Top 7 Summer Spots In Europe

It’s that time of the year. While all of us here in the southern hemisphere shiver in the harsh cold of winter, across the pond the northern hemisphere basks in sunshine and warmth. Aside from feeling extremely jealous, you have two choices: Either sit and wallow in the bitter cold… or, you can plan your escape and journey to the cosier side of the hemisphere. But where to go? 

Europe has plenty of stunning sunshine escapes you can take advantage of, all with their own unique culture and experiences. To help narrow down your selection, here are 7 of our favourite summer spots in Europe:

1.Paris, France

The months of June, July and August are the best times of the year to visit the beautiful city of Paris. One of the most unique experiences you’ll encounter in summer time is the Paris Plages. An event which sees the locals bring the beach to the city, as the banks of the Seine transforms into a city-beach complete with sand, umbrellas and palm trees.

2.Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is also well known for hitting its stride in summertime. More specifically, it’s in the months between May and September that the Hungary capital truly starts to come alive. Look around and you’ll see the city’s garden bar scene in full effect. Locals and tourists alike also flock to City Park and Margaret Island for a bit of relaxation and family friendly activities. This beautiful city also flaunts some of the most stunning sunsets you’ve ever seen in your life. All in a day’s work for Budapest. 

3.Barcelona, Spain

There’s no better time than summer to visit stunning Barcelona. To start with, it’s around this time of year that the city’s terrace cafes and rooftop bars open their doors for longer. The popular plazas are also packed with locals and tourists sipping on drinks and basking in the Mediterranean sun. During summer you also have to hit the beach. Barcelona beach is a good place to start, with its vibrant beachside bars and immaculate seafood restaurants. Also be sure to head up to Montjuic Castle for incredible views of the city skyline and to enjoy outdoor movies after dark.

4.Saint Petersburg, Russia

The coldest winters sometimes make for the best summers. Which is very much the case in Russia. Locals and tourists alike make the most of the longer and warmer days after surviving the harsh winter. In the city center you’ll find plenty of coffee shops and restaurants to dine at. The festive vibe also takes over the city. During the summer the “white nights” are in full effect, meaning daylight lasts for more than 20 hours. And even for the 4 hours when it’s not daylight, the city still never gets completely dark.

5.Dublin, Ireland

Summer time is the perfect time to visit Dublin, as you get more hours of daylight (18 to be exact) than any other time of the year. The sun also sets at a late 11pm at night, so you have plenty of time for outdoor excursions. While in Ireland, it’s simply a crime if you don’t visit a castle or a whiskey distillery. The Slane Irish Whiskey Distillery is a must, as well as Slane Castle – where you’ll learn all about the Conyngham family and the world famous events that happened at the great castle.

6.London, England

As 18th century writer Samuel Johnson once said: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” This statement couldn’t be more true, as London has something for almost anyone to enjoy. And during summer time London is especially vibrant. The city comes alive offering visitors dinner al fresco, summer festivals and lively rooftop bars. If you’re up for a scenic stroll, wander through the Royal Botanic Gardens, or for a special view of the city, take a peaceful boat ride down the River Thames.

7.Zurich, Switzerland

If you’re looking for an amazing summer destination, you can’t beat the vibrance and excitement of Zurich. Some of the popular tourist activities include strolling the Bahnhofstrasse – one of the world’s most expensive and exclusive avenues, or checking out the Old Town – known for its historical buildings and enchanting architecture.