Solo Travel in Greece: Tips for Female Travellers

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Greece was a country I had wanted to go to for years, and yet when I finally made my plans to visit, the advice that I was given wasn’t quite as positive as I hoped which, to be honest, surprised me as Greece is a popular travel destination and solo travel in Greece seems to be quite common.

Since my first visit in 2019 I’ve since been back 4 times.  From the capital city of Athens to the romantic island of Santorini, I fell head over heels in love with Greece and, based on my experience, would absolutely recommend it to other solo travellers, especially women. That being said, there were a few things I noticed along the way (good and bad) that I think other solo travellers should be aware of.

So, if you are thinking about solo travel in Greece, then this article is for you.

The Men Weren’t As Bad As I Was Warned (at Least in the Islands)

At least a dozen women told me to be careful of the men who could be pushy and aggressive. Granted, pushy men aren’t something that I (or any woman, for that matter) is a stranger too. However, for someone planning to travel solo in Greece, it wasn’t exactly what I wanted to hear. Used to it or not, nobody wants to be harassed.

At first, I brushed that note aside figuring I’d deal with it when and if it happened. However, after my miserable experience in Morocco, I actually did get a bit worried. I was sick of men chasing me, catcalling me, and saying inappropriate things to me in the streets. I was so on edge after Morocco that I worried if I faced more of the same in Greece, I’d have a meltdown. Those worries, however, were quickly washed away. In fact, the older Greek woman who sat beside me on my flight from Marrakech to Athens put me at ease when she told me what would happen; “The men, they are too lazy. Yes, you are beautiful and they will look, maybe smile and say hello, but they won’t chase you. They can’t be bothered to get off their ass in the islands.”

I laughed at her bluntness but, in the end, she was 100% right. I got some looks and smiles and a few men said hello but as long as I just smiled and kept walking, I was left alone. Nobody said anything rude like in Morocco, and nobody chased after me like they did in Italy. It was fantastic.

In all my time in Greece I’ve only ever had one uncomfortable minute when an old Greek man put his hand on my thigh while sitting beside me on a bench. Other than that, my only caution to women would be to be mindful of when posting to social media. Greek men are very quick to slide into your DMs if they see you are in the area based on your geotags. 

The Islands Are Very Safe For Solo Travel in Greece 

Hannah Logan walking through Greek streets in a red dress

Athens may have a bit of a reputation but as far as safety goes in the Greek islands, I’d say it’s one of the places I’ve felt the safest travelling solo.

I was a bit apprehensive at first since Greeks eat so late. When I travel solo, I try to eat earlier so I don’t have to walk back to my accommodation alone in the dark. However, I also hate standing out as the obvious tourist eating alone in a restaurant, hours before the locals. My first couple of nights, I did eat early. But, as I grew more comfortable I’d push my dinner time until after sunset to keep with the local culture, and I was always fine going back alone. Granted, I never went anywhere that was further than a 10-minute walk from where I was staying, and in busy areas, but I had no problems walking back around 10-10:30pm.

I also always felt safe and secure in my accommodation (as always though, read reviews before you book) and wandering around in the day through the villages and to the beaches. For the most part, the locals were very friendly though in busier places (looking at you Santorini) I was basically ignored. Which, in my mind, can be a good thing when travelling alone.

As with everywhere else, you do need to be aware and practice typical caution but, based on my experience, the islands were all very safe for solo travel in Greece.

Solo Travellers in Greece Will (Sometimes) Stand Out

While I certainly wasn’t the only solo traveller in Greece, I definitely noticed that I did stand out in some spots. Specifically, a couple places in Santorini and Paros . There was nothing wrong with this, I didn’t feel uncomfortable, but it did get me a little bit of extra attention.

I think it’s probably because these places are known to be romantic and honeymoon destinations, so seeing a girl exploring and eating on her own is a bit odd for the locals. Especially since, a couple of times, I have splurged on higher-end luxury hotels for myself. I have no doubt that a few of the locals wanted to ask what I was doing alone but nobody pushed, just a couple casual comments confirming that I was, indeed, solo.

