Summer is the perfect time to explore the beauty and diversity of Europe’s top destinations. Whether you’re seeking sun, sea, sand, or a more cultural experience, there’s a perfect destination for everyone. So pack your bags, grab your sunscreen, and get ready to discover some of Europe’s best summer destinations.

This list highlights a mix of mega-tourist and off-the-beaten-path destinations that will satisfy your wanderlust, whether you’re seeking beaches, mountains, lakes, or city breaks.

During the summer peak season, Europe gets crowded and can be costly. I recommend looking at the lesser-known hidden gems (many of them in this article). Do you only get time off during summer and want to explore the popular tourist hotspots? Book hotels and tickets as soon as possible – at least two to three months in advance. 

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Europe Travel Resources 

📲 SIM card: Orange is France’s No.1 telecom company with the best coverage. I used this Orange Holiday Europe Prepaid SIM (or eSim), which worked well throughout Europe without hiccups. If you have any trouble using it or need to recharge, you can walk into any Orange store for help.

🛏 Hotels: I use this booking site for competitive rates, a generous free cancellation policy and member perks. Always read reviews before booking.

✈️ Flights: I often use Google Flights to search for the best deals. Then, I directly book flights with the airline. 

🚅 Trains: I love using Trainline to search for train schedules and book tickets. The platform is super helpful when there are any delays, disruptions, or rail strikes, which are all too common in Europe. 

🚘 Rental Cars: Outside the major cities, you may not be able to rely solely on public transportation. For a road trip, book rental cars from Auto Europe.

🎫 Tours: My first choice for booking tours and activities in Europe is Get Your Guide. The platform is easy to book or cancel. It often runs promotions.  

🚑 Travel Insurance: You should always travel with insurance. (Credit card insurance often covers travel disruptions but not medical bills.) Check with your health insurance policy; if it doesn’t cover international travel, compare travel insurance here before purchasing.

🧳 Storage: I love carrying my luggage, says no one! Find storage in the city to safely lock it and enjoy exploring the city without weighing your shoulders. Best €5 you will spend!

Best European Summer City Breaks 

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Brussels, Belgium | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #EuropeCityBreaks

Brussels, Belgium


Weather: The average high is 23°C (73°F) and the average low is 14°C (57°F). Precipitation in summer is about 30%.

National Holidays: Belgium National Day (July 21), Assumption Day (August 15)

Hotels to Stay: Motel One Brussels in the city center or Vintage Hotel in Ixelles for affordable chic styles

Crush your thirst with an icy-cold Belgian beer in the summer heat. How does that sound for your summer vacation?

Not everyone wants to rush to a beach town. If your idea of summer vacation is chilling in a city, one day in Brussels can make a perfect city break.

Brussels will see more crowds than usual in summer, like any other European cities. However, it is not as bad as Paris or Rome. Also, the summer heat is more bearable, with the temperature rarely exceeding 30°C (85°F). While it may get humid, the chance of rain decreases in summer.

On July 21, Belgium celebrates Belgium National Day. The main festivities occur in Brussels with a parade and fireworks around the Royal Palace. The Belgian Royals go on a summer break right after this celebration; the Royal Palace of Brussels is open to the public during this period, giving a rare opportunity for visitors to peek at the official residence of the monarch.

Also, Brussels Flower Carpet is celebrated every other year in August. A gigantic carpet made of a million fresh begonia flowers is set on the Grand Place, creating spectacular scenery in the historic UNESCO World Heritage site.

Last but not least, Brussels is one of the best gastronomic destinations in Europe, best known for its waffleschocolates, potato fries (Don’t you dare call it French fries in Belgium!), mussels, and aforementioned world’s famous Belgian beers.

Contributed by Chloe of Chloe’s Travelogue

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Copenhagen, Denmark | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #EuropeBeach #EuropeCityBreaks

Copenhagen, Denmark


Weather: 12°C to 22°C (54-72°F) Summer is the sunniest time of the year in Copenhagen but you should also expect some occasional rain.

National holidays: Constitution Day (June 5)

Hotels to Stay: Generator Copenhagen (good budget stay), Hotel Mayfair (mid-range hotel, well located)

The long summer days in Copenhagen make it the ideal time to explore this beautiful Scandinavian city. 

While hiring a bike is the best way to do as the Danes do, especially while the weather is this good, hiring a Go Boat to travel around Copenhagen’s canals is also an amazing option for an afternoon. Relax and enjoy the picturesque views while cruising through the waterways for the perfect way to get a unique perspective of the city and its architecture.

For foodies, don’t miss Reffen – Copenhagen’s street food market located at the waterfront in Refshaleøen. During the summer, Reffen is bustling with activity, with some of the city’s most delicious and diverse dishes made by local chefs. Reffen also has a great range of the city’s best craft beer – perfect for a warm afternoon.

Copenhagen is also known for its parks, and during the summer months, they become a hub for locals and tourists alike. Feel free to join the locals for a barbecue in one of the many green spaces dotted throughout the city to soak up the sun long into the evening.

Alternatively, for those who want a bit more entertainment in their trip to the Danish capital, there are also plenty of festivals and other events that take place during the summer months, such as the Copenhagen Jazz Festival and Roskilde Festival.

Overall, Copenhagen in the summer is the best time to be there. The warm and pleasant weather, with endless activities and delicious food, makes it an ideal destination for travelers.

Contributed by Astrid of Seek Scandinavia

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Berlin, Germany | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #EuropeCityBreaks

Berlin, Germany


Weather: The average highs is 24ºC (75ºF) and average lows is 14ºC (57ºF). But it can reach over 30ºC (88ºF).

National Holidays: None in June through August.

Hotels to Stay: Leonardo Royal Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz, Motel One Berlin Mitte

Spend two days in Berlin, and you will realize why the German capital city often tops the list of the coolest cities in the world. Without a doubt, Berlin is a trendy and vibrant European destination for history buffs and cultural connoisseurs.

Berlin has old European charms with historical landmarks, like Brandenburg Gate. But the city is uniquely eclectic due to its colorful history. World War II sites in Berlin, such as Holocaust Memorial and Nazi Book Burning Memorial, trace back to Nazi Germany. And Checkpoint Charlie and East Side Gallery remind us of another turbulent time during the Cold War when Berlin was split into East and West.

Embracing these contrasts and dark past, the city developed an edgy and rebellious spirit, creating a perfect environment for artists. And Berlin has become the artistic and cultural mecca in Europe. From underground techno clubs and street art, the evidence is found everywhere.

The best time to visit Berlin is from May to September as the city gets lots of sun and warm and calm temperatures. But keep in mind that July is the wettest month.

Contributed by Chloe of Chloe’s Travelogue

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Amsterdam, the Netherlands | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #EuropeCityBreaks

Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Weather: The summer is comfortably warm. Daily high temperatures are around 20°C (68°F) and daily low temperatures are 12°C (54°F). But rain and wind can skew how the temperatures feel.

National Holidays: None in June through August.

Hotels to Stay: Hotel Vondel near Museumsplein for location and comfort or The Dylan for luxury stay. 

Summer is the best time to visit Amsterdam for its pleasant weather, long daylight, and lively outdoor events.

The Dutch capital city gets the best weather in summer. Its proximity to the North Sea brings comfortably warm weather without being too hot. The summer weather is perfect for travel as you will enjoy enough sunshine with long daylight. But Dutch weather is notoriously fickle. It may get slightly chilly in the evening, and it occasionally rains. Be prepared with a light jacket and umbrella for chilly evenings or rainy days.

Amsterdam hosts many spectacular summer festivals. Open-air music festivals such as Awakenings Festival in July and Dekmantel in August draw techno and electronic music fans, respectively, from all around the world. The Amsterdam Gay Pride also takes place with street parties and the infamous boat parade on canals.

Summer is also a peak season and can be crowded. You must research ahead of time and create your Amsterdam itinerary to travel efficiently. It is critical to book your tickets and time slot for the most popular Amsterdam museums and attractions well in advance, such as Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum.

Amsterdam city card for tourists will save you money and time. But note that most Amsterdam museums require you to book your time slot even if you are eligible for free admission.

Contributed by Chloe of Chloe’s Travelogue

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Porto, Portugal | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #EuropeBeach #EuropeCityBreaks

Porto, Portugal


Weather: sunny and dry, 23ºC – 25ºC (73-77ºF),

National Holidays: Portugal Day (June 10), Assumption Day (August 15)

Hotels to Stay: InterContinental Porto, Torel Palace Porto

Porto is a charming and lively city that is definitely worth a visit. The best time to experience Porto’s magic is during the summer months. From June to September, the weather is perfect for wandering around the city, soaking up the sun and sipping on a refreshing glass of Port wine.

