Is Malaga Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Malaga is generally regarded as a safe city for solo female travelers. The locals are friendly and respectful, and incidents of crime involving tourists are relatively low. Famous for its well-lit streets and crowded areas, this Spanish city is safe to explore, even at night. However, like anywhere else, it's always good to exercise standard precautions such as monitoring your belongings and staying aware of your surroundings.

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How safe is Malaga?

Safety at nightSafe

Malaga, is considered generally quite secure for women walking alone at night. The city is well-lit, particularly in tourist areas and the city center. Violent crime is relatively rare. However, like any city, there can be instances of pickpocketing and petty theft, especially in less crowded areas or during off-peak seasons. Therefore, it is still advised to take standard precautions like avoiding deserted areas at night and being aware of your surroundings.

Public transportationVery safe

Public transportation in Malaga is generally secure. Buses, trains, and taxis are reliable with a significant police presence in stations and major transit points. Late-night services are available, however, remain aware of your surroundings, especially when it's crowded. As in every city worldwide, pickpocketing can occur. However, with basic safety measures such as not flashing your valuables and keeping an eye on your belongings, you should have a trouble-free experience.

Street harassmentLow

Malaga generally offers a safe and respectful environment for solo female travelers. Street harassment is not a prevalent issue. While isolated incidents may occur, they are not typically a common experience. Public spaces are often busy and well-policed, providing an extra layer of safety. Nonetheless, remaining cautious, and aware of your surroundings is recommended, as in any city in the world.

Petty crimesLow

Malaga, is generally a safe city for travelers. However, like most tourist destinations, it's not free from petty crimes. Pickpocketing or bag snatching can happen, especially in crowded places and tourist hotspots. Always keep an eye on your belongings and be wary of distractions created by strangers. But overall, locals are friendly and helpful, and with basic precautions, your travels can be trouble-free.

Tap waterVery safe

The tap water in Malaga is perfectly safe to drink. It undergoes stringent quality checks and meets all safety standards. Some may find the taste a bit different due to mineral contents, but it poses no health risk. However, bottled water is readily available if you prefer it for taste reasons.

Is Spain safe right now?

When planning your trip to Spain, it's crucial to remain alert due to potential risks of terrorism and civil unrest. The United States and Canadian governments both advise travelers to exercise high caution. While the Australian government suggests normal safety precautions, it's still important to stay informed, vigilant, and heed any warnings or advisories from local authorities for your safety.
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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
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Canada's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Canadian Government advises exercising a high degree of caution in Spain due to the potential threat of terrorism. 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 to exercise normal safety precautions in Spain. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: February 8, 2024

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Overall rating

Rating summary

Things to do

4.8/5

Safety

4.5/5

Food

4.7/5

Budget-friendly

3.5/5
Trisha

Trisha

Spain

Solo travel experience

- It is a very safe city. I even took walks alone late at night and felt very safe - I started in a budget friendly hostel, it was 14 euros a night. Extremely clean and 20 minutes walking from the beach (Name - Barbatuke Eco Stay) - All the restaurants near the beach are amazing - It is easy to get around the city through bus (1.5 euros a trip)

Posted: January 28, 2024
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Haya

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Spain

Group travel experience

Very safe city, just a few neighborhoods to avoid alone late at night. Beautiful beach. Alcazaba is a must-visit, especially during sunset. Clubbing nightlife was good at Sala Gold, lots of international people to meet.

Posted: January 14, 2024Experienced: November, 2022
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Ana

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Germany

Solo travel experience

Malaga was very nice and safe to travel alone. I have discovered the ancient castillo de Gibralfaro and la alcazaba. The weather was just perfect and the food incredibly tasty and cheap. I stayed in a hotel with pods. It was a new experience for me as I never stayed in such place, but if you like gaming that is a place to go.

Posted: November 27, 2023Experienced: May, 2023
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Rebecca

Rebecca

Norway

Solo travel experience

I was in a three week language trip in Malaga Spain. It was amazing, and I learned a lot of Spanish and a lot of the Spanish culture as well as their history. I felt very safe living in a host family.  I ate a lot of amazing food, and went to the prettiest beaches along the coast of Spain.

