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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. Solo Travel in 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.

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.

2. Solo Travel in 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 their typical dishes and drinks. Famous is the Belgian beer, but also on this trip we can also add waffles, mussels and French fries.

Insider Tip: 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.

3. Solo Travel in Switzerland


Despite being in the heart of Europe, Switzerland has always held onto their own unique customs and culture. From yodelling to Alpine horn playing, Switzerland has a distinct identity which is all its own. Of course, this country is dominated by its Alpine mountain range, with the imposing Matterhorn having tempted climbers for generations.

Of course, Switzerland is also famous for its clocks and watches, and it seems like everything runs on time here. As a solo traveller you can set your own agenda. Make sure to soak up as much of the atmosphere as you can on your visit. Turquoise blue waters, mountainous peaks of permanent snow and a fresh breeze on the face. Interlaken is guarded by two large lakes of lake Thun and lake Brienz.

The first is the best known, with famous mountains such as the Niesen or the Harder Kulm and the views of the powerful and well-known Jungfrau, Eiger and Mönch. A water trip through the lake Thun and lake Brienz will take you through bucolic fishing ports and castles full of history. Be it the Mediterranean air on Lake Thun or the journey through the transparent glacial waters on Lake Brienz.

Close by are the Giessbach waterfalls, which are truly impressive and can be accessed from below through a walkway. They are in a forest where there is a luxury hotel that has its own zipper to the lake. The village of Zermatt is dominated by one of the greatest symbols of Switzerland, the unmistakable Matterhorn peak or Mount Matterhorn. Located in the canton of Valais, in the south of the country and bordering Italy, Zermatt is one of the most famous mountain destinations in the Swiss Alps. Matterhorn Museum shows the history and traditions of the town.

Skiing in Zermatt takes you to another dimension. The fabulous landscape will captivate your attention from the moment you step on the station. And who does not dazzle being surrounded by 29 peaks that exceed 4000 meters?
The three ski areas of Zermatt rise above 3100 meters. This translates into excellent snow conditions and long tracks.

For example, the track that starts at the Klein Matterhorn cable car, 3820 meters high, and ends in Zermatt, is 13 kilometers long and 2200 meters high, being one of the longest and highest tracks in the world. You can also end the day in the idyllic village of Findeln, tasting a fondue in one of its restaurants. Several airlines offer direct flights to the Swiss airports of Zurich, Geneva, Bern and Basel, from where you can take direct trains to Zermatt (between three and four hours).

The splendor of the sun in the alpine snow was unimaginable, nowhere is there such an exhibition of size and beauty as can be seen from the Top of Gornergrat. Gornergrat is one of the three skiing domains of Zermatt. The other two are Sunnegga-Rothorn and Matterhorn-Schwarzsee. In this last one is located the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, the highest panoramic viewpoint in Europe, at 3,883 meters, accessible through the cable car that climbs the highest altitude of the continent.

Visit the Palacio Glaciar, located 15 meters below the surface and decorated with ice sculptures, a restaurant and a shop. From Zermatt you can also access the Cervinia station in Italian territory. The panoramic views of much of Switzerland, northern Italy, and even the French Alps, is something truly extraordinary. Here you will discover the silent, wild, and beautiful landscape of the eternal alpine ice.

Insider Tip: We recommend taking a trip to Gruyères, where you will find the incredible H.R. Giger museum. Trust us when we tell you that this is no ordinary museum. The creator of the monsters from the Alien movies having designed this place himself in trademark Gothic style.

4. Solo Travel in 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. 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.

5. Solo Travel in Austria


Among best places to solo travel in Europe, no country combines urban landscapes and outdoor activities as well as Austria. In one day it is possible to crown alpine peaks and in the next walk through imperial Vienna. The Danube, the Alps, the castles, the markets along the cobbled streets and the classical music concerts are the pillars that make up Austria's appeal.

The vast cultural heritage of the Habsburgs can still be felt throughout Austria, either by watching a show of Lipizzaner horses at the Spanish Riding School or crossing the Hofburg to see Rubens masterpieces at the Kunsthistorisches Museum. The classical music of great geniuses such as Mozart, Strauss, Mahler, Haydn and Schubert continues to resonate in lavish auditoriums.

Music festivals such as the Salzburg Festival or the Bregenzer Festspiele are celebrated in beautiful surroundings with lakes and mountains as a backdrop. City of music and shows, Salzburg is a must see destination for lovers of culture, history and those who wish to enjoy nature in Austria.