There are plenty of things to see and do in Porto. One must-visit destination is the Ribeira district, which is situated along the beautiful Douro River. You can take a boat tour, or simply walk around to admire the colorful buildings and lively atmosphere. 

The historic Porto Cathedral, the iconic Dom Luís I Bridge and the Crystal Palace Gardens are also worth a visit. Porto is very walkable so you can easily walk between each attraction.

To fully experience Porto, you should spend at least three days in the city. This will give you enough time to explore the main attractions, wander through the streets and discover all of the city’s hidden gems. 

In summer, venture outside of the city center and make a day trip to nearby beaches. Matosinhos Beach and Espinho Beach are both easily accessible by public transport.

Another insider tip is to try the famous Francesinha sandwich, which is a Portuguese delicacy made with bread, ham, sausage and steak, all smothered in melted cheese and a spicy tomato sauce. It’s a culinary experience that you won’t forget!

Contributed by Megan of Traveller’s Elixir

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Stockholm, Sweden | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #EuropeBeach #EuropeCityBreaks

Stockholm, Sweden


Weather: Temperature ranges from 12°C to 24°C (53-75°F). Mostly sunny with about 7 rainy days per month.

National Holidays: National Day of Sweden (June 6), Midsummer (June 24)

Hotels to Stay: Hotel At Six (centrally located), or Giò (affordable luxury)

If you’re keen on discovering the Nordic region but aren’t ready to deal with the blistering cold temperatures, consider visiting Stockholm, Sweden during the summertime! Not only are there all kinds of parks, museums, and activities to do, but there are also lots of fun events that occur during the summer season!

For example, Lollapalooza Stockholm and High 5ive Summer Festival are both huge 3-day music festivals that occur at the end of June and into July. They not only feature tons of popular artists, but allow guests to indulge in an array of delicious foods, play games, see art installations, and more!

Or, if you want to celebrate with the LGBTQ+ community, don’t miss out on the PRIDE events that happen during the first week of August. You’ll witness parades and celebrations taking place all around town.

And be sure to hit up some of the most popular attractions, such as the Vasa Museum and Stortorget. At the Vasa Museum, you’ll learn the history of the Vasa ship, which sank in Stockholm Harbor on its maiden voyage. Meanwhile, Stortorget features lots of colorful historical buildings!

So, if you’re ready to explore the Scandinavian region without enduring the cold, then consider Stockholm for your next summer vacation!

Contributed by Kristin of Global Travel Escapades

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Cardiff, Wales, U.K. | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #EuropeCityBreaks #EuropeanCountryside

Cardiff, Wales, U.K.


Weather: Pleasant with the temperatures around 14-22℃. Summer rainfall is common but doesn’t last too long.

National holidays: St David’s Day (March 1)

Hotels to Stay: Park Plaza near Cardiff castle

Cardiff is the capital city of Wales, a small country off the west coast of England. The best time to visit is during the summer months when the weather is at its best. 

It is easy to visit on a day trip to Cardiff from London by either coach or train and the journey is worth making to see the best things the city has to offer.

During the summer, you can enjoy the greenery, beautiful trees and flowers at Bute Park in the heart of the city. Wander round the park or follow the river Taff as it winds through the park. 

Explore the amazing Cardiff Castle and see how it has evolved over the years from a small roman fort to an impressive family home and learn about all its uses over the years.

If the weather is not favorable, make the most of your day by exploring Cardiff market, where you can sample delicious homemade Welsh cakes. Or, pop into one of the many arcades around the city. Arcades are small covered shopping areas filled with boutique shops, cafes, hidden bars and restaurants.

When the sun is shining, Cardiff bay is the place to be. It transforms during the summer into a pop up beach area for visitors to enjoy with fun bars, food stands and live music.

Contributed by Stephanie of Book It Let’s Go

Paris Day Trip to Versailles: The Hall of Mirrors| #ParisinSummer #Versailles #RoyalPalaces #FranceTravel #TravelEurope

Don’t go to Versailles!

If there is one place in Europe I suggest you absolutely stay away from in summer, that is the Palace of Versailles. Read a detailed post about my experience and survival tips – if you still insist on going.

Best Beach Cities in Europe

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Hvar, Croatia | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #EuropeBeach #EuropeCityBreaks

Hvar, Croatia


Weather: Average of 24.7°C (76°F) with an average of 3 wet days per month, and a less than 10% chance of precipitation

National Holidays: Corpus Christi Day (June 8), Victory Day (August 5), and Assumption of Mary (August 15)

Hotels to Stay: Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel for great location and luxury, Apartments Olive Tree for great location and spectacular views

Hvar is a spectacular destination, and it truly comes alive in the summer.

Just a short boat ride away from Split, this island is perfect for any type of traveler. Hvar Town is full of eager partiers, as well as those looking for rich history, incredible seafood, and a luxury vacation. Attend some of the best nightlife in Europe with exclusive parties, take in breathtaking views from the magnificent fortress, or check out the impressive handicrafts in town. You could easily spend several days enjoying all that Hvar Town has to offer.

Looking for a more relaxed getaway? You can head to Stari Grad and Jels, where you’ll find more quaint seaside towns, with cobblestone streets, charming churches, and a quieter side of the island. There is also an array of tasty and more affordable restaurants, for those who aren’t looking to splurge as much.

The island of Hvar also has some unbelievable beaches, and if you visit in the summer, you can also experience the beautiful lavender fields. With charming towns, delicious food, and stunning nature, there is no better time to enjoy this incredible destination than in the summer months.

Hvar in Croatia is truly has something for everyone, and is the perfect European summer getaway to add to your bucket list.

Contributed by Danielle of Scratch Your Mapa

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Thassos, Greece | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #EuropeBeach #EuropeCityBreaks #GreekIslands

Thassos, Greece


Weather: Hot, sunny, and dry weather from June to August with refreshing sea breeze. The highest temperature often reaches around 28°C (82.4°F) in July and August, and can rise to 36°C (96.8°F) during heat waves.

National Holidays: Holy Spirit Monday (June 5),Assumption of the Virgin Mary (August 15)

Hotels to Stay: A for Art Hotel (by the port, in the centre), Meli Suites, Thassos (near Golden Beach), Vathi Cove Luxury Resort & Spa (luxury resort near Vathi Beach)

If you’re looking for a place to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, then the Greek island of Thassos with breathtaking beaches, spectacular mountains, and delicious cuisine might just be the perfect destination.

Thassos offers a plethora of experiences for visitors, but perhaps the most well-known is its stunning beaches, which come in all shapes and sizes, from secluded coves offering a peaceful escape (Metalia Beach) to large expanses of golden sand lined with beach bars. The crystal-clear waters are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving or various water sports.

Thassos also boasts breathtaking mountainous regions, with the highest peak Mount Ipsarion (1204m) offering an incredible panoramic view of both the land and sea. The mountains have many hiking trails suitable for both experienced and novice hikers, providing an excellent opportunity for outdoor exploration with a spectacular view.

And of course, no trip to Greece would be complete without indulging in delicious food! Luckily, the restaurants here offer a wide variety of local dishes visitors can enjoy, including the fresh seafood dishes that Thassos is known for.

If you prefer a more peaceful atmosphere, it’s best to avoid visiting around August 15, a major holiday in Greece that marks the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. However, if you visit during this time, you can witness the beautiful parade in Panagia where locals come together in celebration. Regardless of your timing, Thassos guarantees an unforgettable experience that will stay with you for years.

Contributed by Su of Goya Galeotta

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Naxos Island, Greece | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #EuropeBeach #EuropeCityBreaks #GreekIslands

Naxos Island, Greece


Weather: 26-20°C (68-79°F), mostly sunny

National holidays: Holy Spirit Monday (June 5), Assumption of the Virgin Mary (Aug. 15)

Hotels to Stay: Naxian Horizon, Naxos Hotel Poseidon

Looking for a Greek island escape without the crowds? Look no further than Naxos. While still a popular destination, Naxos is way less busy than some of its more famous neighbors, such as Santorini or Mykonos. 

With its stunning beaches, picturesque villages, and ancient ruins, Naxos is the perfect place to soak up the sun and experience the authentic Cycladic charm during the peak summer months.

