Solo Female Travel in Crete: All You Need to Know 

Solo Female Travel in Crete

Solo Female Travel in Crete: There are thousands of places around the globe that many of us would like to travel solo. However, the reality for many women is that many of those places don’t feel safe enough to go completely solo. Thankfully, Crete gives you the best of both worlds as an ideal island to spend time alone, regardless of gender. 

With its safe environment, friendly locals, and solid public transport, you will feel safe exploring every majestic destination Crete offers. Sounds like a bargain, right? Here is everything you need to know about solo female travel in Crete.

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Safety Matters: Is Crete Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Why don’t we examine all your questions and what you should know if you’re a solo female traveler planning to spend time in Crete?

Let’s address the elephant in the room. As far as criminality goes, is Crete safe for solo female travelers? The answer is a resounding yes! Like other islands in Greece, Crete faces low levels of crime. 

That being said, when you venture off to bigger cities such as Heraklion or Chania, there are more chances something unpleasant will find your way.

So, wherever you go, you must be aware of your belongings. Pickpocketing, although less frequent in Crete, can occur. Thankfully, the island is blessed with an adequate presence of the Greek police force.

So whenever you see something suspicious, you’ll have the chance to quickly find a policeman patrolling, report the incident, and continue your adventure.

Solo female travel in Crete.
Solo female travel in Crete.

Walking alone in empty streets or remote places is generally safe. The locals are always respectful towards women. However, it’s much more likely that tourists (not locals) will inappropriately hit on you, and that’s the worst thing that can happen.

To be clear, there are no incidents of physical violence in Crete. Light verbal abuse might be the most serious thing to worry about. Fortunately, if you’re in an uncomfortable situation, you can leave by politely going away, and you’ll be left in peace. 

Things to Do in Crete as a Solo Female Traveler  

Solo female travel in Crete.
Solo female travel in Crete.

If I were you, I would split my time in Crete between doing things independently and joining tours. You may do more of one than the other, depending on your preferences. However, there is always time for a little bit of everything!

Traveling solo and exploring at your own pace gives you an incomparable sense of freedom while presenting opportunities for personal growth.

At the same time, joining tours will help you open up and make new acquaintances or even friends. You should experience both states, so plan your itinerary accordingly. You won’t regret it.

Solo female travel at the beach in Crete.
Solo female travel in Crete.

You will be spoiled with choices of places to see and things to do. Crete is such a big island that you will always have something to do, no matter your holiday style and how long you stay.

Walk the streets of cute cities and villages, swim in exotic beaches second to none, hike through scenic gorges and spectacular landscapes, taste traditional dishes and Cretan specialties, or explore ancient ruins of unparalleled importance.

You might not feel comfortable dressing up and drinking alone but don’t worry. Many women travel solo in Crete, and most want a company to go out with. And that’s your chance. 

Solo female travel in Crete.
Solo female travel in Crete.

You have three main ways to meet such other female travelers. The easiest approach is to sign up for a tour, and if you’re lucky, you’ll meet similar-minded women in your area. If you want my advice, try a wine-tasting tour and ask the travel agent if more single women have signed up. 

Another way is to try Facebook forums for travelers. For example, if you’re in Chania, search for Facebook travel forums specific to Chania (or you can join my Facebook Group).

Chances are, some other female solo travelers want to go out. And if not, feel free to ask a question; I am sure someone will want to join.

Solo female travel in Crete. - hostel
Solo female travel in Crete.

The third and most reliable way to meet other female travelers is through your choice of accommodation. If you’re staying in a high-end hostel or reputable hotel for solo travelers, you’ll soon meet other female travelers!

Best Areas to Find Accommodation in Crete for Women Traveling Solo

Solo female travel in Crete.
Solo female travel in Crete.

Without second thoughts, Chania ticks every point in the checklist for destinations friendly to female solo travelers. It is a safe environment, a beautiful city to explore, and a great hub with many group tours available.

At the same time, the accommodation options in the area range from low-cost hostels to luxury resorts. So, no matter your taste and budget, you will find the right fit for you. 