In Austria the destination is the journey itself, such as a winding journey through deep alpine valleys on trains that cling precariously to steep slopes passing through glaciers and flowery meadows. Staying in hostels, airbnb, apartments and moving in trains are the cheapest way to travel Europe. With a Eurail Pass you can travel on trains across Europe. You can choose your countries and choose the European train pass that suits your traveling plans!

These landscapes will make the traveler want to ride a bicycle or tying hiking boots to reach magnificent and remote corners. In winter the slopes are filled with skiers and snowboarders, while in summer the rivers and glacial lakes become a paradise for whitewater rafting and canyoning. It is der Berg ruft or the call of the mountain.

Hallstatt, which is said to be the most beautiful village on the shores of a lake, is such a beautiful place in Austria that even the Chinese made a copy in their country. A good option, apart from being cheaper, is to stay in a cheap hotel room in the neighboring town of Obertraun, just across the lake and get closer little by little, enjoying the views as we approach Hallstatt. The town itself is small and can be visited in about 2 or 3 hours.

Austria may evoke images of Baroque churches, Habsburg palaces such as the Schloss Schönbrunn and great achievements of the Gothic like the Stephansdom, but this country is much more than pomp and palaces. In many cities, a refreshing breath of modern architecture has allowed us to perfectly match the contemporary and the historical places.

Some of the most striking icons in Austria are new buildings, such as the Vienna MuseumsQuartier in the renovated imperial stables, the huge Rubik's cube of the Ars Electronica in Linz or the science fiction building of the Kunsthaus Graz. Beyond the Viennese schnitzels and dumplings, the Austrian cuisine has evolved a lot, but remains true to its philosophy of carefully selected local ingredients.

Vegan, organic, wild ingredients and Slow Food are much more than just fashionable concepts. Whether it's a farmers' market, a retro- style delicatessen, a modern brunch venue or a Michelin-starred restaurant, love for the land is always present. In Austria they like seasonal food and local flavor.

Klagenfurt, the capital of Carinthia is also called the Rose of the Wörthersee. It is located on the banks of one of the largest and hottest alpine lakes in Europe. Klagenfurt has one of the most beautiful old town centers in Austria, with fascinating Renaissance courtyards, and for this reason it has already won the Europa Nostra prize three times.

In the Neuer Platz, the dragon, the characteristic stone symbol of the city, recalls the legend of the origins of Klagenfurt and also its proximity to Slovenia as this mythological animal also appears in the fables of this country. In the mountainous massif of Arlberg, located in western Austria, the breathtaking alpine landscapes combine with a cozy atmosphere in which the sport of snow reigns in the morning in the evening and in the evening are the wellness centers and an excellent gastronomy which captures the attention of visitors.

Twenty kilometers of mountainous road separates St Anton Am Arlberg, the largest town in the area, from Lech, famous for its excellent restaurants. Lech is so beautiful that, it had the honor of being considered best small towns in Europe. On the way you pass through the other three towns of Arlberg like Zürs, St Christoph and Stuben. The five share their traditional Tyrolean appearance and a commitment to quality tourism.

For centuries Arlberg was a region of passage - it communicates the Austrian regions of Tyrol and Vorarlberg - but difficult to access because of snowstorms and the risk of avalanches. The opening of the Arlbergbahn (Arlberg train) and the impressive roads that cross the ports of Arlberg and Flexen in the 20th century radically changed the life of these mountains.

To the north of the Arlberg region are the steep pinnacles and the pronounced ridges of Kalkalpen.

Insider Tip: Austria seems small on the map, but much of the country is vertical, so there is always some remote village, winding road or fabulous alpine panorama to discover. As a hiker, nothing makes me happier than looking out over a 2,000 m precipice on a Tyrol or Salzburg trail to see the wildflowers in spring or the Alpenglühen, that fabulous twilight that tints the limestone peaks.

And then there are the fantastic cafés and the fabulous art of Vienna, the romantic Wachau dotted with vines, the crystal clear lakes of Salzkammergut and the medieval villages of Carinthia, not forgetting the castles, abbeys and cakes that are everywhere. Who would not love this?

6. Solo Travel in Hungary


Hungary has always been the object of a dispute between great powers, and its monuments show this. It was the border between the western world and the Ottoman Empire and, in more recent times, between Western and Eastern Europe. its turbulent history has endowed the country with a very important cultural heritage.

