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Best Destinations in Europe to Visit This Summer 2024


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Europe makes for a perfect summer destination. You’ll find stunning beaches, amazing landscapes, incredible cities and so much more to give you a fantastic vacation away. There are so many good spots throughout Europe it can be hard to decide where to go, so keep reading.

Here is a selection of some of the top places to visit in Europe this summer from cities to beach destinations.


Cyprus

Cyprus is a beautiful island in the Mediterranean Sea which you’ll find towards the East of Europe. Around the island you’ll find white sandy beaches and turquoise seas. The Island isn’t that big and consists of two parts, the North and the South, and popular holiday spots include Paphos, Kyrenia, Larnaca, Limassol and Ayia Napa.

Average temperatures from June-August: 22-28°C

Beaches in Cyprus
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Malta

Malta is another island in the Mediterranean Sea. The country consists of various small Islands and is famous for it’s past and historic sites. A few things you should see and do during your visit include exploring the fortifications of Valletta, swimming in the stunning blue lagoon, and visiting the very cool Popeye Village.

Average temperatures from June-August: 23-27°C

Blue Lagoon, Comino Island, Malta
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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is packed with things to see and is a must-visit destination in Europe. When visiting be sure to explore the architecture designed by Antoni Gaudí, such as Park Güell, Casa Batlló and the Sagrada Família, shop along the famous La Rambla highstreet, and enjoy lots of delicious Spanish Cuisine such as Tapas and Paella. The city also has an amazing nightlife with bars throughout the city, and a must-do when visiting is to lounge on Barceloneta beach, maybe with a couple of cold beers.

Average temperatures from June-August: 20-24°C

Barcelona, Spain Skyline, Park Guell
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The Greek Islands

Greece includes an incredible 6000 Islands of different sizes, and some of them are perfect to visit during the summer. Some of the popular islands include Santorini, Mykonos, Zakynthos, Crete and Rhodes. When visiting relax on the beautiful beaches, go for boat cruises on vibrant blue seas, and enjoy delicious Greek cuisine such as Souvlaki, Baklava and Dolma.

Average temperatures from June-August: 22-28°C

Navagio, or Shipwreck Beach in Zakynthos
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Vienna, Austria

Vienna although a landlocked country is still a fantastic Europe destination for the summer. In the city you’ll you’ll find a large variety of summer things to do, from sightseeing, hiking, lounging at deck chairs along the canal, swimming in the outdoor pools, the beaches and much more. As well as this you’ll find gelato stores everywhere and the gelato you get in Vienna is next level delicious. Another benefit of visiting Vienna in the summer is that you may get to enjoy the Donauinselfest which is one of the largest open-air festivals in Europe.

Average temperatures from June-August: 18-19°C

Strandbar Herrmann in Vienna during the summer
Photo © @mikecleggphoto/ team

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik is a top summer destination with some beautiful beaches, an amazing restaurant atmosphere and historic old town. When visiting jump on a boat and cruise around the local islands, walk the Old Town Walls, or head up the gondola for stunning views over the city and the Adriatic Sea.

Average temperatures from June-August: 22-25°C

Views of Dubrovnik during the summer
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Kotor, Montenegro

Not far from Dubrovnik and also worth visiting is Kotor in Montenegro. This city is within the Bay of Kotor and you’ll find beaches, mountains, historic architecture, and delicious seafood restaurants. It’s worth visiting both Kotor and Dubrovnik during the same trip as they are around two hours drive away, and as Kotor isn’t quite as busy as Dubrovnik it sometimes feels like a peaceful escape.

Average temperatures from June-August: 23-26°C

Kotor skyline and mountains
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Turkey’s Turquoise Coast

Turkey is a fantastic destination to visit for a summer holiday and comes with plenty of resorts, beautiful beaches and great temperatures. One of the best areas includes the Turkey Turquoise Coast which stretches along the south of the country between the cities of Fethiye and Antalya. A few highlights include Oludeniz with its fantastic and huge beach Beach, as well as Butterfly valley and Konyaalti Beach.

Average temperatures from June-August: 25-27°C

Oludeniz Beach
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Ibiza, Spain

For those that like to party as well as relax then Ibiza has you covered. This beautiful Balearic Island in the Mediterranean Sea has some of the best nightclubs in the world.

Ibiza isn’t just a party destination though, It’s also home to stunning beaches, the historic Ibiza Town and plenty of other things to see and do.

Average temperatures from June-August: 22-26°C

Parties at nightclubs in Ibiza
Photo © @mikecleggphoto/ team

The Albanian coast

Albania is a lesser-known tourist destination that is waiting to be explored. Here you’ll find lots of beautiful and quieter beaches along the coast with crystal clear turquoise water. A few of the best spots include Ksamil, Borsh, Jala and Dhermi.

Average temperatures from June-August: Approx 22-25°C

Ksamil - Albania by Artur Malinowski on Flickr - CC BY 2.0
Photo by Artur Malinowski on Flickr – CC BY 2.0

Algarve, Portugal

The Algarve is located in the south of Portugal and is one of the sunniest places in Europe with over 3000 hours of sun a year. Along the coast you’ll find approx 200km of stunning beaches perfect for your summer holiday. Golf is popular here with a large number of scenic courses available, and the region is often voted as one of the best-golfing destinations in the world. Also in this region of Portugal you’ll find water parks, cities including Faro, and pretty towns such as Tavira.

Average temperatures from June-August: 21-24°C

Algarve, Portugal - CC0 (Pixabay)
Photo via CC0 (Pixabay)

Sardinia, Italy

Sardinia is a large island off the west coast of mainland Italy and is an autonomous region of the country. Around the island you’ll find around 800 cultural spots, including historic buildings, museums, monuments, parks, churches and other sites. When visiting be sure to spend time relaxing on the beautiful beaches such as Porto Giunco, Cala Mariolu and Spiaggia Tuerredda. Read 11 Top Places to Visit in Sardinia for inspiration.

Average temperatures from June-August:  21-25°C

Sardinia Italy - CC0 (Pixabay)
Photo CC0 (Pixabay)

London, UK

The UK is famously known for being a cloudy, overcast destination, but if you visit in the summer you will be more likely to see some blue in the skies. When visiting London in the summer you’ll have longer days to see the sites while it’s light, and even if it’s not pure sun you should still have much better weather. London is also full of parks including the huge Royal Parks which are perfect to relax on a hot day.

While in London if you wanted to get away and see one of the UK’s beaches then why not jump on a train to Brighton. This city is South of the country and only around one hour by train. Another option is to head down to the beautiful Jurassic Coast where you’ll find various beaches and typical British seaside towns.

Average temperatures from June-August: 16-19°C

Westminster Skyline from Waterloo Bridge
Photo © @mikecleggphoto/ team
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Summary

As well as having a large choice of destinations that are perfect for the summer, Europe is also easily accessible and often affordable due to lots of fantastic transport connections, such as from easyJet, Ryanair and Flixbus. If you’re travelling from the UK you could also book a holiday package with TUI who are one of the largest travel companies and offer deals for many places mentioned in this article.

Would this be your first time visiting Europe? If so read our Guide to visiting Europe for first-time visitors.

Note: Average temperatures obtained from holiday-weather.com. Facts obtained from official sites. All content believed to be accurate at the time of writing.

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Mike Clegg

Mike is a traveller, photographer, WordPress developer and the creator of TravelAndDestinations.com. He started this website so as to share his experiences and tips with travellers. He is from the UK and has travelled to many places around the world. He loves to shares his pictures and stories through Instagram and this website.

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