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Spain Solo Travel Bucket List – 40 Fantastic Things You Should Do Alone

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Planning Spain solo travel? One of the most fascinating countries in Europe, Spain is among the most loved destinations, a favourite for beachgoers, history and architecture lovers, foodies, wine enthusiasts, hikers, and outdoor adventure seekers alike.

Having made many solo trips to Spain, I have plenty of amazing things to share, but in this post, fellow travel bloggers share their favourite activities, towns, events, hikes, and more that you can add to your Spain solo travel bucket list.

Whether you visit Spain for the first time alone or this is another solo trip to Spain, you will surely pick a few of these experiences to add to your Spain solo travel itinerary.

And don’t forget, if you plan on driving during your solo adventure, make sure to check whether you need an international driver’s license to explore Spain’s scenic routes.

Read on to find out more!


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One of the most beautiful destinations for Spain solo travel you can add is Cordoba, one of the most beautiful Spanish cities .

It’s small enough to walk around and feel safe while visiting many attractions.

Navigation around the historic centre is straight forward, and signage is abundant, so you don’t have to worry about getting lost. 

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The top things to do include visiting the famous  Mezquita , an unusual monument that’s both a mosque and a cathedral. 

Go early to avoid the crowds! Don’t miss seeing the flower-filled courtyards that have become quite a feature over the years. 

If you’re here in May, you can enjoy the  Cordoba Patios Festival , but some courtyards remain open all year round so that you won’t miss out.

We loved exploring the patios as they give a glimpse into the daily life of residents here in Cordoba. 

The owners were lovely and keen to share the stories behind their unique floral displays.

Cordoba is a friendly city, with plentiful restaurants and cafes for when you want a break from sightseeing.

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Solo visitors are made to feel welcome, and it’s easy to meet new friends over tapas in the early evening. 

Cordoba is less visited than other cities in Andalucía like Granada and Seville, which means prices tend to be lower – always a bonus if you travel alone.

Cordoba is well connected to other cities in the region, with the easiest way to get there being the train. 

If you’re flying into Malaga, you can jump on a train to Cordoba and be there in an hour.

By Heather Cole, Conversant Traveller


One of the most appealing and underrated places to visit in Spain is the region of  Andalusia at Cadiz . 

This beautiful city located on the Southwestern coast was an ancient port city that boomed in the 16th century as a starting point for trade and exploration around the world. 

Cadiz is also the capital city of the province of Cadiz and is one of the autonomous regions in Andalusia. 

It is one of the perfect additions to your Spain solo travel itinerary if you love history and beautiful waterfronts.

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Founded by the Phoenicians and eventually became the central port city that conducted trade mainly to the Americas.

The historic district of the city is filled with so much fantastic architecture and beautiful monuments and plazas that are wonderful to explore. 

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Once you enter past the old city walls into the Old Town or Casco Antiguo, with its narrow streets that lead you directly into plazas with ornate buildings that include the beautiful cathedral, San Antonio Church, City Hall and the monument to the Constitution of 1812. 

No worries about wondering or getting lost, but eventually you will happen upon the grand plazas of Plaza de San Francisco, Plaza San Antonio, Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza de Candelaria and Plaza de San Juan de Dios with the City Hall dominating the main square.

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Other main attractions to also discover in the old town includes visiting the Roman Theater, Palacio de Congresos, Tavira Tower, the Old Customs House, the Admiral’s House and so many other historic sites you can explore on foot with a map or an app.

Once you pass through the historic old town, you also wander around the harbour area and check out more sites or just enjoy the waterfront area or Malecon of the city. 

Cadiz is located in the far western part of Andalusia and is a little isolated but definitely worth the effort to visit and enjoy this significant port city.

By Noel Morata, Travel Photo Discovery


If you’re looking for the perfect solo adventure in Spain, biking the Via Verde cycle path should be at the top. 

Nestled in the breathtaking region of Andalusia, the Via Verde de la Sierra offers an exceptional experience for independent travelers.

The Via Verde de la Sierra is one of Spain’s many Via Verdes, which translates to “Green Paths”. 

These are old railway tracks that have been converted into walking and cycling paths. 

One of the most beautiful ones is the Via Verde de la Sierra, which makes one of the  best day trips from Malaga .

Unlike the steep climbs and sharp descents typically found in the mountainous landscapes of this region of Spain, the Via Verde de la Sierra is primarily flat. 

Engineers created a level railway line with dozens of tunnels and viaducts, although a train has never operated here.

The entire route is 37 kilometres long, stretching between Puerto Serrano and Olvera stations, with the Stretching 37 kilometres between the Puerto Serrano and Olvera stations, with small Coripe station as a midpoint, the route offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.

At the former train stations, you can rent regular or electric bicycles, park your (rental) car, and grab some food and drinks. 

Apart from the stations, you won’t encounter any villages or towns along the way.

The highlight of this cycling adventure is undoubtedly the series of tunnels that you’ll encounter along the way. 

As you pedal through these underground passages, some equipped with automatic lights, you’ll be captivated by the unique atmosphere they create. 

From short tunnels to the thrilling kilometre-long passage, the tunnels add an element of excitement and mystery to your journey.

Biking the Via Verde cycle path is a fantastic activity to enjoy alone in Spain. 

The flat terrain, scenic views, and solitude of the route make it an ideal adventure for solo travelers. 

You can fully immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Andalusia while pedalling through tunnels and over viaducts. 

For the best experience, consider renting an electric bike, making the ride even more effortless.

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Not far from Malaga, you’ll find one of the most beautiful, the Via Verde de la Sierra.

The entire route is 37 kilometres long, stretching between Puerto Serrano and Olvera stations, with 37 kilometres between the Puerto Serrano and Olvera stations, with the small Coripe station as a midpoint; the route offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.

The highlight of this cycling adventure is undoubtedly the series of tunnels you’ll encounter along the way. 

For the best experience, consider renting an electric bike, which will make the ride even more effortless.

By Maartje, Sebastiaan and The Orange Backpack


Madrid is the historical, political, and cultural centre of Spain – it is also the capital city of Spain. 

The city is filled with grandeur and royalty, including its natural parks in its old centre. 

El Retiro  means “Park of the Pleasant Retreat”; the park was the property of the Spanish Monarchy until it opens to the public in the late 19th century. 

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Today, the park is a lush green space for all visitors. It is one of the best breaks to add to your Spain solo travel for enjoying green spaces, walking around, or people watch. 

The park is located close to Madrid’s Puerta de Alcalá and it is convenient to get there by metro at the station Retiro. 

The park covers an area of 350 acres and its scenery changes in different seasons. 

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For solo travelers, take a walk along the trails and expect several scenic spots in the park including the Palacio de Velazquez and Palacio de Cristal. 

The Monument of Alfonso XII is the park’s signature and visitors can leisurely row a boat in the pond to temporarily escape the hectic city life. 

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On Sundays, the atmosphere of El Retiro changed as music performers of various genres and styles came to play. 

The Park is also within walking distance of Madrid’s Golden Triangle of Art – where three major art institutions are gathered and solo travelers can unwind and immerse themselves in the classical and modern art world.  

By Kenny, Knycx Journeying 


La Tomatina, the Tomato throwing festival of Spain, presents a bizarrely spectacular sight that everyone absolutely needs to experience at least once in a lifetime. 

And what better than doing it in Spain solo travel? Not only will you meet thousands of other travelers, but you will also end up having a blast.

Picture this: hundreds of locals and tourists packed into a narrow village high street, engaging in a 1-hour tomato-throwing frenzy where tomatoes fly through the sky as if gravity has lost its hold. 

This chaotic event occurred last Wednesday of August in the Valencian town of Buñol which recently celebrated its 75th anniversary.

Witnessing this incredible festival firsthand is a bucket list experience you’ll never forget; it’s utterly unique! 

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Legend has it that La Tomatina originated with a playful food fight between local children, which evolved and grew into the grand food fight it is today. 

If you’re concerned about the festival’s potential waste of food that could be used to feed the hungry or the needy you’ll find that only inedible or slightly sour tomatoes are used for the event, meaning no actual food is wasted. 

Yet, the tomatoes are absolutely perfect (and fun!) for hurling at one another. 

The villagers of Buñol revel in this tradition, and their enthusiasm is infectious; watch little kids throw tomatoes or drop water onto you from balconies. 

Considering that La Tomatina is only 12 Euros to enter, this is an absolute bargain; get booking onto a tour now; it’s a great way to make friends and meet new people! 

By Adriana Neptuna,  Wanderlicious


A  tour from Barcelona to Andorra  is a great thing to do in Spain when you’re alone. It’s the easiest way to get to Andorra, and you’ll meet people while on the tour.

Andorra is the sixth smallest country in Europe, and even though you can get to this tiny country by public transport,  taking a tour   is better since you’ll get to make a few excellent stops on the way.

On  a day tour to Andorra , you don’t just set off in Spain and arrive in Andorra, you also get to do a stop in France. 

So you can actually visit three countries in just one day! The final destination of the day trip is Andorra la Vella, the capital of Andorra. 

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Andorra la Vella is the highest capital city in Europe, at an elevation of 1,023 meters. This city has such a unique feel to it. 

It’s nestled into the Pyrenees between France and Spain, and people from both neighbouring countries like to visit Andorra for skiing in winter.

People also come here to shop any time of the year, since the taxes there are very low.

I did this day tour on my own while I was staying in Barcelona. To be completely honest, there aren’t a ton of things you can do in Andorra, but I still enjoyed my day out. 

I met new people, visited a new tiny country and even got a new stamp on my passport!

By Tina from Veganderlust


Comprised of three of the best art museums in the world, the so-called Golden Triangle of Art is an unmissable part of any  Madrid itinerary . 

The Museo del Prado, the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia hide world-renowned masterpieces of Spanish and international art within their walls.

From our experience, art is the best company when travelling alone, while museums feel so cosy, as though we’re visiting friends we haven’t seen in a while. 

In this spirit, the Golden Triangle of Art is one of the best places to visit as a solo traveller in Madrid, for a chance to spend quality time in the bosom of art. 

The three museums are situated in the heart of the Spanish capital. 

Therefore, it’s very easy to get there on foot via the splendid Paseo del Prado or by public transport, depending on which part of the city you’re staying.

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The Prado Museum houses one of the most celebrated collections of Spanish art. 

Among the paintings that stand out are Las Meninas by Diego Velazquez and Black Paintings by Francisco Goya. 

Even though the Prado is one of the world’s finest museums, the amount of paintings displayed can be overwhelming. 

This is why it might be a good idea to visit the museum on   a guided tour .

The Thyssen–Bornemisza Museum is an excellent collection of masterpieces from the 13th and 14th centuries to the 19th and 20th centuries, while the Reina Sofia Museum, home to Pablo Picasso’s world-famous Guernica, is a tribute to modern art. 

If you’re spending several days in Madrid, it’s best to visit the three museums on different days. 

However, if you’re on a tight schedule, you can   join a tour that combines all three museums in a day .

By Maria, It’s All Trip To Me


Located less than an hour from Barcelona, the medieval town of  Girona is a fascinating city to explore  while travelling in Spain alone. 

With a direct train from Barcelona taking just 45 minutes, visiting Girona in a day is safe and easy. Once there, a guided walking tour.

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Upon arriving in Girona, I was amazed by its stunning architecture, fascinating history, and picture-perfect views.

Girona can easily be explored on foot and participating in a  guided walking tour  is my favourite way to explore a new place, especially when travelling alone.

While there is a lot to see in Girona, some highlights include the 3 km of Medieval walls and the ancient towers, which offer some of the most spectacular panoramic views of Girona. 

The grand 90-step staircase leading to the entrance of the Girona Cathedral also leaves a lasting impression.

For a glimpse into the rich Jewish history of Spain, you must visit the Girona Jewish Quarter, also known as El Call. 

At the heart of El Call, you’ll find several museums, including the Jewish History Museum, where you can learn more about the exciting history of the Jews who once lived in Girona.

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One of the most iconic sights in Girona is the Onyar River and the picturesque houses that line either side of the river. 

The Eiffel Bridge, designed in 1876 by Gustav Eiffel, the same man responsible for the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris, crosses over the river and is equally impressive.

With its impressive medieval history, one of the best-preserved Jewish quarters in Europe, and the Instagram-worthy Onyar River, Girona is an ideal solo destination for anyone looking for an excellent day trip option from Barcelona.

By Julie, Toronto to Anywhere


Joining the Las Hogueras de San Juan festival in Alicante will be an excellent idea for your Spain solo travel.

I traveled solo to Alicante and was completely comfortable and safe. 

Las Hogueras de San Juan in Alicante is one of the most colorful fiestas I’ve been to. 

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I couldn’t help but feel swept up in the festivities and was grateful to be a part of such a joyful experience.

This festival is full of activities and spectacles so that you won’t feel lonely and will even be able to meet new people.

Las Hogueras de San Juan is the main summer festival in Alicante, celebrated from June 20 to 24. 

These days, locals set up phenomenal compositions of papier mache figures in the city streets.

There are also costume parades, concerts, and parties. The whole town turns into a celebration. 

The streets of Alicante also turn into massive restaurants.

Neighbourhood organizations set up tables and chairs in the streets and cook food and eat right on the street. 

Restaurants also set up extra tables on the streets for the holiday.

There is also a contest for the best papier mache figure and the most beautiful representative of the neighbourhood community in Alicante. 

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Most figures carry a satirical or socially important message that you must guess.

The dolls are then burned on the night of June 24-25. That night locals and travelers make bonfires on the beach of Alicante. 

They gather with friends, have dinner, play and jump over the bonfire.

At midnight, fireworks are set off near the Santa Barbara Castle, one of the most  unique places in Alicante , which can be seen from anywhere in the city.

By Alexandra, The Alternative Travel Guide  


Spain is a wine lover’s paradise. The  wine region of Rias Baixas  in Galicia, Spain’s northwestern region, is one of the country’s best. 

This is the home of the crisp, dry Albariño wine and many other excellent varietals.

Several features make the Rias Baixas wine region of Spain one of the best. 

First, it is a scenic area with vineyards on rolling hills crisscrossed by rivers and dotted with timeless country towns where taking it easy is an art. 

Next is the area’s unique regional cuisine loaded with the freshest seafood and local, seasonal ingredients. 

All this is accompanied by some of the finest wine in one of Europe’s premier wine-growing countries. 

My favorite activity in this wine region is winery hopping either solo or with a group. 

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The local wine producer’s association puts out a wine route that wine aficionados can follow in their car with stops at many of the best wineries. 

Stops include an explanation of the wine-making process, wine tastings and in many cases, a superb lunch with wine pairings. How cool is that! 

Don’t want to drink and drive?  Book a tour of the area’s wineries  and leave the driving to others.

There are many lovely accommodations in the area. The Spanish government sponsors hotels in renovated and converted convents, monasteries and churches throughout the region. 

These are called “parades” and are wonderful places to stay to absorb the local culture.  

By Talek Nantes,  Travels With Talek


Wandering slowly through art museums with a sketchbook in hand is one of my favorite ways to enjoy any country – but especially a country like Spain.

Mindfully exploring a museum through art or contemplation is a travel activity best enjoyed on solo trips. 

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You might be amazed at how a trip through a museum takes on a life of its own when there’s no travel partner, tour group leader, or audio guide gently prodding you through the halls and galleries. 

Spain’s world-class art museums – which generally do not allow any photography- are prime candidates for visual recording of a different variety- sketching. 

During my recent solo visit to Madrid, I spent hours exploring and sketching at the Prado Art Museum and the Reina Sofía. 

Taking the time to sketch- and as a requirement of making art- to pay attention and notice my surroundings- helped me to appreciate the museums in a totally different way than the group trip I’d experienced previously. 

If you are into arts, this is a must-experience on your Spain solo travel.

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If you visit Madrid’s Prado art museum, consider  booking a tour  to help orient yourself to the vast collection. 

Once your tour concludes, revisit your favorite areas with a sketchbook and see where your creativity takes you- it’s one of the  best places in Europe to visit as an artist .

By Lynli Roman, Wander Big


The Old Town is the most visited part of Valencia, as it offers a delightful blend of history, culture and nightlife.

It is one of the best stops to add to your Spain solo travel itinerary.

Being situated right in the city’s heart, getting here is super easy, especially as it’s one of the  most coveted places to stay in Valencia . 

But even if your accommodation is in a different neighbourhood, taking a bus or metro here is super easy and cheap.

As you enter the Old Town, expect to feel transported back in time. 

This part of Valencia is replete with cobbled alleys, picturesque squares, and historic palaces that beautifully showcase Valencia’s rich past.

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One of the first stops I recommend is the bustling Mercado Central, a vibrant market brimming with local delicacies and crafts. 

Right across the street, the UNESCO-listed La Lonja is another fantastic attraction.

Wandering through the labyrinthine streets, you’ll stumble upon iconic landmarks such as the majestic Valencia Cathedral and the stunning Plaza de la Virgen. 

Take a moment to sit at a sidewalk café and enjoy the atmosphere as you watch the locals go about their daily routines.

The Old Town’s compact layout makes it an ideal destination for solo exploration. 

It ensures you won’t feel overwhelmed and provides a sense of security, allowing you to relax and fully embrace the city.

By Laura, Valencia Revealed


If you’re thinking about an incredible and vibrant city to visit during your Spain solo travel, Seville is an excellent choice for a city break. 

The city is stunning and isn’t too big like Madrid or Barcelona, making it convenient and easy to stroll around while taking in the many beautiful sights.

Seville is located in the south of Spain, which means that it’s pretty hot in the summer but it also comes with mild winters. 

It’s a lovely place to visit to get some rays of sunshine outside of peak season.

Seville is known to be the birthplace of the Flamenco, a passionate art form that involves dancing, music, and singing. 

The city has numerous flamenco venues to witness authentic performances and immerse yourself in this traditional Andalusian art.

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Because of that, one of the best things to do while you’re in town is to buy  a ticket to see a flamenco show  or go on a  self-guided Flamenco city tour  to learn about the history of this ancient dance.

Furthermore, the city has some tremendous Andalusian tapas bars, and a few great vintage shops that are absolutely worth visiting. 

For tapas, try Les Rinconcillo, the oldest tapas bar in Seville. 

Flamingos Vintage Kilo is a great shop to visit if you’re into second-hand clothing.

Seville is very easy to get to by plane. Seville Airport handles both international and domestic flights, making it accessible from various cities around the world and within Spain itself.

By Annelies from  Travelers & Dreamers


One of the most incredible bucket list experiences for Spain solo travel is to walk the historical Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. 

There are numerous walking paths with a majority starting from France, Spain, and Portugal. 

No matter where you start, all roads lead to the  stunning Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela , the supposed burial site of the Apostle Saint James.

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The way includes some of Spain’s most historical cities, crosses over mountains, meanders through picturesque forests, and stops in picturesque small villages.

The Camino can be a spiritual, physical, or mental pilgrimage. Due to its reflective and healing nature, it is best to walk it alone. 

Even if walking solo, you’ll never really be alone. Thousands of pilgrims undertake this grand journey daily.

If planning to walk the Camino de Santiago the most crucial decision is to choose which route to walk. 

The most popular is the Camino Frances, a spectacular way that starts in  Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port France , and typically takes a little over a month to complete. 

The journey is long, so make sure to always listen to your body, follow the shell trail markers, and carry only what you need. 

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Then simply watch the magic of the way unfold.

To feel the power of comradery along the way, sleep in pilgrim hostels that are known as albergues. 

These simple facilities oftentimes include communal meals and a kitchen where you can meet fellow pilgrims that may just turn into your  “Camino family.”

One thing is for sure, walking the Camino de Santiago is an internal journey that will change you somehow.

Also,  check out this great tour I recommend for exploring the cathedral.

By Megan J. Anderson, Packing Up The Pieces


During your Spain solo travel,  The Emperador Hotel Madrid’s rooftop pool  emerges as the ultimate haven for seeking a perfect blend of relaxation and enchantment. 

Situated in the heart of Madrid, this public rooftop pool at The Emperador Hotel offers an unparalleled experience that promises to elevate your journey to new heights.

Getting to The Emperador Hotel is convenient; you can just take the metro or public bus to ”Gran Via” from where the rooftop is just a few steps away. 

Upon arrival, the warm ambience and friendly staff will instantly make you feel at ease, creating a welcoming atmosphere for a solo adventure. 

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The panoramic views of Madrid’s iconic landmarks and bustling streets will leave you speechless.

The Emperador Hotel Madrid’s rooftop pool is a retreat, surrounded by comfortable loungers and day beds that create a tranquil oasis amidst the vibrant city. 

Whether you take a refreshing dip in the pool to beat the Spanish heat or simply bask under the sun, this rooftop sanctuary offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city below.

Travelling alone and finding comfort at The Emperador’s rooftop pool was an experience that allowed me to connect with the city’s beauty while enjoying moments of serenity amidst the vibrant energy of Madrid.

When already in the city, I recommend exploring some of Madrid’s iconic sights with a guided tour, such as the “ Madrid Highlights & Hidden Gems Walking Tour ” or the “ Flamenco Show with a Drink ” tour. 

By Victoria, Guide Your Travel


Ready to touch the roof of Spain? If you are looking for an ultimate adventure to add to your Spain solo travel itinerary is Mount Teide.

Climbing Mount Teide , the highest peak in Spanish territory is an incredible adventure that makes many people book a flight to the canary island of Tenerife. 

One of my favourite moments during my overnight climb to Mount Teide was during the second part of the climb.

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After spending the night at the “Refugio de Altavista”, I left at 5 am to reach the top before sunrise.

During that part of the climb, while it was still night, the sky was so beautiful and clear: a lot of stars were visible, as well as the milky way.

Just for that moment, it was worth all the effort.

You can reach the top of Teide’s volcano at 3715 meters by foot in a one or two-day trekking route with an overnight stay at the refuge.

Ensure that 2 days with an overnight is viable as the refuge is temporarily closed. 

Or you can go by  Cable Car (buy your entire day trip to Mount Teide with Cable Car tickets included) . 

If you choose this second option, beware that the Cable Car drops you at 3555 meters in La Rambleta station.

You can undertake the last stretch walking up to the peak (filling in your details in the mandatory permit that gives you access to the summit previously). 

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Also, the entire area that surrounds Teide, the Teide National Park (the largest and oldest of the Canary Islands’ national parks), is a beautiful Unesco World Heritage Site with plenty to explore. 

You can stop in some of the 23 viewpoints to appreciate the breathtaking views or make some of the 41 hiking trails within the national park to enjoy nature. 

And after some trekking, what’s better than a swim in one of the pristine water beaches in the south of Tenerife where it’s never cold? 

Actually, the best time for this adventure would be between April and October.

Because even though Tenerife has mild weather all year round and the south of the island is sunny and clear throughout all year, in the north the weather is more unstable.

During winter it can snow on the top of Mount Teide, leading to the authorities having to close the roads to access there sometimes.

In addition, bear in mind that Mount Teide is perfect for some stargazing.

So you can so also add another adventure by enjoying the night skies with a trip to Teide’s Observatory and a  Teide’s Sunset and Stargazing Tour .  

By Inês, Random Trip


Spain boasts a wealth of beautiful places and sights, but Zaragoza holds a dear place in my heart. 

Every year I visit this classic Spanish city between Barcelona and Madrid, I must visit the impressive Pilar.

The imposing Catedral-basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza, or simply Pilar for short, is the pride and joy of Zaragoza’s locals – and not just because it is considered the most significant Baroque church in all of Spain.

Since the 12th century, this vast church, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, has adorned the centre of Zaragoza. 

And when you visit the church, you can fully immerse yourself in the charm of this building, and you will forget everything around you. 

Therefore, take your time to see the church’s interior as well.

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In addition to some contemplative works of art, you will also find the church’s namesake, the pillar with a statue of the Virgin Mary on it.

To learn more about this vital sight, why not join a guided city tour? 

This tour   will probably also take you to the back side of the Pilar. 

Because from the stone bridge, you have a fantastic view of the Pilar, allowing you to admire the enormous church.

Even though the Pilar is probably the most important sight of Zaragoza, there are also many other  great things to see in Zaragoza  that you should not miss.

By Vicki Franz, Vicki Viaja 


The  Caminito del Rey  was once one of the world’s most dangerous hikes.

But now it is a popular day trip from Malaga and a must-do for anyone who wants to walk in the stunning Andalucian scenery.

I recommend adding this to your Spain solo travel bucket list as it is not just another trail.

On this 7.7-kilometre hike, you’ll walk along boardwalks pinned to cliff walls over 100 metres high and on shaded paths that meander along the gorge’s floor.

If you have a fear of heights then you should consider whether this is a suitable activity for you as the boardwalks are narrow and extremely high. 

However, there’s only one part that I mainly found scary and that was the hanging bridge at the very end.

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Although you can quickly drive to the start of the Caminito del Rey from Malaga, it’s easy (and inexpensive) to take the train with the journey taking around 45 minutes each way and costing less than €10 return.

You must buy your ticket for the Caminito del Rey before you go but if they’re sold out on the official website you can  get here online .

Tickets are €10 or €18 per person, depending on whether or not you want to walk with a guide. 

Personally, I recommend taking a guided tour so that you can learn about the history of the walk.

Walking the Caminito del Rey is an ideal activity for solo travellers. 

