5 Solo Female Travel Destinations in Europe - Travel to Your Liking

A decade ago traveling alone, especially as a solo female seemed maybe not the best way to enjoy your trip. Your family members worried about your safety and well-being, you yourself worried about what others might think of you if you decide to travel alone. Nowadays though female solo travel is one of the booming types of the travel industry.

According to Solo Travel Society, women choose to travel alone for the following reasons:

"- 46% said freedom, independence and the chance to do what they want when they want

- 22% said they weren't willing to wait around for others

- 15% said to challenge themselves and gain confidence"

Can you relate to these answers? I know I can. Traveling solo as a female taught me to be more independent, to have more courage. I gained a lot of confidence along the way, learned more about different cultures, and I threw myself into new experiences. I would like to share with you some of the best destinations and ways to re-discover yourself while traveling alone as a woman.

I have chosen 5 travel destinations in Europe and suggested tours that you should not miss. I took into consideration that we all have different preferences when it comes to traveling. "Variety's the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavour..." - William Cowper. Are you into French food and are you ready to take a cooking class in Paris? Are you into scenic remote locations and following the footsteps of the Scandinavian shield-maidens? Or do you want to relax in Tuscany in a farmhouse drinking Chianti? Get some tips for your next solo travel!

1. PARIS - If you're into art, history, French food and idyllic parks

Panoramic View from Notre-Dame, Paris

“Cities have sexes: London is a man, Paris a woman, and New York a well-adjusted transsexual.” - Angela Carter.

If you believe like me that places have vibes, once you visit Paris you will agree with the quote above. It is an exceptional union of world-famous attractions, must-see museums, picturesque buildings, idyllic parks, and delicious foods and an inspiring lifestyle. Paris is not just the city of love and not just for couples. It has a lot to offer also for female solo travelers.

The Louvre at Night, Paris

If you're interested in art and history, you can check out the masterpieces in The Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, The Centre Pompidou, The Orangerie Museum etc. If you want to find out more about an inspiring woman, visit the Edith Piaf Museum. Enter into the universe of the singer famous for 'La Vie en Rose' and 'Milord'. Take a walk along the Seine river and hunt for artwork is just a MUST if you visit Paris.

Suggested tours:

Ultimate Louvre: 2-Hour Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Musée d'Orsay Reserved Access 1-Day Admission Ticket

Pompidou Center Entrance Ticket

If you're interested in French food, you have many options to learn more about French cuisine and food culture. Parisians are passionate about their cuisine and they would be delighted to share their love of food with you. You can visit the local markets, book gourmet food tasting tours, take cooking and baking classes, take a day trip from Paris to Champagne wine region. You will definitely enrich your life with learning about French food culture.


Check out Rosie McCarthy's (YouTube Chanel: Not even French) video on some French healthy eating habits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLLZazy0R7Y

Suggested tours:

From Paris: Champagne Tour with Tastings

Paris: 3-Hour Aligre Market Walking Food Tour & Tasting

Bake French Macaroons with a Parisian Chef

If you want to experience Paris as if you were a local, wander around the narrow streets in the Latin Quarter, visit the lovely neighborhood of Marais to discover its spectacular mansions and secret gardens, or go to one of the enchanting parks and watch people walking by and living their everyday life. Paris offers the perfect scene to rediscover yourself.

Suggested tours:

The Paris of a Parisienne

Paris: Secret Gardens Walking Tour

Gourmet French Dinner with Local Parisian Hosts

2. OSLO AND THE NORWEGIAN FJORDS - if you're into remote locations, incredible scenery, dreamlike fjords, adventure holidays and hiking

The Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen), Norway

When we think about Norway, we think about the surreal fjords, the magic scenery, the Northern-Lights, and the Vikings. If you're into adventure travel and you're more the outdoor type, Norway is a perfect destination for you. You can take your time and discover the places on your own without crowds of people driving you nuts. You can really enjoy the benefits of solo travel here. I suggest you take a fjord tour starting from Oslo and finish it in Bergen so you can embrace this opportunity to contemplate in peace on your own.

