Top 10 Summer Locations in Europe
Whenever you think of summer, you can't go without imagining yourself on a vacation where the sun shines, the girls walk around and you can't help to wonder why aren't you there just now. Well, picking the best travel destinations is not an easy task. Especially if you don't find yourself looking for new adventures too much. But you're a lucky guy, as we have done the research for you. Below you will find the most attractive locations in recent years, and everything else you need to know to have a trip of a lifetime! So, without any particular order, let's begin to explore some of Europe's hottest places!
Some say that this is the most beautiful city in the world. And they say it for a reason. Everybody who visited Barcelona at least once always came back. The place itself is a bit unreal. Even if vacations are your least favorite thing in the world, this one will make you question your sanity. The architecture here is something that can't be seen anywhere in the world. Walking through one block might make you feel like you're on the streets of the Roman Empire. Go a few blocks further and you will find yourself in ancient Arabian squares. You can literally book any walking tour, and you will feel like you're traveling through time. Everything is preserved like it was built yesterday, although some buildings are older than millennium such as numerous libraries, museums, opera venues, castles and forts, cathedrals and churches. Talk about standing the test of time! The city is a crossroads of many ideas, cultures, different ethnics and whatever else you can think of.
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Monte Carlo, Monaco
Unless you're from Europe, this might be a bit of an unknown place for you. It is located south of France, and it has access to the Mediterranean sea. Italy border is also not too far away, not even 10 miles. Monte Carlo is a home of beautiful beaches, money, expensive champagne, and most notably the place where Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix is held. If you're into racing, this is the place for you, as many say that this is the most dangerous racing track in the world. However, there are many other places to visit other than that. It is surrounded by beautiful hills to take tours and enjoy the panoramic views that you will always remember. The climate is warm, yet it is perfect as there is Atlantic current influence which reduces the temperature, so it's not too hot even during the July or August. Walk into any bar, and there is 99% that you will spot some famous actor or athlete. There are many places which you will most likely recognize from famous movies, as many of them were recorded on the very streets of Monte Carlo. Talk about James Bond movies or many of Alfred Hitchcock's movies. And those places look exactly like they used to, back in time. But, with fame, luxury and leisure, there is a price as well. This is one of the most expensive places in this list, if not the most expensive one.
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We're gonna cool it down a little bit. Most of the folks indeed want to visit warm places during the summer, but don't be tricked into thinking that Iceland is actually that much cold. While it is the Northern part of the world, the climate is actually very pleasant during the summer months. This place is perfect for those who live in crowded cities and want to take a break from the noise and slow it down a little bit. With a population of less than half a million, this is a place where the hands of the humans haven't had much impact on the land. Nature is intact, and you can enjoy many things such as geysers, waterfalls, beaches and many glaciers. It is a place most known for its geothermal potential. Just imagine vast areas that have natural thermal water lakes. If there is one place in the world that can be called paradise, this is it. There are many resorts and sanitoriums with beautiful wooden cottages and hotels, and for those who like a good bite, they got that as well. Since the whole island is so well preserved, just imagine the quality and purity of the food that you can get there. And another big plus for you folks traveling by yourself: women here are beautiful and they like to party and drink a bit as well! And even better than that is the fact that almost everybody speaks English even though they have their native Icelandic language, making it easy for any foreigner to get himself a company in no time. Apart from accommodation, food and the other necessities are not that expensive in comparison to most of the places on this list. So, what more can you really ask for?
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Another one which is not your typical summer place, but it is a none-the-less beautiful one. It is a small town located in the Swiss part of the Alps, on a height of 1600 meters. This is the perfect place for those who like a bit more active lifestyle. There are many fun activities to do here, such as hiking, climbing or skiing. The town itself is a car-free area, but don't worry, you don't have to go everywhere on your feet. You can get a horse chariot for a tour. How cool is that? Although it is more catered towards family vacations, you are still in for a good time if you are a youngster coming by yourself or with a group of friends. Beautiful landscapes, endless roads through hills and mountains, cozy hotels and spa centers. There are also many restaurants and places to grab a bite around, and the food is just great. Fish, deer meat, various cooked meals, or some common things like pizza or burgers, but made in uncommon ways. No wonder that this is quickly becoming one of the most attractive destinations in Europe, although it was pretty much off the map until a few years ago. With every reason to book this as your next vacation, keep in mind that Switzerland is not a part of the European Union, thus the standard is extremely high, so it is not recommended for those who are traveling on a tighter budget.
