Nothing beats the freedom of travelling alone and the stunning Iberian nation of Spain is a stand-out destination for solo explorers, offering a wealth of inspiration and adventure. Whether you plan on roaming for several months or want to hop on a plane for a quick getaway, you can absorb sumptuous surroundings at your own pace, make new friends and create amazing memories to last a lifetime. Spanish is the one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, so wherever you decide to visit make sure to learn some essential words and phrases before you travel.
If you want to bask in the glory of the Mediterranean climate, sojourn to the sun-baked South where temperatures average around 85 degrees in the summer. Themed holidays are an excellent option for single travellers – why not escape to Alicante for a weekend of wine-tasting? This beautiful province is peppered with vineyards and has a fascinating history of grape-growing, making it the perfect place to unwind with a glass of red and a plate of mouth-watering tapas.
Singles looking for a relaxing sun and sand break should look no further than the majestic Costa Blanca, where turquoise waters lap white sand beaches. Make the most of Spain’s outdoor culture and take the time to say ‘Buenos Dias’ to the locals in the morning. If you’re feeling lonely, keep a book or notepad with you so you can read or write about your escapades.
The seaside town of Denia is a great spot for adventurous singles, with plenty of places to explore including ancient fishing villages, an enchanting 12th Century castle and the lush green Mount Montgo National Park – perfect for panoramic views of Valencia.
Traditionalists should stopover in Seville – a top terminal for solo explorers offering a quintessentially Spanish experience. Walkable and easy to navigate, this stunning city is speckled with bright tiled buildings, medieval markets and gorgeous Gothic architecture. Solo dancers are guaranteed to find a partner at the fabulous Bienal Festival – the biggest flamenco event in the world!
If you want to get a feel for midland culture, visit provincial towns like Cuenca and Toledo, which host dazzling celebrations at Easter and Holiday Week. If you want to mingle with the locals, scout out a room to rent at a local apartment.
This magnificent beach metropolis of Barcelona is nestled on the East coast of Northern Spain and should be on every wanderers bucket list. There is something for everyone, whether you want to shop ’til you drop on Las Ramblas or sample succulent Spanish seafood at the colourful Boqueria food market. Art aficionados will love the Picasso museum and architects can absorb Gaudi’s awe-inspiring Basilica, while football fans can spend hours exploring the famous stadium.
Any big city can be daunting when you are on your own, so study that map and keep a paper copy in your pocket at all times – don’t rely on phone GPS! For those that hate the headache of public transport, Barcelona boasts one of the most efficient Metro networks in the world. This trailblazing city also brags world-class hostels, where you can mix with other adventurers for just a few Euros per night.
For those who prefer an active holiday, the coastal town of San Sebastian is a paradise at the foot of the Pyrenees Mountains. It has excellent train connections to France and Portugal, attracting cyclists from all over Europe. If you’re looking to make friends, there are plenty of fabulous fiestas and friendly night spots where social butterflies can pitch up at the bar.
If you’re feeling shy but want to meet new people, sit next to a chatty group and offer to take a photo before introducing yourself. If you’re happy to eat alone, make yourself comfortable at one of the marvellous Michelin Star restaurants.
Wherever you decide to visit, exploring Spain as a single can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life, so get planning that solo adventure today. Viaje Seguro!