For the past seven years I’ve been traveling the world solo and my favourite continent to explore solo is by far Europe. There are lots of causes I really like touring solo in Europe, specifically how a lot every country differs to the subsequent, the unimaginable meals, history, architecture, and how many different solo feminine vacationers I meet also traveling throughout Europe.
In case you are new to solo travel and notably as a female, it may be daunting understanding where to go first to ease in to the expertise and check the waters to ensure your first solo journey is a memorable one. These are the safest cities in Europe for solo female vacationers and although there are various more to call, these are the cities I felt most protected in and would recommend to fellow solo female vacationers who are making an attempt to determine the place to start out the solo journey experience. Take pleasure in!
- 1 Copenhagen, Denmark
- 2 Ljubljana
- 3 Lyon, France
- 4 Sorrento, Italy
- 5 Bergen, Norway
- 6 Vienna, Austria
- 7 Helsinki, Finland
- 8 Edinburgh, Scotland
- 9 Oxford, England
- 10 Reykjavik, Iceland
- 11 Lisbon, Portugal
- 12 Zagreb, Croatia
- 13 Zurich, Switzerland
- 14 London, UK
- 15 Berlin, Germany
- 16 Gent, Belgium
- 17 Stockholm, Sweden
- 18 Florence, Italy
- 19 Tallinn, Estonia
- 20 Bruges, Belgium
It took me a couple of visits to Europe to visit Copenhagen as I had heard by all accounts that it was one of the crucial (if not probably the most) costly cities in Europe. Certainly, my few days in the Danish capital have been expensive to say the least, nevertheless it was considered one of my favourite European winter cities to explore and I had such a great time touring solo in Copenhagen and made a lifelong good friend here (Jasmina) who showed me round her metropolis and welcomed me with open arms.
I never expected to like Ljubljana as a lot as I did however once I was capable of wrap my head around the pronunciation (Lah – yoob – li – ya – nah) I couldn’t cease singing its’ praise! The small and compact capital of Slovenia is likely one of the prettiest and indeed some of the underrated cities in all of Europe. The small nature of the town makes it straightforward to get around and walking is your only option, with many great cafes and parks to take pleasure in in the summer season – great for solo travelers.
I had visited France a handful of occasions earlier than I ever made my method to Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France (which I incorrectly considered Paris for a superb 25 years of my life). Lyon is a superb city for solo feminine travelers as a result of you possibly can eat, drink, stroll and bicycle your method around the city in a rotating movement so that you simply’re all the time having fun with the foodie scene but working off your energy and seeing the town on the similar time. The city is large but don’t let that overwhelm you – one of the simplest ways to see it’s over a number of days and discover a neighbourhood at a time.
The Amalfi Coast has develop into one in every of Italy’s most popular holiday spots in current years and is now one among Europe’s most wanted locations. For solo vacationers heading this manner I might extremely advocate basing your self in Sorrento, the good small metropolis to explore the Amalfi Coast from that feels authentic and far safer than neighbouring Naples (which, as a lot as I liked my time there, isn’t the most secure city for solo female vacationers). Be sure to don’t miss Positano (pictured), arguably probably the most lovely city on the Amalfi Coast and naturally Ravello, probably the most underrated city in the Amalfi.
Quintessentially cute, Bergen is situated on the southwestern coast of Norway and is usually considered probably the most photogenic city in your complete country. Bergen is extremely protected for solo travelers and indeed Norway as an entire is a superb selection for solo adventures. With a status for being one of the crucial expensive nations to go to in Europe, chances are you’ll need to break up your time in the cities with some time outside climbing/camping or if you wish to see the fjordlands at leisure, I can extremely advocate boarding a cruise for every week to see the coastal cities and cities of Norways.
Vienna is by far considered one of my favourites cities in all of Europe and for positive one of the safest capital cities to discover by yourself. Last yr I spent my first Christmas in Vienna and had a marvellous time hopping from one Christmas market to the subsequent. The espresso scene is a good way to cross the time alone and I’m positive if I had it my means, I’d spend weeks on end passing from one coffee shop to the subsequent.
Another nice capital metropolis to discover particularly for their flight connections (Finnair seem to be one of the more reasonably priced and well-connected airlines) is Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Helsinki is so protected that a native as soon as described to me of their weekend, “nothing exciting happened, this is Helsinki after all”. The vibe of the town is just a little underwhelming in the colder months but with somewhat bit of enthusiasm you’ll be able to really take pleasure in walking round this metropolis and should you’re in need of a bit more excitement, take a day ferry to Tallinn in Estonia.
