Solo Travel In Spain: The Ultimate Guide
Lively cities that never sleep, picturesque villages, and coastal towns featuring a backdrop of sparkling sea and golden beaches – Spain is simply magnificent. With friendly locals welcoming millions of tourists from across the globe to experience their glorious country for themselves, there’s never been a better time to visit Spain.
If you dream of visiting Spain and embracing the majestic scenery and vibrant culture, we’ve designed the ultimate guide for solo travel with you in mind. From sharing insight into reasons why Spain is a must-visit destination for solo travellers to delving into some of the best places to visit for solo travellers and incredible Spanish itineraries, we’ve got you covered.
With itineraries that cater for like-minded solo travellers who want to explore the best the country has to offer, we have all the tips and tricks to make your trip unforgettable!
Keen to learn some tips for travelling solo in Spain? Let’s dive in.
Let’s dive in
Whether you’re looking for your next adventure, just want to soak up the sun in a tranquil environment, or are raring to explore the heritage and culture of the country, there’s something for everyone in Spain.
In our ultimate guide to solo travel in Spain, we look at some of the best cities for solo travellers, share the prime time to visit each destination, and give you the lowdown on what to expect.
Fancy embarking on a tour? Our itineraries, especially hand-crafted with solo travellers in mind, are your ticket to an unforgettable journey. We've also addressed some of our most frequently asked questions.
Dive into our singles Holidays in Spain and join us as we traverse this sun-drenched country. From picturesque locations like Ronda, Malaga, and Granada to the majestic Pyrenees, get ready to be captivated by the beauty and culture Spain boasts.
Why Spain is a good destination for solo travellers
From friendly and welcoming locals to stunning landscapes, there are so many reasons why Spain is a must-visit destination for solo travellers. Although the country's beauty and incredible food are sure to captivate you, we share why Spain is ideal for solo travellers too.
Spain is popular amongst tourists
Spain is world-renowned, with people travelling from all over the globe to enjoy all the country has to offer. With tourism booming, travel in Spain is becoming increasingly popular, so there are plenty of other travellers enjoying the villages, towns, cities, and beach resorts.
This popularity means that you’ll be sure to have a group full of like-minded travellers on your solo tour to Spain. You’ll be able to make lifelong friends as you discover the beauty of Spain together and make unforgettable memories.
The locals are welcoming
With welcoming and friendly locals, Spain appeals to so many tourists looking to embrace the country's charming culture. Whether you’re visiting a smaller village like Ronda or a large city like Malaga, you’ll find plenty of Spaniards ready to engage in a conversation with you.
So if you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind trip where you can fully embrace your surroundings, you’ll be sure to find that with solo travel in Spain.
There’s something for everyone
We’ve said it once, but we’ll say it again: Spain truly has something to offer everyone. Whether you’re looking to gaze in awe at the artwork of world-renowned artists - including Picasso - or embark on picturesque hikes and walks, you’ll find yourself wishing you never had to leave.
Fancy something different? Take a cooking class and learn how to make tapas, watch a flamenco show over dinner, or go wine tasting in one of the many entrancing vineyards in Rioja.
For those looking for tailored experiences with like-minded individuals, our Singles Holidays to Spain might be just the ticket. These trips are designed with you in mind, ensuring you get the most out of your Spanish sojourn while connecting with peers.
Food and drink
We couldn’t share why Spain is a must-see destination for solo travellers without mentioning the mouth-watering food and drinks on offer across the country. From savoury dishes, including paella and patatas bravas, to sweet treats like churros and crema catalana, you’ll find yourself surrounded by delicious delicacies everywhere you go.
Looking to fully embrace the Spanish food and drink scene? You’ll find a range of food markets across the country, which offer delicious local produce you won’t want to miss.
Best places in Spain for solo travellers
From soaking up the sites of the mountains in Bilbao to travelling east and embracing city life in Seville, no matter where you go in Spain, you’ll find yourself captivated by stunning nature, ancient buildings, and a charm like no other. If you’re looking for the best cities in Spain for solo travellers, look no further.
Below, we share some of the best places for travelling solo in Spain.
Home of the flamenco dance, Seville is a must-visit for solo travellers looking to learn more about the history and culture of the country.
From the Royal Alcazar palace to the cathedral, the city is nothing short of exceptional. If you’re looking for something that combines nature and city life, you’ll find parks and gardens with luscious greenery and spectacular architecture across the city.
Looking for a taste of Spanish life? Sample delicious food with other solo travellers to treat your taste buds to tapas, paella, and sangria.
Warm all year round, Seville is a delight to visit whether you go in December or July. If you’re visiting in summer, you’ll be greeted with temperatures reaching 35 degrees.
Surrounded by the Sierra Nevada mountains and steeped in medieval history, Granada is sure to leave any history-seeking, adventure-loving solo traveller exhilarated.
The Alhambra, Granada’s world-famous palace and fortress, is a must-see and sure to mesmerise you as you stroll the grounds and take in the views of the tall pillars etched in designs that tell a story that dates back to the 12th century.
