PACKING LIST FOR EUROPE IN SUMMER

Summer packing list for Europe

WHAT TO PACK FOR A EUROPE SUMMER TRIP

Are you wondering about a perfect packing list for Europe in summer? Then read on, as I share my tips which hopefully will be helpful for you, too.

If you have decided to spend your summer (or at least some time of it) in Europe, you will have plenty to look forward to. Europe in summer is definitely a good choice – whether you head to the beautiful beach in Greece, busy cities like London, or hike in places like Switzerland.

You definitely cannot go wrong with Europe – find out what to pack for your summer trip to Europe.

Click on this link to find a checklist with all the important things to do before your trip.Hastings Beach Points of Interest

WHAT TO PACK FOR EUROPE TRAVEL

Here is what to pack – of course, it depends whether you are a light-packer or tend to pack a bit more and on many other things, but hopefully, this Europe packing list will help you remember the important things for YOUR Europe packing list.

Luggage in Europe

  • Suitcase: Though it depends, where exactly and for how long you travel, I recommend taking a good, light, and quality suitcase with you where all your clothes and most of your toiletries fit in. If you are a backpacker, you´ll find plenty of your equals in Europe.
  • Carry-On: I normally always have extra carry-on luggage with me. I normally research if a destination in Europe is considered as safe (meaning, I do a quick research about the crime rate, and while it is probably totally safe to take out your fancy luggage in some parts of Europe, other areas are less safe, and robbing is more common. So, if you plan to bring your brand luggage double-check.
  • Laundry bags are great if you travel for longer and don’t want your dirty and clean clothes to mix up. I prefer them over plastic bags.
  • Packing Cubes: Packing Cubes are the new must-items when it comes to traveling, they are convenient, and they also come in cool colors. I recommend using packing cubes that make packing and organizing easier. And let´s do not forget a laundry bag.
  • I choose a cross-body handbag with a zipper (to be safe) and several extra pockets for my handbag.
  • Passport Holder, I need a passport when I travel (when an ID is not enough), so I need a bigger wallet (aka a passport holder), and I love the fun colors here.
  • If you go on a beach vacation, you should also take a light and (ideally foldable) beach bag or a cotton bag instead.

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Clothing in Europe in Summer

Summer in Europe can be a dream destination. Beautiful beaches, lovely cities and towns, charming villages, and amazing landscapes.

Summer means sun – most of the time. It can also be cold and rainy, and to be well prepared for your Europe trip, scroll down and learn more about the perfect Europe Packing List.

As you probably know, I never list any single item or say how many items to take (7 panties, etc.) because it clearly depends on the length of your stay and on you. It depends, whether you like to pack light and wash your clothes, or wear everything just once and do the washing part back home.

It also depends, where exactly you are heading to because there is no “European” style.

People in Italy are the best and fanciest dressed (in my eyes) people, while clothes are not important in other parts of Europe.

However, I recommend packing clothes that are comfortable and versatile so you can easily mix and match not to have to overpack.Dubrovnik should be on every Croatia road trip

Clothes to Pack for Europe

  • Hats: A hat is more than just an accessory in summer, so my must-have item is a stylish hat.
  • Sunglasses: Another must-have item on a sunny day: Sunglasses. Ray-Ban seems to be always a great choice, but the most important thing is the quality (sunglasses are an investment in healthy eyes)
  • Maxi Dresses: Summer means wearing cute dresses, and Europe is made to wear maxi dresses.
  • Skirts: You can wear short skirts in most places. Some shopping malls actually have dress codes and do not allow too short skirts or shorts (though many do not follow the rules)
  • Tops: The more, the merrier – my rule for hot destinations. I love skirts/trousers which I can wear with tops that are easy to change and are made from cotton are other light materials.
  • Blouses: Some cute blouses should be on your list (for the evening, some places that do not allow naked arms, or for the winter).
  • Cardigans and jackets: It can actually get chilly in the afternoon – not only but also after the sunsets. So definitely take at least 1 or 2 cardigans or jackets.
  • Linen Trousers: Though I love maxi dresses, the best thing to wear when it is hot is probably linen trousers – combined with a cool tank top and nice flat sandals, it can be super chic.
  • Denim is big in Europe and depending on where you visit in Europe. You might need some warmer clothes.
  • Sweatpants – for hiking, walking and feeling comfy and cozy (and yes, you can look great in sweatpants).
  • Shorts: Shorts are okay for most places – I love them, especially for the beaches.
  • Footwear:  flat sandals, flip flops, and ballerinas. But a pair of sneakers are almost always a good choice, too.

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Toiletries to Pack for Europe

If I travel for 10 days or shorter, I take travel-sized toiletries that I refill with my natural and organic beauty products from home (shampoo, conditioner, hair masks, cleaning water, and cleansing milk). Of course, you could buy toiletries here as well, but if you do not want to waste your time in drug stores or supermarkets, use this checklist for Europe.

Forget all the different small bags for shampoo etc. – get them all packed in a Toiletry Kit and have them super organized with you.

  • TSA Approved Clear Travel Toiletry Bag
  • Sunscreen
  • Travel bottles to refill – I refill them with my own organic products that I normally use. I do not use shampoo & conditioner provided by hotels for several reasons.
  • Electric Hair Removal Epilator (only if you stay longer than a week or if you remove your body hair with it) – otherwise, a razor or whatever you prefer.
  • Face cream. I also use it as a hand cream, so I do not have to take another cream.
  • Refillable Travel Size Perfume Bottle
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste and mouthwash plus Dental floss
  • Only use it when traveling: dry shampoo- (check size, and choose the small travel si ze)
  • Tissues
  • Deodorant
  • Refreshing towelettes
  • Magnifying make-up mirror
  • Nail polish and nail polish remover
  • My favorite hairbrush (especially for longer hair) – or if you have less space take a comb
  • Hair ties
  • A small cosmetic bag with the following items:
  • Mascara
  • Rouge
  • Eyebrow powder (Taming & Shaping Kit For Brows)
  • Tweezer
  • Eyelash curler
  • Eyeliner – I sometimes use black eye shadow as an eyeliner
  • Make-up brushes
  • Glass nail file
  • Cotton swabs

Here are a few more items that I personally do hardly use but which might be important to you, so I added them here:

  • Hair spray
  • Hand cream
  • Foundation
  • Powder
  • Lipstick
  • Sanitizer

What to pack for Europe

What to Pack for a Day at the Beach in Europe

  • Swimming Suits: bikinis (though you might find some nudist beaches as well in some places).
  • I love kaftans and think, it is best to wear from the beach back to the hotel room etc. Luckily, they look super cool these days.
  • Beach Bag:  I recommend one of the cool beach bags, which are light, affordable, and stylish.
  • Flip Flops are my must-have for beach days.
  • If you have a great hotel with a private beach section, you probably do not need a towel. If this is not the case not it should also be on your list. If you do not have any beach towel yet, click here to get your beach essentials.
  • Do you prefer lying at the beach all day, or do you like to be more active? Bring your beach ball (click here to get yours), or a floating unicorn.
  • A reading book / Kindle is also a great idea for a day at the beach.

