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Best destinations for first-time solo travelers: recommendations from experienced travelers

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Best destinations for first-time solo travelers: recommendations from experienced travelers

Traveling solo for the first time can be challenging and sometimes even intimidating. Find out which European destinations are best suited for first-timers thanks to good transportation, friendly locals, and minimal language barriers

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Are you planning your first solo trip, but are worried about the unknown? Traveling alone can present many challenges, from communication to transportation. However, choosing the right place to travel can make your experience unforgettable.


When choosing a place, you should pay attention to the convenience of transportation, the friendliness of the locals, and the minimum language barrier. Feedback from users of the r/travel forum on Reddit will help you find the best European destinations that meet these requirements. Read more about the best locations for beginners in the article below with a link to euronews.


Spanish Andalusia: historic cities and natural beauty


Andalusia, an autonomous community on the southern coast of Spain, impresses with its historical sites, affordable prices and incredible nature. It is convenient to travel here by public transport, which is especially important for solo travelers.


Travelers on the r/travel forum recommend visiting cities such as Malaga, Ronda, Seville, Cordoba, and Granada. Cordoba is especially popular due to the combination of Roman and Moorish history. You should definitely visit the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.




Andalusia also attracts nature lovers. There are places for hiking, such as the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada, the ancient forests of the Sierra de Grazalema, and the subtropical beaches of Granada. So, as users note, there is definitely something to satisfy any adventurer.


Read all about the cost of living in Spain in this article.




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Portugal: from the city to the beach without spending too much


Portugal is a great destination for beginners in solo travel. Experienced travelers recommend starting in Porto, the home of port wine. This city is easy to get around on foot, and locals are always ready to help.


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Afterwards, you can take a train to Lisbon, where you can enjoy excellent food at reasonable prices. Users recommend buying the Lisboa Card, which covers transportation costs, as well as provides discounts and entry to more than 50 museums and attractions. Travelers advise to visit the Sintra and Pena Palace, but warn that you need to go there early in the morning to avoid crowds.




After city walks, you can go to the Atlantic beaches of the Algarve, which can be reached in three hours by train.


Malta: English-speaking archipelago with ancient temples and golden beaches


Malta is ideal for those who are worried about the language barrier, as English is one of the official languages along with Maltese. The compact island is easy to explore by bus or taxi. There are modern resort towns, historical locations, beautiful beaches, and picturesque landscapes. The local cuisine, which combines Italian and North African influences, is also worth a try.




In Malta, it is also recommended to visit the Ggantija temple complex on the island of Gozo, which is older than the pyramids of Giza. 


Travelers on the r/travel forum consider Malta an ideal place to start solo traveling due to friendly locals, great food, and ease of exploration.


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We remind you that many European cities expect a significant increase in tourists this summer. Read what unexpected destinations will become popular this year and where the largest crowds of travelers are expected in our previous article.


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