Really though, it ended up benefitting me. Greek restaurants already have a reputation for giving shots to customers after their meals or sometimes a little dessert treat, but my experience as a solo traveller in Greece extended past that. In some places I got an extra glass of wine “on the house” and one spot I noticed my dessert was a fancy chocolate dish instead of the little squares of cake that the people around me were served.

Maybe they were just being extra nice to the solo girl, maybe they had created stories in their head as to why I was alone (left at the altar? Dumped before vacation?) and felt bad for me, who knows. All I can say is it worked in my favour; I’m not one to turn down extra wine or chocolate. 

Hostels in the Greek Islands are Limited

In my 20s, I preferred to stay in hostels so I could easily meet other travellers and have people to explore or grab a meal with. However, as I was planning my first travels in Greece in 2019, I noticed that hostels are really lacking on the islands. Most of the major islands have at least one, but even then they tend to be very expensive considering you are paying for a bed in a shared dorm. I actually only stayed in one hostel in the islands (Bedspot Hostel in Fira, Santorini, which I do recommend) and then I got a private room in an Airbnb or hotel for the other nights. It was definitely nice to have space to myself (especially when I splurged on the luxury hotel in Oia), but not having the hostel options also made it a bit trickier to meet fellow travellers on the islands since my other normal go-to for meeting people (free walking tours) weren’t an option either.

With that in mind, if you plan on doing some solo travel in Greece you’ll want to make sure you are comfortable really travelling on your own. Or, do some research ahead of time and choose places where there are actually hostels available so it’s easier to meet people. 

Final Thoughts on Solo Travel in Greece

Greece has, without a doubt, become one of my favourite travel destinations and I can’t wait to go back and explore more. I loved how safe I felt exploring the islands- it took away a lot of stress as a solo female traveller and really allowed me to enjoy the destination. That being said, compared to other countries around the world, solo travel in Greece wasn’t quite as easy in that some of the places in the islands didn’t seem to be really set up for the backpacker types. However, don’t let that stop you. Just keep the above tips in mind when planning and go. I promise you won’t regret it. 

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  1. Pamela Zero on August 13, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    Thanks for the article on solo travel in Greece. I’m finding that the older I get the more my travel plans are just me heading off into the great unknown, and it’s great to know what to expect in Greece. Well written and very useful info!

    • Hannah Logan on August 13, 2019 at 8:46 pm

      glad to help! 🙂

      • Ap on August 2, 2021 at 9:55 pm

        Thanks Hanna! This is so helpful… quick question, would you need to drive in Greece? How convenient is public transportation? I don’t drive (hope yo sort it out soon though ;)), and would like to travel there!

        • Hannah Logan on August 3, 2021 at 6:57 am

          Driving gives you a lot more freedom but isn’t necessary (at least in the places I have been) there are public buses on the islands but just be mindful of the schedules as they are not always very frequent.

  2. […] Take some time to meander down the nearby street as well. In this area, you’ll find some cool street art, funky cafes, and boutique shops. I wandered around here a lot on my own and felt very safe as a solo female traveller in Greece.  […]

  3. Carol on February 12, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    Great article – just booked a solo trip for April! Great tips.

    • Hannah Logan on February 13, 2020 at 9:34 am

      YAY! I hope you have an amazing time and love it as much as I do!

  4. Krisha on March 4, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    Thank you so much for this Greece blog!! I’ll definitely take this into consideration. Also, the picture that you took with the bell which island is that?

    • Hannah Logan on March 5, 2020 at 9:03 am

      Glad you found it helpful! And that photo is from Oia, Santorini!

  5. Evi on June 22, 2020 at 2:51 am

    Oh dear, wish I have read this blog before you got here (Greek 🙂 ) so I could put your mind at ease! Unless you get into some sketchy areas in Athens or very touristy spots in islands were people just get drunk and cause a fuss, Greece is perfectly safe for solo women. Just basic precautions that are valid everywhere, like don’t get in cars with strangers, and you are good to go! Hope you find your way back here some day and experience other things like climbing mountains and scuba diving 🙂

  6. Amina on July 10, 2020 at 9:51 am

    Hey Hannah, jusr wanted to comment and let you know your blog post was a huge help to me!
    Here I am, on my first day Greece, in the middle of Covid, as a solo female traveller and I felt a bit alone because like you said: there are not a lot of hostels on the islands (and the ones that were available didn’t have very good reviews) so I’m staying in a hotel and I was very anxious that I would not meet any people at all during my trip here.
    But thanks to your blog, I realized I could also just enjoy my time alone. The tip about meeting people through free walking tours was also really helpful, never thought of that!

