Is Lagos Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Lagos is generally a safe city for solo female travelers. It's a popular tourist destination with a low crime rate. As a precaution, it's recommended to keep your belongings secure, avoid deserted areas at night and listen to your intuition. As with any foreign location, awareness of your surroundings and local customs is key. The locals are friendly and the city is well-policed, which creates a sense of security.

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Safety at night:Safe

Lagos is generally safe for solo female travelers even during nighttime. Its nightlife scene is lively and is often monitored by security personnel, making it secure for those who want to experience it. However, as in any places, it's important to maintain usual safety precautions. Avoid dark and less crowded areas, don't display expensive items, and always stay alert of your surroundings.

Public transportation:Safe

Public transportation in Lagos is generally safe and reliable. Buses and trains are the primary means of transportation and they hardly have any reported issues concerning safety, especially in daylight hours. Rules and regulations are strictly adhered to and locals are often courteous and helpful. Nonetheless, as with any travel, it's advisable to remain cautious and keep personal belongings secure to avoid any petty theft possibilities.

Street harassment:Low

Lagos generally maintains a safe and respectful atmosphere towards solo female travelers. It's a welcoming city with locals who treat visitors with kindness. Street harassment is rare, although it's still advised to be cautious especially during the night or in less crowded areas. Like always, street harassment can occur anywhere, but in Lagos, it's not a common occurrence.

Petty crimes:Low

Lagos is generally safe with lower instances of petty crimes such as pickpocketing compared to many other tourist destinations. However, as is the case in any location, it's important to remain mindful of your surroundings, especially in crowded areas and tourist hotspots.

Tap water:Safe

The tap water in Lagos is generally considered safe to drink. The country has high water treatment standards, so the purity and quality of the water is good. However, due to the different mineral content compared to what your body might be used to, some visitors may experience a slight upset stomach initially. You can opt to boil tap water or drink bottled water if you have a sensitive stomach.

Is Lagos safe to travel?

4.3 /5

Based on 9 experiences

Charlotte

Charlotte

United Kingdom

Solo travel experience

Lagos was an amazing experience, the beautiful landscape paired with the kindness of the locals made me feel so safe. It was very easy to meet people and make friends. I stayed at Orange3 hostel and it was walking distance to everything. Highly recommend adding this to your list of places to visit!

Posted: March 27, 2024
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Solo travel experience

Lagos is a stunning destination for solo travel and I highly recommend it. Lots to do, including paddle boarding and kayaking tours. Felt really safe the whole time, met friendly people, and the coastline was lovely.

Posted: February 7, 2024
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Samira

Samira (23)

France

Solo travel experience

If you visit Lagos during summer, you will really understand why the English are there in numbers. The sun will burn you, but the sea will soothe you. Lagos is a small town south of Portugal. I felt it was very safe with very cute streets and artwork. The beaches are walking distance. It was great to rewind here.

Posted: December 10, 2023Experienced: May, 2023
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Solo travel experience

Lagos is a great city to stay in! Public transportation is very easy to understand (I used both the bus and the train), and the city itself is very pedestrian-friendly once you're there! As a solo woman I felt safe walking at any time of the day, both visitors and residents were very welcoming, and the city is beautiful! Take advantage of the activities offered there too!

Posted: October 26, 2022
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Things to do: - Enjoy the performances of street artists - Visit the beaches (Praia Do Camilo, Praia De Dona Ana) - Savor the wine - Wake up to the sunrise on the waterfront - Book a kayak tour to Benagil Cave Safety: There were no issues and I felt safe. Recommendations: Lagos is one of my favorite places I've ever been to. Kayaking through the caves, then relaxing on those amazing beaches.

Posted: September 17, 2022
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Things to do: - Wander to Ponta da Piedade - Relax on some of the most beautiful beaches - Go on a boat ride to see the coast Safety: I felt very safe. Recommendations: Lagos is just amazing. Some of the best beaches I have ever been to.

Posted: September 10, 2022
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Solo travel experience

Things to do: - Ponta da Piedade - Camilo Beach - Meia Praia - Dona Ana Beach - Estudantes Beach - Pinhão Beach - Ponta da Piedade Lighthouse in Lagos - Canavial Beach - Visit WOW (World of Wine) - Porto Mós Beach Safety: I felt completely safe everywhere I went. Recommendations: Lagos is one of my favorite places to visit. The beaches are great and the water temperature is also good.

Posted: September 3, 2022
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Is Lagos safe for women?

Is Lagos safe right now?

Before your visit to Lagos, it's essential to check travel advisories for Portugal, including your home country's official travel advisory. These advisories can provide up-to-date information on safety, health, and any specific considerations for travelers.
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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: April 3, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

Exercise normal safety precautions in Portugal. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: March 27, 2024

Is Lagos worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 9 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.4/5

Safety

4.3/5

Food

4.4/5

Budget-friendly

3.5/5

Solo travel experience

I loved Lagos. The city gives off the vibe of a typical surfer's town, not too big and not too small, and the atmosphere is really nice. A walk along the beaches there is absolutely beautiful.

Posted: December 3, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Group travel experience

Lagos is a pretty city in the south of Portugal. It’s has beautiful beaches, amazing caves and a nice nightlife. Here is always something going on and you can take easily busses to get to other places around Lagos.

Posted: April 17, 2023
Things to do: 4/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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