Click here to find my complete list: What to pack for a day at the beachEurope packing list

Tech Stuff to Pack for Europe

  • I have my laptop with me whenever I fly. Find the best laptop for travelers
  • A while ago, I thought my tablet  is the most useless item I bought in a while – since I can download from Netflix (and thus watch my shows offline), I have found one good argument bringing my tablet with me whenever I travel
  • My phone- without doubt one of my most useful and important (travel) item
  • Camera – Europe has so many great spots that need to be photographed.
  • I have to admit that I still don’t have a kindle, so a “real” book is often an essential
  • A day at the beach or pool would not be perfect without my iPod
  • Power Charger- how long does your phone battery last? Not long? neither does mine, so this  is an essential
  • Check if you need an International Travel Power Adapter

Random Things to Pack for Europe

  • Umbrella (in many countries, like Germany, Switzerland, or England is can still rain quite a lot in the summer)
  • Guides
  • Medicine (headache pills etc.)

Read my: Packing guide for carry-on essentials.

Depending on where you travel in Europe, you could buy all or most of the items here in Europe – maybe even for a better price than in your country. Still, to avoid spending time shopping, I suggest coming to Europe and having your Europe packing list complete, so you can fully focus on discovering the beautiful places here in Europe.

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Best Places to Visit in Portugal

MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN PORTUGAL – WHERE TO GO AND WHAT TO SEE

Portugal has become a trendy travel destination within the last few years – and that has happened for a reason. To be more precise, there are many reasons why more and more people add Portugal to their bucket lists. 

Beautiful beaches, untouched nature, cute cities and towns, and amiable people – Portugal has it all. If Portugal is not on your Europe itinerary, then you will probably reconsider after reading this post!

Some of my well-traveled travel bloggers (including me) share their top tips for the best places to visit in Portugal.

Here are the Top Places to Visit in Portugal

Lisbon

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Does it come as any surprise that Lisbon is one of the best places to visit in Portugal? Lisbon is one of the trending capitals in Europe right now, and if you ask me, it is well deserved. Lisbon is indeed very cool and fun.

If you are heading to Lisbon, plan at least 2-3 days; while the biggest city in Portugal is not very big, geographically, there are tons to see and do. One of the things that you have to check out in Lisbon is the views – the miradouros.

They are numerous, and I can recommend each of them – one of my favorite views was probably from the Castle San Gorge. For a few euros, you can visit the castle and have amazing views over Lisbon – however, if you do not want to spend money on that, you´ll find many other free views and give you great views.

For a traditional and cheap sightseeing tour, hop on the famous tram line 28 that shows you some of Lisbon´s most beautiful districts.

If you are more drawn to the water, then you can check out the Tagus River and head to gorgeous Belem, which has its own tower. It is a nice place to explore, and for the relaxing part, I recommend hanging out close to the Belem Tower, with its view of the river.

Porto

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Porto, old town on the Douro River. Best places to see in Portugal
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While Lisbon is a multicultural melting pot and hosts major events like Web Summit and the Eurovision Song Contest, Porto is smaller, more typically Portuguese, and the two for most Portuguese people.

It’s incredibly safe too. Portugal is one of the safest countries globally to visit: 3rd according to the 2017 Global Peace Index, with just Iceland and New Zealand beating Portugal to the top spot.

Ideal for a long weekend, the city of Porto is easily explore-able on foot. Everywhere you turn, you’re greeted with Instagram-worthy snapshots of the city and views over the beautiful Douro River. You’ll spend the entire weekend either taking photos or desperately trying to free up more space on your phone so that you can take more.

Porto is the city that inspired J.K. Rowling to write Harry Potter and, walking around. You’ll see the buildings, people, and snapshots of history that likely inspired her to put pen to paper.

Popular attractions in Porto include the Port houses (many of which offer vegan and vegetarian wines), Livraria Lello (a big inspiration for the Harry Potter books), and the iconic Dom Luís I Bridge.

Then there’s the food. Although Portuguese cuisine is typically very focused on meat and fish, Porto has a surprisingly good vegetarian and vegan scene. This not only includes vegetarian buffets like daterra but restaurants that serve vegetarian alternatives to Porto’s most famous dish: the Francesinha.

If you plan a trip to Portugal, you have to add Porto to your Portugal itinerary as it is one of the best places to see in Portugal.

Lagos

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Lagos is truly a gem and rightfully one of the most sought-after destinations in Portugal’s Algarve region.

In addition to its stunning and dramatic coastlines, gorgeous beaches, and rich history, Lagos is also known for its nightlife, drawing in lots of young foreigners looking to continue the fun after watching some of the most gorgeous sunsets in the world – surely one of the best places to see in Portugal.

The coastal town has a little bit of everything to suit all types of travelers, making it a fantastic home base with plenty to explore.

Get oriented with Lagos by exploring the old historic town center. It wouldn’t take more than 2-3 hours to roam and get lost in the streets and alleyways. Don’t miss the Old Town Wall’s remnants (from the 4th century!) and the Church of St. Anthony (go inside!).

Cool off and enjoy a relaxing afternoon at one of Lagos’ beaches, like Praia do Camilo, Praia Dona Ana, or Pinhao Beach.

Are water sports, or a day at sea, more your speed? Hop on a boat tour around the grottos and sea caves of Ponta de Piedade, or take the paddle into your own hands with a kayak tour (seasonal) with snorkeling or lounging on a deserted beach.

Wrap up your day by grabbing a beverage and heading to the cliffs above Praia do Barranco do Martinho for a stunning sunset. Then head back to town for a night out at one (or more!) of the lively bars.

Not in Lagos but close by, and a great place to visit is the stunning Benagil Cave.

Tavira

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Tavira is a gem on the Algarve Coast of Portugal.

Untouched by package tourism, you won’t find high-rise resorts here but rather cobbled streets and whitewashed townhouses, squares planted with flowers, and plenty of restaurants and cafes to sample fresh local produce.

In front of the town sits the Isle of Tavira, a sandspit more than 10km long, creating a natural harbor, which allowed the town to become a trade and fishing hub. There are still remnants of the medieval fort that protected the port from North African pirates in centuries past.

The Island can be reached from the mainland by ferry or a small footbridge on the town’s outskirts.

On the Island are long stretches of fine sandy beaches which stretch into the calm azure waters. At the main beach called Praia de Tavira, you will find several restaurants as well as parasols and sun loungers for hire.

It can get busy in the summer months, there are fewer crowds at the beaches of Praia de Terra Estreita, and Praia do Barril. At the latter, you can visit the sculptural Anchor Graveyard.

Tavira is also a gateway to the Ria Formosa Natural Park. A UNESCO bio-reserve, the park provides winter breeding grounds for more than 20,000 birds and is an important stop for birds migrating between Europe and Africa.

The waters are a habitat for the largest population of seahorses in the world, fish, and endangered chameleons. Organized boat trips can visit the park, or you can hire kayaks to explore the area at your own pace.

Faro

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If you visit Portugal’s famous Algarve coastline, you may well fly into Faro airport, which serves over six million passengers a year.

The vast majority head off to the other coastal resorts and miss what Faro itself has to offer.

This small port town has scenic cobblestoned streets and is safe for solo female travelers. As it’s mainly Portuguese people who spend time here, the area is relatively quiet, untouched, and offers good value for money, one of Portugal’s hidden gems.

Take a peaceful wander around the ancient walled old town, and you will find yourself among medieval, Roman, and 18th-century Moorish-influenced architecture. Quaint archways lead to brightly painted buildings lined with blossoming trees.

Visit a Venda for small plates of excellent vegetarian and vegan, local dishes to be enjoyed al fresco in the warm evenings.

Beach lovers won’t be disappointed either – this is a great place to holiday in Portugal.