June, July and August offer a perfect climate with balmy temperatures and constant sunshine making it an ideal time to visit. The warm seawater is perfect for swimming, windsurfing, or just lounging on the beach. The sea temperature ranges from 22 to 28°C, so if you want the warmest sea, choose to travel between the end of July and August.

Naxos is the biggest island in the Cyclades and boasts fantastic beaches, many remote and completely uncrowded. Visit the family-friendly Plaka Beach, soak up the serenity of tranquil Aliko, or be swept away by the stunning beauty of Hawai Beach with its breathtaking cliff views.

Some of the best places to stay in Naxos for first-time travelers include the island’s bustling port town – Chora and Agia Anna, which are a charming small town with a beautiful beach.

By Mal of Raw Mal Roams

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Corfu, Greece | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #EuropeBeach #EuropeCityBreaks #GreekIslands

Corfu, Greece

Weather: Warm and sunny with temperatures ranging from 22-32℃ (72-90℉)

National holidays: Holy Spirit Monday (June 5), Assumption of the Virgin Mary (Aug. 15)

Hotels to StayGrecotel Corfu Imperial, MarBella Nido Suite Hotel & Villas, Mon Repos Palace

Nestled in the Ionian Sea, Corfu is a perfect summer destination for beach lovers. With its crystal clear waters and stunning landscapes, it’s no wonder that visitors flock to Corfu year after year.

One of the highlights of Corfu is its charming old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can wander through narrow cobblestone streets and admire the impressive architecture of Venetian-style buildings. The town is also home to a variety of restaurants, cafes, and shops, making it the perfect place to spend an afternoon or evening.

Of course, the main draw of Corfu is its beaches. Despite the crowds, Palaiokastritsa is worth a visit with its emerald green waters and rugged coastline, earning its nickname as the “Greek Maya Bay”. Glyfada and Agios Gordios are other popular beaches with soft sand and clear waters perfect for swimming and sunbathing.

Apart from the beach activities, Corfu also provides a plethora of other activities for visitors. Visitors can hike through the island’s lush hills and admire the stunning views, or explore the island’s rich history by visiting ancient ruins and museums, such as the Old Venetian Fortress, Angelokastro, and the Archaeological Museum of Corfu.

For those looking to avoid the summer crowds, it’s best to avoid the week before and after Dekapentaygoustos, the national holiday of Greece on the 15th of August. However, if you do choose to visit during this time, you’ll get to experience the festivities of “mini Easter” in Corfu, which is a unique and exciting cultural experience.

In conclusion, Corfu is an excellent summer destination that offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, history, and culture. Whether you’re looking to relax on the beach, explore ancient ruins, or indulge in traditional Greek cuisine, Corfu has something to offer everyone.

Contributed by Jo of World Wild Schooling

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Myrtos Beach, Greece | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #EuropeBeach #EuropeCityBreaks #GreekIslands

Kefalonia, Greece


Weather in Summer: Warm and dry throughout summer. The average temperature is 23°C (73°F) in June and 27°C (80°F) in July and August, with the daily high in the 30s°C (90s°F).

National Holidays: Holy Spirit Monday (June 5), Assumption of the Virgin Mary (Aug. 15)

Hotels to Stay: Stay at the Emelisse Nature Resort in Fiskardo for a luxury stay.

If you’re after beautifully warm weather, movie-like beaches (quite literally), and picturesque villages, look no further than Kefalonia. 

While it is less known than some neighboring islands, Kefalonia comes alive in summer. Here, you can enjoy Greece’s beautiful scenery and friendly culture without having to battle too many tourists.

Kefalonia has a lot to offer. If you love beaches, you must head to Antisamos Beach, which is featured in the film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Another stunning beach that can’t be missed is Myrtos Beach. Head to the cliffs around it to see it from above.

Another place you also want to see is the Melissani Cave. A lake within a cave surrounded by a wooded forest, book yourself a boat tour for an incredibly unique experience.

If you’re wondering where to stay in Kefalonia, you might want to check out the beautiful fishing village of Fiskardo. While the majority of Kefalonia was destroyed during the 1953 earthquake, Fiskardo was the only point on the island to escape the tragedy. Being here is like taking a step back in time with the original Venetian-style buildings still standing strong.

If you’re visiting in summer, you can expect excellent weather. Temperatures can reach well into the 30s°C, and it cools to an average of 17°C at night. So pack light clothes, relax on some truly stunning beaches, and enjoy Greece’s warm and fun culture. 

Contributed by Kizzi of Off to Get Lost

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Sardinia, Italy | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #EuropeBeach #EuropeCityBreaks #ItalyBeach

Sardinia, Italy 


Weather: Typical Mediterranean climate with dry and sunny summer months with low humidity. Warm to hot temperatures, with an average high of 30°C (86°F) and an average low of 20°C (68°F).

National Holidays: Republic Day (June 2), Assumption Day (August 15)

Hotels to stay: Cala Caterina Rooms (Villasiumius), Colonna Resort (Porto Cervo)

The Italian island of Sardinia is one of the best European summer destinations! 

Sardinia is known for its spectacular white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, which makes it a must-visit summer destination. 

Throughout the rest of the year, Sardinia is pretty quiet, but it comes to life during the summer months. The weather is perfect for enjoying the beaches and you can experience Sardinia in all its beauty.

The beaches in Sardinia are some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. While some popular beaches can get crowded in the summer, there are plenty of lesser-known beaches that are equally beautiful and worth visiting. As there are so many beaches to explore in Sardinia, it’s always easy to find a quiet beach to get away from the crowds. For example, instead of the crowded Porto Giunco beach in Villasimius, head to the neighboring lesser-known Punta Molentis. 

In addition, to visit some of the best beaches in Sardinia only accessible by boat, go on a boat tour to explore the jaw-dropping coastline along the Capo Carbonara Marine Protected Area.

Sardinia is an incredibly popular summer holiday destination for Italian families. August, in particular, is the busiest month, as many Italians take August off from work. So make sure to book your accommodation in advance.

Contributed by Catrina of 24 Hours Layover

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Tropea, Italy | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #EuropeBeach #EuropeCityBreaks #ItalyBeach

Tropea, Italy 


Weather: Temperatures range from 26 to 30°C (80-86°F)

National Holidays: Republic Day (June 2), Assumption Day (August 15)

Hotels to Stay: Il Borghetto Creative Resort, Townhouse Tropea

Tropea is a beautiful coastal town located in the Calabria region of southern Italy. With its crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches, and stunning views of the Tyrrhenian Sea, Tropea is the perfect place to relax and unwind in the summer.

While there are plenty of things to do in Tropea and it’s easy to spend the day wandering the narrow cobblestone streets and alleys, it’s the beaches that people visit Tropea for.

Tropea is located along the “Coast of the Gods,” and boasts some of the best beaches in Italy, if not in Europe. Soft, white sand and clear, calm waters make the beaches ideal for families or couples looking to soak up the sun.

The main beach in Tropea is located just below the town’s historic center. From the beach, views of the colorful buildings perched atop the dramatic cliffs add to the incredible scenery.

While Tropea is known for its beaches, it’s also famous for its red onions, which are known for their sweet flavor and distinctive shape. Every July, the town celebrates these famous onions with the Red Onion Festival. This unique festival lasts for several days and includes live music and plenty of food. There are plenty of opportunities to sample different local dishes made of local stapes such as red onions and bluefish.

Contributed by Erin of Wanderlust with Kids

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Amalfi Coast, Italy | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #EuropeBeach #EuropeCityBreaks #ItalyBeach

Amalfi Coast, Italy  


Weather: Warm and sunny with an average temperature range of 23-31℃ (73-88℉).

National Holidays: Republic Day (June 2), Assumption Day (August 15)

Hotels to Stay: Hotel Buca di Bacco (Positano), Belmond Hotel Caruso (Ravello), Hotel Santa Caterina (Amalfi)

If you’re looking for a summer vacation that offers warm weather, stunning scenery, and plenty of activities to keep you entertained, the Amalfi Coast in Italy is the perfect destination. During the summer months, the temperature ranges from 23°C (73°F) to 31°C (88°F), making it an ideal place to soak up the sun. You can enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, swimming, and boating.

One of the main benefits of visiting the Amalfi Coast in the summer is the abundance of events and festivals that take place during this time. From Ferragosto (Assumption Day) on August 15 to the Feast of Saint Andrew on June 27, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the local culture and traditions.