Hungary also has a tourist destination of great importance in Europe. One of the characteristics of Budapest is its crowd of Ruin Pubs. They have become a symbol of the Hungarian capital and a full-fledged tourist attraction, as well as being the cornerstone of the nightlife in the city. The name is due to the poor state of the buildings in which these bars are located.

The building is not officially in ruins (since it would be totally illegal to set up any kind of business here). It's just old, disheveled, with chipped walls, retro furniture and screaming for reform. But that is the essence of all this. Many times the whole building works as a bar. In other cases it is only a part, but in general there are usually many rooms and nooks or hiding places with tables and chairs reused, old and different from each other.

There are furniture and vintage and retro objects, and decorative objects that range from bicycles, computer cathode monitors, bathtubs and even Trabants. The first Ruin Pub was the Szimpla, the most famous of all Budapest, so famous that most of its visitors are tourists, in fact many just go to take the photo and take a tour of the bar without consuming anything.

The tourist boom has pushed up prices a lot and the usual clientele has almost disappeared and marched to the new Ruin Pubs that have sprung up in the capital like mushrooms after the rain, and which are cheaper and less saturated. In spite of everything, Szimpla Kert in the Jewish Quarter in Erzsébetváros is a must on a trip to Budapest, and it is still advisable to have a beer, a shot of Palinka (the typical Hungarian brandy), or a cappuccino.

The city offers spectacular views of the Danube River and good opportunities for lovers of opera, museums and spas. The rest of the country is full of castles, baroque cities and small charming towns. Hotels are cheap in Hungary but, outside of Budapest, they do not offer all the amenities that would be desirable. Winters are freezing and not very suitable for sightseeing.

Insider Tip: Another of the most famous ruin bar is the Kőleves Kert. Very near there is Anker't , in the VI district, also well known in the Hungarian night. Instant, on the festive Király Street, is another famous Ruin Pub, so is Fogas ház, on Akácfa Street. As I said, in recent years they have multiplied, and not only in Budapest, other Hungarian cities such as Szeged or Pécs also have their ruinbars.

7. Solo Travel in France


France always appears in the highest positions of the most visited places in the world. Now we are going to give you several options to make different escapades in north France from Alsace to Normandy.

Alsace is a piece of Germany inside France, like a delicious fruit that fell on the other side of the fence from the tree of the neighbor who saw it being born. Alsace is a region of France located in the east of the country, on the border with Germany and Switzerland. Its capital is Strasbourg, home to important international institutions and organizations in Europe.

Strasbourg, with Brussels, is the political capital of Europe, since it is the seat of the European Parliament and the Council of Europe. The medieval atmosphere becomes more intense as you enter La Petite-France, the old neighborhood of fishermen, millers and leather tanners. Surrounded by four channels that look like the fingers of a giant, it is a perfect place to try Alsatian beer while watching the old towers of the Pont Couvert.

Although Alsace has well-known brands (Kronenbourg and Kanterbräu), you have to dare to ask for a brand of homemade beer. Let yourself be advised and taste without hurry. The best way to discover them is to follow the Alsace Wine Route, a 170-kilometer itinerary that has one of its most beautiful stretches between the cities of Obernai and Colmar.

They say that the Alsatian storks are oriented in this plain taking as reference the mountains that, like sentinels, watch over the vineyards. The Mount Saint Odile is one of the most famous both for its religious significance.

Two other important cities are Mulhouse, one of the first cities in France to industrialize, and Colmar, whose old town is a well-preserved example of German Gothic style and early Renaissance. In the center, the church and collegiate church of San Martín seems to call to order its squares and monuments. This Gothic work of beautiful design and cathedral dimensions opens onto the homonymous square.

Here there are many cafes and restaurants that prepare typical Alsatian specialties such as cocido or baeckeoffe, sauerkraut (fermented cabbage and accompanied by sausages or bacon), flammeküche, a kind of pizza with cheese, onion and mushrooms, and fleishnacka, a roll of pasta stuffed with minced meat and stewed, which is served cut into slices and served with green salad.

If you like good cuisine, in Alsace you can enjoy a wide variety of pastries, such as Pain d'épice (Alsatian Gingerbread with spices) and brédalas, small biscuits typical of the fiesta of Saint Nicholas (December 6).