It’s a linear route from the start in Ardales to the finish in El Chorro so it’s impossible to get lost and, for safety reasons, visitor numbers are tightly controlled and monitored with only 1,100 visitors permitted per day in allocated time slots.

In short, walking the Caminito del Rey is one of the most exciting activities you can do in Spain and should be on every traveller’s bucket list.

By Alison, Alison on Foot


The best hike in Tenerife in the Canary Islands is the stunning  Roque de Taborno , one of the best destinations to add to your Spain solo travel bucket list. 

If you are an adventurous hiker then this trek is fantastic to do solo. 

Sensational views of carved green valleys and the wild coast highlight the Roque de Taborno hike in the Anaga Mountains.

The 4 km loop hike circles a towering volcanic pillar that can be seen for miles. 

The trail starts in the charming rural hamlet of Taborno on the northeast coast of Tenerife. 

It follows a well-marked route around the roque with sea views crashing against steep mountains. 

The trail is exposed in places so don’t hike on windy or rainy days.

The easiest way to get to the Roque de Taborno hike is by car. Or  you can join this tour , which also includes food testing.

It’s a wild drive along serpentine roads through the Anaga Rural Park mountains, but the scenery is incredible. 

Be sure to pull over at the overlooks for views of tiny villages clinging to the hills and emerald valleys.

The exhilarating trek with the otherworldly views was, by far, the most beautiful hike I did in Tenerife. To do it solo was a consummate outdoor adventure.

By Karen, Outdoor Adventure Sampler


The Volcanic Region of Garrotxa is located in Catalonia and is part of the Costa Brava province. 

It is one of the most beautiful destinations worth adding to your Spain solo travel bucket list.

A fantastic place to visit year-round, it is the perfect long-distance hiking destination in the fall, when temperatures are milder and you can hit the trails. 

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The region is scattered with many well-marked and easy-to-follow hiking trails that connect extinct volcano craters in the Garrotxa Volcanic Park, landmarks, villages and smaller towns, so you can go from place to place stopping in lovely local communities along the way.

Hiking alone here is mostly doable as the trails are safe and you get to meet lots of other hikers along the way. 

The only trail for which you are better off getting a guide is the Cami dels Gantxos, a circular route that starts a bit outside Joanetes: while the path is well marked, this is a challenging hike with some almost vertical ascents that require climbing holding on to hooks!

One thing you should not miss is a  scenic hot-air balloon flight .  

This experience is run by Vol de Coloms and starts right before sunrise. 

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You will get a glass of cava during the flight, and once you descend a scrumptious Garrotxa-style breakfast will await.

My tip for anyone looking to  hike in the Garrotxa Region  is to pack smartly and lightly. 

You will be carrying your backpack on most hikes (though some hikes are circular and you will be spending two or three nights in the same place) and some are actually quite strenuous. 

I also recommend taking the time to appreciate the lovely villages and the delicious local food and wine – local produce is fresh and seasonal here!

The best starting point to hike in the Garrotxa region is Olot, which you can easily reach by bus from Girona, where you will find an international airport served mainly by budget airlines. 

From Olot, you can hike to many other nearby smaller towns such as the scenic Besalu. 

By Claudia Tavani, My Adventures Across The World


If you find yourself in southern Spain, visit the breathtaking town of Ronda. 

Located in the Malaga Province, Ronda is situated on a cliff of the El Tajo Gorge.

The town’s location makes it feel like it’s perched on the very edge of the world, and a dreamy destination to add to Spain solo travel bucket list.

As you might imagine, the sunsets and sunrises in this small town are dreamy. 

The town is friendly and a perfect place to explore solo or easily find others to adventure with. 

Ronda is well known for its bullfighting ring, iconic bridge over the gorge, great music, and well-preserved Arab archaeological sites.

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One of my favourite activities in Ronda is taking the  self-paced audio walking tour   of Ronda. 

The information is the perfect detail and really helps the town come alive. 

Plus, you can take your time with the tour. I love to stop in places as I go so the 2-hour tour can take me the whole day.

When you visit, don’t skip the Arab Baths Archaeological Site. 

These baths are exceptionally well preserved and offer great insights into the ingenuity found in the Moorish rule of Ronda.

In the evening, be sure to roam the streets. Live music will pop up in restaurants, creating a perfect place to relax and have fun!

Getting to Ronda  is relatively easy. 

Some buses and trains arrive daily from the main Southern Spain cities (Sevilla, Malaga, Granada). 

The drive there is also a beautiful ride through the Spanish countryside.

If you don’t have time to visit Ronda for a day or two, check out one of the day trips from Sevilla. 

You can join a  bus tour   or a  small group tour   to explore the Pueblos Blancos (White Villages) and Ronda.

By Kelsea, Out of Office Mindset


Another one of the best things to do in Spain alone is to visit the island of Mallorca. 

The largest of the Balearic islands is a perfect destination for solo travelers seeking relaxation, adventure, and culture.

One of the best things about Mallorca is its beautiful beaches. 

There are more than 200 beaches all around the island, each with its own special charm. 

If you like meeting new people, you can visit lively beaches like Playa de Palma. 

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But if you prefer some peace and quiet, you can find secluded coves like Cala Varques where you can relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.

The capital city, Palma, is another highlight for solo travelers. 

You can explore historic places like  Palma Cathedral , one of the most famous landmarks in Spain, and the   Royal Palace of La Almudaina . 

Palma’s old town is a charming place to walk around, with many cool shops, cafes, and restaurants. 

And when the sun sets, the city comes alive with a vibrant nightlife where you can socialize and make new friends.

Last but not least, head to Valldemossa , a picturesque village surrounded by mountains. 

The village has pretty streets filled with colourful flowers, and you can visit the famous Carthusian Monastery where famous composers like Chopin once stayed. 

It’s a great spot to relax and enjoy the natural beauty.

By Alina, World of Lina


Discover the magical Alhambra in Spain, a fantastic place for your Spain solo travel bucket list.

The Alhambra is definitely one of those places that transport you to a magical bygone era. 

It is a great attraction to visit and spend hours here especially if you like history and architecture.

Getting there is simple: take a fast train from major cities like Madrid, Barcelona, or Seville, or fly to Granada Airport and take a taxi to Plaza Nueva, the city’s centre.

Prepare to be amazed by Alhambra’s stunning beauty once you arrive. 

It is an old fortress that has been transformed into a beautiful palace complex with impressive architecture and lovely gardens. 

You’ll feel as if you’ve stepped back in time to the Nasrid dynasty.

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As a solo traveller, you’ll appreciate Alhambra’s peaceful and calm atmosphere. 

You can take your time exploring the Alcazaba Fortress, Nasrid Palaces, and Generalife Gardens on your own or take  a guided tour .  

Make sure to book tickets in advance as they tend to go fast! 

It’s an excellent opportunity to connect with history while enjoying peace and quiet. 

Wear comfortable shoes and bring water because you’ll be walking a lot. A scarf will also help!

One of the must-do spots in Granada, you can visit  Alhambra at night  or during a summer afternoon as it can get quite hot and the halls of Alhambra provide respite from the heat.

By Lavina Dsouza, Continent Hop


There’s nowhere in Seville that captures the city’s story better than the Alcazar, one of the fascinating places to visit during a solo trip to Spain.

The enormous royal palace complex presents a fascinating blend of architectural styles spanning some of the most important historical periods of southern Spain.

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Although it was constructed for a Christian kingdom, many artists and architects were Muslims who stayed after the defeat of the Moors, and you can see the Islamic elements in the decorations. 

The layout, with features like courtyards and pools, suits the hot and sunny climate of Andalusia, while the layout allows breezes to flow through.

For a solo traveller, it’s easy to  visit the Seville Alcazar , with enough information boards to learn about the site.

Walk through it independently, or join tours to hear the stories of royal life from a guide, such as  this one  focused just on the Alcazar, or  this one  that also includes some nearby sights. 

The expansive gardens, full of palms, fountains, and orchards of fruit trees, provide a relaxing area to spend some time exploring the buildings of the complex. 

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The Alcazar is in the same precinct as the Seville Cathedral, where you’ll find the imposing tomb of Christopher Columbus, and the General Archive of the Indies, which contains the documents from the colonies Spain established around the world. 

The three landmarks have collectively been listed as a World Heritage Site and I think they are an excellent way to understand what Spain was like during its colonial years and get a sense of how this period was viewed here at the time (which is obviously very different to how we look at it these days).

By Michael Turtle, Time Travel Turtle


The Spanish city of Avila is a great destination to add to your Spain solo travel bucket list. 

This historic city is famous for its medieval city walls, Romanesque churches, medieval monasteries and delicious local cuisine. 

Avila received UNESCO World Heritage status in 1985. 

There are loads of amazing  things to do in Avila  to make you fall in love with this pretty city.

You can visit Avila on a day trip from Madrid, the capital city of Spain. It takes only an hour to drive here from Madrid. 

You can easily use public transportation to get here as well. Avila is a very compact and walkable city. 

If you’re travelling solo for the first time, this city is the perfect place to be.

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The medieval city walls of Avila were built during the 11th century to protect the residents from the Moor attacks. It serves as one of the main tourist highlights of Avila.

The walls are the most complete fortifications in not just in Spain but also in the entire Europe. 

You will get a breathtaking panoramic view of the Avila Cathedral, the Plaza del Mercado Grande and the surrounding Spanish countryside.

Avila is the birthplace of one of the most respected Catholic saints, Saint Teresa. 

Convento de Santa Teresa de Jesús stands on the site of her birthplace and is a must-see attraction in Avila. 

You will visit the beautifully ornate chapel where the saint was born. 

Also, for a magnificent view over the city, don’t miss the Mirador de los Cuatro Postes.

By Moumita & Sankha, Chasing the Long Road


One of the most exciting journeys to add to your Spain solo travel itinerary is an antique train ride.

If you’re on holiday in Mallorca or a city break in Palma, take the  antique train from Palma to Soller .

Officially called the Tren de Soller, this is a 100-year-old wooden train that runs for 27 km between the capital, Palma, and the town of Soller on Mallorca’s north coast. 

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Along the way, it runs through gorgeous landscapes of orange orchards and olive groves and then passes through 13 tunnels as it makes its way up into the dramatic scenery of the Tramontana Mountains, and then down towards the coast.

Stepping onto the train is like stepping back in time. 

The carriages are made of polished wood and gleaming brass, with leather bench seating and traditional wooden sash windows (which you can open for better photos).

As you relax and enjoy the view, you can imagine what it must have been like for the people who took this exact same journey over 100 years ago.

The route ends in Soller, a pretty historic town with a beautiful church and several cobbled pedestrian streets lined with shops and cafes. 

From here, you can hop on another antique transport – the Soller tram – which will take you to Port de Soller, a pretty beach and harbour town with beautiful sea views.

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As a solo traveller I thought it was a great day trip from Palma because it’s easy to do and feels very safe. 

I also found it an excellent way to meet people – almost everyone on the train is a tourist so it’s really easy to chat to your fellow travellers. 

Here are the recommended tours to enjoy this journey.

Mallorca: Island Trip by Train, Tramway, and Boat

Mallorca: Tramuntana Tour with Historic Railway Ride

By Bella, Passport & Pixels


Malaga is a great place to explore on your solo trip to Spain. 

The city has a great lively atmosphere, and it is very easy to navigate by yourself. It is also a very safe city for solo female travellers.

Malaga is the home of Picasso, where he was born and spent the first years of his life. 

There are two  museums in Malaga  dedicated to the famous artist, where you can see one of the most extensive collections of his works, as well as the house where he was born in. 

Malaga has a Moorish heritage as well, so don’t miss visiting the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro Castle, from where you can enjoy a fantastic panoramic view over the city, whilst learning about its history.

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It’s great to go on a walking tour to explore the best of the city. 

There are plenty to choose from, and they are great for solo travellers because they allow you to meet other people travelling to Malaga alone.

Malaga also has excellent sandy beaches, which have all the facilities during the high season, including lifeguards, showers and toilets, water sports centres, and plenty of typical beach restaurants. 

These are called chiringuitos and have no frills, but serve the most delicious grilled fish. 

Don’t miss trying out the espetos – the typical fish dish in Malaga.

As someone who lived in Malaga for two years, I can’t recommend the city enough for a solo traveller. 

It’s one of those cities where something is always going on, and, as a tourist, you can always join a fiesta alongside the locals. 

By Joanna, The World In My Pocket


Albufera Natural Park  is a beautiful nature reserve just south of Valencia city, worth adding to your Spain solo travel itinerary for a relaxing time amidst nature.

A unique and biodiverse ecosystem in a protected environment, the Albufera is a patchwork of traditionally worked rice fields surrounding a scenic lagoon, separated from the Mediterranean Sea by an (almost) untouched sand dune and pine forest coastal strip.

It’s the perfect destination for exploring alone. 

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Imagine strolling along endless golden beaches, walking the trails and sandy paths past rice fields to the vast lagoon. Cycling is easy too as the area is flat. 

The wetlands are totally picturesque and more so at sunset when flocks of migratory birds fly homewards across the lake, backlit by the sky’s orange glow.

El Palmar is a little village surrounded by canals and flooded rice fields. Seemingly in the middle of the lake, the turn-off is on the main Albufera coast road. 

It’s a popular place with lots of restaurants which can be busy, particularly at weekends. 

While you’re here, try local cuisine such as a starter of fresh eels and spicy potato followed by a traditional Valencian Paella.

Most visitors just come for the day, driving over or getting the bus down from Valencia but actually staying in the Albufera is best – apart from the posh Parador Hotel fronting El Saler beach, there’s a tiny hotel where I stayed in the small seaside town of El Perrelló (single room available!) as well as holiday apartments. 

Peaceful out of season, the resort is lively in summer with a great vibe and many water sports activities.

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On a personal note, L’Albufera is such a magical place, I just can’t decide whether my favourite moment is watching the sunrise over the ocean or watching the sun setting over the lagoon.

From Valencia,  organised tours   include an open-top jeep safari to the Albufera. 

This makes a fun excursion in summer when you can soak up the sun on the sand dune beaches and cool off with a swim in the sea. 

After a typical tapas lunch, enjoy a trip on a traditional wooden boat across the mirror-like lagoon to end a particular day.

By Kali, KaliTravel


With winding, narrow streets leading up steep hillsides, one crowned by the domineering Alhambra, Granada is one of Spain’s must-visit cities. 

There’s so much to do here – enjoy a flamenco performance, uncover Moorish history at the Alhambra or walk around the trendy Sacromonte area. 

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The city centre’s reasonably small, with plenty of accommodation around the cathedral area, and welcoming bars serving ice-cold drinks – needed in the Alcazar heat!

With every drink you purchase in Granada, you’ll get a free tapas dish – even alone! 

One of the best reasons to choose Granada on your Spain solo travel is the number of tours you can join here.

A  tour of the Alhambra  will not only demonstrate a full background into the building’s (and the city’s!) history, but it’ll also give you a chance to get to know some other travellers. 

Or, you could join a free walking tour, a  walking food tour  or attend a  Flamenco show . 

Granada’s also incredibly easy to get to. There’s an international airport, or it has good rail and bus connections to other cities. 

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This is one of my favourite Spanish cities, but I highly recommend visiting  Granada in March , as it’s a lot cooler than the sweltering summer months, but you’ll likely still get some sunshine. 

And if you’re keen on snowsports, you can even squeeze in a solo ski trip in the nearby Sierra Nevada – the ski season runs until the end of March/ early April. 

By Claire, Europe in Winter


Visit the historic painted caves.

Among the most intriguing UNESCO World Heritage sites in Spain are the 16 caves spread across the northern Spanish provinces of the Basque Country, Cantabria and Asturias that contain prehistoric paintings.

Your visit to the  Paleolithic-painted caves of Spain  should perhaps start near the town of Santillana del Mar, about 30 km west of the Cantabrian capital of Santander. 

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There you can visit the National Museum and Research Center of Altamira, where you can get a valuable introduction to the art and archaeology of the caves.

The museum has meticulously recreated the Altamira cave ceilings, paintings, and other palaeolithic artefacts found in the caves, a unique attraction to visit during Spain solo travel.

The museum explains the lives of the cave painters and the efforts to preserve their art.

The museum also does a great job of explaining the history of the caves and the people who lived in this part of Spain 30,000 years ago.

Several of the painted caves of Spain allow visitors on a very limited basis. 

The caves open to the public are restricted to small group visits and are always accompanied by guides. 

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Because the caves are managed by various national and local authorities, regulations and access, vary, and you will need to research to determine when and how you can visit.

For example, the Covalanas cave near Ramales de la Victoria in Cantabria only allows three people per visit and only does 5-7 daily tours.

Check  this guided tour  that covers these caves from Santander.

By Tom, Travel Past 50


If you prefer to visit smaller cities, Marbella is a perfect destination for your Spain solo travel bucket list.

Located a 45-minute from Malaga Airport, it is easy to find flights from many European destinations.

One of the  best activities to do in Marbella  is to explore the historic centre. It is the second prettiest old town in Costa del Sol. 

Despite being small, there are exciting things to do and see, making it my favourite place to explore in Marbella.

Marbella Castle is the most emblematic building. Although it is called a castle, you can only see part of its walls.

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After seeing Marbella Castle, you can visit La Encarnación Church and the Spanish Engravings Museum, which has three floors with interesting Spanish graphic art and paintings from well-known artists, such as Picasso and Dalí.

There is no visit to Marbella’s old town without taking photos of its picturesque white-painted streets decorated with flower pots. Carmen Street is the most photographed.

Although Plaza de los Naranjos (Orange Square) isn’t the best place to eat in Marbella, it is the perfect spot for enjoying a refreshing juice from Churreria Ramon while soaking up this square’s lively atmosphere and beauty.

Not far from the historic centre, there are also many great things to do, such as visiting Alameda Park, going on  a sailboat cruise  or walking Marbella’s beach promenade at sunset.

By Cristina, My Little World of Travelling


Exploring Ibiza Town, including Dalt Vila, is an incredible activity that you can do during your Spain solo travel.

I loved Dalt Vila because its beautiful cobblestone streets, viewpoints, and historic atmosphere will make you feel like you step back in time.

Ibiza Town is the capital of the island of Ibiza, and it is a place where you can see historic buildings, get amazing views of the city, and have food at local restaurants. 

The town is split into two parts: Dalt Vila, the oldest part of the city, and the modern part. 

Going for a walk through Dalt Vila is a great way to unwind while enjoying the beauty of cobblestone streets and quaint shops. 

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It is also possible to go to the top of the Castle of Ibiza and enjoy a view of the harbour of Ibiza Town when you are in Dalt Vila. 

Or go to Mercat Vell to shop for fruit at a charming outdoor market. 

Besides that, there are museums in Dalt Vila and Ibiza Town, such as the archaeological museum of Dalt Vila. 

The city is very diverse and has a lot to offer and when you  explore Ibiza Town  on your own, you can be flexible in how you spend your time. 

Getting to Ibiza Town from the airport of Ibiza takes about 20 minutes by bus and 10 minutes by car or taxi.

By Daniel,  Northern Carolina Travel Guides


Los Picos de Europa is a beautiful national park in the Asturias Province in Northern Spain, making it a bucket list destination to add to Spain solo travel.

The park is known for its spectacular mountainous scenery, charming villages, and various outdoor activities. 

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The outdoor activities in Los Picos de Europa include hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, and fishing. Hiking is by far the most popular activity in the park. 

The wide range of trails across the park includes easy day hikes and challenging multi-day routes such as the  Camino Primitivo  or the route of San Salvador. 

The hiking trails are marked and usually start and end in villages or campsites. During the summer months, there are plenty of hikers on these trails. 

It has good infrastructure but at the same time, it’s still wild and untouched.

A perfect place for a solo hiker who enjoys nature and the outdoors. 

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Summer months between mid-May to mid-September are the best time to visit the park. 

There are no ski resorts in the park, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are the only winter activities.

Driving is the easiest way of getting to Los Picos de Europa. There are buses to the park from Oviedo, Gijon, or Aviles.

I spent a week hiking solo in Los Picos de Europa and enjoyed it. I met many other hikers and got to explore some of the most beautiful parts of Asturias.

Here are some excellent tours to meet fellow travelers.

Santander: Picos, Santo Toribio Monastery and Potes Day Tour

Asturias: Canyoning Adventure with 4 Levels to Choose From

By Alya, Stingy Nomads


Spain is famous for its food, and paella is the most famous! 

This wonderful dish is made with rice, saffron, vegetables and usually meat like chicken and rabbit or a variety of seafood like mussels, squid and prawns. You can also find vegetarian paella too.

Taking a paella cooking class during Spain solo travel is a great way to learn more about Spanish food and culture. 

Not only that, but you’ll also meet people and get to share a wonderful meal that you have cooked together.

You’ll take home precious memories, and delicious recipes so you can impress your friends and family back home with your new-found cooking skills. 

And it means you don’t have to worry about choosing a restaurant or face dining alone!

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While paella originated in Valencia, you can take paella cooking classes all over Spain. 

I joined  a paella cooking class in Barcelona  and I loved learning how to make the perfect paella with my fellow students, and eating it of course!

Most cooking classes  like this one in Barcelona   include a market tour with the chef so they can show you where to buy the ingredients in a local market, before heading to the kitchen to start cooking. 

Some tours will include additional food like tapas and usually something to drink like Spanish wine or sangria.

Then, of course, once you’ve learned how to make paella, you get to enjoy the best bit – eating it!

By Claire Sturzaker, Why Visit Barcelona


One of the best things to do alone in Spain is to explore the Roman ruins in Merida. 

There are more Roman ruins and better preserved than any other place in the country. 

This means there are many  things to do in Merida Spain  and since the city is walkable, it is also a great place to visit solo. 

The main attraction is the Roman Theater and Amphitheater which are located in the same place and can be visited on  a guided tour   to learn as much as possible about the sites and Roman heritage. 

This is a hassle-free tour to add to your Spain solo travel itinerary.

The Roman Bridge in Merida is 790 meters long with 60 arches and is the longest yet. 

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It stands next to the Moorish Alcazar of Merida which also is worth a visit. But there are still more Roman remains in the city. 

The aqueduct is impressive and there are ruins like the Temple of Diana, Portico del Foro, and the Roman Public Baths. 

Also, the Casa del Mitreo is a fascinating archaeological site showcasing the remains of a Roman palace. 

Badajóz Airport is the closest to Merida, at half an hour’s drive. But you can also fly into Seville which is a 2-hour drive away, but by bus, you can expect double time.


Traveling by van in Andalucia is a beautiful solo travel experience in Spain. 

It is safe and there are dedicated campervan parking and camping grounds where you can park safely. 

It is a great way to explore the whitewashed villages and the incredible natural beauty of southern Spain. 

Some of the most charming villages are found in Cordoba, Iznajar with its splendid lake views, Rute with its hiking opportunities, and Priego de Cordoba with its historical heritage and numerous attractions. 

In the province of Granada, there are remotely accessed hikes that are near impossible to reach by public transport, like Lavaderos de La Reina and Vereda de la Estrella. 

The spectacular Barranco de La Luna and Ruta de Los Bolos are incredible river hikes for the summer months where you mainly walk in water (up to knee-deep and witness some of the most spectacular landscapes and waterfalls. 

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Just make sure you wear good  water shoes for hiking  to avoid any accidents and of course, your swimsuit. 

In the provinces of Malaga and Cadiz, you can enjoy whitewashed villages overlooking the coastline, like Ojén and Gaucín, and hike in the mountains with exquisite sea views. 

The best entry points to Andalucia are Malaga and Seville airports. 

However, there are international airports in Almeria, Granada, and Jerez de la Frontera near Cadiz too. 

The big cities are all well connected by bus and train too.

By Linn Haglund, Andalucia Hiking


Going on a kayak tour in Nerja on Costa del Sol is an excellent activity to add to your Spain solo travel bucket list for an exciting adventure. 

With crystal-clear water, you can see straight down to the bottom of the sea when kayaking near the dramatic, rugged coast of Maro-Cerro Gordo Natural Park. 

The area is famous for its secluded beaches like Caleta de Maro and several other smaller beaches that are only reached by sea or by hiking. 

Most famously, this area is known for the waterfall cascading into the sea. 

Unfortunately, it has been dry due to drought lately, but there is a smaller waterfall not far from it that has water. 

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Due to many underwater caves and vivid underwater life, snorkeling is popular there too, so bring your snorkeling gear (you can purchase it by the beach if your tour doesn’t offer it.) 

As kayaking is one of the  best things to do in Nerja , it is recommended to book in advance to secure your spot if you want to go on  a guided tour . 

The nearest airport is Malaga international airport and it takes about 50 minutes to drive to Nerja.

By Linn Haglund, Amused by Andalucia


Another fun activity on your Spain solo trip is to  indulge in delicious Basque food ! 

For those who don’t know, San Sebastian is located in the northern region of Spain and is home to some of the tastiest Spanish food! If you are a foodie, this is a must-experience on your Spain solo travel bucket list.

Visitors to the city will discover that the streets of Old Town are lined with food vendors and restaurants selling unique dishes, ranging from burnt Basque cheesecake to fresh seafood!

In addition, solo travelers can rest easy knowing San Sebastian is a city with very little crime. 

And, if you need help finding a place or would like some recommendations, the locals are usually quite friendly and willing to help you.

