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Are you wondering on how to travel solo in Europe or looking for some solo female travel ideas for backpackers? Europe is one of the safest places to travel when you are on your own and travelling Europe alone on a budget as it has some of the cheap places to travel. It can be a great place to meet people and fellow travellers as well and you can also travel cheap especially in May and June or October and November.

We all know about the famous European must-visit spots like Barcelona, Paris, Berlin and London, but there is a lot more to the Euro experience than this. That is why we have picked out the best European cities to travel solo that may not be at the top of everybody's bucket list to travel on budget. They are all definitely worth a visit and the European cities that should be on every solo traveler's list.

Along with best cities in Europe for solo travellers, best time of year to go and vacation ideas, for each country we have included one insider tip on a place to visit which is a little bit special in this Europe travel guide and blog.

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1. Portugal


Portugal is one of the oldest countries in the world. Founded on the margins of the Tagus River and open to the Atlantic, the ancient Lisbon with its seven hills and its decadent appearance continues to maintain an unquestionable charm for the one travelling to Portugal. Lisbon is the second oldest capital in Europe after Athens. The best way to get to know Lisbon is to walk on its narrow, cobbled streets, which wind up and down and reach the San Jorge Castle on the traditional tram 28.

While traveling Portugal enjoy a nostalgic fado in Alfama, take a picture with the statue of Fernando Pessoa, savor a coffee and pastéi de nata in Café a Brasileira and walk along the Belem promenade at sunset to watch the sun set over the Tagus. In Belem, one of the most famous and visited districts of Lisbon, there are two emblematic attractions of the golden age of Lisbon.

One is the Tower of Belem, from the 16th century, whose architectural style is representative of the time and typical of Portugal. The other is the Jerónimos Monastery, also in the Manueline style, where Fernando Pessoa is buried. Very close to Lisbon is Fatima, one of the most visited religious destinations in the world.

Sintra is considered the best excursion to do from Lisbon or from the coastal towns of Cascais and Estoril. Sintra is a Portuguese town that is located between the Sintra Mountains. Hidden among these pine-covered hills are extravagant palaces, opulent mansions and the ruins of an ancient castle. The walk from the historic center to the National Palace of Pena and the Castelo dos Mouros goes up a very steep hill and is quite challenging.

The city of Sintra is the best example of Europe of the colorful and whimsical romantic style of architecture. To the north of Lisbon, on the Atlantic Ocean and on the banks of the beautiful Douro is Oporto, the second largest city in Portugal. A tour of the Douro Valley will give you a full day in the Portuguese countryside. The wine culture permeates the route through this fertile valley from the city of Oporto.

Insider Tip: Coimbra, located between Oporto and Lisbon is an ancient medieval capital and one of the must see places in Portugal. Crossed by the Mondego River, it is a small city built at various heights and full of charming corners that can be covered in a day. In the center or the upper part, you can discover hidden courtyards while you walk through its narrow cobblestone streets and old buildings.

In this part, in addition to seeing the Old Cathedral and the Arch of Almedina, you can go up to the historic campus of the University of Coimbra, a World Heritage Site, and visit the magnificent Joanina Library. The lower part, the Baixa, revolves around the Praça Do Comércio, is a commercial area of ​​bourgeois houses, which highlights the beautiful Church of São Tiago and Santa Cruz Park. You can get to Coimbra from Oporto by train.

2. Andorra


Andorra is a small European country located in the eastern part of the Pyrenees Mountains and adjacent to France to the north and Spain to the south. A great way to start your trip to Andorra is without a doubt to take a first stroll through Andorra la Vella. Get close to the old medieval bridge of Pont d'Engordany.

You can also visit museums like the famous Tobacco Museum, where they will explain all the natural process of making this product, or the Escaldes-Engordany Art Center in which a wide collection of works and photographs of different authors are collected. Places like Santa Coloma or El Pas de la Casa are some of the most famous and where you will discover totally spectacular places.

3. Luxembourg


Have you ever thought about traveling to Luxembourg and also do it cheaply? Luxembourg airport is located a short distance from the capital, about 7-8 kilometers away. From there it is easy to move around the country, either by renting a car, or if you go straight to the city with a bus to the central station.

