Summertime is the perfect opportunity to plan a European getaway. Whether you're looking for a beach vacation, a city break, or something a little more off the beaten track, there's sure to be a destination that tickles your fancy.
To help you out, we've put together a list of six of the best city breaks that are the epitome of summer fun. So, without further ado, let's jump in!
With its stunning architecture, Mediterranean atmosphere, and sandy beaches, Barcelona is the perfect summertime destination. Barcelona is the capital city of the autonomous community of Catalonia in Spain and is the vibrant heart of this region with a strong and proud identity.
Don't miss out on Gaudí's world-famous buildings, including the Sagrada Família, or a walk down Las Ramblas.
As well as relaxing beach days, Barcelona offers a lot of culture and history in one beautiful city. The Gothic Quarter is one of the most atmospheric areas of Barcelona, with gorgeous winding streets.
Before you head to the Catalonia capital, research beforehand which tours you’d like to do - as the best ones can get booked up relatively quick at this bustling tourist hotspot!
Venice is one of the most romantic destinations in the world. Romantic, yet never boring.
There's plenty to do in Venice for some summer fun. For starters, you can visit St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace, go shopping in the markets, or just wander around and take in the breathtaking sights.
If you're feeling active you can even go for a swim in the canals! Venice is a truly unique and fascinating city, so there's sure to be something for everyone. A visit to Venice also wouldn't be complete without a ride on a gondola through the canals. Stroll through the narrow streets lined with boutiques and cafes, and take in the city's unique architectural beauty.
The City of Light comes alive in the summertime with open-air markets, charming sidewalk cafes, and beautiful parks to explore. Start your visit by taking in the breathtaking views from the top of the Eiffel Tower. For a bird's eye view of the city, there's no better spot.
Then, head to Notre Dame Cathedral to see one of the most famous Gothic cathedrals in the world. After admiring the architecture, take a stroll through the Luxembourg Gardens, one of the largest public parks in Paris.
Remember to stop off in some of the classic patisseries the city has to offer. We recommend the Boulangerie-Patisserie near the Notre Dame!
This medieval city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia.
Dubrovnik's picturesque streets and buildings, as well as its stunning coastal setting, make it a must-see.
In Dubrovnik, you'll discover lovely stone beaches with a unique cultural offer for those who wish to appreciate a location full of class and architectural gems from the past.
Walk the iconic walls that surround the city, which date back to the 10th century. A tour is recommended in Dubrovnik so that you can make the most of soaking up all the history that Croatia's capital of tourism has to offer! Just be sure to book in advance as the place can get packed early.
Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal and one of the oldest cities in Western Europe.
It is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in Portugal, with visitors from all over the world coming to see its unique architecture, vibrant culture, and stunning scenery.
Lisbon is a very sought place by those who decide to move to Portugal, even from far away countries, such as the USA.
There are plenty of things to do in Lisbon, whether you’re interested in exploring its history and art, or simply want to enjoy its many charms. Some of the best places to visit in Lisbon include The Castle of Sao Jorge. A Moorish castle that was built in the 11th century. It offers stunning views over Lisbon and is a great place to learn about the city’s history.
Or visiting the Alfama district. The Alfama district is the oldest district in Lisbon and is full of narrow streets, traditional houses, and historic sites. It’s a great place to wander and get a feel for the city.
Similarly, if you’re traveling alone - Lisbon has some of the world’s world's most fun and friendliest hostels for solo travelers.
Amsterdam is known for its canals, but there's much more to this city than that.
In the summertime, the streets are filled with people enjoying the cafes and shops. When in Amsterdam, be sure to visit the Rijksmuseum, and the Anne Frank House, and take a canal cruise. Also, try the local delicacies like stroopwafels and hagelslag!
And of course, the city’s bustling nightlife scene is hard not to miss when you’re there in the summertime (or any time of the year!)
Europe is a vast continent with so many different countries and cultures, there's truly something for everyone. These six destinations are just a taste of what the continent has to offer visitors during the summertime.
So whether you're looking for a beach vacation, a city break, or something a little more off the beaten track, you're sure to find it in Europe. Safe travels!