The traditional cuisine is based on the Germanic culinary tradition, as it often uses pork, but also has foie gras, snails, honey and fresh cream without forgetting the many wines of denomination or the beers. Go into any Winstub and discover the Alsatian gastronomy.

Taking a boat ride through the Little Venice of Colmar is like traveling back in time to the 15th and 16th centuries, when Alsace was one of the richest regions in Europe. From the walls of this 12th century Haut Koenigsbourg castle an incredible view of the Vosges mountains, the Rhine valley and the Black Forest is seen.

Together with Ribeauvillé and Kaisersberg, Riquewihr is one of the most beautiful hiking villages in Alsace in the French country side. The Natural Regional Park of the Ardennes practically borders the neighboring country of Belgium. The ideal is to take a good hiking map of the area and walk along its paths, which will discover the different types of landscapes in which forests or rocky cliffs follow one another.

Actually, hiking is not the only outdoor sport that can be done around here. It is also common to tour the area on mountain bikes or riding, and even paddling in the different rivers of the protected area. Lille is one of the great cities of northern France. All this without forgetting that it has a very attractive historical center on the banks of the Deûle River and a very special gastronomic offer, which unites the French and the flamenco tradition.

Insider Tip: End at the seashore, almost in the English Channel, in one of the most touristic places of Normandy of Deauville. It is a historically visited town and an emblem of the beautiful Costa Fleurie, both for its casino and its racecourse or spas. Deauville is a good place to settle and travel Normandy, visiting historical sites of World War II, the Interesting city of Caen or the spectacular and nearby cliffs of Honfleur and Etretat. Loire Valley is a lesson in the history of living France in a mixture of Celtic awe and Gaelic charm.

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8. Solo Travel in Spain


Are you first time in Spain or looking for some travel tips for traveling in Spain? Summer is the best time to travel Spain. Plan a trip to Spain as among the best places to travel in Europe, Spain is a country with many facets and multiple faces, consisting of many peculiarities and characteristics, with different identities. Its coastline consists of sandy beaches. It has a Mediterranean climate that is pleasant throughout the year. It has a warm and welcoming population.

Spain has a gastronomy to the taste of the sun. It has contrast between rest and fiesta of the Balearic Islands, and it has lunar landscapes of the Canary Islands. While traveling in spain visit Barcelona and see the works of Gaudi in the architecture including the famous Sagrada Familia. For shopping, there is nothing better than the shops and kiosks of the Ramblas, a bustling artery that runs from Plaza Catalunya to Port Vell.

During this trip, the local culture is also seen in the big cities like Barcelona which is a lively and animated city, while Madrid is the heart of Spanish culture! Mingle with Madrilenians to enjoy tapas with them in a friendly atmosphere, while in Granada, you can admire the Alhambra Palace while visiting Spain.

Without leaving the city, you can also sunbathe in La Barceloneta and from there, jump on board a cable car that will take you to the top of Montjuïc. Among the best place to stay for solo female while visiting Barcelona is the Poble Nou, a neighborhood known for its numerous nightclubs.

Go to Seville and discover its magnificent Gothic cathedral. Fall in love with the beauty and the charm of Sevilla thanks to its gastronomy, its orange trees, its patios where time seems to stop and, above all, the kindness and joy of its people. They enjoy life in its streets with a good cold beer and lots of laughs. The city ​​of light and color awaits you on the banks of the Guadalquivir so you can discover its hidden corners and its sunrises next to the Giralda.

The charming city of Segovia has both small corners as the Azoguejo (small souk) and the neighborhood of the Canonjías, which have to be discovered walking quietly, as the most popular and overcrowded monuments of the Aqueduct and the Alcázar. It is therefore a city that lives with two rhythms completely antagonistic.

There is the hurried and bustling hordes of weekend tourists traveling to Spain everywhere and the quiet of the weekdays as a small capital of the Castilian province that is.

The Basque Country is a region of northern Spain and southern France still unexplored. But that is something that is changing, as it now begins to appear on tourist itineraries - and rightly so. As one of the oldest and culturally rich regions of Europe, it has much to offer visitors. The name Euskal Herria is used by the natives of the Basque Country to refer to their land.

From modern cities, picturesque villages and green landscapes to first class cuisine and the best wine region in Spain - the Basque Country has something for everyone. Bilbao is the perfect example. The Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Gehry is the best-known example and is also the number one tourist attraction in the Basque Country.