In case you’re a Harry Potter fan like me, there actually is not any cause to not love Edinburgh. The metropolis where J.Okay. Rowling herself wrote a number of the collection, Edinburgh is a mecca for HP fans and even in the event you’re not a fan of the books and subsequent films, you possibly can recognize why the writer received so much of her inspiration from this metropolis. Edinburgh feels as previous as time itself – there’s a lot history and tradition to explore here and the locals are all too completely satisfied to share it. Edinburgh can also be house to one in every of Europe’s prettiest castles with an enviable location that oversees your complete city.
Should you journey to London and are wanting for extra of a countryside escape or a day trip from London, Oxford is likely one of the most lovely and protected cities to explore by yourself. The metropolis is brimming with students and scholar culture, making it a fantastic selection in case you are more of a social traveler trying to meet individuals. Should you’re extra of an introvert you possibly can still visit the colleges of Oxford to actually get a really feel for the town and discover a few of the school grounds.
The land of ice and hearth is surprisingly not as scary because it sounds. The truth is, Reykjavik is among the most protected cities in Europe to visit and due to an increase in tourism, is a superb place to satisfy fellow travellers and locals all of sudden. The cafe scene in Reykjavik is fairly poppin’, too, so you’ll want to make time to wander from one cafe to the subsequent. One of the things that stunned me most about this metropolis was what number of options there were for vegan meals – both at common restaurants and niche-specific vegan eating places that have been totally plant based mostly. This can be a great city to spend a couple of days in before you enterprise off in to the depths of the nation by street.
Lisbon has lengthy been considered one of my favorite cities to travel to as a solo female traveler as I have all the time felt incredibly protected, welcomed by locals and it is arms down one of many prettiest cities to get misplaced in.
The capital of Croatia stunned me once I first visited, principally because I hadn’t heard it was something out of the peculiar and yet I liked my few days here, wandering around the streets and getting lost. In fact be certain to not miss (the extra fashionable selection) Dubrovnik on the coast of Croatia, but don’t be too fast to cross up Zagreb as it’s a nice metropolis to base yourself for a number of days and really feel like an area in no time.
Switzerland is filled with pretty cities and towns however for me, there isn’t a metropolis quite as lovely as Zurich. I really like visiting Zurich in the wintery months on my solution to the ski slopes and will simply spend a number of days here, cuddled up beneath a blanket outdoors one of many espresso outlets consuming a cup of scorching cocoa.
Of all of the occasions I have been to London I might say 90% of them have been solo and so, so extremely pleasant. With an abundance of free museums to go to and an ideal expat tradition, there’s all the time one thing to see or do in this metropolis. London feels incredibly protected regardless of the time of day, night time, or season and with so many choices for entertainment, could be very straightforward to take pleasure in solo.
I lived alone in Berlin for a number of months back in 2015 and nonetheless keep in mind that time so fondly. This metropolis is effortlessly cool but in addition presents a terrific range of reasonably priced restaurants, yoga courses, ever-changing coffee scene and a darkish history that you can spend weeks on end uncovering.
Belgium shouldn’t be typically the primary selection for solo travelers however as one of the first destinations on my solo adventures many moons in the past, I’ve received a smooth spot for this nation and in specific the town of Gent. Gent has an enormous scholar inhabitants so it’s straightforward to satisfy individuals and have interaction in the social scene or in case you’re feeling like being on your own, this can be a great metropolis to get lost in and not using a map or any intentional destination.
The Swedish capital city of Stockholm is understood for its’ road fashion and certainly, is among the most fashionable cities to find. This can be a great city to explore in three days and is particularly energetic on the summer time weekends.
With so many great cities and towns to visit in Italy, it may be troublesome to slender it right down to recommend only the perfect Italian cities for solo travelers however if it is safety you’re after, Florence, the capital of Tuscany is likely one of the most lovely cities to discover on foot and is for probably the most part very protected. There are also some nice day journeys outdoors of Florence to take pleasure in, particularly in case you lease a automotive and head out in to the Italian countryside.
The medieval city previous town in Tallinn is probably the closest you’ll get to dwelling in a real life fairytale. Wandering round this metropolis might take you a day or it might take you every week, as the town is so lovely you’ll typically end up misplaced in the purity of it.
The city of Bruges in Northern Flanders may be my single most favorite metropolis in all of Europe. This city is extremely protected as a solo feminine traveler and is so picture good that you simply’ll be forgiven for considering you’ve stepped inside a postcard.
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