Not all European cities are ideal destinations in the summer, some are overcrowded, thick with smog and geared towards over charging tourists for everything.
However there are a few European cities which make ideal summer destinations.
Best Places in Europe in the Summer
Riga has it all, huge beautiful parks, a perfectly preserved Old Town, the sea, canals, large shopping centers and beer gardens. But perhaps the best thing about Riga is that it has not yet been overrun with tourists.
The prices are reasonable and you have a great combination of modern amenities, a complex history, historic buildings and Riga has a dynamic nightlife. A great summer destination whatever your travel style.
Although summer is the high season for traveling Europe, you can still find good Europe travel deals to Riga and its neighboring countries, as they’re cheaper than the most popular cities.
Barcelona is known for its many pedestrian routes and you can spend lots of time outside enjoying the weather as you make your way from site to site. There is a hop-on-hop-off bus which goes past all the sites and you can see the outrageous architecture of Gaudi.
Barcelona has the advantage of being both a major metropolis and a beach city, there are 7 beaches, plenty of large malls if the weather gets too hot and you can take boat excursions up and down the coast.
Enjoy the thermal baths and pools as well as the Danube River which cuts through the city offering boat excursions.
The Palatinus Beach on Margaret Island has 11 pools including a wave pool and thermal pools and the Alfred Hajos Swimming Centre and Gellert Gyogyfurdo are just two of the many swimming opportunities in the city.
The city has all the history and beautiful buildings as London and Paris but without the crowds. It is a great city to cycle in and the many outdoor cafes and mix of East and West make it fascinating to Western travelers.
Biarritz is one of the most beautiful coastal cities in France, and its great mixture of people gives the city a relaxed, fun atmosphere.
Glamorous party groups and girls in stilettos rub shoulders with hardcore surfers in flip flops, and everyone enjoys the beaches, the nightlife and the food and wine Biarritz is so famous for.
After all, who says surfers can’t be fussy with their wine, or that glitzy girls can’t enjoy some good waves?
During summer, Biarritz becomes an international city with people arriving from all over the world. Traveling to France from Canada is easier than ever before, so many of the French speaking people you hear on the streets may just be Quebecans!
The city of the Sound of Music offers an exquisite castle, large open squares with market stalls, street musicians, delicious food and interesting stores. The city has some quality museums and beautiful churches.
You can visit Mozart’s house, enjoy the many outdoor cafes and the city is conveniently located so that you can make day excursions to places like Munich, Germany and Neuschwanstein Castle.
If you’re getting too hot then take to the nearby mountains…”the hills are alive with the sound of music.”
This special city has a number of interesting summer festivals like the Roots Festival, Robeco Summer Concerts and the August Open-Air Film Festival.
Although it is a fun city all year round, the summer brings the people onto the streets, along the canals and into the parks.
The city is perfect for renting a bicycle and exploring the smaller neighborhoods and the nightlife will not let you down. Amsterdam is also conveniently located for easy access to other countries for day trips.
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