Solo Female Travel Safety Index

Built on authentic reviews and experiences shared by fellow solo female travelers, we are providing a comprehensive ranking of the safest places to explore on your own.

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Safest Countries for Solo Female Travel

Croatia

1, Croatia

Located in Southeast Europe, nestled between Bosnia & Herzegovina and Slovenia, Croatia is a beautiful coastal nation known for its stunning Adriatic Sea beaches and rich history. The country fascinates travelers with its diverse attractions, including the UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik's ancient city walls, Zagreb's bustling cafes, and Split's Roman ruins. Croatia offers a mosaic of experiences with its national parks like Plitvice Lakes and Krka that boast stunning waterfalls and wildlife. The country is also famous for its wine and olive oil production, and the mouth-watering Croatian cuisine is another factor that attracts many to this Mediterranean paradise. Certainly, it's an unmissable destination for any avid traveler.

Portugal

2, Portugal

Located in Southern Europe, Portugal is a breathtaking and diverse land, renowned for its rich culture, historical significance, and natural beauty. It rests on the Iberian Peninsula, right on the Atlantic coast, sharing its eastern and northern border with Spain. Portugal is globally known for its exquisite seafood cuisine, world-class port wines from the Douro Valley, golden sun-drenched beaches, and the historical cities of Lisbon and Porto. Its southern region, Algarve, attracts sunseekers and beachgoers, while its interior, adorned with picturesque landscapes like Peneda-Gerês National Park, is a paradise for hikers. Portugal is also home to numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the ornate architecture in Manueline style, the ancient standing stones at Évora, and splendid monasteries such as Jerónimos Monastery. This prime tourist destination offers a fusion of traditional charm and contemporary sophistication that every traveler must experience.

Japan

3, Japan

Japan, located in East Asia, is an extraordinarily beautiful island nation famed for its diverse blend of centuries-old traditions and cutting-edge technology. Known for its impressive cluster of skyscrapers in Tokyo, the ancient temples and geishas of Kyoto, the mesmerizing cherry blossoms in Hakone, and the delectable sushi and ramen, Japan offers a wealth of unrivaled experiences. The country is renowned for its impressive Shinkansen, or bullet trains, that deliver travelers across its four main islands while providing breathtaking scenic views. Japan also stands out for its respect for nature, which is reflected in its numerous stunning gardens and gorgeous Mount Fuji, a dormant volcano and the country's highest peak.

Malta

4, Malta

Malta, a small but enchanting archipelago in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, is a charming fusion of diverse cultures with a rich historical background extending over 7,000 years. South of Sicily and east of Tunisia, Malta is known for its alluring mix of beautiful coastlines, ancient architecture, and vibrant local life. It hosts three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the historic capital city, Valletta, which is hailed for its 16th-century buildings reminiscent of the Knights of St. John. The island is also famed for its prehistoric temples, like those of Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra, which are among the oldest free-standing structures on earth. Sunshine bathes the country nearly all year round, making it perfect for beach lovers, while its crystal clear waters and dive sites attract countless water sports enthusiasts. For gastronomes, classic Maltese food offering a blend of Sicilian and Middle Eastern flavors is sure to tantalize the taste buds. Despite its diminutive size, Malta promises an immersive and vibrant travel experience.

Poland

5, Poland

Situated in Central Europe, Poland is a captivating country steeped in history and culture. Known for its enchanting medieval architecture, diverse landscapes, and the tragic remnants of the Holocaust, it provides a deeply engaging experience for its visitors. The invincible capital city, Warsaw, brims with royal residences, lush gardens, and a scenic old town square that proudly embodies Poland's resilience. The historic city of Krakow flaunts a well-preserved medieval core and Jewish quarter. Other quintessential experiences in Poland include visiting the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, exploring the extraordinary Wieliczka Salt Mine, and hiking the picturesque trails of the Tatra Mountains. Whether it's the sublime food, vibrant nightlife or the amiable hospitality of the Poles, there is always a compelling reason to explore this remarkable country.

Albania

6, Albania

Albania, a hidden gem nestled in the southeastern region of Europe, is often regarded as Europe’s best kept secret. Enclosed by Montenegro to the northwest, Kosovo to the northeast, North Macedonia to the east, and Greece to the south, Albania sits at the edge of the sparkling blue Adriatic and Ionian Seas. It is famed for its unique blend of civilizations and cultures, with diverse influences from the Greeks, Romans, Ottomans, and Byzantines. A paradise for history buffs, it boasts numerous ancient archaeological sites, striking castles, and Ottoman architecture. Adventure seekers are drawn to its stunning landscapes, featuring rugged mountains, rolling hills, tranquil lakes, and idyllic beaches. Albania's vibrant cities, including vibrant Tirana and historic Berat, offer a thriving nightlife, culinary delights, and myriad arts festivals.

