Spending summer in Europe offers a multitude of enticing reasons to make it your ultimate destination. We visit Europe every summer, often traveling for months at a time. There is truly nothing better than a European summer.
Aperol Spritz, delicious food, bright blue warm waters, vibrant festivals, and happy vibes? Summer in Europe is something everyone should experience once in their lifetime.
However you’re probably wondering where to go. The continent may be small compared to the others, but there is so much to do. Every country, city, town, and commune offers something unique for travelers.
Whether you’re looking for pleasant weather, festivals like La Tomatina, to experience rich cultural heritage, or to enjoy hiking in the Alps, here are our favorite places to spend summer in Europe.
Best Places To Spend Summer in Europe
1. Provence, France
Summer in Provence is lovely, with July being the nicest month. Temperatures often reach 24°C and most days are sunny. This scenic region in Southeastern France is known for its unique landscape that consists of plains, vineyards, olive groves, valleys, gorges, mountains and the colorful lavender fields that blossom in the summer months.
If you’re traveling to Provence specifically to see the famous lavender fields, know that they reach their full bloom around the third or fourth week of June. We visited Provence in early June, and unfortunately were just a bit too early!
Beautiful villages, such as the famous Saint-Tropez, dot the coastline and the Cote d’Azur is spectacular all on its own! Spend days sipping local wines and visiting attractions such as the Palais Longchamp and hiking in Calanques National Park.
2. Georgian Caucasus
The Caucasus Mountains can be found in several countries, but it’s the section in Georgia that is really something to see! The nicest weather is in the summer months, and this is also the best time to go trekking on popular trails such as the one from Mestia to Ushguli, where you’ll find ancient towers and get views of the country’s highest peak.
If hiking is not your thing, there’s no shortage of scenic drives! White water rafting, climbing and wildlife viewing are other popular activities in the region.
The best town to base yourself in to enjoy the Georgian Caucauses is Stepantsminda, which offers affordable accommodation and tourist infrastructure. While there make the hike up to Gergeti Trinity Church – it will take you less than one hour and is incredibly rewarding!
3. Andalucia, Spain
If you’re looking to vacation somewhere in Europe in summer where the air is hot and there’s very little rain, head to Andalucia. Located on the south coast of Spain, the pretty scenery consists of rolling hills, rivers, and farms.
Spend the day lying in the sun on one of the incredible beaches, admire beautiful Moorish architecture, explore the old city of Seville and visit top attractions including Alcazar Castle and Granada’s Alhambra Palace. Make sure to spend at least one evening participating in a local fiesta with traditional dancing, music and food.
Due to its Mediterranean climate, you can expect hot temperatures of around 32°C during summer in Malta but that’s not all. The seawater temperature is a very warm 26°C so you can comfortably enjoy swimming, scuba diving and snorkelling in the clear waters. Nature and history collide here.
One day you could be visiting natural wonders such as the sea caverns of The Blue Grotto or hiking along the Munxar Path and admiring the towering cliffs. The next day, you could be checking out the unique architecture and visiting fortresses, temples and other UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
5. Lofoten Islands, Norway
Norway may not seem like a great summer getaway, but it truly is especially if you’re looking to escape the heat and see stunning landscapes. Visitors enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities here including biking, hiking, fishing, kayaking and surfing.
You may not be able to swim in the ocean but there are many beaches to explore including Haulkand Beach and Kvalvika Beach. On rainy or very cold days, visit attractions such as the Lofoten Viking Museum and the Lofoten Krigsminne Museum.
6. Isle of Skye, Scotland
The Isle of Skye is one of the best places to visit in Scotland, and Summer in the Isle of Skye is never too cold and or too hot. Conditions are just right for enjoying scenic road trips to admire the rugged scenery, exploring the quaint little villages and hiking to spectacular waterfalls.
Ancient castles, such as Dunvegan Castle and Armadale Castle, dot the landscape and the main town of Portree is where you’ll find lively pubs and local boutique shops.
7. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Summer is a particularly nice time of year in Amsterdam because the weather warms up nicely to an average of 22°C so you can enjoy sightseeing and a variety of outdoor activities.
