15 Best Places in Europe for Solo Travel in 2024

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Looking for the best places in Europe for solo travel?

As a frequent solo traveler myself, I’ve got you covered on discovering the best places to travel in Europe alone. In my experience, Europe is one of the very best continents for solo travel. Not only does it boast some magical cities, but the vast majority are extremely safe for solo travelers.

You’ll also find plenty of amazing settings and locations to choose from that you’ll love no matter your travel style. Whether you’re after fascinating cities bursting with culture, incredible rural scenery or the most beautiful beaches – European destinations tick many boxes. 

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15 Best Solo Travel Destinations in Europe

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1. Florence, Italy

view of the old bridge over Arno river in Florence italy

Known as the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is a city that’s overflowing with history, culture and art. It’s a beautiful city that’s one of the most romantic places in Italy – but it’s not just for couples!

Like most cities in Italy, this is a destination that’s packed with stunning landmarks and architecture. Florence Cathedral is absolutely gorgeous and the city’s gardens are the perfect spot for a solo stroll in summer. 

Florence also has some of the best museums and galleries to explore, including the Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Gallery, which is where you can see Michelangelo’s David. 

As a walkable and compact city, Florence is the perfect place for a slower-paced solo getaway. You’ll also find some of Italy’s best foodie spots in Florence so it’s ideal if all you want to do is indulge and live the Dolce Vita lifestyle.

🏨 Where to stay: Hotel Calimala

2. Lisbon, Portugal

Travel writer posing, seated, in front of Pena Palace in Sintra Portugal

If you’re worried about safety traveling alone in Europe (especially as a female solo traveler), Lisbon is a great capital city to consider. Widely seen as one of the safest major cities in Europe, Lisbon is artsy, vibrant and amazing to explore. 

Recently, Lisbon has become a lot more popular with backpackers and digital nomads thanks to being one of the more affordable destinations in Western Europe.

This also means there’s a lot going on socially for those who want to travel solo to Lisbon but still have a chance to meet new people. You’ll find many cool hostels, bars and nightlife scenes to join. 

There’s lots to take in – from the cute, cobblestoned neighborhood of Alfama to the UNESCO attractions of Belém.

There’s also plenty for culture lovers with street art and gorgeous architecture, as well as markets and a great foodie scene. If you have extra time, a day trip to Sintra is also well worth it.

🏨 Where to stay: Hotel Da Baixa 

3. Iceland

Hallgrimskirkja church in Iceland

Despite being easy to reach from both Europe and the Eastern US, Iceland feels like a faraway fairytale land. If you’re after a unique setting for a solo adventure, not many places in Europe compare. I visited Iceland in October over a long weekend and had an incredible experience.

Known as one of the world’s safest countries, Iceland is a perfect choice for solo travelers in any season. There’s also an incredible choice of things to see and is ideal for a back-to-nature getaway. 

From waterfall and geyser tours to hiking and chasing the Northern Lights, there are so many bucket list experiences in Iceland. If you want solitude, you could rent a car and explore the Golden Circle on a self-drive solo vacation. 

Or, you could join a group tour or take organized day trips to the country’s key attractions. There’s so much to fill your time that it will be an unforgettable, bucket list vacation.

🏨 Where to stay: Reykjavik Residence Hotel

4. Copenhagen, Denmark

Nyhavn houses in Copenhagen behind bike riders
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Copenhagen has become one of Europe’s trendiest destinations. It’s known for its cool, laid-back hygge vibes, tasty pastries and photogenic settings. 

As one of the safest cities on the continent, it’s one of the best places for solo travel in Europe. It’s also a walkable city and easy to navigate. 

So if you’re looking for a relaxing and leisurely city break, this could be the perfect destination for you.

When you’re not hopping from bakeries to cozy cafes sampling Danish treats, you can visit the colorful Nyhavn waterfront district, jump on a boat tour or cycle your way around the city. 

If you travel in season, you can also visit the famous Tivoli Gardens – an amusement park in the city center that offers something for every type of traveler.

🏨 Where to stay: Andersen Boutique Hotel

5. Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona city

Barcelona is another great solo travel destination in Europe. On a solo trip to Barcelona you can explore architecture that is renowned around the world, explore artsy neighborhoods, join in on the nightlife scene and feast on tapas. 

While Barcelona is a popular tourist destination, you can still cater your experience of the city to be more unique by getting off the beaten path

With its combination of beach life, city life and museum scene you’ll have plenty to explore in this famous Spanish city

🏨 Where to stay: Petit Palace Boqueria Garden

6. Paris, France

View of buildings along the Seine in Paris

Sure, many consider Paris a city fit for romance. It certainly can be that, but as someone who has frequently solo traveled to Paris I can assure you it’s just as fun on your own. 

