Best Summer Destinations in Europe
Looking to plan a trip for summer? Is Europe calling your name? Need to inspiration or ideas?
Europe is an amazing continent with so many different locations to visit. From discovering world famous cities, going island hopping, exploring national parks or just hitting some of the best beaches in the world.
Check out our top rated places to visit in Europe during summer...
1. Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is one of the best cities in the world and what better time of year to visit than during summer. With history, architecture, modern shops, a range of accommodation, bars, restraurants, clubs and entertainment you won't be short of things to do. If the heat gets too much for you then you can just head to the beach! If you would like to really integreate into the local culture you might want to combine experiences and book a Spanish language course in Barcelona.
2. The Greek Islands
Is the a more spectacular area of Europe than the Greek Islands? The hard part is deciding which islands to visit. Santorini is popular and other places you should consider include Rhodes, Paros, Mykonos, Corfu, Ios and Naxos just to name a few. Lots of travel operators offer tours of Greece where you can see the highlights with an experienced guide. If you would like to plan a break you could book a luxury yacht charter Greece where you will get guided to the best locations in the country.
3. Snowdonia, North Wales
One of the most underrated destinations in Europe, Snowdonia located in North Wales offers tourists activites, adventure and relaxation. You could climb Mount Snowdon (or cheat and take the train) and be rewarded with spectacular scenery for miles around or if you want something more relaxing there are so many pretty beaches to choose from.
4. Dubrovnik, Croatia
One of the most up and coming country to visit in the world, Croatia is simply spectacular and relatively undiscovered compared to countries like Greece and Turkey. Dubrovnik is a port city located on the specatcular Croatian coast, the views and the sunsets are amazing whilst there is also lots of nightlife and things to do in your spare time. Search tours of Croatia.
5. Budapest, Hungary
Looking to explore a city? You can't go wrong with Budapest. This city is easily accessible from most European destinations and is one of the best value cities to visit. Highlights include sampling the local cuisine, visiting the Buda castle, seeing St. Stephen's Basilica or taking a dip in the Széchenyi Thermal Bath. If you are looking for a way to stay a little longer consider teaching English in Hungary.
6. Zante, Greece
Zante is a popular summer destination with holidaymakers and peope on seasonal jobs. There are so many boat cruises and resorts - we highly recommend trying to seek out the best beach, we recommend Navagio. If you would like to stay longer you could apply for summer jobs in Greece.
7. Nice, France
Experience the life of the rich and famous and travel to the south coast of France to beautiful Nice. With a spectacular coast, world class restaurants and lots of scenic streets you will be awestruck by how amazing Nice is. You could also go see nearby Cannes and Monaco which are only a short bus, train or taxi ride away. Search summer jobs in France.
8. Florence, Italy
Florence is one of the most beautiful places in the world and summer is one of the most popular times of the year to visit. The heat in Rome during summer can be unbearable, whilst Venice is famous for being smelly due to the warm weather but Florence is generally slighly cooler. There are so many scenic places to see, the hard part is deciding where to go. Search gap year programs in Italy.
9. Oslo, Norway
Looking for a relaxing destination where you can enjoy stunning nature and scenery? Head to Olso and discover the very best of Scandinavia. Most people tend to visit Norway during winter to see the incredible Northern Lights but there are so many activities available during summer! Find tours of Norway.
10. Madeira, Portugal
Madeira is made up of four spectacular islands off the coast of Portugal in the Atlantic Ocean. Here you can enjoy sunny weather throughout summer and mix relaxation with activities. There are beaches and lots of things to do like scuba diving, golf, walks and also scenic locations to check out like the botical gardens. Find tours in Portugal.
There are so many places in Europe and it was difficult to name just 10 places. Hopefully it will ignite your wanderlust and give you the motivation to book a summer trip abroad.