Take a ferry ride or speedboat through the lush, wildlife-rich lagoons of the nearby Parque Natural da Ria Formosa and spend a whole day exploring, or head straight to Ilha Deserta, which means ‘deserted island.’ Here you can stroll or sunbathe on wide, white sandy beaches without the torrents of tourists you’d expect in most places as beautiful as this.

Spend a whole blissfully uninterrupted day here, and you will forget about everything else.

Madeira

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It’s not a secret that Portugal is amazing. Madeira is one of the top places. Madeira is actually an island 1,000 kilometers away from the mainland, more near to Africa than Portugal, situated next to the Canary Islands. Like the Azores, Madeira has been owned by Portugal for ages and is, therefore, a Portuguese archipelago.

Some might say that this destination is only suitable for the grey-haired among us as a popular hiking island, but nothing is less true. Because of the weather, Madeira is ideal for a winter visit, when the temperatures are still steady, around 20 degrees, year-round actually. And because of its diversity in gastronomy, culture, architecture, heritage, unique cities, quaint villages, and stunning nature, this island has something for everyone. But of course, there are many great hikes in Madeira for people of all ages and levels.

All the sights and quaint restaurants of this surprising city are within walking distance from the historical center. It just takes a 30 minutes drive to the beautiful mountain peaks and the many unique Madeiran walking routes called ‘’levadas” which lead you through the island’s extensive nature reserves.

The city center is also a very short drive from the many stunning cliff viewpoints and cute little villages like Santana this island has to offer.

As the second richest region of Portugal, after Lisbon, it’s evident that Madeira is an island with class and refinement and a must-see.

Sintra

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In the pine-covered hills of the Serra de Sintra, Sinatra is a cute and colorful town close to Lisbon that has been shown on Instagram feeds by most travel addicts and wondering where to visit in Portugal Sintra has to be added to your list.

Why? Sinatra has several highlights that are worth visiting. The place is wonderful – most of all, the colorful castle, Pena Palace, is extremely Instagrammable and almost looks unreal.

We did not expect it to be so big and so busy, so we did not plan enough time for the castle. If you do a day trip from Lisbon, plan at least one full day in Sintra as it will be one of your Portugal highlights.

Though Sintra has more historic buildings, we decided on a change of scenery, so our private tour guide brought us to the Parque Natural de Sintra. We were driven up to the Peninha Sanctuary – where we had great views. It was very quiet and not busy. Though we saw a few hikers in that area, it is also possible to get there by car.

The town center is quite small, and cafes and restaurants’ choices are limited; however, having a cup of coffee is definitely a great idea.

Whenever you visit the region of Sintra, make sure to have at least two days to explore the area.

Alentejo

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The Alentejo region is situated in south-central Portugal – between Lisbon and the Algarve along the coast and one of the most beautiful places in Portugal.

You´ll find endless quiet beaches and pure rural areas covered with vineyards, olive groves, and a vast amount of cork oaks and stunning pine trees, which makes it a perfect Portugal holiday destination.

Here it’s all about peace, quiet, nature, homemade wines, quality food, heritage, and class. The outstanding cuisine, many wine hotels, stunning beaches, and endless countryside views ensure a memorable experience, which my first visit last month certainly was!

Ideal for gastronomy-and road trip lovers, as the region, covers over 27,000 m2 (almost 30% of the country) and has an extremely low population density, which makes driving around the region a real pleasure.

The roads are good and almost empty, and the countryside views amazing. Only a 1 hours’ drive from Lisbon airport, you will be surrounded by nothing but nature, beautiful Unesco towns like Evora, hip laid back beach villages like Comporta, and stunning quaint villages with ancient castles like Monsaraz. And the many unique farm-and wine hotels here will make you feel completely at home, relaxed, and spoiled to the max.

Cascais and Estoril

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Cascais is another small, coastal resort town close to Lisbon. After a 20-minute train/car ride, you´ll arrive in beautiful Cascais, and it makes, in combination with Estoril, a wonderful day trip from Lisbon and of the places in Portugal not to miss.

A trip to Cascais and Estoril is ideal for those looking for a relaxing day without much hustle and bustle.

Cascais is one of those beautiful little towns with narrow, cobble-stoned streets and colorful houses – some with pretty flowers on them, which makes it fun to get lost in Cascais. Little souvenir shops in the town center are great for getting some essential gifts for family and friends abroad – the promenade just in front of the town center is lovely for a nice walk.

Though I did not hop into the water, the beach seems a popular place, and some sand artists create interesting sand statues.

From Cascais, we walked all the way to Estoril (about an hour walk since we made several stops along the way), another cute town. Estoril has some beautiful stretches of beach, so plan some relaxing time for Estoril.

Since it is even closer to Lisbon, it will only take about 15 minutes to get back to Lisbon from there by train.

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ULTIMATE PACKING LIST FOR EUROPE IN WINTER

What to pack for Europe in winter

WHAT TO PACK FOR WINTER IN EUROPE

If you are want to find out what to pack for Europe in winter, then this post is for you.

While you might have to think about which places to visit in Europe in winter, you will also need to plan what to pack for the cold winter months in Europe.

While Europe might not be the biggest continent, weather conditions strongly vary. It does make a big difference whether you visit North countries like Iceland or Norway, Central Europe like Switzerland or France, or Southern Europe with places like Valencia in Spain.

If you head to Southern Spain, you will not need all the super warm winter clothes – and you will be happy with some warm pullovers and jeans. In the Nordic countries, you will definitely need to pack differently.

In this post, you will find one general part of what to pack in Europe for winter. You will find out what to pack for warmer countries like Spain or Malta, what to pack if you visit “cold” countries like Switzerland, Estonia, or Iceland in winter.

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Winter Weather in Europe

Before talking about what to bring to Europe in winter, we should talk about the weather in Europe in winter. Your packing list depends on where you visit.

Southern Europe is much milder and warmer than Eastern Europe or Northern Europe. While you could wear a light jacket in Southern Spain in the winter months, you surely have to dress very warmly in countries like Norway or Iceland.

If you come to Europe in winter – come prepared. 

Be advised that the average temperature can reach as low as -10° degree Celsius in countries like Iceland and Norway and while it gets up to 15° degree Celsius in other countries.

Climate change has lead to a much warmer climate in many countries. I remember the years – as a little child – where we had many days with freezing temperatures in Germany. And a lot of snow – but nowadays, snow is no longer the rule for many parts of Europe. But it can be.

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What to Bring to Europe in Winter – General Items

So, the first part of the post is a general packing list. Then you will find an additional packing list for winter.

Luggage for Europe

Here is what luggage/bags you might need for your winter Europe trip.

  • Suitcase: Though it depends, where exactly and for how long you travel, I recommend taking a good, light, and quality suitcase with you where all your clothes and most of your toiletries fit in.
  • Carry-On: If you visit for longer and aren’t a minimalist, then you might need extra carry-on luggage.
  • Laundry bags: They are great if you travel for longer and don’t want your dirty and clean clothes to mix up. I prefer them over plastic bags.
  • Packing Cubes: They are the new must-items when it comes to traveling, they are convenient, and they also come in cool colors. I recommend using packing cubes because it makes packing and organizing easier.
  • I choose a cross-body handbag with a zipper (to be safe) and several extra pockets for my handbag. My tip: The size of the handbag is important: do you carry a camera with you? A water bottle? Keep that in mind when you decide on one handbag.
  • Passport Holder: since I have become more minimalistic, I prefer not to use a passport holder, but if you need a passport (and an ID is not enough), you might want to have one.
  • I recommend a beach bag or a cotton bag for a day at the hotel pool or some shopping. Plastic bags – fortunately – do cost money in many parts of Europe…and plastic sucks anyway, so with a cotton bag you use for years, you do the environment a favor. And it looks much better than carrying your shopping in a plastic or paper bag.

