Best summer vacation in europe

Europe is a continent of such beautiful diversity and vibrant culture that anyone who goes there would fall in love with at least one city on the continent. From England to Greece to the Netherlands, everywhere you go you experience something new and exciting. So go ahead, plan for that best summer vacation in europe!

A lot of people all around the world love traveling across different continents and exploring new places. Throughout every year, millions of tourists are visiting European countries like Italy, France, England, Germany etc. for a vacation or business purposes. However, choosing the best summer holiday in Europe is not so easy as it seems to be. That’s why you need help from an experienced travel agency that is capable of arranging your tour exceptionally.

When it is summer time and the school rings in our ears the signal to vacation, most of us do not know where to go. To stand out of the crowd and avoid ending up like your friends who have confirmed to go on another streaking trip to Magaluf, below you can find a list of the best places that you can visit in Europe during summer at an affordable price.

Planning for a summer vacation in Europe is always exciting. From the planning and packing to the exploring, it all makes you feel like you are on top of the world. But choosing one country to spend your time and money in can be daunting.  I have created this article to help you with the process.

Best summer vacation in europe

Europe is the perfect destination for a summer vacation. With its myriad of attractions, sights and activities, Europe offers something for everyone. Whether you want to enjoy a relaxing beach holiday or want to explore some of the most beautiful cities in the world, Europe will not disappoint! Here are some of our top recommendations for the best summer vacations in Europe:

London – London is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. It is home to some of the most iconic attractions such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and The Tower Bridge. Other popular sights include Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral which are both located close by. London also has plenty of shopping opportunities including Oxford Street which is one of the largest shopping districts in Europe.

Paris – Paris is one of the most romantic cities in the world with its beautiful architecture and monuments such as The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and The Louvre Museum. It also has plenty of great shopping areas such as Avenue des Champs-Elysees which has many designer shops along with cafes and restaurants where you can sit outside and enjoy people watching!

Rome – Rome has much more than just its famous Colosseum; there are many other sites worth visiting such

Summer vacation in Europe is the best way to spend your summer. There are so many places to go, and the weather is always perfect. If you’re looking for a relaxing vacation with beautiful views, there are many beaches along the coast of France and Italy that will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on life again when it’s time to go home.

If you’re more of an adventurous type who loves exploring new places, then there are plenty of cities for you as well. Paris is one of the most popular destinations for tourists each year, but there are also many other cities that have been around for hundreds of years and have lots of history behind them—like London!

Capri, Italy

Capri one of the best summer vacations in Europe because it is one of the best beach destinations in Europe.

Many travellers visit Capri on a day trip from other Italian towns such as Naples, Positano and Sorrento, whilst this gorgeous town deserves so much more than 24 hours, it is possible to see the best of Capri and the top things to do in Capri in a day.

One of the easiest ways to get to Capri is to fly. The closest airport to Capri is Capodichino/Naples International Airport in Naples, Italy (NAP) and then take a boat to Marina Grande, Capri.

One of the best things to do in Capri is to take a boat trip around the island and visit the blue grotto. You also need to take in the views of Capri from either Belvedere of Punta Cannone or Augustus Gardens.

If you choose to spend more than one day in Capri, Hotel La Minerva is a lovely place to stay it features beautiful decor, views to die for and an excellent buffet to start your door. The summer pool is a delight and the views of the sea are amazing.

Bruges, Belgium

Paulina, Paulina on the road

The colourful buildings in Bruges town square

Bruges is one of the preserved destinations in Europe and one of the best medieval cities in the world. The capital of the province of West Flanders is the most visited town in the country. What makes it special is that it was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2020. The town was founded in the eleventh century and was one of the wealthiest towns in the country by the fifteenth century. However, by the early twentieth century, it was poverty-stricken. But it quickly recovered and became an attractive tourist destination.

Although you can rent a car to reach Bruges, it is more preferable to go by train. Take a train from any of the train stations in Brussels to Bruges which takes approximately one hour to reach. The ticket costs €14.30. Or, you can even take a guided tour at a cheap price that includes transport and an English-speaking guide.

Bruges offers a lot of walking tours. One of the best trails to take is walking to the little town of Damme, which is a 5Km walk along the canal. It is a refreshing trail and is not difficult at all. If you want to go further, there are some nice trails like Cap Blanc Nez and Cap Gris Nez.

