Summer in Europe: 10 of the Best Summer Destinations in Europe You Will Love

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Although Europe is a fantastic destination throughout the entire year, the summer season has its own unique charm. Although the warm weather reaches many different cities and towns throughout the continent, there are several places that are especially popular to visit in the summer months. Here are ten of the best summer destinations in Europe that you should visit on your next vacation.

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1. Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos is a beautiful beachside retreat that is popular amongst tourists for a variety of reasons. Firstly, the scenery is stunning and you’ve likely seen the idyllic resorts and landscape while scrolling through social media. Mykonos is well known for its vibrant nightlife, as well as a unique culinary heritage. Dishes such as kopanisti are popular there, and you can try these spicy and salty types of cheese for yourself when you visit. Mykonos is also known for its beautiful hotels and resorts that are available at various price points.

MykonosTravel Guide:

Find the best flightstrain tickets, or rent a car for your trip to Mykonos. Also, here you can browse our list of the best hotels in Mykonos to stay in. Don’t know where to stay and need some inspiration? Here are three of our favorite hotels in Mykonos you might like:

Looking for more fun things to do? Find top attractions and things to do Mykonos in addition to what already mentioned here.

2. Lake Como, Italy

The lakeside district of Lake Como has been a popular getaway for centuries for celebrities as well as the average citizen. It’s a charming resort area that’s dotted with stunning hotels. The natural beauty of Lake Como can be explored on foot, by boat, or from the town of Brunate. You can access this town by completing a challenging hike or by funicular railway. The panoramic view of the lake from Brunate is one you won’t soon forget.

Lake Como Travel Guide:

Find the best flightstrain tickets, or rent a car for your trip to Lake Como. Also, find the list of the best hotels in Lake Como to stay in. Don’t know where to stay and need some inspiration? Here are three of our favorite hotels in Lake Como you might like:

Want to add more things to your Lake Como itinerary? Find top attractions and things to do in Lake Como in addition to what already mentioned here.

3. Saint Tropez, France

The popular tourist destination of Saint Tropez is a beautiful coastal town on the French Riviera. It was originally a fishing village and military stronghold, but in the recent decades it’s become a popular celebrity destination. Mentions of the city in songs like “St Tropez (Party Girl” by Lana del Rey and “Saint-Tropez” by Post Malone have cemented the city’s status as an iconic destination amongst a new generation. Those who visit can enjoy the delicious food and exciting culture as well as the beautiful sandy beaches.

Saint Tropez Travel Guide:

Find the best flightstrain tickets, or rent a car for your trip to Saint Tropez, France. Also, find the list of the best hotels in Saint Tropez to stay in. Don’t know where to stay and need some inspiration? Here are three of our favorite hotels in Saint Tropez you might like:

Want to add more things to your Saint Tropez itinerary? Find top attractions and things to do in Saint Tropez in addition to what already mentioned here.

4. Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is a great place to visit during the summer as well as being a great destination if you need to pick one place within Spain to visit. You can sample the delicious tapas, visit museums with illustrious collections, people watch at sidewalk cafes, and admire the impressive architecture of the city. One example of the unique architecture found in this city is The Sagrada Familia, a truly unique structure with a stunning blend of various architectural styles. You can also attend a football, or soccer, game and participate in one of the liveliest aspects of the local culture.

Barcelona Travel Guide:

Find the best flightstrain tickets, or rent a car for your trip to Barcelona. Also, here you can browse our list of the best hotels in Barcelona to stay in. Don’t know where to stay and need some inspiration? Here are three of our favorite hotels in Barcelona you might like:

Want to add more things to your Barcelona itinerary? Find top attractions and things to do in Barcelona in addition to what already mentioned here.

5. Algarve, Portugal

If you’re looking for a delightful summer destination in Europe that is not quite as busy as others, consider a trip to the sun soaked city of Algarve. The prices are generally lower than other major European destinations although they’re steadily rising due to the increase in the city’s popularity.  The sandy beaches are ideal for relaxing and enjoying the view of the rock formations along the coast. The city is also known for its sea caves and arches that give it a unique beauty.

Algarve Travel Guide:

Find the best flightstrain tickets, or rent a car for your trip to Algarve. Also, here you can browse our list of the best hotels in the Algarve to stay in. Don’t know where to stay and need some inspiration? Here are three of our favorite hotels in Algarve you might like:

Want to add more things to your Algarve itinerary? Find top attractions and things to do in Algarve in addition to what already mentioned here.

6. Sicily, Italy

The island of Sicily is located off of the western coast of Italy and is a beautiful place to explore and unwind in the summer heat. The region was formed by volcanic activity and has a unique landscape to this day. You can indulge in fantastic food and wine as well as hiking, swimming, and more. Sicily is bursting with UNESCO World Heritage Sites and has plenty of chances to learn about the rich history of the region.