Solo female travel in Crete. - Chania Lighthouse.
Solo female travel in Crete.

Another outstanding location for female solo traveling is the charming town of Rethymno, home to long beaches and scenic landscapes.

You could even get from Chania to Rethymno by public bus in under two hours, so feel free to include both destinations in your bucket list.  

Finally, you will love quieter towns like Agios Nikolaos, low-key villages such as Agia Roumeli, or resort complexes like Elounda. The latter destination belongs to the remote region of Lasithi, an ideal area to discover the authentic side of the island.

Solo female travel in Crete.
Solo female travel in Crete.

Remember, the most popular destinations have several accommodation options you can find online and easily compare.

But if you want to go off the beaten path, finding a suitable place to stay might prove more challenging. Plus, you won’t be as often near other female solo travelers. 

So, if you want my opinion, stick to the main hubs, and when you feel like exploring, meet someone, rent a car, and head for a road trip! You could also drive independently, but it’s way safer if there are at least two of you. 

>> Looking for the right place to stay? Read Hostels in Crete: Top Accommodation for a Holiday on a Tight Budget

Other Tips to Consider

Solo female travel in Crete.
Solo female travel in Crete.

Whether you’re traveling to Crete or any other destination, these are some common-sense suggestions for a seamless experience.

Always Protect Your Belongings

In general, Greece is a safe destination for women to visit alone. However, always remember to keep an eye on your belongings and have them close. You can never predict what will happen, so act responsibly. 

Avoid Walking Alone on Empty Streets After Midnight

Crete is known for its hospitality, but things can always go astray, especially with some alcohol involved. So, avoid walking alone after midnight; if you do, stick to well-lit, busy streets.  

Buses are Your Best Friends

Bus on the road in Crete.
Buses in Crete.

If you want to move places while you travel, the public transport system in Crete should be your go-to option. Taxis are expensive, there are no trains, while car rentals usually require you to return the car to the same spot. Cretan buses, however, are affordable, reliable, and comfortable enough for long trips. 

Visit Any Time of the Year

Solo Female Travel in Crete
Solo female travel in Crete.

The good news about female solo traveling in Crete is that you can visit the island almost all year round. The season may be from May to October, but you can still explore the island in the winter if you don’t mind doing it without swimming. I’m sure you’ll love the extra attention from the locals.

If you are a woman traveling solo in Crete, you will love every second of your visit. The island is a heavenly destination with majestic locations, friendly locals, a fantastic culture, and a wild food scene.

Hiking Imbros Gorge in Crete.
Solo female travel in Crete.

If you follow common sense and general safety rules, traveling around Crete alone will be a piece of cake.
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Don’t forget travel insurance!

Although Crete is a safe destination, consider purchasing travel insurance to protect yourself and your loved ones from unexpected situations.

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More resources to enhance your Crete adventure

Start by checking out my guide to planning your trip to Crete, packed with helpful essential information. Explore the articles on prices in Crete, common mistakes to avoid, and insider secrets. You can also get one of the digital travel guides I’ve written about Crete. They are affordable and practical to check from your mobile.

When it’s time to plan, explore the best places to visit on Crete Island, discover my tours and activities, and be amazed at Crete’s incredible beaches. If you are exploring specific areas like Heraklion, Rethymnon, Lasithi, and Chania, I’ve got detailed guides to help you make the most of your time.

Suggested accommodation in Crete

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Solo Female Travel in Crete

Written by Dimitrios Tsevremes
Passionate about travel, spirituality, and sports, Dimi divides his time between Chania (Crete) and other countries. Writing is a way for him to express himself and his creativity. You can find out more about him and his work here.

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Gabi Ancarola

I have lived in Chania, Crete, since 2016. As a local, I have an intimate knowledge of the island. I host culinary and concierge tours and experiences in Crete and write about the island for several travel media. During the last five years, I have helped many travelers plan the perfect holiday in Crete. I co-authored DK Eyewitness Top 10 Crete and had more glasses of frappe than any regular person could ever handle.

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