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The Ultimate Guide to Best European Summer Escapes: 6 Best Countries To Spend Summer in Europe

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Are you wondering where to spend summer in Europe?

Need help navigating romantic world of European summer getaways?

I’m Mel, a travel blogger from London, who loves exploring Europe in summer and has been to almost every European country!

From the sun-kissed beaches of Italy, to the ancient ruins of Greece, to the picturesque vineyards of France, I’ve got you covered with the ultimate guide to planning your dream summer in Europe.

In this post, I’ll share the 6 best countries to spend summer in Europe, and the top 5 places for European summer in each country to help you make a decision.

Let’s dive in!

Best Countries for Summer in Europe: Where to spend summer in Europe. Brunette girl sipping aperol spritz cocktail in Sicily

Nothing says European summer like an Aperol Spritz! Photo taken on a hot early evening in Palermo, Sicily

Best European Summer Escapes: Where To Spend Summer in Europe?

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6 Best Countries To Enjoy Summer in Europe

The Ultimate Guide to Best European Summer Escapes: 6 Best Countries To Spend Summer in Europe

Standing by the stunning Il Duomo in Florence, Italy

1. Italy: For History, Culture & Cuisine

First and foremost, I recommend Italy for your summer European getaway.

The country has it all: romance, incredible food, stunning landscapes and more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than anywhere else in the world!

You can start your journey in the Eternal City of Rome, where ancient wonders like the Colosseum and the Vatican await, then hop over to Florence for a dose of Renaissance art and Tuscan delights.

Don’t forget to explore the stunning beaches of Sicily and Sardinia, the rolling vineyards of Tuscany (there’s so much more to see than just Florence in Tuscany!), or the sun-soaked landscapes of Puglia.

I’ve always been blown away by Italy’s diversity – each region has its own flavour, beauty, and summer vibe. I’m confident you’ll be blown away by Italy too!

Want to know more? Check out my guides on the Best Things to Do in Rome and Amazing Places to See in Puglia.

The Ultimate Guide to Best European Summer Escapes: 6 Best Countries To Spend Summer in Europe

Puglia: The Sun-Kissed Gem of Southern Italy

Best things to do in Puglia:

  1. Explore the whitewashed streets of Ostuni, the “White City,” perched atop a hilltop.
  2. Discover the unique trulli houses of Alberobello, a gorgeous UNESCO World Heritage site.
  3. Relax on the pristine beaches of Polignano a Mare in Puglia and dive into its crystal-clear waters.
  4. Explore the historic city of Lecce and marvel at its Baroque architecture.
  5. Indulge in the local cuisine: fresh seafood, orecchiette pasta, and creamy burrata cheese, to name a few!

Where to stay in Puglia:

Want to know more? Check out my guide on 5 Amazing Places to Visit in Puglia

The Ultimate Guide to Best European Summer Escapes: 6 Best Countries To Spend Summer in Europe

Rome: The Eternal City

Best things to do in Rome:

  1. Explore the Colosseum and imagine the gladiatorial battles of ancient Rome.
  2. Wander through the Vatican Museums and marvel at Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel.
  3. Make a wish at the Trevi Fountain and toss a coin into its shimmering waters.
  4. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the charming streets of Trastevere and try out authentic Roman street food.
  5. Climb the Spanish Steps for panoramic views of the city and a taste of la dolce vita.

Where to stay in Rome:

Headed to Rome this summer? Check out my guide on the Best Things to Do in Rome

Florence: Renaissance Marvels and Tuscan Delights

Best things to do in Florence:

  1. Admire Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia Gallery.
  2. Explore the iconic Duomo and climb to the top for breathtaking views of Florence.
  3. Wander through the Uffizi Gallery and discover masterpieces by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo.
  4. Cross the Ponte Vecchio and explore the Oltrarno neighborhood for artisan workshops and hidden gems.
  5. Escape to the Tuscan countryside for a wine tasting tour in the Chianti region. Salute!

Where to stay in Florence:

Sicily: A Blend of Culture, History, and Azure Waters

Best things to do in Sicily:

  1. Explore Palermo’s streets to see the blend of Norman palaces and Arab architecture.
  2. Check out Taormina’s ancient Greek amphitheater with views of Mount Etna and the Ionian Sea.
  3. Visit Siracusa’s Neapolis archaeological park, featuring a Greek theater and the Ear of Dionysius.
  4. See the well-kept Greek temples at the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, a UNESCO site.
  5. Take a guided tour of Mount Etna to see its craters, lunar landscapes, and lava caves.

Bonus: Indulge in traditional Sicilian cuisine, including fresh seafood and hearty pastas. I personally loved Pesto alla Trapanese (a.k.a. the most AMAZING Sicilian pesto you will ever eat. For real.).

Where to stay in Sicily:

Tuscany: Rolling Vineyards and Charming Villages

Best things to do in Tuscany:

  1. Take a road trip through the picturesque countryside and discover hidden gems like San Gimignano and Montepulciano.
  2. Visit the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa and snap the perfect tourist photo.
  3. Explore the medieval streets of Siena and marvel at the stunning Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta.
  4. Experience a traditional Tuscan cooking class and learn the secrets of Italian cuisine.
  5. Sample world-class wines in the vineyards of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino.