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Speaking of recommendations, there are plenty of other things to see and do. 

For example, you can spend some time relaxing at the beautiful beaches, like La Concha. 

Or, you can  take a fun e-bike tour   to discover the city effortlessly.

Ultimately, San Sebastian is a beautiful place to visit with plenty of activities that cater to solo travelers. 

For those interested in visiting, you can fly directly into San Sebastian Airport or Bilbao International Airport and then take a bus into the city!

By Kristin, Global Travel Escapades


What not many travelers realize is that Spain is home to one of the world’s rarest and most charismatic wild cats – the Iberian lynx. 

We almost lost the Iberian lynx at the turn of the century when fewer than a hundred individuals remained in Andalusian forests. 

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But following two decades of intense conservation, the lynx bounced back and today, nature enthusiasts from all over the world flock to Spain for a chance to see these charismatic cats in the wild. 

And the chances are high. Especially if you visit in winter during the lynx’ mating season when the cats are on the move and easy to observe. If you love wildlife, you should definitely add this experience to your Spain solo travel itinerary.

The best place to  see the Iberian lynx in Spain  is Sierra de Andujar Natural Park which lies 100 km east of Cordoba, in the heart of Andalusia. 

You can visit Sierra de Andujar independently, by renting a car for a few days in Cordoba. 

It is an easy 1.5 hr drive and there are several accommodation options available near the park dedicated to lynx-watching tourism. 

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As with any wildlife-watching experience, there are no guarantees. 

But if you visit during the lynx mating season (Dec – Feb) you’ll have to be quite unlucky not to see a lynx. Alternatively, you can join a lynx-watching tour from Malaga or La Carolina. 

And if you are a super keen wildlife photographer, you can book a day at a photo hide for a chance of an up-close-and-personal encounter with the lynx and other Spanish wildlife. 

You can also try your luck in  Donana National Park , though sightings are less frequent. 

By Margarita, The Wildlife Diaries


Barcelona, the vibrant capital of Catalonia, Spain, is a city that seamlessly blends rich history, modernity, gorgeous architecture, and stunning beaches. 

With its vibrant culture, delicious cuisine, and lively atmosphere, Barcelona has something to offer every traveler.

Being one of the top destinations to add to your Spain solo travel itinerary, Barcelona can be thoroughly enjoyed without breaking the bank, making it an ideal destination for solo explorers seeking an unforgettable adventure.

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Flying to Barcelona doesn’t have to be expensive.

One of the tips for visiting  Barcelona on a budget  is to watch for low-cost airlines and look for deals on flights well in advance. 

Another option is to consider traveling during the shoulder seasons, such as spring and autumn, when flight and accommodation prices are low.

Barcelona boasts many attractions and experiences that won’t cost you a fortune. 

Stroll along the bustling Las Ramblas, a lively street filled with street performers, cafes, and shops, where you can soak in the city’s infectious energy. 

Gaudi’s influence is everywhere, and no trip to Barcelona would be complete without visiting his masterpieces, such as the iconic Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. 

While some of these attractions have an entrance fee, you can still appreciate their beauty from the outside without spending a dime.

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However, if you still want to visit some of the iconic museums and buildings, plan your trip based on the free entrance days of these venues. 

For instance, Picasso Museum has free entrance every first Sunday of the month or Thursday late afternoons.

Barcelona is great for adding to your Spain solo travel, but I’d suggest always being more attentive to your belongings while wandering the city streets. 

Many pickpocketers are in touristy areas, even very early in the morning. 

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10 Best Places in Spain for Solo Travel

Spain is one of the best value and most rewarding countries for solo travel in Europe. It’s one of the larger countries in the region and is second only to Italy in the number of UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The classic backpacker destinations in Spain are the big cities – Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia – as well as the southern region of Andalucia which combines amazing historic sites with a unique culture and Moorish architecture.

There’s also the Balearic islands – home to some of the best beaches in Spain , and its best nightlife. Or the northern cities which are gaining a reputation for some of the best food in Europe.

The range of hostels available has improved dramatically in the last decade, and most cities now sport flashpacker hostels with impeccable design credentials that you can combine with tapas tours for unbeatable city breaks. Some hostels will require HI membership for guests over 30.

The major cities in Spain are well-connected by rail, with Madrid the central hub, although delays are frequent and long-distance routes require compulsory advance booking. Buses offer a cheaper alternative. Just be sure to allow plenty of time in your itinerary given the distances.

Barcelona's Sagrada Familia

No surprises that Barcelona is number one on this list – the Catalan capital is one of Europe’s most popular cities to visit. And for good reason.

The top thing to do in Barcelona is to check out those crazy unique landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudi whose architecture defines the city – the Sagrada Familia (pictured above) and Park Güell are the most famous, but there are others to hunt out. Art and design figure strongly in this city and you’ll also find museums dedicated to Picasso and Joan Miro.

Barcelona is also one of Europe’s great beach cities, and heaven for foodies. If your budget allows you can take in one of the city’s numerous Michelin starred restaurants.

Don’t miss day trips to charming nearby city Girona and to the monastery of Monserrat with its dramatic rock formations.

There’s no shortage of good hostels to lay your head in Barcelona – the difficulty is deciding where to stay. 

Some of the hostel highlights include:

  • Generator and St Christopher’s Inn Barcelona are two of the big party hostels in town
  • TOC Hostel has a small plunge pool on its rooftop terrace.
  • Bed & Bike gets rave reviews for its central location, free morning bike tours, and amiable atmosphere
  • Amistat Beach Hostel is close to the beach and has regular social events and free pasta

Madrid's Gran Via lit up at night

The Spanish capital is one of the most stylish, cosmopolitan, and entertaining cities you’ll visit. Its residents are known for enjoying life – it has the highest number of bars per person of any European city, and the nightlife here starts and runs late.

This is partially on account of the climate. Most of Spain’s tourist destinations are on its coast but Madrid is in central Spain, far inland. Madrid is dry and can be extremely hot in summer, and surprisingly cold in winter.

Madrid’s centre is packed full of royal palaces, extravagant art collections and museums, elegant gardens, and buzzing avenues.

The Hat Hostel has a great central location, hip minimalist decor and organises free walking tours and social events.

Safestay Madrid is a little bit further out but has huge airy dorms and an amazing rooftop terrace for meeting fellow travellers.

And Mola Hostel describes itself as a ‘poshtel’ and has plenty of social activities, a great location, and pod-style beds.


the beach at San Sebastian

Foodies and beach lovers will both be content in Spain’s city of gastronomy, San Sebastian. Also known as Donostia, this city in the Basque Country has more Michelin stars per square metre than anywhere else in the world.

But you don’t need a bulging wallet to eat well here, thanks to its tradition of pintxos (small snacks on sticks served with drinks) and incredible seafood.

Plus it’s a short train ride to nearby Bilbao and the wine region of Rioja.

You can stay at design hostel A Room in the City in San Sebastian, which has pod beds and an excellent communal courtyard for evening socialising. Or if you’re in town for the surf rather than the food then check out Surfing Etxea hostel.

The beach at Valencia

Valencia is Spain’s third city, and probably the most underrated as a travel destination. Here is a vibrant and creative coastal city where you can find charming old streets alongside innovative futuristic architecture.

Highlights include the glistening modern City of Arts and Science buildings (and its amazing aquarium, planetarium, and gardens), the old Barri del Carme neighbourhood, the cathedral and the UNESCO-listed Silk Exchange building, and the golden sands of Malvarrosa beach.

It’s also the home of the famous rice dish paella so don’t forget to tuck into a portion – or take a cooking class – before you go.

There are plenty of hostels in Valencia but the best blend of design and sociability can be found at Cantagua Hostel .

Seville cathedral in the sunshine

One of Spain’s undisputed highlights is the southern city of Seville, the capital of Andalucia. If you’re visiting the south then a trip to Seville is a must.

The Cathedral and the UNESCO-listed Alcazar palace are two of the best blockbuster buildings in the country (and the latter was used as a filming location for Game of Thrones ), but Seville’s real appeal lies in its spirited culture. Seville is the home of flamenco, bullfighting, tapas, fiestas, colourful ceramic tiles, and the Holy Week processions (Semana Santa). 

There’s also some fine modern architecture to admire such as the Metropol Parasol.

It’s hard to beat the Oasis Backpackers Seville for accommodation – it has a rooftop terrace with a swimming pool, chilled vibes and social events. TOC Hostel Seville is a worthy boutique hostel contender.

Granada's hilltop Alhambra

Granada is definitely one of the best small cities for backpackers and solo travellers in Spain. It certainly packs a punch when it comes to historic and cultural attractions.

The crowd-pleaser here is the Alhambra, a hilltop Moorish palace that overlooks the city and is the most visited attraction in Spain. Ticketing was introduced in xxxx

But beyond the Alhambra is a fascinating university town where. It’s one of the few remaining cities where you’ll still receive free tapas with your drinks, making it a great place for those on a budget. The Alhambra forms a UNESCO World Heritage site alongside the unique neighbourhoods of Albaicín (the old Muslim quarter) and Sacromonte (the old Roma quarter known for its cave dwellings and flamenco shoes).

You can find excellent hiking and skiing nearby in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada.

Stay at Lemon Rock Granada , a hostel with some beautiful design features, a central location, and a sociable bar.

Ibiza Old Town and harbour

The Balearic island of Ibiza is synonymous with partying – the nightlife here is legendary. It’s also a summer beach destination par excellence , with some of the best sandy beaches in Europe . Most of the island’s visitors come for this intoxicating combination.

Bring plenty of euros because going out in Ibiza is eye-wateringly expensive, for both admission and drinks prices.

Ibiza Town is the island’s beautiful historic capital and home to the more upmarket clubs and bars. This is the place to see and be seen. The streets are packed with equally expensive designer boutiques and chic bars.

The coastal town of San Antonio is more raucous and budget-friendly, catering to a boozy package tourism crowd as well as the islands LGBT scene. Head to the far end of the beach for Cafe Del Mar and its blissed-out sunset soundtracks.

There are a few hostels in Ibiza these days. Amistat Island Hostel was the first – it has a decent-sized pool, a bar, and modern facilities however it’s worth noting that it uses fingerprint access.

San Mateo cathedral in Tarifa

The small and charming town is a perfect getaway if you’ve mainly been hitting up big cities on your solo trip. Tarifa is on the south coast, not far from Gibraltar and Cadiz, and has long been popular with the kitesurfing community thanks to its consistent conditions. This has attracted a bohemian crowd who come for its pretty whitewashed streets, lively bars, and excellent restaurants. 

It’s a great place to chill out and regroup for a while – being the kind of place where you’ll find yoga and smoothies in abundance. There is an excellent sandy beach – but be prepared to be blasted by winds.

Lay your head at the highly-rated Kite Hostel , for chilled-out vibes with minimalist white decor and excellent communal areas.


surfers on the beach at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Spain’s Canary Islands offer a  completely different experience to mainland Spain with their volcanic landscapes and Latin-influenced culture.

Located out in the Atlantic Ocean, closer to Africa than Europe, they are known as the Islands of Eternal Spring for their year-round climate. This makes them a great choice for a warm winter break.

Of the islands, Gran Canaria is arguably the best for solo travellers, just avoid the mass tourism resorts on the south coast. Capital city Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is well served by international flights and is one of the biggest cities in Spain. Thanks to its growing surf and digital nomad scene it now has a handful of great hostels, making it more accessible for solo travel.

It’s the best base for exploring the rest of the island. Gran Canaria is often referred to as being a mini continent for its diversity of landscapes, making it a great place for active travellers. Don’t miss hiking in the island’s spectacular interior, surfing, diving, or exploring pretty historic towns like Tejeda and Teror.

Lua Lua Hostel is cute, clean, and friendly, and located close to the beach in Las Palmas. And Columbus Rooftop Hostel has an amazing terrace and scores highly on atmosphere.

Le Seu cathedral in Palma de Mallorca


One of the most popular summer destinations in Europe, the Balearic island of Mallorca is truly the island that has it all – impeccable sandy beaches, the majestic Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, and countless beautiful stone villages with arty vibes.

And to top it all off is the compelling capital city Palma de Mallorca. Palma has bags of cultural appeal with its historic old town, gothic cathedral, Moorish palaces, and excellent food and art scenes. Food-lovers shouldn’t miss Tapas Tuesday or the San Juan Mercado Gastronomico.

And of course, it’s not far to the beach. Palma makes a wonderful city break or base for exploring the island. A highlight is taking the wooden train to pretty Soller in the north-west of the island.

Hostel Fleming is a modern boutique hostel with classy design and a central location in Palma. It’s worth noting that there’s no AC though – in the hot summer months you’re better off heading for somewhere by a beach anyway.

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10 Best Places in Spain for Solo Travel

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Jessie on a Journey | Solo Female Travel Blog

Solo Travel In Spain: The Ultimate Guide (With Map!)

By Rachel Grenis. This guide to traveling alone in Spain contains affiliate links to trusted partners!

Are you interested in learning about solo travel in Spain ? Want to have a safe and fun trip exploring on your own?

Then you’re in the right place!

For the last few years, I’ve been living in Barcelona as an expat. As a single female, I’ve taken advantage of my new home and set off to explore much of Spain on my own. 

Traveling alone to Spain for the first time was nerve-wracking, though it ended up being the adventure of a lifetime. I’m so excited to help you plan your own solo trip to Spain.

Whether a total newbie or a seasoned solo traveler, Spain is the perfect country to explore by yourself. Not only is it safe, but between the country’s rich history, beautiful landscapes, and incredible food there is much to do and see.

Ready to set off on your own Spanish adventure? Keep reading for important tips as well as an unforgettable itinerary for traveling solo in Spain.

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Before we get into our guide to solo female travel in Spain , I invite you to grab a seat in Jessie’s  free Savvy Solo Traveler E-Course . The 6-day course is designed to help you feel confident traveling on your own.

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  • Common solo travel fears and how to overcome them
  • How to choose your perfect solo destination
  • How to tell loved ones you’re hitting the road solo
  • Mentally preparing for your solo journey without losing your mind
  • Essential steps for staying safe on a solo vacation
  • How to take amazing solo selfies

Once you’ve  grabbed your seat , read on for the ultimate solo travel Spain guide.

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Is Spain Safe For Solo Female Travelers?

Especially if it’s your first time hitting the road on your own, you’ll likely have many people asking, “Is Spain safe to travel alone?”

The answer is yes, Spain is incredibly safe for solo female travelers. This is one of the many reasons it’s a top pick for those traveling solo for the first time .

According to Travel Safe-Abroad , your overall risk of being the victim of a violent crime is very low. Additionally, they note that it’s a safe place for solo female travelers specifically.

Spanish people are also known for their warm personalities. Most are incredibly friendly towards tourists and are willing to help if needed. Major tourist destinations in Spain have designated tourist police and information services readily available too.

While solo female travel in Spain is safe, you’ll want to exercise caution to protect yourself against pickpockets – one of the most prevalent crimes in Spain – and other tourist scams.

Pickpockets are most prevalent around popular tourist sites like the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and busy squares such as Puerta del Sol in Madrid. They can be easily avoided by not carrying open bags, and instead opting for a crossbody bag that sits in front of you or even pickpocket-proof clothing or a money belt .

Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

Where Is Spain?

Spain is a sundrenched country in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula .

France and Andorra are neighbors to Spain in the northeast, Gibraltar in the South, and Portugal to the west. Spain also has coastlines along the Mediterranean Sea to the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the northwest. 

Getting To Spain

International travelers can fly directly into the large international airports in Madrid or Barcelona, the two largest cities in Spain. Most solo trips to Spain start at one of these destinations.

Travelers from other areas of Europe can take advantage of the extensive bus and train network .

Budget airlines like Vueling and RyanAir are another great travel option within Europe as they frequently have short and cheap flights to airports in Spain. 

solo traveler in Spain looking out over the Alhambra Palace in Granada

Getting Around Spain As A Solo Traveler 

Those traveling to Spain alone for the first time will be happy to know the country is incredibly well-connected. First, expect major cities to have well-developed metros, trams, and buses moving through almost all neighborhoods. You’ll find TMB bus and metro service in Barcelona and Metro de Madrid in Madrid.

Regional or commuter trains connect major cities to smaller cities or suburbs and typically offer coverage within the greater metropolis. 

Long-distance trains will connect key cities in other areas of the country. High-speed trains (Renfe) are often an option that greatly reduce long-distance travel times. This is a popular choice for getting from Barcelona to Madrid when you’re on a time crunch. 

Buses are also great options for travelers to get to destinations that may be a bit more remote without train access. 

Spain is a large country. Domestic flights connect areas like San Sebastian that are quite far from key cities like Barcelona and Madrid. 

🚅 Transportation tip: To quickly and easily research and book your bus, train, and plane transport for traveling solo around Spain, you can use a tool like Omio .

Solo Travel In Spain: Where To Go 

Solo travel to Spain is a dream. Along with having complete autonomy over your itinerary – one of the biggest benefits of solo travel – you’ll also have easy access to stunning beaches, beautiful mountains, delicious food, and a rich culture just waiting to be explored.

Whether you’re planning on backpacking in Spain alone, exploring the museums of Madrid, sunbathing on the beaches of Mallorca, or something else, I’ve got you covered! Here are some of the best cities in Spain for solo travel. 

solo female traveler in Spain sipping wine near the Mirador de San Nicolas in Granada

1. Barcelona

No solo trip to Spain would be complete without a stop in the capital of Catalonia, Barcelona. Catalonia is a region located in the northeast of Spain and is unique with Catalan, not Spanish, spoken as the primary language. 

Don’t worry though, solo travel in Barcelona as an English speaker is a breeze as the city sees more international visitors annually than any other city in Spain. 

Start your solo journey with some key must-see stops. First, the Sagrada Familia , Antoni Gaudi’s most famous masterpiece. The stunning architecture of this Basilica is truly unique and unlike anything else. 

Remember to book your tickets in advance and ensure an inside tour is included. I thought going inside wasn’t worth it at first; I even put it off on my first few trips. I was immediately taken aback when I stepped inside, and it’s the first thing I recommend to travelers now. 

solo female traveler in Spain exploring the interior of the Sagrada Familiar in Barcelona

Continue your adventure learning about Gaudi’s legacy by visiting Park Guell . Another Gaudi gem, Park Guell offers surreal architecture, colorful mosaics, panoramic city views, and a slice of alternative Barcelona . This is a definite highlight when solo traveling in Spain.

Spend some time getting lost in the medieval streets in the Gotico and Born neighborhoods – both great options for experiencing the nightlife as well. 

The cathedral is the focal point here, but you will find plenty of boutiques, historical buildings, and charming squares to enjoy tapas in. 

For nature lovers, take an e-bike or hike up to Montjuic Hill for incredible views of the city. If you’re visiting during the summer months, partake in beach days and water activities on the coast. 

💡 Pro tip: Catalonia has been seeking independence from Spain for quite some time. The political landscape between Spain and Catalonia can be a divisive topic and it’s advised to not bring up politics with locals. 

🏨 Barcelona Hotels: Click here for a full list of hotels in Barcelona . 📸 Barcelona Tours: Click here for a full list of fun tours in Barcelona .

It’s time to head to Madrid! The high-speed train from Barcelona Sants to Mad rid takes about 2.5 hours. Solo travel in Madrid is just as easy as in Barcelona, and similarly, it’s one of the best places in Spain for solo travel. 

Plus, you won’t have to guess if the locals are speaking Catalan or Spanish – they’ll all be speaking Spanish. Madrid is the capital of Spain and you will feel that energy as soon as you step off the train platform. 

Madrid is famous for its world-class museums and is home to the:

  • Prado Museum (Museo Nacional del Prado). Known for its extensive and impressive collection of European art, this renowned art museum showcases works by Goya, Velázquez, and El Greco, among others.
  • Reina Sofia Museum (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía). This prominent contemporary art museum is celebrated for its collection of 20th-century masterpieces, including Picasso’s iconic “Guernica.”
  • Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum . Here you can peruse a diverse and comprehensive collection of art spanning from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, offering a rich tapestry of artistic styles and periods.

I would also recommend exploring the Royal Palace of Madrid , home of the Spanish Royal Family. 

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After getting your museum fix, enjoy a leisurely stroll through Retiro Park , a free attraction that allows you to enjoy the best of Madrid on a budget . While here, you can rent a rowboat to float on the lake and visit Crystal Palace , the focal point of the park. 

Madrid also has plenty of iconic squares to explore. Make sure to check out Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol. You’ll find plenty of bars and restaurants, and it’s a great people-watching spot as you’ll see plenty of locals enjoying life to the fullest. 

If you love nightlife, you’ll be happy to know that Madrid is home to some of the best in the world. Along with late-night clubs like Medias Puri and Fabrik , you can see a flamenco show , dance to live music, sip craft cocktails at a lounge, and more.

💡 Pro tip: Make sure to sample as many tapas as you can, as they vary by region! Madrid tends to serve a tapa with each drink. You can also opt for a tapas tour of Madrid .

🏨 Madrid Hotels: Click here for a full list of hotels in Madrid . 📸 Madrid Tours: Click here for a full list of fun tours in Madrid .

Make use of the fantastic transportation network in Spain and head south. You can get from Madrid to Seville by train in 3 hours or less.

Southern Spain feels like an entirely different world than other parts of the country, in all the best ways. 

Also known as Sevilla, this city is a popular stop on most solo holidays in Spain and is located in the Andalusia region. It’s renowned for its rich history, cultural heritage, vibrant festivals, and flamenco music. 

Seville’s history dates back thousands of years and incorporates influences from the Phoenicians, Romans, Moors, and Christians. This is evident even today, particularly within its architecture. 

Begin your solo trip in Seville by visiting a few famous masterpieces. The Royal Alcázar of Seville (Real Alcázar) is the official residence of the Royal Family when they visit Seville. UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 1987. Today you’ll find lush gardens, intricate tilework, and an ornate courtyard.

ornate courtyard at the Royal Alcázar of Seville

Adjacent to the Alcázar, you’ll find the Jardines de Murillo . These gardens are known for their exotic plants, tiled benches, and reflecting pools. 

Next up, head to the Seville Cathedral , the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. It houses numerous chapels as well as the tomb of Christopher Columbus. The onsite Giralda Tower offers panoramic views of this beautiful Spanish city. 

Plaza Espana is a massive, semicircular building known as a masterpiece of Renaissance Revival architecture and features tiled alcoves representing different regions of Spain. 

Lastly, make sure to try local cuisine. Gazpacho, a cold tomato soup eaten during the summer, hails from here and is a must-order.

💡 Pro tip: Seville is considered the heartland of flamenco dance and you should absolutely add catching a show here to your Spain solo travel itinerary. Flamenco is more than a performance but is a deeply emotional expression of Andalusian culture. 

🏨 Seville Hotels: Click here for a full list of hotels in Seville . 📸 Seville Tours: Click here for a full list of fun tours in Seville .

The next destination on your solo Spain trip is Malaga. The train from Seville to Malaga typically takes a little less than 2 hours.

Malaga is another beautiful coastal city in the South of Spain. In addition to the gorgeous and safe beaches for solo travelers , Malaga has plenty of history to explore. 

The birthplace of Pablo Picasso, you’ll get the chance to visit the Museo Picasso Malaga – dedicated to offering a collection of his works. 

After exploring the museum, head to Alcazaba , a well-preserved Moorish fortress dating back to the 11th century. The views up here are epic; it’s the perfect place for photos to document your trip. 

Adjacent to Alcazaba, you’ll find remains of an ancient Roman theater. Make use of the proximity by exploring both together.

Next head to the Malaga Cathedral , which showcases incredible Spanish Renaissance architecture.

solo traveler in Spain visiting the Malaga Cathedral

After exploring, visit Muelle Uno , a lively port that features great shopping as well as plenty of waterfront bars and restaurants. From here, you’ll be in the perfect location to squeeze in some relaxing beach time.

If you love solo hiking , Malaga is the perfect spot to plan a day trip to the Caminto del Rey (The King’s Little Path) – a famous 7.7-kilometer (4.8-mile) trail suspended 100 meters up against the walls of a gorge. The hike takes 3-4 hours to complete and is not for the faint of heart! 

Once considered the most dangerous walking path in the world, government intervention has improved safety and turned this into a popular destination for thrill seekers looking for incredible scenery. Many people consider it to be one of the best hikes in the world .

💡 Pro tip: Malaga has a strip of great chiringuitos (beachfront restaurants) with delicious menus showcasing local fresh catch. Spend some time sipping on cocktails and trying new Spanish foods!

🏨 Malaga Hotels: Click here for a full list of hotels in Malaga . 📸 Malaga Tours: Click here for a full list of fun tours in Malaga .

And now we’re off on a 1.5-hour train ride from Malaga to Granada , a stunning city nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Granada is most well known for being home to the incredible Alhambra Palace , a magnificent palace and fortress that exemplifies the height of Moorish art and architecture in Spain. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and you can spend hours exploring its Nasrid Palaces, Generalife Gardens, and fortress.

solo traveler in Spain gazing out over the Alhambra Palace in Granada

Don’t miss out on exploring the historic Albaicin neighborhood , another UNESCO site. Wander through its narrow streets full of white-washed houses. From the Mirador de San Nicolas you’ll find stunning views of the Alhambra against a backdrop of the mountains. 

For more history, check out the Cathedral of Granada and Royal Chapel. The chapel is the final resting place of Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella. 

