Though solo women travelers were harassed by macho males in the Franco era, Spanish men are much more hip today and much more politically correct.

As always, it's good to avoid deserted streets at night. Hitchhiking is never safe, of course. Dress conservatively, especially in remote towns. If women in bikinis, say, parade down the streets of Torremolinos, as many of them do, it's inevitable that they will be whistled at. If followed, seek out the nearest police officer.

Check out the award-winning website Journeywoman (www.journeywoman.com), a "real-life" women's travel-information network where you can sign up for a free e-mail newsletter and get advice on everything from etiquette and dress to safety. The travel guide Safety and Security for Women Who Travel offers common-sense tips on safe travel.

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