esperanca in Barcelona on weekend evenings and hand out food to people who are living on the streets. I have volunteered several times and not only is this rewarding, it is also a great way to meet others when you're solo. 

Stay Eco in Spain

Sleep Green 

Sleep Green is an adorable and cosy youth hostel located in beautiful Barcelona. At the heart of the business lie people and the environment. The hostel is very aware of its own environmental footprint and tries to reduce it by using renewable energy, being committed to recycling, and organizing regular staff training to keep staff updated on environmental measures. 

Hotel Casa Camper 

This stunning hotel located just 2 minutes from the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, is situated in a historical 19th-century goth tenement and surrounded by bars, restaurants, and galleries. The hotel boasts innovative water-recycling technology which lowers their water consumption dramatically, uses energy-saving lights and eco-conscious cleaning products, as well as has solar thermal panels. Eco and chic? Yes, Casa Camper can do both! 

Issues affecting vulnerable girls in Spain

Spain is an economically advanced country that still struggles to close the gap between rich and poor. Limited financial resources could cause a lack of access to health care, education and nutritious food for children.

Refugee children and children from a different ethnic background such as Roma are often discriminated against and are more likely to suffer psychological and physical abuse, especially if the children are held in a detention centre. Access to education for refugee or migrant children is often limited or sometimes even prohibited. Read more… 

Spain has committed to closing the gender pay gap, pushing shared parental leave further, and combating violence against women, sexual assault, and forced marriage. Read more here and here. 

FAQs

  • Is Spain safe for females? Yes, travelling alone in Spain is fine but you do need to be careful with pickpockets in the major cities such as Barcelona and Madrid. 
  • Can I drink the water? I don't advise drinking the tap water everywhere on your Spain solo trips especially in Barcelona. Check with your accommodation before you drink the tap water or take your own water filter with you.
  • Is tipping in Spain expected? It isn't expected but if you do experience good service you can leave a 10% tip (Spain isn’t known for its great customer service).
  • Fixed price or barter? Fixed prices in shops but you can try your bartering skills in any of the markets.
  • Any ATMS? Yes.
  • Which side of the road do they drive? The right-hand side.
  • Good for vegetarians? Meat is part of the culture but there are lots of restaurants catering for vegetarians, and vegans. Happy Cow is a great website to research vegan and vegetarian restaurants on your solo Spain travel. 
  • Any Seven Wonders of the World? No.

Plan a Trip to Spain

To help you plan your Spain solo female travel, below are useful facts and websites such as visa and vaccinations required, and local costs and airlines that fly there to help you plan your solo trips to Spain. 

How much do Spain trips cost? Allow at least €60 a day based on staying in a hostel.

Capital – Madrid

Population of Spain – 47 million

Language Spoken – Spanish as well as regional languages such as Catalan or Valencian.

Local Currency – Euro

Vaccinations Required For Travelling to Spain

Flying time to Spain from the UK – 2 hours

Useful Info

Airlines to Spain

Best Time to Go to Spain – June, July

Plugs Required

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Spain

Events & Festivals in Spain

Local Cost Guide

Local Customs & Etiquette

Dial 112 for emergency services

Lingo – Useful Spanish Phrases

Did you know? Bullfights have gone out of fashion in Spain. In fact, in some provinces, the bloody sport has been banned. The question was what to do with the old bullrings. Two brilliant solutions are to be found in Barcelona where the bullring has been converted into a high-tech ultra-cool shopping mall. The solution in Tarazona near Zaragoza was to convert the bull ring into flats, each of which, naturally, has at least one half-circular wall.

Issues in the Country

Due to high rising housing costs, anti-tourist protests have taken place in Spain over the last few years (especially pre-Covid times). Barcelona, San Sebastian, Bilbao and the island of Mallorca have all held protests at both the changing faces of their cities and the fact that they can no longer afford to live there. As locals, they are being priced out of their cities due to tourism.

Map of Spain

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Contributor – Inka Piegsa-Quischotte is a contributor to many travel magazines and websites. She is the author of a guidebook for the solo traveler to Galicia/Spain and a literary guide to Istanbul.