Although the summer months attract many tourists, you can still beat the crowds by visiting the more under-the-radar spots like Procida or Vietri sul Mare. Even within busy Positano, you can visit quieter beaches, such as Fornillo Beach, instead of the busy Spiaggia Grand.

The Amalfi Coast offers endless activities, including historic sites like the Amalfi Cathedral and the Villa Cimbrone Gardens, as well as the chance to hike along the Path of the Gods or take a boat tour to the nearby island of Capri.

When it comes to accommodations, the Amalfi Coast has no shortage of luxurious and stylish hotels to choose from. If you’re a first-time visitor, stay in Positano as it offers the most to do and is the most picturesque. If you love quieter areas you can stay in Ravello or Praiano.

So, pack your bags, swap your winter clothes for beach attire, and get ready to enjoy the sunny atmosphere of the Amalfi Coast this summer!

Contributed by Jackie of Joujou Travels

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Procida Islands, Italy | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #EuropeBeach #EuropeCityBreaks #ItalyBeach

Procida Island, Italy  


Weather: sunny, warm and dry with temperatures ranging between 15℃ and 30℃ (59℉ to 86℉)

National holidays: Republic Day (June 2), Assumption Day (August 15)

Hotels to stay: Vento di Mare

Procida is a small island situated in the Bay Of Naples, Italy. Characterized by distinct candy-colored architecture, Procida has been selected as the Capital of Culture of Italy in 2022. This nomination has definitely drawn international attention to the island which is often overshadowed by bigger and more popular counterparts, Ischia and Capri.

Interestingly, a petite island was known to many filmmakers a long time ago before travelers got to know about it. Thus, it was used as a backdrop in over a dozen of feature films. The most well-known is Il Postino and The Talented Mr. Ripley.

Apart from the pop of color and being a star of silver screens, Procida also has several pleasant beaches to spend time under the sun and in the water. Due to the volcanic nature of the island, the beaches here are black, yet the waters that bath Procida are crystal clear and great for swimming or even scuba diving.

Procida remains the least visited of the Campagnia Archipelago trio and is significantly less crowded. This makes Procida a perfect European destination to visit in summer.

A regular ferry runs daily from Naples and takes around 40 minutes to reach the island. Thus visiting Procida as a day trip from Naples is an obvious choice for many travelers. Yet overnight stay is highly recommended to witness magnificent sunsets and enjoy quiet mornings.

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40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Xlendi Bay, Gozo, Malta | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #EuropeanBeach #EuropeCityBreaks

Xlendi Bay, Gozo, Malta


Weather in Summer: Hot, dry weather with lots of sunshine. Temperature ranges from 28–32℃ (82–90℉) during the day and 22–24℃ (72–75℉) at night.

National Holidays: Freedom Day (March 31), Good Friday (April 7), Sette Giugno (June 7), Victory Day (September 8), Independence Day (September 21), Republic Day (December 13)

Hotels to Stay: Cesca Boutique Hotel for a charming, relaxing stay.

One of the best European destinations to visit in summer is Gozo, Malta. Don’t let its size fool you, this tiny island packs a punch with plenty of sunshine, delicious food, beautiful countryside, and gorgeous Mediterranean water.

Tucked away on the island of Gozo is Xlendi Bay, one of the best towns to visit in Malta. This seaside town makes an excellent base for exploring the island, as it offers a wide variety of food and accommodation choices for both couples and families.

With its crystal-clear waters, charming waterfront restaurants, and laid-back vibe, Xlendi Bay is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Not only is it close to other attractions on the island, but this little gem has a beach all its own, which means you can spend the day swimming in the sea or paddling around in a kayak.

Gozo is known for its picturesque landscapes and stunning natural beauty. For hikers, there are several walking and biking paths throughout the island that lead to lookout points over the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.

And no visit to Gozo would be complete without hopping on a boat tour to explore the island’s rugged coastline and hidden lagoons. Visit the former site of the Azure Window, snorkel in the crystal waters, or scuba dive in fascinating underwater caves, reefs, and shipwrecks.

So, whether you want to hike the unique landscape, lounge by the beach, or snorkel next to colorful fish, Gozo is a fantastic choice for your next Mediterranean vacation.

Contributed by Robyn of Two Empty Passports

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: The Bay of Motor, Montenegro | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #EuropeBeach #EuropeCityBreaks

The Bay of Kotor, Montenegro


Weather: 18 – 30°C (64 – 86°F)

National holidays: Fašinada (July 22), Bokeljska noć (August)

Hotels to Stay: Historic Boutique Hotel Cattaro, One & Only Portonovi, Heritage Grand Perast 

The Bay of Kotor is a stunning off-the-beaten track destination for a summer vacation. Voted one of the world’s most beautiful bays, it boasts dramatic landscapes, inviting sea and romantic seaside villages.

Kotor Bay’s must-see destination is Kotor, a 2,000-year-old town encircled by 4.5km of impenetrable walls. Grab a cone of gelato and wander Kotor’s pedestrian streets to explore the town’s ancient palaces and churches. 

Kotor is also known as a cat-lover’s paradise, with cats lounging in patches of sun throughout the town.

For the best views of the town, take a hike up the old military path to San Giovanni Fortress. It’s a short and steep hike, but you’ll be rewarded with jaw-dropping views of the bay.

From Kotor, you can take a boat to Perast, popular for its romantic baroque architecture and romantic charm. Our Lady of the Rocks, the 500-year-old island church that floats just offshore is a must-see here. On July 22, each year you can witness Fašinada, a celebration of the founding of the church, where local families decorate their boats and row out to the island to throw rocks around it.

For a change of scene, head to Porto Montenegro or Portonovi marinas to see the glittering super yachts. The marinas’ villages offer top-notch restaurants and are beautiful places for a stroll on summer evenings.

Contributed by Sarah of Montenegro Pulse

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Texel, the Netherlands | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #EuropeBeach #EuropeCityBreaks

Texel, The Netherlands

Weather: Mostly sunny in June – August. Temperatures vary from an average low of 13°C (56°F) to an average high of 19°C (66°F).

National holidays: None. (Once every 3 years, Pentecost falls in June; there’s a first and second day of Pentecost, always on Sunday and Monday. The next is in June 2025.)

Hotels to Stay: Hotel Greenside Texel

Texel is an island in the North of the Netherlands. It has beaches on all sites. Summer is perfect to visit the island, since there are nice temperatures, lots of sunny days and August is the warmest month. 

Summer is also the high season; however, the beaches of Texel won’t be as crowded as on the mainland. Unlike Zandvoort and Scheveningen, the beaches on the Texel island are not as easily reachable for a one-day visit.

Texel has sand beaches, and is suitable for playing and sunbathing on the beach. Swimming in the sea or surfing is also an option.

Nevertheless, the beach isn’t the only thing to do on Texel. Cycling on Texel is one of many popular activities as the flat island makes exploring on bike perfect. There are biking lanes all over the island, one of which is 140 kilometers (87 miles) long. Bike renting facilities are widely available.

There are also many museums. For example, both the Schipbreuk- en Juttersmuseum Flora and Kaap Schil museum have a collection of finds from beach combing on display, each with a different take on it.

At the Northern tip of the island is the lighthouse, De Cocksdorp. Visitors can climbe up to take a look at the exhibit inside.

Contributed by Cosette from KarsTravels

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Cabo de Gata, Spain | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #EuropeBeach #EuropeCityBreaks

Cabo de Gata, Spain 


Weather in summer: Semi-dry and sunny summer with the temperature ranging between 19°C and 30°C (66-86°F)

National Holidays: Assumption of Mary (August 15)

Hotels to stay: Casa Luna in Las Negras, Hotel Senderos in Agua Amarga, Doña Pakyta in San José

When talking about Summer destinations in Spain you may think about Ibiza, Mallorca, Tenerife, or Málaga but have you ever heard about Cabo de Gata? 

This Natural Park of paradisiac beaches is located in the Spanish province of Almería (in Andalucía), in the south of Spain. It has 50 kilometers of the best-preserved cliff coastline of the European Mediterranean coast and many beaches of turquoise pristine water to enjoy some days of swimming and sunbathing, without all the crowds. 

Cabo de Gata is indeed a perfect destination for those who seek to relax off the Spanish summer beaten track.

There are almost no rainy days throughout all year. In the summer months, maximum temperatures reach up to 28-30°C, and the minimum temperatures rarely go below 19°C. Also, the maximum water temperature is 26°C and does not drop below 16°C, even in the winter months.

