Is Peniche Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

As a solo female traveler, you can expect to feel safe when visiting Peniche. This quaint fishing town is known for its welcoming locals and low crime rate. Security measures are present and well-enforced. The streets are well-lit at night and locals are generally willing to assist if you need directions or help. Plus, public transport is safe and reliable. However, like any other place, it's recommended to take general travel precautions such as not displaying expensive items openly or venturing into isolated areas alone at night.

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3.2 /5

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Safety overview

Safety at night:Safe

Peniche has a relatively low level of crime and is a calm and safe town for solo female travelers. Like anywhere else, some common-sense precautions should be taken, particularly at night. Avoid isolated areas and always stay in well-lit, crowded places. Make sure to keep your belongings secure and remain alert. Local people are friendly and willing to help if required.

Public transportation: Safe

Public transportation in Peniche, consists mainly of buses and taxis, which in general are quite safe. Buses operate reliably and taxi drivers are professional, though always ensure taxis are licensed. As a solo female traveler, always be vigilant especially when traveling late at night. Crime is relatively low, however, pickpocketing on crowded buses can occasionally occur, so keep personal belongings secured.

Street harassment: Moderate

Peniche is generally a friendly and welcoming city. There might be instances of mild street harassment especially during popular tourist seasons, mostly characterized by unwanted advances and catcalling, typically from the younger crowd. These incidents, while certainly are not reflective of the majority, do occur occasionally. Therefore, it's good to stay aware of your surroundings just as you would in any other city.

Petty crimes:Low

Peniche is largely a safe and welcoming destination for travelers. It does maintain a small occurrence rate of petty crimes such as pick-pocketing or small-scale scams. These mostly happen in crowded areas and/or where tourists frequent. However, incidents are rather low, and being aware of your surroundings can decrease the chance of being targeted.

Tap water:Safe

In Peniche, the tap water is considered safe to drink. It meets all the safety standards required for potable water. However, as a foreigner, you may experience minor digestive issues due to changes in the water's mineral content compared to what your system is used to. Nonetheless, many locals and tourists consume the tap water with no issues. For the most sensitive travelers or those who prefer to be extra cautious, bottled water is widely available and relatively inexpensive.

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Travel experiences

Overall rating

3.2 /5

based on 1 experience

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I worked in a hotel and everyone was really really nice and friendly. I felt really save and I even felt comfortable to hitchhike. Still there were many men and especially at the beach many men would try to talk to you and laying in peace by yourself was hard sometimes. Still after some time you will find the quit and lonely places where you can stay by yourself without being hit on all the time :)

Posted: July 2, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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