San Sebastián is also redefining the Basque image around the world with its extraordinary gastronomy. The city can proudly boast of being the home of two restaurants classified in the list of the 50 Best Restaurants in the World and, in addition, it has 16 Michelin stars distributed in 9 restaurants.

It is also one of the best places to taste some pintxos - miniature culinary creations, similar to Spanish tapas, but better. Just 20 minutes along the coast, the beautiful town of Hondarribia is fast becoming a must see for foodies. And after filling the stomach with all that delicious food, a trip to the best wine-growing area in Spain - La Rioja - is the perfect idea.

The region is full of picturesque villages, such as those found in the French Basque Country, as well as numerous fishing communities along the coast. There are beautiful beach destinations like Biarritz and some of the best surfing spots in the world.

Insider Tip: Beyond its capital Barcelona, ​​Catalonia is also to discover for its hinterland, its culture and its traditions while travelling to Spain. A trip to Spain is also synonymous with celebration. If you like to dance and have fun, treat yourself to a holiday on the Spanish coast or in one of its islands, the best known party cities for its nocturnal parties is undoubtedly Ibiza. The Balearic Islands offer beautiful landscapes with turquoise waters and idyllic beaches.

9. Solo Travel in Portugal


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.

10. Solo Travel in Italy


Nobody really needs an excuse to visit Italy, home of some of the most iconic destinations in the world. Rome, Milan, Venice in Veneto are places that everybody should try to visit at least once in their lives. Roman architecture abounds. The works of great masters adorn churches and galleries, and the rich culture of this ancient country has touched much of the civilised world.

That culture includes the famous Italian cuisine. When you think about how many food and drinks use Italian names in the English language it really emphasises how omnipresent Italian food has become. However, there is no substitute for sipping cappuccinos in Rome or eating Neapolitan ice-cream in Naples while visiting Italy.

With the passage of time, the charm and magic of Venice do not diminish. On the contrary, she continues to exercise the same fascination in those who still do not know her and also in those who have already visited her but, without a doubt, wish to return. Because Venice is one and is at the same time more a symbol than a place.

In Venice the days are never enough with gondola rides, visits to unmissable museums, excursions to nearby islands, tours of the most famous bridges, visits to luxurious palazzos. The gondolieri will tell you the details and secrets of the most famous places and, if you're lucky, you can even sing a typical Italian song.

Walk aimlessly through alleyways away from the tourist sites and discover corners, fountains and squares that seem like a story. Sit in Piazza San Marco for a coffee and listen to live music and you will lose track of time. The heart of Venice is the magical St Mark's Square, one of the largest squares in the world and also one of the most famous.

Its cafes are filled every afternoon with tourists and locals who enjoy a good ristretto, music of violins and the view of the Grand Canal. The Saint Mark's Basilica is one of the symbols of the city and center of religious life. To one side of the Basilica is the Giotto's Bell Tower, almost 100 meters high, which you can climb to enjoy the view.

The Ducal Palace was the residence of the dukes and seat of government. You will also see the Clock Tower and other historic buildings. One of the sides of Piazza San Marco overlooks the Grand Canal, the most important in the city. The vaporetto tour will give you a totally different view of the city and the main buildings and palaces.

The Rialto Bridge, on the Grand Canal, is the oldest in the city. Another of the most famous bridges in Venice is the Bridge of Sighs, which connects the Palace of Justice with the New Prisons. Tradition says that the couple that kisses when passing by gondola under the Bridge of Sighs, will find eternal love.

In Murano, the famous colored glass unique in the world is manufactured. Burano is a beautiful fishing village where lace is traditionally woven around the world (look for shops in Via Galuppi). Less than 300 kilometers away is the elegant Milan, a city with an important cultural heritage that goes far beyond fashion.

About 250 kilometers south of Venice is the wonderful Florence, where the splendor of the Renaissance is present in monuments, fountains and buildings but also in hidden corners of the city. The horizon of the Italian region of Trentino-Alto Adige is dominated by the impressive chain of the Dolomites, the friendly face of the Alps.

Its wide valleys covered with forests and meadows open to the south, so they are warmer than those of the north, warmth that is reflected in the character of those who attend the bivacchi, typical mountain huts that serve meals to skiers in winter and hikers in summer. But above all, the route from Trento to Bolzano means knowing two cultures, since here the airs of the Mediterranean and the Tyrol mix.