You can follow my own solo Paris trip itinerary or curate one based even more on your own tastes. It’s possible to visit all of the typical tourist attractions in Paris solo without feeling out of place, as the areas are always busy anyway.

Find a bit of peace with a solo sit near Trocadero, looking up at the Eiffel Tower from the grassy surroundings. 

Wander aimlessly through the streets of Montmartre. Enjoy a sunset river cruise as you learn about the city. Romanticize your relationship with yourself in the city of lights. You can even book a solo travel photography session like I did.

If you’re wondering how safe Paris is, simply follow the typical safety best practices you’d follow in any big city – avoid dark, empty streets alone at night and keep a close eye on your belongings. 

🏨 Where to stay: Elysées Ceramic 

7. Rome, Italy 

Ah, Roma. 

Rome is one of my personal favorite cities in Europe and I have plenty of Rome tips to share from my travels there. I’ve traveled to Rome many times, both solo and not, and have loved every experience. 

Despite its oft-chaotic, gritty city feel at times I’ve always felt perfectly safe in Rome. While there are areas I’d avoid being out alone in at night, that’s true of really any city I travel to. 

Rome is bustling with life and energy at all hours, and especially if you stay near the city center you’ll never feel alone. 

Whether you visit on a solo trip or not, Rome is worth seeing at some point in your travels. 

🏨 Where to stay: Kolbe Hotel

8. Crete, Greece

Aerial view of beach at Crete

If you’re dreaming of a sun-kissed island escape in Europe, Greece is probably on your bucket list. This is a country that has so much to offer. As well as captivating historical and cultural sites, Greece has some of the best beaches in Europe.

It’s also a destination that’s known for its friendly locals, so it’s a generally safe country for a solo trip. Island-hopping is an amazing option for solo travel in Greece. But, if you want the ease of sticking to just one destination, you’ll want to add Crete to your list. 

As Greece’s largest island, Crete has a ton to offer. You’ll find so much to fill your time – from boat trips and beach days to hiking and visiting ancient historical sites. It’s an amazing island to explore.

🏨 Where to stay: Cocoon City Hostel 

9. Edinburgh, Scotland

View of street in Edinburgh, Scotland

The UK has so many great spots for solo travel. But, if you’re looking for a unique city break, the Scottish capital of Edinburgh is a perfect choice. Edinburgh is one of the very best cities to visit in the UK. It’s a charming destination that’s overflowing with history and culture.

As one of the world’s most welcoming cities with incredibly friendly locals, Edinburgh is a great place for solo travel in Europe. There’s also lots to see and do to keep you busy for a short city break. 

In addition to strolling through the gorgeous cobblestoned old town, you’ll be able to visit historical spots like Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle. You could also hike up nearby Arthur’s Seat for panoramic views, find comfy cafes, great shopping and lots of museums.

If you’re planning a summer trip, Edinburgh is also great in August during the Festival Fringe. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the biggest performing arts festival in the world!

🏨 Where to stay: CoDE Pod – The CoURT

10. Venice, Italy

view of gondola on a canal in Venice, Italy

Venice might be one of the most romantic cities in Europe, but it has so much to offer solo travellers in Italy, too. A one-of-a-kind destination, this city is magical and bursting with charm.

If you love history, culture and architecture, Venice is absolutely worth visiting and definitely needs to be on your European solo travel list.

The only way to get around Venice is by boat or on foot so it’s a great option if you love to leisurely wander. It’s also a safe destination and is an option where you won’t need to worry about navigating public transport or finding yourself too far off the beaten path.

In fact, getting lost in Venice is part of the experience and one of the places where it’s safest for solo travelers to do so.

There’s loads to see and do in Venice, too – from visiting St Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace to exploring the outer islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. It’s a city where you definitely won’t be bored on your own.

🏨 Where to stay: Palazzo Veneziano 

11. Krakow, Poland

Krakow Poland

There’s a lot to love about a visit to Krakow. This charming Polish city is known for its UNESCO Old Town, cobbled streets and grand squares. It’s a welcoming and friendly city – and also an affordable destination – making it one of the best places in Europe for solo travel.

With a compact city center, Krakow is easy to get around on foot. There are plenty of free walking tours that are great for solo travelers. If you visit, you’ll also want to check out Wawel Castle and the historic Jewish Quarter. 

