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    Top 8 European destinations for solo women travellers

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    Travelling solo in Europe can be a wonderful opportunity to venture out of your comfort zone, experience wonderful destinations, connect with fellow travellers and find new friends. These are our top eight European destinations for solo female travellers, all of which enjoy reputations as safe, hassle-free and welcoming destinations:

    1.      Czech Republic

    <em>Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic</em>

    Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

    With a low crime rate, friendly people, and a rich history and culture, it’s no surprise that the Czech Republic is a popular choice for women travelling solo. It also has more castles per capita than anywhere else in Europe and remains extremely affordable in terms of accommodation, transport and dining. Its capital, Prague, is renowned not just for its historic sights such as the Astrological Clock and Charles Bridge, but for its endless supply of vibrant cafes, bars, markets and festivals. Head to the stunning spa town of Karlovy Vary for a taste of fourteenth century architecture and healing spa therapies, or to the southern region of Moravia to sample the deliciously floral local wine.

    2.      Croatia

    <em>Dubrovnik, Croatia</em>

    Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Croatia’s biggest drawcard is its jaw-dropping natural beauty which, combined with an average 2,500 hours of annual sunshine, makes it an almost irresistible holiday destination. The ideal itinerary could incorporate island hopping along the Dalmatian coastline, exploring the ancient streets of Split and Zagreb, and hiking in breathtaking national parks such as Plitvice and Krka. Enjoy coffee and people-watching in the heart of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, visit secluded beaches and coves on a sailing holiday and be sure to sample the fritules – sweet, donut-like fritters filled with juicy (and often somewhat boozy) raisins.

    3.      Ireland

    <em>Ireland's Atlantic Coastline</em>

    Ireland’s Atlantic Coastline

    From the rolling farmland of County Clare in the south to the mind-boggling basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway in the north, the island of Ireland is an endless progression of incredible landscapes made even more attractive by the Irish people’s fondness for craic (that’s Gaelic for a good time). Ireland’s Atlantic coastline is considered one of the world’s greatest road trips, its food scene is quickly becoming one of Europe’s finest, and its many historic and pre-historic sites offer a fascinating view of its 10,000-year history. With a strong tradition of storytelling and live music, spending a lively evening in a cosy pub is an essential part of any Irish adventure.

    4.      Portugal

    <em>Lisbon, Portugal</em>

    Lisbon, Portugal

    Portugal’s reputation as the world’s best country to visit (according to Conde Nast’s 2022 Reader’s Choice Awards) is down to an intoxicating blend of wonderful climate, friendly people and incredible scenery. Lisbon offers amazing architecture and a vibrant nightlife, and it’s a handy gateway to the seaside town of Sintra, with its fairy-tale hilltop palace and castle ruins. Laze on the golden beaches of the Algarve region, take a walking tour of Porto’s Old Town and sample local wines on a river cruise along the Douro River.

    5.      Poland

    <em>Krawkow Old Town, Poland</em>

    Krakow Old Town, Poland

    Rich culture, delicious cuisine, cheap beer and incredible open spaces: Poland is a destination with much to offer. An intriguing destination for anyone interested in history, Poland’s fifteen UNESCO World Heritage sites include Kraków’s beautiful city centre, the fascinating Royal Salt Mines of Wieliczka and Bochnia, and the chilling camps of Auschwitz Birkenau. Białowieża Forest is one of Europe’s largest, and last, remaining expanses of primeval forest – home to unique species such as the European bison and pygmy owls. Visit during the winter to experience the magic of a horse-drawn sleigh ride among its towering ancient oak trees.

    6.      Switzerland

    <em>Bachalpsee, Switzerland</em>

    Bachalpsee, Switzerland

    Travelling solo in Switzerland is a dream: it’s safe, welcoming and incredibly beautiful. It’s also easy to get around, thanks to an excellent transport network, and there are plenty of outdoorsy activities, such as hiking and sailing during the summer and skiing during the winter, that provide opportunities to connect with other like-minded travellers. Then there are some of the world’s most divine chocolates to sample, epic rail journeys to experience and towering peaks to climb (by funicular or cable car if you don’t fancy doing it the hard way).

    7.      Slovenia

    <em>Lake Bled, Slovenia</em>

    Lake Bled, Slovenia

    For such a small country, Slovenia offers an impressive diversity of landscapes to explore and enjoy. The Slovene Riviera shares a stretch of Adriatic coastline with neighbouring Croatia: resort towns such as Piran and Izola are just as beautiful and historic as those further south on the Istrian peninsula. Further inland you’ll find some of Europe’s most picturesque scenery, from the Julian Alps to Lake Bled – ideal if you’re interested in joining a small group hiking or cycling tour. The Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, is small, charming and extremely walkable – you could easily spend countless days enjoying its riverside cafes, open spaces and Baroque architecture.

    8.      Norway

    <em>Hamnøy, Norway</em>

    Hamnøy, Norway

    Norway’s biggest drawcard is its wide-open spaces, and because it’s generally an extremely safe country, it’s a wonderful destination if you want to be out in nature on your own. The Norwegian people have a reputation for being somewhat reserved, but they’re also incredibly kind and hospitable. From cross-country skiing to white water rafting, from snowmobiling to ziplining, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to finding activities that will provide you with a healthy dose of adrenaline.

    Whether you’re planning a solo trip to Europe or looking to join a group of like-minded people on a small group tour, your personal travel manager can help with inspiration and expert advice.


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