This capital city features dozens of bike paths and walking trails and a sophisticated canal system where you can embark on a cruise. The Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House and the Royal Palace of Amsterdam are a few of the top attractions in the city.
8. Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
Summer is the best time to visit the Dalmatian Coast if it’s 30°C temperatures and long, sunny days you’re after! This coast is known for its spectacular vistas featuring limestone cliffs, rugged coastline, crystal clear bays and sandy beaches.
Explore Krka National Park and Plitvice Lakes National Park, one of the most stunning places in Europe. Or take a trip on the Dubrovnik Cable Car and visit top attractions such as Fort Lovrifenac and Fortress Klis.
9. Uvac Canyon, Serbia
During summer, Uvac Canyon gets very little rain, and the temperatures are warm. This spectacular natural wonder is made even more beautiful by the fact that the river that winds through it is a vibrant green and the views are best enjoyed from one of the lookouts.
Within this nature reserve, there’s also a fascinating cave system, hiking trails of various lengths and Sjenica Lake. Kayaking and birdwatching are popular activities here and you can also take a guided tour of the caves.
10. The Italian Lake District, Italy
Hot weather in the 30s, natural surroundings, stunning mountain scenery, history and tons of things to do. What more could you ask for in a summer vacation destination? And when it comes to a vacation in the Italian Lake District, the only downside is deciding which lake to make your base!
During the summer months, the trees and gardens are at their most lush which just adds to the beauty of the region. Whether you choose Lake Maggiore, Lugano, Lake Como, Iseo, Garda or one of the many others, you’ll enjoy hiking, kayaking and exploring ancient castles and monasteries.
Be forewarned the Italian Lake District can get expensive, especially in the summer. Accommodation books up well in advance during July and August so it’s vital to book ahead. Lake Como is easily the most well known and famous lake to visit, but we found more soiltude on Lake Maggiore.
11. Krakow, Poland
It doesn’t get overly hot in Krakow even in the middle of the summer so it’s a great place to go if you want to escape the searing heat of other areas of Europe. This historic city is beautifully-preserved, particularly in areas where medieval architecture can still be seen.
The remains of the ancient walls that once surrounded the city can still be seen in the Old Town District and the 14th-century St. Mary’s Basilica is an imposing site from any angle! Be sure to check out Krakow Main Market Square, Wawel Royal Castle and the Wieliczka Salt Mine.
12. Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn is a beautiful European city any time of year but in summer, it also has comfortable weather that makes exploring the city’s wonders a breeze. Located on the Baltic Sea, Tallin’s historic Old Town features ancient walls and cobblestone streets alongside quaint cafes and shops.
The town hall and the stately St. Nicholas Cathedral date back to the 13th century and there are many attractions showcasing the city’s unique culture and history including Lennusadam Maritime Museum and Kadriorg Art Museum.
13. Conques, France
In Conques, summer temperatures reach an average of 26°C which makes for pleasant conditions to explore this scenic village perched on a hillside.
Wander through ancient, narrow streets, admire the Abbey Church of Sainte-Foy and hike along the trails that snake around the village while learning about the unique history and culture of the area.
14. Ring of Kerry, Ireland
As far as scenic drives go in Ireland, The Ring of Kerry is king and the best time to do this incredible road trip is in the summer when the temperatures are warm and there’s less chance of getting rained on.
Easily one of the best places to visit in Ireland, this epic 179-kilometer route circles the Iveragh Peninsula where you’ll see rugged coastline, lush hillside, sandy beaches and pretty seaside villages. Along the way, check out Skellig Michael and its monastery that dates back to the 7th century, admire the Cliffs of Moher and explore Killarney National Park.
15. Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
There’s more to Mostar in summer than warm temperatures and sunny days. There’s also the historic architecture dating back to medieval times and alleyways filled with shops and fascinating attractions including the Museum of War and Genocide Victims and The Old Bridge Museum. Climb the staircase leading to the Koski Mehmed-Pasha Mosque and take in the incredible views of the city and the Neretva River.