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Welcome to Las Vegas, European version. This is the place where anything that you think of can be done. You can't safely say what Amsterdam is most famous for. Flower markets, top of the game fashion brands, and of course, its world-famous and wild nightlife. And day life as well, if you're into coffee shops and infinite Marijuana strains. Or you can also check out Heineken Experience if the liquor, more precisely beer is your thing of choice. It is a beautiful and romantic city with many antique houses, bridges and water canals which spread through the city, and many other attractions. The climate conditions are pleasant throughout the entire year. You can never run out of things to do in Amsterdam. The city has over 50 museums to visit and many other historic buildings, science and entertainment parks. Or you can just hop in the boat and take a look from the water. It is one of the most visited places in Europe, as it hosts many music events and festivals on a daily basis! Folks in Amsterdam like to cycle very much, and you can rent a bike and pretty much move everywhere around the city as there are bicycle tracks all around. Another great thing is the Amsterdam pass, which is like a sightseeing tour ticket with everything included in the price. It is a perfect choice for those who don't have too much time to just wander and look around and instead, want a Amsterdam-in-a-nutshell tour guide.
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Novi Sad, Serbia
This one might slip under the radar for many of you, but that doesn't mean that you should not consider visiting this beautiful city on the Danube river in Northern Serbia. It is the second biggest Serbian city, after Belgrade, and it is a hometown of the famous Exit festival which is held at the old fortress of Petrovaradin. This is without a doubt the biggest music festival in Europe for electronic music fans, as it boasts an unreal number of visitors from all over the world every single year. It is typically held during the first week of July, and it lasts a couple of days. However, there are many other things to do in Novi Sad, apart from dancing to your favorite DJs and artists. Novi Sad is also picked to be a European Capital of Culture for 2021, so there is something to look forward to in the near future. It is a very unique place famous for its perfectly flat terrain, which is something not common at all in the rest of Serbia. The nightlife is one of the greatest things here, as there are hundreds of bars and clubs all along the main street. However, you can also enjoy nature and adventures in the Fruska Gora National Park, which is located just outside the city. It is home to many endangered animal and plant species, and the area itself is beautiful with many places to camp and grill, and numerous hiking roads. And it is also a budget-friendly place, perfect for a 4-5 day trip which will cost you less than a single night-out somewhere.
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Amalfi Coast, Italy
Another manifestation of nature's intact beauty, Amalfi Coast is located in the southern part of Italy, overlooking the Bay of Salermo. It is a combination of adventure and movie-like places. Although it is a bit isolated area, it is easily reachable in many ways, be it a bus, car, plane or via ship. The town of Sorrento, which is the center in this area is a true testament to Roman history. The old town part is filled with narrow streets and craft's shops, just like many years ago. Italian food needs no introduction, and neither does the Italian wine. Bring your significant other for a romantic dinner and enjoy the beautiful coastal view from the many bars and restaurants located on top of cliffs. Mysterious grottos, beautiful isolated beaches, rocky bays, and colorful forests are just some of nature's finest work in this area. It is truly an incredible place, especially at night. Move away a mile from the town, and reflect back on it. A shining star in a beautiful and inspirational environment. There are many bus and boat tours to explore the area and enjoy everything that this place has to offer. And the best part is, the prices are ridiculously cheap for this kind of place. Easily the best bang for a buck if you're to ask us. Accommodation is easy to find even if you don't book in advance and the gentle attitude and the hospitality of local people will make you feel like you're at home.