Toiletries to Pack for Europe in Winter

Lately, I have reduced the care products. Less is better if you ask me. However, in winter, our skin is also subject to stress. You will find a detailed list – even if I do not use all products below throughout the year, you might use more products.

If I travel for 10 days or shorter, I take travel-sized toiletries, which I refill with my natural and organic beauty products from home. To pack light, shampoo, conditioner, hair masks, cleaning water, and cleansing milk are all in small bottles.

Of course, you could buy toiletries in Europe as well, but if you do not want to waste your time in drug stores or supermarkets, use this checklist for Europe.

  • (TSA Approved Clear) Travel Toiletry Bag (if you fly)
  • Sunscreen (even in winter – depending on where you travel to. If you go for a ski trip, then take it, but you most likely will not need it for most other winter trips).
  • Travel bottles to refill – I refill them with my own organic products that I normally use (I do not use shampoo & conditioner provided by hotels)
  • Electric Hair Removal Epilator (only if you stay longer than a week or if you remove your body hair with it) – otherwise, a razor or whatever you prefer.
  • Face cream – (which I also use as a hand cream, so I do not have to take another cream).
  • Refillable Travel Size Perfume Bottle
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste and mouthwash plus Dental floss
  • Tissues
  • Deodorant
  • Magnifying make-up mirror
  • Nail polish and nail polish remover + glass nail file
  • My favorite hairbrush (especially for longer hair) – or if you have less space, take a comb
  • Hair ties
  • A small cosmetic bag with the following items: Mascara / Rouge / Eyebrow powder (Taming & Shaping Kit For Brows) / Tweezer / Eyeliner and Eye Shadow / Make-up brushes/ Cotton swabs

Here are a few more items that I personally do hardly use but which might be important to you, so I added them here:

hair spray, hand cream, foundation, powder, lipstick, sanitiser

Tech Stuff to Pack for Europe

  • I have my laptop with me whenever I fly – however, I do work online while traveling, and I also watch Netflix on it.
  • My phone is, without a doubt, one of my most useful and important (travel) items.
  • My camera is a must – because Europe has so many great spots that need to be photographed.
  • I have to admit that I still don’t have a kindle, so a “real” book is often an essential
  • Power Charger – how long does your phone battery last? Not long? Neither does mine, so this  is an essential
  • Do you need an adapter? It depends on where you travel to Europe, so please check if you need one for your destination.

Random Things to Pack for Europe

  • Umbrella (in many countries, like Germany, Switzerland, or England is can still rain quite a lot in the winter)
  • Guides
  • Medicine (headache pills etc.)
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Clothes to Pack for Europe in Winter

The key is dressing in layers for Europe in winter. The temperature can reach freezing levels, and yet the sun can be deceptively strong. Dressing in layers allows you to keep warm without compromising on comfort. 

Also, it really depends on where exactly you travel. As I mentioned before, Southern Europe has mild weather in winter where you will not need a super warm jacket and gloves plus a hat.

Depending on where you travel, the wind might make you feel much colder than the temperature actually says.

In the worst-case scenario, hypothermia and frostbite will result if you’re wet and not appropriately dressed.

Your items should be versatile in function. For example, pack a jacket that is both waterproof and warm. Also, comfortable walking shoes are essential.

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Everyday Attire Essentials For Europe In Winter

At the top of your Europe winter packing list should be the following versatile, essential items. Using these items to dress in layers will keep you both stylish and warm. 

  • Coat – Warm And Waterproof: A warm, waterproof jacket should be one of the very first items that you think to pack. Avoid choosing a bulky jacket that takes up a lot of space. This can make you feel uncomfortable when you have layers underneath. Instead, opt for a lightweight, trench raincoat that will keep you warm, dry, and comfortable. 
  • Hat: Science tells us that we lose up to 10% of our body heat through our heads, meaning that it’s essential to keep this area warm. A knitted beanie is a perfect solution for keeping the warmth in while you venture out.  A hat will keep you toasty warm whether you’re on the slopes, sipping coffee, or exploring the sights. 
  • Gloves: Have you ever tried to use your phone with frozen fingers? It’s a nearly impossible task. A pair of gloves can do wonders for your mobility, dexterity, and comfort. This makes it one of the most important items on your Switzerland packing list. When selecting your options, it’s worth investing in a pair that can dry quickly and are touch-screen compatible.
  • Scarf Or Turtleneck: A warm scarf and/or turtleneck sweater are key items for keeping your neck covered. Not only do these items keep you warm, but they also prevent you from getting ill (and thereby ruining the fun). A turtleneck sweater is perfect as a garment to wear underneath your jacket, while the scarf can be removed easily. 
  • Leggings: There’s a reason that almost every woman owns a pair of leggings. They are both comfortable and snug. Leggings are an essential item to pack as you can dress them up or down. You can even wear them underneath your denims as an extra layer of warmth. 
  • Socks: When it comes to packing socks for your Switzerland trip – the thicker the better. Chances are that you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors in the snow, and you’ll want your feet to be warm and cozy. If you plan on hitting the slopes at any stage, then you’ll want your socks to be extra-thick or padded for increased comfort. 
  • Thermals: A quality set of thermals is your key to enjoying the winter weather in Switzerland. They provide the extra layer of heat that will allow you to spend an extra hour on the slopes, or to pack fewer items on your road trip instead of excess clothing.
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes: If you can only pack one pair of shoes, then make sure that they are a trusty pair of waterproof snowshoes. You’ll want your shoes to be as versatile as possible. Snowshoes allow you to enjoy a variety of activities while keeping your feet warm and dry. 
Verbier in Switzerland in the winter

WInter Sport Clothes to Pack

One of the best top reasons to visit e.g. Switzerland during the winter months is winter sports opportunities. While most ski resorts will offer rental equipment, there are a few essentials to pack for yourself. 

  • Ski Jacket: When choosing the perfect ski jacket, you need to consider warmth, level of waterproofing, and freedom of movement. A jacket that is adjustable in fit seals effectively and dries quickly is the perfect apparel for snowboarding, skiing, and other winter outdoor sports.
  • Ski Pants: A trusty pair of insulated ski pants are the next essential item for all winter sports fans. Make sure that your choice of pants is breathable, warm, and waterproof. These details will keep you dry, warm, and comfortable on the slopes.  
  • Winter Protection: There are a few items that will make your winter vacation all the more comfortable. The last thing you want is to be soaked on your first day or get a migraine from snow blindness. 
  • Umbrella: Regardless of what time of year you visit Switzerland, it’s always a smart move to pack a foldable umbrella. The nifty item doesn’t take up too much space. It can be the difference between a stroll in the city streets and getting caught in a flu-inspired downpour. 
  • Chapstick: Visiting Switzerland in winter will most likely find you spending hours of fun on the snow-covered slopes. This can quickly dry out your lips and burn your skin. In this instance, you’re going to be grateful that you’ve packed your moisturizing stick of Chapstick. 
  • Sunglasses: The best days on the slopes are the ones accompanied by clear, sunny skies and good conditions. These circumstances also increase the sun’s glare on the white snow, making it close to unbearable on your eyes. A pair of polarized sunglasses or ski goggles can protect your eyes from the wind and bright light.

