There’s something to be said for the experience of solo travelling. You’ll have more freedom to do the things you want to do, and you’ll spend way less time waiting around for others to get their act together, resulting in a tighter, more efficient, itinerary.
It must be said, however, that certain parts of the continent are more suited to travelling alone than others, no matter whether you’re male, female or otherwise.
Here we take a look at some of the best solo travel destinations in Europe, and shine a light on what makes each so special
This famous city has a famously relaxed approach to life, particularly around the heavily-pedestrianised city centre.
If you’re an experienced cyclist, then renting a bike is the best way to get around; everywhere can be reached on two wheels, and you’ll find just about every café and restaurant flanked by dozens of chained-up bicycles.
When it comes to history, few European cities can match Rome.
While the city has acquired something of a bad reputation for solo travellers, the truth is that this is mostly undeserved – you’re just as vulnerable to pickpockets when you’re with a friend or two.
The locals tend to be extremely warm and welcoming, so you won’t feel isolated in the way you might in more stand-offish cultures.
If you’re travelling further east, then you’ll benefit from vastly lower living costs.
You can pick up a pint for just over a pound in this part of the world, and Budapest is small enough to see most of in just a single weekend.
If you’re in search of nightlife, then there’s plenty of it to be found here in the old warehouses which have been repurposed into nightclubs.
Paris is known everywhere as a city of romance. But solo travellers are just as welcome, here, and they’re able to wander around the various galleries and museums for as long as the fancy takes them.
If you’re in the city, then make sure that you make time to sample all of the local cuisine – we’re not just talking Michelin-star restaurants, but the many excellent cafes, bistros and bakeries, where you’ll be able to pick up a croque monsieur to eat at the table, or a jambon-beurre to take with you.
When it comes to opportunities for tourists, Iceland is emerging as a go-to nation. According to the Global Peace Index, which measures safety in various ways, Iceland is the most peaceful country in the world, and has been for some years.
You’ll pay a little bit more than you would elsewhere, but the city and the surrounding countryside are more than worth the price.
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