Sicily Travel Guide:

Find the best flightstrain tickets, or rent a car for your trip to Sicily. Also, here you can browse our list of the best hotels in Sicily to stay in. Don’t know where to stay and need some inspiration? Here are some of our favorite hotels in Sicily you might like:

Want to add more things to your Sicily itinerary? Find top attractions and things to do in Sicily in addition to what already mentioned here.

7. Santorini, Greece

Santorini is one of the most popular destinations in the Mediterranean – the sight of its whitewashed blue-domed structures are some of the most iconic images of the region. The island does attract a high number of tourists throughout the summer months, but it’s still a fantastic place to visit due to its natural beauty and its culture. You can lay out on the beach, go for a hike, or soak in the sight of the famous Santorini sunset which people come from all over the world to see.

Santorini Travel Guide:

Find the best flightstrain tickets, or rent a car for your trip to Santorini. Also, here you can browse our list of the best hotels in Santorini to stay in. Don’t know where to stay and need some inspiration? Here are three of our favorite hotels in Santorini you might like:

Want to add more things to your Santorini itinerary? Find top attractions and things to do in Santorini in addition to what already mentioned here.

8. Faroe Islands, Denmark

Although this series of 18 rocky islands is part of the Kingdom of Denmark, they’re notable for being self governing. Although they’re distinctly a summer destination, the Faroe Islands are not quite as sunny as the other places on this list. They’re located in the middle of an imaginary triangle formed by the coasts of Scotland, Iceland, and Norway. Many of the people who come to visit the Faroe Islands come to hike, bird watch, and explore the rocky coastal cliffs. The longest summer days in the Faroe Islands are nearly 20 hours long and the weather is warm but mild.

Faroe Islands Travel Guide:

Find the best flightstrain tickets, or rent a car for your trip to the Faroe Islands. Also, here you can browse our list of the best hotels in the Faroe Islands to stay in. Don’t know where to stay and need some inspiration? Here are three of our favorite hotels in the Faroe Islands you might like:

Want to add more things to your itinerary? Find top attractions and things to do in the Faroe Islands in addition to what already mentioned here.

9. Biarritz, France

The southern French destination of Biarritz features some of the most picturesque beaches in all of Europe. The historic town streets are lined with many restaurants and cafes that will allow you to savor the different flavors of the region. There are multiple museums and interesting places to visit such as the Musee de la Mer, an aquarium that’s located in an Art Deco structure that dates back to 1933. Biarritz is also a fantastic destination for those who want to explore the larger French Basque countryside. In addition to exploring all of the benefits of visiting a coastal destination, you can also explore the fascinating history of the region by touring one of many ancient villages and sites.

Biarritz Travel Guide:

Find the best flightstrain tickets, or rent a car for your trip to Biarritz. Also, here you can browse our list of the best hotels in Biarritz to stay in. Don’t know where to stay and need some inspiration? Here are three of our favorite hotels in Biarritz you might like:

Want to add more excitement to your itinerary? Find top attractions and things to do in Biarritz in addition to what already mentioned here.

10. San Sebastian, Spain

The beautiful coastal destination of San Sebastian has plenty to offer its visitors from incredible food to a unique culture. It’s located along the Bay of Biscay and is popular for the glittering turquoise waters and the sandy beaches that are ideal for relaxing and enjoying the view. Although it is quite small, San Sebastian is known for its rich artistic and literary culture. Events such as the San Sebastian International Film Festival and the San Sebastian Jazz Festival are held here every year.

San Sebastian Travel Guide:

Find the best flightstrain tickets, or rent a car for your trip to San Sebastian. Also, here you can browse our list of the best hotels in San Sebastian to stay in. Don’t know where to stay and need some inspiration? Here are three of our favorite hotels in San Sebastian you might like:

Want to add more excitement to your itinerary? Find top attractions and things to do in San Sebastian in addition to what already mentioned here.

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Travel Resources for Planning a Trip to Europe in Summer

To make planning your trip to Europe in the Summer easier, we included some of our recommended travel resources below. You can search and find the best flights, transportation options, hotels to stay in, tours/activities, and things you can do in each destination during your trip.

Flights: 

Agoda: Search thousands of destinations around the world & quickly compare prices to find amazing deals on the best flights.

CheapOAir: You can find airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, and vacation packages all on one site!

Kiwi.com: What we like about Kiwi is the fact that they are able to create combinations of flight, train, and bus tickets and offer them in a single itinerary. Also, Kiwi has what they called “Nomad” which helps you find the best way of visiting multiple destinations, saving you time and money.

JetRadar: You can search and compare airfares from 726 airlines and dozens of travel agencies and systems.

Hotels

Agoda: Agoda is one of the world’s largest online travel accommodation platforms with a network of over 2,000,000 vacation rentals and hotels worldwide.