CONCLUSION: WHAT TO PACK FOR EUROPE IN WINTER

Europe in winter is a fantastic travel destination. Whether you come for a ski trip in Switzerland, explore the Christmas markets in London or want to have a weekend trip to a warmer place like Valencia – Europe is so diverse and has something for every taste.

Just be aware of what to pack for Europe in winter, and you can enjoy a fantastic time in Europe.

Stay safe and enjoy!

Safe Travels, Arzo

3 Days in Lisbon Portugal – What to Do

Visit Lisbon

3 Days in Lisbon, Portugal- Best Things to Do

Lisbon has won my heart within seconds and they are tons of reasons for that. While many beautiful places of Portugal are still on my bucket list, I am more than happy I had the chance to explore the beautiful region of Lisbon.

Lisbon, also known as the city of seven hills, has so many viewpoints to offer and among others, these observation points will make most people fall in love with Lisbon AND it has these cute, colorful houses, facades, and lovely people.

There is also the proximity to the water and….well, look and read yourself about Portugal´s cute capital and find an itinerary for 3 days in Lisbon (if you are looking for day trip ideas from Lisbon read this post).

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5 Day Trip Ideas From Lisbon

Travel Tips FOR 3 DAYS IN LISBON

I don’t claim to have visited Lisbon extensively (unfortunately) but here are some important travel tips for your time in Lisbon and which can help you organising your 3-day itinerary for Lisbon.

Why Visit Lisbon?

Lisbon’s Beauty, its Charm, and Awesomeness Captured me Right Away

If you have read my previous posts about Lisbon´s surroundings, you’ve probably noticed that I often talk about the beauty of a place: About my passion for a city or a country.

Actually, I have hardly visited a place I didn’t like. I always find something positive about a place. Lisbon, however, has become one of my most favorite cities ever. I don’t have to put on my thinking cap to be able to name the positive aspects of that city.

In Love with Portuguese People

In love with the Portuguese – and by that I do not mean I am only in love with Cristiano Ronaldo. I was surprised to find out that Portuguese people are completely different to Spanish people. It doesn’t do any justice to call Portugal only Spain’s little brother – though it neighbors Spain.

Almost anybody we met, regardless of age, spoke English. It was easy to communicate with the natives. I perceived Portuguese as much quieter than other people of southern countries.

However, they are as warm-hearted and hospitable as you might have experienced at other Mediterranean places.

P.s. As a vegetarian, I am not the biggest fan of the Portuguese kitchen, but it seems it is not difficult to find good vegan food in Lisbon.

Best Time to Visit Lisbon

After speaking to some natives it became very clear that the best time for visiting Portugal is in spring and autumn.

In summer Lisbon is full of tourists and probably less fun (May to September). Visiting Lisbon in October spared us those crowds but also brought us some rainy days.

How to Get Around in Lisbon

There is one problem with hilly cities: they offer you awesome views of the city and they tend to be more beautiful. But “hilly” also means that strolling through the streets is more difficult. Actually, it is almost sports :-).

So, there are always two sides of a medal and if you are not a fan of too much physical exercise then you have another good excuse to use the iconic trams.

The public transport in Lisbon is pretty good and we never had issues getting around. There are also a hop-on and hop-off buses operating in Lisbon, which get you to all the important places in Lisbon.

Lisbon´s old tram @shutterstock
Lisbon´s old tram @shutterstock

Where to Stay in Lisbon?

We stayed in a little hostel like accommodation and though it was lovely and nice (because we traveled off-season and we were basically the only one at the hostel), I normally prefer hotels near the city center.

Accommodations in Lisbon

The Four Seasons in Lisbon is one of the most luxurious and best-known hotels in the city. Check out the hotel that is centrally located and spoils you after a busy day exploring the city. Click here to find out more and get the best rates.

Hotel Santa Justa is a very well-rated 4-star hotel that offers good value for money (and is centrally located). Click here to get the best rates and find out more about the hotel.

The 3-star, Lisbon Sao Bento Hotel, is a 3-star hotel that offers (according to my research) good prices and good value for money. Find out more about its rates.

I seriously cannot remember the hostel we stayed at but this hostel looks absolutely amazing (and the reviews second it) – click here to get the best rates for your stay at Lisbon Destination Hostel.

Before talking about different areas and sight which you definitely should check out I´d love to show you some pictures from viewpoints (checking those places out is definitely a must-do in Lisbon).

Lisbon Card

What a bad traveler I was – I didn’t even know about the Lisbon Card. We probably would have saved some money with the card as you get access to many museums and you can use public transportation without any extra cost.

Click here to check if it makes financially sense for your trip!

Things to Do in Lisbon

Before talking about different areas and sight which you definitely should check out I´d love to show you some pictures from viewpoints (checking those places out is definitely a must-do in Lisbon). One of the best things to do in Lisbon is to check out viewpoints. As Lisbon is very hilly there are many great (and mostly free) viewpoints offering best views of Lisbon.

Here is a choice of the best viewpoints in Lisbon, so-called miradouros:

Miradouri das Portas

Best places to see in Lisbon
MIRADOURO DAS PORTAS DO SOL @shutterstock

Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara

Lisbon points of interest
MIRADOURO DA NOSSA SENHORA DO MONTE @shutterstock

Miradouro de Santa Luzia

Arabian influence in Alfama - @shutterstock
Arabian influence in Alfama – @shutterstock

Miradouro Castelo de Sao Jorge

Castelo de Sao Jorge
Castelo de Sao Jorge. Can you spot the Jesus statue and the “Golden Gate Bridge”? @shutterstock

These are just some viewpoints – there are many more great viewpoints which you should check out.

Places to Visit in 3 Days in Lisbon Portugal

The viewpoints are great but there are more places to visit in Lisbon.

Without doubt one my most favorite spots in Lisbon is the Praça do Comércio, a beautiful market square with many cafes and historic buildings.

You can enjoy a nice view of the Tajo river, the Ponte 25 de Abril (the bridge that looks like the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco) and the Cristo Rei (Jesus Statue similar like the one in Rio de Janeiro).

Commerce Square in Lisbon, Portugal @shutterstock
Commerce Square in Lisbon, Portugal @shutterstock

Commerce Square in Lisbon, Portugal
Commerce Square in Lisbon, Portugal

Another great view is from the Christ Statue with a view of the 15. of April Bridge. Check out prices for a tour here.

Aerial View of Christ the King Statue, Lisbon, Portugal. @shutterstock
Aerial View of Christ the King Statue and 25th of April Bridge, Lisbon, Portugal. @shutterstock

Belem, one of the most popular districts, is home to many sights and museums. One of them is the Belem Tower (Torre de Belem) or the Padrao dos Descobrimentos (Monument of the Discoveries).

I did not visit the tower but checked out the Patrao dos Descobrimentos (few € entry) and loved the view from there.

 Padrão dos Descobrimentos @shutterstock
Padrão dos Descobrimentos @shutterstock

Walking along the Tejo River is something you absolutely have to do in Belem, too.

The most famous pastry shop for Pastel de Nata (a Portuguese egg tart pastry) is also located in Belem (called Pasteis de Belem)– but the line was soooooo long that we decided to skip trying out the delicacy there.

You can also do a boat tour and see beautiful Lisbon from the water.

