For women, travelling can be a hassle. With the rising number of crime rates against women, finding a place to see for the solo female traveller is not that simple. But, you don’t need to be disheartened as some European destinations help you restore your faith in humanity.
Let me discuss some of the beautiful European destinations ideal for female solo travellers. I have been to all these places and I will give you my firsthand experience.
Here Are Top 7 Destinations In Europe For The Solo Female Traveller
When it comes to natural beauty, serenity, and happiness Reykjavik tops the list. Its dreamlike landscape manages to make you believe you are in another dimension. The best thing about this nation is that it is accessible both from Europe and North America, moreover, you won’t face any difficulty navigating around the city once you have reached there.
Besides being one of the beautiful places in the world, it is also one of the safest places you can visit as a female. If you are an outdoor kind of person, then you can indulge in lots of activities, hiking in Pingvellir National Park, Viking horse riding at Thingvellir, and skiing at Blafjoll. You can enjoy swimming at Blue Lagoon, explore the stunning glaciers, and go whale watching. Your trip will surely be incomplete if you haven’t seen Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). Even though Iceland is cold, it will certainly warm your heart.
Second on the list is Amsterdam, known for its laid-back environment and liberal vibe. I like the fact that city is quite cheap and you can easily explore the city both by foot or on a hired bicycle, I chose to hire a bicycle.
Being one of Europe’s historic cities, you get to see over 5, 000 preserved houses and buildings, dating from as far as 16th century. While you are in Amsterdam, you get to do many things and there is an abundance of tourist attractions as well.
Visit Dam Square to find Royal Palace Nieuwe Kerk and the famous National Monument. The only downfall of this place is that there are so many things located at one single place, so my advice is to focus on one building/monument at a time, trust me it will surely help you. Then travel towards Koninklijk Paleis (Royal Palace), the building was made in the 17th century. The lamp posts and the images of the lions & crowns give it a royal look. Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) was built in the 15th century, and it is the burial site of the Dutch naval heroes, this place draws tourists from around the world.
When you are travelling alone in Edinburgh, one of the best ways to meet people is to be a part of various festivals including – Blues Festival, International Film Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The city is easy to navigate and getting around is also quite easy as everyone speaks English here.
All the action seems to take place in the Royal Mile – Historic Heart of the city. This is where you will find museums, shops, and restaurants. This area is both culturally and historically important; this is where you get to see and do different things. You also get to see various landmarks such as Edinburgh Castle and Palace of Holyroodhouse. Make sure you have made it to Edinburgh Zoo to see Penguin Parade (every day at 2 pm). It is really wonderful to see the penguins roaming and admire these beautiful creatures.
Barcelona is like a heaven for all the solo female travellers out there. There is something in the air of Barcelona that makes you fall in love with this place. The city is bustling with impressive architecture, and you get to explore 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, out of which seven are designed by Antoni Gaudi. Even though you are travelling alone, getting around the city is easy. You won’t face any hassle reaching from one place to another as this place has a great public transportation system including – trams, buses and a subway.
Barcelona offers various dining options. Grab a seat at the bar and enjoying tapas is a great option for all the solo female travellers. Enter the Boqueria Market, you fill find this market full of fruit skins and melted ice, the stall holders are quite loud, but they all add to the charm of this market (thronged with both the tourists and the locals).
Ranked at 5th position, Dublin is one of the beautiful cities to have the best and the most rewarding solo travelling experience. The Irish culture is somewhat different from that of North America, but not that much. Moreover, it is safe for solo female traveller. I found that Irish people are quite friendly and they are always ready to lend you a helping hand, probably this is the reason Irish people are known as the friendliest people across the globe.
When you are a female, staying at a hostel doesn’t seem appropriate. But, trust me staying at a hostel is way cheaper than booking a room in a hotel, moreover, the hostels offer all the modern amenities. I chose to stay at Jacobs Inn Hostel, but there are various other options – Generator Hostel Dublin, Abigails Hostel, Abbey Court, Egali Hostel and much more.
Well, Brussels is certainly the best place for your next solo travel. Moreover, this city also plays a significant role in European life and world history. This European city packs in a wide variety of attractions including – Grand Palace, Manneken Pis, Musical Instruments Museum, Horta Museum, Cantillon Brewery, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and much more.
Yes, I won’t deny the fact that the city is expensive, but you can safely walk around. Most of the people here speak English, so you can easily interact with the people. The shops here at Brussels offers something for everyone. As a solo traveller, you can easily wander around various shops. From the renowned designers Avenue Louise and Boulevard de Waterloo to the flea markets – Jeu de Belle, you have endless shopping opportunities.
London, The United Kingdom
I believe that my list will be incomplete if I don’t mention London. Without a doubt, London is one of the most-visited European destinations and undoubtedly one of the easiest cities to explore. I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to London, make sure you have spared few extra days to explore ‘The City of Dreams’.
When you are in London, there are so many places worth going including – Coca-Cola London Eye, SEA LIFE London Aquarium, Madame Tussauds Museum, London Zoo and much more. There are also plenty of things you can do and you won’t face any problem navigating the city. You can meet the locals and other travellers at pubs and hostels or have a great time on your own by enjoying the long list of London’s attractions.