For example, the Patio de los Leones, or the Court of Lions, boasts 12 marble lions intricately carved with distinct features. The patio features four water channels, flowing to and from the central fountain, symbolising the four rivers of Islamic paradise. The presence of twelve lions holds a multitude of interpretations, such as representing the twelve signs of the zodiac or even signifying the passage of twelve hours throughout the day.
Granada experiences a mixture of hot and cold weather, so if you’re looking to relish in the summer sun as you explore, it’s best to visit in June and July.
Whilst Malaga is typically known for its nightlife, there’s much more here than meets the eye in this southern gem. Aside from boasting warm temperatures in the winter and even hotter summers that experience little rainfall, Malaga is home to museums, stunning beaches, and hiking trails that offer views like no other.
Throughout the year, solo travellers can also enjoy the local food and drinks scene. With our Treasures of Andalucia Tour, you can appreciate the city’s rich history that dates back thousands of years.
Visiting in the summer months is always a joy. But to really make the most of this enchanting city, staying during off-peak seasons when the streets aren’t bursting with tourists is highly recommended.
If marvelling at whitewashed buildings covered in flowers whilst strolling cobbled paths that lead to majestic vantage points appeals to you, there’s no better place than Mijas.
Nestled in southern Spain, approximately halfway between Malaga and Marbella, Mijas is a truly magical destination for solo travel in Spain. Surrounded by the Sierra de Mijas mountain range, the views can be seen for miles.
Although the views contribute to Mijas’ desirability, the friendly locals and charming atmosphere are what keep many people coming back.
Due to its southern location, Mijas experiences year-round sunshine and blue skies. Sound like somewhere for you? Our Treasures of Andalucia Tour includes three days in Mijas.
Located in the northwest of Spain is the city of León. A hidden gem not many solo travellers venture to, León's relatively unknown status makes it a great option for those looking for something more off-the-beaten-path.
This historic city has plenty to offer, including an abundance of medieval architecture, with stunning examples such as the 13th century León Cathedral. Plus, the city is home to many Royal Monasteries and convents that are sure to captivate your interest.
When it comes to the weather in León, you can expect warm summers with temperatures reaching up to 34/35 °C (93/95 °F). Winter temperatures tend to be cooler but still comfortable if you come prepared. Snow isn't unheard of during the winter months, making it the perfect destination for a winter getaway.
Laguardia is another must-visit destination in Spain. Located in the Basque Country of northern Spain, this small town is full of charm and culture.
The main attraction here is the castle which was built in the 13th century by King Sancho VII of Navarre. Today, it houses a museum showcasing art and artifacts from the town's past.
The weather in Laguardia is mild all year round, with temperatures rarely reaching extreme highs or lows. Summers tend to be quite hot, while winters are cooler but still comfortable.
This is another great destination for those looking to explore Spain. Located on the southern tip of the country, Gibraltar offers breath taking views and plenty of activities.
The main attraction here is the famous Rock of Gibraltar, a monolithic limestone promontory rising from the sea. Views from atop this rock are spectacular, giving visitors unparalleled vistas of the Alboran Sea and the Mediterranean.
The climate in Gibraltar is typically warm and humid with temperatures ranging from mild to hot. Rainfall is scarce, so if you're looking for some sunshine then Gibraltar is a great destination for you!
Last but certainly not least It would be remiss of us not to include the lively city of Barcelona in our solo guide to Spain. After all, there is a reason it’s so popular. However, here at Just You we love unearthing those hidden gems and taking you beyond the guidebook so you’ll find our Spanish tours include a little of both - exploring must-see destinations and experiencing authentic heart-warming Spain in the company of like-minded solo travellers.
A lively, bustling city by the sea, Barcelona is one of the most visited locations in the country, with millions of travellers spending a few days here every year.
With a dazzling coastline featuring a stretch of sandy beach, architecture by the famous Antoni Gaudi, museums, and alluring streets full of character and tempting bars, Barcelona has something for everyone to enjoy.
When is the best time to go? Well, that all depends on your preferences. During the summer months, Barcelona is at its busiest, with tourists and locals alike joining in on summer activities. Meanwhile, the winter months tend to be a bit quieter but still warm enough to escape the cold and wet weather in other parts of Europe.
Spain solo travel itineraries
Now that you know where the best places for solo travel in Spain are, you might find yourself wanting to see as much of the country as possible. If this resonates, we’ve got just the thing.
At Just You, we run a range of singles holidays and solo tours to Spain. Below, we share some of our most popular itineraries.
Walking The Camino De Santiago
Day 1: UK - Bilbao
Highlights: Fly to Bilbao from the UK
Day 2: Puente la Reina - Laguardia
Highlights: Admire the sights of Santa María de Eunate church before beginning your walk along the Camino de Santiago.
Day 3: Laguardia - Burgos
Highlights: Explore the vineyards of La Rioja and enjoy guided tours in Burgos.
Day 4: Burgos - Astorga
Highlights: Follow the canal in Campos de Castilla before exploring the old town and cathedral in León.
Day 5: Astorga - Ponferrada
Highlights: Gaze at the cathedral and Bishop’s Palace of Astorga, before venturing to Ponferrada.