Luxembourg card allows to see the main places of interest in Luxembourg such as the Casemates (caves) of the city, the History Museum of the country or the fairytale castles such as Vianden with free admission. Chemin de la Corniche, in the capital, is one of the streets with the best views in the world. In fact they call it the most beautiful balcony in Europe.

The Casemates du Bock was a refuge during the bombings of the Second World War. Those of Pétrusse are located in the valley that surrounds the upper part of the city, a place that must be visited. Visit the great monuments of the city, such as the Ducal Palace of Luxembourg and the Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Stroll through the old quarter of the city, the Grund district to get lost in its fairytale alleyways. In addition to outdoor recreation there are a number of museums. Luxembourg has more than 50 castles, many of which can be visited, since they have been restored in recent years like Beaufort, Clervaux or Bourglinster, but there are other lesser-known routes such as the Valley of the Seven Castles.

If you still have time, you can also go to the border with Germany and visit Triers, one of the Roman gems of the Germanic country.

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4. Belgium


A trip to Brussels, Bruges and Ghent has become at this point a classic itinerary in Europe. These 3 cities, very close to each other, have a wide variety of attractions to offer from its medieval architecture typical of Belgium and the Netherlands, to its interesting museums and churches.

Brussels is cultural, beautiful and interesting. Its medieval buildings, its comic book culture and its countless galleries and museums have made it one of our favorite destinations. Manneken Pis is one of the main attractions. It's just a statue of a little boy peeing, but the challenge is not to laugh when you see it! And how not to name the typical Belgian food and drinks. Famous is the Belgian beer, but also on this trip we can also add waffles, mussels and French fries.

Bruges has several museums, but the Groeningemuseum is probably the best. Here you will find works of the famous Flemish primitives, such as Van Eyck and Memling. The nerve center of the city is located in Grote Markt, surrounded by impressive facades such as the Provincial Palace, or De Lakenhalle and the imposing monument known as Atalaya, symbol of freedom and autonomy of Bruges. With the Belfort in the background, the best plan in Bruges is probably to sit in the square and enjoy a good beer.

Today we will give you reasons to travel to Antwerp. The city is separated by the Scheldt, but the St Anna's Tunnel traverses it below the earth joining both banks. It was built as a pedestrian passage and for bicycles in the 30s. You must go down 31 meters under the river bed, and it will give you the feeling of having traveled in time, since everything is preserved exactly as when it was built.

You will also notice a sudden change in temperature as you have just started your descent to the center of the earth. On the other side of the shore, in the magic hour of the sunset, you will find yourself facing one of the best panoramic views of Antwerp. Vlaeykensgang alley is near the Grote Markt, but you will have to put yourself in the shoes of Sherlock Holmes to find it.

It is a set of courtyards and galleries that transport you directly to the medieval era. Among the things to do in Antwerp you can also stop for a coffee in some of the restaurants and bars that live in this alley today. The atmosphere in Meir zone is very pleasant since this neighborhood is very close to the historic center. Some of its streets intersect and the contrast of finding the Boerentoren building, the first skyscraper in Europe.

Antwerp City Card for 48 hours will give you free access to all monumental museums and churches, as well as public transport in the city.

Dinant, within the province of Mamur, is one of the most touristic and beautiful in Belgium. The city is located between two of the most attractive geographical features of the Wallonia region of the Mossa river, which runs through the town itself, and the rugged Ardennes reliefs. In short, Dinant is one of those essential destinations on any trip to Belgium.

If you travel to Dinant it seems necessary to drink a Leffe, since very close to here is the Abbey of Our Lady of Leffe, the origin of this prestigious beer, now known throughout the world.

Insider Tip: Hallerbos is a beautiful, quiet forest in Belgium. When the Bluebells are in full bloom, it looks magical. Abundance of Bluebells under the giant Sequoia trees makes the place worth visiting.

5. Netherlands


Amsterdam is one of the sin cities and most visited destinations when visiting European capitals. This mythical city receives millions of tourists a year who want to explore its picturesque streets and beautiful canals. Among the main museums are great exponents such as the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House.