Posted: November 13, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I travelled alone to Malaga, and from there to several places in the area. I visited Gibraltar, Marbella, Benalmadena, Torremolinos, the Caminito Del Ray trail, Ronda, Seville, and Nerja. I really enjoyed it. It's a very safe place, and transportation is very cheap, they have promotions on trains, which makes it very easy and budget-friendly.

Posted: September 30, 2023
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Group travel experience

In malaga i had the most amazing time! There were beautiful cheap hostels in which i felt very safe! The beach is lovely and there are places to go for food and drinks on a budget. the nightlife is great fun and there are lots of friendly solo travellers so it’s a great place to make friends. Lots of cultural things to do and on sundays ( i think it’s sundays ) there’s free/ half price enteries to most galleries and museums

Posted: June 22, 2023
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Group travel experience

I loved Malaga. We took day trips to Seville, Granada and hiked the Caminito del Rey trail. It was very easy to get to different places by bus or train. In Malaga, we climbed up the Alcazaba - the views were amazing. We loved spending time on the beach during the day and going to great restaurants in the city center in the evenings. It was very safe, and people were so nice. We had a wonderful time.

Posted: April 30, 2023
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Solo travel experience

To do: - Botanical Garden - Cathedral in Malaga - Rooftop bars - Monte Victoria - Beach - Gibralfaro and Alcazaba Safety: I found it to be very safe. Recommendations: Malaga is fantastic. It's located on the coast and it has great beaches and nightlife.

Posted: September 13, 2022
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Solo travel experience

Travel plan: Day 1: - Alkazaba - Gibralfaro Castle - Incarnation Cathedral in Malaga - Malaga Roman Theater Day 2: - Nerja - Frigiliana Safety: I felt completely safe as a woman traveling alone. Recommendations: Malaga is simply amazing, such a fantastic city. Great atmosphere and lots of things to do.

Posted: September 6, 2022
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To Do: - Alcazaba - Picasso Museum in Malaga - Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Malaga - Roman Theater in Malaga - Mercado Central de Atarazanas - Carmen Thyssen Museum Malaga - CAC Malaga Safety: Generally, as a small Asian woman, I felt safe. Recommendations: Malaga is beautiful. It's a charming city, with beautiful weather and beaches, amazing architecture, and good nightlife.

Posted: August 30, 2022
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Local experiences

Meet locals in Malaga

Laura

Laura

About Me

Hola!! Me gusta conocer sitios con las mejores recomendaciones de los locales. Así, que me gusta ofrecer lo mismo a los demás. Soy sociable, tener largas charlas, conocer diferentes perspectivas y cómo es la vida en cualquier otro lugar. Me gusta arreglar el mundo con una copa en la mano, los amaneceres y los atardeceres, la música en directo y practicar actividades de naturaleza. Este año me he propuesto no seguir aplazando viajes. Y aquí estoy, aprendiendo a viajar sola :)

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Aline

Aline

About Me

Hi, my name is Aline, I am Brazilian and I am currently living in Spain. I know, traveling is a passion that a lot of people share nowadays, I believe it is our nature. I am free spirit, I love to learn more about cultures, history and languages. I speak Portuguese, English, Spanish and also studied French, German and Italian for a while but I am yet to find new friends to help me to really learn. I am passionate about life and for me everything that surrounds us is a miracle. Hopefully I will meet new friends here ♥️

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Stay with locals in Malaga

Natalí

Natalí

Malaga

Can host for:

3 days

About me

I'm Natalí, currently living in Malaga, looking to make new friends from all around the world.

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Marta

Marta

Malaga

Can host for:

3 days

About me

Hello, I'm Marta and I'm interested in live music, camping, nature, events & social and education

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Upcoming visitors to Malaga

Kim

Kim

About Me

Hi there! Ever since my first international trip to Buenos Aires in college, I’ve been obsessed with exploring. I love traveling and sharing new experiences with close friends but after doing a week alone in India I found the magic that solo travel can bring. It’s hard to get friends’ life schedules locked down these days so I’m looking for like-minded women to share a hike, a bite, a wine, or a night dancing in a new place together! Lets live 💃🏝️🥣🍷!!

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