Is Portugal Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Portugal is generally a safe country for solo female travelers. It has a lower crime rate compared to other European countries. Portuguese people are known for their hospitality and are always willing to help. As with any travel destination, it is important to stay aware of your surroundings and follow common sense rules such as keeping your belongings secure. Even though the country is safe, I would still recommend you blend in with the locals as much as possible to not draw unnecessary attention to yourself.

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How safe is Portugal?

Safety at nightSafe

Portugal, particularly its key cities like Lisbon and Porto, is generally a safe place to be at night. As a solo female traveler, walking alone shouldn't pose a significant issue. Portugal has a low rate of violent crime. However, some areas can be a bit sketchy at night particularly some outskirts and silent alleys, so it's advisable to stay in populated places where lighting is good. Also, be beware of pickpockets in tourist areas and in public transport like in any other major cities.

Public transportationSafe

Public transportation in Portugal, such as buses, trams, metros, and trains, is generally safe for solo female travelers. They are often well-maintained and have clear routes. Nonetheless, as in any public space around the globe, you must stay alert and mindful of your belongings, especially in crowded areas and major tourist destinations to prevent pickpockets.

Street harassmentLow

Portugal generally offers a safe and welcoming environment for solo female travelers. Street harassment is relatively low, with most locals respectful and helpful. In populated tourist areas, there can be incidents of cat-calling or unwanted attention, but these don't tend to be aggressive or overly intrusive. However, it's still wise to take general safety precautions, particularly after dark, in less crowded neighborhoods or when using public transportation.

Petty crimesLow

Portugal generally presents a low risk for petty crimes such as pickpocketing and purse snatching. Mainly tourist hotspots, public transportation, and crowded areas may be targeted. Still, by maintaining a high level of vigilance and keeping your personal belongings secure, such incidents can often be prevented.

Tap waterVery safe

In Portugal, the tap water is generally considered safe to drink. The level of efficient water treatment is high and it goes through rigorous testing. So even in smaller towns and rural areas, you can confidently drink from the tap. However, taste may vary from region to region due to different water sources and treatment processes used.

Is Portugal safe right now?

Travelers heading to Portugal are advised to exercise normal safety and security precautions. This guidance comes from various governmental bodies including the United States, Canadian, and Australian governments. It is always crucial to stay vigilant, keep personal belongings secure, and respect local laws for a safe and trouble-free journey.
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United States Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The United States government advises to exercise normal precautions in Portugal. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: July 26, 2023
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Canada's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Canadian Government advises to take normal security precautions in Portugal. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: February 20, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Australian government advises exercising normal safety precautions in Portugal. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: October 24, 2023

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Rating summary

Things to do

4.9/5

Safety

4.9/5

Food

4.8/5

Budget-friendly

4.6/5
Kealey

Kealey

United Kingdom

Couple travel experience

As a lesbian couple we felt very safe, sometimes a bit cautious with pda in public but I think that’s just part of being queer as I feel like this even in my home town at times. We went to Portimaõ in the algarve and it was lovely even though weather was a bit rainy. One thing I wish I knew more about before we got there is that public transport is not as easy as some guides say. The schedules are very spread out and you really need to plan what bus or train to get. Also get a bus card, they have ones from 2-7 days and is way cheaper than paying as you go. Another thing is that cash is still very much the primary payment method so keep that in mind. Overall would recommend and we would love to go back!

Posted: February 12, 2024
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Solo travel experience

I spent 9 days in Portugal, including Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais, and Lagos, and it was an amazing experience. The people were lovely and I never felt uncomfortable or unsafe travelling alone. I arrived at the perfect time, just before the high season, when the weather just became perfect.

Posted: December 28, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I spent 2 weeks in Portugal visiting Porto, Sintra, Lisbon, and Albufeira. Traveling alone, I felt completely safe wherever I was. I would definitely recommend traveling to Portugal. It's a beautiful country, with friendly people, great food (Pastel de nata is my new favorite dessert), and in my opinion, it's a very safe country.

Posted: December 26, 2023
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SP

SP

Germany

Solo travel experience

Very safe and nice town, lots of young people, surfing city vibe, amazing restaurants and beaches. A rental car would be useful to check out places and beaches, surfing conditions for beginners and pros.

Posted: December 22, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I spent there over 2 weeks in May and felt very safe as a woman traveling alone, and the people were very nice, and everything was very affordable compared to other major European cities. I visited Porto, Lisbon, and Lagos by bus - (really easy transportation between each city) and each city was so beautiful. Portugal has become one of my favorite countries that I have visited.

Posted: December 16, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I felt very safe, public transport was easy to use, and most people spoke English. I traveled by bus from Lisbon to Porto. I participated in several culinary, wine, and historical tours, all led by very enthusiastic and knowledgeable locals.

Posted: December 5, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I spent 2 days in Porto, Lisbon, and Albufeira and felt safe the whole time. I traveled by train from Lisbon to Porto and from Lisbon to Albufeira, which was really easy to do. One thing I loved was that there was free wifi available on the train, although there were occasional interruptions in its functioning. Most people speak English.

Posted: December 5, 2023
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Couple travel experience

I felt very safe, hot around by bus and taxi, nice food restaurant, sorry but can’t remember their names, actually went for the Afro nation festival in Lagos, beaches where extraordinary, lots of sunshine so don’t forget sun cream in the summer 🙂, In general it was a lovely experience for me and my partner

Posted: December 1, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I went to Portugal alone and it was really incredible. I stayed in Porto for a few days, and then went to Lisbon for four days. I felt safe all the time. I met several really cool people, and both locals and other tourists were very nice. I was cautious and tried to avoid any risky situations, but also made sure I had a great time. I tried a few experiences from Airbnb, which I found really cool. I definitely recommend this.

Posted: November 5, 2023Experienced: April, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I visited Lisbon, Lagos and Albufeira. Getting around using public transportation was very simple. In Lisbon, I used the metro, and FlixBus or trains served me for traveling between larger cities. In Lagos and Albufeira, everything was within walking distance, but if you plan on doing any activity outside the city, you might need to use Uber. I felt very safe all the time, even during lone walks late at night.

Posted: October 11, 2023
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Tania

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Hey ! I’m a creative and enthusiastic person that love to travel and embrace the beauty in this world, in all forms. I love art history, fashion and the underwater world.

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Armanda

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Juliana

Juliana

Trofa

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2 days

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My name is Juliana. I’m rider, so I’m passionate about riding my motorcycle. I love traveling and I love new adventures. My dream it’s to go on a ride all over the world with no limit of nothing just live in each place, living their culture as if it was my own.

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Mariana

Porto

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3 days

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Hi Im a 24yo woman just rawdogging life and interested in meeting new people and different ways of thinking! Created this account because being aware of the patriarchial violence we endure I rather help and be helped by other women!

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Gold

Gold

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Recent college graduate trying to explore various countries before applying to grad school. Super chill and looking forward to meeting new people

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Kiyan

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Used to be a travel addict, things changed after COVID, would love to pick up the hobby again! And can’t wait to make new friends! ☺️

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