Check out Prices for River Sightseeing Tours

Alfama is a popular and colorful district – probably the “It” borough – though it is actually the old part of Lisbon.

If you love discovering the hilly part of Lisbon by foot you´ll pass cute, little shops, cozy little restaurants – but you can also take the famous tram line 28 and get up to Castelo de Sao Jorge (St. George’s Castle).

Alfama @shutterstock
Alfama @shutterstock

My most favorite viewpoint is the one at Castelo de Sao Jorge (see picture above).

The castle is not only an interesting sight itself but offers a spectacular view over Lisbon. Actually, you can spot the Ponte 25 de Abril and the Cristo Rei, too.

If you don’t want to spend around 8,50€ for the entrance (adult) then just head over to one of the free observation points close to the castle.

Castelo de Sao Jorge @shutterstock
Castelo de Sao Jorge @shutterstock in Alfama

Rossi Square in Lisbon

A pretty and popular square – it doesn’t surprise, why it so popular, right?

Rossi square in Lisbon @shutterstock
Rossi Square in Lisbon @shutterstock

I have a thing for squares – I love those places where people meet and to just watch people. So another place I recommend is actually Praça da Figueira.

Praça da Figueira @shutterstock
Praça da Figueira @shutterstock

If you are fast, you can do all the things in 2 days in Lisbon.

I definitely recommend visiting Lisbon for longer, though, since there are beautiful surroundings and there is so much to do around Lisbon. Find some ideas for day trips from Lisbon and check out the most beautiful places in Portugal.

You cannot leave Lisbon without a trip to Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Sintra – if you prefer guided tours over independent ones, find out about a day trip to these beautiful places here.

Visiting Lisbon with kids? Then find out about fun things to do with kids.

Goodbye Lisbon!

Read more: Best places to visit in Portugal

I cannot wait to visit Lisbon soon again, but there are many other places I would like to see. Porto is another city I would love to visit, and Anne-Sophie tells us about 11 things to do in Porto or I would like to learn more about the 3 most beautiful beaches in Algarve.

Safe Travels, Arzo

Best Day Trips From Lisbon, Portugal

Where to go near Lisbon

Are you planning a trip to beautiful Lisbon, Portugal, and are wondering about the best day trips from Lisbon? Well, then you´ll find some suggestion – beautiful places near Lisbon that are easy to visit and make perfect day tours.

Portugal, and particular Lisbon region, offers a pulsating urban city, nice beaches and stunning landscapes. The diversity will turn your holidays most likely in everything but boring. 

Cannot get enough of Portugal? Then read about the most beautiful places in Portugal.

Booking Tours

My friend and I did all the tours with a private guide – which probably was not all very legal. If you like to stick to the rules, which of course is the better option, you can book tours via GetYourGuide. I have started loving them after booking some tours and if you do not know them yet you should try them out if you want to join organized tours and buy tickets in advance.

Let´s start with the most beautiful places near Lisbon.

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A Day Trip to Sintra

A day trip to Sintra is probably the most popular day trip to take from Lisbon.

This colorful castle, and one of the most famous places near Lisbon is probably the Palacio da Pena in Sintra (Pena Palace). This place seems like painted and with its bright colors it is one of the best places to visit.

Palacio da Pena in Sintra @shutterstock_387794470
@shutterstock

On my trip, we did not plan in enough time for exploring the castle (you should plan in at least a few hours) so we just get to see it from outside.

Though, I really loved my trip to Sintra I am still bummed I did not get to see the inside ion the palace but there is more to do and see in Sintra.

We drove up the mountains in Sintra – to be more exact we went to the Santuario da Peninha. The view from there is great, and the place is certainly a good place to enjoy some alone time in a gorgeous scenery but the castle is also perfect for views and history (and the colors are insane)!

More things to see in Sintra: Quinta Regaleira (a beautiful garden which will take a few hours to discover).

So, if you visit the castle and the garden and go for the views in the mountains, you could easily spend a full day here in Sintra.

A Day Trip to Adraga Beach

Adraga Beach is surely one of the highlights in the district of Sintra (about 40 kilometers from Lisbon).

Adraga Beach in Portugal

Luckily, the interesting rock formation can´t be overlooked and might be the most stunning detail making the beach very special. We were told, that the beach could be full of little stones and rocks and thus not worth a visit.

However, the beach presented itself clean and rock-free with hardly any people (end of the season in October). Good news: A restaurant offers you the chance to grab some food and drinks. It is not the best price-performance ratio, but the view on the beach makes up for it though.

As a dog owner I noticed the sign that says: Dogs are welcome at that beach.

Check out prices for hotels in that area here.

A Day Trip to Praia do Guincho

Praia do Guincho is a great beach for surfing and thus extremely popular among surfers. But it also invites you to walk, ideally barefoot, along the beautiful sand dunes while looking at the pretty rough waves.

Want to stay longer? Then why not booking one of the accommodations next to the beach. And if you are tired of the too much nature, then you´ll just have to walk a few miles (haha) and you´ll reach lovely Cascais (pics below).

Praia do Guincho @shutterstock
Praia do Guincho @shutterstock

 

A Day Trip to Cascais

Cascais one of the sweetest towns I have been to. It is also in the region of Sintra and it is an extremely cute town with pretty colorful and little streets.

Cascais in the region of Sintra in Portugal
Cascais in the region of Sintra in Portugal

 

A small beach section, where you can relax at the sandy beach, jump into the water or watch artists forming interesting creatures made of sand, and the marina make this town one of my favorites places in Lisbon region.

If you want to see a little bit more of the ocean and enjoy nice walks, I actually highly recommend walking from Cascais to Estoril (only a few miles). You will be rewarded with stunning views along the coast (pics below).

Check out prices for accommodation in Cascais

Beautiful Cascais in the region of Sintra in Portugal

 

A Day Trip to Azenhas do Mar

Azenhas do Mar another gem in Lisbon region (Sintra) which has won my heart.

Azenhas do Mar, Portugal
Azenhas do Mar, Portugal @shutterstock

 

It is hard to get there by public transport and is thus mostly visited by Portuguese. If I weren´t a veggie and ate seafood, I surely would have lunch/dinner in this restaurant at the beach which also seems to be the perfect place to eat while looking at the ocean or watching the sunset? If you want to splash in the water but refuse to do so in the cold seawater you could still jump in the little pool upstairs.

Just an amazing piece of heaven, though other pictures I saw showed a pool just in front of the ocean while looking at my pictures you´ll see only sand and a direct access to the ocean.

However, I like both alternatives and would definitely like to come back (pics below).

Azenhas do Mar in Portugal
Azenhas do Mar in Portugal

 

A Day Trip to Estoril

Estoril is another cute town between Cascais to Lisbon with a beach. This is perfect to combine a trip to Cascais and Estoril due to their proximity. Within a few minutes you are in Estoril (by train) and since it is not big you can head to Cascais afterwards.

Estoril in Portugal @shutterstock
Estoril in Portugal @shutterstock

 

Planning your own Portugal trip? I am jealous but also happy for you. Here are some more places to visit near Lisbon.

Head over to travel blogger AUTHENTIC CHICA to find out more about Lisbon.

15 Best Colorful Towns in Europe – Arzo Travels

Where can I find colorful places in Europe

If it comes to beautiful colored towns and cities Europe has a lot to offer, and it is not only Italy that has amazing towns with houses as colorful as a painting book.