Shield-maiden Lagertha from the series Vikings

If you're into Scandinavian culture, explore the city of Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger and Trondheim. Follow the steps of the shield-maidens. A shield-maiden in Scandinavian folklore and mythology was a female warrior. In Oslo you can visit the Open-Air Museum, which is Oslo's best known folk museum and don't miss there the Stave Church and the old-fashioned sweet shop. The Viking Ship Museum houses archaeological finds, like the the completely whole Oseberg ship. The Viking Ship Museum is on the Bygdøy Peninsula with other notable national museums: The Viking Ship Museum, the Fram Museum, the Norwegian Folk Museum, the Kon-Tiki Museum, and the Norwegian Maritime Museum.

Suggested tours:

Oslo: Viking Ship Museum and Historical Museum Entry Ticket

Myth and Legends Oslo Walking Tour

Oslo Private Tour with a Local Guide

The Aurlandsfjord, Norway

If you're into fjords and spectacular photo opportunities, take one of the fjord tours from Oslo or from Bergen. The most beautiful fjords are the Sognefjord (the longest fjord, it is also called "the king of fjords", the Hardangerfjord, the Geirangerfjord etc. No trip to Scandinavia would be complete without seeing some of these fjords. You’ll also find various sightseeing, hiking, fishing, rafting and cycling trips. For an incredible scenery hike the Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen) by the Lysefjord.

Suggested tours:

From Stavanger: Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) Guided Hike

Norway in a Nutshell

Sognefjord in a Nutshell

The Lofoten Islands, Norway

If you're into secluded places, explore the Lofoten archipelago and the fishing villages.

The Lofoten Archipelago is situated north of the Arctic Circle, a lesser-known paradise of wild nature, small fishing villages and mind-blowing mountains. The perfect choice for those looking for a quiet and peaceful destination to turn off your worries and get away from everyday routine.

Suggested tours:

From Svolvær: Lofoten Archipelago Half-Day Panoramic Tour

Lofoten Islands: Summer Photography Tour

3. ANDALUSIA - if you're into stunning historic sights, Moorish/Islamic architecture, pretty old villages, amazing beaches, vibrant nightlife and flamenco

Parliament of Andalusia in Seville, Spain

Andalusia is very welcoming if you want to immerse yourself in a new culture. It is an ideal destination for you as a female solo traveler if you want to combine a beach holiday with culturally rich sites, visiting quiet and picturesque villages and eating tapas while watching a flamenco show. This region in Spain has by far one of the most colorful histories in all of Spain. You can visit one of the bullfighting arenas and you cannot miss a flamenco show. Andalusia captivates your senses and helps you to unleash the passionate side of you.

Discover Seville and visit the Royal Alcazar Palace, a mix of Moorish, Renaissance and Mudéjar architecture. The upper floors of the Alcázar are the Spanish royal family’s Seville residence. Include in your city tour the Cathedral, the Giralda Bell Tower, the Casa de Pilatos (Pilate's House), the Torre del Oro, the Plaza De España, the Maria Luisa Park, the Real Maestranza bullring and more. If you're interested in ceramic tiles

Suggested tours and things to do:

Seville: Alcazar, Cathedral & Giralda Guided Tour

Seville: 1-Hour Flamenco Show at Museo del Baile Flamenco

Seville: Four Hour Food Tour

The Palace of the Christian Kings in Córdoba, Spain

Discover Córdoba, visit the Mosque-Cathedral, the Medina Azahara, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bridge, the Torre de Calahorra and many more attractions. For a truly authentic experience visit the coolest neighborhoods like San Basilio, Santa Marina, Juderia and San Andres-San Pablo. Cordoba is rich in whitewashed houses, cobbled streets, charming little squares, flower-filled patios and courtyards. San Andres-San Pablo is in the centre of Cordoba’s old town and is the busiest part of the city.