Next, head to the Alcaiceria , a local market selling plenty of Moorish-inspired crafts, textiles, and souvenirs.

💡 Pro tip: No trip to Granada would be complete without tea time in a teahouse. Enjoy some fresh tea and pasties in one of Granada’s many teterias (tea rooms), which often feature cozy, Middle Eastern-inspired decor. 

🏨 Granada Hotels: Click here for a full list of hotels in Granada . 📸 Granada Tours: Click here for a full list of fun tours in Granada .

6. Valencia

After spending plenty of time in Andalusia, head north to the birthplace of paella – Valencia. The train from Granada to Valencia takes a little less than 6 hours.

Valencia sits on the eastern coast of Spain, along the Mediterranean Sea . The city is a perfect blend of modern novelties and deep history. 

First on the agenda in Valencia is a trip to the Valencia City of Arts and Sciences – which you can easily spend an entire day exploring. This futuristic complex includes an opera house, interactive science museum, oceanographic park, planetarium, and an IMAX cinema.

For solo travelers who love history, exploring the center of Old Town is sure to please. One highlight is the Cathedral of Valencia , which is believed to hold the Holy Grail and the famous chalice used by Jesus at the Last Supper. 

Spain solo traveler walking up a street that leads to the Cathedral of Valencia

Nearby, explore La Lonja de la Seda , or the Silk Exchange, another famous UNESCO site with impeccable architecture. 

Take a walk through the historic center streets, and explore Plaza de la Virgen , Plaza de la Reina , and Plaza del Ayuntamiento – beautiful squares surrounded by historic buildings, cafes, and shops. 

If you’re looking to enjoy some nature, head to the picturesque Turia Gardens , which run through the former river bed of the Turia River.

Squeeze in time to check out La Malvarrosa Beach , a popular beach amongst locals. You’ll find plenty of folks partaking in water sports or enjoying tapas and drinks at the local chiringuitos , small beachside restaurants and bars. 

💡 Pro tip: Have lunch at Mercado Central , one of Europe’s largest indoor markets. Sample fresh seafood, local cheeses, Valencian specialties, and even vegan Spanish foods . There are also a number of food tours that stop here, like the Valencia Old Town Tour with Wine & Tapas and the Valencia Tapas Market Brunch Tour .

🏨 Valencia Hotels: Click here for a full list of hotels in Valencia . 📸 Valencia Tours: Click here for a full list of fun tours in Valencia .

7. Balearic Islands

After soaking up everything Valencia has to offer, head to the airport, because you’re going to the Balearic Islands – which include the islands of Mallorca , Menorca , Ibiza , and Formentera . 

You can book a budget flight from Valencia directly to Mallorca, Menorca, and Ibiza and be on the islands in less than an hour . Formentera is not connected by an airport, so you’ll need to fly to Ibiza and take a ferry over.

If you love natural beauty, these islands are some of the best places to travel solo in Europe . Given that the atmospheres between Mallorca, Menorca, and Ibiza are all different, I’ll leave the decision of choosing the right island for your Spain solo travel adventure in your hands. 

Ibiza is a popular destination for nightlife and is famous for resident DJs, who put on some of the most anticipated parties of the summer. While you can find quieter parts of the island, the major draw to Ibiza is the nightlife. 

Plenty of people will fly into Ibiza and take the ferry to Formentera , which is known for its stunning beaches, tranquil atmosphere, and natural beauty.

Here you can enjoy water sports, hippie markets, authentic Mediterranean cuisine, and a relaxing escape from the busier neighboring island of Ibiza. Just note that it is less developed with fewer hotel options, though for many solo travelers to Spain, this slower pace is a draw.

Menorca is often characterized by its relaxed and peaceful atmosphere. You’ll find no shortage of gorgeous beaches and plenty of bars and restaurants, but it won’t be as intense as that in Ibiza. 

Sailboats in a clear water cove in Menorca

Mallorca solo travel may be the perfect mix of everything. The largest and most populous of the islands, you’ll find both vibrant cities and tranquil countryside. It’s great for biking, caving, swimming, and hiking – and there are even some amazing yoga retreats in Mallorca .

No matter which island you choose, you’re guaranteed to have the perfect Mediterranean holiday while traveling solo in Spain.

💡 Pro tip: Love adventure? Thrill-seekers can find cliff jumping and rock climbing along Mallorca’s stunning coastline!

🏨 Balearic Islands Hotels: View Balearic Islands in Mallorca , Menorca , Ibiza , and Formentera . 📸 Balearic Islands Tours: Click here for a full list of fun tours in the Balearic Islands .

Spain Travel Map 

To help give you a lay of the land, here is a solo travel in Spain map. It has all of the places mentioned in this guide pre-plotted:

Spain solo travel map

Click here for the interactive version of the map .

Important Tips For Traveling Solo In Spain

For those traveling alone to Spain, the country is incredibly safe, progressive, and sees plenty of solo female travelers.

That being said, it’s also smart to take precautions when traveling on your own. A few of my top safety tips for solo female travelers in Spain include:

  • Avoid hanging purses or backpacks behind chairs while at restaurants
  • Don’t leave your phone on the table at restaurants, especially if you’re sitting outside (this one took me a while to get used to!) 
  • Use crossbody bags or safety gear items like pickpocket-proof clothing while you’re out and about 
  • Never leave your belongings unattended when going to the beach solo
  • Avoid walking alone at night, especially if you’ve been drinking
  • Research taxi costs and agree on a price before getting into a cab
  • Be extra diligent with your belongings in crowds and on busy streets
  • Don’t accept drinks from strangers

While traveling in Spain on your own, be mindful of pickpockets . They are looking for easy victims who are distracted, lost, or just plain unaware. 

As you won’t have anyone else looking out for you during your female solo travel in Spain experience, you’ll need to take a few extra precautions.

Reduce your odds of being a target by discreetly navigating with Google Maps, keeping a tight eye on your belongings, and never setting your bag next to you in parks, restaurants, or on beaches. 

When in crowds, be extra cautious when opening and closing your purse, and never keep phones in your pockets or on tables. Barcelona specifically is notorious for pickpockets, but this advice should always be used while traveling.

💡 Pro tip: Spain is a vast country with over 47 million people. Several regions declare themselves autonomous from the country, while others have had serious political clashes in recent years. I would suggest avoiding political discussions, no matter where you are. While harmless, it can lead to awkwardness and unnecessary tension. 

Arco de Concordia in Madrid under a purple and pink sky sunset

How Much Is A Solo Trip To Spain?

The costs of a solo trip in Spain can vary quite a bit by preference, destination, and time of the year. Overall, Spain is incredibly affordable, especially compared to other European countries; but, you will need to be cognizant to avoid tourist scams. 

If you plan to eat out for every meal and spend money on tours and tickets, I’d plan to spend about €100-€150 per day, including accommodation.

That being said, it wouldn’t be hard to bring this solo travel budget down if you’re a savvy budget traveler. Here are some breakdowns to give you an idea of what to expect on your solo Spain travel adventure:

Accommodation : Budget hostels tend to cost between €30-€50 per night. This can easily run higher during periods of higher demand. The summer months of June through August are typically the most expensive times to visit Spain. 

This map can help you research accommodation options for solo travel in Spain. It’s currently set to the Old City in Barcelona, but you can easily change it to your preferred Spain destination:

Food : Plan €3-€5 for bakery items or €10-€20 per meal in a restaurant. Expect to pay between €6 for tapas in smaller, local tapas spots and up to €20 for fish/meat tapas at nicer restaurants. 💡 Pro tip: When dining out on your solo trip to Spain, always make reservations ahead of time to ensure you get a table, especially if there is a particular spot you’re really wanting to eat at.

Transport : You’ll pay about €2-€3 for public transport tickets. Public transportation is famously the cheapest way to get around, especially during solo travel in Spain when you don’t have other people to split taxi costs with. Regional trains tend to be around €5 depending on the zone.

💡 Pro tip: To make it even more budget-friendly, there are package options to get around, like Barcelona’s T-Casual Transport Ticket .

Activities : You’ll find activities for all budgets in Spain. Parks around the country and the ruins further south are free. Main tourist attractions like the Sagrada Familia or museums in Valencia require tickets, which cost anywhere from €20 to €50. 

Other day trips and attractions can reach over €100, like cooking classes, flamenco dinner shows, sightseeing tours, or group hiking trips.  

woman visiting a clear water cove in Costa Brava while traveling solo in Spain

Spain Tours For Solo Travelers

One of the best ways to gain a deeper understanding of the places you visit while meeting locals and making new friends during solo travel in Spain is to book a guided tour. A few top-rated tours in Spain include:

  • 😍 Skip The Line Alhambra and Generalife Guided Walking Tour (Granada)
  • 🍷 Barcelona Tapas Walking Tour; Food, Wine & History (Barcelona)
  • 🚴 Barcelona City Bike Tour: Highlights and Hidden Gems (Barcelona)
  • 🏰 Madrid Walking Tour and The Royal Palace Skip the Line Tickets (Madrid)
  • 🥘 Sevilla Food Tour: Tapas, Wine, History & Traditions (Sevilla)

➡️ Click here for a full list of Spain tours .

If you ever feel lonely while traveling solo , booking a tour can certainly help.

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Do You Need Travel Insurance For Spain? 

When visiting Spain — or anywhere else in the world — it’s wise to get travel insurance.

One of the  best travel medical insurance for travelers  is SafetyWing as they’ve got a large network and offer both short-term and long-term coverage — including coverage if you’re traveling for months as well as limited coverage in your home country.

Additionally, SafetyWing is budget-friendly and offers $250,000 worth of coverage with just one low overall deductible of $250.

Click here to price out travel insurance for your trip in just a few clicks .

exterior of the Palau de les Arts in Valencia

Final Thoughts On Solo Travel In Spain 

Solo travel in Spain is honestly a dream. With its rich history, architectural marvels, and some of the friendliest people I’ve ever encountered, traveling alone in Spain is an experience you’ll never forget.

This geographical gem offers mountains, plains, beaches, cities, and islands, so there really is something for everyone.

Whether you’re traveling alone to Spain for the first time or your tenth, you’re almost guaranteed to have incredible experiences that will make you want to return again and again. And hopefully, this guide has helped you to feel confident traveling solo .

What tips would you add to this guide to 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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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!

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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

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  

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

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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!

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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

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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


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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  

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

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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. Y ou 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. 

  • Read: Solo Travel in Barcelona
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Head to Madrid to see Spain's capital and marvel at the architecture

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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

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

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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. 

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

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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.

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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.

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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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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 a s 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

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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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

Solo travel 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 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. 

  • Best For Budget – St Christopher’s Inn (this is one of the best Barcelona hostels for solo travelers in my opinion)
  • Best For Comfort – Bruc & Bruc
  • Best For More Comfort! The Social Hub Barcelona Poblenou  

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.

  • Best For Budget – El Granado Hostel  
  • Best For Comfort – Abadia Hotel  
  • Best For More Comfort! – Casa del Capitel Nazari  

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.

  • Best For Budget – Way Hostel Madrid  
  • Best For Comfort – Hostal Main Street Madrid  
  • Best For More Comfort! – ARTIEM Madrid  

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.

  • Budget – Picnic Dreams Boutique Hostel  
  • Comfort – Casual del Mar Malaga  
  • Best For More Comfort – El Nido del Chorro  

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.

  • Best For Budget – Koba Hostel  
  • Best For Comfort – Welcome Gros Hotel
  • Best For More Comfort! – Pension Joakina

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.

  • Best For Budget – Oasis Backpackers’ Palace  
  • Best For Comfort – Pension Dona Trinidad
  • Best For More Comfort! – Suites Hom Sevilla  

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.

  • Best For Budget – The River Hostel
  • Best For Comfort – ABCyou Bed&Breakfast  
  • Best For More Comfort! – Illunion Aqua 4  

Retreats Spain

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.

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

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

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

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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

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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 st arts from €70 a day. I have personally used Discover Cars and recommend them. * Check prices for car hire in Spain

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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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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

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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.  

  • Check prices, dates and availability: Sleep Green

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!  

  • Prices from £158 / €185 per night for a camper room
  • Check prices, dates and availability: Hotel Casa Camper

Issues affecting v ulnerable 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.  

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  • 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.

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Solo in Spain: Everything You Need to Know

October 4, 2022

From the best places in Spain for solo travel to our inside tips for travelling alone in Spain, this in-depth guide will tell you everything you need to know about going solo in Spain. Vale!

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Solo in Spain: The Ultimate Solo Travel Guide to Spain

Ah, the thrill of going solo in Spain. Whether you’re planning a full sabbatical, a two week holiday or an extension to a business trip, Spain makes for a wonderful destination for solo travellers (or solo travelers, my dear American friends.)

Having lived in Spain for years and travelled the length and breadth of the country, I’m here today to share my solo travel tips for Spain and to help you have the trip of a lifetime. Maybe many many trips!

In this article we want to share the best tips and hacks for your solo trip to Spain , as well as reveal some of the best solo travel destinations in the country. Ready? Let’s go! Going solo in Spain awaits!

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The best cities in Spain for a solo trip

In general, good news! Most destinations in Spain are perfect for solo travel.

The country is about as safe as it comes, cities are usually walkable and budget-friendly, and Spanish people are generally very welcoming.

So wherever you decide to go, you will have a great time going solo in Spain!

That said, the following cities are among the best destinations for solo travellers because of their safety, affordability and cultural interest. Visit them on their own, or incorporate them into your larger solo travel itinerary!

  • See also how to spend a perfect week in Spain here.

Did you know? Rules around visas are changing. Find out what you need to know about this at ETIAS Spain

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Solo in Seville

The capital city of Andalusia is one of the best destinations to visit on your own. The centre is compact and walkable, the tapas bars accessible and informal and the city itself simply bursts with atmosphere and ideas. Check out the best things to do in Seville here.

Architecture lovers will also have an amazing time in Seville, with the sweeping ceramic Plaza de España and its mosaics, the modern Metropol Parasol and the Alcazar, the ancient Moorish palace that’s a mini Alhambra.

Cross the river that runs through the city and you will arrive in the iconic Triana neighbourhood . Here you will discover the traditional ateliers of Seville, where you can shop for beautifully patterned tiles, dishes and signs.

The only thing you might miss in the city are beaches, since Seville is landlocked, but the Guadalquivir river is a great alternative if you want to enjoy an evening stroll or a relaxing meal near the water.

Still in need of the beach? You can enjoy some of the best beaches in the country in Cadiz, which is only an hour away and easy to reach by renting a car or using public transport.

  • See also our road trip itinerary through Andalusia here.

Connections for Seville

  • Seville is one of the safest and cleanest cities in Spain, and was recently found to be the best city for solo-travel in Spain by travel company Holidu. The bus and tram system makes it easy to get around, but even on foot it’s very doable to explore the entire city in a couple of days: perfect for a city trip!
  • Seville is easily reached by aeroplane thanks to the international airport of Seville and high speed trains from Madrid.
  • In general, people in Seville are very welcoming all year round, but if you want to experience the city and its people at their best, plan your trip around the annual fair in April, when the entire city turns into one big party with music, dancing and parades.

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Solo in Malaga

In the past couple of decades, this city on the Mediterranean coast has become increasingly popular with travellers.

Malaga, despite the reputation of some nearby resorts, is a very cultural city: not only can you find several prestigious museums here, such as the Pompidou and the Carmen Thyssen Museum , it is also the birthplace of Pablo Piscasso!

The Picasso Museum and the Casa Natal de Picasso are two musts for everyone who loves this prolific Spanish artist.

Tired of so much art and culture? The city beaches of Malaga are waiting for you to take a well-deserved break. Dotted along the beach promenade are the typical chiringuitos (fish restaurants) where you can enjoy locally-caught fish that’s either fried or prepared on a wood fire.

If you decide to leave the city and explore some of the surrounding towns, Frigiliana and Ronda are two mountain villages that will impress you with their beautiful locations. They are easy to reach by public transport, or by renting a car for the day.

And the adventurers among us can walk the Caminito del Rey, a world-famous walkway along the narrow gorge of El Chorro.

Connections for Malaga

  • Malaga is the best-connected city in the south of Spain, with daily flights between its airport and the UK. The train and bus connections also make it extremely easy to visit other cities in the region like Granada, Seville and Cordoba if you want to. The city’s metro system is still being constructed and only has limited connections for now, but the city buses are very reliable and traffic usually isn’t a problem.
  • Another popular way of getting round the city are bikes: there are many bike tour companies and bike rentals available throughout the city.
  • Malagueños are very friendly and usually speak some English: the city isn’t an expat hub for nothing!

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Solo in Madrid

Of course, we can’t miss the capital of Spain from this list!

Madrid is a cosmopolitan hub where you can enjoy some of the finest art, best shopping, lively nightlife and amazing city parks. There are so many museums in Madrid that visiting all of them can take you several days, and each of them is dedicated to a particular type of art.

Visit the Prado to see classic art by the old masters, the Reina Sofía museum for 20th-century art by Picasso, Dalí and others, or the ABC museum for a crash course on everything related to drawing and illustration.

All book lovers should head to the Barrio de las Letras to discover the best second-hand and independent bookshops, and if you like to spend some time people-watching the high-end neighbourhood Chamberí is your place to be!

On the other hand, your evenings are best spent at La Latina, the area with the best tapas and vermouth, a drink that’s extremely popular in Madrid.

Another great place that’s absolutely magical in the evening is the Temple of Debod, an ancient Egyptian temple that was gifted to Spain by the Egyptian government. Everybody agrees that it’s the best spot to enjoy the sunset in Madrid!

And, don’t forget to taste some classic chocolate y churros at the oldest chocolateria in Madrid.

Read this article on 101 fun facts about Madrid here.

Connections to Madrid

  • Because Madrid is the capital of Spain, its airport is extremely well-connected. The metro system covers almost every area of the city, and if you want to explore some nearby cities like Toledo and Salamanca, the high-speed trains leaving from Atocha station will get you there in a flash.
  • The city is pretty safe, although it’s always best to be cautious at night, and the madrileños are always happy to help you find your way or to tell you about some of the secret spots in the city.
  • Watch your pockets near tourist attractions, just in case. Pick pockets do like to target these areas.

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Solo in Palma de Mallorca

To be solo in Spain away from the mainland, try the island atmosphere of Mallorca. Palma, the capital, oozes atmosphere and charm and there is plenty to see and do in the city itself.

Start with the impressive cathedral in the centre, the Castell de Bellver with its amazing views of Palma de Mallorca and the Mediterranean, and then follow that up with the modernist Sa Llotja museum.

But however beautiful Palma is, it’s the beaches and coves on the coast who are the real stars of the show!

With fine white sand and crystal clear water, the beaches of Palma de Mallorca are perfect for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.

You can easily explore the rest of the island by car or train: discover the old city of Alcudia, the botanical gardens of the Sierra de Tramuntana and the stunning Drach caves.

And if you want a change of scenery, why not go island hopping and visit some of the other Balearic Islands as a day trip? You can book a passage on the ferry that leaves from the port of Palma de Mallorca and reach Ibiza in a couple of hours.

Palma de Mallorca is a great choice for a solo trip that combines a city break with beach life.

Connections to Palma

The local airport has many international connections every day of the week, and the city itself is the central departure point of many ferry routes in case you want to visit the other islands or even the Spanish mainland. The city is very safe and not too big, which makes it easy to get around on foot, and the locals are always open for conversation or to give you a helping hand with directions. 

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Solo in Valencia

Our next recommended solo travel destination is Valencia! Go solo in Spain in style with this stunning city which combines great beaches with rich culture and a pulsing nightlife.

The star of Valencia is the City of Arts and Sciences, a futuristic building that houses a planetarium, a cinema and an aquarium among others. This building is a must for everyone who visits Valencia, even if you never step inside.

Valencia is also home to more traditional impressive and beautiful buildings like the cathedral, the Lonja de Seda and the Mercado Central. Wander about the historical centre and discover every corner of the city and its beautiful places.

Don’t miss the Barrio del Carmen. This neighbourhood to the north of the centre showcases a lot of old 14th-century buildings, but at the same time, it is the bohemian area of Valencia. Discover boutiques, art galleries and fun bars in some of the most exquisite buildings of the city.

But Valencia is not only about culture and shopping! Head to the city’s beaches for a relaxing day in the sun, or make a day trip to the nearby Albufera Natural Park , a freshwater lagoon where you can enjoy the beautiful landscape through hikes and boat rides.

Connecting to Valencia

The international airport of Valencia makes it very easy to get to the city for a holiday, thanks to the many connections with major airports in the UK and across Europe and within Spain.

The city is easily accessible on foot and by bus or bike, and is well-connected to other coastal cities of the Costa Blanca in case you want to explore the area a bit more. There is always a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere in the city, with locals more than happy to help you find your way or simply have a chat.

If you want to experience the city at its best, visit during the Fallas in March! The city comes alive during this festival with giant puppets, fireworks and bonfires that really make for a standout stay.

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Solo Travel Tips for Spain

In many ways, the best solo travel tips for Spain resemble the best travel tips for most destinations and most travel scenarios. But there are a few things to look out for when you’re travelling solo in Spain.

Where to stay when travelling solo in Spain

Whether you choose to stay in a hotel, holiday apartment or B&B is largely up to personal preference, but before booking, here are a few things to bear in mind.

  • Avoid party neighbourhoods if you’re looking for a restful stay.
  • When you travel solo, it’s a good idea to choose accommodation with good transport options to decrease the likelihood of you walking alone at night to get home.
  • If you’re looking to meet people, then B&Bs or shared accommodation may help with this, although you may also feel more unsafe.
  • If you’re going to struggle carrying your luggage up eight flights of stairs without a lift by yourself, then check that your accommodation has a lift.
  • Personally, I always feel safest in a hotel with a name that I recognise or that someone else has recommended to me. And many other solo female travelers feel the same.
  • Check out our list of the best travel resources to help find the right place to stay for you, from big chains to boutique hotels, all at the best price.

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Other great destinations for solo travel in Spain

Of course, it’s hard to stop at just those major cities. Barcelona is another must see, oozing with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, great food and the sea. Gaze up at the unfinished Sagrada Familia, wander around the Gothic Quarter and enjoy these hidden gems in Barcelona.

The Canary Islands are also a good spot for people who love beaches and hiking, surrounded by the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Both Gran Canaria and Tenerife have frequent flights to Europe.

The Basque Country in Spain’s northwest contains the foodie city of San Sebastian and the futuristic Guggenheim museum in Bilbao.

How to travel around Spain on your own

By and large, Spain has an easy to navigate transport system. Most of the cities mentioned are easily walkable and Google Maps and an eSIM card like this one from Airalo will cover almost everything you need.

However, here are a few more details about getting around Spain on your own…

Getting around Spain’s Cities

Cities in Spain are very walkable, so most of the time you won’t feel the need to use public transport, especially if you are staying in or near the city centre. But if you get tired of walking everywhere, city buses are cheap and reliable.

While each city has its own inner-city transport company, tickets are usually priced the same in each city: around 1.50 euros per person.

If you are staying in one city for a couple of days, consider using a multi-trip card, which is more convenient (Spanish buses don’t carry a lot of change) and will save you a lot of money. These cards are easily bought at any ticket shop or Metro station and can be charged with 10 trips at a time for a low price.

Large cities like Madrid and Barcelona also have an underground system that will take you from one corner of the city to another in a matter of minutes. On top of that, taxis and ride-sharing apps like Uber are very popular if you want to take a more direct route to your destination.

Cross country travel in Spain

If you don’t want to stay in one place but rather want to travel through the country, there are several options available to you. If you love travelling independently and don’t want to have to pay attention to the time, renting a car is the best choice for you. Check out our article on the best road trips in Spain here.

Apart from that, there are many public transport methods available to choose from. The coastal areas and large cities are all connected by a high-speed railway, the AVE, which makes it easy to travel from one city to another.

Urban areas usually also have a local train connection called Cercanías that is very convenient to use for day trips and short excursions. Until the end of the year, certain types of train tickets are free , so take advantage of this initiative to explore the country! 

Another long-distance public transport option are the long-distance buses from the ALSA company. While they might take a bit more time to get you to your destination, the buses are very punctual and trust-worthy. The bus network is also more extensive than the railways, and is sometimes your only option if your destination does not have a train station.

As an alternative to buses there is BlaBlaCar, a long-distance ride-sharing service that allows you to book seats in the cars of people who are travelling to your destination as well. The app is very reliable and works with a star system to rate drivers just like other similar apps. Best of all, the price of a journey is usually the same as or even cheaper than a bus ticket.

The public transport system in Spain is very safe, both for short and long journeys. In cities, you won’t have to wait long for your connection as buses, trams and trains come every couple of minutes, and the long-distance transport is always on time. Public transportation is also one of the preferred methods of locals, since it is convenient and cheap. This also means that most of the time, you will not be completely alone when you travel using the bus or train.

As usual, though, it’s a good idea to avoid travelling on your own at night. Also, keep valuables hidden away, don’t flaunt your cash and try to look streetwise and businesslike as you walk around.

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Fast Facts about Solo Travel in Spain

  • The official language is Castilian Spanish but you will hear Catalan and many others in different regions.
  • The currency in Spain is the Euro. You can easily pick up cash before you travel, at the airport or from ATMs.
  • While credit cards are widely accepted in the city centres (or city centers ;-) in more remote areas and small, independent bodegas, you’ll need to carry some cash with you.
  • The best time to visit most cities is in autumn/fall or spring. Summer can get very hot, apart from in the north.