Day 6: Ponferrada - Santiago de Compostela
Highlights: Visit the Celtic town of O Cebreiro before strolling around the riverside town of Portomarín.
Day 7: Santiago de Compostela
Highlights: Stroll the historic fishing port of Fisterra before joining guided tours of Santiago de Compostela.
Day 8: Santiago de Compostela - UK
Highlights: Fly home to the UK.
Traditional Trains of the Pyrenees
Day 1: UK - Barcelona
Highlights: Fly to Barcelona before transferring to the Catalan Pyrenees mountain range.
Day 2: At leisure
Highlights: Enjoy the Pyrenees at their most authentic and enjoy meals at a classic family-run hotel.
Day 3: Rack railway to the Sanctuary of Núria
Highlights: Take in the spectacular views of the rack railway and Núria.
Day 4: Puigcerda
Highlights: Venture along the bottom of the valley into Puigcerda by train, passing quaint villages along the way.
Day 5: Besalu
Highlights: Visit the mediaeval village of Besalu and enjoy a local lunch before joining a wine and olive oil tasting in the evening.
Day 6: At leisure
Highlights: Enjoy everything Besalu has to offer at your leisure.
Day 7: The Red Train
Highlights: Board the Red Train and take a trip to Axat in France before visiting a local shopping mall and enjoying a delicious meal.
Day 8: Barcelona - UK
Highlights: Transfer to your airport after breakfast, ready for your flight home.
Treasures of Andalucia
Day 1: UK - Malaga
Highlights: Fly to Malaga before transferring to Mijas and enjoy a welcome drink with the rest of the group.
Day 2: Malaga
Highlights: Spend the day exploring the highlights of Malaga before trying the local cuisine in the evening.
Day 3: Ronda
Highlights: Travel to the clifftop town of Ronda and gaze in awe at its sights.
Day 4: Mijas - at leisure
Highlights: Relax, recharge, and rejuvenate at your leisure around the hotel. Ready for adventure? Join one of many excursions available and take a trip to Granada.
Day 5: Frigiliana and Nerja
Highlights: Wonder the cobbled streets of Frigiliana before dipping your toes in the golden sand at Nerja’s beautiful beaches.
Day 6: Mijas - at leisure
Highlights: Spend the day as you wish in Mijas or join an excursion to Gibraltar for the day.
Day 7: Mijas
Highlights: Enjoy another day at leisure in Mijas, where you can relax on the hotel’s terrace or venture into the village for a bite to eat.
Day 8: Malaga - UK
Highlights: Travel to Malaga for your flight back to the UK.
Solo travel tips for Spain
Here are a few of our top tips for travelling solo in Spain.
Do your research: Knowing what to expect will help you prepare for your travels. Research the areas you’ll be visiting and take time to read up on the culture, customs and language of Spain.
Make friends: Booking with Just You, a warm welcome awaits you on your tour. Full of like-minded people who all share a love of travel and a sense of adventure, don't be afraid to strike up a conversation! You can even join our Just You Community and chat to fellow travellers before you go.
Be adventurous: Whether it’s taking a cooking class or visiting a local market, make the most of your solo travels and explore every opportunity.
Immerse yourself: Enjoy all the local cuisine, read up on Spanish literature, listen to flamenco music and immerse yourself in the culture of Spain.
Have fun: Most of all remember to have fun. Solo travel is an incredible experience, so take the time to relax and enjoy yourself. Go with the flow and trust that you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime!
Benefits of singles holidays to Spain
At Just You, we believe that every traveller should have the opportunity to explore and experience new cultures in a safe and secure environment. Our singles holidays and solo tours can open up a world of possibilities with carefully crafted trips specifically designed with solo travellers in mind.
Travelling with us to Spain will give you an all-encompassing holiday experience. From visiting some of the country’s most iconic attractions to hidden gems, exploring local vineyards and sampling delicious tapas, your trip will be full of experiences that you'll never forget!
What sets Just You apart is our commitment to creating the best holidays for solo travellers. Our groups consist of like-minded people who are looking for similar experiences. Not only that, but you’ll have an expert Holiday Director on every tour to ensure you’re having the best experience possible. Plus, you’ll have a guaranteed double or twin room all to yourself!
So, simply book, relax and let us do all the planning for your upcoming adventure.
- When is the best time to travel solo to Spain?
Spring and autumn are arguably the best times to travel solo to Spain, as temperatures are milder and there is less chance of rain getting in the way of your plans. The summer months can be extremely hot, so make sure to stay hydrated.
- What to pack for a solo trip to Spain?
The essentials you’ll need for your solo trip to Spain include comfortable, non-slip footwear, sunscreen, a sun hat, a swimsuit, sunglasses, insect repellent, and a lightweight waterproof jacket (just in case).
- What are the best activities for a solo trip to Spain?
Guided walking tours are a great way to get to know the cities you’re visiting and are included in many of our escorted tour programmes to help you get your bearings. From exploring the markets or historical sites to visiting tapas bars, there’s plenty to see and do by yourself.