Hotellook: They have more than 250,000 hotels in 205 countries, working with data from more than 10 online booking systems, such as Booking.com, Agoda.com, Hotels.com, Expedia, and others.

Transportations: 

Airport TransfersKiwiTaxiViator

TrainTrainline or RailEurope 

BusFlixbus: Very affordable (as low as $6) and convenient way to transfer between cities in Europe.

Car RentalsAutoEuropeEconomyBookings, or  GetTransfer (transfers & car rentals with a personal driver)

Bike RentalBikesBooking (Bikes & scooter rentals) 

Transportation ComparisonOmio (search, compare, and book tickets for buses, trains, and flights all in one site)

Tours & Activities:

TakeWalks (WalkofItaly): This is our favorite site for walking tours & day trips.

Tiqets: Great site for entrance tickets. It offers directly bookable, instantly available, and completely mobile tickets for museums, shows, and attractions all over the world.

Musement: They have good activities and tours in Italy and Spain, also many great day trips you can choose from.

GetYourGuide: A large number of tours, excursions, and other travel activities

Viator: The largest one. It has everything from tours, attractions, shore excursions, and private guides in over 2,700 destinations worldwide. It also has many transportations and transfers options and some unique experiences we didn’t find anywhere else.

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Travel Resources for Planning Your Own Trip

To make planning your European trip on your own easier, in addition to what already mentioned in our travel guide, we included some of our recommended travel resources below. You can search and find the best flights, transportation options, hotels to stay in, tours/activities, and things you can do in any destination using these travel resources:

European River Cruises:

Uniworld River Cruises: The world’s best and most awarded luxury river cruise line—offers itineraries in spectacular destinations throughout Europe, Russia, Egypt, Asia, and Peru. The company’s European fleet features luxurious ships with an average capacity of 120 guests, the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry, enticing shore excursions, world-class gourmet cuisine, impeccable hospitality, and numerous other all-inclusive benefits.

Pre- and Post-cruise/Tour Extensions: Uniworld curated pre-and post-cruise/tour extensions make it easy to add a few days to the front or back end of your trip while leaving the planning to them

The packages include a variety of hotel options, transfers, and a dedicated destination expert to escort you along the way.

Flights: 

Agoda: Search thousands of destinations around the world & quickly compare prices to find amazing deals on the best flights.

CheapOAir: You can find airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, and vacation packages all on one site!

Kiwi.com: What we like about Kiwi is the fact that they are able to create combinations of flight, train, and bus tickets and offer them in a single itinerary. Also, Kiwi has what they called “Nomad” which helps you find the best way of visiting multiple destinations, saving you time and money.

JetRadar: You can search and compare airfares from 726 airlines and dozens of travel agencies and systems.

Hotels

Agoda: Agoda is one of the world’s largest online travel accommodation platforms with a network of over 2,000,000 vacation rentals and hotels worldwide.

Hotellook: They have more than 250,000 hotels in 205 countries, working with data from more than 10 online booking systems, such as Booking.com, Agoda.com, Hotels.com, Expedia, and others.

Airport Transfers & Transportations: 

Airport Transfers: GetTransfer offers both airport transfers & car rentals with a personal driver. Other airport transfer options are KiwiTaxi and Viator.

TrainEuroRailTrainline, or RailEurope are all great sites for train tickets as well as Rail Passes if you would like to add more flexibility to your trip. They are good for most trains throughout Europe. For trains in Italy, we like and recommend ItaliaRail. As for Portugal, you will need to go to the official website for Comboios de Portugal (the Portuguese train company) to book your train tickets when traveling in Portugal.

BusFlixbus: Very affordable (as low as $6) and convenient way to transfer between cities in Europe.

CarRentalsAutoEuropeEconomyBookings, or  GetTransfer (transfers & car rentals with a personal driver)

Bike RentalBikesBooking is a great site for bikes & scooter rentals

Transportation ComparisonOmio (search, compare, and book tickets for buses, trains, and flights all in one site)

Tours & Activities:

TakeWalks (WalkofItaly): This is our favorite site for walking tours & day trips.

Tiqets: Great site for entrance tickets. It offers directly bookable, instantly available, and completely mobile tickets for museums, shows, and attractions all over the world.

Musement: They have good activities and tours in Italy and Spain, also many great day trips you can choose from.

GetYourGuide: A large number of tours, excursions, and other travel activities

Viator: The largest one. It has everything from tours, attractions, shore excursions, and private guides in over 2,700 destinations worldwide. It also has many transportations and transfers options and some unique experiences we didn’t find anywhere else.

Travel Insurance:

Travel Guard:  Their comprehensive travel insurance programs, starting at $30, include per-trip & annual plans, coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip delay, medical expenses, baggage loss & more! Travel Guard provides 24/7-customer service with a personal touch through its World Service Center.

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