Safety is fundamental when choosing a sustainable travel destination as it guarantees our integrity.
Safety is a top priority for women when traveling and for destinations to be considered safe, they must meet certain qualities, such as infrastructure and criminality levels. The Global Peace Index (GPI) 2020 report gathers data from 163 countries and ranks them according to the overall GPI score from safest to least safe. We provide a list of the top five safest countries in Europe according to the GPI report.
It is he most peaceful country in the world since 2008 when the first GPI report was held. Iceland is the perfect destination for those who love the outdoors and adventure. Its spectacular scenery developed tourist infrastructure, and low crime rate makes it a great place for female travelers.
Some of the most stunning attractions for outdoor activities include the Blue Lagoon, glacier hiking in the Pingvellir National Park, skiing at Blafjoll, snorkeling at the Silfra Fissure, and horse riding at Thingvellir.
If you’re not much of an outdoor girl, there’s lots of other activities for you to do including relaxing in one of the several thermal pools and spas across the country. With some luck you might get to witness the stunning Aurora Borealis!
Sustainable accommodations in Reykjavik
Boho chic meets modern chic, industrial building – a unique combination that sets the framework for a chic and laid-back atmosphere. Eyja Guldsmeden features 65 rooms, a restaurant with local and organic food, a bar, a fitness center, and a bike rental service.
Portugal ranks third place on the GPI due to its stable political scene and low crime rates. If you like delicious food and sunny weather, Portugal is the place to be. You can start at Lisbon and enjoy the many miradouros or viewpoints that overlook the Tagus river. During your stay, you can enjoy a relaxing beach day all to yourself at Costa de Caparica, a 20-minute ride from Lisbon.
If you are looking for stunning views and lush nature, Madeira is the place for you. A 1,45 minutes flight from Lisbon, Madeira is an 801 km2 island located in the Atlantic Ocean. It is famous for its volcanic rock formations and botanical gardens. You can hike Ribeiro Frio or go for a wine tour at Funchal, or simply rest at one of the many saunas on the island.
Sustainable accommodations in Lisbon and Madeira island
Located in Lisbon’s city center in the luxurious yet traditional Bairro Alto and Chiado districts. Set in a historical building from the 18th century, the hotel features 87 guestrooms. Guestrooms offer a view over the Tagus River. Location can be better as it has access to the most iconic districts in Lisbon: Chiado and Bairro Alto.
This charming colored hotel is situated 820 meters above sea level. It offers a unique and exquisite setting in communion with nature and invites you to rest. Along with the leafy gardens, there is an indoor heated pool. Clear your mind and rejuvenate with a massage in the serene Spa area, train at the gym overlooking the gardens, or relax in the sauna.
Austria ranks number four on the GPI list, an excellent option for safe traveling for women. Vienna is full of architecture, music, and history. You can visit some of the top museums in Vienna such as the Art History Museum, Albertina, and Belvedere, a baroque palace housing the most valuable art collections in Austria.
You might also want to make a stop at the Schönbrun palace and admire its gardens. Also known as the “Austrian Versailles”, this is one of the most important historical and cultural buildings in Austria. Finally, be sure to head to a local restaurant and try authentic Viennese food such as Wiener Schnitzel, Sachertorte, or Apfelstrudel.
If you’re looking for a rural escape, you might want to check out Mostviertel, one hour ride west Vienna, it is bordered on the north by the Danuve river, where typical Mostviertel landscapes are vast meadows of mixed orchards surrounding farmhouses in the foothills of the Alps. The name Mostviertel comes from the term Most which refers to the perry and cider beverages made in the region. You can enjoy the large variety of Mosts including those made at the numerous Most houses in town.
Sustainable accommodations in Vienna and Mostviertel
A grand home base for your Vienna adventures. Set right in the heart of the city’s creative center and just a few minutes from all the highlights. Among its amenities, you can find the beautiful Ateliers and Max Theatre, ideal for events, meetings, film screenings.
Provides a home base for holiday and business travelers. Spacious micro-apartments are suitable for both living comfortably and working efficiently. Each apartment sleeps two and contains a living room, kitchen, bathroom. The hotel offers meeting rooms, event spaces with great views, green spaces for residents to enjoy.
In the middle of Lower Austria’s Mostviertel, romance, elegance, and tradition are combined with sustainability in a unique way. Schloss Ernegg will take care of you. It has been run by the Auersperg family since 1656, lovingly restored, and managed with great care.
Ranks number five on the GPI list, meaning that visitors can expect low crime rates and a peaceful environment. Denmark has a lot to offer, from architecture to history, nature, and entertainment.
Start by visiting Copenhagen at the Town Hall Square and discover its medieval churches such as St. Peter’s, the oldest church in Copenhagen. Take a walk at the Christianshavn neighborhood known for its Dutch Renaissance architecture. Go see the Little Mermaid, a bronze statue based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, just to name a few attractions.
45 minutes from Copenhagen you can go on a daytrip to Aarhus, a historic city on the east coast of Jutland, Denmark’s western peninsula. The city is home to the contemporary art museum ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, the Aarhus University Botanical Garden and the Marselisborg Castle, a historical palace from the XVII century.
If you want to relax by the beach on a summer day, visit the bright island of Bornholm. Only 40 minutes on ferry from Copenhagen, Bornholm is the perfect little getaway. Rent a bike and explore the surroundings, then go lay on the beach with your fav Danish novel book.
Sustainable accommodations in Copenhagen
5-star hot spot in Copenhagen, smack in the middle of some of Copenhagen´s most attractive sights and areas! A stay at Manon Les Suites will be a dream experience that you´ll never forget. Bohemian luxury, breathtaking design, and a festive atmosphere meet sustainable and superb food, drinks & service.
Nestled in a small cobblestone nook, just off the road that runs around Copenhagen’s historic lakes. The now modernized building was originally built in 1882 and is located in the vibrant Nansensgade Quarter. There you will find shops, hip restaurants, small green parks, and cozy hangout spots come together authentically. Just a minute’s walk from Kong Arthur, there’s the scenic Ørsted Park, Copenhagen’s finest food marketplace, and exclusive shopping centers.
Sustainable accommodations in Aarhus
A small boutique hotel located in the city’s charming Latin Quarter. Right in the heart of Aarhus with romantic restaurants, historic buildings, and unique shopping facilities. This is where laid-back luxury meets ecology. Aarhus Hotel offers a breakfast buffet with carefully selected products. The hotel also offers its guests a full eco-friendly experience by using ILoveEcoEssentials products.
Sustainable accommodations in Bornholm
One of the world’s pioneering green hotels and conference centers. Organic breakfast, modern designed rooms, an Italian gourmet restaurant, and unique nature right outside the door, all available to you. Walk along the path through the peaceful woods and you will reach the lovely beach within a few minutes. There’s no better way to explore the island than on a bike, possible through the hotel’s bike rental service.
COVID-19 traveling recommendations
Before traveling to any of these destinations make sure to check out the World Health Organization Covid-19 Dashboard for continuously updated information about the cases in each country.
For requirements to enter the countries and recommendations on travel destinations, consult the national and local warnings available at the destination.