Ultimate Girl’s Guide to Spain Travel!

I once drove across Spain in a shift-stick, ALONE ~ 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 being, Spain is a wonderful country for solo female travelers.  And it’s a country that loves late nights, so even if you’re wandering Madrid at midnight: you won’t be alone.  Spain offers the best of all worlds: it’s exotic ~ yet somehow familiar.  Friendly, but not overly so.  Lively ~ but they take siestas.  And given its ranking as one of the safest countries in Europe, it’s an ideal country for female travel.  So let’s dive right into our “Ultimate Girl’s Guide to Spain Travel!”  

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Spain Travel Map!

Madrid

Barcelona

Ibiza

Pamplona

San Sebastian

Salamanca

Segovia

Granada (The Alhambra)

Mallorca

Seville

Women & Safety in Spain

The numbers for violent crime in Spain are very low ~ among the lowest in Europe.  As of 2017, Spain sits at #30 out of 163 countries, in terms of safety (Iceland is the safest at #1, Syria is the least safe at #163 ~ & the U.S. is less safe than most of Europe, at #121).  What is more likely to occur in Spain, is petty theft: pickpockets in major cities (like Barcelona) are very good at what they do, thriving in crowded, touristy areas.  While sitting with friends at an outdoor restaurant on a busy street in Barcelona, my purse was stolen from under the table ~ without any of us seeing a thing!  We figured it must’ve been a kid thief, who was extremely skilled! 

Ultimate Girl's Guide to Spain Travel, Girl Who Travels the World, Ibiza, Playa Cala Xarraca, Sant Joan de Labritja, Spain

To stay relaxed & carefree in Spain, follow these simple tips…. (Photo shot in Ibiza, at Playa Cala Xarraca).

Here are some tips for avoiding petty theft in Spain: 1) Use a money belt that can be hidden, or put credit cards in varying places (like interior jacket pockets); 2) Use an anti-theft, cross-body purse ~ & don’t leave it under a table or out of sight in busy areas; 3) NEVER have all of your money/passports/valuables in one place!  If a thief snags it (like happened to me) ~ you’ll be shit out of luck; 4) Ask your concierge or host what parts of town to avoid, & let them know when you plan to return; & 5) Don’t keep your phone (or anything valuable) in your back pockets, particularly on the metro.

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 = #30 out of 163 countries (U.S. is #121) = 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 like Barcelona (where my purse was stolen from underneath our table ~ yet none of us saw a thing)!
  • Would I Go Back = Yes!!!  So much more to explore…including the gorgeous Costa del Sol region along the coast.

Ultimate Girl’s Guide to Spain Travel!

The best way to get to know a country, & determine which regions you really want to visit, is to see photos of them.  Take a look at this gorgeous gallery of Spain cities, which are listed in alphabetical order.  If you’re dying to know where a particular shot was taken, click on the photo & you’ll be able to search hotels in that region. 

This first grouping of shots takes us from the world-famous Alhambra, in Granada, to the lively streets of Barcelona.  If you’re a solo female traveler who’s a bit overwhelmed by big cities, than places like Granada might appeal more ~ because they’re small enough to be manageable, & it’s quite easy to meet friendly locals.

Ultimate Girl's Guide to Spain Travel, Girl Who Travels the World, Alhambra

The Alhambra, in southern Spain, in Granada.


Ultimate Girl's Guide to Spain Travel, Girl Who Travels the World, Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain is set right along the coast, & is famous for its many Gaudi structures.


Ultimate Girl's Guide to Spain Travel, Girl Who Travels the World, Park Guell, Barcelona, Spain

Park Guell is one of Gaudi’s most famous landmarks in Barcelona, & a can’t-miss on your tour of the city.


Ultimate Girl's Guide to Spain Travel, Girl Who Travels the World, Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia, in Barcelona.


Ultimate Girl's Guide to Spain Travel, Girl Who Travels the World, Tibidabo, Barcelona, Spain

Don’t miss the STUNNING Tibidabo, which is a mountain overlooking Barcelona. Pictured is the Sagrat Cor church, which sits atop the mountain.  

Ultimate Girl’s Guide to Spain Travel!

This second set of shots takes us slightly off-the-beaten path to one of the world’s greatest solo pilgrimages: the Camino de Santiago (perfect for spiritual solo travelers, or those seeking solitude).  From there, we’ll head to the mountainous region of Espot Esqui, then to charming Granada, & finally, to epic party island: Ibiza.

Ultimate Girl's Guide to Spain Travel, Girl Who Travels the World, Santiago de Compostela, The Camino, Spain

One of the most iconic solo treks to take in Spain, is the world-famous pilgrimage: The Camino de Santiago, which is meant to be walked alone.