16. Canary Islands, Spain
Fun Spain fact – the Canary Islands are among the sunniest and warmest place in Europe! Despite being in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, summers in the Canary Islands are beautiful with high temperatures combined with a refreshing breeze. The islands are known for their volcanic landscapes and beaches with both white and black sand.
On Tenerife, which is the biggest island, you’ll find Teide National Park which is home to an active volcano and La Palma has the famous Tilos Bridge. It doesn’t matter what island you choose to spend most of your time on because each is unique with a healthy dose of nature, culture and history.
17. Matka Canyon, North Macedonia
If a pristine nature area with spectacular beauty and summer temperatures of at least 30°C are on your summer vacation list, Matka Canyon may just be the perfect spot for you!
This popular outdoor adventurer’s paradise features a beautiful artificial lake tucked away inside the steep walls of the canyon, unique plant life that can only be found there and several ancient monasteries. Hiking, fishing and swimming are popular activities, but one of the most iconic things to do is just take a boat ride around the canyon. If you find yourself in Skopje, don’t miss Matka Canyon!
18. Skagen, Denmark
Summertime is cool in Skagen compared to many other destinations in Europe but 18°C is still warm enough to enjoy many outdoor activities. Although the air and water may not feel tropical, one of the things that the city is known for is its spectacular coastal views that include water so clear and blue that you’d think you were in the Caribbean if it wasn’t for the chill in the air!
Top sights include the Skagen Gray Lighthouse and Vippefyret. Immerse in nature at the Rabjerg Mile Nature Preserve and learn about local history at the Skagens Museum and Anchers Hus.
19. Romantic Road, Germany
There’s no shortage of scenic drives in Germany but the Romantic Road takes top prize for being both the most popular and the most beautiful!
As you cruise along this 460-kilometer route, you’ll see forests, towering mountain peaks, fairytale-like villages, the famed wine region of Residenz, Neuschwanstein Castle and a stunning baroque palace. Start in Wurzburg and end in Fussen or vice versa and enjoy lovely weather during the summer months.
20. Sighisoara, Romania
Situated on the Tarnava Mare River in the Transylvania region, Sighisoara is an amazing place to visit in the summer for many reasons. First of all, the weather is fantastic with little rain and temperatures reaching highs of 26°C.
Secondly, there are many world-class attractions to visit including the beautifully-preserved old town district which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features ancient towers and cathedrals. Admire The Clock Tower, climb The Covered Stairway and check out Bran Castle.
21. Sardinia, Italy
In Sardinia, the summers are long, hot and exciting. There’s never a shortage of things to see and do. Swim in the Mediterranean Sea in waters that reach 28°C, explore almost 2,000 kilometers of picturesque coastline and beaches, hike in the mountains and check out the ancient stone ruins that dot the landscape.
Su Nuraxi di Barumini Archaeological Museum is a great place to visit on a rare rainy day and you can disappear in nature for a day at Arcipelago di La Maddalena National Park.
22. Albanian Riviera, Albania
If European summer prices are hitting the wallet a little hard, book a flight to Albania as it’s a fact that it’s one of the cheapest destinations to travel in Europe! During the summer months, temperatures along the Albanian Riviera can reach a hot 35°C! It’s a good thing that the sea water temperature can reach as high as 25°C so you can relax on one of the beautiful, sandy beaches and comfortably cool off.
While you’re in the area, you’ll also enjoy stunning scenery and friendly people who love to share the history and culture of the place. Visit the ancient Butrint Archeological Site and take a hike from the Monastery of St. Theodore to the Canyon of Gjipe. In Dhermi, make your base at one of the beautiful boutique accommodations and enjoy a vibrant nightlife scene.
23. South Tirol, Italy
The weather is lovely in South Tirol in summer and that is just one of many reasons why you should make this beautiful, mountainous area your next vacation destination. Located in northern Italy in a section of the Dolomites, this is a land of towering peaks, plateaus and valleys.
Take a hike to scenic Platzwiese and visit the South Tyrol Archaeological Museum. Watch for the majestic castles, such as Trauttmansdorff Castle and Taufers Castle, that stand out against the striking landscape.