Iceland

7, Iceland

Iceland, a dramatic island nation situated in the North Atlantic Ocean, is known for its breathtaking and diverse terrain. Just south of the Arctic Circle, it's a geothermal wonder, famed for its picturesque landscapes that combine roaring waterfalls, effervescent hot springs, majestic glaciers, and volcanic fields. Its capital, Reykjavik, houses the majority of the population and attracts tourists with the holistic healing of Blue Lagoon spa and the awe-inspiring display of the Northern Lights. In this country, visitors can explore the rugged splendor of the 'Land of Fire and Ice' while enjoying the refreshing starkness of the sky, the land, and the sea together, that compels solitude seekers and adventure enthusiasts alike.

Belgium

8, Belgium

Belgium, located in the heart of Europe between France, Germany, and the Netherlands, is a charming country famous for its high-quality chocolate, countless varieties of beer, and intricate lacework. Its historic yet vibrant cities including Brussels, the capital city, with its stunning Grand Place, iconic Atomium and Manneken Pis, are renowned for their exceptional architecture, particularly the beautifully preserved medieval buildings. Belgium is also home to the famous battlefield of Waterloo, and its coastal resorts provide a peaceful retreat. Indeed, the country's blend of historic sites, culinary delights, and rich culture make it a sightseer's paradise.

Thailand

9, Thailand

Located in the heart of Southeast Asia, Thailand is a lively and culturally colorful destination known for its opulent royal palaces, ancient Buddhist temples, pristine white sandy beaches, and bustling markets. This tropical paradise, formerly known as Siam, is marked by the vibrancy of its bustling capital city, Bangkok, the historical charm of Chiang Mai, the beach resorts of Phuket and Pattaya, and the tranquil beauty of its numerous islands spread across the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. Thailand's distinctive cuisine, with its rich flavors and aromas, combined with the locals' sparkling hospitality, completes an immersive travel experience that is uniquely Thai.

Montenegro

10, Montenegro

Montenegro, nestled in the stunning Southeastern Europe, is a captivating destination that combines the beauty of crystalline Adriatic Sea with rugged mountain landscapes. Renowned for its diverse and dramatic scenery, this European gem is a melting pot of majestic mountains, breathtaking beaches, pristine lakes and beautiful woods. Famous for its historic walled towns such as Kotor, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Venetian fortifications, Montenegro offers a unique blend of cultural and natural attractions. From the sun-soaked beaches of the Budva Riviera, to the wildlife-rich National Parks, such as Durmitor, and the mesmerizing beauty of the Bay of Kotor, Montenegro presents endless opportunities for exploration and adventure. Additionally, Montenegro's rich history is visible in its Byzantine-era monasteries and Roman mosaics, offering a fascinating journey through time for history enthusiasts.

Safest Places for Solo Female Travel

Dubai

1, Dubai

Dubai, located in the United Arab Emirates, is a mesmerizing fusion of modern cityscape and enduring traditions. Known globally as a paradisiacal haven of architectural wonders, Dubai is home to the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and other marvels such as the Palm Jumeirah, the world's largest man-made island. This dynamic city’s cosmopolitan lifestyle harmoniously coexists with its intrinsic Arabian culture, as seen in the vibrant souks or traditional marketplaces, grand mosques, and rich culinary delights. Not only a paradise for shopping enthusiasts and food lovers, Dubai also hosts a multitude of thrilling desert adventures, luxury resorts, and the internationally recognized annual Dubai Shopping Festival, providing a thrilling blend of joy, excitement, and a unique cultural revelation.

Edinburgh

2, Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Scotland's enchanting capital city, is located in the United Kingdom's northernmost region. This historic and vibrant city, famed for its breathtaking landscapes, lies within easy reach of rolling hills, dramatic cliffs and the stunning Firth of Forth. Often referred to as the "Athens of the North," Edinburgh is rich in cultural heritage, boasting medieval and Georgian architecture that is beautifully preserved, especially the iconic Edinburgh Castle which dominates the city panorama. It is globally renowned for its annual summer festivals, including the world's largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Edinburgh is also home to Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano, and the Royal Mile, a vibrant and bustling street filled with shops, restaurants and historic buildings, making it an unforgettable destination for travelers worldwide.

Santorini

3, Santorini

Santorini, an idyllic Greek island in the southern Aegean Sea, is renowned for its hypnotizing beauty, lush history, and the striking contrast of its white cubic houses against the deep blue sea. This picturesque island, perched on the remnants of a massive volcanic eruption, attracts millions of tourists with its captivating sunsets at Oia, amazing beaches with unique colors due to the volcanic properties like Perissa and Red Beach, and immaculate white-washed buildings adorned with vibrant splashes of bougainvillea. Not to mention the archaeological site of Akrotiri, an ancient city preserved in volcanic ash, often referred to as the Greek Pompeii, and the unmissable traditional vineyards, offering unforgettable wine tasting experiences with their local variety "Assyrtiko."

