Solo Female Travel in Barcelona

Barcelona, located in the northeastern part of the cosmopolitan country of Spain, is a vibrant city known for its stunning architecture, flavorful cuisine, and vivacious culture. This Mediterranean city is famed for its unique and inspiring landmarks, such as the iconic Sagrada Familia and the whimsical Park Guell, both masterpieces of the eccentric genius Antoni Gaudí. Barcelona's acclaimed Gothic Quarter invites explorers to wander through its narrow medieval lanes brimming with its history while the bustling La Rambla, offers a colorful array of shops, cafes, and a lively street atmosphere. From its sunny beaches and bustling food markets to the thriving nightlife and rich football culture showcased in the legendary Camp Nou, Barcelona continues to enthrall travelers with its perfect blend of history and modernity.

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Is Barcelona good for solo travel?

Safety:

Safety:Safe

Barcelona is generally safe for solo female travelers. The crime rates are relatively low, however pickpocketing and bag snatching are common in crowded places and on public transportation. Basic precautions like avoiding deserted areas, not flaunting wealth or valuable possessions, and being vigilant on the street and in the metro, especially after dark, should ensure a safe stay.
Transport:

Transport:Easy

Barcelona's layout is relatively simple to navigate. The city's grid system makes it easy to predict where you're going. Moreover, it is equipped with a comprehensive public transportation system, including subway, bus, and tram options, making it simple to reach any part of the city. However, pickpocketing can be an issue, especially on crowded public transportation and in tourist-intensive areas, so constant vigilance is necessary. The city is also quite walkable for a more immersive experience.
Things to do:

Things to do:Fascinating

Barcelona is a treasure trove of captivating culture, diverse geography, and historical richness. The architectural beauty, from the modernist landmarks by Antoni Gaudí to the Gothic Quarter's medieval landmarks, is breathtaking. You can indulge in culinary delights at La Boqueria market and distinct neighborhoods offer distinctive attractions. Outdoor enthusiasts can spend time at beautiful beaches, parks, and mountains. It's also an artistic haven, housing numerous museums like the Picasso Museum. Barcelona's vibrant nightlife with an array of tapas bars, live music, and dance clubs provides limitless entertainment opportunities. Overall, Barcelona guarantees an engaging, multi-faceted travel experience.
Food:

Food:Excellent

Barcelona boasts of a vibrant and rich culinary scene, offering an exquisite blend of local Catalan dishes and international cuisine. The city offers everything from fresh seafood, tapas, and paellas to mouth-watering desserts. As a solo female traveler in Barcelona, you can delight in a gamut of food experiences. Whether you fancy exploring local markets teeming with fresh produce, or uptown eateries serving modern fusion flavor - Barcelona has it all. The fusion of traditional recipes and modern gastronomy makes the city a true foodie's paradise. Diversity is the keyword in Barcelona's culinary landscape. Rest assured, the variety of food, the quality, and the culinary experience will not disappoint!
Budget:

Budget:Moderate

Barcelona holds a mid-range position when it comes to cost-effectiveness for travelers. The city has a mix of options that cater to both budget travelers and luxury seekers. Affordable public transport, free attractions like the Gothic Quarter and some beaches, along with budget-friendly eateries, ensure you don't burn a hole in your pocket. However, renowned attractions like Sagrada Familia and Park Guell have entrance fees, and the cost of accommodation can also be relatively high, especially during peak tourist season.

Is Barcelona worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 86 experiences

Things to do

4.5/5

Safety

4.2/5

Food

4.5/5

Budget-friendly

3.3/5
Salma

Salma

France

Couple travel experience

I loved my stay in Barcelona. I went with my partner but we accommodated outside the city because of it’s expensiveness. What I remember the most was the architecture, the food and the sympathy of the locals. I’d recommend all of Gaudi’s artwork, they’re astonishing.

Posted: May 25, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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Sevda

Sevda

Turkey

Group travel experience

I really felt safe. We did accomadation by hostels and we were 4 people so we used bolt as a transportation a lot. And we love walking so almost to everywhere we walked. We ate paella which is really good. Park güel was amazing, I think you should do it with guide for sure and also for Sagrada Familia, defineteley buy the tickets like 14 days before you go to see inside because we couldnot see.

Posted: April 28, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Ola

Ola

United States

Solo travel experience

I stayed in an AirBnb in Barcelona for about 6 weeks in January/February of 2023. I signed up for a Spanish course at UB to learn a little bit more Spanish and make some friends. Overall, Barcelona is a great city for travel. As a solo female traveler I was not going out too late and far, however I felt very safe walking near Placa de Catalunya even around 10pm. The city is very walkable and there are many things to experience. I would highly recommended going inside the Sagrada Familia during sunset, the stained glass windows were absolutely beautiful. The weather during this time was chilly and windy however it wasn’t too cold. Comparing to NY prices, I would say Barcelona is a pretty affordable city.

