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You don’t need a travel partner to have a good time in a new area, and your time in Spain will be no different if you read our blog! Alone travel to Spain, like solo travel to any other nation, can sound daunting at first, but it always pays off in the end. However, you should know a few things before traveling to Spain by yourself, and we’ll try our best to cover all of those bases in this post. These cover anything from notes to solo-friendly activities that will make your trip easier.

Some notes on Spain

Catalonia, Spain

Spain is one of the most visited states in the world, so you’ll have no trouble finding other single travelers to hang out with. The country’s infrastructure is first-rate, and the weather is pleasant year-round.

Catalan and Aranese (Catalonia), Basque (Basque Country), Asturleonese (Asturias and northwestern Castille and Leon), Valencian (Valencia), Aragonese (Aragon), and Galician are just a few of the regional languages spoken in Spain.

But don’t be put off by the number of languages spoken here; most are mutually hard to understand. Due to many tourists and retirees who prefer to spend their golden years in Spain, the most popular tourist areas have a large English-speaking population. However, it is suggested that you know at least some Spanish if you plan on venturing away from the tourist traps in Spain.

Spanish people are known for their friendliness and easygoing demeanor. Nothing happens very quickly in Spain (at least by European standards). Stores close around 2 a.m. and reopen around 5 p.m., a practice is known as a siesta because the Spanish value long lunches almost as much as their late dinners.

If you’re planning a trip along the coast, you should know that many beaches permit topless sunbathing and that there are some nudist beaches. Remember that many stores and supermarkets do not allow customers to enter while wearing a swimsuit, so you may want to change before venturing out.

2. Where in Spain do we recommend you meet other single travelers?

The most populous cities in Spain are excellent options for lone travelers wishing to connect with others in a similar situation. The great cities of Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, and Bilbao provide a wealth of attractions, a plethora of group tours and activities tailored to solitary travelers, and a wealth of hostels that arrange events and activities where lone travelers can mingle.
Valencia, Spain
Benidorm, the backpacker capital of Spain, and Granada are two other smaller places well worth seeing on your own (small town with 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites that attract a lot of travelers).

3. Places in Spain perfect for a solo getaway

The Galician lighthouses immediately come to mind when thinking of far-flung places in Spain to escape it all. Some spectacular lighthouses were constructed during the Middle Ages since it was often held that the world ended near Finisterre (the western coast of Spain).
Don Quixote Route, Spain
And if you’re a fan of literature and are interested in seeing less-visited parts of Spain, you’ll love the Don Quixote Route. The path takes travelers into the heart of Spain, including some less-visited and less-popular regions (Toledo is an exception).

4. Don't overlook the quaint villages.

There are many wonderful tiny towns in Spain, and while we did include a few of them in this piece, it would be impossible to remember them all. Although many of Spain’s most popular tourist sites may be found in larger cities like Madrid and Barcelona, we encourage you to use the extra time you have to explore the country’s many charming rural villages, such as Frigiliana or Soller.

5. Places to go in Spain if you want to rediscover or recreate yourself on your own

On the other hand, if you’re hoping for a once-in-a-lifetime alone vacation, Spain has many fantastic opportunities to explore. The name “el Camino de Santiago” immediately brings to mind the most famous pilgrimage route in Europe, if not the world.

It’s a great way to spend 30–35 days on your own, involves walking between 23 and 27 kilometers, and is based on St. James’s footprints (14 to 16 miles). Hikers can enjoy solitude, reacquaint themselves with nature, and/or work on personal growth in some of Spain’s most stunning natural settings.

Ibiza, Spain
Ibiza is another beautiful place to visit by yourself in Spain. Hedonism and spirituality find common ground in Ibiza, a party island with a long history of hippie tradition. While most guests to Ibiza travel with friends, the island is increasingly becoming the destination for those traveling to Spain. And let’s not forget that Ibiza also features some of the country’s most stunning sunsets and verdant vegetation.

6. Try out a local dining custom by partaking in a group meal.

When visiting Spain on your own, lunch might be a daunting experience. Most individuals feel awkward when they have to dine alone at a restaurant. Lucky for them, apps like Eatwith facilitate meetings between lone travelers over a meal. The site features various outings, from candlelit dinners on a rooftop to cooking demonstrations in a private home. If that isn’t enough, you can always register for one of Spain’s many organized culinary tours.

When did you go to Spain? How do you feel about going on a solo trip to Spain? Don’t be shy about letting us know what you think and feel in the comments.

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