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Female Travel Guide To Spain | Female Travel Safety Tips Included

Female Travel Guide To Spain

Female Travel Guide To Spain | Female Travel Safety Tips Included

Before travelling to a new place, it’s always a good idea to equip yourself with a sound knowledge of what exactly to expect when you get there – especially if you don’t speak the language. We’ve compiled a this Female Travel Guide To Spain; an amazing country brimming with culture and incredible gastronomy. Whilst Spain is a rather safe country to visit, we still find it important to provide those who have never travelled to Spain, or Europe, with an idea of what to expect.

Female Safety Tips In Spain

As a female traveller, I think that Spain is relatively safe; it is nowhere near as dangerous as other countries in the world. However, as a woman, when I walk home at night I will always feel tense until I reach a place with more people; I quicken my pace, look out of the corner of my eye to make sure nobody is behind me, and I always have my keys in my hand in case I have to defend myself. Depending on the neighbourhood, there can be a lot of leery old men who cat-call females in the street, shouting typical things like “oh mamita” etc. However, women who have suffered attack such as rape, violent attitudes towards them and physical or psychological abuse often do not receive the help and protection that they need. There are practically no workshops for self-protection, self-defence.
Clara Martínez Lázaro (Translated from Spanish)

Spain is a safe country for solo female travellers. People in Spain are really friendly and helpful. It is wise to use common sense and not display expensive jewellery or large amounts of money in public. There can be some cat calling, particularly if you go out partying but if you give them “the look” or just ignore them, you will be fine.
Teresa GC

Spain is quite safe, and Madrid or Barcelona are just as safe as any big European city.
Marta Garrido

I would avoid Barcelona as there is so much going on at the moment as they want to be independent (not all) but there has been violent incidents. Since then people see Spain as violent but this is just happening in Barcelona. In the rest of Spain, use common sense and enjoy the wonders of the beauty of Spain and its people!
Eva Maria

Cultural Etiquette In Spain 

I relate Spain in terms of culture with:
– Gastronomic culture
– “Culture” of bullfighting (unfortunately)
– Availability of some of the most well-known works of art (not gratuitous museums except at specific times and the Thyssen never)
– It would include within culture the schedules and the rhythm of life. Be having a beer until the many of the night out there, finish eating at 5 and continue for dessert …
Clara Martínez Lázaro (Translated from Spanish)

The most surprising fact for some travellers is that might be greeted with two quick pecks on the cheek when meeting someone for the first time. Respecting religious symbols is advisable as well.
Teresa GC

Contraception In Spain 

There is no information about the patch, implant or injection. The most common form of contraception is the male condom and the contraceptive pill. There is no information on the female condom. Information on protection in the case of lesbians is not provided in the doctor’s surgery. Condoms can be purchased at pharmacies and supermarkets, and are provided free of charge in loose units at planning centres.
Clara Martínez Lázaro (Translated from Spanish)

Fully available in pharmacies, supermarkets… you can find contraception 24/7. Also emergency abortive pills (the ones you can use during the 72 hours after an incident) are available in all pharmacies.
Marta Garrido

Female Necessities (tampons, birth control pills and morning-after pills)

Feminine hygiene products are very expensive. You can buy menstrual cups but they are never advertised on TV or in street ads.
Clara Martínez Lázaro (Translated from Spanish)

Female sanitary products are widely available in any supermarket and convenience stores. The morning after pill is available in pharmacies and hospitals (you might have to pay for it. It’s usually around £20). Comdons are also available in supermarket and vending machines. However, in some pharmacies they may refuse or not sell anticonceptives.
Teresa GC

Fully available and at reasonable prices (Marta Garrido).

Final Thoughts

When you visit a new country, there will always be comforts of home that you will miss. It is important to do your research to make sure you are prepared for the adjustments you need to make and what you need to bring. It is also important to keep an open mind. Travelling will challenge you, but it is worth it. This comprehensive female traveller guide to Spain will help you begin your planning for your adventure to this fabulous country.

That’s all from us, do you have any tips? Anything else you want to add to the Female Traveller Guide to Spain?  Leave it in the comments below! 


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Author: Super Intern