Is Lanzarote Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Lanzarote boasts a low crime rate and locals are friendly and helpful to tourists. It maintains a strong police presence that conducts regular patrols, ensuring a secure environment. Numerous safe transportation options, including scheduled buses, reputable taxi services and vehicle rental companies are available. It's recommended to stay alert when visiting crowded areas, but generally, Lanzarote is very safe for solo female travelers.

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How safe is Lanzarote?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Safe

Lanzarote is generally a safe place, even for solo female travelers walking alone at night. Crime rate is relatively low compared to bigger cities. However, like everywhere, it's important to maintain a certain level of caution. Stay in well-lit and populated areas, avoid secluded streets, and be aware of your surroundings.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Safe

Public transportation in Lanzarote, is considered to be generally safe and efficient. The primary form of public transport is the bus system, known locally as 'guaguas'. They are reliable and are well-maintained. Plenty of locals and tourists use the buses, making it relatively safe even for a solo female traveler. However, like anywhere else, it is advisable to stay vigilant, especially during off-peak hours, and avoid isolated stops at night. Public transport doesn't cover some tourist areas, so renting a car could be necessary.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Low

Lanzarote is generally safe for solo female travelers. Street harassment is not a common issue here. As is the case anywhere, individual experiences may vary, but generally, the locals are respectful and warm towards visitors. Maintain the usual necessary precautions and respect local customs and traditions. It's advisable to avoid isolated streets during late hours.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Low

Lanzarote is a largely safe destination with a lower incidence of petty crimes such as pickpocketing. As one of the more tourist-oriented islands in the Canary Islands archipelago, security is usually tight in popular areas. However, as in any destination, it's important to stay aware of surroundings and secure personal belongings.
Tap water:

Tap water:Moderate

The tap water in Lanzarote is technically safe to drink, but it's highly mineralised due to the way it's partially desalinated seawater. This process makes it not harmful for health but it may taste unpleasant to some. Although many locals do consume it, visitors often prefer to use bottled water for drinking and sometimes even for cooking.

Is Lanzarote safe to travel?


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Solo travel experience

Lanzarote felt safe as a whole and seems like a place that is still keen on tourists. People are friendly, but not intrusive. I got to do some hiking, a lot of sunbathing and some swimming. And a lot of sightseeing. Everything is very close to everything else, since it's a pretty small island. Some of the highlights were the Montañas del Fuego and the hike to Caldera Blanca, the Mirador del Charco Verde, la playa de Papagayo (a natural reserve and you have to pay a small fee to get in), Jameos del Aqua, Mirador del Rio and the brilliant beach at the end of Camino de Los Graciosos. My advice is to rent a car, I felt like it was the best decision I could make both for feeling safer and for getting around real easily. It's not too expensive and I actually got an electric car and found places to charge it. (but it's best to be able to charge it overnight at your acommodation - that way you'll really have no worries regardless of how much you want to travel). The busses I needed to get to and from the airport weren't too reliable (one of them had a half an hour delay and there was one traveling each hour), so I might have been unlucky but wouldn't really recommend it. There are a lot of options for tours that also include getting you around the island if you'd rather do that. Many options for snorkeling, diving, surfing. I spent the day of arrival and before departure in playa Honda, which was very close to the airport - great for an overnight stay and watching the airplanes landing so close to the beach, but the noise might become too much if you spend more days here. For the rest of the trip I found a spot in Montana Blanca, which is approximately the center of the island. OH and if you want to do a deep dive into the history/culture of Timanfaya and its area there are free guided walking tours happening every week you can find the details on the site of the Parque Nacional Timanfaya - the spots are limited so book yours way in advance (I tried to one week before my trip and there were no spots available). The food is pretty good but the only one that stood out was El Boqueron De Plata Arte Y Pasion. Really didn't seem inviting just looking at it, but the Google reviews are right: they serve really good food.

Posted: December 8, 2023Experienced: October, 2023
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Is Lanzarote safe right now?

Before your visit to Lanzarote, it's essential to check travel advisories for Spain, 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.

United States Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The United States Government advises exercising increased caution in Spain due to terrorism and civil unrest. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: July 26, 2023

Canada's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Canadian government advises exercising a high degree of caution in Spain due to the threat of terrorism. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: June 4, 2024

Australia's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Australian Government advises to exercise normal safety precautions in Spain. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: April 18, 2024

Is Lanzarote worth visiting?




Solo travel experience

Itinerary: Playa Papagayo Playa de la Mujeres La Graciosa Timanfaya National Park Charco de los Clicos Los Hervideros Jameos de Agua Cueva de los Verdes Playa del Caletón Blanco Puerto del Carmen Caleta de Famara - surf beach Things to do: Timanfaya National Park is a bus tour around the volcano of 1 hour Cueva de los Verdes is a guided tour of 50 minutes in which you will walk for 1 km in the underground passage of the volcano Budget: My advice is to rent a car for the entire trip Restaurant: Restaurant El Charcon - Arrieta Majo Picón - Tinajo

Posted: August 22, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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