Posted: April 28, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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Veronika

Veronika

Germany

Solo travel experience

I general i felt safe during daytime in family friendly areas,but Barcelona got a bit scary,many pickpockets are around the cities.They dont mind if its daytime. Overall people in Barcelona a friendly,not always helpful when it comes to recommendations though. Catalans are very proud. Foodwise i loved it,not only tapas u will find,also a variety of international food.fresh food. Nightlife is good,if you’re into Bars, you’ll find many options.

Posted: April 26, 2024
Things to do: 3/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 3/5
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Group travel experience

I unfortunately got robbed on the street late at night on my first night in Barcelona. I was walking back to my hotel late at like with my friend (female) and 2 men ran up to us and grabbed my purse and her phone. We were very shaken up by this experience and did not feel safe for the rest of the trip. Would not recommend walking at night, even in a group. We were here on a work trip and several other coworkers, including men were either pickpocketed or someone attempted to rob them

Posted: April 16, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 1/5
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Rukiye

Rukiye

Turkey

Solo travel experience

Barcelona is a beautiful city in general. It has very suitable conditions for traveling alone. I visited many European cities alone. However, I received warnings from locals about a lot of theft here. I think it was a bit of an exaggerated warning. It's not such an unsafe city. Just in general, you should not act like a tourist while traveling. This can be a problem in any country if you act too much like a tourist.

Posted: April 8, 2024
Things to do: 3/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 2/5
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Family travel experience

I visited Barcelona in October with my 13-year-old daughter. It was absolutely an amazing experience in terms of culture, food, history, and shopping. I recommend staying just off La Rambla, a famous car-free street. It's very safe to travel to, even at night. There are lots of beautiful ceramics to shop for, as well as high-end designer brands.

Posted: April 7, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 4/5
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Helena

Helena

Germany

Solo travel experience

My accommodation was in Sants - at first I didn't feel very comfortable in the area but after two days I realized that it was very familiar! I got more and more comfortable every day. The Spanish food was very tasty but in normal restaurants you also pay 10-15€ for food and drink for one person. But the tap water is free, which was great! Riding the METRO with the HolaBarcelona ticket was also super easy! You can buy the ticket online via the app and print it out at the machine on site. This is available for several days. 5 days were €36. The transport network is well developed and very uncomplicated. I recommend booking tours etc. in advance via Getyourguide as you can save a lot and there are no long queues. Barcelona is great for beginning solo travelers!

Posted: April 4, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Megan

Megan (23)

United Kingdom

Solo travel experience

Stayed in The Gothic Quarter which is beautiful. Feels very familiar. Definitely check out the free museums. The science museum was my favourite with the sunken forest - I couldn’t believe it was free. Barcelona wasn’t too expensive, I particularly loved the area of Gracia.

Posted: March 31, 2024Experienced: February, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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Solo travel experience

During the day I always felt safe in Barcelona and I highly recommend visiting the city! It's full of life and you never feel alone despite travelling solo. I spent most of my time outside in parks and there are hundreds of sights to visit. After hiking to the top of the Tibidabo, I had a picturesque view! For lunch I usually had really good empanadas for a low price. You should definitely walk along the beach and let your feet get wet although I have to admit the water was a bit cold in April. All in all, it was a wonderful experience!

Posted: March 27, 2024Experienced: March, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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Is Barcelona safe for women?

Safety rating

3.4 /5

Based on 10 experiences

Crime rates rating

1.7 /5

Based on 10 experiences

Maryem

Maryem

Barcelona is a beautiful city, it is safe but it is better to pay attention, hide well your papers, phone etc Some guys will talk to you, but try won't approach you While you are enjoying the city, hospital and friendly people, watch yourself

Posted: May 24, 2024
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Carolina

Carolina

In general it is safe. I would only avoid the neighborhood raval during the night. In touristic areas be aware of your belongings and it will be fine. Public transport is also fine. Be aware of pickpockets

Posted: May 18, 2024
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Angela

Angela

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Hahaha I don't mind introduce myself. Hai I'm Angela, I'm just a young lady who loves traveling and adventures, and making memories from the simples things to crazy things and ofc silly stuff too, because its good to feel free and stay open minded and learn different culture and presepctives. We're human after all (wow why am I like this) Yolo and be kind :)

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Judit

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Hey :-) I'm open, easy-going and curious. I like old things in general, nature, good food, being in the sun, walking around. Here to connect with people!