    So thank you!

    • Hannah Logan on July 12, 2020 at 10:19 am

      Im so glad to hear that! Sorry you are feeling a bit lonely but I hope you do enjoy your time!

    • Emily on July 16, 2020 at 10:32 pm

      Hi Amina!

      I am thinking about spending a week in Greece in August on a stopover. I was curious if you could give an update on your experience being there during Covid and solo? I haven’t seen much online about people’s experience traveling solo there during the pandemic. I would be going to Athens and Santorini. Any insight you could share would be so appreciated! 🙂

      • Hannah Logan on July 21, 2020 at 10:27 am

        Hey Emily, I know this comment is for Amina but my friend Patrick is also currently there now. His IG is @germanbackpacker and he’s sharing his thoughts and experience which you may find helpful. It looks SO QUIET I’m crazy jealous!

    • Aoife on January 16, 2021 at 3:49 pm

      Hi Hannah and Amina,

      Hannah thanks for your article, very helpful!. Amina, just wondering if you could give me some insights into how it is in Greece over Covid period. I’ve flight vouchers from a cancelled trip to Greece from April 2029and want to use them. I looked at @germanbackpackers Instagram posts but they seem to be from a previous trip I think. Any advice would be greatly appreciated thanks😊

      • Hannah Logan on January 17, 2021 at 8:22 am

        @Germanbackpacker is a friend of mine. He went in summer 2020 during COVID. Another one to look at who when in summer 2020 is my friend Gary- @JeSuisGary on Instagram.

        • Aoife O' Sullivan on January 18, 2021 at 7:09 am

          Oh fab!, thanks a lot Hannah!😊

  7. Jennifer on December 2, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    Hi! I was wondering who took your pictures? Were they strangers or did you have a tripod? I really want to do a solo trip, but I also want pictures of myself, but I’m scared someone will just take my phone and run. Also, did you usually sit in restaurants by yourself? I’ve done this before, but I just wanna know your thoughts and hear about your experience!

    • Hannah Logan on December 4, 2020 at 8:39 am

      Hi Jennifer!
      For the photos I do a mix of my own and sometimes I hire local photographers too. Santorini I used a local photographer but if you get up early you could use a tripod too. Normally, early mornings in Europe are pretty quiet and just photographers out so I tend to feel much safer setting up and walking a bit away from my camera then. I have a post sharing my solo photography tips here:
      As for eating alone, I do it all the time when I travel. It doesn’t bug me. Some places I stand out more as a solo female but I’ll just bring a book and read as I eat

  8. M on August 1, 2021 at 3:35 am

    Hi I was wondering what kind of luggage you brought with you? And/or how did you travel to around especially beaches/hikes with your money/valuables? Hope to hear from you soon! Thanks!

    • Hannah Logan on August 1, 2021 at 9:04 am

      I travelled with a carryon suitcase but for beaches and day adventures I have a small fold-up backpack that I use. It’s water resistant, very lightweight and has 2 zippers which means I can string a small lock through it. I link to it in this post:

  9. Richel on August 24, 2021 at 10:39 am

    Hi Hannah!

    I would like to start off by saying you give me inspiration and confidence to travel solo soon. With that, I would like to ask how do you meet other solo travellers? (besides staying at hostels, how? Are there forums for this?) Any advice on how to approach (or befriend) other solo travellers?


    • Hannah Logan on August 28, 2021 at 3:49 pm

      Hostels are great even if you don’t stay in dorms. There are lots of boutique hostels now that don’t have the busy party atmosphere but still have common areas to meet others.
      Other ideas are free walking tours or other guided tours like group day trips or even pub crawls. Solo travellers are often pretty common to see too, so if you see someone at a tourist site exploring alone say hi! I’ve done this before and had others do it to me and its resulted in a friend for the day.

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