Do not forget to bring your camera along because the town has some impressive picturesque spots like Mine water park and popular castles.

The best time to visit Bruges is from May until August to enjoy the warm summer sun. It is the best day trip from Brussel. For a longer vacation, you can stay at Hotel Van Cleef.

Paris, France

Elisa, World in Paris

The sunsetting behind the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Paris is one of the best summer holiday destinations in Europe. After a long and cold winter, the city wakes up, the parks and gardens are in full bloom, and you can have great sunny days with blue sky perfect for sightseeing.

I recommend a minimum of 4 days in Paris to visit the main attractions, one day more if you want to take a day trip to Versailles or somewhere else.

If you are lucky with the weather, explore the city on foot. Stroll through the Champs Elysées and the Tuileries Gardens, walk along the Seine River banks, and get lost in the Marais or Montmartre, perhaps with a coffee break in a quintessential Parisian café.

On a beautiful summers evening it is highly recommended to night hop on a boat cruise, with or without dinner, to see the main monuments lit up.

From Europe, it is possible to reach Paris by train or car while visitors from overseas will fly to Paris Orly or Paris Charles de Gaulle.

We like the hotel Handsome Hotel by Elegancia in Paris 1. Located just 800 meters from the Louvre, this hotel offers its guests great facilities and always gets the best reviews.

Strasbourg, France

Mark, Wyld Family Travel

Sunset over a river with half timber houses lining the river.

Strasbourg is one of the best European cities to visit in summer. It is a little bit of German and a lot of French. Over the years Strasbourg has belonged to both Germany and France and the influence of both countries runs deep in the capital of the Alsace Region of France.

Strasbourg makes a great destination for summer for its own attractions and its located close to both Germany and Switzerland. Strasbourg is a green city with plenty of parks and miles of bike paths.

Summer wine festivals amazing foods and old-world charm. Don’t forget to try the local Alsacian specialties such as knuckle of pork with sauerkraut, Flamkussen and wash it down with a glass of the regional Gewurztraminer wine. 

The Strasbourg Cathedral was once the tallest building in the world. A walk to the La Petite France district is a must with its old-world timber houses shining in there bright colours.

cruise on the canals of Strasbourg brings this charming city into view from a whole another angle.  Day trips from Strasbourg can easily visit the Alsace Wine Route, Europa Park, Colmar, Freiburg, the Black Forest and Basel.

Strasbourg is easily reached from Paris by the TGV in under 2 hours. Strasbourg has its own international airport for visitors. You will find plenty of boutique hotels in the old town city centre,

Herceg Novi, Montenegro

Samantha, Sam Sees World

A white picket fence lining the ocean with green trees in the background -Herceg Novi, Montenegro

Traveling around Europe in the summer is one of the best things you can do. Europe is filled with so much diversity and amazing towns and villages to explore and discover.

However, during the summer months, Europe gets increasingly busy, which is why finding a summer hidden gem destination is important.

The undiscovered nature along with the breathtaking beauty of Herceg Novi, Montenegro is what makes it one of the places to visit in Europe in summer.

Herceg Novi is a small coastal town located along the coast of the Bay of Kotor. It can be reached by flying to Dubrovnik, Croatia, or to Tivat or Podgorica in Montenegro and driving to Herceg Novi from there.

Once there you will be welcomed by an authentic Montenegrin town that is relatively untouched by tourism.

The summer months are when Herceg Novi thrives! The whole coast is packed with beaches that are always full of people, the water is a vivid blue, the weather is always sunny and hot, and the town is waiting to be explored.

In addition to enjoying the water and pastel-colored old town, one of the best things to do in Herceg Novi is to take a boat tour. Boat tours around the Bay of Kotor will bring you to some of Montenegro’s best places like Kotor, Our Lady of the Rocks and more!

Plus the scenery of the mountains is unreal and really is one of the best summer places in Europe.

Sardinia, Italy

Lotte, Phenomenal Globe Travel Blog 

Located in the Mediterranean Sea and the second-largest Italian island, Sardinia a wonderful place to visit and one of the best places in Europe for summer.

This beautiful island packs a whole lot of things to do and, as with the whole of Italy, is a foodie’s heaven (think pasta, pizza, coffee, gelato, and more).  

