Best Summer Destinations in Europe

Best Summer Destinations in Europe

Looking to plan a trip for summer? Is Europe calling your name? Need to inspiration or ideas for where to go and what to do?

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. Ibiza

O Beach Ibiza

Ibiza is a world famous destination with some of the best clubs on the planet.

Thousands of people visit every year to party, or take in the scenery, beaches, atmosphere and climate. Some of the best clubs to check out include Amnesia, Hï Ibiza Superclub, Ushuaïa, Ocean Beach Club, Eden, Swag, DC10, Pacha, Octan and Es Paradis.

Ibiza is expensive during the busy summer months, but there are still ways to keep costs down including buying flights in-advance and staying outside of the main tourism hotspots of Ibiza Town and San Antonio.

You can also visit the island and not even visit a club if this doesn't appeal to you, there are some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe here, and also amazing day trips to places like the spectacular island of Formentera.

 

2. Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona beach

There are so many reasons to visit Barcelona, this 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 or coast!

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.

 

3. The Greek Islands

Santorini, Greece

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.

You could book a luxury yacht charter or sailing tour where you will get guided to the best locations in the country. If you are lucky to have 3 weeks in the Greek Islands you will get to see so many places.

 

4. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik tourist

One of the most up and coming countries to visit in the world, Croatia is simply spectacular and relatively undiscovered compared to similar 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 to see Dubrovnik and more places along the Adratic coast.

 

5. Algarve, Portugal

Algarve, Portugal

Is there a more beautiful coasttline in Europe than the southern coast of Portugal?

Although flights to the Algarve during summer are quite pricey, you can get some good deals booking ahead of time or even take the train from Lisbon, it is only 2 hours away.

For budget backpackers wanting to party head to Lagos, or for couples and families there are so many amazing resorts along the whole coast.

 

6. Zante, Greece

Navajo beach. Zante, Greece

Zante is a popular summer destination with holidaymakers and people seeking seasonal jobs.

There are so many boat cruises and resorts - we highly recommend trying to seek out the best beach, we recommend Navagio (pictured above).

If you would like to stay longer you could apply for summer jobs in Greece.

 

7. Nice, France

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 if living and working in this region of the world appeals to you.

 

8. Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

Are you looking for some culture?

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 when sightseeing 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. Budapest, Hungary

Széchenyi Thermal Baths, Budapest

Are you ooking for an affordable city break? 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 especially when comparing prices for flights, hotels and sightseeing to cities like Paris and London.

Highlights include sampling the local cuisine, visiting the Buda castle, seeing St. Stephen's Basilica or taking a dip in the Széchenyi Thermal Baths.

If you are looking for a way to stay a little longer consider teaching English in Hungary.

 

10. Madeira, Portugal

Madeira

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.

 

Plan a Summer Break to Europe

There are so many places in Europe and it was difficult to name just 10 places. Like we could have written a top 100 and included more places like Malta, Cyprus, Turkey, more destinations in countries like Spain and Croatia but hopefully our list has given you some ideas for where to go, and given you the motivation to book a summer trip abroad.