Solo Female Travel in Malaga

Malaga, a breathtaking city on the southernmost point of Spain's Costa Del Sol, harmoniously combines the historical prominence of a Mediterranean atmosphere with a modern cosmopolitan vibe. As the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, it's renowned for its rich artistic heritage, with numerous museums such as the Picasso Museum and Carmen Thyssen Museum. Along with its lavish Moorish castles, such as the Alcazaba and the Gibralfaro Castle, the city is also known for its gorgeous sandy beaches. Its bustling streets are lined with tapas bars, seafood restaurants, and the lively nightlife characteristic of Andalusian culture, making it an alluring destination for travelers worldwide.

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Safety:Very safe

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.

Transport:Easy

Navigating through Malaga is rather straightforward, with its manageable size and well-structured layout. Pedestrian-friendly streets and a comprehensive public transportation network consisting of buses and trains make getting around quite convenient. However, some historical areas have narrower, winding streets which might require a bit more navigation. Also, while English is spoken in many places, brushing up on your Spanish might be helpful on occasion.

Things to do:Interesting

Malaga is brimming with fascinating history, rich culture, and diverse culinary delights. You can explore the historic Castillo de Gibralfaro for panoramic views of the city or delve into the art world at the Picasso Museum, reflecting Malaga's status as Picasso's birthplace. The city also offers stunning beaches, exhilarating hikes in Montes de Malaga Natural Park, and is a gateway to the breathtaking landscapes of Andalusia. While it might not be as packed with famous landmarks as some other Spanish cities, its laid-back, bohemian charm gives solo female travelers plenty of scope to connect with locals and uncover hidden gems.

Food:Above average

Expect a flavorful experience in Malaga when it comes to food. From fresh seafood, traditional tapas to the local dishes, the city offers a broad variety of taste experiences to discover. However, vegan or gluten-free options might be slightly limited, hence not a full rating.

Budget:Affordable

Malaga is comparatively budget-friendly, especially when compared to other popular tourist destinations in Spain. Affordable accommodation options are plentiful and food is also relatively inexpensive, especially if you opt for the traditional tapas bars. Public transportation and museums are also reasonably priced. However, like any tourist city, some attractions and high-end dining can increase your expenditures.

Is Malaga worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 26 experiences

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Things to do

4.7/5

Safety

4.6/5

Food

4.6/5

Budget-friendly

3.6/5

Solo travel experience

It was very good experience, felt safe and ate really good! If you like fish is the fresher, the beach is nice and you can meet people easy without feeling unsafe. Using dating apps is a good option for meeting new people

Posted: April 19, 2024
Things to do: 3/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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Aisha

Aisha

Egypt

Solo travel experience

Malaga is a beautiful and safe city and it’s really nice to be there as a woman and food and music are amazing, I can’t wait to return this summer to visit more cities around Malaga I recommend this beautiful city

Posted: March 27, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Zeynep

Zeynep (29)

Spain

Solo travel experience

Malaga is one of the best places you can travel as a solo female. I felt SO safe there. There are cops EVERYWHERE. The community is young, lively and helpful, and the center of the city is very easy to navigate on foot. During my time there, I joined a pub crawl, two hiking tours, tapas tours and walking tours. All were really fun. After my solo travel, I got a job opportunity in Malaga and moved in. Then I actually realized how safe it was. I’d like to stress this one more time. Nothing ever happens in Malaga. On multiple occasions I walked home alone at 4am, nothing happened. I have never heard of an assault, theft or robery. Only downside to Malaga is that it is too crowded, and can get difficult to find seats at popular restaurants if you don’t have a reservation.

Posted: March 25, 2024Experienced: June, 2023
Things to do: 4/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Sylvie

Sylvie (54)

France

Solo travel experience

Málaga is a great place indeed ! Nice beaches, friendly people, interesting museums, beautiful towns and scenery around. I clearly recommend it. Besides, it's a really safe city and it's easy to get around either by train or bus

Posted: March 1, 2024Experienced: February, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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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
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Haya

Haya (21)

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
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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Ana

Ana (37)

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
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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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
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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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
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Serena

Serena (35)

Spain

Solo travel experience

Málaga is a vibrant city , with good weather, nice people and tasty food. The beaches are not the best I have seen , but if you want to have a funny vacation in a young city is the right place. The place for who wants to party!

Posted: August 20, 2023Experienced: July, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Local tips

Be sure not to miss the Mercado Atarazanas (main market), one of the best in Spain. Take a stroll and taste fresh seafood tapas in one of the bars. The best views are from the terrace at the AC Marriott, but the rooftop terrace at Batik in Malaga Premium also offers great views of Alcazaba. You may consider a free guided walk on your first morning to familiarize yourself with the area and learn more about its history.

Posted: November 12, 2022
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Things to do: * Thissen Museum * Picasso Museum * Rooftop bar at the Marriott Hotel * Walk around the Port in Malaga, lots of great restaurants in the city center, close to the Cathedral.

Posted: November 11, 2022
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Head to Alcazaba to admire the spectacular views of the sea and the city! Walk along Palmeral de las Sorpresas and past Muelle Uno to find the Centre Pompidou Malaga art museum, and then continue your walk past the lighthouse to have a seafood lunch on the beach. Mercado Atarazanas (an amazing food market, if you can, go there early in the morning, there are great places to eat). Nearby is the very atmospheric and traditional Antigua Casa de la Guardia for a drink. Try a free guided walk, it's a great way to get to know the city.

Posted: November 1, 2022
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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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