Don’t miss out some of the best spots in Cabo de Gata: 1) Long and huge white sand beaches, such as Mónsul and Los Genoveses; 2) wild and hidden little coves, such as Cala de Enmedio; 3) breathtaking views arriving at Cala San Pedro; and 4) the clearest water in Playa de los Muertos – Fear not, unlike its name, the only thing that will die there is your will to leave this place.

Contributed by Inês of  

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Coasta de Sol, Spain | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #EuropeBeach #EuropeCityBreaks

Costa del Sol, Spain


Weather: The weather in Spain is usually very dry; you can expect up to 30 °C (86°F) during the day with plenty of sunshine.

National holidays: Labor Day (Día del Trabajo; May 1), Assumption of Mary (Asunción de la Virgen; August 15)

Hotels to Stay: Sol Guadalmar

The Costa del Sol, situated on Spain’s southern coast, is one of the best European destinations to visit during summer. With its warm climate, stunning beaches, and vibrant nightlife, the Costa del Sol has something to offer for everyone.

One of the primary reasons the Costa del Sol is an ideal summer destination is its vast and diverse selection of beaches. With over 150 km of coastline, the Costa del Sol boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, from sandy stretches to secluded coves. These beaches offer visitors a variety of activities, such as swimming, sunbathing, and water sports like windsurfing and jet-skiing.

In addition to its natural beauty, the Costa del Sol also has a vibrant nightlife scene. The region is known for its bars, nightclubs, and beach clubs, which come alive after dark. Whether you want to dance the night away or enjoy a quiet drink while watching the sunset, there is plenty to choose from.

The beautiful Costa del Sol is also home to various cultural attractions. The region boasts several historical cities, such as Malaga and Marbella, but also the famous white villages Acebuchal, Frgiliana and Competa, which offer a wealth of cultural and artistic experiences. Visitors can explore ancient ruins, museums, and art galleries or simply wander through the narrow streets and soak up the local atmosphere.

Contributed by Victoria of Guide Your Travel

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Algarve, Portugal | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #EuropeBeach #EuropeCityBreaks #PortugalBeach

Algarve, Portugal


Weather: Sunny and humid with an average temperature of 23.5°C (74°F)

National holidays: Portugal Day (June 10), Feast of St. John the Baptist (June 24), Assumption Day (August 15)

Hotels to Stay: Inn Seventies in Lagos has spacious rooms, a pool, and sun terrace.

The Algarve in southern Portugal is truly a summer destination worth experiencing. 

There are a lot of fun things to do along the coast from boat tours in Lagos to explore the breathtaking Ponta da Piedade rock formations or kayaking to the majestic Benagil Cave. The party goes on at the party strip in Albufeira and so do a whole lot of fun water activities like parasailing and paddleboarding. 

The far west is best for surfers that will normally move up the coast towards Arrifana. But be aware of the massive crowds with diverse activities, turquoise water and golden cliffs. 

To escape the crowds, head to the eastern Algarve – from Faro to Tavira. You will find cute fishing villages and the beautiful Ria Formosa Natural Park made up of marshes, shrubs, and saltwater lagoons. It is a plethora for wading birds and migratory birds. Although winter is the season for flamingos, you might still see some hanging around in summer. 

The highlight of the east coast in summer are the barrier islands protecting the marshes. You can either go on a boat tour to explore multiple islands and relax on the golden beaches or walk across the footbridge to Tavira Island, where you can continue the 1.3 km to Barril Beach on the little tourist train. There you will see 200 anchors lined up in the sand, known as the Anchor Cemetery, left behind when tuna fishing declined.

Contributed by Linn Haglund of Amused by Algarve

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Aveiro & Costa Nova, Portugal | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #EuropeBeach #EuropeCityBreaks #PortugalBeach

Aveiro & Costa Nova, Portugal


Weather: The average temperature in summer is sunny at 23°C (73°F).

National holidays: Portugal Day (June 10), Assumption Day (August 15)

Hotels to stay: TRIADE Apartamentos

Summer in Portugal can get crowded, especially in places like Porto, Portugal’s second-biggest city. But not far from Porto is a town called Aveiro, considered Portugal’s version of Venice with its many canals. Even though Aveiro has a lot to offer, it’s not one of those overcrowded places (not yet, anyway). 

Aveiro is about a one-hour drive from Porto. So it makes for a perfect day trip from Porto, or you can set up base in the less-crowded Aveiro and do a day trip to Porto.

While in Aveiro, you can stroll through the lovely old town, take in the relaxing atmosphere over a drink and go for a gondola ride through the canals. After you had your fill of the charming old town of Aveiro, you can hop on a short bus ride and relax at the beach in the coastal town of Costa Nova. 

Besides relaxing on a beautiful beach without the crowds, you can explore the colorful houses of Costa Nova, which this beach town is known for. Its colorful striped houses are a great background for any photo shoot. So take as many pictures as you want and then head to the beach to relax. What’s better on a hot summer holiday than getting to spend some time on the beach?

Contributed By Tina of Veganderlust

Summer Alps, Mountains and Lake Vacations

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Olpererhutte, Austria | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #EuropeAlps

Olpererhütte, Austria


Weather: The average temperature around 18-19°C (64-66°F)

National Holidays: Whit Monday (May or June), Assumption Day (August 15)

Hotels to Stay: Dominikushütte, Olpererhütte

Sitting atop of Austria’s picturesque Zillertal Alps, the Olpererhütte is a mountain hut that truly captures the essence of the Austrian Alps. Getting to Olpererhütte is easiest by car from Innsbruck Austria or Bolzano Italy.

The Olpererhütte trail sits at an elevation of 2,389 meters. It takes about 1.5 hours of strenuous hiking. However, the trek is well worth it as it offers an exceptional vista point for hikers and nature lovers.

Situated right in the middle of the Zillertal Alps, hikers can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains, lakes and valleys. As it is only accessible on foot following 1.5 hours of hiking, it makes an ideal location to beat the summer heat and crowds.

As the Olpererhütte is located in a remote mountain area, you can disconnect from modern life. It begs you to forget your to-do list and immerse in your senses.

Besides its stunning location, another reason why Olpererhütte offers a unique experience is because of the cozy, welcoming cabin awaiting hikers at the end of the trail. The hut is also near some of the region’s most popular day hiking and hut-to-hut hiking trails, like the Berlin Höhenweg.

You can celebrate finishing a strenuous hike while enjoying delicious homemade food at a welcome place, overlooking the Schlegeisspeicher Lake from 2,300 meters up. Try its apricot cake and the “Hutten spritz,” an elderberry-infused cocktail. Some visitors choose to stay overnight in the shared dormitories.

Overall, the Olpererhütte trail is an incredible destination for anyone looking to experience the natural beauty and hospitality of the Austrian Alps. Its stunning location, delicious food, and warm hospitality make it a sacred place.

Contributed By Morgan of Crave the Planet

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Salzkammergut, Austria | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #EuropeAlps

Salzkammergut, Austria


Weather: The temperatures range from 15℃ to 25℃ (59-77℉) in July and August with16 hours daylight. Expect 15 days of rainfall each month in June through August.

National holidays: Whit Monday (May or June), Assumption Day (August 15)

Hotels to StayVilla Seilern Vital Resort (Bad Ischl), Hupfmühle Pension (Sankt Wolfgang), Welterbe-Wirtshaus Steegwirt (Bad Goisern)

The Salzkammergut region is home to more than 30 lakes, hence known as the Lake District. It extends from the edge of Salzburg in the west to Dachstein in the southeast and Gmunden in the north. Its outdoor adventure opportunities make the region a resort destination in both summer and winter. 

When the sun is shining, the outdoor area comes to life. Summer is a great time to appreciate the glacial waters. For example, swim in Wolfgangsee, go sailing in Traunsee and stand-up paddleboard in Attersee. And take in the views of the enchanting UNESCO town of Hallstatt accessible by ferry.

Salzkammergut offers plentiful hiking and mountain biking options for every skill level. There are hundreds of kilometers of well-established trails connecting the entire region. Meander along the rolling Traun River or explore the densely wooded forests and wander through the wildflower-scattered pastures. 

The elevated mountain trails are best in the summer months when the snow has melted, and the ground has time to dry. Most mountain huts – besides from designated ski areas –  are only open during the summer season.

If you want to appreciate the views without hiking, mountains like Dachstein, Katrin, Schafberg, or Feuerkogel have chair lifts, funiculars, or even a cog train to take you to the summit.