Solo Travel Hacks for Spain

And now on to the best solo travel tips for Spain…

Meeting New People

One of the best parts of solo travel is meeting new people !

In general, the Spanish are very friendly and open for a chat any time of the day. You can be having a coffee on a terrace or waiting for the bus, and start up a conversation with the person sitting next to you.

Another option is Meetup , a site where you can find all kinds of activities to join. The website is very popular in Spain, especially in the more urban areas, and there are plenty of activities to find. From sunset yoga to board game nights, find the activity that you like best and head over. It’s a great way to have fun and meet new friends!

Guided Tours

When you’re in a city you’ve never been before, guided tours are a great way to explore your surroundings and get an idea of where the most important and interesting landmarks are. But instead of taking a regular tour, why don’t you book an alternative tour instead and have some fun while you explore?

Ghost tours, tapas tours, puzzle tours, bike tours… Most cities have several fun alternatives to the regular walking tours available.

If tours are not your thing, another fun way to discover Spanish cities are by geocaching, a.k.a. finding hidden containers all over the city. You can easily geocache with just your phone and the geocaching app!

Staying in touch with people at home

While solo travel is fun, most of us still want to stay in touch with the people at home. That’s why it’s best to check the prices for your international phone plan before you get carried away and face a huge phone bill as a result!

Of course, a lot of places in Spain offer free WiFi, but it can be a bit hit-or-miss with the internet quality. If you want to have a great internet connection for a low price, we recommend that you consider getting a Spanish pay as you go SIM card, especially if you are travelling in Spain for a longer period of time.

There are many phone companies offering cheap pay-as-you-go plans with mobile data included. Lobster and O2 are two of the most popular companies with expats in Spain, as they have great customer service in English. For shorter trips, I’d highly recommend Airalo , an eSIM service. You don’t have to fiddle around changing a physical SIM, which makes it much more practical. Check out our article on eSIMs in Europe here.

Safety Travel Tips for Spain

  • Always have a plan for how you’re going to get home safely.
  • Take a business card of the hotel or place you’re staying so you can show a taxi driver if needs be.
  • If in doubt, swallow the extra cost and take a taxi home. Better safe than sorry.
  • You probably don’t need a money belt – it just attracts attention.

In conclusion: Going solo in Spain

Apart from these tips, the regular solo travel guidelines are also good to follow: use common sense, be open to new experiences, take care of yourself and respect local customs.

With these recommendations in mind, you will soon be able to plan the solo trip of your dreams in Spain! Check out our guide to travelling Spain in summer and book that flight.

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Considering a solo trip to Spain and don’t know where to start? I’m here to help!

One of my first-ever solo trips in Europe was to Barcelona, Spain! And if I am honest I was a little nervous about EVERYTHING.

Some of my major concerns were around safety, which city to pick, and whether it was easy to get around.

This guide is going to cover it all so you can feel confident and book a trip to Spain alone.

My experience having traveled to multiple cities in Spain will help paint a clear picture of what each of these cities has to offer, and what to look out for.

I’m confident with all my solo travel tips, hacks, and destination insights this post will be key to making your dream trip to Spain a reality.

Continue reading to find out which of Spain’s amazing cities are the safest and most thrilling for you to visit!

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Solo Travel Spain Guide: Everything You Need To Know

For the solo adventurers, particularly women , the allure of Spain is unmistakable.

This guide delves deep into everything you need to know about traveling solo in Spain .

I want to lend my personal experience to help you craft an unforgettable, safe, and memorable trip.

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From the safest cities to insider tips for solo female travelers, I’ve got you covered.

Embark on this journey with confidence and let Spain’s charm sweep you off your feet!

Is Spain Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

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Yes – Spain is often touted as one of the safer European countries for solo female travelers , and it has been my experience that this reputation is mostly well-earned.

Most cities, from major hubs like Madrid and Barcelona to smaller towns, are accustomed to receiving tourists and make an effort to ensure their safety.

That said, it’s essential to exercise standard precautions . Petty theft, especially in crowded tourist areas or on public transportation, is a concern (let’s just say that there’s a reason Barcelona has a reputation for pickpockets ).

And don’t let that bit of information turn you off from visiting.

It is a sad fact that any traveler has to be cautious of wherever in the world you are, even your home city.

Solo Travel Spain Safety Tips

  • Consider sharing location with friends and family via tracking apps.
  • Bring an extra charged battery with you for your phone. Make sure your cell phone has local emergency numbers saved in your phone.
  • While Spain is among the safest and best European countries to visit, always be alert to your surroundings, especially in busier areas.

Getting Around Spain Solo

In one way or another, I have used all the public transport throughout Spain on my solo trips.

  • High-speed Rails (AVE) : These connect major cities like Madrid, Barcelona, and Seville. They’re efficient, comfortable, and safe. For solo travelers, especially women, opt for daytime journeys when possible and always keep your belongings close.
  • Regional and Commuter Trains : These are ideal for short distances or day trips. Stations are usually well-lit and busy, but always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Inter-city Buses: Reliable and often more affordable than trains. Stick to reputed companies and avoid nighttime buses if you can.
  • City-to-City Buses : Sometimes taking the bus to a new city is the best way to go! I traveled from Seville to Granada via bus. Always have small change ready and be wary of pickpockets in crowded buses.

3. Taxis and Ride-Shares:

  • Licensed taxis are safe and metered . I recommend you look for the official license and ID displayed within the cab. I used Uber in Barcelona, but hailing a taxi is better. Uber is expensive in Barcelona.

4. Walking:

  • Spain’s cities are incredibly walkable, with many pedestrian zones. However, when walking alone let common sense keep you from walking well-lit and busier streets at night.
  • Take note of landmarks to navigate better and avoid appearing lost.

5. Car Rentals:

  • If you decide to rent a car , ensure you’re familiar with Spain’s driving rules. Parking in cities can be challenging, so plan ahead.

6. Bicycles and Scooters:

  • Many Spanish cities have dedicated bike lanes , making it safe for solo travelers to explore on two wheels.

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1. barcelona.

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Barcelona is easily one of the most famous cities in Spain, if not the whole of Europe, for tourists – and it’s easy to see  why visiting Barcelona  is on so many people’s to-do list.

I’m sure you have seen photos of the Sagrada Família and other creations by Antoni Gaudí in Park Güell. 

What I appreciated the most was the well-connected public transport system .

Barcelona has a cosmopolitan vibe meaning there are a ton of cafes to sit and people-watch.

List of Top Things to Do Alone in Barcelona

  • Visit Sagrada Familia : You can’t go to Barcelona and not see the Sagrada Familia, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Explore the Gothic Quarter : In my opinion, the best area to stay when visiting Barcelona. If you can’t stay here, then definitely make time to visit or take a tour.
  • Stroll on La Rambla : Here you will find markets, shops, places you can do a wine or cheese tasting!
  • Relax at the Beach : One of the best things about Barcelona is you are close to the beach. My favorite area is the Playa de Bogatell beach.
  • Attend a Flamenco Show : One of the best ways I spent a night solo in Barcelona was going to a traditional Spanish dance performance.
  • Discover Art at the Museums : A great way to spend a day alone in Spain is by going to some museums. Check out, Can Framis Museum. It’s the perfect thing for a solo traveler to do who is looking to immerse themselves.
  • Ride the Montjuïc Cable Car : I highly recommend making time on your solo trip to ride the Montjuïc Cable Car ! It’s the best spot for panoramic views of the city.

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My Favorite Hotel in Barcelona: Serras Barcelona

Best Budget Friendly Hotel: Onefam Batlló

Getting Around Barcelona

I know I mentioned this before, but as a solo traveler in Barcelona, I found the city’s public transportation system incredibly efficient and easy to use!

Whether I was hopping on a bus, catching the metro, or riding the tram, I could always count on timely service and clean facilities.

To make my journeys even smoother, I downloaded the local city transit app, TMB App.

📲 Download : Public Transit App (iPhone) & Public Transit App (Andriod)

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Another very popular destination in Spain for solo travelers is the capital city of Madrid .

I’ll admit, I am not the biggest museum person, but Madrid houses the Prado Museum. So if you are into Spanish art history this is the place.

Looking for a day outside? The El Retiro Park is a vast green space ideal for relaxation or reading. 

The city’s central location makes it a hub, allowing easy connections to other Spanish destinations. 

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List of Top Things to Do Alone in Madrid

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  • Visit the Royal Palace : Fancy a day at a palace? Experience the grandeur of Spain at this official residence.
  • Explore the Prado Museum : To see renowned artists like Goya and Velázquez check out the Prado Museum.
  • Visit Plaza Mayor : A major tourist attraction is the Plaza Mayor, lots of shops and restaurants, etc.
  • Attend a Flamenco Show : One of the best things on my solo travel Spain itinerary in Madrid was seeing authentic flamenco performances.
  • Discover Madrid’s Food Markets : I like to eat my way through every country I visit. So tasting local treats at markets like Mercado San Miguel was high on my to-do list.
  • Take a Historical Walking Tour : I always opt for a guided tour or small-group trips that take you through Madrid’s stunning architecture and rich cultural sites.

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Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

The best way to see Madrid fast is to take the Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour!

My Favorite Hotel In Madrid: Pestana Plaza Mayor Madrid ($$$)

Budget-Friendly Hotel in Madrid: Salomé

Getting Around Madrid

Traveling around Madrid on my own, I can confirm how well-designed, safe, and reliable the city’s public transportation system is.

To stay ahead and plan my routes, I downloaded the Madrid transport app, EMT & Metro Madrid.

This app was hella handy providing real-time updates and route planning features that helped me make the most of my time exploring this dynamic capital city.

📲 Download the Madrid Transit App (iPhone) Download the Madrid Transit App (Andriod)

3. Valencia

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I loved my solo trip to Valencia it is a city I will return to for sure! One of   the things that Valencia is most known for   is that it’s the birthplace of paella , and I love food, so, I am coming back to Valencia.

For anyone traveling on their own, you’ll appreciate that Valencia is relatively compact and within walking distance or a short public transport ride to most things.

Plus, with a growing expat community , it’s easy to find English-speaking events or meet-ups.

List of Top Things to Do Alone in Valencia

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  • Stroll through the City of Arts and Sciences : An architectural marvel and cultural epicenter in Valencia, showcasing Spain’s rich history in art and science.
  • Visit the Central Market : Dive into the local culture by experiencing the vibrant atmosphere and tasting delicious Spanish delicacies.
  • Relax at Malvarrosa Beach : One of Valencia’s beautiful beaches, where solo travelers can bask in the Mediterranean sun.
  • Visit Valencia Cathedral : A stunning piece of architecture in the heart of Valencia, embodying Spain’s rich culture and history.
  • Climb the Miguelete Tower : Get a panoramic view of this beautiful city from one of its most iconic landmarks.

My Favorite Hotel in Valencia: Palacio Santa Clara, Autograph Collection

A Budget-Friendly Hotel: Hotel 19-30 Valencia

Getting Around Valencia

I had no problem making my way through Valencia on my own thanks to the tranist system.

I tend to do as much walking as possible , but when my feet hurt I jump on either the buses, trams, or metro lines.

For real-time schedules, route maps, and fare information, it’s recommended to download and use the local city transit app.

📲 Download the Valencia Transit App (iPhone) Download the Valencia Transit App (Andriod)

View of the city of Seville from above.

The Andalusia capital of Spain is Seville, and it is quite impressive. The Moorish influences, the flamenco shows, and the food. There is so much to do here, I promise you’ll never be bored alone.

My favorite day was when I went to the Alcázar palace , you might recognize it as a film site for Game of Thrones . You MUST get tickets in advance, otherwise you will be turned off by the excessively long line to get in.

Another must-visit is the Seville Cathedral, it is one of the largest gothic cathedrals in the world. Tip: Make sure you go to the top for the best views of the city.

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Best Things To Do Alone in Seville

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  • Seville Cathedral and La Giralda : Climb the Giralda Tower for panoramic views of the city. The cathedral itself is an impressive Gothic structure, another UNESCO site.
  • Flamenco Show in Triana : I can’t recommend a Flamenco show enough! It’s the authentic Andalusian art form. As a solo traveler, you might even find yourself getting pulled into a dance!
  • Stroll Through Plaza de España : This plaza, with its bridges and canals, is one of the most iconic spots in Seville.
  • Explore Santa Cruz : Wander through the narrow streets of Seville’s old Jewish quarter, filled with history and charm.
  • Metropol Parasol : Locally known as “Las Setas,” this modern wooden structure offers a contrast to Seville’s historical architecture. Climb to the top for another unique view of the city.
  • Attend a Local Market : Markets like Mercado de Feria give you a true sense of the local culture, food, and daily life of Spanish people.
  • Stay in Boutique Hotel With a Pool : If you are visiting Seville in the summer, I highly recommend you stay somewhere with a pool!
  • Visit the Casa de Pilatos : A lesser-known gem, this mansion blends various architectural styles and has a beautiful courtyard to relax in.

My Favorite Hotel in Seville: Soho Boutique Catedral

Budget-Friendly Hotel in Seville: Triana Pura Esencia

Getting Around Seville

I arrived in Seville by airport and took the bus directly to the town center. It was easy.

The city was much bigger than I had expected. But with trams gliding through the city center to the reliable bus routes, I found it extremely easy to move around.

I recommend you download the local transit app. It gives real-time information on bus schedules, stops, and routes.

📲 Download the Seville Transit App (iPhone) Download the Seville Transit App (Andriod)

The view of the hills and houses in Granada

A destination that is often overlooked is Granada . Here you will find the Alhambra, a Moorish fortress with intricate designs and lush gardens.

But delve deeper into Granada and discover Albayzín with its tea rooms reminiscent of a North African medina, and Realejo, where street art tells modern tales. 

For a solo traveler, Granada offers the charm of a smaller city that can be explored in 24 hours .

This city is a winner with me for serving up free tapas with drinks!

From Granada, you can also day a one day in Malaga trip if you have time!

Pro Tip: Tickets for the interiors of the Palace at Alhambra book out MONTHS in advance! Get tickets now !

Things to do Alone in Granada

  • Alhambra : If you are going to do one tour on your solo trip in Spain make sure it’s a guided one of the Alhambra ! A UNESCO World Heritage site, this palace and fortress complex is an essential visit to Granada. Its intricate Islamic art and architecture, combined with the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains!
  • Albaicín : Strolling through the winding streets of Granada’s old Muslim quarter was my favorite thing to do solo in Granada. The views, quaint shops, and architecture are a treat to the senses.
  • Hammam Al Ándalus : Immerse yourself in the relaxing atmosphere of these Arabic-style baths . An ideal place to rejuvenate, especially if you’ve been on the move.
  • Sacromonte : Something I missed on my solo trip that I regret is the Sacromonte! Known for its traditional cave houses, this neighborhood is the heart of Granada’s Roma community. It’s also a great place to catch a genuine flamenco show.
  • Granada Cathedral : Marvel at the grandeur of this Renaissance-era cathedral. Its stunning interiors and architecture are bound to captivate you.
  • Carmen de los Mártires Gardens : A serene spot with beautiful views of the Alhambra and the city. Perfect for contemplation or simply enjoying nature.
  • San Nicolás Viewpoint : For a breathtaking view of the Alhambra with the Sierra Nevada in the backdrop, this is the spot to visit, especially during sunset.

Best Place to Stay in Granada: Boutique Hotel Luna Granada Centro

Budget Friendly in Granada: Casa de la Catedral

Getting Around Granada

During my solo adventure in Granada, I found the city’s public transportation to be quite straightforward and reliable.

Whether I was taking a local bus up to the Alhambra or exploring the neighborhoods on foot, getting around was hassle-free.

To make my travel even more efficient, I downloaded the Granada city transit app, which gave me real-time updates on bus schedules and routes.

This app became an invaluable companion, helping me to explore the city’s rich cultural landmarks and hidden gems without worrying about logistics.

📲 Download the Granada Transit App (iPhone) Download the Granada Transit App (Andriod)

6. Palma de Mallorca

View of the city of Mallorca at sunset

On my solo travel Spain adventure, I recently visited Majorca, and let me tell you, it’s a paradise not just for its stunning beaches but also for its rich history and culture.

If you’re a solo female traveler like me, you’ll feel both charmed and safe exploring this Mediterranean gem.

I loved the Palma Cathedral, or La Seu . This Gothic masterpiece took my breath away and gave me a glimpse into the island’s layered past.

Don’t miss wandering through Palma’s Old Town. It’s a maze of narrow streets where Moorish and Spanish influences come alive.

I felt like I was in a living museum, strolling past local boutiques and sampling Mallorcan tapas at cozy bars. The area is super pedestrian-friendly, making it easy to explore without feeling rushed.

And if you love the great outdoors, Majorca won’t disappoint. I rented a car so that I could go hiking in the Serra de Tramuntana mountains.

Driving in Mallorca was very straightforward and not stressful. You can also cycle or sail to take in the natural beauty at your own pace.

So, if you’re considering a solo trip to Spain, Majorca should definitely be on your list.

It’s the perfect blend of history, culture, and outdoor adventures, all waiting for you to discover.

Things to do Alone in Majorca

Solo Woman Traveling around Majorca

  • Beach Hopping : Majorca is known for having some of the best beaches in Spain. Whether it’s the bustling shores of Palma or quieter nooks like Cala Formentor .
  • Explore Palma’s Old Town : The capital of Majorca is rich with historical sites, narrow medieval streets, and stunning architecture. Perfect for architecture lovers like myself.
  • Visit Sóller : By taking a vintage train ride from Palma to this small town, I got to experience the dramatic mountain landscapes that felt like stepping into a postcard. Don’t forget to pack your money belt for safekeeping while you explore!
  • Tap into the Nightlife : Majorca has a reputation for its nightlife, especially in the larger cities like Palma. So if you are into dancing and that scene you will love it.
  • Solo Hiking in Tramuntana : These mountains are a UNESCO World Heritage site and offer a variety of trails. I felt it was a good idea to hire a local tour guide to make the most out of this experience.
  • Boat Trips : If you are hoping to meet other solo travelers in Spain, check out this boat trip around the island!
  • Cycling Tour : Majorca’s diverse landscapes make it an obvious choice for cycling enthusiasts. Many online travel groups offer solo trips aimed at various skill levels.
  • Explore the Caves of Drach : Located in Porto Cristo, these caves are one of Majorca’s most popular tourist attractions. I found it to be great value for the experience, which includes a boat trip on one of the world’s largest underground lakes.

Best Hotel in Mallorca: Hotel Cort

Getting Around Majorca

Getting around Mallorca is a little different than the rest of the cities in this solo travel Spain guide.

If you are just staying in Palma the whole time you can mostly just explore by foot.

There are clean and easy-to-use buses when you need to go a little further.

In general, though, it is better to just rent a car to explore the whole island by renting a car.

6 Reasons WHY I Love Spain For Solo Travel

1. the people are nice.

Nice people make a difference when you are on your own. Trust me. And Spain is filled with some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet.

I know it sounds crazy, but you might even get an invitation to join a local family for a home-cooked meal! It hasn’t to me, but women I know.

Sure, the level of English spoken can vary – don’t expect much in smaller, non-touristy areas, for example – but this warmth is especially reassuring when you’re out and about alone.

2. You Won’t Get Tired Of Your Surroundings

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Spain isn’t just about sun-kissed beaches (though they’re great!). From the hills of Andalucía to the snow-capped peaks of the Pyrenees, and from the endless olive groves to the arid landscapes of Almería, there’s so much variety. 

And the best part? All these places are well-connected. I would just jump on a train or bus, and set for a new solo adventure in Spain. 

If you plan it perfectly you can swim in the morning and hike in the mountains in the afternoon!

3. Safety First

It is a safe place to be alone. But don’t be careless. Just like any place in the world, you should always be cautious and aware of your surroundings. In particular, pickpocketing can be an issue in certain areas (looking at you, Barcelona city center).

But generally, the streets are lively while still being secure , even late into the night. 

4. A Feast for Foodies

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If there’s one thing that keeps me in Spain (besides the sunshine!), it’s the food.  

And what’s awesome is that you can strike up a chat with travelers and locals easily at these places. After all, sharing food stories is a great go-to icebreaker!

5. Rich cultural experiences

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There’s a world of history waiting to be discovered here. Every region and every city has its own story. 

Visit the Alhambra in Granada, get lost in the winding streets of Toledo, or attend traditional festivals like La Tomatina or San Fermín. 

There’s always something happening, and as a solo traveler, you get the freedom to immerse yourself completely.

Is Spain Friendly To Your Travel Budget?

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Spain, when compared to its Western European neighbors (I’m looking at your France), can certainly be a more budget-friendly option .

I found that accommodation choices cater to a range of budgets , from economical hostels to mid-range hotels. 

And it’s not only accommodation where you can save money, as when it comes to food, Spain really shines. Many bars, especially in the southern regions, offer free tapas when you order a drink . 

But even in other parts of the country where this isn’t a thing, there are always ways to save a buck.

My favorite example is shopping at local markets. It is a great way to experience fresh, regional produce without breaking the bank .

Transportation within cities, like buses and metros, is also reasonably priced. For inter-city travel, purchasing train or bus tickets in advance can secure significant discounts. 

Additionally, Spain has a range of discount cards and city passes tailored for tourists, offering reduced entry fees to major attractions.

In summary, while Spain isn’t the cheapest destination globally , it provides good value for money.

Solo female travelers who use a travel budget calculator can easily experience the best of Spain without straining their wallets.

Solo Spain Travel Tips

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1. Learn Basic Spanish Phrases

When I traveled to Spain solo I found learning a bit of the Spanish language was both fun and practical.

While I didn’t have trouble speaking English in many tourist-centric areas, the level of English overall wasn’t particularly high everywhere. 

I found that learning some basic phrases like “¿Cuánto cuesta?” ( How much does it cost? ) or “¿Dónde está…?” ( Where is…? ) can be incredibly handy. The locals seemed to really appreciate the effort!

2. Embrace Local Timings

So the “siesta” is a thing in Spain . This means Spain operates on a slightly different daily rhythm than many other countries.

Lunch, often the largest meal of the day, happens around 2 p.m. and dinner can start as late as 9 or 10 p.m. – or even later, especially on weekends. 

I personally found syncing with this schedule is necessary. Like it or not, you’ll get to experience the local atmosphere.

The tapas bars and squares where locals congregate after work can get really busy, so be prepared to wait.

3. Stay Alert in Crowded Areas

Take it from a seasoned solo traveler , you need to be alert in those high-traffic tourist spots. Sadly this is where we have to watch out for those pickpockets.

Whether you’re strolling down Barcelona’s La Rambla or exploring a bustling market in Madrid, it’s crucial to be cautious . 

Consider wearing crossbody bags with zipped closures and avoid keeping valuables in easy-to-access pockets. Awareness of your surroundings is your best defense.

4. Respect Local Customs

For instance, while you’ll of course get away with wearing swimwear at the beach, it’s advised to dress more modestly when exploring the interiors or religious sites. 

(And fun fact: it’s actually illegal in Spain to wear swimwear when you’re not at the beach ! So if you’re tempted to walk home from the beach in Barcelona wearing just a bikini top , I’d suggest not doing so.)

5. Utilize female-only accommodations

Hostels in Spain have caught up with the demand for female-centric accommodations . Many now offer female-only dorms. 

These spaces can provide a sense of security and camaraderie, as you’ll often meet other like-minded solo female travelers, sharing experiences and perhaps even planning joint excursions.

6. Engage in group activities

Traveling solo doesn’t mean always being alone . Spain offers a ton of group activities catering to tourists. 

Whether it’s a cooking class in Seville, a historical walking tour in Valencia, or a wine-tasting event in La Rioja, joining group activities can provide both learning and networking opportunities.

Conclusion: Spain Solo Travel

I’ve traveled solo to over 40 countries, and I have to say Spain is up there as one of the best!

I hope this Spain solo travel guide has given you all the information you need to craft the best solo itinerary.

With the country’s safety rating, affordability, and range of activities, I have no doubt you will have an incredible solo trip to Spain!

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Melissa Byron, a seasoned solo traveler since 2009, is the founder & visionary behind A Solo Woman Traveling. Drawing from her extensive personal experience globetrotting solo to over 40 countries, she has dedicated herself to a mission: crafting invaluable guides and itineraries for women who embark on solo adventures.

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A Solo Female Travel Guide for Traveling Solo in Spain

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Planning to travel alone in Spain ? This guide covers everything you need to know for traveling solo in Spain!

With its amazing food, affordable prices, beautiful beaches, extremely friendly people, vibrant culture, and endless amount of history, Spain is an incredible place to visit alone. There are many touristic cities where English is common which makes Spain a great time for first-time or seasoned solo travelers!

Whether you prefer a slower-paced , relaxing trip prefer to spend more time in nature on beautiful hikes, or just want to eat and drink your way through the country, Spain is sure to offer something to make a memorable vacation!

