There’s only so much winter one can stand before the swimsuits start looking a bit lonely and the tans begin to fade. Where better to escape the chilly weather than in Europe? From picturesque beaches to bustling parties to breathtaking oceanic sights, here are the top places to visit in Europe during summer.
10. Amalfi, Italy
Amalfi sits as one of the best European summer destinations on Italy’s southwest coast. Aside from historic architecture and stunning views, the town also boasts as having an abundance of lemons which adds to a true summertime feeling (not to mention a making of authentic limoncello). Furthermore, the Amalfi Coast, stretching along the peninsula, is one of the top places to visit in Europe during the summer months as it is dramatically perched between mountain and sea and ideal for holiday makers.
9. Ayia Napa, Cyprus
Known for its unparalleled beaches and monastery landmark, the resort town of Ayia Napa tops the list of many of the best places to visit in Europe. Aside from lazy days in the surf and sand, the Cypriot summer destination aims at being “the most cosmopolitan tourist resort of the Mediterranean” and is popular for a having a vibrant nightlife and unforgettable party scene.
8. Split, Croatia
The Croatian town of Split is back dropped by an incredible mountainous landscape and opens out to a sparkling Atlantic Ocean. With architectural marvels dating as far back as the 4th century, there’s something for everyone at this top European summer destination. Split is also Croatia’s second largest city, meaning it’s never short of a lively atmosphere.
7. Lisbon, Portugal
Many people will argue that Lisbon is one of the top places to visit in Europe all year round, but there’s something special about this coastal capital city in summer that makes it a top spot to travel to. The summer months in Lisbon offer street parties, bullfighting events, hilly, historic streets to explore, and mouth-watering restaurants. Aside from all of this, the Portuguese capital presents tourists with a great escape to buzzing beaches and azure seascapes.
6. Kotor, Montenegro
A lesser-known European summer destination but nevertheless one for the bucket list, Kotor in Montenegro is an ancient bay side city perfect for that secluded summer getaway. Museums, palaces and churches line cobblestoned streets waiting to be explored. However, don’t let this dramatic town’s age fool you – at night it comes alive with live music and street bars, making it one of the best places to travel in Europe.