Top 6 Adventures for Solo Travelers in Europe
Solo traveling in Europe is definitely a life-changing experience we recommend you take part in. Instead of depending on a group of friends or your partner, you are taking to the road on your own and your travel book—getting to know a part of yourself you’ve never known before (i.e. making travel plans, setting up reservations, creating an itinerary, etc.). If you want to solo travel but aren’t sure where to explore, read these ideas to get some insight on how to travel by yourself in amazing Europe destinations!
1. Walking Camino de Santiago
Camino de Santiago, otherwise known as “The Route of St. James,” is a pathway sprawling across France and Spain. According to National Geographic, for thousands of years, pilgrims have taken this path to honor the Apostle James. Whether spiritual or not, you’ll definitely get to the end of your trek a changed person. Along the way, there are hostels to sleep and eat at.
Also, don’t be surprised to meet people who walk this path for a variety of reasons—such as honoring a loved one, after a dramatic change in their life, or as a spiritual awakening, it is also a way to keep yourself safe when traveling alone.
2. Paddleboard in Barcelona
Barcelona is a beautiful, free-spirited city known for the works of Gaudi. However, have you heard of stand-up paddle boarding along its stunning coast? The waters of the Mediterranean sea are quiet mostly all year long, and board rentals roughly run around 20 euros an hour, with surf shacks lined up along Barceloneta beach. By paddle boarding, you get another view of Barca—(and a wonderful tan while you’re at it!), and once you are done, be sure to get a bite at one of these beach restaurants.
3. Explore the Louvre in Paris
Paris is home to many works of art—with the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre being two of its biggest attractions.
That said, why not take a day to see the works of art in the Louvre. Not only can you see the infamous Mona Lisa but view everything from landscapes to jewelry.
If you want to get a detailed history of the art, consider taking a guided tour, which can cost around 5-12 euros. (Speaking of art and design, find out here about Perth Web Design.)
4. Enjoy Feria in Seville
Travel to Seville and enjoy Feria (or Spring Fair). Two weeks after Semana Santa has passed, enjoy late nights and all-nighters of dancing, drinking, eating, socializing, and passing the time away.
Go dance in the public tents (or get invited to the private tents) and dance. Dress up in flamenco costumes and take a carriage ride to the Feria grounds. Go on carnival rides and drink the infamous alcoholic beverage of sherry mixed with sprite.
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5. Semana Santa in Seville
Holy week in Europe—or more commonly known as Semana Santa— is a time filled with Catholic processions celebrating the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In particular, we recommend heading to Seville, to watch several people lift and carry life-like floats. The celebration is lively and passionate.
Know that this is one of (if not the) busiest time to travel to Seville. But, given that this is one of the most significant religious celebrations in the world, this could be worth it.
If you do decide to go, make sure that you plan out what processions you want to see (and which ones you could live without seeing)—there are several. Also, know that you will be standing for some time and that the streets are crowded.
(If crowds aren’t your idea of a good time, you may want to see processions earlier through the day and week.)
6. Going on a culinary trip in through Europe’s food lover cities
Whoever comes travels to Europe cannot miss its culinary traditions. Each country has a cuisine with roots that date back to Medieval days and celebrate food as a mather of national importance. Our picks for the best European culinary destinations are:
- Italy is best known for its pizza, pasta and tomato sauce, but this country has a long-standing history when it comes to its foods, and traditions differ from one region to another one, from polentas in the north to pasta in the south. Check Eating Italy Culinary Experiences for a great insight into Italian gastronomy and Via del Vino for wine lovers.
- Spain is one of the most visited countries in the world thanks to its famous Jamon and Rioja wines, but gastronomy in the Iberian peninsula goes beyond that and the influence of different cultures and unique climatic conditions of this fertile land have made it a culinary destination. Check out Barcelona Eat Local and Devour Seville for a great insight into the local gastronomy of Spain.
- France is a synonym for cheese, baguette and Bordeaux wines. The French cuisine, sophisticated and upscale is one of the finest in the world. Getting into the roots of local gastronomy means reflecting on the heritage of French people, their social status, and wellbeing. We heard that Paris by mouth is making people love French gastronomy.
We do recommend looking for food tours in those cities as a way to immerse yourself in local culture through food and to get to know fellow travelers. These type of culinary walks last around 2-4 hours and a small group of foodies and solo travelers alike eat and drink the best foods of the city while learning tips about local gastronomy, culture, and history of the area, which is usually unknown to travelers.
Solo traveling can be a very rewarding experience. Make sure you do some planning, create an itinerary, and have an adventurous spirit. We hope that these tips for traveling alone in Europe brought you some value, and in case you have some other places do you recommend, we are on social media and we would love to hear about your ideas to travel in Europe.