As Sardinia is an island, you either have to fly there (Alghero and Cagliari have international airports) or take a ferry from the mainland of Italy (or from neighbor island Corsica which belongs to France).

Things you can’t miss on your Sardinia itinerary are the cities Alghero, Oristano, Cagliari, and the beautiful village of Bosa.  

Natural highlights are the Grotto di Nettuno, Tiscali Mountain and the stunning Maddalena archipelago. Are you looking for beautiful beaches? Sardinia has plenty of those but I can highly recommend spending a day at Spiaggia La Pelosa (near Stintino) and Spiaggia di Is Arutas (near Oristano).  

There is plenty of interesting history on Sardinia as well, such as the impressive Nuraghi Losa, an ancient fortification built from large boulders, the mysterious Nuragic village of Tiscali, and the Ruins of Tharros.

Altogether you won’t run out of things to see on Sardinia so be sure to spend at least a week there! 

Ibiza, Spain

James, Team J Travels

The sunset over a town on the beach.

It is a decades long summer tradition for the world’s most high profile DJs to flock to the Spanish island every year to take up residencies in some of the biggest and best super clubs on the planet. 

There is a suite of world-class talent on offer every night of the week, with the most popular parties taking place from Monday to Thursday – while the rest of Europe go about their work week. 

The majority of party goers will stay in the following towns in Ibiza

  • Playa D’en Bossa – Best beaches on offer and home to the most big name clubs like Hi, Ushuaia Hotel, and the Bora Bora Beach bar. 
  • Ibiza Town – Good mix of nice hotels, restaurants and shopping areas. Light on clubs though with Pacha being the only big name in town. 
  • San Antonio – Most popular with the Brits, and famous for the sunsets on the western side of the island, followed by more public drunkenness than you will encounter elsewhere. 

My best advice is to stay somewhere quiet on the fringe of these areas. The Taxi situation is far better than it was ten years ago and the peace and quiet during the day will make your trip far more enjoyable. 

The Hotel Cenit is also by far the best hotel I have stayed in. The water views are amazing, there is a good atmosphere, and it is within walking distance to Ibiza Town and nearby beaches. 

If looking for more wholesome activities here are some highlights to check out: 

  • Walk the streets of the old Spanish town of Dalt Vila. A two thousand year old city that has a unique mix of traditional buildings mixed with modern, high-end commercial stores. If you are up for it you can walk up to Ibiza Castle. It is a challenging walk but offers unrivaled views of Ibiza Town and the harbor. 
  • Cala Tarida and Cala Llonga are both worth a day trip, and if you headed further south you could catch a glimpse of the beautiful rock formation of Es Vedra. 
  • You can also just hire a car and explore some of the hidden corners of the island. There are plenty of quiet beaches that are equally stunning, but more laid back.

Porto, Portugal

Vanda, The Yogi Wanderer

Colourful buildings and houses over looking a river with a bridge crossing the river.

Portugal’s second-largest city is one of the best summer destinations in Europe for history buffs and beach bums alike, not to mention a food and wine lovers’ paradise.

From a vibrant art and cultural scene to uncrowded surf spots, from beautiful architecture to the stunning Douro River, the birthplace of Port Wine really has it all.

Located in the north of the country, Porto has an international airport and is easily reached by plane, train, or bus.

I recommend staying at least a couple of days, more if possible, to enjoy everything the city has to offer. And it’s a lot!

Start by exploring Porto’s downtown, where you’ll find many of the city’s most famous landmarks, like Lello Bookstore, Clérigos Tower, São Bento Train Station, and Porto’s Cathedral.

Then head to the picturesque Ribeira district and soak in its unique charm and beauty. Make sure to climb to the upper deck of the iconic Dom Luis Bridge, for some spectacular panoramic views of the city.

For the modern and cultural side of Porto, have a peek at the incredible architecture of Casa da Música, visit the impressive Serralves contemporary art museum, and stroll along the Foz do Douro waterfront.

If you have the time, I highly recommend doing a cruise along the Douro River. The classic route from Porto to Régua, takes you through the amazing scenery of the Alto Douro wine region, one of the oldest wine regions in the world and a Unesco World Heritage Site.

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