Is Madrid Worth Visiting for Solo Female Travelers?

Madrid, the vibrant capital city of Spain, is located in the heart of the Iberian Peninsula. This sprawling, cosmopolitan city is steeped in history and culture, known globally for its grand architectural landmarks such as the Royal Palace, the majestic Puerta del Sol, and the Plaza Mayor. Madrid is also recognized as a world-class culinary destination, offering a stunning array of traditional Spanish dishes, tapas bars, and modern gastronomy. Additionally, it’s a haven for art enthusiasts with its 'Golden Triangle of Art', a trio of world-renowned museums: the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia Museum, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. A unique blend of tradition and modernity, Madrid captivates every visitor through its lively street life, vibrant nightlife, and passionate flamenco performances.

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Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 23 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.6/5

Safety

4.6/5

Food

4.7/5

Budget-friendly

3.4/5
Rachel

Rachel

United States

Solo travel experience

I stayed in a hostel in the city center in a room of all women, and felt safe in the hostel. I was hesitant to be out alone at night (past 11), which I think is normal for a big city. Looked on maps for food and activities- super last minute, and had a lot of fun. Spaniards seem generally open and happy to talk. I do speak a bit of Spanish and was happy to meet new people spontaneously.

Posted: February 16, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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Paola

Paola

Costa Rica

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Madrid has been my favorite, the people are so friendly, the atmosphere is like the place, the food is very delicious and the ice cream is my favorite, my best memory so far is Madrid 🩷🩷🩷🩷🩷🩷🩷😍🫠🫠

Posted: January 6, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Micahela

Micahela

Uruguay

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I would recommend to go to Madrid maybe just for a few days. I was expecting so much of the city but in reality, there is just a few mind-blowing places (if compared to other European places) It is definitely a must go but just to get it off your checklist

Posted: December 21, 2023
Things to do: 3/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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I went to Madrid alone. It's safe. I learned a few phrases in Spanish, which helped me a lot. The city center is wonderful. I stayed in a hostel. It was cheap and clean, and moreover right in the center. I liked it.

Posted: October 1, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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I was there alone for two nights (I was a little worried about safety), but I never felt in danger or anything like that. Even riding the subway alone was safe, even in the evening. I don't speak Spanish and I didn't encounter any problems. Staying in the city center was definitely a great idea, because everything was much closer and I didn't need to walk/ride the subway when I was coming back home. Trains were also not expensive, I took Renfe to Valencia and it seemed a reasonable price to me.

Posted: September 28, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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I have been to Madrid twice. It's a very safe and very fun city. Watch out for pickpockets, but the rest is very safe. There are many things to do and see. As for the language, there is no problem, because they try to communicate in English.

Posted: September 20, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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I went to Madrid and I felt very safe there. It's one of my favorite European cities. If you love shopping, Gran Vía is the place you must visit. I used a hop-on hop-off bus for sightseeing and visited Segovia. Retiro Park is also beautiful.

Posted: August 21, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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I loved Madrid! It is a super vibrant city with a lot to explore, I felt safe there, the people are really nice and the food is good :) Once you get to one of the central metro stations you can walk everywhere. The heat is intense during the summer but if you nap like the spanish do you’ll be ok ;)

Posted: August 13, 2023Experienced: July, 2022
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I loved it. 20 euros for unlimited transport?? Less than 30 euros for a month long phone line??? SAYLESS The people here are kind and warms and I never faced any issues as a black woman. It was so easy to get around alone with just my maps app and zero Spanish skills. There are so many cities and sites in a three hour radius using the train, a ticket being around 40 euros. I visited Valencia, cordoba, Toledo and a couple more cities!

Posted: June 28, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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I went to Madrid in Erasmus knowing no one, and it was the most beautiful experience I did in my life. Madrid is a fabulous city and the energy of the people who lives there is magic. There are always thing to do and to view/visit. People are open minded and very kind. I really love this city I hope to come back one day <3

Posted: June 25, 2023Experienced: September, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Local tips

I have been living in Madrid for almost 15 years. It's a super safe, super fun city. Go out at night, explore, eat everything and have a great time. I would say that you should follow normal city rules and be careful, but generally speaking, Spanish cities and towns are very safe for everyone (the biggest threat to your safety are pickpockets).

Posted: September 26, 2023
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Currently, I live in Madrid and I feel very safe there. There are many pickpockets, so be careful with your belongings. Everyone stays up late (many Spaniards have dinner at 10-11pm or are out for drinks till late), so you never feel unsafe walking on the streets even at night. Of course, I do not recommend walking around alone at night, especially in a new city. Most people speak a bit of English, especially in restaurants and clothing stores. And the city center near Puerta del Sol is a great place to stay. Remember that it can be very noisy on the streets late at night, so if that bothers you, consider staying in one of the other neighborhoods, like Chamberi, Salamanca, near Retiro, places like that. Transport in the city is very easy and quite fast, so even if you stay a bit outside the main city center, away from Sol and Plaza Mayor, you can get there without any problem.

Posted: September 24, 2023
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I lived in Madrid for a year. You must visit Retiro Park, buy some beer from the people selling there and go kayaking on the lake. The Temple of Debod, the palace and any museums that seem interesting. Chapultepec is my favorite place for tacos! Salamanca district for shopping. Malasaña district for cool bars and street drinking. La Latina district for good tapas. Also check out the best rooftops with a bar. All the small food halls are great. Mercado de San Anton is my favorite. The Sunday flea market El Rastro. And make use of public transportation! Very efficient and easy. Uber as well, if you need anything.

Posted: October 30, 2022
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I love Madrid. Visit the Plaza Mayor... there are many restaurants situated along the edges of the square that serve the most incredible food. One of Madrid's specialties is bocadillos de calamares (sandwiches with fried calamari), but all the food in Spain is delicious. In addition, near the Plaza Mayor, there is Mercado San Miguel. It's a "market", but in reality it is a very elegant place where you can eat tapas, drink wine, sit at communal tables, and meet friendly people. I loved it!! There is a stall for everything you'd like to try in Spanish cuisine. You must try Tortilla de patatas and Tinto de Verano.

Posted: June 10, 2022
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Take a hop on hop off bus. It will take you to the most important places in Madrid. You can get off wherever you like the most. I recommend visiting the Royal Palace, Almudena Cathedral (where the king and queen got married), Buen Retiro Park, Plaza del Sol, where Km 0 is, and San Gines, where you can eat churros with chocolate. I highly recommend a day trip to Toledo or Segovia, or even to both of these places.

Posted: May 22, 2022
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