Spain Travel Guide

Welcome to Spain!

I once drove across the entire country of Spain, all the way to Portugal, in a shift-stick ~ even though I’d never driven a stick, & didn’t speak a word of Spanish.  How I survived that trip, I’ll never know!  Point is: Spain is a wonderful country to get lost in.  To wander.  To savor.  To stay up late.  To drive a stick-shift across (except for those pesky, steep streets in Segovia…).  Spain travel is the best of all worlds: it’s exotic ~ but somehow familiar.  Friendly, but not overly so.  Lively ~ but they do take siestas.  In short: it’s a fantastic country for the traveler. 

Spain Travel Map!





San Sebastian



Granada (The Alhambra)



Spain Travel Overview

  • Safety = VERY Safe! In fact, Portugal is the #3 Safest Country in the World! 99%
  • Cost = One of the cheapest destinations in Western Europe 40%
  • Adventures = Plenty ~ though most are of the more relaxed variety: wine-tasting, beach-combing, castle-gazing, etc. 85%
  • How Safe I Felt as a Female Traveler = VERY Safe 99%

Spain Travel Quick Facts

  • Spain in One Word = Lively.
  • Spain in One More Word = Gaudi. 
  • Wi-Fi = Wi-Fi is readily available in most of Spain’s major cities; less likely to find in rural areas.
  • Global Peace Ranking = #23 out of 163 countries (U.S. is #103) = One of the safest countries in the world, like most of Western Europe.
  • Hotels = Can be expensive in major cities & hot spots like Ibiza; but with a wide range of accommodations available & hostels, budget travel is definitely do-able.
  • Must-Do’s = Party in Ibiza.  Eat tapas & shop in Spain’s regal capital, Madrid.  Take in a soccer (futbol) game.  Run with the bulls in Pamplona.  Admired the curved, crescent-shaped beach of San Sebastian.  Take in Gaudi’s crazy buildings in Barcelona.  Bask in warm sunshine in the Costa del Sol.  Wander cobble-stoned streets in Sevilla.  Admire the architecture in Segovia & Salamanca.  Stand in awe of the Alhambra in Granada.  
  • Is Spain Good for Solo Travelers = Yes. Spain is a fantastic option for solo travelers, as it’s a safe, lively country where it’s relatively easy to make new friends.  Taking Spanish classes here is also a great way to meet people.
  • What to Expect as a Female Traveler = Spanish men can be forward, but not as forward as the men in Italy!  Watch out for pickpockets & thieves in busy city centers in Barcelona & Madrid, in particular (my purse was stolen from underneath our table in Barcelona ~ none of us saw a thing).
  • Would I Go Back = Yes!!!  So much more to explore…

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