While traveling in Amsterdam one of the most interesting neighborhoods in the city is Jordaan. It is best to walk through its streets at dusk and, why not, to improvise a relaxed weekend on the banks of a canal. You only need a small bottle of wine or some beers, some sandwiches!

Another neighborhood that must be seen is the Red Light District, full of bars, coffee shops and, of course, the famous shop windows. Prostitution is legal in Holland. It is a tricky subject but, regardless of your opinion, respect the decisions of others. And of course, do not even think about taking pictures of the girls. Do not treat them as a tourist attraction (it's also forbidden).

You must bear in mind that for more than 30 years in the Netherlands the sale of marijuana is completely legal. Even if you do not smoke, going to a coffee shop is quite an experience. And of course go to a café to have a beer and try some bitterballen, and some meatballs. Do not leave the city without trying some Stroopwafel, super thin waffles, stuffed with caramel. They have a few calories but they are good.

Surely you have been told how wonderful the mills of a small town on the outskirts of Amsterdam are. Do you know what town it is? Have you ever seen it in photos? In this post we will explain how to get to Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam.

Zaanse Schans is located in the Zaandam neighborhood, in the northern province of the Netherlands. It is surrounded by typical houses of the time, mills with more than 200 years, wooden clogs (they show the tourist its elaboration), a dairy farm, a distillery and a cheese factory with handmade products. It is an authentic museum of Holland's pre-industrial history in the 17th and 18th centuries in the open air, it is like returning to the past.

Zaanse Schans is full of activities and of course it guarantees you a great day. The most characteristic is undoubtedly its mills. Although in the past it had about 600 mills, nowadays you can enjoy 6. Each one of them still works. Due to the high amount of visitors, being a very tourist site, you will find many typical Dutch souvenirs.

Of all the buildings found in Zaanse Schans, the oldest is The Hunter's House, ZEILENMAKERSPAD. It is a family residential dating from 1623 and is currently an antique house. The merchant's house, Kalverringdijk, was about not to be part of Zaanse Schans. The owner wanted to get rid of it, to expand his factory in Oostzijde, so he decided to donate it to Zaanse Schans. Although it did not pass a first vote, not having so much quality or being a monument, the truth is that its inner beauty was the decisive element for its acquisition.

Another of the most curious sites is the De Vrede store, where you can discover how the best known clogs in the Netherlands are made. Although formerly they were made manually, nowadays they are made machines to cover the great demand. This store has a small museum where you will see a wonderful exhibition with the most curious clogs you have ever imagined, even one made of diamonds.

Insider Tip: Among things to do in Amsterdam, do not miss the flower market. Reserve a day of your time to take a trip to Volendam, Marken, Edam and Zaanse Schans and get lost in the more rural Holland, among windmills, tulip fields and cheese markets. Amsterdam has no sea, but it does have several urban beaches, where you can even bathe. The most popular is Blijburg aan Zee, to the southeast and is a must see on your first trip to Amsterdam.

6. Czechia


Formerly known as the Czech Republic, Czechia has almost become synonymous with its capital city of Prague. This beautiful chocolate-box-like city attracts millions every year, especially around Christmas time when the Christmas markets open. There are snow falls often to make the city look even more beautiful.

When it comes to planning an excursion from Prague, the spa town of Karlovy Vary is undoubtedly one of the most interesting options. Located to the west of Prague, getting to Karlovy Vary will give you about two hours of travel, but after visiting this historic spa, I bet you will consider that it was worth it. Karlovy Vary in German is known as Karlsbad.

If you start the visit to the north of the city, from the entrance coming from Prague, the first essential point is the Dvorak Park, where you will find the first colonnades that house sources of medicinal waters. This is the Colonnade of the Park. It is a strange sensation, typical of a spa, to be able to drink directly from a source of naturally aerated water that comes out hot.

Following the walk along the river, you will arrive at a large esplanade where the so-called Colonnade of the Mill is located. A little further on, along the pedestrian street you will find the Colonnade of the Market. At the end of the pedestrian promenade that runs along the river you will reach one of the most significant buildings of this spa town, the Gran Hotel Pupp.