Dubrovnik

4, Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, renowned as the "Pearl of the Adriatic," is located on the Dalmatian coast in southern Croatia. This breathtaking city is famous for its distinctive Old Town, encircled by massive stone walls dating back to the 16th century. The UNESCO World Heritage site is brimming with stunning Gothic and Renaissance architecture, including the awe-inspiring Rector's Palace, the majestic Dubrovnik Cathedral, and the ancient city walls that offer breathtaking vistas of the azure Adriatic Sea. Known for its vibrant culture, Dubrovnik is also the real-life filming location for King’s Landing from the Game of Thrones series, drawing fans from around the globe. Local Mediterranean cuisine, sun-drenched beaches, and warm hospitality further amplify the city's irresistible charm.

Krakow

5, Krakow

Krakow, located in southern Poland along the Vistula River, is renowned for its rich historical legacy, enchanting aura, and vibrant culture. Known as the city of kings, it boasts a treasure trove of architectural marvels such as the Royal Castle on the Wawel Hill, and the delightful Kazimierz Jewish district. As the former national capital and an intellectual, cultural, and artistic hub, Krakow is famed for its magnificent medieval main square, the Rynek Glówny Market Square, featuring Cloth Hall and St. Mary's Basilica. Its well-preserved Jewish quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage site, echoes poignant reminders of the Holocaust, while the legendary Schindler's Factory presents a stark narrative of wartime past. Discover the city's historic charm by exploring Europe's largest market place, or immersing in the city's thriving artistic scene. Home to world-class museums, scenic parks, and a host of international festivals, Krakow is a city of rich history infused with modern liveliness.

Oslo

6, Oslo

Located in the southeastern region of Norway, flanked by verdant hills and the Oslofjord waterway, Oslo is a cosmopolitan hub imbued with a rich tapestry of Scandinavian culture and history. Renowned as Norway's thriving capital city, Oslo is celebrated for its fascinating blend of architectural styles, from the ancient Akershus Fortress and the grandeur of the Royal Palace to the contemporary masterpieces like the Oslo Opera House. Known for its vibrant art scene, it's home to the world-class National Gallery, displaying Edvard Munch's iconic "The Scream". Visitors also bask in the natural beauty of the numerous surrounding parks, including the popular Vigeland Park which features the intriguing sculptures of Gustav Vigeland. Lastly, Oslo has a rich connection to Norway's seafaring past, which is munificently exhibited in the Viking Ship Museum.

Gdansk

7, Gdansk

Gdansk, perched on Poland's northern coast along the Baltic Sea, is a city known for its rich and vibrant history. With its remarkably preserved Gothic architecture, its distinct old town appeal has earned it a spot among Europe's most beautiful cities. As the birthplace of the Solidarity movement that eventually toppled communism in Poland, it offers deep historical significance for visitors to explore. Its notable attractions include the medieval Gdansk Crane over the Motlawa River, the stunning St. Mary's Basilica, and the immersive World War II Museum. Gdansk's charm is further enhanced by its quaint, cobble-stoned streets lined with amber shops and quaint cafes, making it a favorite amongst tourists who seek a blend of history and picturesque beauty.

Warsaw

8, Warsaw

Warsaw, the vibrant capital of Poland, is a compelling mix of old and new located in the east-central part of the country, on the Vistula River. It's renowned for its fascinating history, breathtaking architecture, and vibrant culture. Among its notable landmarks are the meticulously reconstructed Old Town, inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, the striking Royal Castle, and Wilanów Palace that portray its past grandeur. Warsaw is also known for its rich music and arts scenes, as it was the birthplace of famed composer Fryderyk Chopin, with numerous theaters, museums, galleries, and the outstanding Warsaw Philharmonic concert hall offering visitors a wealth of cultural experiences. Technological wonders and modern skyscrapers, including the iconic Palace of Culture and Science, coexist harmoniously with the city’s historical elements making Warsaw a captivating blend of tradition and modernity.

Porto

9, Porto

Porto, also known as Oporto, is a coastal city located in northwest Portugal, known for its rich history, charming cobblestone streets, and scenic views, stretching along the Douro River estuary. Famed for its production of fine port wine, this vibrant metropolitan area is teeming with culturally-rich sites such as the Ribeira district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, filled with medieval relics, narrow paths, and cafes. Its most renowned icon, the Dom Luís I Bridge, provides a panoramic view of the city and its historic port wine cellars that line the river bank. Additionally, Porto is home to the beautiful Livraria Lello, one of the oldest bookstores in Portugal and a spot that inspired J.K. Rowling's depiction of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series.

Riga

10, Riga

Riga, the mesmerizing capital of Latvia, is cradically nestled on the Baltic Sea at the mouth of the River Daugava. Renowned as a cultural hub, it is famed for a spectacular array of architectural treasures, particularly its remarkable art nouveau buildings and the iconic Gothic spires which testify to Riga's rich historical tapestry. Visitors are enchanted by the charismatic Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, abundant with medieval structures, cobblestone lanes, and picturesque squares. Riga is also known for its vibrant nightlife, a wealth of museums, including the must-visit Latvian War Museum, and a dynamic gastronomic scene showcasing traditional Latvian cuisine. During winter, the city sparkles under a dusting of snow, transforming it into a storybook-like winter wonderland.

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