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Local tips

Barcelona is a save city for women. The best option for transport is Metro or Bus. Its so easy to move arround. If you want to visit places near Barcelona, we have great nature. - In the coastline I recomend: Costa Brava (Cadaques, Calella de Palafrugell, Peratallada, Pals villages) - In the mountain I recomend: Montserrat, el Montseny, Aiguestortes

Posted: February 6, 2024
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Maya

Maya

Spain

Barcelona is a great city to visit for female solo travellers. It is generally very safe, even to walk alone at night. The only caveat I would add is to try to avoid the Raval area at night, not because it’s very dangerous but mostly because it’s a bit dodgy. The best areas to stay in my opinion are Eixample, El Born, and Gracia. The Gothic Quarter is very nice also but tends to be quite noisy and full of tourists at all times. When I first came to visit Barcelona I stayed in Casa Gracia which is a nice hostel in an excellent location, right on the border of Gracia and Eixample. In terms of food, there are loads of great options, but please do yourself a favor and don’t eat anywhere on Las Ramblas! The whole street is one long tourist trap. Also, if you want good coffee, go to an Italian place, not Starbucks. In general, try to seek out the more out of the way places. Some of my favorites are La Vinatería del Call, Kinza, Askadinya, and SpaccaNapoli. Best ice cream in town: Anita Gelato in Gracia. Public transport here is excellent. You can get around using the same ticket on the metro, the bus, and the trams. Just be careful not to bend or fold the cardboard ticket because it is not very resilient. Taxis are also a good option. I only got cheated once by a taxi driver but that was on my way to the city from the airport. Most drivers are honest in my experience. Must sees: The Cathedral in the Gothic Quarter, the Sagrada Familia (in daylight!), Tibidabo, Passeig de Gracia, and Montjuïc. Go watch a Barça game at Camp Nou if you’re a sports fan, and a concert at Palau de Sant Jordi if you’re a music junkie. Things to skip: I am personally not that into architecture, so I would skip the Gaudí buildings (except for the Sagrada Familia) and Parc Güell, but that’s just my personal preference.

Posted: January 29, 2024
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There is a huge gastronomical variety in Barcelona so honestly if you're in the mood for anything specific just google maps it and go wherever the best reviews are at, Spanish people know their stuff when reviewing food haha! If you're unsure what you want I think a tapas place is your best bet since you'll be able to try several dishes and everyone can find something there. My personal favourites (quality-price wise) are the three 4 latas restaurants and Bar Alegria. Barcelona is overall perhaps not the safest city in Europe. There is quite a lot of pickpocketing (so keep your belongings close especially in the metro and very touristy places). At night I'd say it's pretty okay to go out almost anywhere but there are a few areas I would totally avoid: El Raval and La Mina.

Posted: January 25, 2024
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Pickpockets usually operate in the subway, on La Rambla, in the Gothic Quarter and Raval. Don't go there alone at night. Keep your belongings in front of you and be careful with your phone, don't leave it on tables etc. Just the usual precautions that are applied in any big city. In Barcelona, the app for ordering taxis is called Cabify.

Posted: October 10, 2023
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I spent 5 weeks in Barcelona, living in different parts of the city, returning home in the middle of the night and walking with my entire camera set before sunrise, without any problems, I never felt unsafe.

Posted: July 26, 2023
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Barcelona is a city filled with sunshine and bliss, and everywhere you look is a cultural sight to be adored! The food’s never disappointing and you can find many different cuisines in the city. Definitely take the time to visit the museums as well, they add a lot to the experience. However, beware of catcalling and pickpockets. It unfortunately is very common and police is most likely to do nothing about it.

Posted: June 24, 2023
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In El Born, my favorite places are Santa María del Mar, Passeig del Born, Plaça Sant Agusti, Carrer del Portal Nou and the Barcelona Edition rooftop. In El Gótico: Carrer de Joaquim Pou, the cathedral, the murals from the kiss at Plaça Isidre Nonell, Carrer del Bisbe, Plaça Sant Felipe Neri, Plaça Reial. Other favorite places: Ayre Rosellon hotel roof, from where there is an amazing view of Sagrada Familia, the roof of the 360 hotel in Raval, the roof of the yurban hotel on Calle Trafalgar. The Arc De Trionf area with Park Ciutadella, the Bogatell beach, the Carmel Bunker. Eating places: El Xampanyet, Bar Jaica, Llamber, Can Fisher, El Nacional (for a glass of wine, but WITHOUT food), Hoffman, which serves the best mascarpone croissants in the city.

Posted: November 23, 2022
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Maya

Maya

Barcelona

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3 days

About me

Hello! My name is Maya. I’m originally from Israel but I’ve been living in Barcelona for a few years now. I love animals, yoga, dancing, singing, and cooking. I’m quite a foodie so I can recommend some good restaurants around town. Feel free to ask me anything you want about Barcelona. I’m happy to help :)

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Mireia

Barcelona

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3 days

About me

Hi I am Mireia from Spain. I love traveling and know new people. I like to travel around cities, trying new foods and meeting fun people. I am a psychologist and I work for a multinational company. I'm thinking of travelling alone for the first time, and I'm really looking forward to it. Any advice? I've lived in California and would love to go back or discover somewhere new in South or North America. 😊 Places I would like to go: Texas, New Orlando, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica. 🙌🏼

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Dina

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If I’m not working, you’ll find me either cleaning the house or hanging out with my friends :) According to my friends, I’m “spontaneous” 😂 Would really love to travel more and make friends around the world :’)

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