One of the best things to do in the area? Visit Lago Di Braies, which is one of the most scenic mountain lakes in the entire world!
24. Madeira, Portugal
It’s just four islands, but Madeira has much to offer in a summer escape! The weather is nice but never too hot nor too cold the scenery is beautiful with pebbled beaches, towering cliffs, volcanic landscapes, vineyards and rugged coastline bordering the clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
Do some hiking at Vereda da Ponta de Sao Lourenco and Valley of the Nuns or go swimming at the Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools. Visit the Madeira Botanical Garden and check out Monte Palace. The region is known for its wine so be sure to take in a wine tasting during your visit!
25. Sicily, Italy
Sicily is a huge island, so there’s a lot to see and do from the east to west! Exploring this historically and culturally rich place is easy during the summer months when the temperatures are hot, the sun is always shining, and you can cool off in the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea, which reach an average of 25°C in summer.
Explore the Valley of the Temples and see the ruins of ancient temples and admire views of Mount Etna. As you explore the island, you’ll see vineyards, stately cathedrals, rugged coastline and beautiful architecture.
The island offers so much for all visitors. The east is famous and more popular, as this is where scenic places like Taormina are. However, it’s also possible to start your Sicily adventure in the vibrant city of Palermo and explore the west – this is where the better Sicilian beaches lie! In between all your adventures, don’t forget to stop and make time for a cannoli.
26. Olomouc, Czech Republic
If you think summer in the Czech Republic is boring, think again. This is especially true when it comes to the city of Olomouc which sees average temperatures of 25°F and is a hot spot for history, culture and architecture.
Explore the ancient city streets in search of the six baroque fountains, the distinguished Holy Trinity Column, St. Wenceslas Cathedral and the beautiful Bishop’s Palace. Visit the Zoo Olomouc and check out the Pevnost Pozani Science Museum and the Archdiocesan Museum.
27. Turkish Riviera, Turkey
In Turkey, there’s another beautiful European Riviera region known for its great weather, warm waters, beautiful coastal cities and villages and world-class attractions. The Turkish Riviera is home to lavish resort areas, sandy beaches and some of the most beautiful places in the country including Alanya, Kas, Dalyan, Antalya and Fethiye.
As you explore the region, you’ll see ancient castles, scenic ports and spectacular natural wonders such as Duden Waterfalls and Koprulu Canyon. Visit the Antalya Aquarium, check out Hadrian’s Gate and learn about local history at the Antalya Archeology Museum.
One of the top places to visit is Oludeniz Beach, nestled along the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea, this picturesque coastal gem is a haven for beach lovers, nature enthusiasts, and adventure seekers alike.
28. Triglav National Park, Slovenia
Triglav National Park is the perfect escape from the city and the summer heat. With temperatures only reaching 15°C, exploring the stunning natural wonders is a breeze! The first thing you’ll notice in the park is its renowned centerpiece, Mount Triglav, which is the highest peak in the region.
Hike along the Soca Trail and enjoy views of the Soca River and surrounding valleys. Check out Savica Waterfall and the crystal-clear waters of Lake Bohinj. Explore spectacular caves and several nature preserves.
29. Greek Islands
The Greek Islands are the ideal summer destination. With warm bright blue water, beautiful beaches, delicious Greek food, and cold coffee you’ll be singing the Mamma Mia soundtrack with joy your entire trip.
However, do yourself a favor and stay off of Santorini and Mykonos. They are the most popular islands in Greece, and the most expensive. They are almost always crowded especially in July and August. We try to tell as many people as we can to go to other less crowded destinations like Tinos, Milos, Naxos, Kefalonia, Ithaca...the list goes on and on but we aren’t sure if anyone listens. But please, trust us on this one.
30. Swiss Alps
Switzerland is one of the most beautiful countries in the entire world. If it weren’t so expensive, we would probably spend our entire summers there. Seriously, you’d have to rip us away from the bright blue mountain lakes, towering peaks, and village charm.
