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!
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…