Who does not enjoy looking at colorful pictures which pop up in their Instagram feed? Most of us Instagrammers have a theme: my theme is very vivid and colorful –  so these places make perfect locations for my Instagram pictures (check out my Instagram account here).

Pretty colorful places can be found throughout Europe and here are my favorite cities and towns which spread joy and happiness. If you were wondering about great places to have your next Instagram shoot check out my top 15 list of great Instagram locations (but I truly believe these places should be on the bucket list of every travel addict).

15 Best Colorful Cities in Europe – for Instagrammers

15. Sighisoara, Romania

Gone are the days I thought about Dracula and darkness when hearing “Transylvania” – Sighisoara is quite the opposite and proves that Transylvania is quite colorful.

Ready for your Instagram shoot in Sighisoara? Then check out the best prices here flightshotels I activities and tours

Sighisoara, Romania. Stone paved old streets with colorful houses in Sighisoara fortress, Transylvania region of Europe
Sighisoara, Romania. Transylvania region of Europe @shutterstock

14. Positano, Italy

Though I mentioned at the beginning of my post that there are many colorful places in Europe I should have mentioned that Italian places are, however, dominating the list of the best colorful towns in Europe. Positano is actually still on my bucket list and I hope I can visit this colorful place soon.

Are you ready for your Instagram shoot in Positano? Then check out the best prices here flightshotels I activities and tours

Positano. Coast of Amalfi, Italy
Positano. Coast of Amalfi, Italy @shutterstock

13. Menton, France

The beautiful town Menton, close to Monaco, seems like a perfect colorful place at the Mediterranean Sea and has made it on my list “places I want to visit in the near future”.

Ready for your Instagram shoot in Menton? Then check out the best prices here flightshotels I activities and tours

Menton - town in south of Franc
Menton – Franc @shutterstock

12. Costa Nova, Portugal

Though each destination on this list in unique – this town in Portugal however, is pretty amazing with its striped houses.

Ready for your Instagram shoot in Costa Nova? Then check out the best prices here flightshotels I activities and tours

Interested in visiting Portugal? Read my post about the best places to visit in Portugal.

Costa Nova, Portugal
Costa Nova, Portugal @shutterstock

11. Ascona, Switzerland

Ascona in Ticino, Switzerland is so close to Italy that the influence is clearly visible – the promenade is lovely and you´ll find lots of painted houses everywhere in Ascona. Find out what else to do in 48 hours in Ascona and Ticino.

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10. Colmar, France

The second French destination, Colmar, that has made it in my list of the cutest colorful places in Europe. It seems that Paris is not the only place that is worth a visit (I still need to visit myself).

Ready for your Instagram shoot in Colmar? Then check out the best prices here flightshotels I activities and tours

Another List 🙂 20 Best Beaches Around the World

Colmar, France
Colmar, France @shutterstock

9. Lisbon, Portugal

Oh, pretty Lisbon. Though the first thing that comes to my mind when thinking about Lisbon are the great viewpoints, I also adored the colorful houses in all of Lisbon. To read more about Lisbon read my Lisbon travel tips.

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Rossi square in Lisbon @shutterstock
Rossi Square in Lisbon @shutterstock

8. Longyearbyen, Norway

When I think about Norway, these things come to my mind first: gorgeous sceneries and the northern lights. But it seems Norway also has some colorful spots to offer. Longyearbyen seems pretty colorful to me.

Ready for your Instagram shoot in Longyearbyen? Then check out the best prices here flightshotels I activities and tours

Longyearbyen, Norway
Longyearbyen, Norway @shutterstock

7. Copenhagen, Denmark

Probably one of the most, or actually the most, popular Instagram location of Copenhagen  is the colorful waterfront. Read about free things to do.

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Scenic summer view of Nyhavn pier with color buildings, ships, yachts and other boats in the Old Town of Copenhagen, Denmar
View of Nyhavn pier in the Old Town of Copenhagen, Denmark @shuttersock

6. Wroclaw, Poland

I visited Wroclaw about 9 years ago – little did I appreciate the colorful houses back then, though I remember how pretty Wroclaw was – my subconscious must have noticed these colorful houses. Also, it reminds me pretty much of my hometown Bremen (read my local Bremen travel guide here).

Ready for your Instagram shoot in Wroclaw? Then check out the best prices here flightshotels I activities and tours 

If you like to find out more  about beautiful cities in Poland read the Krakow travel tips.

City centre, Market square tenements, Wroclaw Polan
Market Square Tenements, Wroclaw Poland @shuttersock

5. Schaffhausen, Switzerland

It seems that half of my posts on my blog are about Switzerland (I am a huuuge fan, and you can check them out here) but while I normally praise its scenery (especially the lakes and mountains) I would like to emphasise and send out a reminder: Switzerland has hands down some gorgeous colorful towns which you should visit (spoiler alert: there is another Swiss town still to come). Find a 24 hours itinerary for Schaffhausen here.

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Schaffhausen´s City Center @shutterstock
Schaffhausen´s City Center @shutterstock

4. Cinque Terre, Italy

Pretty gorgeous Cinque Terre: you are very high on my bucket list. Can anyone blame me with views like this? Find out more about Cinque Terre and why it is on my bucket list.

Find out about the best places to visit in Italy.

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Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre, Italy @shuttersock

3. Appenzell, Switzerland

I cannot believe that I hardly (or never?) see any Swiss towns in such lists-  these places are indeed very colorful and can easily compete with other colorful destinations in Europe. There might be more colorful cities but this town is the most underrated place in Switzerland.

Okay, I admit Appenzell town is really tiny – but also incredibly colorful. Beautiful old Swiss houses shape the small town – amidst beautiful scenery.

Click here to read my travel tips for Appenzellerland.

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Things to do in Appenzell Town

2. Procida, Italy

Colorful houses often make a place worth to visit – vivid houses in such an amazing scenery are definitely reasons to visit. Procida – you are on my list.

Find out more about great places to visit in Italy.

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italian island procida is famous for its colorful marina, Italy
Italian island Procida, Italy @shutterstock

1. Burano, Italy

How could it be any different: Burano is probably the best colorful town in Europe. If you visit Venice, do not make the same mistake like me and skip Burano.

A few years ago, Burano was not that well known and now I have a reason to visit pretty (and also very colorful) Venice again :/ Read about my Venice trip here and add Burano on your Venice itinerary.

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Burano- Italy
Burano – Italy @shutterstock

If you have posts on Instagram in one of the location feel free to share the link below so we can all see those pretty pictures and if you think, I have missed a colorful place in Europe leave a comment and let us know about your top recommendations.

More travel inspiration needed? Check out 7 must-see cities to visit worldwide.

Travel Essentials for Your Next Summer Vacation

Safe travels, Arzo!

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15 Best Colorful Towns in Europe
15 Best Colorful Towns in Europe

My 10 Most Favorite Cities – Great for Solo Travel?

10 Most Favorite Cities for Solo Traveler

 

Find out about awesome cities throughout the world and also, if they are great for solo female travel…. I admit, I am not one of these bloggers who will tell you each place is safe and every city is perfect for solo female travelers. Though these bloggers are probably convinced it is like this, I am a bit more skeptical and do not think each great city is automatically a great city to travel solo to.

I planned on listing my 20 most favorite cities and it was easier as I got almost all of the cities I liked on that list. But then I decided to name only my 10 most favorite cities which made it much harder to pick those and I had to kick out some of the lovely cities which I really liked.