Behind this famous hotel you have an alley from where you can climb the Tower of Diana, either walking or using a rack train. The mineral water with bottled gas from Karlovy Vary, as well as the Becherovka liqueur, is famous throughout the Czech Republic. As a souvenir to buy during your visit, it is typical to buy some ceramic jars with the appropriate handle to test the mineral waters that spring from the springs, as well as the Moser glassware.

Czech people are outdoor-lovers. Most of the locals love to escape the towns and European cities. They travel to go hiking or skiing in the beautiful natural mountains and lakes which are dotted around the country. Perhaps this love of exercising in the outdoors explains the heavy local diet of meat and dumplings, washed down by gallons of delicious locally-produced beers.

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Insider Tip: Take a solo trip outside of Prague and discover the neglected city of Ostrava. Czechia’s third largest city is always in the shadow of the more glamorous capital but has its own unique charm. Fantastic restaurants, friendly people and a very low cost of living make this a great off-the-beaten-track destination for solo travellers.

7. Monaco


Travel to Monaco, the second smallest country in the world just behind the Vatican. It has a privileged location, surrounded by the Alps and the Blue Coast. Monte Carlo is considered by many the capital of the principality, although in reality it is a district of the city-state, which is at the same time the capital.

It is known for its status as a tax haven as well as for its sparkling casino, its tennis open and its famous Circus Festival, added to a family famous for scandals. For the traveler it is a fascinating experience from a night in the casino, nightclubs in Monaco to a visit to the excellent Oceanographic Museum.

Travel to Monaco and discover the most concentrated luxury and entertainment in the world. Stay at the most exclusive hotels facing the French Riviera, the same ones that celebrities from all over the world attend during the celebration of the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, which turns the peaceful streets of the city ​​in a speed circuit where the most powerful cars in the world run.

Following the coast to the south, Monte Carlo follows the district of La Condamine, built around the port of Hercules, where you will discover the most spectacular yachts you can imagine. Along the promenade you can enjoy an aperitif in one of the terraces of the bars and restaurants of the environment.

In this district is also the Grimaldi palace, official residence of the royal family, built in the early thirteenth century but with many subsequent updates. You can visit the interior with guided tours. When you look for leisure, cookie shops or a places to eat in Monaco, you will also find it in La Condamine.

Princesa Carolina street is pedestrian and is devoted to trade, which will allow you to rest from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the principality.

8. Bosnia and Herzegovina


Mostar, a medieval city of Bosnia and Herzegovina is located on the banks of the Neretva River. Ottoman mosques with wide avenues and buildings from the Austro-Hungarian period are mixed in its streets. It is currently one of the most visited tourist destinations in the country. Near the Stari Most is the Muslim quarter, one of the most beautiful places in Mostar. In the Kujundziluk Bazaar you will find typical products and crafts.

Insider Tip: The two towers of the bridge can be visited. In one works a museum about the history of the city and in the other a photographic exhibition about the Balkan War. Several of the mosques of the Ottoman period have survived and open their doors to the public, such as that of Koshi Mehmed Pasha, the Karadjoz-bey and that of Vucjakovica dzamija.

9. Montenegro


Filled with majestic mountains, stunning beaches and welcoming and friendly people, Montenegro is irrefutable proof that it can be small and important at the same time. The old town of Kotor may not be as impressive as Dubrovnik where the Game of Thrones was shot but is a trip back in time to the Europe of walled cities with dark alleys and churches in each square.

There is an extraordinary display of birds on the largest lake in the Balkans, shared by Montenegro and Albania. On the Montenegrin side Lake Skadar National Park encompasses monasteries on islands. It is a glory to see this postcard fortified island town of Sveti Stefan, a piece of Mediterranean island with oleanders, pines and olive trees peeking out from among the red roofs of its pink stone houses.

The imposing gray peaks of the Durmitor massif are reflected in 18 glacial lakes, called gorske oči (eyes of the mountain). The biggest and most beautiful is the Black Lake. Perast occupies an ideal position, at the apex of the bay. This romantic seaside town, full of elegant baroque palaces and churches, is the main attraction of the entire Bay of Kotor.

The walled Old Town of Budva emerges in the Adriatic as a miniature, less frenetic Dubrovnik. With a romantic air, it shows in every corner that Mediterranean character. It is not easy to get a good view of the beautiful Tara canyon, as it is hindered by its vertical walls up to 1300 m high and lined with trees. The effect is even more impressive.