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Quick Facts before visiting Spain : 💱Currency:  Euro € 💶  Budget for a trip to Spain : The  average daily cost  for a trip to Spain is  €150 a night  for both  food  and  accommodation . 💜  Is tipping required in Spain?  Tipping in Spain is not required. Sometimes you will find it included in your bill at fine dining restaurants especially. ☀️ Best time to Visit: April or May  if you want to avoid peak tourist time and very hot summers or  September to October  when the weather is mild. 🏥  Travel Insurance in Spain : I recommend  SafetyWing  which will cover you in case of trip cancellations or any accidents during your travels. 📞 Stay connected in Spain: Buy an e-sim with Airalo

Is Spain safe for Solo Female Travelers?

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Spain is incredibly safe for solo female travelers. Forbes named it the safest on earth to travel solo as a female.   The locals in Spain are incredibly friendly to tourists and are always trying to help you out, even if they don’t speak the same language. The cities in Spain have amazing public transportation both around the city itself and between the major cities making it easy to travel solo.

Of course, like all other countries, you do have to use your common sense. Don’t wander down back alleys, especially after dark , keep an eye on any drinks you order, and make sure you carry your belongings as close to your person as possible.

Violence towards women , and crime in general, is low in Spain. The most common crime you may run into is pickpocketing, especially in larger and more tourist cities such as Barcelona. There are some other scams to be aware of such as an older woman approaching you and handing you a piece of rosemary. If you take it, you will be expected to make a donation and the woman may help herself to some of your money while it is out. 

As with traveling in any country solo, it’s always best to carry yourself confidentially, trust your intuition, and let a friend who where you plan to be just in case. With these tips, you’ll be on your way to traveling solo in Spain in no time.

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What to pack for your solo trip to Spain

Here are some essentials for traveling solo in Spain.

  • This super cool scarf  has a  hidden zipper  that allows you to hide important things like your passport or money. A useful thing to have for a solo traveler.
  • A  keychain flashlight  is handy to have in case you’re ever walking alone at night and it’s too dark to see your surroundings.
  • I always carry a  mini first aid kit  in case of any accidents and I can be a clumsy person!
  • One thing I never leave home when traveling is a portable compact mobile phone charger  like this one . I have run into a few situations where I was stuck in a tiny village in Italy and no one knew English. Sadly my phone died and I felt crippled without my phone. I was unable to use Google Translate to conversate or navigate anywhere. Also, be sure to carry a backup one too in case one dies, or just be sure to always charge it daily!
  • My favorite tripod is this  compact tripod for mobile phones  – people constantly ask me how I take solo photos and this is how!

Travel Insurance in Spain for Solo Travelers

It’s definitely worth getting travel insurance whether you’re traveling alone or with others and I recommend  SafetyWing  which will cover you in case of any accidents or hospital visits. While it’s unlikely to happen, better safe than sorry!

When is the best time for Traveling Solo in Spain?

The best time to travel solo in Spain is in the shoulder season of Spring (March through May) and Fall (September through November).

During these seasons you will avoid peak tourist times and fewer people overall means less chance for petty crime such as pickpocketing. You will also experience pleasantly warm weather and avoid the excruciating heat that happens during the summer months in Spain. Hotels and experiences are also cheaper as it is not part of the busiest season for traveling to Spain.

Unless you enjoy very hot weather, you will want to avoid visiting Spain in July and August as temperatures soar and the streets are crowded.

Best Places to Travel in Spain As A Solo Female Traveler

1. barcelona.

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Barcelona, the vibrant heart of Catalonia, is the perfect blend of art, culture, and history. Known for its iconic Sagrada Família, the whimsical creations of Antoni Gaudí, and the bustling La Rambla, this city is one you cannot miss on your adventures in Spain!

If you’re traveling solo in Spain, Barcelona offers a sense of safety and inclusivity, with its friendly locals and well-connected public transport. You can get lost in the beautiful streets of the Gothic Quarter, indulge in tapas at the lively La Plata, or simply bask in the sun at Barceloneta Beach.

From its world-class museums to its amazing shopping and its lively street performances , Barcelona offers something for everyone! It also has many instagrammable places to discover too!

Best solo activity: A food tour in Barcelona is a must and is a great way to beat any loneliness that might come from being alone. Where to stay: Casa Gracia is a modern hostel with both private or shared rooms in a quiet neighborhood that is still centrally located!

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Madrid, Spain’s capital, is a blend of historical grandeur and modern vibrancy. Renowned for its world-class art museums like the Prado and Reina Sofia, the city is a haven for art enthusiasts.

From the lively squares of Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor to the peaceful retreat of Retiro Park , the city pulses with authentic Spanish life! Dive into the local culture with a f lamenco show at Cafe Ziryab, savor traditional churros at San Ginés, or simply wander down the busy Gran Via and explore the locally owned shops.

Trying the vermouth at Taberna La Concha is a must. It’s made in-house and known the be some of the best in the city, making it a unique Spanish souvenir as well! They also offer unique tapas with gluten-free options. Try the Thai curry fish meatballs if you’re feeling adventurous or stick the Spanish Aboldigas (meatballs) if you are not.

If you want an incredible view, grab a cocktail at the rooftop bar on the Círculo de Bellas Artes that overlooks all of the city!

Best solo activity: Take a day trip to Toledo or other nearby cities . Toledo used to be Spain’s capital. Now it’s the marzipan capital of Spain, so make sure to try some! Where to stay: Dear Hotel Madrid has panoramic views of Madrid (as pictured above!) and is well located. Read my full post on how to spend 2 days in Madrid

3. Seville 

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Seville, the enchanting Andalusian capital, is a fabulous blend of Moorish history, flamenco, and orange-scented streets. Some must-see places are the iconic Alcázar Palace and the massive Seville Cathedral .

Wander through the winding alleys of white-washed houses of the Santa Cruz quarter, which used to be the old Jewish quarter, experience the passion of a live flamenco show , or relax by the Guadalquivir River .

If you can plan a trip for April , the annual Feria de Abril festival showcases Seville at its most colorful, with traditional dances, dresses, and celebrations. When you’re in the Andalusian region you must try the local specialty of fried eggplant with honey, called Berenjenas con Miel. You will find them everywhere and they are good everywhere!

Best solo activity: Seville is the birthplace of Flamenco, so this is a must. If you can find a “Tablao” Flamenco, this is the most authentic as it’s not staged or choreographed. Book Tickets Ahead Here Where to stay: Apartamentos Abreu Suites is centrally located and has an amazing rooftop pool. While you’re in Andalucia , be sure to visit the best white villages and my absolute favorite of those is Olvera and Frigiliana .

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Nestled at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada is one of the most beautiful cities in the Andalusian region! The main attraction is the Alhambra , an absolutely massive palace fortress that you could spend hours exploring.

As a solo traveler, you will find Granada both welcoming and walkable, with its labyrinthine Albayzín district offering surprises at every turn, from hidden courtyards to panoramic views at the Mirador de San Nicolás which you must check out for sunset!

Granada is one of the cities where many restaurants still give you a free tapa with a drink order, which is perfect for saving a buck! A great place to grab a bite is the hidden gem, La Sitarilla. Once you’re finished wander down the aromatic alleys of the Alcaicería, the old silk market , and you might feel like you’ve taken a detour to Morocco! 

Best solo activity: It’s time for some pampering with a visit to a traditional Arab bath! Where to stay: Casa del Capitel Nazarí is affordable, super modern, and clean, and in a great place to explore Granada by foot!

5. Valencia

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Valencia is a great place to travel Spain alone. It sits on Spain’s sun-drenched eastern coast and is a blend of historic charm and futuristic innovation. The city’s Old Town features a gorgeous Gothic cathedral and a bustling Central Market. Yet, a stone’s throw away, you have the modern City of Arts and Sciences . As a solar traveler, you will love Valencia’s breezy boulevards, palm-fringed parks, and the serene Turia River Gardens.

The city’s beach , with its golden sands and blue waters, is the perfect spot to relax after lots of Spain exploration! Explore the vibrant, hipster neighborhoods of Ruzafa and sneak into a cafe for some locally-produced Valencia orange juice .

End that day by diving into a bowl of Paella, Valencia’s iconic dish. Restaurante Levante is off the beaten path and is said by the locals to be the best paella in Valencia! 

Best solo activity: A paella-making class is a great way to get fed and meet some new people! Where to stay: The River Hostel is a great budget option with female dorms in a beautiful and central location!

6. Mallorca

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Mallorca, the largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands , is home to beautiful coves, limestone mountains, and the dreamiest villages. While this Mediterranean island is not the most budget-friendly place in Spain, it does offer you a diverse landscape, from the bustling streets of Palma, with its majestic cathedral, incredible shopping, and historic Almudaina Palace, to the tranquil terraces of Valldemossa or Deia .

The island’s pristine beaches, like Es Trenc and Cala Agulla , are sun-soaked havens, while the Tramuntana mountain range has amazing hiking and beautiful views! With all of this in mind, Mallorca is definitely worth visiting as a solo traveler! 

You can spend the day in the city, munching on the deliciously airy local pastries called ensaïmadas at Panaderia S’estacio, relax on the beach, or spend the day on the Mediterranean Sea on a Catamaran tour!

Best solo activity : A Catamaran tour is a fun way to get on the water, relax, and meet people at the same time.  Where to stay: Hostel Soller is in the center of the beautiful town of Soller, known for its citrus groves , and is a great budget option for visiting the island. Make sure you walk across the street to Mr. Mccoys Island Ices for the best, locally-made ice cream and sorbet you will ever have. Read my full post on visiting the charming fisherman’s village, Cala Figuera

Cities to Avoid in Spain As A Solo Female Traveler

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As Spain is one of the safest places to travel solo, there are not really any places that you must avoid. However, you may want Ibiza may not be as ideal for the solo traveler. It is a Balearic island that is known worldwide for its epic party scene. While the island itself is safe you will definitely run into more drunken partiers and run the risk of your drink being spiked, or other events like that. However, there are less touristic sides of Ibiza in the North East. It’s a quiet escape from the parties. In addition, Mallorca is worth visiting as an alternative.

Getting Around Spain

Most of the cities in Spain, from the larger ones to the smaller ones, are well-connected by train or bus and transport is quite easy. The national railway operator in Spain is Renfe and they have 2 high-speed lines called AVE or AVLO. If you see this when looking at a ticket, this will be a fast and comfortable option for you! There are also smaller train operators such as OUIGO and iryo. All are comfortable, clean, and safe.

The main train sites are:


Trainline has an excellent phone app that will help you book tickets quickly for anywhere in Europe!

Is it Expensive to Solo Travel in Spain?

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Spain is quite affordable if you plan correctly. Eating in Spain is considered very cheap due to the “tapas” style of dining that is the norm. This is also a great way to eat for solo traveling as you can fill up on just one or two low-priced and incredibly delicious things. Wine is also very cheap if you want to make the meal a little nicer!

Spain also has incredible markets with local produce that you can use to cook your own meals if you prefer. It’s important to note that Spanish people eat out quite often which means the need for a well-stocked kitchen isn’t there. You may find a very small kitchen that doesn’t allow for much cooking depending on where you stay.

Spain is a highly-visited country which means there are lots of centrally-located, clean, safe, and fun hostels to stay at to conserve your budget. This is a great choice for solo travelers as you will be surrounded by people and it can help you feel less lonely. You can opt to stay in an all-female dorm or in a private room with a shared bathroom if you prefer privacy.

There are always Airbnbs available where you can choose between having the whole place to yourself or a private room within a building, usually with a shared bathroom and maybe a shared common area or kitchen.

The average daily cost for a trip to Spain is €100 a night for both food and accommodation. A hotel should cost an average of €70 a night and if you want to be on a super tight budget you can find hostels for €30-40 a night. If you include the cost of trains and transport, you may want to give yourself a budget of €150 per day to play it safe.

How Many Days in Spain is Enough?

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While there is never too much time in Spain, you will want to spend at least one week in Spain. This will allow you to visit 2 of the major cities and attractions and possibly go on a day trip to a smaller city. 

If you want to explore all the cities in this guide, then 3 weeks to a month in Spain will be ideal!

Solo Dining in Spain

Eating out alone is one of the top fears in traveling solo. But did you know, people in Spain eat lunch and dinner super late? Lunch is typically at 2pm and dinner is after 10pm! So, a great hack to calm those eating alone fears is to dine early. if you’re used to  eating at 7 pm , you will likely have the  whole restaurant to yourself  and even spot some other solo travelers with the same idea! 

Plus, traveling solo is all about  building confidence,  and who cares what others think if you’re eating on your own. It might also be a way for you  to spur conversation  with the bartender if you dine in less awkward places like the bar. Ask what their favorite local place is or thing to do in the city to  start a conversation.  Another tip for eating solo is to  call the restaurant ahead a nd ask them to place you in a seating area that is  not right in the center  of everything.  Perhaps at the bar  or in a corner where attention won’t call towards you.

You can also take cooking classes or a food tour so you don’t have to dine solo!

Top Solo Travel Trips and Packing Items for Traveling Solo in Spain

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1. Download an  offline map  such as  City Maps 2 Go  (Download on  iPhone  |  Android ) or  Google Maps  and mark all the places you want to go ahead of time so you can navigate effectively.

2. Sign up for  GiffGaff , a sim card so you can use your phone for cheap during your visit to Italy. It’s a UK provider but you can use it anywhere in Europe. This is really great because you can use your phone’s data and text using iMessage or WhatsApp. The cost is  around £15  and it will last you a couple of weeks. They will send you a SIM card  free  ahead of your trip.  Here’s a link  to save £10. 

3. Bring an  EU adapter   so you can keep charged. It’s important to note some of the voltages change and won’t work for your hairdryers, etc. Therefore, you need to get an adapter that will adjust for the voltages  like this one .

4. Bring an  extra debit card  so that if one stops working you aren’t stuck without any money. When taking money out of an ATM  always decline conversion  or you’ll be charged more. This is a sneaky trick not everyone knows and will save you a lot of money. Also, when you make purchases at any store  always opt  for the  currency of the country  you are visiting  to not incur additional charges . Often your instinct is to do it in your own currency but don’t ever do that!

5. Always  let a friend know where you are  & share your location with them via your mobile device. I use  WhatsApp  to share my location or  find friends  on the iPhone.

6. Learn  key phrases  in Spanish so that you can respond in  case of an emergency  or tell someone to  get away  from you if they are dangerously approaching you. It’s always good to learn basic phrases when traveling anyway. Write down a few emergency phrases in case anything happens.

7.  Meet friends!  Solo travel doesn’t mean alone travel. Pick up a conversation with someone at  a local coffee shop,  go on a  group tour  using my favorite tour site  Get your Guide , take a   cooking class , or stay in a  hostel !

8. Always  get travel insurance  when traveling especially alone. You never know what could happen. I recommend  SafetyWing  because it’s  simple and flexible.  It will cover your  medical emergencies  and  transportation , protect you against  trip cancellation , and even  protect the gear  you travel with.  Click here  to find out more.

9. Bring a  tripod!  Just because you’re traveling solo  doesn’t mean  you can’t get  wonderful photos.  One of the most common questions, I get asked is  who takes all my pictures  when I travel solo. I  used to ask strangers  but now that I  bring my tripod , it’s a game-changer. I  take most of my photos by myself  and you can see how they look on my  IG account here ! Be sure to  follow me  for the  best solo travel tips  as well! I recommend getting a  simple smartphone tripod   like this . It is  lightweight, easy to carry  around, and also easy to set up. Or, if you’re  more advanced  and have  professional camera gear,   this one by Manfrotto  is really great.

📸 Be sure to check out my post on the  Best Camera Gear for Solo Female Travelers !

Hopefully, this post  inspires you  to travel to  beautiful Spain solo  and gives you some inspiration for  where to go  and  how to navigate  the amazing country!

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The real Spain is out there if you know where to look, as fiery and romantic as you ever imagined. From tapas bars and coastal resorts to cobbled streets and tree-lined boulevards, it’s a picturesque nation with a rich culture and history; a place ready to welcome all sorts of solo travellers, whether it’s fun in the sun they want or they’re looking for some much-needed excitement and adventure. There’re a range of ways to tour Spain with Just You. Perhaps you’d like to give rail travel a go on our hand-crafted trip through the Pyrenees . Or you can walk the Camino de Santiago , taking in the scenic beauty and charms of the Spanish countryside. Spain is one of Europe’s most stunning nations, and Just You is committed to showing you the very best of it!

Singles holidays to Spain should be special from start to finish, and you can expect an indulgent, relaxing and reinvigorating experience on your specially designed tour with Just You. Offering an array of experiences on arrival right the way through your trip, you’ll be amazed as you discover more of Spain’s spectacular sights than you ever dreamed possible during your time with us. From sangria to city life; flamenco dancing to flamboyant architecture, there’re plenty of things on offer for the avid adventurer to enjoy whilst in the company of other, like-minded lone travellers. See the delights of Spain on a jam-packed solo adventure with Just You!

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Walking the Camino de Santiago

On this walking tour like no other, you’ll experience charming towns and cities showcasing Spanish culture as you take the Pilgrim’s Road to Santiago de Compostela.

  • Return flights
  • 7 nights in 3 & 4-star hotels
  • 13 included meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners

Overlooking  Andalucia

Treasures of Andalucia

Admire the whitewashed houses clinging to the hilltop towns of Mijas and Ronda, discover Picasso’s birthplace, Malaga, and relax on Nerja’s sandy beaches.

  • 7 nights in a 4-star hotel
  • 14 included meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners

Swimming pool & Hotel on the COSTA DE LA LUZ

Costa de la Luz

Visit Andalucia’s regional capital, Seville, discover the Columbus Trail and relax on golden beaches – this sun-kissed coast is well placed for easy access to an array of Spain’s highlights.

  • 20 included meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners & drinks between 11am - 11pm

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Christmas & New Year in the Costa Brava

Striking architecture, intriguing history and golden beaches - all are featured on this festive holiday which takes in Christmas and New Year.

  • Return flights from London
  • 10 nights in a 4-star hotel
  • 24 meals: 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 10 dinners including a festive Christmas Eve dinner, a New Years Eve gala dinner and Christmas & New Years Day lunches


A tour of Spain will leave you with some truly special memories. Whether you want to walk in the Camino de Santiago , see the Treasures of Andalucia , or take a rail trip through the Pyrenees , Just You can cater to your needs. Spain touring holidays should be extra special, and you won’t be disappointed with what we have to offer.

Because Spain is a country with myriad cultural influences, we’ve made it a point to design our tours so that you’ll get to know everything that makes this country great; from Moorish architecture to pristine whitewashed villages crowning the hillsides, you’re sure to be amazed at all the gems you can see on escorted tours with Just You. For Spain tours like no other, count on us to deliver endless excitement throughout your trip.

  • Paella – a rice based dish, jam-packed with flavour, usually including meat such as chicken, rabbit and/or seafood.
  • Gazpacho – a smooth blended soup full of the reddest, ripest tomatoes, peppers, garlic, olive oil, and cucumber. A dish best served cold
  • Patatas Bravas – one of the first dishes to try as part of the famous Spanish tapas. A fried potato dish in a sweet and slightly spicy sauce often including garlic, onions, and sometimes sausage. A dish that varies by region but is always a tasty treat.
  • Tapas – a selection of small, grazing dishes that tantalise the taste buds, known more commonly as canapes or snacks to us Brits. Dishes include Patatas Bravas (as above), Chorizo al vino (Smokey Spanish sausage cooked in wine), Tortilla Española (omelette filled with potatoes, onion and herbs) and Gambas al Ajillo (prawns sauteed in olive oil, garlic, chili peppers, sherry, paprika and topped off with a peppercorn sauce).
  • Spring - If you’re travelling to Spain in spring, then it’s wise to pack some warmer clothing like a cardigan or jumper as the evenings can drop a little cooler than the days.
  • Summer in Spain is a warm dry heat, so loose clothing and materials like linen are ideal as they allow for breathability and comfort. Holiday usuals like sunscreen, sun glasses and sun hats are a must.
  • Autumn in Spain can remain relatively warm but gets cooler pretty quick so a mix of cool and warm clothes should be packed, layering works well for this season.
  • Winter in Spain is similar to Britain so do pack warm clothes. Not surprisingly, it is also the most rainiest of the seasons, so a waterproof coat/jacket or umbrella wouldn’t go a miss.

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Always a holiday hot-spot, Friendship Travel has a great mix of summer breaks for single travellers in Spain, whatever your budget. Our holidays for solo travellers help you discover the real Spain during a week of sightseeing and sun on the Costa Del Sol; our adult-only hotel right on the beach in Mallorca hits just the right note; single travellers looking for sophistication and style can find both by the champagne-glass-full at our luxurious Ibiza hotel. Just a short flight from your local airport, Spain is within easy reach for a summer holiday, and for winter sunshine breaks we offer the Spanish island of Lanzarote in the Canaries.

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Travelling around Spain by train is a fabulous way to see the country...  Spain offers an intriguing blend of cultures and traditions dating back centuries... from Barcelona's historic quarter to the museums in Madrid, discover Flamenco in Seville and stroll the cobblestone streets of Cordoba and Toledo. Our Spain by Train singles vacation reveals the strong impact of Moorish, Jewish and Christian influences on the history of Spain. Experience the culture, taste the food and enjoy the differences between Spain's regions and cities.

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Tonight we enjoy a Cordoba special show, the unique Passion and "Duende" Equestrian show is the historic 15th century Royal Stables, which reveals the beauty, intelligence and nobleness of the native Andalusian Horse, as well as the skill of the riders.

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Why travel solo to Spain?

If diversity is what you’re craving, there are few countries better for solo travel than Spain – which proves to be everything you’d expect and not at all as you imagined all at the same time.

Flamenco and flamboyant masters. Tapas and wine. These are all images that spring to mind at the mention of Spain. But this is also a country of fiercely independent and distinct identities, from the Moorish heritage of Andalucía to a fun-loving fiesta spirit in cities from Madrid to Barcelona where early-hours adventures rule the day.

The country’s wild landscapes are just as diverse, including Europe’s only true desert, the Tabernas Desert near Almería, a curiously short drive away from the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada (skiing in southern Spain? Yes, please). While in the north, you’ll find lush green mountains in the Basque country rolling down to the Atlantic.

Oh, and not forgetting some of the best beaches in Europe, primed for surf and yoga breaks – and you’ll quickly find there’s much more to Spain than you could imagine.

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Top places to visit in Spain

Spain’s capital city is full of cultured calles and well-tended parks, but it’s renowned for being home to a huge range of exceptional European art. In Madrid’s trio of big-name galleries (The Prado, the Thyssen and the Reina Sofía), you’ll find work by Goya and Velázquez, as well as other Spanish masters. You can also find a thriving food scene in excellent restaurants and tapas bars.

Architectural masterpieces by Gaudí, such as the mighty Sagrada Família, are part of the furniture in Barcelona, creating its rich cityscape. Be sure to admire the Gothic architecture of the basilica of Santa Maria del Mar; explore La Boqueria, Europe’s largest (and most famous) food market; or hit the beach in style.

This historic city is centred around its grand Gothic cathedral, also the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb. But the main draw is without doubt the Royal Alcázar, built by Castilian Christians on the site of a Muslim palace. Wander around the city’s twisting medieval lanes, making time for flamenco dancing come evening.

Located on the Costa del Sol, Málaga is not only one of the oldest cities in Europe, but one of the oldest continuously habited cities in the world. Yet between its Roman amphitheatres and Moorish ruins, you’ll find thriving art galleries, boutique hotels and stylish restaurants – all of which lend the city a modern vibrancy.

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Top three activities

1. Take a tapas crawl through Granada 2. Spot whales and dolphins off the Costa de la Luz 3. Go sherry tasting in Seville

Top five dishes to try

1. Tortilla Española – potato and onion omelette 2. Gazpacho – cold vegetable soup 3. Jamón ibérico – cured ham 4. Pulpo a la gallega – octopus 5. Paella – rice dish of saffron, chicken and seafood

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Spain has a sunny Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and cold winters inland, and mild summers and cool winters along the coast. The average summer temperature in Madrid is 30°C (86°F), while winter temperatures average 10°C (50°F).

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Discover Spain

Visiting Spain

Join this small group travel, 21-day tour of Spain . For couples or solo traveler with minimal single supplement has daily itineraries with local guides that provide authentic experiences for those who seek small group journeys . Escorted tour begins in Madrid , finishes in Barcelona .

From A$14,750 AUD

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Habsburg Spain vs Tudor England: small group tour exploring 16th century history of England & Spain

Visiting England

This holiday with a leading tour operator allows the escorted tour for seniors to explore the life and times of the royal families responsible for making England and Spain so significant in the 16th century with local guides providing the travel experience for the detailed itineraries. We spend 10 days travelling from London to Madrid .

From A$14,295 AUD

Short Spain tours

Short Spain Tour for senior and mature travellers

Join our small group guided tour of Spain , exploring this fascinating country over 10 nights with like minded people . We start in Barcelona and make our way slowly towards Madrid . Enjoy the food and culture while learning about the history of each location from our expert local guides and Odyssey Program Leader.

From A$7,610 AUD

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Barcelona Small Group Tour | The city explored in-depth

Small group journeys from one of the best small group tour companies Europe that delve into Barcelona 's history, culture, and cuisine. Daily itineraries for couples and solo travellers with like minded people. An escorted tour of Barcelona based in an apartment with local guides sharing authentic experiences and knowledge.