🏨 Where to stay: Hotel 32 Kraków Old Town

12. London, England

red, double decker bus in London

Easily one of the best large cities in Europe, London is the perfect place for a solo city break. Although it’s a sprawling city, many of the main attractions are very centrally concentrated. The underground train network is relatively easy to navigate as well, especially if you download the Citymapper app.

There’s so much to see and do in London that you’ll never be bored. From iconic tourist attractions like Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge and Big Ben to quirky markets, Royal Parks and museums, there’s something for everyone. 

You’ll also find amazing cafes, restaurants and food markets that are perfect for solo travelers. Plus, you have some of the world’s best shopping as well as an incredible theater in the West End. It’s the ideal city for an urban adventure.

🏨 Where to stay: Hub by Premier Inn

13. Bruges, Belgium

Bruges, Belgium is a great Europe destination for solo travel

A pocket-sized city, Bruges feels like a fairytale European destination. If you’re after a quaint and compact city that’s packed with history, this is the one for you.

Known for its canals, winding streets and beautiful Flemish architecture, Bruges is exceptionally photogenic (there’s a reason why it’s known as Venice of the North!). But, not only this – Bruges is also a very safe city with low crime rates.

Walking is the best way to get around Bruges so there’s no need to navigate public transport. The historic center and the lively Markt Square are the highlights.

You could also hop on a canal cruise, visit Minnewater Park and make the most of the food scene with Belgian chocolate, fries and waffles.

🏨 Where to stay: Hotel Adornes

14. Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza town street

Spain’s Balearic Islands (Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera) are famed for being some of the world’s most beautiful. Gorgeous beaches, picturesque fishing villages and breathtaking natural scenery sum up these Mediterranean islands. All are great for solo travel, but Ibiza has to be a top pick.

Known for its nightlife with beach clubs and bars, Ibiza is an amazing choice for solo travelers who want to socialize. But, there’s also so much more to Ibiza than its party scene. Away from the iconic bars, Ibiza has super pretty towns, historic sites, a beautiful coastline and quieter areas as well. 

Yoga is big in Ibiza, so it’s perfect if you’re interested in going on a wellness retreat. Plus, you could also join boat trips, go hiking and relax on the beach. There’s something for every solo traveler to fall in love with in Ibiza.

🏨 Where to stay: Hostal Rosell Boutique

15. Madeira, Portugal

Madeira cliffside near the water

Spectacular landscapes, scenic hikes and lush forests – it’s no wonder Madeira is becoming so popular. A part of Portugal, but closer to Africa, Madeira is a really great option for a solo trip in Europe if you want a rural adventure.

It’s also a European destination that’s popular with digital nomads so you’ll find a great community of other solo visitors while you’re there.

Known as the Hawaii of Europe, Madeira is a volcanic and incredibly photogenic island. As well as its remarkable natural beauty, the island is known for its charming villages, vibrant capital and also its winemaking heritage. 

You’ll find a lot to see and do if you visit – from hiking and exploring the city of Funchal to relaxing in one of the island’s natural pools. 

🏨 Where to stay: Sé Boutique Hotel

Traveling in Europe alone FAQs

If you’re considering a solo trip to Europe, you might be wondering:

Is it a good idea to travel solo in Europe?

Europe is one of the best continents for solo travel. It might not be as affordable as some other destinations in Asia or South America, but there are so many different places to explore.

Regardless of your interests or what you want most from your vacation, there’s a perfect destination to suit what you’re looking for within Europe.

Plus, for many American solo travelers Europe will still feel somewhat familiar with less of a culture shock than elsewhere in the world. If you’re newer to solo travel, that’s certainly something to keep in mind as you choose your destination. 

What are the best European cities for solo travelers? 

Europe has so many amazing cities that are perfect for solo travelers. Whether you want a cosmopolitan and bustling option like London or you’re looking for somewhere quieter, you’ll find a city you love.

Some of the best European cities for solo travelers include London, Krakow, Lisbon and Copenhagen.

What is the safest country in Europe to travel alone as a woman?

Most of Europe is considered relatively safe, but some of the safest countries for females include Iceland, Denmark and Portugal.

Even though they’re good destinations for female solo travelers, you’ll still want to stay aware of your surroundings and keep your belongings safe – as you would in any destination.

Final Thoughts on Visiting Europe Solo

There’s a reason why Europe is one of the best places for solo travel. With beautiful beaches, gorgeous rural scenery and incredible cities, there’s no shortage of amazing places to visit.

There are also so many choices that are safe for solo travelers and options that tick all the right boxes, no matter your interests, budget or vacation style.

So, choose the destination that most speaks to you and start planning your adventure!