The most southern town of Montenegro, Ulcinj has a special vivacity, an indefinable animation that becomes evident especially on summer nights. No photo shows how wonderful the Ostrog Monastery is. The beautiful white complex attached to a rock wall will be just a speck in every frame that shows the height of the rock. The so-called accursed Mountains are rather divine for hikers and climbers. This steep Prokletije mountain range is the highest part of the Dinaric Alps.

The new Bar is an industrial city without much interest, but inland there is a real jewel. The suggestive ruins of the ancient city of Stari Bar stand on top of a cliff. Biogradska Gora National Park nestled between the folds of the Bjelasica mountains has such a peaceful, solitary and intact air that makes you want to stay forever.

Insider Tip: Although Podgorica has taken the capital from Cetinje, the old royal city of Montenegro still has the most important museums in the country. The true essence of Herceg Novi is in its modest old town, between the lively promenade and the busy road.

10. Slovakia


Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is very beautiful and deserves more than 24 hours to discover in depth everything it offers the visitor. Given its proximity to Vienna, many decide to stay in the Austrian capital and not come to this city. Bratislava is one of the smallest European capitals. However, its location on the banks of the Danube River and its historical places make it the perfect Christmas fairytale towns in Europe.

Insider Tip: In fact, if you come in winter, on festive dates, maybe you can see Santa Claus in the decked streets and precious Christmas markets.

11. Albania


Among the best places in Europe to go, Albania has long been the forgotten country of Europe. One day people are going to wake up and realise that this beautiful part of the world has a lot to offer. While near neighbours Greece and Croatia hoover up just about all of the tourists. Any solo travellers bold enough to take a trip to this relatively unknown land will be pleasantly surprised by what they find there.

The climate is wonderful and you will find plenty of beaches along the coastline. But it is the opportunity to enjoy the culture and history of this fascinating country that is the big draw. Especially since you won't have tens of thousands of other tourists stepping on your toes.

Located in the south of Albania, along the coast, the Llogara National Park can make us discover incredible mountains that rise more than 2000 meters, at the edge of the water. The road is incredibly winding and there are often traffic accidents, so it is wise to exercise caution while backpacking Europe.

It is incredible to believe to follow the coastal road from Saranda, after going through some steep curves, to be at the top of a gorge that culminates at 1000 meters and that is surrounded by mountains, some of which reach 2000 meters. This place seemed totally sublime. The natural park contains mountains, sea and lush forests.

The views of the park are simply sumptuous, and there are many Albanian food restaurants along the road, housed within traditional wooden constructions. Anyone who comes to spend a bit of time in Albania stop at one of the traditional villas of Llogara National Park and enjoy and explore the surrounding forests, which still house many specimens of wild boar, deer and wolves. It is one of the best way to travel Europe.

A diamond-shaped city located between the Rozafa Citadel, the magnificent Albanian Alps, the deep-blue Shkodrade Lake, a 30-kilometer sandy beach and the Buna River delta. Shkodra is one of the oldest cities in Albania, the main city of the tribe of the Illyrians, located in the northwestern part of the country.

The most important places are the castle of Rozafa, located in the western part of the city, between Drini and Buna rivers, the Hammam or Turkish bath and the Lead Mosque. The Mes Bridge and Lake Shkodra are two natural places to visit. The big lake (the largest in the Balkans) west of Shkodra, shared with Montenegro, is worth a trip.

Along the western coast there are some beaches and coves for bathing in fresh water, and the rustic villages of Shiroke and especially Zogaj seem still stuck in time. Nature lovers or for those who are looking for a pleasant walk through some of the forests can go directly to the beach in the Buna Delta reserve, between Velipoja and the Buna river, which here forms the border of Montenegro.

The Buna is a 44 km short river that originates in Lake Shkodra and meanders its way to the Adriatic Sea. Near the sea, the river divides into some branches, forming a low-lying swampy area in the delta area, with some fishing villages and a large island on the Montenegro side (Ada Bojana). On the Albanian side, some ancient arms of the river have turned into swampy lakes full of wildlife, surrounded by pine forests and deciduous trees.