From A$12,925 AUD

via del plata

Via de la Plata: Small Group Walking Tour in the Footsteps of Pilgrims

Visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites introduced by local guides feature on this walking tour for mature couple and single travellers in central Spain. The days itineraries to selected destinations provide authentic experiences in central Spain . A single supplement is charged for solo travelers on these small group journeys.

From A$14,245 AUD

Saint James Way Small Group Walking Tour

Saint James Way Small Group Walking Tour (The Camino)- Spain

Visiting Portugal, Spain

Experience pleasant sections of the Way of Saint James , crossing some of Spain’s most beautiful landscapes. We follow the pilgrims on easy distances of The Way to the mythical destination, Santiago de Compostella. Not since the middle ages has this adventure for body and mind been more popular. We also get to discover the artistic highlights and rich history of Northern Spain and Portugal , as well as enjoying local wines and exquisite food.

From A$14,135 AUD

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Small Group Guided Tours of Spain and Portugal

Our program explores the lands of Spain and Portugal , two countries bound by many centuries of history reflected in their modern cultures. Divided by history and language, contiguous neighbours Spain and Portugal were once host to gigantic empires that still bear their languages and lifestyles. A small group tour for couple and solo travellers.

From A$16,225 AUD

Odyssey’s curated small group tours in Spain promise an enriching travel experience, blending must-see landmarks with hidden gems. Your Spanish odyssey encompasses iconic Barcelona , a tapestry of Antoni Gaudi’s masterpieces like the awe-inspiring Sagrada Familia , whimsical Park Guell, and the vibrant labyrinth of Las Ramblas. Venture further into the historical tapestry of Spain with a journey to Toledo , where El Greco’s artistic legacy unfolds before your eyes. Delve deeper into Spain’s cultural tapestry with a guided exploration of the UNESCO World Heritage site, Alhambra Palace, in Granada.

As the Spanish landscape unfolds, travellers can immerse themselves in the nation’s rich history on a captivating pilgrimage along the Camino from San Sebastian to Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain, tracing the footsteps of ancient pilgrims. For those eager to delve into Spain’s historical depths before embarking on our small group tours, a selection of recommended books awaits, offering a deeper understanding of Spain’s vibrant past.

Embark on Odyssey’s small group tour of Spain, meticulously designed for the discerning mature traveller seeking a harmonious blend of insight and leisure. Embrace the journey ahead as Spain’s captivating history and cultural tapestry unfold to create lasting memories for the avid explorer.

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Your tour manager will greet you in Spain’s vibrant capital, Madrid , for an immersive city tour that includes visits to the magnificent Royal Palace and the renowned Prado Museum. After spending 2-3 nights exploring the bustling city, your journey will continue either up to Northern Spain or down to the charming city of Cordoba in Southern Spain. In Cordoba, a guided city tour will take you through the historic walled city, where local guides will explain the intricate features of Moorish Architecture before you move on to spend another 2-3 nights in the enchanting city of Seville .

Seville, famous for its lively flamenco music and stunning Moorish architecture, is also home to the grand Cathedral, where Christopher Columbus finds his final resting place. From the breath-taking Pyrenees mountains to the idyllic beaches, and from ancient Roman ruins to modern architectural marvels including the works of Antoni Gaudi, Spain offers a plethora of diverse experiences waiting to be discovered. Beyond its extraordinary landscapes and art, Spain exudes a unique warmth and charm, making visitors feel at home wherever they go, whether it’s strolling down Barcelona’s bustling Las Ramblas, exploring Madrid’s Puerta del Sol, or indulging in tapas and wine in a local Basque country hotel.

During your trip, make sure to savour the local cuisine at authentic restaurants, hop between tapas bars, indulge in a glass of La Rioja wine, relish the soul-stirring flamenco music, and fully immerse yourself in the Spanish culture and lifestyle. Odyssey’s Spain tours are often combined with a visit to Portugal , including the captivating city of Lisbon .

Ideal for mature or senior travellers , solo explorers , or couples seeking intimate experiences, small group tours in Spain led by expert tour managers and local guides offer a genuine insight into the country’s rich heritage for like-minded individuals. Odyssey Traveller meticulously crafts itineraries that not only cover the popular cities but also venture off the beaten path, providing a holistic experience of Spain. Whether it’s exploring the regal attractions in Madrid, the architectural wonders in Barcelona, or delving into the history of Islamic Spain at Alhambra Palace, each tour is designed to offer a blend of cultural enrichment and discovery.

Your journey through Spain with Odyssey Traveller may lead you to the Basque Country, where you can delve into its unique history, or on a historical exploration of Islamic Spain and Portugal at the UNESCO-listed Alhambra Palace. You’ll also witness Gaudi’s architectural legacy in Barcelona, taking in iconic sites like Park Guell and the Sagrada Familia cathedral. From a royal tour in Madrid to a pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago, following the paths of medieval pilgrims, each itinerary promises a deep dive into Spain’s past and present.

If you’re considering embarking on an Odyssey small group tour to Spain, take some time to plan your itinerary, deciding on the places you wish to visit , the best time to travel, and the mode of transport. Whether you opt for a comprehensive countrywide tour or prefer to focus on a single city, Odyssey Traveller ensures you have ample opportunities to explore and appreciate the rich tapestry of Spanish culture, history, and people, whether traveling solo or with a companion. Further enrich your travel experience with recommended books about Spain provided by Odyssey.

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15 of the Best Places to Visit in Spain

15 of the Best Places to Visit in Spain Spain is one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations, attracting 82.8 million international visitors in 2018. We have collected the 15 best places to visit in…

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Barcelona is one of the cultural highlights of Europe. Situated on the Mediterranean coast of the Iberian Peninsula, the Catalan capital is famous for its distinctive architecture and its world-renowned food and wine.

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Bilbao, Spain

n the heart of Basque Country, 11km from the Bay of Biscay, you will find Bilbao, one of northern Spain’s greatest treasures. Renowned for its famous Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao’s architectural wonders are surrounded by a ring of rolling green hills and lies on the mouth of the Nervion River. Once an industrial city, it has been transformed into a design city, where sleek new buildings sit alongside Gothic cathedrals and art nouveau train stations. At the end of 2017, Bilbao was chosen the Best European City 2018 at The Urbanism Awards 2018 and it is not hard to see why, with a new rapid transit system, a tram line and the Azkuna Zentroa, a wine storage warehouse turned cultural centre. This Spanish city has it all: vibrant history and culture, modern architecture, beautiful scenery and spectacular regional cuisine.

Burgos Cathedral, Spain

Burgos, Spain

Burgos, Spain Burgos in northern Spain is the country’s original heartland, initially known as Castilla la Vieja – the old part of the kingdom of Castile. The city of Burgos, founded in 884, was the…

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Camino de Santiago

The Camino de Santiago, also known as the Way of St James, is an ancient Catholic pilgrimage route that runs across northern Spain to the shrine of the Apostle St James in Santiago de Compostela in Galicia.

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Eight Amazing Rail Journeys: The Definitive Guide

Eight Amazing Rail Journeys This article details eight amazing rail journeys that you may wish to consider when planning your journeys. Humans have been travelling by sea since ancient times, but on land, humans were…

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Empires Crossing the Mediterranean: 1130-1300

As a sea connecting continents and stretching from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to Asia in the east, the Mediterranean has for centuries been a centre of trade and exploration.

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Figueres, Spain

On Catalonia’s Costa Brava, 45 minutes from Girona, lies the small town of Figueres, the birthplace of surrealist artist Salvador Dali and home to the Teatre-Museu Gala Salvador Dali. Apart from the Dali museum, Figueres is a lively and vibrant town with great restaurants, local boutiques, interesting architecture and dreamy beaches only a short drive away.

The streets of Girona

Girona, Spain

Girona is Northern Catalonia's biggest city, an hour and a half's drive from Barcelona. A compact medieval fortress city with the best-preserved Jewish quarter in Europe, Girona offers a medley of galleries, churches, restaurants, museums and medieval architecture to explore.

Moorish architecture in Alhambra, Spain

Granada, Spain

Located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Spain’s southernmost region of Andalucia, Granada was the last stronghold of the Spanish Moors and the brilliance of Moorish spirit and culture endures in the city today. The Alhambra, the palace fortress of the Nasrid sultans, is the heart and soul of Granada and one of Spain’s most popular tourist attractions. With its magnificent palaces and gardens, the Alhambra is an unmissable sight but the city itself also has a lot on offer including buzzing cafes and restaurants, vibrant tapas bars, a bustling Jewish quarter and funky street art.

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Five Women of the Renaissance period to see on tour

Five Incredible Women of the Renaissance | Small Group Tours The Renaissance stands as one of humanity’s most profound intellectual and artistic revolutions, often overshadowed by narratives of renowned men and their contributions. While historical…

Cibeles Fountain In Downtown Madrid

Highlights of Madrid

Learn about Madrid and its history on a small group package tour for mature and senior travellers for couples and single travellers. Odyssey offers a range of tours that take the traveller to Madrid in its collection of Spain tours.

Plaza de España in Seville

Highlights of Seville

Seville is a lively and disarming city, and a popular tourist destination in Spain.

The Benedictine Abbey

Montserrat, Spain

An hour outside of Barcelona is the impressive multi-peaked mountain range known as Montserrat. Within its dramatic, rocky mountain tops hides the Benedictine Monestir de Montserrat, a monastery popular with visitors from all over the world. Everyone from pilgrims and culture lovers to hikers and speleologists love the spot thanks to the gorgeous hiking terrain and beautiful abbey village built into the mountain and to top it all off, it is an easy day trip from Barcelona. Today, Montserrat is often used to refer to both Montserrat mountain and Montserrat Abbey.

Pamplona, Spain

Pamplona, Spain

Pamplona, Spain Pamplona, the capital of Navarre in northern Spain, is famous worldwide for the running of the bulls during the San Fermin fiesta, and for being one of Ernest Hemingway’s favourite cities. Hemingway visited…


Pilgrimages of the World- Advice for Seniors & Mature travellers

Pilgrimage routes and walking tours Several pilgrimage tracks remain intact and active centuries after they were first established. Many Odyssey tours trace their routes, walking in the footsteps of people who sought religious or spiritual…


Questions About Spain for senior travellers

Escorted small group tours for mature and senior travellers to Spain. Designed for couples and solo travellers who like to explore and enjoy learning as they travel to Madrid , Barcelona , Seville, Bilboa, Burgos , Figueres, Zaragoza and so much more.

Sitges, Barcelona

Sitges, Spain

A charming seaside town just 35 km from Barcelona, Sitges, with its pristine beaches, array of art galleries and vibrant bars and clubs, Sitges has something for everyone. Sometimes referred to as the St. Tropez of Spain, the town’s pretty beaches and seafront promenade are framed by lush green mountains and despite its proximity to the big city (it takes around 40 minutes to get from Barcelona to Sitges), its serene shores can make you feel very far away from the hustle and bustle.

Books to read on a trip to Spain

Taking a trip to Spain: 10 of the Best Books to Read

Books to read if you are taking a trip to Spain Odyssey Traveller has prepared and made this reading list of books to read if you are taking a trip to Spain. Odyssey Traveller offers…

The seaside town of Tarragona

Tarragona, Spain

Just over an hour by train from Barcelona is the magnificent port city of Tarragona. Located on the Costa Daurada, Tarragona is home to sparkling beaches and a wealth of Roman ruins. Once a major Roman city, you can feel Tarragona’s history all throughout the city as you wander through the charming old town. Perched on the Mediterranean, you can also expect fantastic places to eat and delicious food. Romesco, a sauce usually made with dry peppers, garlic, oil and nuts, originated in Tarragona and you can find it at restaurants paired with fresh seafood and fish. The province is also known for its fine wine.

The Sagrada Familia, still under construction

The Sagrada Familia, Spain

La Sagrada Familia The Sagrada Familia, still under construction A small group guided tour of La Sagrada Familia, perhaps one of the world’s most iconic buildings, including the Basilicai Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia…

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The Ten Best Art Galleries in Western Europe

Are these the Best Art Galleries in Western Europe? It’s no secret that Western Europe is home to some of most spectacular art galleries in the world. These grand neoclassical buildings are hard to miss,…

The view of Toledo

Toledo, Spain

An hour south of Madrid, sitting atop a gorge overlooking the Tagus River, is the magnificent city of Toledo. Often called 'Imperial City' because it was the main venue of the court of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor in Spain, Toledo is a medieval town that has been heavily influenced by its mix of Christian, Jewish and Muslim inhabitants throughout the centuries. You will find monuments scattered throughout the city that reflect Toledo's 'three cultures' and many of the city's most visited attractions are religious. The historic city of Toledo was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986 for being 'a repository of more than 2,000 years of history' and for its architectural masterpieces that hold such importance for Christians, Muslims and Jews.

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Walking tours for active travellers – tips for seniors

For the active mature and senior traveller be they a couple or solo traveller this article outlines preparation for walking tours even for the over 80's. It may on the Wainwright , the lake district or a pilgrims walk across Europe or St James Way, the Camino. This artices give advice on getting fit, shoes and socks including for particular advice for women on this topic.

Zaragoza town centre

Zaragoza, Spain

The city of Zaragoza, the fifth-biggest city in Spain, lies in the region of Aragon in northern Spain and is easy to reach from both Madrid and Barcelona. Home to beautiful Moorish architecture, Roman ruins, two magnificent cathedrals and a rich collection of street art, Zaragoza is often underrated as a tourist destination despite having a lot to offer. As well as this, the city has an incredible food scene and visiting the city’s famous tapas bars is an amazing culinary experience and will give you a taste of Aragonese cuisine. Zaragoza is also the hometown of the artist Francisco Goya, considered to be the most important Spanish artist of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and you can see his work throughout the city.

What are the best ways to get around in Spain?

Spain, known as España, stands out as one of the world’s most geographically diverse countries. From the captivating Costa del Sol in the south to the stunning Picos de Europa mountains in the north, Spain’s landscape showcases a remarkable blend of contrasts that enthrall travelers.

This diversity is seamlessly united by an advanced public transportation network, which includes a high-speed train system and well-kept highways that ensure seamless travel across the country. Choosing to embark on an Odyssey Traveller tour in Spain guarantees a smooth journey between these picturesque destinations. With luxurious coaches facilitating travel, explorers can deeply immerse themselves in the unique charm of each location. Whether strolling through the ancient streets of Cordoba or enjoying the coastal splendor of San Sebastian, these tours unveil hidden cultural gems off the beaten tourist paths.

Selecting a guided tour with Odyssey ensures a stress-free adventure, thanks to knowledgeable tour directors and leaders adept at managing intercity travel logistics. This meticulous organization enables you to fully absorb the rich tapestry of Spanish heritage and landscapes, free from navigation concerns.

Spain , famously known as España, shines as one of the world’s most geographically diverse countries. From the alluring Costa del Sol in the south to the breathtaking Picos de Europa mountains in the north, Spain’s landscape offers a remarkable blend of contrasts that captivate travelers.

This diversity is seamlessly connected by a sophisticated public transportation network, featuring a high-speed train system and well-maintained highways that make traveling across the country effortless. Embarking on an Odyssey Traveller tour in Spain guarantees a smooth journey between these picturesque destinations. With comfortable coaches facilitating travel, explorers can deeply immerse themselves in the distinct allure of each location. Whether wandering through the ancient streets of Cordoba or basking in the coastal beauty of San Sebastian, these tours unveil hidden cultural treasures away from the usual tourist paths.

Opting for a guided tour with Odyssey ensures a stress-free adventure, thanks to knowledgeable tour directors and leaders who expertly manage intercity travel logistics. This meticulous organization allows you to fully absorb the rich tapestry of Spanish heritage and landscapes, unburdened by navigation concerns.

What times of the year are the best to travel to Spain?

For a more enjoyable experience exploring Spain without the large crowds, the ideal time for an escorted tour would be during the spring (March to May) or autumn (September to November). To capitalize on this, Odyssey’s group tours are strategically scheduled to commence in early May and September. These periods offer pleasant weather without the sweltering heat and a more favourable tourist-to-landmark ratio , enhancing the overall exploration of popular sites and museums.

What time zone is Spain?

Spain operates on Central European Time, having a single time zone across its mainland and excluding its overseas territories. The country follows daylight saving time from the final Sunday in March until the final Sunday in October.

Is tipping customary?

When traveling in Spain, tipping is a customary practice that aligns with much of Europe. In restaurants, tipping up to 5% of the bill is typical, while at more casual eateries, leaving small change suffices. Interestingly, tapas bars do not usually require tipping, even if you receive change from the bartender. Nevertheless, showing appreciation for exceptional service is always welcome.

What is internet access like?

Internet access in Spain is readily available, with most hotels and many cafes providing access. However, connectivity may be inconsistent in more remote regions of the country.

Can I use my mobile phone in Spain?

Verify with your cell phone provider to confirm if you can make calls and use data while in Spain. Numerous providers offer daily fees enabling calls and internet use at regular rates. Remember to notify your provider about your overseas travel to prevent service interruption due to unusual activity, akin to how banks may suspend services.

Affordable Ways to Tour Spain

Odyssey’s small group tours of Spain offer inclusive package holidays led by experienced tour directors for groups ranging from 6 to 16 travellers, whether as couples or solo adventurers. These meticulously planned tours encompass accommodations, entry fees to UNESCO World Heritage sites, gratuities, most meals, expert local guides, and a dedicated tour manager. A key advantage of this all-inclusive approach is its transparency; there are no hidden costs or optional add-ons, allowing travellers to budget effectively and enjoy an affordable holiday. Typically spanning two to three weeks, the tours involve staying 2 to 3 nights in well-selected 3 or 4-star hotels at each destination. Additionally, Odyssey provides the flexibility to tailor parts of the itinerary to suit individual travel dates and preferences within the overall tour framework, with cost adjustments made accordingly.

Each tour also incorporates free time, enabling participants to explore destinations independently and visit sites beyond the scheduled itinerary. To make your Spanish tour more cost-effective, here are some practical tips:

1. Optimize flight bookings: While flights are not part of Odyssey’s tours, securing flights at the right time can significantly impact your budget. Booking in advance and as soon as travel dates are confirmed is advisable. For long-haul or transatlantic flights, it is generally recommended to book between three months and seven weeks prior to departure.

2. Dine economically: Embrace the Spanish dining culture by enjoying a light breakfast and a hearty lunch, which is typically more affordable than dining out in the evening. Many establishments in Spain offer a ‘menu of the day’ at lunchtime, providing a cost-effective and authentic culinary experience. Moreover, in numerous tapas bars or cafes, ordering an alcoholic beverage often comes with complimentary tapas or a small serving of traditional Spanish dishes, offering a budget-friendly way to savour local cuisine.

3. Exploit free attractions: Take advantage of free admission days or times at various museums, galleries, and UNESCO sites across Spain. While popular sites like the Prado Museum or Royal Palace may be crowded during these periods, exploring them during free hours can save money while enriching your solo exploration experiences.

What to Look for in a Spain Travel Package

When considering booking an Odyssey small group tour to Spain, several crucial aspects need attention before making your reservation:

**Inclusive Gratuities:** One key factor to contemplate is whether gratuities are encompassed in the tour cost. Calculating individual gratuities daily for various services can swiftly become a financial burden and a source of stress. Opting for a tour where tipping is already included not only saves you time and money but also ensures you avoid any cultural missteps.

**Group Size:** It’s vital to assess the number of fellow travellers on the Spain small group tour. Being part of a large crowd can diminish the experience, especially in a sought-after European destination like Spain. Odyssey tours maintain an average of eight participants per tour, with a maximum group size of 16, offering a more intimate and personalized exploration.

**Knowledgeable Guidance:** With Spain’s rich history and diverse cultural tapestry, having well-informed guides is paramount. From Moorish Architecture to iconic landmarks like La Sagrada Familia and the Prado Museum, a tour leader and local guide play a crucial role in providing insights into Spain’s past, present, and future. Odyssey Traveller ensures each Spain tour includes a dedicated tour director and engages local guides with regional expertise, enhancing the authenticity of the travel experience.

**Unique Itineraries:** Spain caters to a wide range of interests, making it essential to consider the types of locations you wish to explore when selecting a travel package. Whether traversing the country or immersing yourself in a specific city, Odyssey Traveller offers diverse tours, such as the Via de la Plata Walking Tour, which takes you through breathtaking landscapes along ancient pilgrimage routes, offering a truly remarkable journey.

**Cultural Immersion:** Delving into Spanish traditions , art, and history enriches the travel experience. Odyssey’s educational and cultural tours provide a deeper understanding of Spain’s heritage, taking you beyond conventional tourist attractions. From exploring Roman ruins to witnessing flamenco performances and visiting historic sites like the Casas Colgantes, you’ll gain a comprehensive perspective of Spain’s unique culture and history.

**Optimal Timing:** While Spain captivates visitors year-round, peak season (June to August) sees a surge in tourism, especially in popular cities like Barcelona and Madrid. To avoid overcrowding and scorching temperatures, opting for tours during the shoulder seasons (spring and autumn) offers a more pleasant and relaxed exploration of Spain’s diverse attractions.

Touring Spain

The need to know

Getting around

Odyssey Travel operates a versatile transportation approach, utilizing a mix of coach services and local modes like trains and ferries, with clear details provided in each tour itinerary. Spain boasts an expansive high-speed train network, interlinking its regions and extending connections to Portugal and France. The system encompasses both mid and long-distance trains, in addition to the renowned AVE, offering swift travel. Barcelona, on the other hand, presents excellent bus and metro services, facilitating seamless exploration of the city’s key attractions.


In urban hubs, Odyssey prioritizes centrally situated 3-4 star hotels, ensuring convenient access to public transportation. Conversely, in more remote locales, we opt for quaint family-operated hotels or guesthouses. For extended sojourns where guests reside in one place throughout the tour, serviced apartments are the preferred accommodation choice.

Tour Guides

Odyssey consistently prioritizes the engagement of local guides with deep regional knowledge to deliver an unparalleled and authentic experience. This approach allows travellers to immerse themselves in the rich history and vibrant culture of the destinations they visit, ensuring a comprehensive learning experience.

Geography, Weather, & environment

Spain, situated on the Iberian Peninsula alongside Portugal, is bordered to the north by the Pyrenees, dividing it from France. The Balearic Islands, including Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera, are positioned approximately 190 kilometres southeast of Barcelona, while the Canary Islands are located off the western coastline of Africa. Additionally, Spain claims the small territories of Ceuta and Melilla on the North African mainland.

The Pyrenees extend over about 400 kilometres from the Basque Country in the west to the Mediterranean Sea, featuring peaks exceeding 1,500 meters, with the highest peak reaching 3,404 meters. Spain’s landscape is predominantly shaped by the expansive central plateau, known as the Meseta, which is intersected by numerous mountain ranges. The northern region includes Castile and León, while the southern portion comprises Castile-La Mancha and Extremadura. Towards the south, the plateau descends sharply at the Sierra Morena, leading to the Guadalquivir valley. Sierra Nevada, located southeast of Granada, is part of the Baetic Cordillera that runs parallel to the Mediterranean coast.

The Mediterranean shoreline spans from the north-eastern border with France all the way to the Strait of Gibraltar, a narrow passage connecting the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean, serving as the divider between Spain and North Africa.

Spain boasts a diverse climate, ranging from temperate in the north to dry and hot in the south. The optimal months for travel are from April to October, although the mid-summer period of July and August can be exceedingly hot nationwide, except in the coastal areas. Madrid is most enjoyable in late spring or autumn, with potential benefits to exploring during the shoulder and off seasons, as the central plateau experiences harsh winter conditions.

World Heritage sites

Spain stands out internationally as the proud custodian of the third-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, totaling a commendable 46 entries. These sites, showcased on the official UNESCO website, offer a rich tapestry of cultural and historical significance. Among these treasures, a few shine particularly bright. The Alhambra, Generalife, and Albayzín in Granada stand as remarkable exemplars. The Alhambra, an impeccably preserved palatial city dating back to the Islamic era, unfolds as a sprawling compound of fortifications and gardens ensconced in a scenic neighborhood amalgamating Moorish and Andalusian architecture.

Another gem is the Santiago de Compostela, known for the legendary Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. This Christian heritage site encompasses the revered paths of Camino Francés and the enchanting landscapes of Northern Spain, offering pilgrims profound spiritual journeys. The Santiago de Compostela cathedral, a beacon of architectural magnificence, is an integral part of this esteemed heritage.

In Barcelona, the indelible mark of Antoni Gaudí graces the urban landscape in the form of seven distinctive buildings. These architectural marvels bear witness to Gaudí’s unparalleled creative genius, which revolutionized architectural norms in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The legacy of these sites not only enriches Spain’s cultural tapestry but also stands as a testament to human ingenuity and artistic innovation.

Festivals & events

Throughout the year, Spain hosts a rich tapestry of cultural, culinary, and religious events that captivate visitors. From the vibrant chaos of La Tomatina in Bunol to the deeply rooted traditions of Semana Santa and Carnaval, there is a diverse array of experiences to indulge in. One can partake in the festive atmosphere of events like the Fiesta de San Isidro Labrador in Madrid, symbolizing the onset of bullfighting season while honouring the city’s patron saint. In Barcelona, the Festa Major de Gràcia showcases the creative spirit of the locals as they compete to adorn streets with elaborate decorations. Additionally, the renowned San Sebastián International Film Festival, which has graced the cultural scene since the 1950s, offers a two-week cinematic extravaganza that is not to be missed.

