Hi, i'm an 26 female and thinking of traveling alone to spain for 2 weeks in dec, is it dangerous? can i get to most places by public transport? or do i need a car to get around? also, do shops close early in dec? is it worth going during winter?
Spain is no more dangerous than anywhere else in Western Europe. It's definitely possible to get around without a car, unless you were planning on going to see anywhere particularly rural. Shop opening hours are normal in early December. It may even be pleasantly warm, depending on where you go (and if you're lucky...)
how abt durng x'mas time? would most of the shops close?
24 and 25th of december are considered a holiday, as is the 1st of january and the 6th of january. Depending where you are you can always find some shops opened. (usually shops run by chinese are opened, as are internet and telephone shops.)
Public transport is running on a sunday shedule during most of these days. if you need a car is up to where you want to go. If it is not too rural trains and busses can take you almost anywhere in Spain.
Spain is amazing and xmas time is even more special - in the cities/towns you'll see hundreds of lights and displays, giant xmas trees, in the squares there will often be nativity scenes...awesome!
I lived in northern Spain for a year and I'd agree with the above - it's not typically 'dangerous', just you're usual common sense will be fine. The south will be quite warm and the weather in the north will be similar to what you would get in Britain at that time of year.
Public transport is good - the usual rule is to take buses in the north and trains in the south. ALSA is the main bus operator and their website is in english too so you could check that...RENFE is the train operator.
Just remember that they celebrate the Kings on 6 January which is an extra holiday.
Hope that helps...
Thanks magykal1 and E for all the great help and info. but somehow i've decided to go belgium and countries around this x'mas, so i'll save spain, this beautiful country which i've always heard from my frds to next yr lol