The delta is populated by a rich variety of animals, including turtles, wild boar, foxes, jackals, spoonbills, pygmy cormorants, tanagers and hawks Levante. Arriving early in the morning gives you the greatest opportunity to observe wildlife and the opportunity to explore the entire area.

Permet is also known as the city of roses. Here in this beautiful canyon valley, surrounded by majestic mountains, you will find the Kati Bridge (a beautiful bridge that is over 500 years old) and the Benja Thermal Baths. These natural spring water baths are known for their curative properties and restorative benefits, great for those with stomach, kidney or skin ailments. Either way, great for your health and well-being.

Insider Tip: Make sure to visit the Butrint National Park to explore the Roman and Greek ruins in the south of Albania, opposite the Greek island of Corfu. This is a beautiful archaeological site. You get to feel like an explorer as you wander around the centuries-old site without having to put up with crowds of people.

12. Moldova


Moldova is one of the most unknown countries in Europe and considered the poorest country in Europe. It is the fifth least visited country in the world. Formerly on the edge of the USSR, Moldova has walked solo since the early nineties. Through the following guide we will show you that traveling to Moldova can be those unforgettable trips to be made in the old continent.

Going through this nation we will understand the importance of the Soviet bloc in the east. Romanians consider Moldova as their own. Chisinau located in the west of Romania and in the north, east and south of Ukraine is its capital. In 100 kilometers away you can find the Black Sea. It has two main rivers, the Dniester and the Prut.

Cricova is possibly the best known winery in Moldova. Its underground wine kingdom, 15 km north of Chisinau, is among the largest in Europe. Orheiul Vechi monastery carved into the rock of an imposing cliff is the most evocative attraction in Moldova.

13. Latvia


Conveniently located in northeastern Europe, the size of Latvia allows you to make a quick visit and offers globetrotters the possibility of arriving in just a few hours to Lithuania and Estonia, as well as to Saint Petersburg (only 7 hours away). car) and Belarus, or even make a trip to Finland in a weekend in Finland, Sweden or Lapland itself.

From your arrival in Riga, you will notice the tranquility of a capital that contrasts with the turmoil of the great cities of Western Europe , as you will be surprised by the trolleybuses of public transport, the famous Art Nouveau architectural style inscribed in UNESCO or the wooden houses of some neighborhoods of the city.

The trains that transport you from one point to another in the country will remind you of a Soviet period that you thought was past, and you will perceive that the Latvians are certainly colder and more closed than the inhabitants of the west, in a fairly matriarchal society.

Insider Tip: Dotted with beautiful villages and epic forts, the Gauja National Park in Latvia is fascinating. The tower of the Turaida Castle rises majestically over the pines. Jūrmala was once the spa and the most prestigious coastal destination of the former Russian Empire. While the Lithuanians enjoy the dunes of the Curonian Spit and the Estonians delight in the island life of Saaremaa and Hiiumaa, there is the intermediate Latvian coast of Kurzeme.

14. Estonia


A stay in Estonia naturally includes a visit to its capital. Tallinn is a wonderful city that you have to discover. Spend some time outside the capital and discover national parks such as Lahemaa National Park or explore the surrounding islands such as Saaremaa, Hiiumaa or Vormsi. Submerge yourselves in the waters of a lake and whipped ourselves with juniper branches.

Parnu is an old and picturesque city, a well-known spa with well-developed infrastructure. Apart from comfortable hotels and inns, it has a large number of sanatoriums and nursing homes, so one can at the same time improve health. The City Hall often hosts concerts and festivals, everyone can attend. The history of the place can be known during the excursion to the Parnu museum, which has been in operation since 1895.

Through the center of the historical district of Pärnu, is the charming Rüütli street. It is famous for its architectural monuments, the variety of good restaurants and souvenir shops. Beautiful old houses from different eras have survived here. The red brick houses of the nineteenth century look especially spectacular. In summer, the facades of many buildings are decorated with fresh flowers and ornamental plants.

The most beautiful monument of architecture is Villa Ammende. The most unusual sight of Pärnu is its mole, whose length is approximately 2000 meters. It is built from huge rocks and extends to the sea. This picturesque place is considered one of the most romantic in the city. There is a good tradition of lovers kissing in the middle of the mole. They believe that the separation will not affect them.

