Europe needs no introduction. Every enthusiastic traveler’s bucket list has a European destination and what better time to visit the beautiful continent than summer? Excellent weather, plentiful sun and multi-hued festivities, Summer is undoubtedly the best time to visit Europe!
Feeling inspired and planning a vacation to Europe this summer? Here’s a list of the ultimate destinations in Europe that are perfect for your vacation, this summer season:
1. Rome, Italy
Why To Go: The city that showcases the best and the worst of the antiquity, Rome is one of the best destinations in Europe for a summer vacation. The city is perfect for a long escape as well as a short escape combined with other cities of the country. Rome has some of the most iconic monuments in the world and plenty of UNESCO world heritage sites that will leave you spell-bound. The city’s mind-boggling array of attractions might overwhelm at first and it is recommended to pick any of the Rome tours that will include a guided visit and skip-the-line access to major attractions, since Summer is when they are crowded the most.
Popular Attractions: Colosseum, Roman Forum, St. Peter’s Basilica, Piazza Navona, Palatine Hill, Trevi Fountain, Vatican Museums, Gallery Borghese.
Best For: Art Lovers
Why To Go: The city of lights, Paris flaunts iconic monuments, out-and-out striking architecture and an eternal vibe of romance that makes it one of the most preferred cities for a honeymoon. The city is replete with stellar landmarks, excellent atmosphere replete of art, food and culture and is a wholesome vacation destination. Remember to buy the skip-the-line tickets for Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Versailles before your visit, since summer is the high season. Also, this is a perfect time to cruise the Seine River.
Popular Attractions: Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Sacre Coeur, Palace of Versailles, Seine River, Museu d’Orsay, Champs Elysees, Arc de Triumph, Disneyland
Best For: Couples, Families, Art Lovers
Why To Go: The city, in a classical sense served as the capital of entire Europe and a focal point of the British Empire, which once, made its mark all over the world. Even today, the city flaunts its classic British monuments, buildings that exhale a regal characteristic. Hidden in its gothic structure, streets and classic pubs are a charm that displays how “Sun really never sets on the British Empire”. The city full of energy, the city practically has something for everyone. Summer is an ideal time to explore it’s outdoors, its beautiful bridges over the Thames and even plan short outings to nearby places.
Popular Attractions: Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Palace of Westminster London Eye, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Kensington Palace
Best For: Families, Couples
Why To Go: The city that houses artist and architect Antoni Gaudi’s unfinished Magnum Opus Sagrada Familia, Barcelona is an eclectic city dotted with structures that can stun you at the most unexpected moments. Its nightlife, its beaches, its huge streets and its mountains, along with its architecturally stunning structures like Sagrada Familia and Park Guell is a great destination, not just in Spain, but a whole of Europe. In Summer, the crowds are at peak and it is recommended to book the popular Barcelona tours like Montjuic Funicular ride, Visit Sagrada Familia and Montserrat in advance.
Popular Attractions: La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Parc de la Ciutadella, Casa Mila, Montserrat, Olympic City, Montjuic, Montserrat, La Rambla, Casa Batllo.
Best For: Architecture lovers, couples, Solo travelers
Why To Go: Not just the largest city in Switzerland, the city of Zurich is known for its fine dining, wine and an impeccable array of museums and art galleries. The city is the perfect mix of the old and the new making it a desirable destination in Europe. Zurich also has picturesque natural beauty, all full of snow-capped mountains that glaze on a sunny day, dreamy River and tranquil lakes!
Popular Attractions: Lake Zurich, Swiss National Museum, Kunsthaus Zurich, Grossmunster, Üetliberg, Fraumünster, Bahnhofstrasse, Rietberg Museum
Best For: Solo Travellers, Backpackers
Why ToGo: The city of Amsterdam in most recognized for the canals that run through it, give it a dreamy appeal while the striking artwork of Van Gogh and the daunting Anne Frank House fill us with a sense of Melancholy that we love having! This very thing, plus its boho-chic appeal and abundant nightlife make Amsterdam one of the best places to visit. Roam around its alleys, go party-hopping, admire the artwork or take a canal ride, you’ll be amazed. The city is best to explore on a bike, and you can always pre-book bike tours in Amsterdam to save your spot!
Popular Attractions: Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Vondelpark, Rembrandt House Museum, Dam Square,
Best For: Solo Travellers, Backpackers
Why To Go: This Hungarian capital sits on the either sides of River Danube and dates back to the Celtic Tribes before it was conquered by the Romans, giving it an ethereal ancient charm. Along with its excellent feat in the fields of art, science, architecture and development, Budapest continues to be a charmer, with its array of monuments, vibrant nightlife and array of opportunities to eat., drink and party!
Popular Attractions: Buda Castle, Széchenyi thermal bath, Chain Bridge, Hosok Tere, Fisherman’s Bastion, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Matthias Church.
Best For: backpackers, Families
Why To Go: Mind-blowing coastline, gorgeous Mediterranean Sea and amazing views, Amalfi is one of the most amazing sea-side towns in Europe, perfect for beach bums that want to get baked in the summer season. Head to Amalfi and opt for a stay at any of its swanky resorts or stay in nearby towns of Positano, Salerno, Ravello and enjoy a scooter ride along its winding roads all the way to Amalfi.
Popular Attractions: The beach! The Towns! The Mountains!
Best For Couples, families
Perfect for a summer sojourn, these European destinations await you! Explore online tours and activities to any of these and make this summer, an affair to remember!