Europe has been a quintessential destination for solo travelers for years running.
Who doesn’t want to try street crepes in France, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland, or swim in the Mediterranean beaches of Greece?
The options are infinite with 50 countries to explore. Let’s be honest, though: with so many choices, it can be hard to make one at all. It’s like asking you to build your own pizza with dozens of delicious flavors at your fingertips. Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones and you’ve got the endurance (and the budget) to pile em’ all onto the pie.
However, if you’re like the rest of us, you might have to go for quality over quantity.
For all you solo travelers out there, this list narrows down the top six European cities to add to your itinerary.
1. Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki is the capital of Finland, and it’s also one of the most creative cities in the country. The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design named it the World Design Capital 2012, and the city certainly lives up to the recognition. You see it in the architecture and in the livelihood of the parks and streets, especially in the summertime. If you plan your trip right, you might even catch Restaurant Day (which happens four times a year). Pop-up restaurants appear all over the city! Simply put, it’s just a super cool place to explore.
2. Seville, Spain
Seville is the kind of city you start a love affair with. The days are sunny and colorful, and since everything is within a thirty-minute radius it’s a great place to explore on foot. Everything from making new friends to experiencing true Spanish culture comes easily in Seville. Keep in mind, though, that you will get a lot of opportunities to practice your Spanish because English isn’t widely spoken.
3. Marseille, France
When you mention France, everyone thinks about Paris. Even though the love capital of the world would be the obvious choice for couples, if you’re looking for something a little more out of the way, Marseille is the perfect place for a solo vacation. The best part of this city is that it’s right on the Mediterranean Sea. Although Marseille is also known to be a little rougher around the edges than what tourists may expect from France, it’s worth looking beyond the veil. It’s a multi-cultural, chaotic, and quirky city to explore.
4. Brussels, Belgium
Brussels is another great city for your next solo European adventure because of how easy it is to get around. Anything that you can’t walk to is easy accessible through public transportation. You’ll definitely burn off a few calories as you stroll through the flower markets or take a walk to scope out the 17-century architecture. Although Dutch and French are the two official languages of Belgium, it’s quite easy to get around and you’ll find that most people do speak enough English for you to get by. Regardless, it’s always recommended that you carry a handy dandy phrase book.
5. Venice, Italy
Venice is known as one of Europe’s most romantic cities! So, maybe you’re asking yourself, why would you go there alone? Great question – but the things that make Venice great for couples makes it perfect for solo travelers, too. It’s a city that’s easy to navigate, locals are incredibly kind, and the inner city canals make it one of the most unique places you could visit. Venice is also a great hub for day trips to other Italian excursions like a wine tasting in the Veneto region or a peek at Juliet’s balcony in Verona.
6. Prague, Czech Republic
Prague should be at the top of any Euro-trip list. There’s so much history in this city for you to discover, and one thing is for sure: you’ll never be bored. It’s great for solo travelers because the city center is very compact, making it a very manageable city. It’s also one of the more affordable cities in Europe. You’ll find gothic architecture, a great expat community, and pubs with delicious brews.