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We couldn't quite come up with an exact location that you should visit, because there is no such thing for Belarus. But if you're to describe this place as a whole, it is a combination of old Slavic and new modern culture. Intriguing underground artists, lovely coffee and cocktail bars and local folks who like to party like there is no tomorrow. Add the well-known Slavic food to the mix, and you get something that you would regret if you miss it. And the best thing is, it won't cost you nearly as much as some locations mentioned in this article. The 2019 European Games were held from 14th to 30th June, but in case you missed them, let that not misguide you to some other location, as Belarus is just otherworldly place for any foreigner. Keep in mind that you will probably need a visa in order to visit Belarus, but they are easily obtainable. Although the country's capital of Minsk is the most attractive location, there are other places that are just as good, such as Brest, Grodno, Gomel, etc. Whatever happens to be your pick, you're in for an amazing treat. There are museums, cathedrals, churches, statues, monuments and plenty of other historic places for you to visit. Some of them didn't get through the WW2, but for those that are ruined, it is a legacy that amazes everybody. For all of you shopping maniacs, this is a place to be. Crowded shopping centers and malls that sell worlds best brands for worlds best prices. What more can you ask for? However, if you happen to take a break and decide to go away from the cities, Belarus' beautiful nature and rich wildlife will make sure to leave the best possible impression on any stranger. It's one of Europe's hottest destinations in the past few years, and for a good reason!
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This one is probably not a big revelation as well, but it still makes the cut. There is no list in the world that doesn't include Paris as one of the travel destinations. Just like Amsterdam, it's one of those places that just never sleeps. The city is crowded with tourists from all over the world at any time of the year. And just like Amsterdam, you can buy a special "Paris pass" if you just want a quick tour around the city to see all the most important locations. Like the famous Eiffel Tower, Louvre museum where the famous original Mona Lisa picture is held, The Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile which is also known as Triumphant Gate in some places. Those are just the most important things to see, but they are far from being the only ones worth visiting. Paris has many more historic monuments and buildings which you can explore yourself, such as Notre Dame, Bastille Saint-Antoine, Montmartre, and many others. But if you're not there for a sightseeing tour, there is plenty more stuff to do. There are thousands of venues and clubs that host worlds famous artists from many music genres pretty much every day. Whatever you're into, you will find something that you want to see. There are many street artists, musicians and painters everywhere around the city as well. Or if you're on a special vacation, you can also bring your significant other for a romantic dinner on many floating restaurants along the Sienne river because after all, Paris is a city of love as some call it. As of lately, the city and its citizens are also very open-minded when it comes to gay and lesbian couples in public, so that shouldn't be a problem as well. But keep in mind, everything comes with a price, and this place is very costly, so you better prepare your wallets and bank accounts!
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And here it is, in our opinion, the hottest location in Europe at the moment. It is interesting how if you go back a few years, nobody outside Europe even knew about this place. But in the last few years, Malta became one of the most popular locations when it comes to summer holiday vacations. Nobody knows exactly how this happened, but people just started coming to Malta. New businesses started to open, the country started to build up like crazy. It is truly a hidden Mediterranean gem, as Malta is just a small island below Italy. Many things can be said about Malta. It is an archipelago with many beautiful beaches and lagoons, cliffs, fossil caves both underwater and on the ground, and it is truly a place of beauty. Maltese people have a very interesting and rich culture, and for you gourmands out there, there is certainly a bite to eat as well. As this has become a place that is very populated with tourists, be ready to see and hear many different people and languages. If you're spending a day off the beach, which you will rarely do, make sure to walk around and take a look at the glorious architecture. Malta's history is also very rich, and be prepared to hear many stories about famous Maltese knights. But for those that would like to skip history classes, there is also a lot of other fun things to do. As being told by many, this is probably the place with the clearest seawater in the world. Literally crystal clear! And thus it is just made for scuba-diving. The weather is perfect throughout the whole year, and the place itself is insanely crowded from sunrise to the sunset. Some people say that they never knew how it felt to be alive until they visited Malta. And many stayed there, as the visa is quite easy to obtain. Also, it is unusually cheap for such a place. So, what are you waiting? Just book that flight ticket and enjoy the smallest yet one of the most beautiful island-countries in Europe!
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