Interested in a deeper traditional Austrian experience? The summer calendar is full of cultural festivities in the picturesque towns around Salzkammergut most often paired with food, beer, and live music. Pair the incredible experience with a delicious piece of Apfelstrudel.

Contributed by Laura Marson of A Dynamic Life

Dolomites, Italy


Weather: Average temperature in Bolzano is 29°C (84.2°F) while it is around 11°C (51.8°F) in the mountain.

National Holidays: Republic Day (June 2), Assumption Day (August 15)

Hotels to StayTaubers Unterwirt Active & Vitalhotel in Bolzano or Theinersgarten in Ortisei for best accessibility to hikes

The Dolomites mountain range is located in northern Italy and stretches out over three Italian regions: Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol and Friuli Venezia Giulia. There is no place like the Dolomites to beat both the blistering Italian summer heat and the never-ending throngs of snap-happy tourists. 

If it is your first time in the Dolomites, focus on exploring the Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol region as it is the most well-connected in terms of tourist infrastructure and public transportation. This region also has some of the most stunning sustainable hotels in the Dolomites.

Getting to Südtirol can be done by flying into the International Airport in Venice (Marco Polo VCE) and hopping on a bus in the direction of Bolzano. From here, purchase the Südtirol Pass, which provides you access to all the busses, trains and a select number of cable cars within the entire Südtirol region. 

First-time hikers will love traipsing along the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Seceda and the entire Val Gardena area, which in summer is bursting with colorful flowers. More experienced hikers might try their hand at the Alta Via Route or even try out one of the Via Ferratas, climbing routes through the mountains with steel cables.

Visitors looking to simply relax should make a beeline to one of many lakes in the region, such as the “instagram-famous” Lago di Braies, the fairytale-like Lago di Carezza and the much lesser-known Lago di Dobiacco.

Contributed by Caroline of Veggie Wayfarer

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Bergen, Norway | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #Fjords #EuropeCityBreaks

Bergen, Norway


Weather: Daytime highs of 17-18℃ (63-65℉) and nighttime lows of 10-13℃ (50-55℉) with rainfall for 12-15 days

National holidays: None in the summer

Hotels to stay: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz

Bergen, Norway, is one of the best Northern Europe destinations to visit in the summer. The traditionally rainy city is more likely to have sunshine in the summer than at any other time of year, and daytime temperatures are wonderful for outdoor activities.

Visitors will want to begin their trip to this Norwegian city by walking the Bryygen Wharf, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The colorful wooden buildings make for great photos. Bergen’s waterfront fish market features the catch of the day and is a great place to eat, by the water.

Next on the itinerary should be a funicular ride to the top of Mount Floyen, one of the several mountains surrounding Bergen. From the viewing area at the top, visitors can get panoramic 360-degree views over the city and the sea. You can either walk down, or take the funicular back to the city center.

Visitors can also take the cable car to the top of Mount Ulriken, and intrepid hikers can hike between Mount Floyen and Mount Ulriken.

Bergen is known as the gateway to the Norwegian fjords, and many visitors plan a day trip to Flam and the scenic Naeroyfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its exceptional beauty.

Whatever you choose to do in Bergen, you’ll have a wonderful summer vacation here!

Contributed by Dhara of It’s Not About the Miles

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Flam, Norway | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #Fjords #EuropeCityBreaks

Flam, Norway


Weather: The high temperatures range from 20 to 22 ℃ (68-72℉). It is often sunny, but with a chance of clouds and rain (7-11 days per month).

National Holidays: Occasionally Pinse (Pentecost) falls in June, during which both the Sunday and Monday are public holidays in Norway.

Hotels to Stay: Heimly Pensjonat offers modest accommodation and food, with a stunning view across the fjord.

Flam is a gorgeous small town in Southern Norway – the perfect place for exploring the majestic and natural beauty of Norway’s fjords. Flam is 310km from Oslo and 170km from Bergen and is reachable by train, road or boat.

It sits at the end of the Aurlandsfjord branch of the Sognefjord, also known as the ‘King of Fjords’. It has wonderful views straight down the fjord and offers plenty of ways to enjoy the water and the scenery.

While it’s a quaint little town, there are lots of things to do in Flam in summer, including fjord cruises, fast RIB boat experiences and kayaking on the still, deep waters. You can get up into the surrounding mountains to enjoy the views from winding scenic roads, hiking paths and mountain bike routes (after this, you might want to take advantage of the Flam’s fjord-side sauna!). There’s also a stunning viewpoint over the fjord at Stegastein.

It is highly recommended to take a ride on the local train because the Flam Railway is one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world. The railway runs through the Flam valley between Flam and the mountain station of Myrdal. Covering a vertical distance of 864m, it is one of the steepest railways in the world and in summer, you’ll enjoy views of the fast-flowing Flam river, its green valley, many snow-capped mountains and breath-taking waterfalls.

Contributed by Martha of MayCauseWanderlust

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Picos de Europa, Spain | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #EuropeAlps

Picos de Europa, Spain


Weather: Temperature ranges from 15 to 24℃ (58-76℉). Summers are generally sunny, warm and dry although you should expect showers or cloud and the occasional misty day.

National Holidays*: Revetlla de Sant Joan (June 24), Dia de Santiago (July 25), Assumption Day (August 15)

*Note: Día de Cantabria (Day of Cantabria) celebrates the history, culture and language of the Cantabrian region of Spain. It is on the second Sunday of August, but is not a public holiday.

Hotels to Stay: El Azufral in Potes, Hotel Mirador de la Cepada in Cangas de Onis

Summer in the Picos de Europa is a hiker’s paradise. Located on the northern coast, the park offers some of Spain’s most beautiful landscapes.

Summer is absolutely the best time to explore the limestone peaks, green valleys, traditional villages and meadows brimming with wildflowers. From June to September, the park comes alive making it the perfect destination for lovers of the outdoors with hiking, cycling and climbing for all levels, as well canyoning, kayaking and horseback riding.

If you prefer something less strenuous, Fuente Dé cable car takes visitors up to 1,823 metres where you can enjoy breathtaking views over the surrounding landscape.

The Monasterio de Liebana, home to the Lígnum Crucis, said to be the single largest piece of Christ’s cross and a place of pilgrimage since medieval times and is the final stage of the Camino Lebaniago.

If you’re based in Potes you can also take an historic walking tour to learn more about this fascinating little mountain town.

The Covadonga Lakes are another very popular attraction, offering stunning vistas from the mountains to the glorious Cantabrian coast with gentle hikes suitable for all levels. During the summer months, visitors can expect local festivals with traditional music and dance and food festivals and markets showcasing local produce and the region’s renowned wine and cheese.

You will need a car to make the very most of a visit to the Picos; you’ll be free to explore beyond Potes to other glorious sites, such as Cangas de Onis or some of the region’s renowned beaches at Llanes or Ribedesella or the stunning little fishing town of San Vicente de la Barquera with its 13th Century Castle.

Contributed by Colleen of Then We Walked

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #EuropeHiking

La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain


Weather in Summer: Sunny, humid and dry with the temperature ranging from 21℃ to 28℃ (70-82°F) 

National Holidays: Fiesta de la Candelaria (August 15)

Hotels to Stay: Hotel Rural Casa Lugo in Agulo, Parador de la Gomera in San Sebastina de La Gomera

La Gomera is one of the Canary Islands’ hidden gems. Its subtropical climate makes it a good travel destination all year round. However, the best season to visit the island is summer. The days are the hottest of the year, allowing you to spend more time outdoors.

La Gomera is located 45 minutes by boat from Tenerife. The island destination is ideal for those seeking to unplug and reconnect with nature while discovering some unique ancient traditions.

From the wild unexplored beaches of the North East of the island, to the calmer waters of the Valle Gran Rey, where you can swim with Manta Rays, La Gomera is a perfect secluded beach destination.

La Gomera features a radial structure of deep ravines and it is home to the World UNESCO heritage laurisilva prehistorical forest, the Garajonay national park. Hiking in La Gomera will allow you to cool down from the Summer beach heat and explore some unique landscapes.

Do not miss the chance to attend the El Silbo show during your stay at the island. El Silbo (the whistle) is a whistling language used by the inhabitants of the island since the 15th century to communicate across deep ravines and valleys. There are several ritual places scattered around the island, where The Guanches (aboriginals) used to offer sacrifices to their Gods.