These are my 10 most loved cities and I highly recommend visiting any of them – not all of them are perfect for solo travel, though. Check out my post about all you need to know before traveling solo and solo travel tips here.

I put in some positive, but to be fair, also some “negative” aspects, and to disclose: My most favorite city is my hometown Bremen (more about this gorgeous city here) but I did not add it, neither Hamburg, Melbourne, or Berlin (click here to read more about Berlin) since these are cities I have lived in and thus it would not be fair to include them. I have visited some of those places as a female solo traveler, but not all of them. So, I added a bit information on each destination about a female´s perspective and which cities are good for traveling solo, and where I had wished I would have taken someone with me.

Find out about my 10 most favorite cities….and the #10 is:

Find out which cities are great for solo female travel.

10) Cape Town

Cape Town - What an amazing city @shutterstock
Cape Town – What an amazing city @shutterstock

+ very beautiful city 

+ good price level

– high crime rate

Can I travel to Cape Town alone?

I did not visit Cape Town as a solo female traveler but in a group of girls and we felt safe. However, the crime rate is higher than in cities like Dubai or Zurich.  But we did not bring any expensive jewelry, stayed at my friend´s house (who had moved to Cape Town) and lived in a secured house, we did not use public transport (as we were recommended not to do by locals), we only went out in big groups, and were careful where we went.

Read more about Cape Town´s nightlife.

I personally would not travel there by myself, but I heard about positive experiences from other solo travelers and despite all the precautions I would loooove to visit this gorgeous city again (here is an iitinerary for the city)

Check out the best prices for your Cape Town trip here flightshotels I activities and tours

9) Sydney

Sydney @shutterstock
Sydney @shutterstock

+ extremely beautiful

+ good weather even in winter

+ a lot of parks and greenery in such a huge city

– very expensive

Can I travel to Sydney alone?

I visited Sydney twice in a group of several girls and we felt safe at any time, and my answer is yes – yes, you can travel alone and enjoy Sydney by yourself. As in any big city, I would be more careful and always watch my purse and research areas I want to visit – especially at night.

P.S. One of the main reasons I have fallen in love with Sydney is the amazing coast and the scenery it has!

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8) Las Vegas

Las Vegas Sign

+ crazy city

+ good hotels

– extremely hot in summer

– gambling reputation

Can I travel to Las Vegas alone?

I visited Las Vegas by myself and stayed there for 2 nights – I loved it. I never felt insecure and would definitely visit again by myself.

I went out at night, went to casinos by myself (just be careful, if you are dressed too fancy and are by yourself people might think you are a hooker and approach you), and would visit anytime by myself again. Find my mini guide for Las Vegas here.

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7) Dubai

+ super modern

+ safe

+ clean

– still developing and thus a lot of construction work going on

– not the cheapest destination

Can I travel to Dubai alone?

My answer is: YES! Dubai is one of the safest places I have been to – even as a female solo traveler. I know many people are skeptical about women traveling solo in Muslimic countries, but I have been to Dubai three times – always solo. I went out at night, stroll the streets during the day – and loved it.

Be careful in some parts – like Dubai Deira as a female traveler. Though, I did not make any real bad experiences it is an area where I felt less secure – since there are mostly men and constantly staring at you. Read my full travel guide on Dubai here and tips for the dress code here.

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6) London

London Eye at night - what a beauty.
London Eye at night – what a beauty.

+ beautiful sights

+ friendliest people 

+ a lot of great things are free in London (read more about 21 things to do for free in London here)

– bad weather

– expensive accommodation

Can I travel to London alone?

I normally visit someone when I am in London or I travel there with my students, but I normally spend a lot of time by myself. London is a secure big city, and if you use your common sense I think London is a great place to travel solo. I would travel there by myself without hesitation.

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5) Barcelona

Barcelona @shutterstock
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+beach

+city life

+siesta

– be aware of pickpockets

Can I travel to Barcelona alone?

I did not visit Barcelona as a solo female traveler but in a group of two females and we felt safe, and would definitely travel to Barcelona by myself. I am not sure if I would spend a lot of time alone at nights, but I assume it is fine if you are careful.

Click here to find out more about Barcelona and things to do there.

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4) Lisbon

Commerce Square in Lisbon, Portugal @shutterstock
Commerce Square in Lisbon, Portugal @shutterstock

+ very beautiful

+friendly people

+good price level

Can I travel solo to Lisbon?

I visited Lisbon once with my female friend and we felt secure and it is a place I like to visit as a solo female traveler. I would not probably stroll the narrow streets in some areas at nights by myself, but other than that I would suggest traveling to Lisbon alone. Read more about my Lisbon experiences and how to spend 3 days in Lisbon here.

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3) Zurich

+ Lake Zurich

+ amazing nature close by

+ super secure

– most expensive city

Can I travel solo to Zurich?

Awww, beautiful and secure Zurich. I have always visited my friend in Zurich but spent a lot of time by myself – Zurich is a great city to travel solo. I never felt insecure or felt the need to be extremely careful. Zurich is one of my most favorite places to travel solo.

Find out about my favorite places in Zurich here.

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2) Paris

Paris, the beauty @shutterstock
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+small and perfect for strolls

+ houses, buildings, everything is just beautiful

– not my  favorite food (not vegan, or vegetarian-friendly, nor healthy)

– people hardly speak English

– not the friendliest people (sorry to say, but I think hardly anybody can argue)

Can I travel solo to Paris?

I have been to Paris many times, but never by myself. However, I think Paris is also great to visit alone, just be aware at night and keep your bag close to you. There are some areas I would not necessarily visit at night – as a solo female traveler, so do some research but apart from that, I think Paris is great for solo travelers.

Here is my 4-day itinerary for this great city!

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My most favorite city is not Bremen, my beautiful hometown I am totally in love with. It is also not one of the beautiful cities like Budapest, Vienna, colorful Venice, lovely Stockholm, crazy Bangkok or Cairo, hip Berlin, or Kuala Lumpur. It is:

1) New York City

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+ unchallenged coolest city on Earth, a place I had known from movies and TV shows and proved to be cooler than you can imagine,

-accommodation super expensive (tips on how to save money in New York here)

-some areas are probably not very safe to visit at night as a solo traveler

Can I travel solo to New York City?

I visited New York by myself – I totally loved it. It was easy to meet people and there are many solo travelers in New York, but when I went out in the evening I did not go alone (except when I went to Times Square).

I felt a bit insecure to walk Brooklyn Bridge by night – alone. I definitely would visit New York by myself, but would not mind having someone, since I felt more unsafe at night.

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I actually came up with the idea of my favorite cities when coloring this poster from Meine Weltkarte. Do you like to have a cool poster? You can order it here. Use the code “arzotravels” to receive 10% off (this is not an affiliate program so I don’t get anything if you order the map).

I was provided with that beautiful picture and I was allowed to design it myself, and I colored it myself (still need to color Nevada on the map). This also means that I can always add more places I visit. The agreement was that I would mention it only in my blog if I really liked it and I really did 🙂

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10 of my favorite cities- are they great solo female travel destinations? Are my 10 favorite cities great destinations for solo female travel? Find out. New York, Barcelona, Zurich, Sydney, Lisbon, Cape Town, Paris, Las Vegas, Dubai, London.
10 of my favorite cities- are they great solo female travel destinations? Are my 10 favorite cities great destinations for solo female travel? Find out. New York, Barcelona, Zurich, Sydney, Lisbon, Cape Town, Paris, Las Vegas, Dubai, London.



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