The northern hemisphere is quickly approaching the most fun time of the year: the hotter months. For those of us in the Old Continent (or anyone traveling there), the most beautiful summer destinations in Europe await. While things get a little more crowded during this time of year, the south cannot possibly loose its charm. The best summer destinations in Europe include ancient cities full of history, beaches as far as the eye can see and natural paradises of all sorts.
The Most Beautiful Summer Destination in Europe – Road Trip Time!
Driving by the best summer destinations in Europe has all the fun of road trips and more. Rocky mountains, broad skies and seas of blue – what more can you ask out of life?
1. Amalfi Coast – The Breathtaking Villages of Italy’s Mediterranean
Famous villages like Positano and Ravello often appear on the lists of the most beautiful summer destinations in Europe. The views driving by the Tyrrhenian Sea are unforgettable and oh-so-romantic. The villages are some of the cutest I’ve ever seen!
One of the reasons this is one of the best summer destinations in Europe is culture. Locals are sweet and attentive, often striving to provide a custom experience that will leave a mark on your heart. There are some genuinely spectacular boutique hotels in the Amalfi Coast, and as it happens throughout Italy, the food is incredible!
2. Algarve – Face the Wild Atlantic Ocean
With its turbulent waves, mild climate and beautiful cliffs, Portugal’s Algarve Coast has a little California vibe to it. The Atlantic is fierce here, helping it become one of the most beautiful summer destinations in Europe.
Portugal is a country of wine, with a long-standing tradition that has been going on for centuries. You’ll find yourself entranced with flavors as you see some of the best summer destinations in Europe. Besides the majestic views of the Atlantic, this is also an area of golfers, with broad courses along the coast.
Drive across dreamy and picturesque villages like Sagres and Silves, remembering the wanderlust that got you away from home. Read all about my top 3 Portuguese Villages in my country side road trip post!
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Best Summer Destinations in Europe for the Luxury Beach Paradise Experience
The Mediterranean is world-renowned for having some of the most beautiful beaches on Earth. The southern part of the continent is where the most beautiful summer destinations in Europe are located, and many of them face the Mediterranean. The ones below are the most luxurious paradises!
3. Mykonos – The Greek Island of Winds
Mykonos is known as one of the most fabulous beach destinations, and everything about it is paradisiac. It’s got an unmistakably boho chic aura as one of the ultimate luxury Mediterranean spots. As one of the most beautiful summer destinations in Europe, you’ll find the cutest main village, Chora, with sweet hangouts everywhere. There’s a great selection of hp eateries and beach clubs here, and the boutique hotels are some of the loveliest I’ve visited.
Besides being one of the best summer destinations in Europe, it’s also one of the great party islands in the Mediterranean. Hosting magical sunsets, where the pink sun bathes the whitewashed village, that’s when the island wakes up. Afterward, it’s time to party until it’s so late it’s early!
Mykonos is one of the most beautiful summer destinations in Europe and a personal favorite of mine. You can read my full travel guide to this beautiful island here. If food is one of the reasons you travel to the best summer destinations in Europe, check out my favorite Mykonos restaurants.
Read about my hotel in Mykonos, the Rochari, in my review. For ideas on how to spend your lazy days on the island, here’s my guide to the top beach clubs in Mykonos. And don’t miss my list of the most Instagrammable places in Mykonos!
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4. Marbella – The Andalusian Beach Darling
Spain has some of the most beautiful summer destinations in Europe, and Marbella is one of my favorites. A darling of travellers, this Andalusian resort area was once a tiny fishermen’s village. It has become one of the best summer destinations in Europe! Marbella has the warmth that only Andalusia’s Costa del Sol can provide with a luxury feel.
The Marbella experience is one of Spanish luxury, which means one thing above all: great food. You’ll also find many fantastic beach clubs here! Although Marbella is a modern city, parts of it date back to the 17th century. The old town is well worth a visit – but you’ll usually find yourself strolling around the lovely and never-ending boardwalk!
For more on what to do in Marbella, check out my travel story and my travel guide. Spice things up by dining around town, using my restaurant review as reference. Don’t miss my Marbella beach club review.
5. Palma de Mallorca – Tapas, History & So Much to See
While it has many of the most beautiful summer destinations in Europe, that’s not why I keep coming back to Spain. What drives me back is the local love for the finer things in life, be it a good conversation, wine, or tapas. And this liveliness is more apparent than in Palma de Mallorca!
Part of the Balearic islands, Mallorca is one of the best summer destinations in Europe. Get to know the old Palma village, with its beautiful buildings and cathedral. Then, go shopping, and enjoy the darling beachside boutique hotels, many of which have private beaches. Still, even the city beaches are amazing, and the beach clubs (particularly the Puro ones) are unmissable.
There’s a lot to do in Mallorca, so I’d recommend renting a car and exploring the island!
Get the best out of the Mallorca sun by hopping between beach clubs – read my review to find the coolest ones. You can read about the most delicious Palma restaurants here, and the top activities here.
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City Weekends at the Most Beautiful Summer Destinations in Europe
To me, some of the best summer destinations in Europe are also its great cities with a great climate. Whether they’re by the beach or just magic locations with hot days, these are my favorites!
6. Lisbon – The Nostalgic Town
A warm city in every possible aspect, Lisbon deserves its place as one of the best summer destinations in Europe. While most places on this list vibrate loud and clear, Lisbon’s charm is sweeter and more subdued. It’s a city of pink colors, of long afternoons with a bottle of delicious wine and deep conversations. There’s an inescapable air of nostalgia (or saudade in Portuguese, a kind of longing) that eases the soul here. If your search into the most beautiful summer destinations in Europe requires peace and quiet, Lisbon is the place for you.
Fall in love further with Lisbon on my travel guide and my guide to taking perfect pics in the Portuguese capital. For some culinary tips, head to my restaurant review. Read about my favorite boutique hotels in Lisbon in my hotel review.
7. Madrid – A Great & Thrilling Capital & One of the Most Beautiful Summer Destinations in Europe
Even though it’s a landlocked city, Madrid very much deserves its spot as one of the best summer destinations in Europe. A thriving town full of rooftops to drink and eat tapas, Madrid is all about the summer vibes. A big city with the Latin flavour of the south of Europe, it’s a metropolis above all. Neighbourhoods full of personality, beautiful parks and green areas, some of the most impressive museums and great shopping – Madrid has it all!
Read about my favorite restaurants and rooftops in Madrid here. For a guide of the city beyond the crowds, click here. If you’re looking for boutique hotels in the Spanish capital, this is your chance!
8. Tel Aviv – Party Across the Mediterranean in One of the Most Beautiful Summer Destinations in Europe
A Middle Eastern party town, Tel Aviv can’t technically be among the most beautiful summer destinations in Europe. But it has an honorable spot in my heart, and it feels like a European city. It’s a little like Miami in the sense that it’s vibrant and beachy, but culturally the vibe is very continental. It’s also a place of rainbows, as one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world. Tel Aviv hosts a very modern society in an ancient setting: Jaffa is one of the oldest ports in the world, and it has been used for thousands of years!
Read my Tel Aviv travel story and travel guide for more on this incredible Mediterranean beach city. For the coolest eateries in town, head to my restaurant review. If, like me, you’re a fan of fashion, don’t miss my style tips for a Tel Aviv visit. And, of course, you can find my favorite hotels here!
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