While the Swiss Alps are certainly beautiful all year round, summer is when they shine. This is when you can enjoy all the hiking, mountain biking, and via ferratas that the country has to offer.
A few of our favorite places to visit in Switzerland in the summer are Zermatt, Saas Fee, Grindelwald, and Lauterbrunnen. However it’s hard to go wrong with anywhere. Just make sure to budget accordingly, Switzerland is not a cheap destination, and the summer rates are the highest!
31. Chamonix, France
We spent an entire month based in Chamonix last summer and it was one of the best decisions of all our travels. Chamonix is a small resort town in the French Alps, and one of the best places to visit in France. It sits at the base of Mont Blanc, the tallest peak in Europe. At all times you have magnificent views of the colossal mountain and many even climb up it.
Though you don’t have to be a mountaineer to enjoy Chamonix. Between strolling the village, taking the train to Mer De Glace, or going up Aiguille Du Midi there are plenty of things to do in Chamonix.
We also often refer to as a cheaper alternative to Zermatt, so if you’re on a budget it’s a great alternative to the Swiss Alps.
32. Faroe Islands
If you’re looking for a quiet destination away from it all (literally) you cannot go wrong traveling the Faroe Islands in the summer. The Faroes are among my favorite places in Europe. It’s in Europe, but truly feels a world away.
Here you’ll find a unique culture and stunning landscapes. If you want to feel like you are on another planet filled with hiking opportunities galore, book your flight to Torshavn.
Whie the Faroes are stunning year round, I love the summer when everything is as green as can be. It’s also your best chance for good weather, in a destination known for bad weather!
33. Edinburgh, Scotland
We aren’t super big city people, however, that opinion changes as soon as we travel to Edinburgh. We’ve now traveled to the Scottish capital three times, and every time we fall in love all over again. The city is a vibrant blend of old and new with a mix of modern shops, restaurants and attractions mixed in with medieval buildings.
The imposing Edinburgh Castle is by far the most popular attraction in the city but you can’t miss the National Museum of Scotland, Arthur’s Seat, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh Zoo and St. Giles’ Cathedral. Almost every month in Edinburgh there’s an exciting festival happening, so make sure to pay attention when visiting.
The Royal Mile is an exciting place to be any time of day and after sundown, the lively pubs come alive with the sound of music. Edinburgh is also a gateway to other popular regions of Scotland, and is a great place to rent a car and enjoy a Scottish road trip, like the North Coast 500!
34. North Coast 500, Scotland
Wondering what the North Coast 500 even is? Don’t worry – even some Scots we talked to didn’t know, and all I have to say is it’s one of the best places to go in Europe!
That’s because the North Coast 500 route is a relatively new one. The North Coast 500 in the Scottish Highlands has been dubbed “Scotland’s Route 66” and named “one of the greatest road trips in the world.”
It’s 500 miles through the Scottish Highlands and showcases pure beauty at every turn. We’ve now traveled the NC500 twice. Once in July and once in September, and both are magnificent times to travel. However keep in mind this is now a very popular route, and there is limited accommodation along the route, so planning and booking ahead is essential in the summertime.
35. Grossglockner, Austria
The Grossglockner High Alpine Road (in German Großglockner Hochalpenstraße) is the highest surfaced mountain road in all of Austria. The road is conveniently named after Grossglockner, which is the highest mountain in Austria.
You can even see the Grossglockner from a viewing area, the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe. You can also hike to get up close and personal to Grossglockner (the photo above is from an epic hike we did). Serious mountaineers and alpinists can also summit Grossglockner.
The road was built as a scenic route, and every summer, you’ll find hundreds of bikers and motorists driving the road on any given day. Driving or biking this road is one of the best things to do in Austria!
The road starts near beautiful Fusch and ends in Heiligenblut, both stunning towns in their own right.
Visiting Iceland in the summer offers a plethora of captivating experiences that make it an ideal time to explore this breathtaking Nordic island. With the arrival of warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours, the summer months in Iceland, from June to August, unveil a stunning landscape that bursts with life and natural wonders.
