In order to help you plan your summer vacation, we’ve compiled this list of the 10 best places to check out in Europe this summer! Some of these places are super popular destinations, but others may surprise you with their little-known charms. Whatever you choose, we know that you’ll have an amazing time!
1) Santorini, Greece
Santorini is a small island about an hour and a half flight from Athens. It’s easy to get around, thanks to its famous cable cars. The best time of year to visit Santorini is during July, when there are less crowds and lower prices. But if you visit outside of those months, you can still soak up some sunlight at one of its black sand beaches, like Perissa Beach or Red Beach.
2) Barcelona, Spain
One of Spain’s most popular destinations, Barcelona has something for everyone. From art and history lovers to those who just want a city full of nightlife. The architecture is breathtaking, especially on a sunset stroll along La Ramblas—the vibrant street lined with cafes, bars and street performers.
3) Berlin, Germany
One of the most popular party destinations on Earth, Berlin has it all: history, fashion, cuisine and art. If you’re looking for a unique experience that combines culture with a good time, then there’s no better place than Berlin.
4) Lisbon, Portugal
If you’re going to be visiting more than one European country, I recommend putting Lisbon as your first stop. It’s easily accessible from London and Madrid, has a lively arts scene, delicious cuisine, friendly locals and stunning scenery. You can take a day trip from Lisbon over to Porto or go on an overnight bus tour of Portugal; if you have time at all, I highly recommend doing both! Oh – don’t forget your selfie stick!
5) Copenhagen, Denmark
Taking pride of place on our list is Copenhagen, Denmark. With a population around 1.2 million people and a cosmopolitan feel, it’s perhaps unsurprising that so many visitors choose to check out what Copenhagen has to offer each year. It’s considered one of the world’s best places for biking, with around 270km of bike lanes that run throughout its streets and alongside its canals – so if you enjoy biking, don’t forget your helmet!
6) London, England
Home to some of the greatest museums and palaces on earth, there’s a reason so many people have their hearts set on a trip here. If you’re planning your first time in London, it might be worth checking out these must-see attractions while you’re there. That way, you can truly live it up like a local—without wasting a minute wondering where to go next. Here are our top picks for what not to miss
7) Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam is one of my favorite places to travel. With a rich history, vibrant city life, and an array of attractions (including Amsterdam’s famous Van Gogh Museum), it is truly one of a kind. Whether you’re looking for museums or concerts, or just want to go for a scenic bike ride around town; Amsterdam has something for everyone.
8) Paris, France
Paris boasts some of the most famous sights and sounds around. From the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame to Moulin Rouge and the Arc de Triomphe, there’s so much beauty, romance, and history packed into one city that you may be overwhelmed. While we can’t suggest seeing it all (there’s really too much!), there are a few must-see destinations you should include on your itinerary.
9) Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul is one of those places that has it all, from great food and drink to beautiful beaches. But best of all are its people—locals come across as friendly, open-minded, and welcoming. Here you’ll have access to many different cultures, some delicious meals, and amazing local coffee shops. If you’re an architecture buff you will be very interested in Istanbul too; there are numerous historical sites including mosques which were built over a thousand years ago!
10) Rome, Italy
No city evokes more romance or intrigue than Rome. It’s home to some of Italy’s most famous landmarks, including Michelangelo’s The David, and breathtaking fountains such as Piazza Navona. Make sure you spend a day at Vatican City where you can see centuries of art and architecture crammed into one space. Relax by taking a leisurely stroll through Villa Borghese Gardens—it’s worth it just for the expansive views alone!