The beautiful and characteristic Merano is a city of different denominations. It is a city of gardens, city of well-being, historical and modern city, mundane but at the same time calm. After Bolzano, it is the second largest city in the Trentino Alto Adige region. The name of Sissi, queen of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is linked to the story of Merano.

Very important is also the wonderful Trauttmansdorff Castle, where the empress stayed twice during her stay in the area. Merano is an excellent city to stay to visit the Christmas markets of the area, to enjoy the thermal baths, to see Bolzano, Trento, and the Dolomites, including Val di non and Val di Sole (if you travel by car).

Merano is a lively city, of international events of great importance with the horse tours, the Merano Forst Grand Prize, the Merano Jazz Festival and also the Musical Weeks of Merano, international symphonic music event, the traditional Grape Festival and of course the Christmas markets. In other words, the city is enriched throughout the year with cultural, sporting, enogastronomic and traditional events.

The period of the Christmas markets is one of the most exciting in the city. In the air you can smell the perfumes of the hot wine (Vin Brulé), the spices and the typical pastry. The Christmas songs are heard through all the downtown streets. The Merano Christmas Market is the largest in the area, with its 83 exhibitors.

Another particular drink of Merano, which is also typical of the German Christmas tradition, is the Feuerzangenbowle, a sugar loaf soaked in rum, which is dripped in a copper pot filled with red wine!

Turin, the capital of Italian Piedmont is famous throughout the world for protecting the Shroud and for being the cradle of solid chocolate and Fiat. Let yourself be seduced by this beautiful Italian city, with the Alps always present and the great river Po embracing the center. Get to know its baroque and modernist architecture, its distinguished boulevards, its charming paved squares, its interesting museums and its cozy cafés. And, of course, do not miss its great nightlife and its transalpine gastronomy.

Lake Como, in the Lombardy region, is one of the most beautiful areas of Italy and also one of the most unknown, although it seems incredible. It is sometimes eclipsed by tourist areas such as Tuscany, Cinque Terre or the Amalfi Coast in Southeast Italy. Focus on the most touristic towns and places like Lenno, Bellagio, Brienno, Cernobbio, Varenna, Menaggio and Nesso.

There are several historic villas on Como Lake, where they have lived from aristocrats to writers or artists, since the sixteenth century. Today, these villas have been adapted and converted into hotels or museums and many of them can be visited. Fish, pasta and sweets are some of the protagonists of the most recommended restaurants in the area.

There is no trip worthy of Italian Tuscany that does not include the visit to Pisa. Seeing the inclination of its famous tower is an attraction that will be difficult to resist at a stone's throw from Florence. It is a huge green meadow on which extends the impressive monumental complex whose center is the Duomo cathedral, although its most popular corner is the famous leaning tower of Pisa. The best time to visit Italy is April to June or September to October.

Insider Tip: Among the best places while traveling Europe on your own, many people miss out on the beauty and charm of Lake Garda. Pay a visit and you won't be able to come back soon enough. And while you are there, stop in at the Osteria Gatto d'Oro for a meal. This quirky dining establishment is not to be missed.

11. Solo Travel in Croatia


Are you thinking of traveling to Croatia? You can visit Istria, Zagreb or even travel by car or train to Slovenia and learn more about this wonderful part of Europe. These are some of the places to visit in Croatia. Zagreb, the capital is quite far from the coast and most tourist areas but is one of the must-see trips to Croatia to know its history, enjoy nature or discover the nightlife.

Dubrovnik with its cobbled streets and orange roofs facing a turquoise sea makes it one of the favorite destinations. Enjoy a local red wine in the shade of its walls or on a terrace. Brac is one of the hundreds of islands that flood the Baltic Sea and during a trip to Croatia is an ideal place to rest and get away from tourists from the most visited areas.

Split is a city in Croatia that mixes the historic center with modernity. One of the best plans is to walk along the promenade and have a drink in the tranquility, and if you want something more cultural you should visit some of its museums and Diocletian's Palace. Visit the Plitvice Lakes and admire the beautiful color of its waters.

The bad thing is that you cannot bathe. If you want to take a dip, you should visit the Krka Natural Park.
Move to any of the islands such as the Hvar island or the Korkula island. Discover the Euphrasian Basilica of Porec, declared a World Heritage Site. You cannot miss the old town and its coastal and relaxed atmosphere.
Travel to the past in the Roman ruins of Pula.