Reading list

  • Spain by Jan Morris
  • The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain by Maria Rosa Menocal
  • Moorish Spain by Richard Fletcher
  • The Revolution and Civil War in Spain by Pierre Broue and Emile Temine
  • Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through a Country’s Hidden Past by Giles Tremlett

Eating & drinking

Spanish cuisine is a cornerstone of the country’s allure and a significant driver of its tourism industry. Despite being often perceived as a singular entity, Spanish gastronomy is incredibly diverse, varying greatly across different regions. Iconic dishes such as Paella Valenciana hailing from Valencia in the East, or the delectable Iberian Ham and Jerez Vinegar typical of Andalusia, showcase the rich culinary tapestry of Spain. The concept of tapas, a medley of small plates, serves as a reflection of the country’s regional culinary diversity.

In addition to its renowned gastronomy, Spain boasts a thriving wine culture. With a plethora of grape varieties cultivated across the nation, the Rioja wine region stands out as a crowd favorite. From the bold Tempranillo to the elegant Syrah and crisp Verdejo, Spanish wines offer a delightful range of options, with La Rioja wines particularly esteemed for their quality and flavor profile.

The cultivation of olives flourishes in various Spanish regions, notably in the southern provinces of Andalusia and Catalonia. Spain holds the title of the world’s top producer of virgin olive oil, a staple ingredient in Spanish cuisine. Spaniards, known for their love of olive oil, consume an impressive average of about 9 liters per person each year, underscoring the integral role this ingredient plays in Spanish culinary traditions.

Health & safety

When traveling in Spain, it is advised to exercise normal safety precautions, as recommended by While the country is generally safe for tourists, it is crucial to remain vigilant for any unusual occurrences. Demonstrations and transportation strikes can occur suddenly, disrupting travel plans. It is recommended to stay informed through local media and be ready to adapt your itinerary accordingly. Additionally, due to the prevalence of pickpocketing in tourist hotspots and public transportation, it is essential to closely guard your personal belongings throughout your trip.

Electrical supply

When traveling abroad, it is essential to be well-prepared with the necessary tools. In Spain, the typical plug type is the two round pins (type F), so ensure you have the correct adaptor before embarking on your journey.

The best of Spain

Casa Batllo, Antonio Gaudi, Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the most culturally dynamic cities in Europe with excellent museums, galleries and a mix of medieval, Art Nouveau and modernist architecture.

Short Spain tours

The capital, Madrid, is a lively city and key destination for those interested in Moorish Spain.

Pilgrimage; Camino-de-Santiago

And finally, the Way of St. James, one of the world's most popular pilgrimage routes (known as El Camino in Spanish) follows along the Northern coast of Spain.

Moorish architecture of Seville, Spain

Seville, capital of Andalucía, is the city of Flamenco and Moorish architecture.

Tour Reviews

Every day was different with so much to see and do. Volcanoes, craters (including the pseudo ones), bubbling mud pools, and the active Strokkur Geyser, the bird life, black sand beaches, and those beautiful Icelandic horses. The time flew by...

Participant 2016

Iceland cultural and wilderness small group tour

Our guide Filiz was wonderful, very well informed, historical insights very helpful, her care for our well being exceptional. Could not have wished for a better tour leader.

Participant 2017

Small group tour of Ancient Turkey

Our guide was a great ambassador for his country, wide knowledge of literature, history, customs, industry, fishing - also a perceptive and sensitive person who inter-acted so willingly with all of us!

We felt safe in Turkey and found the people friendly and helpful. Prices were excellent and the food almost universally magnificent. There is so much to see in the natural and built environment and the wonderful archaeological sites. It is sad to see the ordinary people and businesses suffering from the lack of tourists. Mary B. Sep '17

I was impressed by the number of places we visited. It was a very full itinerary which I like. We saw things of interest every day. I see no fault with the tour.

Anglo French Tour | Normandy, Brittany, Channel Islands tour

It is hard to believe that such a small country can contain so much dramatic scenery. Icecaps and glaciers, huge waterfalls, volcanos and hot bubbling mud, and those wonderful fjords and high mountain passes

The country was apparently calm and safe. People were friendly and helpful. Such a pity there has been such a down turn in tourism. Ros & Tony S. Sep '17

The geographical wonders offered by Iceland and Greenland left me in awe. The grandeur and spectacle of the countryside is breathtaking. Our leader (Rob) was excellent: well-researched, friendly, organized and good-humoured.

Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

Articles about Spain published by Odyssey Traveller:

Questions about Spain.

Empires crossing the Mediterranean: 1130-1300.

15 of the best places to visit in Spain.

Barcelona travel notes.

Pilgrimages of the World: Advice for mature and senior travellers.

Books to read on a trip to Spain.

Eight Amazing Rail Journeys.

Five Renaissance Women.

For all the articles Odyssey Traveller has published for mature aged and senior travellers, click through on this link .

External articles to assist you on your visit to Spain:

The spirit of southern Spain: Reasons to visit Andalucia.

Beyond Seville: Three ancient towns to visit in Andalucia.

Ten must see sights in Madrid.

Refreshed December 2020.

Responsible Travel Tips For Spain

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  • To immerse yourself more deeply in the local culture, learning a few local greetings can go a long way in breaking the ice. While English is widely spoken, embracing the native language can enrich your experience in the country.
  • Carrying a card from your hotel in your wallet or purse can be a lifesaver if you find yourself lost and need assistance on your way back.
  • It is essential to have travel insurance coverage for your trip. For guidance on this matter, feel free to reach out to Odyssey, and they will offer the necessary assistance.
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This New 12-room Hotel Is Set in One of Spain’s Most Beautiful Villages – Here’s What It’s Like to Stay

Hotel Valldemossa offers a sanctuary of romance and wellness in Mallorca's historic Tramuntana Mountains.

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Food and drink, accessibility and sustainability, how to get the most value out of your stay.

Courtesy of It Mallorca, Valldemossa

Located in what’s widely agreed upon as one of Spain’s most beautiful villages, the new Hotel Valldemossa provides the rock-nestled abode for a nature and wellness retreat nestled amongst the romantic peaks of Mallorca’s Tramuntana Mountains.

From the courtyard garden on the terrace of Royal Carthusian Monastery, where the composer Frédéric Chopin famously spent a winter in Mallorca with his lover George Sand, the Tramuntana Mountains frame the city of Palma in the distance, but it is Valldemossa that sits at center stage. The building was once the Royal Charterhouse Palace, where important guests stayed during monastery visits, and is now Valldemossa’s newest eponymous hotel.

Opened in February 2024, the 12-room adult-only hotel is the latest design-forward project from the IT Mallorca portfolio of transformed historic properties. As general manager Maria Martínez tells me, the brand's philosophy is based on recognizing and paying tribute to the irreplicable charm of antique buildings. “Nature was the main element for this project,” Martínez says of Valldemossa. “Therefore, we looked for decorative elements that are respectful to the environment and wellbeing, that is, natural and ecological, top-level contemporary art, with original pieces and, in many cases, created specifically for our walls."

I arrived at Valldemossa with my gaze drawn upward past the 800-year-old olive trees and along the multi-level staircase leading the way to the lobby with pale terracotta banisters, punctuated by the familiar and vibrant petals of the ornamental bougainvillea. I check in outside, sipping leisurely on local red vermouth under the dappled shade of the olive branches. The layered terraces are reminiscent of the Amalfi coast, laden with citrus groves and surrounded by the high cliffs of the mountains from which birdcalls emanate like a melody from a grand stage, accompanied by the pastoral orchestra of rooster crows and donkey brays from the farm below.

I am handed a heavy gold key with a thick tassel and shown to Room #4, the same number of Chopin’s cell in the monastery across the way. The Valldemossa Suite’s terrace, which boasts a big round outdoor tub, is almost as large as the rest of the one-bedroom suite. It feels immediately and intimately Mallorquin with dark wooden beams and rustic Spanish tiles. However, the designer furniture bridges the room’s charming antique style to create an enigmatic palate of organic textures, complemented by contemporary artwork and luxury amenities like Casall yoga mats, a Marshall Bluetooth speaker, and a sit-in shower with an Effe steam machine.

Following the curve of the hotel’s perch above the valley down towards the pool, I find the outdoor gym overlooking the Valldemossa monastery view and follow the stairs past the three treatment areas of The Sanctuary, the hotel’s innovative spa concept with one of the island’s top wellness and beauty practitioners at the helm. Entering the pool and garden area, the views of Valldemossa are perfectly uninterrupted, and the ambiance is filled with the soft sounds of nature and the trickling flow of an antique fountain embedded in an ivy wall. I take a shortcut through the pergola and find a small garden awaiting a future crop of tomatoes before rushing back to the suite to try out the personal steam room.

In 1838, Chopin came to Valldemossa seeking relief from his tuberculosis and finding inspiration in the slow, far-away pace of life in a mountain village on an island in the middle of the Mediterranean. My two days at the hotel pass with a similar musical serenity, particularly in The Sanctuary, where I seek my own relief — not from tuberculosis but from a big week of hiking and mountain biking. The tailored-to-me ritual experience starts with a personal wellness consultation and ends three hours later. I emerge so relaxed that I am almost in a daze, smelling of Piroche alpine herbs and feeling completely renewed. Later at dinner, I’ll watch the sun set behind the mountains and, from this privileged position, catch the magical moment when the whole village lights up.

Here, read Travel + Leisure's full review of this special spot on Mallorca.

Valldemossa Hotel

  • Valldemossa's sultry interior design appeals to artistic sensibilities that complement the peaceful adults-only atmosphere.
  • The second outpost of De Tokio a Lima brings the unexpected flavors of Japan and Peru to the terrace, which overlooks the village skyline and serves a trip-defining lemon meringue tart.
  • Not your typical resort spa, The Sanctuary delivers an epic treatment menu that utilizes state-of-the-art equipment while prioritizing traditional Chinese medicine techniques.

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There are just 12 rooms at the hotel, spread across the varied terraces. Just one, the Junior Suite, is located in the main building. Between the traditional tiles and wooden beams, the chic mid-century frames of the Le Corbusier furniture set a foundation for the nature-inspired textiles that bring a light touch of boho to the earthenware color scheme.

I stayed in the largest room, the 700-square-foot Valldemossa Suite, which boasted a large terrace with a private tub separated from the rest of the property by a high stone wall. While I enjoyed the extra space in my private patio and the spacious walk-in shower and steam room, the noise and chatter from the restaurant directly above the suite spills over at night and in the morning as guests roll in for breakfast. If you don’t need so much room, I’d suggest opting for one of the more private Deluxe Terrace suites on the Palma-facing side of the hotel or a Junior Suite with views towards the monastery.

The al fresco fitness area is one of the hotel’s highlights, capitalizing on the pristine views and providing top-end yoga mats, weights, and other fitness gear ephemera, plus a punching bag and a bench press. There is a complimentary yoga class every Saturday, and personal trainers are available by reservation for one-on-one sessions. There are two pools, but the indoor pool, while complimentary, is for private use only upon request. In the lower garden, the outdoor pool has plenty of loungers and some natural shade from the trees. There is also a separate bathroom with an outdoor shower, and food and drink service can be ordered from the restaurant above. Guided hikes and excursions around Mallorca can also be arranged, but the hotel also offers a unique facility for cyclists with a fully-equipped repair center and storage racks.

The hotel’s only restaurant is De Tokio a Lima, the second location of the popular Japanese-Peruvian-Mediterranean fusion concept from chefs German de Bernardi and Ricardo Rossi. The menus in both restaurants are the same, but the Valldemossa location — more peaceful and easier to get a reservation for — is still a bit of a secret for now.

Menu highlights include the crispy shrimp fritters, umami-packed tataki, and the classic ceviche. But it’s the lemon meringue tart, filled with a sorbet made from local lemons from Sóller, that will be the trip-defining dessert. Creative signature drinks also stand out on the cocktail menu, such as the Ringo Mojito, a bright infusion of apple, yuzu, and mint that’s refreshing and almost tropical but delightfully not quite.

In the morning, a breakfast buffet is set up in the restaurant, offering a wide variety of bread and cheeses, plus lactose-free and vegetarian-friendly alternatives. Mallorquin staples like soppressata appear alongside local pastries and savory surprises like gazpacho topped with a sprinkle of caviar. The restaurant’s signature lemon dessert is also represented in miniature in case you wake up dreaming of another bite.

There are three parts to The Sanctuary: a main building with one single and one double treatment room connected to a jacuzzi tub used for soaking treatments, a satellite treatment room equipped with a Head Spa Fountain designed to work magic on your scalp, and the private area with an indoor pool and sauna that each guest can reserve once per day, retrieving the key from reception, for private use. I made the least use of the latter, and although I was initially excited to try the high-pressure hydrotherapy jet, its odd placement at the deeper end meant I had to stand on my tip-toes just to stay above water.

The core of the spa experience is the menu curated by Amor Garzón, featuring one or multi-day rituals. Depending on what you decide on after your starting consultation, you will receive a medley of treatments ranging from body wraps and acupuncture to Indiba radiofrequency therapy and lymphatic drainage massage. Beyond pampering, the whole experience was like a complete physical reset for all my aching and water-retaining muscles.

The rooms are scattered across the property’s multiple levels of stairs, so nothing is wheelchair accessible. With flights of stairs between all the main areas and rooms, those who struggle with mobility may have difficulty moving around the hotel. Although an elevator can be used to access the restaurant and the main terrace from the ground entrance, the bathrooms are not large enough to accommodate wheelchairs.

The hotel makes some effort towards sustainability with small placards letting guests know that linen changes and vanity amenities are available upon request and using refillable glass bottles to supply shower amenities.

The hotel is a short and leisurely walk to the pristinely maintained village of Valldemossa, where you can roam the museums of the large monastery complex, visit the cell Chopin and Sand resided in, and take a romantic stroll through the adjacent rose garden.

Valldemossa is a 30-minute drive from the Palma de Mallorca Airport, and although many visitors choose to explore the island by rental car, Transfer Class is the top luxury car service on the island. There is much to explore in the Tramuntana Mountains, full of similarly charming villages like Deià, most notable for its hilltop cemetery, and Sóller, accessible from Palma by an antique wooden train. Beyond romantic retreats, Valldemossa is an ideal starting point for cycling and hiking adventures on the trails of these UNESCO-protected mountains, which are a bastion of authentic Mallorquin history.

The hotel is not affiliated with any rewards programs, but you can check their website for special offers and packages.

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Learning Spanish through immersion by being in Spain is an adventure, and a hugely beneficial experience. Not only will you be immersing yourself in the Spanish language but Spanish culture and history. Learn when and why certain traditions are important in most Spanish speaking countries. Just those thoughts alone are very exciting.

So, how do we learn Spanish in Spain? A daunting thought, am I right? If the idea still sounds exciting, read on. How to prepare and where to go can seem overwhelming and a bit intimidating, but we are going to go through what you need to know and my recommended places to go to! Vamonos (Let’s go)!

What beginning Spanish learners need to consider is the difference between Castillian Spanish vs. Latin American Spanish. Just like the differences we have between English and American English, where there are words that we don’t use here in the US but are used in England. Spanish speakers in Spain use many words that you won’t normally hear in Latin America. For example: 

  • a peach is melocotón in Spain and durazno in Latin America
  • a car is coche in Spain and carro or auto in Latin America
  • a cell phone in Spain is móvil and celular in Latin America
  • the verb to drive is conducir in Spain and manejar in Latin America

When exploring and deciding on where to go, we have to remember that Spain has 17 regions. You can think of these regions as states. Now, why is this important to know? Just like in English – whether it’s American English or English spoken in England – we have different dialects, which can make understanding the language somewhat difficult at times.

So, if you are a beginner, I would highly recommend searching schools in the Central North regions of Spain. Ultimately, it will be your choice, and you’ll need to choose based on what best suits you and your situation.

There are lots of Spanish schools in Spain that are available for all types of people of all different levels – so don’t forget to do a little research. The recommendations below are ranked based o n prices , location within the area, organization, communication with students, and for their range of study programs.

1. Hispania Escuela de Español – Valencia

This $900 2-week intensive Spanish course is filled with programs that will allow you to socialize with the locals and have numerous opportunities to practice speaking in Spanish.  Two weeks doesn’t sound like enough? You can always either extend or choose one of their many courses that are not just limited to 2 weeks. Their options of courses include Professional, University, Vacation, and General Spanish courses. Breakfast and accommodation are included in their pricing. 

What really makes them stand out is they offer teacher training. ELE teacher training to be specific. So for those that want to travel around the world and teach, I would highly recommend this school. Another unique element about this school is, well, why not take a vacation learning Spanish? They have Vacation courses where you get to learn and have fun in applying what you’ve learned! Talk about a productive vacation.

2. Taronja School – Valencia

Definitely the most expensive option for a Spanish school in Valencia, but what they provide and the different courses they offer is worth it. For under $1,000, t hey have high standards when it comes to the social and cultural integration of their students. With a reputation of having a fun-packed schedule, expect it to be filled with activities in the school and around town. You will have many opportunities to apply what you have learned. Even though they do not provide accommodations, they do have a service to help you find where you can stay – whether it’s a shared apartment or a host family. Also, did I mention that it is by the beach?

3. Linguaschools – Bacelona

Whether you want to prepare for the DELE or just to expand your horizons by learning Spanish, prepare for a fun environment. This school provides a wide range of courses and programs. Great for young adults and older. Just like the previous school, the price doesn’t include accommodation, but they do assist you in finding accommodations. I’m a personal fan of Lingaschools in general, since they are well known worldwide and have schools in both in Spain and Latin America.

4. Enforex Madrid School-Madrid

Courses like General Spanish to Intensive Spanish, Spanish and Flamenco to Spanish and Yoga, you could say they definitely have a wide variety of courses. And they’re located in Madrid, the country’s capital, which is just as filled with Spain’s history as the other cities mentioned.

You will be able to choose the number of Spanish lessons per week that suit your schedule and budget. This school is a bit more customizable in comparison to the other schools. That’s beneficial especially if you’re on a budget, as you can save funds while still having a memorable and educational experience.

Every school is unique in its own way and has reasons that studying there could be the right choice for you. Even though there are more amazing Spanish schools in Spain, we hope to have helped you start your process of finding your perfect place to learn Spanish in this beautiful country. 

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The previous edition of the FOX Sports Euro 2024 power rankings honed in on the potential for a marquee matchup in the quarterfinals, a Spain v. Germany tussle that eventually got rubber-stamped with their victories in the round of 16.

Fun, wasn't it? So much fun, that here you go again.

France vs. Portugal would bring equal gravity on the star power front, with Kylian Mbappé and Cristiano Ronaldo names of such status that they fit the description a Fast and Furious franchise character once used to describe himself: "Double Alpha."

To make this one happen, Mbappé and company need to get past an unpredictable Belgium squad on Monday. Ronaldo and his buddies, in theory at least, should have an easier time against Slovenia .

In terms of form, we're already set up to enjoy No. 1 v. No. 2, as Spain's bruising battle with Germany tingles the tastebuds ( 12 p.m. ET Friday on FOX and the FOX Sports App ).

How about the No. 3 and No. 4 on our list next? Will the top half of the bracket continue to be an upset-free zone, setting up another blockbuster?

Only one way to find out. France vs. Belgium is at 12 p.m. ET Monday on FOX and the FOX Sports App , with Portugal meeting Slovenia in Frankfurt in the late game ( 3 p.m. ET Monday on FOX and the FOX Sports App ).

No surprise given how much salivating has just taken place in the words above, Spain and Germany remain as the top two in the latest edition of the FOX Sports Euro 2024 power rankings. Let's see if they can back it up.

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  • Spain : Playing superb soccer and ready for the huge next challenge.
  • Germany : Even the lightning couldn't stop them. Classy and quick.
  • Portugal : Are they ready for a big run?
  • France : Need things to start clicking - like, now.
  • Austria : Arguably the most entertaining team of all.
  • England : High on drama, but largely low on creativity.
  • Switzerland : Excellent against a poor Italy.
  • Netherlands : Third place, but a great draw.
  • Turkey : Full of fight and determination.
  • Romania : Comeback sealed group win.
  • Belgium : Now has a problem named France.
  • Slovenia +1): Qualified, sparking big celebrations.
  • Slovakia (+1) : Mere seconds away from a famous win.
  • Denmark (+1) : Needed a break or two, didn't get them.
  • Italy (+1) : Such a timid defense of the title.
  • Georgia (-4) : Amazing effort to reach the knockouts.
  • Ukraine : Best of the eliminated teams.
  • Czechia : Too many mistakes cost them.
  • Hungary : Late drama couldn't save them.
  • Croatia : Heartbreak for Modric & Co.
  • Serbia : Disappointing end to a poor campaign.
  • Poland : Fought hard despite being already out.
  • Albania : Couldn't survive the Group of Death.
  • Scotland : Not good enough from the start.

Martin Rogers is a columnist for FOX Sports. Follow him on Twitter @ MRogersFOX and subscribe to the daily newsletter .

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United expects a record 5 million passengers flying for the Fourth of July.

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Record-high travel numbers are possible this Fourth of July holiday.

Here's what to know before you head to the airport or hit the highway:

According to Expedia, Saturday, June 29, will be the busiest day in the airports before the Fourth of July.

Wednesday, July 3, is the busiest day to leave for vacation and Sunday, July 7, and Monday, July 8, are the busiest days to fly home, according to Hopper.

Travelers line up for security clearance at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Friday, June 28, 2024, in Atlanta.

United Airlines said it expects to fly a record 5 million passengers from Friday, June 28, to Monday, July 8. United predicts June 29 and July 7 will be its busiest days.

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American Airlines anticipates its busiest Fourth of July ever, with more than 7.2 million customers across 70,000 flights -- up 8% from last year.

Delta Air Lines said it's forecasting 5.8 million customers between June 28 and July 7 -- up 6% from last year.

AAA said domestic airfare is 2% cheaper this year compared to last year, with the average price of a domestic round-trip ticket at $800.

If you're looking to book a last-minute getaway, Hopper recommends leaving on Thursday, July 4, and returning on Tuesday, July 9.

The most-searched U.S. destinations are New York City, Seattle, Los Angeles, Miami and Orlando, Florida, according to Hopper.

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The busiest U.S. airports are expected to be Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Denver International Airport and Chicago O'Hare International Airport, according to Hopper.

Road travel

A record 60.6 million people are expected to hit the road for the Fourth of July -- up 2.8 million travelers compared to last year, according to AAA.

The worst traffic is expected on July 3 and July 7, according to transportation analytics company INRIX. But if you still need to drive on those days, the best time on July 3 is before noon and the best time on July 7 is before 11 a.m.

Monday, July 1, is the best day to be on the roads, according to INRIX.

The highest demand for rental cars is in Dallas, Denver, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles and San Francisco, AAA said, citing its rental partner, Hertz. The busiest days to get a rental car will be June 28, June 29 and July 3.

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SEATTLE - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is prepared for high passenger volumes during the Fourth of July travel period at airports nationwide including Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). With single day records being set recently for the number of passenger screened at airports nationwide, TSA is advising air travelers to arrive at the airport early and prepared for every step of the travel process. 

TSA nationally expects to screen more than 28 million people between Friday, June 28 through Monday, July 8. This is a 5.4% increase over 2023 Independence Day holiday travel volumes. Locally, TSA projects it will screen more than 725,000 people at SEA during the same 11-day period.

TSA anticipates the peak travel day will be Sunday, July 7, when the agency expects to screen more than 3 million individuals at 434 airports. Locally, TSA at SEA expects to screen nearly 74,000 people today, making it perhaps the busiest day of the Fourth of July holiday travel period and potentially the busiest day ever at for TSA locally. TSA staffs to meet its wait time standards, which are 10 minutes and under in TSA PreCheck® lanes and 30 minutes and under in standard screening lanes.

High travel volumes and busy security checkpoints have become the norm lately. Twelve of the agencies Top 15 busiest travel days nationally have occurred since mid-May.

At SEA, TSA had its second and third busiest days ever in the past week. On Sunday, June 23, 2024, TSA at SEA screened more than 72,900 people, which ranks second overall; on Friday, June 21, 2024, TSA at SEA had its third busiest day ever when more than 72,700 people were screened.

The busiest times at the SEA checkpoints daily are 5 a.m. to noon and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The single busiest hour for TSA at SEA is 9 a.m., which is the time when those departing on the late morning flights are coming through the security checkpoint.

The busiest days of the week at SEA during the summer months are Thursdays through Mondays. Regardless of your flight departure time or day of the week, this summer all travelers - no matter at what airport - will need to arrive early and prepared for every step of the air travel experience.

“We have been anticipating the arrival of the Fourth of July travel period and planning our security operations to ensure that we are prepared for the surge in travelers who will be coming to the airport. TSA officers will be on the job to ensure travelers have a smooth trip through SEA,” said TSA Federal Security Director for Washington Greg Hawko. “We are asking travelers to be good partners with TSA and ensure that they are prepared for the screening process. Please don’t bring prohibited items in your carry-on luggage and allow plenty of time for every step of the travel process. We look forward to making good on our plans to deliver top notch security in the most efficient manner.”

Final advice from TSA Here are some tips to help all travelers have a smooth trip through the security checkpoint at any airport:

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