Suggested tours and things to do:

Cordoba Mosque-Cathedral Guided Tour

Córdoba: Guided Tour of the Patios

Córdoba: Flamenco Show at the Arabian Baths

4. SWITZERLAND - if you're into winter sports, adventure holidays, mountain hiking, Swiss products, multicultural melting pots and farm animals

Oeschinen Lake in Switzerland

The small and neutral Switzerland is a historically multilingual nation. The three major official languages are German, French, and Italian. The country is rich in endless natural beauty and enjoys cultural diversity. It is a perfect destination for solo female travelers, if you are an outdoor type of person, you like luxury holidays and you want to immerse in a multicultural environment. Living a multicultural environment, even if for a short period, will enrich your life. You will learn that there is much more than city life.

Château de Chillon in Montreux, Switzerland

If you're into French Switzerland, and you also like history, visit Montreux, this lakeside city and stay on the shores of Lake Geneva with the Swiss Alps in the background. Château de Chillon, a 13th-century fortress is Switzerland’s most visited historical building. Visiting the castle is like going back in time. The highlights of this castle are the underground rooms, the courtyards, the great halls, and the weapons room. If you like jazz, you can go to Montreux when the prestigious Montreux Jazz festival takes place. This festival has a world-famous reputation for its diverse and renowned musical performances.

If you're a more adventurous type, visit the Lac St Léonard cave. It is filled with 24 million liters of water fed through the rock walls and is Europe’s biggest underground lake.

Suggested tours and things to do:

Geneva: Glacier 3000 Experience and Montreux

From Geneva: Charlie Chaplin & Montreux Full Day Trip

Montreux - Vevey Riviera Scenic Food&Wine Tour - Private

Matternhorn, Switzerland

If you're into winter sports and outdoor adventures, visit Zermatt and the Matterhorn. The Matterhorn is famous for being the world’s most photographed mountain in the world. Take a cable car to Trockener Steg where you can get the best view of the Matterhorn at sunrise. If you love winter-sports, hit the slopes!

Suggested tours and things to do:

Bern: Zermatt & Gornergrat Matterhorn Area Train Trip

Lugano, Switzerland

If you're into elegant and picturesque cities, go to Lugano. It is the best known lakeside city in Italian Switzerland. It is often called "The Monte Carlo of Switzerland". Try some water-based activities in the Lake or just enjoy walking in the Mediterranean look-alike streets. Check out the flower beds, and fountains in the Parco Civico-Ciani. Take the funicular rail to Monte Bré.

Suggested tours:

Lugano and Mount San Salvatore

Lugano Food & Wine Tour

5. TUSCANY - if you're into artistic legacy, historical cities, agricultural tourism, world-renowned wines ans delicious Italian food

Tuscany, Italy

If you want to explore historical sites, check out the Renaissance artworks, go on wine tasting tours or just learn about Italian culture in general and get lifestyle tips from locals while staying in a farm house, Tuscany is an ideal destination for you. You can also take a 2 weeks-course to learn some basic Italian expressions to understand more Italians.

If you're into art and history, visit the well-known cities of Florence, Siena, Pisa, San Gimignano and more. Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance (il Rinascimento). Visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, along with the baptistery and bell tower. A must-see for art lovers is the Uffizi Gallery, which is the home of the famous Botticelli painting, The Birth of Venus, as well as many other Renaissance masterpieces. Relax in the Boboli Gardens, the largest garden in the city belongs to Palazzo Pitti. The Palazzo Pitti is the grand palace of the Medici family and houses some of the greatest art from the Renaissance.

Suggested tours:

Ultimate Uffizi: 2-Hour Priority Entrance Tour

Florence Full-Day Guided Tour with Accademia and Uffizi

Florence: Private Customized Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Montepulciano in Tuscany, Italy

If you're into Italian wine and food, visit the amazing villages, castles, hamlets, and farmhouses of Val d'Orica. Tuscany is home to Italy’s most panoramic vineyards, verdant rolling hills, and the Chianti wine. Visit a beautiful Chianti estate and take part into two exclusive wine tastings. Stay in one of the farmhouses to get to know Italians better.

Suggested tours and things to do:

Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano with Lunch and Wine in Chianti

Chianti Authentic Wine Tasting Experience

Book accommodation in Agriturismo Cerreto in Pienza

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