Fans of historical excursions should definitely see the beautiful castle of Paide. The first castle in its place was built by the Knights of the Teutonic Order. Originally, it was called Weisenstein.

Insider Tip: The snow-covered landscape of Scandinavian winter postcards also exists here. Especially the Christmas market, is a true magical decoration. In summer, on the contrary, the days are eternal and at the end of June the night does not even fall. It is the period of barbecues and smoked fish to the firewood.

15. Finland


Completing the trio of the Scandinavian countries is Finland. In this case, in addition to the kindness of its brothers - Sweden and Norway - it provides an argument of tremendous weight. Finland has the best educational system in the world. This is a guarantee of a modern, just and prepared society.

This Scandinavian country regularly tops the lists of safest countries in Europe. So it is one place that even the most timid of solo travellers should feel secure in. The least visited of the Scandinavian nations, Finland has a very unique feel thanks to its close (and sometimes uneasy) proximity to Russia.

This is the home of the sauna, with an estimated 3 million saunas for the use of its 5 million inhabitants. While we may make the connection between Finland and vodka, they love their beers in this part of the world. Locals especially enjoy drinking a cool beer or cider while enjoying a sauna.

Feel yourself like a true Finn by immersing yourself in a frozen lake in winter and then relax in a warm sauna in the Lake District, while there are degrees below freezing. Overcome your shyness and hookup in this most natural of Finnish customs with Saami people, so different from ours, wild fauna inhabiting forests in freedom.

Get into Saami culture and do typical activities such as sledding pulled by huskies or reindeer, or fish in frozen lakes with traditional techniques. With the midnight sun in summer and the aurora borealis show in winter, a trip to Finland is undoubtedly a trip to an unimaginable and non-existent nature for us so far.

From the region of Lapland with its many sports activities, nature landscapes and shelter of flora and wild fauna, and even beautiful cities and towns, these are some places to visit in Finland.

Helsinki, the coastal city with a pleasant atmosphere is considered one of the best cities to live. Stroll through its streets and reach the market in the port, to mingle with the local inhabitants. Visit the Orthodox and Lutheran cathedral and the huge Senate Square, surrounded by a modern but quiet atmosphere, characteristic of the Nordic countries.

Rovaniemi is the capital of Lapland and the home of Santa Claus. For those who think of traveling with children to Finland, it is an essential visit. It is also an ideal place to explore and observe wildlife in the wild such as bears, wolves or lynxes. Turku is the oldest city in Finland and former capital.

Stroll along the Aura River and discover two of the most important monuments of the place, the cathedral and the castle. Here is also the archipelago of Turku, with its more than 20,000 islands waiting to be explored. The best time to travel to Finland is between May and September and the best time to visit Finland for northern lights is in winter. To travel to Finland you need a visa and a valid passport.

Insider Tip: There is no better place to watch the incredible Northern Lights than from Finland. Rent out a glass igloo in the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort or ice hotels or other glamping resorts or living in log cabin under the stars in the middle of nature for a once-in-a-lifetime experience you will never forget.

Hopefully you have found something to inspire you in our whistle-stop trip around some of Europe's less visited places. There is more to a solo Europe trip than ticking off girls trips to Paris and Barcelona. You should take the time to explore more than just the traditional options. The map of Europe forms a rich and diverse tapestry.

The apps that we usually use in our trips and that we also recommend for Europe are Uber, Google Maps, public transport, or Zomato.

As a solo female traveler or singles you have the freedom to set your own itinerary. Traveling solo in Europe is easy thanks to the excellent public transportation networks which criss-cross the country. So why not take the time to opt for the road less travelled on your next vacation with our travel destinations?
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3 comments:

  1. My wife and I are heading to London in a few months and were trying to decide where else to stop. Your list has some great suggestions!

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  2. Great list! Some unexpected ones in there. And Spain is just full of hidden gems, love it.

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  3. Love this list! Italy is already in my plans for this year, and you know what, Norway looks stunning! I feel like it might be one of those non-touristy places that I would enjoy.

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