Solo Female Travel in Porto

Porto, also known as Oporto, is a coastal city located in northwest Portugal, known for its rich history, charming cobblestone streets, and scenic views, stretching along the Douro River estuary. Famed for its production of fine port wine, this vibrant metropolitan area is teeming with culturally-rich sites such as the Ribeira district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, filled with medieval relics, narrow paths, and cafes. Its most renowned icon, the Dom Luís I Bridge, provides a panoramic view of the city and its historic port wine cellars that line the river bank. Additionally, Porto is home to the beautiful Livraria Lello, one of the oldest bookstores in Portugal and a spot that inspired J.K. Rowling's depiction of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series.

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Is Porto good for solo travel?

Safety:

Safety:Very safe

Porto is generally safe for solo female travelers. Like any city, certain areas might be more risky especially late at night but overall, locals are friendly and willing to help. Violent crime is rare, but be aware of petty crimes such as pickpocketing, especially in crowded areas and public transport. To bolster your safety, it is recommended to stay alert and maintain standard precautions. Use reputable transportation services and avoid unlit areas during hours of darkness.
Transport:

Transport:Easy

Porto is quite navigable and traveller-friendly. The city's compact layout makes it convenient to traverse on foot, with many landmarks and attractions close to each other. Additionally, it has an efficient public transport system that includes buses and trams, as well as river taxis. However, the hilly landscape can be somewhat challenging, especially in the older parts of town. It might necessitate a bit of fitness, particularly for those not used to such terrains.
Things to do:

Things to do:Interesting

Porto is a vibrant city brimming with history, magnificent architectures, and impressive landscapes. The city offers a plethora of things to do, from exploring the iconic Ribeira District, browsing through various museums, to indulging in delightful Portuguese cuisine especially the signature dish, Francesinha. Not forgetting, the city is also world-renowned for the production of Port wine, so visiting Port wine cellars for tastings is a popular activity. On top of that, the welcoming locals and the city's relative safety make it a great travel destination for solo female travelers. However, Porto's hilly terrain may be physically challenging for some.
Food:

Food:Excellent

Porto offers a rich gastronomic experience with its diverse and incredibly delicious food options. From the classic Francesinha sandwich, mouthwatering fresh seafood, to heavenly pastries such as the iconic Pastel de Nata, the food in Porto never fails to delight. There's a unique mix of traditional and contemporary cuisine, reflecting the city's heritage and innovative spirit. Vegetarians and vegans can also find an increasing number of options. The quality of the food, the variety of options, and the intriguing blend of flavors would please any food lover.
Budget:

Budget:Affordable

Porto is relatively affordable as compared to many European destinations. You can enjoy local cuisine, accommodations, and attractions at prices that won't break your bank. The city also offers many free sights and low-cost public transportation.

Is Porto worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 22 experiences

Things to do

4.3/5

Safety

4.3/5

Food

4.3/5

Budget-friendly

3.8/5
Almendra

Almendra

Australia

Solo travel experience

Yes I did feel safe to walk around I didn’t get any intinerary It did help me the fact I met some local when I went out my first day to have food and he offered me to show me an around at first I was a bit esepctic to the fact of going around with a strange but we went to public places so was fine

Posted: June 15, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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Coco

Coco

Denmark

Solo travel experience

I stayed at So Cool Hostel and the staff there are nice. But I really recommend you buying a data SIM card because the WiFi there is a bit weak. Do try out Portuguese food in the market. If you are a foodie, you will be very excited about the variety of food they offer and the price - it’s really inexpensive compared to other cities. Visit the churches and the Sao Bento station if you like blue and white porcelains. Remember to go to the beach during summer times, it’s breathtaking! Their tourism is rich so you can book day tours everywhere. The tuk tuk ride and the cruise ride is great!

Posted: June 6, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 4/5
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Alina

Alina (26)

Belgium

Solo travel experience

I felt very safe in Porto. I used public transportation to travel around, though mostly I visited everything by foot. For a day I rented a bike aswell, and explored around. People were very friendly, relaxed and happy. It felt like nothing in the world bothers them and they are happy with what they have. I stayed at a hostel in a 4 bed female dormitory also at the centre. Everything was much cheaper compared to what I spent in Belgium. I had a great time and it's one of ge favorite place I have been so far.

