When it comes to vacationing in Europe, people often pick the most famous destinations rather than discovering the quirky ones. Hence leaving many breathtaking destinations in Europe unnoticed.
1. Porto-PortugalPorto offers breathtaking beauty in Portugal. If you are seeking a relaxing destination amidst the coastal region then Porto is one of the must-visit spots in Europe during summer. Apart from the spectacular landscape, Porto is famous for the finest port wine. The quaint beaches, vibrant buildings, and the historical attractions make Porto indeed an enchanted spot with a buzzing nightlife.
Must do: Snap a selfie from the upper-level walkway of Dom Luis I Bridge.
Best time to visit: April to September
Places to visit: The picturesque Cais da Ribeira, Serralves Museum & Villa, Church of São Francisco, Palácio da Bolsa, Clérigos Church, Praça da Liberdade, Casa da Música, Foz do Douro, Porto Cathedral, Muralha Fernandina, Jardins do Palácio de Cristal, Church of Santa Clara, Soares dos Reis National Museum, Douro River Trip and more.
Bergen is the replica of Copenhagen; the impressive glaciers and fjords make the travelers fall in love with this place. The city is a perfect blend of culture that dates back 900 years old and modern lifestyle. The art galleries, restaurants, museums, shops with the bustling city life keeps everyone glued to its charm.
Must do: Marvel at the Hanseatic buildings of Bergen and learn about the Hanseatic League.
Best time to visit: May to July
Places to visit: Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf, Mount Fløyen, Grieg Museum, Hanseatic Museum, Bergenhus Fortress, KODE Museums, Mount Ulriken, Old Bergen Open-Air Museum, University Museum of Bergen, VilVite Bergen Science Center, Bergen Cathedral, Market Square, Lisøy Island, Royal Residence and more.
3. Sicily, Italy
A picture-perfect European city, Sicily in Italy is an ideal summer destination. You will instantly fall in love with the place as soon as you visit here. It is a stunning island alongside the Mediterranean. You will never get enough of this stunningly beautiful site as its dreamlike environ will trap you within its exquisiteness.
Must do: The UNESCO archaeological park in Agrigento – Valle-Dei-Templi which is surrounded by olive groves and almond orchards which is the most famous historical site due to its art and architecture.
Best time to visit: June, September & October
Places to visit: Mount Etna, Vulcano, Ortigia, Ceramics at Caltagirone, Val de Noto, Chiesa di San Giorgio, Salt Pans of Trapani, Monreale, Acireale, Nightlife in Panarea, Alcàntara Gorge, Erice, Anti-Mafia Museum, Tindari, and more.
4. Interlaken, Switzerland
Interlaken is an adrenaline junkie’s paradise and home to post picture perfect worthy scenery of Switzerland’s old town with historical castles and vibrant Alpine gardens. Nestled between lakes Thun and Brienz Interlaken in Switzerland is surrounded by imperious peaks of Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau. Along with tantalizing views of the Alps, the charming town, scenic views and plentiful activities and experiences make it a perfect destination in summers.
Must do: This tangible paradise for outdoor sports enthusiasts offers adventurous activities which are a must do here like Paragliding, Canyoning, Wakeboard, Rafting, Canoe Kayak, Bunjee Jumping, etc.
Best time to visit: April to August
Places to visit: Harder Kulm, Schynige Platte, Lake Brienz, Lake Thun, Jungfraujoch, St Beatus Caves, Unterseen, Höheweg, Curling Rink, Weissenau Nature Reserve, Justistal Alpine Dairy, Spiez, Panoramabrücke Sigriswil and more.
5. Valencia, Spain
Spain beautifully characterizes summer, the days that stretch till long and beaches that are spread wide. The Spanish city Valencia offers a mix of culture and history along with great food and bright blue days. Exploring the city during daytime is all the more fun as you can wander the city for hours and check the street art, vintage clothing stores, historical building, and the traditional markets.
Must do: Visit the City of the Arts and Sciences which is a staggering ensemble of ultra-modern structures and artful arrangement of giant sculptural shapes that house, among other attractions. You can admire the contemporary architecture.
Best time to visit: April, May & June
Places to visit: Torres de Serranos, La Lonja de la Seda, Valencia Cathedral, El Miguelete, Plaza de la Reina, Central Market, Colón Market, Valencia’s Town Hall, Turia Park, Bioparc, Gulliver Park, Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas, La Torre e Iglesia de Santa Catalina, La Rotonda, Museu de Belles Arts, Valencia Institute of Modern Art and more.
