Is Portugal Safe for Female Travelers?

Portugal is generally safe for female travelers. The country has a low crime rate and is generally considered to be a safe destination for women. Women should take the same precautions as they would in any other country, such as avoiding walking alone at night and being aware of their surroundings. Additionally, it is important to be aware of local customs and dress appropriately. With these precautions in mind is a great destination for female travelers.

Experiences from Portugal

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 21 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

5/5

Safety

5/5

Food

5/5

Budget-friendly

4.8/5

Solo travel experience

I did Porto, Lisbon, and then Lagos, taking a train between all 3 destinations which was very easy. I only spent 3 days in each and it was amazing. I felt fully comfortable the whole time as a solo traveler.

Posted: September 18, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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My husband and I traveled to portugal in Sept 2022 for approx two weeks. We had pre-planned much of the trip and stayed in Porto, Lisbon and the Algarve. Such a gorgeous place to visit! I was impressed by the architecture, history and food. We did do a side trip to visit wineries in the duoro Valley north of Porto....many of which had been established since the 17th century.

Posted: August 31, 2023Experienced: September, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Porto was probably my favorite town in Portugal but Lisbon was also great. Food and accommodation were inexpensive compared to other parts of Europe and people were friendly and I never felt unsafe. Took day trips to Sintra, Cascais, and Douro wine region. In the tourist areas, most people spoke English.

Posted: August 17, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Stayed in Porto for a few days then headed to Lisbon for four days. Felt very safe the entire time. I did some Airbnb experiences which were great as well. Visited in April and it was a great time to visit as it was already getting pretty warm. Highly recommend it.

Posted: August 17, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Spent 9 days in Portugal, including Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais, and Lagos and it was incredible. The people were lovely and I never once felt strange or uncomfortable traveling alone. I felt very safe the whole time.

Posted: August 15, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

It was my first solo trip. I visited Porto, Lisbon, and the Algarve. Everywhere felt safe, even when I got lost walking around Lisbon. Public transit is super easy and cheap. The hostels were good and amazingly central. Would definitely recommend this beautiful country to anyone.

Posted: August 9, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I spent a month in Portugal on my own and felt absolutely fine as a solo female traveler without speaking the language. I did two weeks in Porto, then I went to a seaside town called Nazare and then Cascais and then Lagos for a week and a half. Cheap, sunny, great food and drinks, and the people are nice too.

Posted: August 8, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I recently went on a trip to Portugal and fell in love with the country. The Algarve was my favorite - it was like heaven! I stayed in Faro, which is a nice town. I did a full-day tour of the coast which included Benagil Cave, Marinha, Carvoeiro, and Algar. At first, I thought Lisbon was dirty and not safe. But after spending more time there, I saw that it is actually a beautiful city. I took a short train ride to Belém and visited Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, which I really liked and would suggest. I finished my trip in Porto, which was different from the other two places. It was very crowded, even though it wasn't the busiest time of year, and had a lot of tourists. Everywhere I went the food was delicious, the people were friendly, and the prices were reasonable.

Posted: August 6, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I took a two-week trip to Portugal and it was really safe. The locals were very friendly and the food was delicious. I used cars, trains, and the metro to get around. I visited Porto, Aveiro, Nazare, Obidos, Peniche, Sintra, Cascais, and Lisbon. If you're considering going, do it! I saw a lot of people traveling alone.

Posted: August 4, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

My first trip alone was to Portugal and it was incredible. I stayed in Portugal for two weeks and spent two days in Spain, visiting Madrid, Porto, Sintra, Lisbon, and Albufeira. As a 21-year-old female travelling alone, I felt very safe everywhere I went. I would definitely suggest traveling to Portugal. It is a stunning country, the people are friendly, the food is delicious (Pastel de nata is my new favorite dessert), and I think it is a very safe place.

Posted: August 3, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Local discussions

Solo travelWhere should I go for a few days before and after my surf camp in Portugal?

Hello ! I have a surf camp in Alentejo, Portugal from the 9th to the 16th of September but my flight arrives in Lisboa on the 5th so I am thinking about staying in Sétubal for a few days, what do you think ? I also have a few days free after the camp before going but I dont know where to go if you have some advices :) thank youu !!

Posted: August 31, 2023
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Solo travelHas anyone stayed overnight at Lisbon Airport or have recommendations for accommodation near it?

hey ladies, has anyone had to stay overnight at Lisbon Airport or has any recommendations for accommodation near the airport? my plane lands in the airport at 23.00, my other flight departs at 5.30 in the morning 😔

Posted: August 25, 2023
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Solo travelWhere would you recommend visiting in Portugal - Lisbon, Porto, etc.? How safe are Airbnb type accommodations?

Looking for recommendations for Portugal. First, where would you recommend - Lisbon, Porto, etc? What accommodations are recommended - how safe are Airbnb type places there?

Posted: August 14, 2023
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Solo travelWhich cities should I spend the most time in during my trip to Portugal?

I’m going to be in Portugal and want to visit Porto, Lisbon, and Lagos but I‘m struggling to decide how long in each city. All I have for definite is I want to do a day trip to Sintra whilst I’m in Lisbon. Any advice on how long to do key bits in these places?

Posted: June 23, 2023
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Solo travelI’m going to Porto and would love some advice.

I’m going to Porto and would love some advice. I have a full 48 hours in Porto and was thinking of doing one day dedicated to sightseeing and book a Douro Valley Wine tour for the other day. In regards to the sightseeing, I’m torn if I should do the hop on hop off bus or just pick a few main sights and walk it/take a walk around the city. If you’ve been what do you suggest? What do I have to ma...

Posted: June 22, 2023
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Is Portugal Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Portugal is generally safe for solo female travelers. The country is known for its friendly locals and welcoming atmosphere, and the crime rate is relatively low. Women should take the same precautions as they would in any other country, such as avoiding walking alone at night and being aware of their surroundings. Additionally, it is recommended to dress modestly and to avoid carrying large amounts of cash. With these precautions in mind is a great destination for solo female travelers.

Is Portugal Safe for LGBTQ+ travellers?

Portugal is generally safe for LGBTQ+ travellers, including female travellers. Portugal has a long history of being a progressive and tolerant country, and the LGBTQ+ community is widely accepted. The country has a number of laws in place to protect the rights of LGBTQ+ people, and there are a number of LGBTQ+ friendly bars, clubs, and other establishments throughout the country. Additionally has a number of LGBTQ+ events and festivals throughout the year, making it a great destination for LGBTQ+ travellers.