Posted: May 29, 2024Experienced: August, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I stayed at Lost Inn Hostel which is super close to the cathedral. That street at night did feel a bit unsafe but I found a group of girls in my hostel that I hung out with that were so sweet and we always walked together at night. During the day the sun is shining and there’s so much to see! My hostel offered a free walking tour which helped me figure out what else I wanted to see and explore. I do suggest finding a free walking tour because that helped me understand the culture so much more! Plus a lot of the tour guides will share food suggestions for inexpensive restaurants! Lots of hills so wear good shoes but there’s some inexpensive places to thrift, buy jewelry, and eat you just have to be willing to look around! Overall I did feel safe and would go back in a heartbeat

Posted: May 29, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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Solo travel experience

Porto is absolutely beautiful. But as a female solo traveler you‘ll notice the stares of the locals pretty quick. After months of hiking I finally wanted to go dancing a little. On the way there allot of men, standing on the side of the street offered me drugs. In the club I drank 4 beers, when I suddenly lost consciousness. I woke up 2 hours later infront of the club with by bag stolen. Still had do throw up 2 days later, don’t want to know what they put in my drink. Take care of yourself ladies!!!

Posted: May 25, 2024
Things to do: 3/5Food: 2/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 1/5
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Api

Api

Switzerland

Solo travel experience

In my opinion Porto is the safest city in Portugal. Smaller than Lisbon but less people and less tourist. And still a lot of stuff to do. There‘s even a good night life and people care for the individual. It has more laid back vibe than Lisbon and alone at night as a female you‘ll feel safe. Somehow stick to busy streets at night and don‘t walk in narrow and empty streets at night. Also the local speak very well english as almost everywhere in english. Porto is definitely a good starting point if you‘re new to solo travel!

Posted: May 22, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I was on a strict budget so didn't eat out at all, I also found in Porto the locals strongly dislike tourists to the extent I felt awkward... I was scammed multiple times and I felt like I had a target on my back the whole time. It is filled with tourists but this didn't make me feel safe just made me feel like a fish in a barrel.. I won't be going back alone

Posted: May 16, 2024Experienced: March, 2024
Things to do: 2/5Food: 2/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 1/5
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Group travel experience

Porto is one of the best cities I’ve ever visited. Very safe atmosphere and in general very laid back locals, perhaps because of the ocean. As an architect there was so much to see and explore, especially if you’re a Siza admirer. As a women it felt pretty safe and felt like there were a lot of women in the surroundings. definitely recommended.

Posted: May 8, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

It was the first time I went on vacation alone and without being an au pair. I really enjoyed this experience. Portugal is beautiful, especially the architecture. The people are welcoming and very sociable. Prices are very affordable both in stores and restaurants.

Posted: February 18, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Everything was very safe and friendly. Had zero local issues or trouble with transit. The weather was incredible, so dressed for their summer. Not a huge fan of frog legs, but try caramel (dolci) and cheese!

Posted: January 14, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Is Porto safe for women?

Safety rating

4 /5

Based on 9 experiences

Crime rates rating

1.3 /5

Based on 9 experiences

Teresa

Teresa

Porto can be a very safe place, although you can see from time to time some locals getting in problems, but, usually theres no casualties besides the ones actively involved. I feel very safe walking alone even at night, even tough I try not to be many times alone

Posted: June 12, 2024
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Francisca

Francisca

Safe but no toooooo safe. By night you should be more careful in the center of the city if you walking around alone. Public transport’s are safe. You just have to be a little careful and stay away from hidden streets by night

Posted: June 8, 2024
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Local tips

I consider Porto is a safe and nice city for women. People are friendly and nice and often, even helpful! If you don’t go to suspicious places and follow common sense - like don’t go alone into dark alleyways or dubious neighbourhoods - you’ll be safe most of the time, both night and day.

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