6. Giethoorn Village, Netherlands
Giethoorn Village is also known as the “Venice of Holland” it is a picture-perfect summer destination with no roads. To be honest Giethoorn village doesn’t have many things to do and see compared to other European countries. However, tourists flock here during summers to enjoy the serenity of this place and cruise through the canals. This fairy-tale like the village is car-free hence you will find canals full of beautiful bridges and lots of nature. This Dutch village is truly fascinating with its amazing architecture.
Must do: Giethoorn’s marvelous waterways is a must do when you visit here. Since boats are the main mode of transportation exploring the city through the canals will be a delight.
Best time to visit: April to October
Places to visit: The canals, the village, Museum Giethoorn ’t Olde Maat Uus, Museum Gloria Maris, De Weerribben-Wieden National Park, De Oude Aarde and more.
7. Cappadocia, Turkey
Craving for an out of the world kind of experience than the surreal natural structures of Cappadocia in Turkey is a place for you. Gigantic rocks, traditional houses, caves and underground tunnels, Cappadocia gives you a stunning view of the semi-arid region. While you can hike on a scenic cliff, a ride on a hot air balloon over the towering boulders.
Must do: A hot air balloon ride just after sunrise is a must do on your visit to Turkey, get a bird’s-eye view of the valleys and their rock formations in Cappadocia.
Best time to visit: April to October
Places to visit: Göreme Open-Air Museum, Göreme, Kaymakli Underground City, Zelve Open-Air Museum, Derinkuyu Underground City, Red, and Rose Valleys, Ihlara Valley, Çavusin, Soganli, Pasabag, Uçhisar, Avanos, Eski Gümüsler Monastery, Kayseri, Hacibektas, Ürgüp,
8. Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik is one of the world’s best-preserved jewels of Croatia. This medieval city with ancient walls, ornate buildings, and complex streets will leave you in awe. Be it lazing on a beach or wandering the city, you will be spellbound with the vibes of Dubrovnik.
Must do: Touring Dubrovnik city walls is an incredible experience and one of the must do things on your visit to Croatia.
Best time to visit: May to June or September to October
Places to visit: Stradun of Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik Cathedral and Treasury, The City Gates, The Square of the Loggia, Dubrovnik’s Gibraltar: Fort Lovrijenac, The Big Fountain of Onofrio and St. Saviour Church, The Dominican and Franciscan Monasteries, The Rector’s Palace and Cultural Historical Museum, The Fort of St. John and more.
9. Reykjavik, Iceland
The capital city on the coast of Iceland is the country’s largest city. It is home to a unique and peculiar culture. The vibrant buildings and art scenes across the city make it a perfect backdrop. Reykjavik will spoil you with the choice of majestic natural landscapes spread across the city. The steaming natural hot springs are one of the major attractions in the city.
Must do: Hot springs are a treasure of Iceland. Reykjavik is home to the best geothermal pools, so you can swim in the ocean and dip in a hot pool which also has golden sand and a lagoon.
Best time to visit: June to August
Places to visit: Saga Museum, Volcano House, Laugavegur, Arbaer Open Air Museum, Harpa, Perlan, Hallgrímskirkja church, Reykjavík Art Museum, The Sun Voyager, Hið íslenzka reðasafn, The National Museum of Iceland, Tjörnin, Árbær Open Air Museum and more.
10. Crete, Greece
Being the largest of the Greek Islands, Crete has everything a holidaymaker would look for in a perfect summer holiday. It is a feast for the senses; the thousands of years of culture, history, exquisite cuisine, and the wild natural beauty will captivate you through the mysterious force. Summers are the busiest months in Greece as tourists from all over the world visit Crete to enjoy the weather.
Must do: There are a few must do’s in Crete like hiking the longest gorge in Europe, seeing the remains of vast Minoan Palaces like Knossos, Phaistos, and Malia, relaxing in pretty waterfront towns such as Chania, etc.
Best time to visit: May to October
Places to visit: Samaria Gorge, Knossos Minoan Palace, Elafonissi, Phaistos Minoan Palace, Spinalonga, Balos Lagoon, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Cretaquarium, Psychro Cave, Kourtaliotiko Gorge, Koules Fortress, Archaeological Museum of Chania, Agios Minas Cathedral, Nautical Museum of Crete and more.
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