It’s also the only time to witness the magic of the Midnight Sun. This is when the sun never fully sets, creating an otherworldly atmosphere. Embrace the extended daylight hours by traveling during this time, and seeing all the amazing Iceland landscapes (just don’t plan on sleeping much!).
Summer is also when you’ll see rolling green hills, vibrant wildflowers, endless purple lupines, and majestic waterfalls paint a picturesque backdrop. The landscapes become accessible, providing ample opportunities for hiking, camping, and immersing yourself in the pristine wilderness. If you’re a wildlife enthusiasts, book a puffin spotting or whale watching tour – summer is the best time for this experience!
37. Hallstatt, Austria
Stroll around the 16th-century architecture, and you’ll see why this town has quickly shot up to a prominent European hot spot and is one of the best places to visit in Europe.
It’s easily one of the most beautiful places to visit in Europe, and if you can book far enough in advance to get a good deal on accommodation and stay in the actual town, then consider yourself lucky!
Fun fact about Austria – it’s a landlocked country – so you’ll have to get out on the lakes for water enjoyment. Thankfully, Hallstätter See is beautiful, and one of the best things to do in Hallstatt is rent a small boat and enjoy Hallstätter See! Step away from the crowds and take in the area from the water.
When is Summer in Europe?
Summer in Europe is typically thought to last from June to the end of August. However May and September – what once used to be considered shoulder months are now lumped into summer travel in Europe.
When is the Best Time to Travel Europe?
July and August are easily the most expensive and most crowded months to travel Europe. We visit Europe at least once every summer, and some summers we have spent the entire season frolicking around.
In our opinion the best time to visit Europe is September. Crowds start to die down towards the middle of the month, rates are lower, but the sun is still shining and the weather is ideal. Don’t worry, it still feels like summer in most of Europe in September!
When is the Most Crowded in Europe?
July and August are when most Europeans take their holiday. So that mixed with all the overseas visitors create a very busy time. If you are looking to stay away from crowds avoid July and August, or be very selective with your destination choice. For instance, we traveled to Georgia and the Faroe Islands in June and July and were met with empty hiking trails and low crowds.
When is the Most Expensive Time to Travel Europe?
The most expensive time to travel Europe is between June and August. Sometimes you can find early season deals in May, and later season deals in September.
Does Europe Have Air Conditioning?
European hotels and accommodations do have air conditioning, but it’s not always common and you should not expect it at every hotel. If you must have AC, search for hotels with AC only, which you can do on Booking.com. Southern European countries are more likely to have AC than mid and northern countries.
Speaking from personal experience, we get AC in Europe maybe half the time we travel, with well known brands like Marriott and IHG offering it in hotel rooms.
Is It Hot in Europe in Summer?
Europe experiences a wide range of climates, so the summer temperatures can vary significantly depending on the region you are in. Generally, many parts of Europe can indeed become hot during the summer months, especially in southern and central Europe. Mediterranean countries such as Spain, Italy, Greece, and parts of southern France often experience high temperatures, with averages ranging from the mid-20s to the mid-30s degrees Celsius (mid-70s to mid-90s degrees Fahrenheit). Coastal areas and islands in these regions can get particularly warm due to their proximity to the sea.
In central Europe, countries like Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic also experience warm to hot summers, with temperatures typically ranging from the high teens to the mid-30s degrees Celsius (mid-60s to mid-90s degrees Fahrenheit).
However, it’s important to note that not all of Europe gets scorching hot during the summer. Northern Europe, including countries like the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Scandinavia, tends to have milder summer temperatures, with averages ranging from the mid-teens to low 20s degrees Celsius (mid-50s to low 70s degrees Fahrenheit).
All that being said, every year temperatures in Europe in summer beat records, and it’s safe to say it’s going to continue to get hotter during European summers.
I don’t like Heat, Where Should I Go in Europe?
The more north you go, the cooler the climate. Nordic countries are a good call if you don’t like heat. Summers in Iceland, Norway, the Faroe Islands, Denmark, and Sweden are much more comfortable for those that don’t love scorching hot heat.
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