Best European Cities to Visit in Summer

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Best European Cities to Visit in Summer

If you’re the type of person looking for the faster pace of city life on a vacation rather than spending days on the beach, then you’ve come to the right place! Whether you’re looking for culture galore, buzzing bars and restaurants or breathtaking scenery, then Europe is the place for you to be. Here are 7 of the best European cities to visit in summer.

Best European cities to visit in summer

1. Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Italy 

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When you go to Italy, it’s hard to go wrong with your city choice. Choose anywhere in the country and you’re guaranteed to find everything you’re looking for, ie, amazing food, interesting history, and those breathtakingly beautiful views! But there is something special about the Amalfi Coast that has people flocking here all the time and it holds the number one spot on our best European cities to visit in the summer list! The small peninsula has thick forest between the dramatic cliffs and small villages. The two hottest places to stay are Positano or Sorrento!

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2. Dubrovnik, Croatia

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The second best city to visit in Summer is a European city that is perfect all year round, Dubrovnik. With Game of Thrones finishing up on our screens, beautiful Dubrovnik (aka King’s Landing) is getting the star treatment it deserves! Even though it can be busy during the summer months, the city looks out over the Adriatic and is a stunning place to be soaking up the sun when it’s shining!

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3. Lisbon, Porto

best european cities to visit in summer Lisbon

Lisbon is a classic European city people visit in the summer, and that’s because it’s charismatic, vibrant and the food is amazing! The city has so much to offer from culture to architecture and nightlife! Not forgetting, it is also cheap! You can do endless day trips to different cities to visit like Peniche and Evora. Lisbon is well known for its colonialist history, ornate architecture and tradition of Fado music.

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4. Ljubljana, Slovenia

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This is by far another one of the best European cities to visit in Summer! Loved by our customers, Ljubljana offers a healthy dose of outdoors. Slovenia’s capital city is home to a thriving alfresco dining scene and during the summer months, a food market takes place every Friday at the Central Market square. The banks of Ljubljana River are lined with open-air cafes and the Old Town’s restaurants spill out onto its charming cobbled streets.

Things to do in Ljubljana!

5. Barcelona, Spain

best european cities to visit in summer barcelona

Barcelona is an amazing city to explore in the warm summer months, make the most of the glorious weather by strolling around the attractions of the city, Gaudi’s Park Guell or La Sagrada Familia. If you’re finding the weather is a bit too hot, there’s plenty of shade in the medieval streets of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. While you’re here, and if you’re looking for the best of both worlds, Barcelona does have a beach too so if you need a break from sightseeing you can lounge on the beach!

Find out more about the beautiful city of Barcelona and what it has to offer, here!

6. Marseille, France

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Coming to the end of our list of the best European cities to visit in the summer months, we have Marseille taking sixth place. It’s a city that is often bypassed for the more glamourous neighbors Nice, Cannes and St Tropez. This vibrant and interesting city is a great place to experience a mix of African and French cultures. The main attraction of the city is the atmosphere, but there plenty of things to see and do here too!

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7. Budapest, Hungary

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Budapest is the last of the best European cities to visit in summer on our list and it is perfect especially if you’re looking for a value for money destination. One of the main attractions in Budapest are the baths, all with natural healing properties. During the summer months, they will be busy but they are one of the best ways to enjoy the summer sun in Budapest! You can also soak up the sunshine by exploring Heroes’ Square and in City Park.

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