6 Best Places in Europe for Solo Female Travellers: Safe & Fab

6 Best Places in Europe for Solo Female Travellers: Safe & Fab

Bustling cities? Quaint towns? Unspoiled nature? 

Not only is it widely considered the safest continent, but there are SO many excellent places in Europe for solo female travellers.

So, we thought we’d help you find a destination based on your own personal preferences.

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1. Iceland

What makes Iceland one of the very best places in Europe for solo female travellers? As well as having an extremely well-developed tourism infrastructure, it’s literally the safest country in the world

Plus, who hasn’t got “seeing the Northern Lights” on their bucket list?! (Psst: go between September and April for the highest chances of spotting them).

You could use Reykjavík as a base and make the most of the many guided day trips to visit different areas and attractions. 

Iceland isn’t cheap, but it’s one of those countries to see at least once in your lifetime.

Best for: natural wonders

Top cities: Reykjavík

Highlights: Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon, glacier hiking, whale watching

    Young beautiful woman posing for the camera on the background of a small Croatian town

    2. Croatia

    Sunny Croatia is one of the best places in Europe for solo female travellers on a budget.

    Immerse yourself in its friendly cities, full of historical wonders like the walls of Dubrovnik or the Pula Arena. Or how about being surrounded by nature at Krka National Park, home to seven waterfalls?

    And, of course, you can live your best #BeachLife and discover Croatia’s charming little islands, too.

    Best for: beaches and sightseeing on a budget

    Top cities: Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Split 

    Highlights: cities, Game of Thrones filming locations, island-hopping

      Young woman traveling on the street in the old town of Evora in Portugal

      3. Portugal

      Thanks to its good tourism infrastructure, you could visit this country’s picturesque main cities and a couple more highlights within a week.

      Portugal is full of quaint villages and towns like Lagos—famous for its walled area, cliffs, and beaches—and plenty of historical sights. 

      It also offers a variety of stunning beaches, including the Instagrammable Praia do Camilo with its wooden staircase.

      Unless you’re plant-based, you can’t leave Portugal without trying some seafood, and don’t forget about Pastéis de Nata, this country’s world-famous custard tarts.

      Best for: food, wine, and sightseeing

      Top cities: Lisbon, Porto

      Highlights: Algarve region, Azores for backpacking, Port tasting

        A tourist takes a selfie while in Nyhavn canal in the Danish capital, Denmark tourism concept

        4. Denmark

        One of the happiest countries in the world, Denmark is also considered amongst the safest places in Europe for solo female travellers. 

        Most locals speak excellent English, and they’re extremely welcoming to tourists.

        Denmark also offers an exciting mixture of city life and outdoorsy activities, allowing you to find #hygge in your own way. Why not use it as a starting point to then explore other Scandinavian countries?

        Best for: historical sights and nature

        Top cities: Copenhagen, Aarhus, Aalborg

        Highlights: Nyhavn’s waterfront, Viking history, fairytale-esque castles, Tivoli Gardens


          5. Germany

          If your idea of a holiday is more about city life than outdoor adventures, you’ll probably find Germany to be the very best place in Europe for solo female travellers.

          Museums, cathedrals, over 20,000 castles… and let’s not forget about nightlife, especially in Berlin!

          From bars to one of the most famous club scenes in the world, you’re bound to meet new people and have the time of your life.

          Best for: cities, history, and nightlife

          Top cities: Berlin, Munich, Hamburg 

          Highlights: Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, Neuschwanstein Castle, the Black Forest, Miniatur Wunderland


            6. Ireland

            This is one of the best places in Europe for solo female travellers looking to socialise.

            Thanks to its friendly vibe and over 7,000 cosy pubs, you’re bound to find yourself saying cheers (or “sláinte”) with some locals or fellow solo travellers.

            You could have a cultural stay in Dublin, try a brewery and distillery tour, or follow one of the many backpacking trails in nature.

            Best for: socialising, green landscapes, and cultural tours

            Top cities: Dublin, Galway, Limerick

            Highlights: Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Distillery, Connemara and Killarney national parks, Trinity College, the Wild Atlantic Way coastal route

              Of course, these are just some of the best places in Europe for solo female travellers. Anywhere else you’d recommend? Let us know in the comments.

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