Ultimate Girl's Guide to Spain Travel, Girl Who Travels the World, Espot Esqui, Spain

The mountainous region of Espot Esqui, near the French border & Andorra, Spain.


Ultimate Girl's Guide to Spain Travel, Girl Who Travels the World, Granada, Spain

Granada, Spain.


Ultimate Girl's Guide to Spain Travel, Girl Who Travels the World, Ibiza

A peaceful spot on world-famous party island: Ibiza, Spain.

Ultimate Girl’s Guide to Spain Travel!

Next up, we head to a place you’ve probably never heard of: Illa Pancha, in Ribadeo ~ a region not often traveled to by tourists.  Then, it’s off to popular Madrid & Mallorca, the gorgeous island next to Ibiza, in the Balearic Sea…

Ultimate Girl's Guide to Spain Travel, Girl Who Travels the World, Illa Pancha, Ribadeo, Spain

Illa Pancha, in Ribadeo, Spain ~ in the very northwestern corner, on the ocean.


Ultimate Girl's Guide to Spain Travel, Girl Who Travels the World, Madrid

Admire all the gorgeous architecture in Spain’s capital: Madrid.


Ultimate Girl's Guide to Spain Travel, Girl Who Travels the World, Majorca, Spain

The sunny, gorgeous island of Mallorca, Spain ~ next to Ibiza, in the Balearic Sea.


Ultimate Girl's Guide to Spain Travel, Girl Who Travels the World, Majorca, Spain

Relax with the rich & famous on Mallorca…

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Ultimate Girl's Guide to Spain Travel, Girl Who Travels the World, Malaga, Spain

Malaga, Spain ~ on the southern coast, near the Costa del Sol region.


Ultimate Girl's Guide to Spain Travel, Girl Who Travels the World, Monestir de Montserrat, Spain

Beautiful Monestir de Montserrat, northwest of Barcelona.


Ultimate Girl's Guide to Spain Travel, Girl Who Travels the World, Nora, Spain

Nora, Spain ~ west of Bilbao, & near the northern coastline.


Ultimate Girl's Guide to Spain Travel, Girl Who Travels the World, Pamplona

One of my favorite Spanish memories ~ running with the bulls in Pamplona! You’ll see nothing but a sea of red & white….& men running for their lives (women aren’t allowed to run with the bulls).

Ultimate Girl’s Guide to Spain Travel!

All cities in this section make ideal selections for female travelers, because they’re slightly smaller cities ~ but still oozing with charm & culture.  Salamanca is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen in my life: I fell in love at first sight with her soaring cathedrals.  Seville is another city that charms just about everybody, & makes a great base for exploration in the Costa del Sol region.  Then, there’s lesser-known Tarragona, set on the southern coast.

Ultimate Girl's Guide to Spain Travel, Girl Who Travels the World, Salamanca, Spain

I drove into Salamanca, Spain at dusk, & was ASTOUNDED by the beauty of the twilight against the city’s gorgeous cathedrals. It’s also a university town, so it’s streets are quite lively at night…


Ultimate Girl's Guide to Spain Travel, Girl Who Travels the World, Seville, Spain

Sevilla (Seville), Spain.


Ultimate Girl's Guide to Spain Travel, Girl Who Travels the World, Seville, Spain

Watch the horses & Spanish culture in Seville, Spain.


Ultimate Girl's Guide to Spain Travel, Girl Who Travels the World, Tarragona, Spain (south of Barcelona)

Colorful streets in Tarragona, Spain ~ on the coast, south of Barcelona.

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Ultimate Girl's Guide to Spain Travel, Girl Who Travels the World, Toledo, Spain

Toledo, Spain. Located just south of Madrid.


Ultimate Girl's Guide to Spain Travel, Girl Who Travels the World, Valencia, Spain

The port city of Valencia, Spain houses many futuristic structures, & lies on the southeastern coast.


Ultimate Girl's Guide to Spain Travel, Girl Who Travels the World, Valldemossa, Spain

Valdemossa, Spain ~ which actually lies on the island of Mallorca.

Ultimate Girl’s Guide to Spain Travel!

Thanks for reading the “Ultimate Girl’s Guide to Spain Travel!”  Spain is a large country, with many distinct & diverse regions…& we’re just scratching the surface in this article for potential travel destinations.  Also ~ don’t forget to visit Spain’s beautiful & highly underrated neighbor: Portugal.  It’s the 3rd safest country in the world, & is another great, relaxed place for female travelers ~ & one of my favorite countries!

xoxo Noelia 

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