Enjoy the nightlife of Croatia, in its many pubs, discos or annual festivals. To enter the country you will need your passport and visa.

12. Solo Travel in 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.

13. Solo Travel in 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 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.

Insider Tip: Make sure to visit the Archaeological Park at Butrint to explore the Roman and Greek ruins. This is a beautiful natural 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.

14. Solo Travel in 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 town.

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.

15. Solo Travel in Poland


As with many cities around the world, history and legends converge in Krakow among the Polish tourist attractions. This city of Central Europe located on the banks of the Vistula River, is for many the heart of Poland and offers tourists many attractions for its historic buildings, its museums and beautiful scenery.

A tour of the Historic Quarter will take you back to the Middle Ages, when the Main Square was the largest in Europe and overflowing with merchants and customers. You will see that the legendary castles, mysterious dragon caves, old churches and cobblestone streets coexist harmoniously with modern restaurants, bars and shops.

Krakow is also a destination for religious tourism, for the amount of churches and synagogues that we will find there, and the proximity of the Jasna Góra sanctuary of Czestochowa. And it is also a city that experienced the horrors of World War II, as you can see in a visit to the nearby Auschwitz concentration camp.

Insider Tip: The Historic Quarter of Krakow, a World Heritage Site, is divided into three areas of the mythical Wawel Hill, the Medieval City and the center of Kazimierz, also medieval. In the Medieval City of Krakow you can find the 13th-century Rynek Główny Square, considered the largest in Europe. Near Krakow is located one of the oldest salt mines in Europe, the Wieliczka salt mine.

16. Solo Travel in 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.

17. Solo Travel in Lithuania


Lithuania is a country full of natural and artificial surprises, with a history forged by the fusion of pagan roots with Catholic fervor. The Hill of Crosses is a mountain where, since the 19th century, the population has placed crosses as an offering or to ask for a favor. It survived the Soviet era and it is estimated that, to date, there are more than 50,000 crosses in the place.

If when you are traveling you want to take a break and give yourself a thermal bath, those of Lithuania are unparalleled. You have to go to Druskininkai, the spa is located next to Lake Druskonis, surrounded by woods, in a beautiful spot.

Insider Tip: The Lithuanian coast is made up of immense beaches. The best ones are near Klaipeda, in the narrow strip of sand that forms the Curonian Spit. Trakai is the place to which everyone who visits Lithuania ends up going. A large lake in the center of which is an island and a medieval castle that currently hosts concerts and exhibitions.

18. Solo Travel in Bulgaria


The Tzarevets or Tsarevets fortress is one of the great symbols of the city and possibly of Bulgaria. The street that leads to the Varosha district is possibly a good dividing line between what is the modern part of Veliko Tarvono and the old town and Sveta Gora. The Maika Bulgaria Monument, located in the center of the city is next to the Marno pole park.

Insider Tip: Veliko Tarvono, the most beautiful city in Bulgaria or at least that was thought by several media outlets when, years ago, it was awarded this award and was even named capital of cultural tourism in the Balkans. Veliko Tarnovo is also considered as the capital of the medieval tsars of Bulgaria, between wooded hills and divided by the river Yantra, a true medieval city that today has lively nightlife.

19. Solo Travel in Ukraine


Ukraine is not among the favorite destinations of travelers. However, appearances sometimes deceive, because Ukraine has nothing to do with those prejudices. Surely there will be something that will surprise you as soon as you arrive in Ukraine is the Cyrillic alphabet! Ukrainian customs are highly influenced by orthodox Christianity. Undoubtedly, the most typical you will see are its monasteries and churches.

An example is the St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery in the capital, Kiev. Very interesting is also the city of Leopolis or Lviv. Undoubtedly the most beautiful city in the country, the poetic Lviv stands out in western Ukraine as an unpolished precious stone.

Insider Tip: Unlike its counterparts in central Europe such as Prague or Krakow, Lviv has not yet been deformed and shaped to become a great tourist destination. So, if you walk by right now, you can discover its streets, testimony of the richness of past centuries, more authentic by that feeling of slight urban decrepitude that accentuates the air of lost glory that the city gives off. It is a must-see destination during a trip through Ukraine.

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.

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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Geeky Daddy said...

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!

KatyMalkin said...

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

That OC Girl said...

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.