Contributed by Pilar of Travel the World Pages

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40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Lucerne, Switzerland | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #SwissAlps

Lucerne, Switzerland


Weather: Mild and pleasant summer weather, with average temperatures ranging from 13℃ to 23℃ (57-75°F).

National Holidays: Whit Monday (May or June), Swiss National Day (August 1)

Hotels to Stay: The iconic Grand Hotel National, known for its luxurious amenities, stunning lake views, and convenient location in the heart of the city.

Lucerne, a gorgeous and charming city in the center of Switzerland, is the ideal place to travel in the summer. Every kind of traveler may find something to enjoy in Lucerne because of its breathtaking natural beauty, historical sites, and plenty of outdoor activities.

The Chapel Bridge is one of the must-see sights in Lucerne in the summer. The oldest wooden bridge in Europe, this famous covered wooden bridge offers beautiful views of the city and the surrounding mountains. It was built in the 14th century. It is a unique opportunity to stroll along the bridge and take in the exquisitely painted triangular panels that represent scenes from Swiss history.

The Lion Monument, also referred to as the Lion of Lucerne, is another important monument. This enormous sculpture which has been carved into a rock, honors the Swiss Guards who died during the French Revolution. With its surrounding lush greenery, the Lion Monument is a compelling and poignant work of art that is worth seeing at any time of year.

There are options to tour the magnificent Swiss Alps during the summer in Lucerne. Visit Mount Pilatus, one of the most recognizable summits in the area, for a day excursion to take in the expansive views of the alpine surroundings. After taking a leisurely boat ride on Lake Lucerne, take the steepest cogwheel railway in the world to ascend.

Consider planning a trip to Lucerne that includes viewing the Old Town’s medieval buildings, going to the Richard Wagner Museum, taking a boat tour to the adjacent Swiss Transport Museum, and dining at some of the city’s best restaurants to make the most of your time there.

Contributed by Trijit Mallick of Budget Travel Buff

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Lugano, Switzerland | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #SwissAlps

Lugano and Ascoda, Switzerland


Weather: Hot and sunny summer weather with clear blue skies most days, with average temperatures ranging from 13℃ to 22℃ (57-71.6°F). For 2023, the highest temperatures reached 35℃ (95°F).

National Holidays: Whit Monday (May or June), Swiss National Day (August 1)

Hotels to Stay: Luxury Hotel Splendide Royal Lugano with stunning Lugano Lake views. Art Hotel Riposo for peace and relaxation in Ascona.

For a beautiful, warm destination for the summer, consider your next trip to the Ticino canton of Switzerland, specifically Lugano and Ascona. Both are located South of the Alps in Switzerland, next to the lakes and surrounded by palm trees.

During Summer, the region is perfect for those who love social events. There are many events throughout the season. For example, there are the 10-day-long Locarno Film Festival (buy tickets in advance!), ongoing Jazz music events, a few vintage car shows and general food truck festivals. The local weekly market is also great for buying some delicious local delicacies. To avoid the weekend crowds, try to visit during the weekdays for any specific activities.

For adventurous activities, surrounding Lugano and Ascona are many mountains with different hiking routes based on fitness level, such as Monte Brè, Monte Tamaro and Cimetta. All are suitable for families with kids. Start with the funicular and then hike to the peaks.

Alternatively for relaxing summer, visit a local spa, such as the Termali Spa. They have some amazing massage and relaxation packages, with private room with balcony, hot tub and sauna access. This is combined also with a local aperitief with drinks and fresh snacks.

Lastly, since this is the Italian-speaking canton of Switzerland, don’t miss Italian cuisine. Check out Piazza Ascona in Ascona for delicious pastas and bruchettas, and Acqua e Farina in Lugano for freshly baked pizzas. You’ll be in for a treat!

Written by Zoe of Together In Switzerland

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Mürren, Switzerland | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #SwissAlps

Mürren, Switzerland


Weather: Dry and sunny between 15-20 ℃ (60-70℉) during the day. The weather can change quickly between sunny and cloudy in the mountains at higher altitudes.

National holidays: Whit Monday (May or June), Swiss National Day (August 1), Assumption Day (August 15)

Hotels to StayHotel Eiger, Hotel Jungfrau

The village of Mürren is located at 5,400 feet (1,646 meters) altitude above the Lauterbrunnen valley in the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland. Mürren is special because the small hamlet of 400 residents is situated on a rocky mountain plateau that can only be accessed with a cable car or a Swiss mountain train. 

Refreshing temperatures and a unique view of the snow-capped mountain trio, Eiger, Jungfrau and Mönch, make Mürren a perfect summer destination. 

Most visitors enjoy the local vibes among the traditional timbered Swiss houses, but the area has much more to offer. A cable car ride takes visitors further up to the Schilthorn, a mountain that was made famous thanks to a James Bond movie filmed at the summit and in Mürren. 

Families will appreciate the children-friendly flower trail, which can teach children and adults alike the various local flower types and their importance to the ecosystem. Breathtakingly beautiful hikes with difficulty levels bring one closer to the natural habitat of the Swiss alps and are a prime reason for many to stick around in this Swiss village. 

Mürren is also known as an extreme sports destination. The paragliding experience and via ferrata attract every summer the bravest in the world. Visitors can expect to find peace and fun all-in-one in Mürren.

Contributed by Paul D’Souza of Paulmarina

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Appenzell, Switzerland | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #SwissAlps

Appenzelle, Switzerland


Weather: Warm and pleasant summer weather with an average of 16°C (62°F)

National Holidays: Swiss National Day (August 1st)

Hotels to Stay:  Alte Metzg Boutique is known for its convenient location within Appenzell and amenities such as a beautiful terrace and sauna to relax after a long day of hiking. 

Located in northeastern Switzerland, Appenzell is a nature-lover’s dream with its gorgeous hiking trails, alpine lakes, rolling hills, and some of the happiest cows on the planet. Summer is the best time to visit Appenzell to enjoy the area’s activities!

Summer is the warm season in Appenzell, with temperatures reaching an average of 62°F daily. July is the hottest month, reaching an average of 69°F. Though the Summer is warm, the heat is not unbearable, providing the perfect climate for outdoor activities. It is also the rainiest time; however, it does not typically rain very hard.

Two of the most popular hikes in Appenzell include the Ascher Hike and the Seealpsee Hike. 

The Ascher Hike starts from the Ebenalp cable car and leads visitors through a cave, past a small chapel, and to the magnificent Ascher restaurant carved into the cliffside.

The Seealpsee hike starts directly from Wasserauen Station, where visitors climb uphill for approximately an hour to a gorgeous alpine lake. From there, hikers can swim in the crystal clear waters, enjoy one of the restaurants, and even take a rowboat into the lake!

Another popular activity during the Summer is participating in Alpstobete. This is a traditional Swiss festivity hosted by herdsmen throughout the Summer weekends. Visitors can enjoy traditional folk dancing, music, and yodeling.

For tourists visiting Appenzell, one of the best places to stay is the Alte Metzg Boutique. It has six beautifully furnished rooms, a well-stocked kitchen, a sauna, a terrace, and some of the most welcoming staff in Europe. 

As a bonus, guests staying three or more nights are eligible for the Appenzell Holiday card. This card provides perks such as free transportation to and from Appenzell to any airport, free transportation throughout Appenzell, free museum entry, free hiking shoes rentals, and more. 

Contributed by Shar of Sightseeing Shar

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40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Lavender Fields in Provence, France | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #EuropeCityBreaks #EuropeanCountryside

Provence, France


Weather: 24-30 ℃ (75-86℉). Normally sunny, dry and hot.

National holidays: Bastille Day (July 14), Assumption Day (August 15)

Hotels to Stay: La Bastide de Moustiers in the Valensole area, or Coquillade Provence in the Luberon.

Summer is lavender season in Provence, and there’s no better time to experience the magic of this special region. 

From around mid-June, the fields around Provence come to life, and the heady scent of lavender starts to fill the air. Head to the Luberon to see smaller lavender fields tucked between hilltop villages and framed by stately country houses and vineyards. 

Or visit the famous Valensole Plateau with its more agrarian landscape and endless lavender farms. Here, you’ll find the most visited fields, but there’s plenty of space to accommodate the crowds. 

In between your lavender forays, you can take a dip in the Lac de Sainte-Croix, paddle up the Verdon Gorge, visit the traditional ceramics ateliers in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, or even visit the factory of local cosmetics brand, L’Occitane. 

Don’t forget to stock up on lavender souvenirs at the various farm stands you’ll pass along the way, to support the local producers. 

And don’t miss the Valensole lavender festival, which takes place on the 3rd Sunday of July. If visiting later in the season (mid-July onwards), head to the upper Luberon, where you’ll find fine lavender growing at higher elevations around Sault, Aurel and Ferrassières. Sault also hosts a lavender festival on the August 15, to celebrate the year’s harvest.

Contributed by Nadine of Le Long Weekend

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: La Rochelle, France | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #EuropeCityBreaks #EuropeanCountryside

La Rochelle, France


Weather in Summer: Warm and dry with July being the hottest month and temperatures range from 20°C – 24°C (68-75℉).

National Holidays: Bastille Day (July 14), Assumption Day (August 15)

Hotels to stay: Maison des Ambassadeurs, Hôtel La Tour de Nesle

Sat on the Atlantic Coast La Rochelle has everything for the perfect summer getaway with beautiful sandy beaches, rich cultural heritage, and scenic landscapes.

There are many things to do in La Rochelle starting with the Vieux Port (Old Port) and marina. With stunning ocean views, the city is dotted with shops and restaurants housed in picturesque 17th and 18th-century architecture.

The city has several popular beaches, such as Plage des Minimes and Plage de la Concurrence. They are perfect for swimming, sunbathing and relaxing. Also, there are plenty of water sports available.

Renowned for its rich cultural heritage, there are several historical sites and museums to explore. The Musée Maritime, located in the Old Port, features the city’s maritime heritage, while the Musée d’Orbigny-Bernon showcases the region’s archaeology, fine arts and decorative arts.

Additionally, the Aquarium La Rochelle is one of the city’s most popular attractions, with over 12,000 marine species on display, making it a great place to visit with children.

Other notable landmarks include the Gothic-style St. Nicholas Tower, the imposing La Rochelle Cathedral, and the stunning Hôtel de Ville (City Hall).

In July, there is the famous festival, Les Francofolies de La Rochelle. Founded in 1985 it’s a celebration of French-language music, with an emphasis on francophone artists from around the world. Held over five days the festival offers live music concerts, workshops, film screenings, and street performances.

And finally, don’t forget to try the Charente Maritime Oysters, which are farmed from the oyster beds on the nearby islands of Ile de Ré and Ile d’Oléron. The city is famous for its seafood.

Contributed by Kylie Lang of Life in Rural France

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Strasbourg, France | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #EuropeCityBreaks #EuropeanCountryside

Strasbourg, France


Weather: Sunny with some rain, temperature ranges from 14℃ to 25℃ (57-77℉)

National Holidays: Bastille Day (July 14), Assumption (August 15)

Hotels to Stay: Hôtel des Vosges

Strasbourg may be best known for its Christmas market; however, it really shines in summer when the weather is sunny and hot. The capital city of the Grand Est region is located in a valley between the French Vosges and the German Black Forest mountains.

There are lots of things to do in Strasbourg in the summer months. At 142 meters tall, Strasbourg Cathedral is the tallest building in the city. Climbing to its platform (at 66 metres) is a highlight of any visit. On a clear summer day, it’s possible to see all the way to the Vosges and Black Forest mountains. On summer nights, the city also puts on sound and light shows with projections on the cathedral’s facade.

On Sunday mornings in summer, the city puts on Alsatian folk performances at different locations, such as Place Gutenberg and the quai near Palais Rohan. During these shows, performers are in traditional costumes, and there is also traditional music by local orchestras.

Strasbourg is a green city. During the summer, its parks and green spaces are in full bloom. On Friday evenings, there are cinéma en plein air (outdoor movie nights) events at different parks around the city. Also, the city brings sand to Presqu’île Malraux to bring a bit of the beach to the River Ill.

Contributed by Melanie Ferguson of Postcards and Places

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Menton, France | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #FrenchRiviera #EuropeanCountryside

Menton, France


Weather: The summer months average a temperature of 27°C (80°F) – perfect for swimming in the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

National Holidays: Bastille Day (July 14), Assumption Day (August 15)

Hotels to stay: Hotel Richelieu, Hotel le Dauphin or Best Western Premier Hotel Prince de Galles

Menton is one of the French Riviera’s lesser talked about towns. Nevertheless, it truly is the area’s best kept secret. This absolutely stunning town on the Côte d’Azur is the final stop before the border crossing into Italy and it is well worth the train trip. 

Menton is a town that warrants a longer, relaxing stay but is also possible to visit on a day trip from Nice if that’s where you’re choosing for your home base in the region.

The beautiful old town of Menton rivals any of the other busier stops on the French Riviera with winding cobblestoned streets and saffron painted buildings. The Vieux Chateau Cemetery sits atop the cliffs with unparalleled views of the turquoise ocean below, so this is one stop that definitely should be on your Menton itinerary.

Other notable stops in your Menton adventures are the Jean Cocteau Museum, 17th Century churches the Basilica St Michel and Chapelle des Penitents Blancs a stroll (or a sunbake) along the beachfront Promenade du Soleil. Menton is also famous for its citrus festival and citrus products, so you’ll find many stores selling all kinds of citrus goodies such as Limoncello, gelato and soaps to purchase as souvenirs.

Contributed by Emma of Emma Jane Explores

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Wicklow, Ireland | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #EuropeCityBreaks #EuropeanCountryside

Wicklow, Ireland


Weather: Summertime lows average 9°C (49°F) with highs around 21°C (70°F). A mix of cloudy and sunny days, usually humid.

National holidays: June Bank Holiday (June 5), August Bank Holiday (August 7)

Hotels to stay: Stay at the Wicklow Way Lodge or Lynhams Hotel

Menton is one of the French Riviera’s lesser talked about towns. Nevertheless, it truly is the area’s best kept secret. This absolutely stunning town on the Côte d’Azur is the final stop before the border crossing into Italy and it is well worth the train trip. 

Travelers who love to spend time outdoors and also beat the summer heat will love visiting Wicklow, Ireland. Located about an hour south of Dublin, County Wicklow is known as the Garden of Ireland for its lush greenery and beautiful mountains. During the summertime, you’ll find that the entire area is in bloom, warm enough that you can laze in the sun or go for a swim in the ocean.

There are so many wonderful things to do in Wicklow, but one of the top attractions is definitely Glendalough. This glacial lake is set in the Wicklow Mountains, and you can hike above and around the lake on the Spinc Trail. Near Glendalough is a set of monastic ruins that you can visit, full of funerary stones, a de-roofed cathedral, and a round tower.

Spend part of a day exploring Powerscourt Estate and Gardens and the nearby town of Enniskerry. Powerscourt is a large and beautiful garden where you can explore at your own pace. After visiting Powerscourt, grab a cup of tea or a glass of wine in the cafe that overlooks the property.

If you’d like to go for a dip or a sea swim, as the locals call it, visit Brittas Bay along the coast. This small beach is popular with locals and a favorite for some small seals who like to bask in the sunshine. Go south just past the main beach to a smaller cove, which is more protected and secluded.

Contributed by Amber of Amber Everywhere

40 Best Summer Destinations in Europe: Giethoorn, the Netherlands | #SummerEurope #travelEurope #EuropeCityBreaks #EuropeanCountryside

Giethoorn, The Netherlands


Weather:  20 degrees Celsius (68°F) to 26 degrees Celsius (79°F)

National Holidays: None

Hotels to Stay: De KruumteHoeve BlitterswijkB&B De Stadssingel

Giethoorn is one of the most popular and romantic destinations in the Netherlands that is best enjoyed during the summer. This is because summertime in Giethoorn is full of lush greenery, bright flowers in the gardens of the cute cottages along the canals, and languid canal cruises in boats that make no noise, thus preserving and tranquility of this almost fairytale-like village. 

One can reach Giethoorn from Amsterdam within 1.5 hours by car, 2 hours by public transport or as part of a boat tour. This 800-year-old village is famous for being a village with no roads. This means that the only way to commute here is by boat! 

Sure, there are narrow paths along the village as well, but a boat ride is one of the best things to do in Giethoorn. There is no permit needed to operate a boat and it’s better to book online to get the best prices and to beat the crowds! A 3-4 hour boat ride is the perfect amount of time to see most of Giethoorn by boat and then one can see the rest of this charming village by foot. 

Visitors arriving by car do not need to worry since there are parking lots on the outskirts of the village and plenty of hotels and restaurants.

Contributed by Soujanya of The Spicy Journey

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