Where to stay in Tuscany:

Italy will always hold a special place in my heart for summer in Europe!

2. Greece: For Mythical, Sun-Drenched Islands

Get ready for a European summer adventure to the Greek islands: an archipelago of ancient legends and sparkling seas. If you love history, head to Rhodes, a large island home to gorgeous history and medieval culture, as well as beautiful beaches.

For a smaller island experience, you can escape to the picture-perfect island of Santorini for mesmerising sunset views and whitewashed villages, party the night away in Mykonos, or be a beach creature in Crete.

For me, though, Greece’s highlight is Milos. In my opinion, Milos is the best island in Greece for summer in Europe because of its untouched beauty, the perfect island for adventure and tranquility. Take me back!

Milos: Untouched Beauty and Turquoise Waters

Best things to in Milos:

  1. Discover the lunar landscapes of Sarakiniko Beach and explore its otherworldly rock formations.
  2. Swim in the crystal-clear waters of Kleftiko and snorkel among its underwater caves.
  3. Visit the ancient amphitheater of Milos and enjoy panoramic views of the island.
  4. Explore the colorful fishing villages of Mandrakia and Klima and admire their traditional syrmata houses.
  5. Relax on the golden sands of Firiplaka and enjoy a day of sunbathing and swimming.

Where to stay in Milos:

Curious about Milos? Dive deeper with my travel guide on the Top 10 Epic Things to Do in Milos.

Athens: Ancient Ruins and Modern Delights

Best things to do in Athens:

  1. Climb the Acropolis to see the iconic Parthenon and enjoy panoramic views of Athens.
  2. Explore the ancient Agora and imagine life in ancient Greece as you wander through its ruins.
  3. Visit the National Archaeological Museum and discover a treasure trove of ancient artifacts.
  4. Stroll through the charming neighborhood of Plaka and browse its artisan shops and cafes.
  5. Experience the vibrant nightlife of Psiri and dance the night away in one of its many bars and clubs.

Where to stay in Athens:

Santorini: Iconic Caldera Views and Whitewashed Villages

Best things to do in Santorini:

  1. Watch the sunset in Oia and witness one of the most breathtaking views in the world.
  2. Explore the ancient ruins of Akrotiri and uncover the history of this volcanic island.
  3. Relax on the black sand beaches of Perissa and Kamari.
  4. Take a boat tour to the volcanic islands of Nea Kameni and Palea Kameni and swim in the hot springs.
  5. Sample local wines at one of Santorini’s many wineries and enjoy a tasting overlooking the caldera.

Where to stay in Santorini:

Visiting Santorini this summer? Check out my guide: Best things to do in Santorini in July | Travel Guide

Rhodes: Where History Comes Alive

Best things to do in Rhodes:

  1. Explore the medieval Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and stroll along the bustling Mandraki Harbor.
  2. Climb to the Acropolis of Lindos for panoramic views, wander through the village’s whitewashed streets, and enjoy the tranquil waters of Lindos Bay.
  3. Discover the lush Valley of the Butterflies, hike through Seven Springs forest to find hidden waterfalls, and explore the nearby Monastery of Tsambika for breathtaking views.
  4. Relax on beautiful beaches like Elli and Faliraki, soak up the sun, and enjoy swimming in crystal-clear waters.
  5. Visit the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, admire its impressive architecture, and learn about the island’s rich history.

Where to stay in Rhodes:

Crete: Mythical Legends and Secluded Coves

Best things to do in Crete:

  1. Explore the Palace of Knossos and uncover the mysteries of the ancient Minoan civilisation.
  2. Hike the Samaria Gorge and enjoy its stunning natural beauty.
  3. Discover the charming harbour town of Chania (my favourite!) and wander through its Venetian streets.
  4. Relax on the pink sand beaches of Elafonissi and Balos.
  5. Try Cretan cuisine, including dakos, moussaka, and grilled octopus, at a local taverna.

Where to stay in Crete:

From ancient mythology, to breathtaking landscapes, to its warm people and culture, Greece is always a winner for enjoying the perfect summer in Europe.

3. Spain: For Cosmopolitan Cities with Sandy Shores

If you want a spicy Spanish summer in Europe, start your adventures in Barcelona.

The eclectic streets, Gaudí’s architectural wonders, and delicious tapas set the scene. I then suggest heading to Valencia, where you can balance medieval old towns with peaceful beach life.

For a sleepier experience, Santander is a must-visit with its stunning coastlines and historic allure. I personally loved Santander and it is full of gorgeous beaches!

If you’re a party animal, Ibiza will be the ultimate summer destination in Europe for you because of its legendary nightlife and beautiful beaches. Don’t miss out on Mallorca’s sun-drenched shores for the complete Spanish summer experience!

Need more tips? Check out my guide on the Best Things to Do in Valencia.

Barcelona: Gaudí’s Masterpieces and Mediterranean Vibes

Best things to do in Barcelona:

  1. Marvel at the architectural wonders of Antoni Gaudí, including the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell.
  2. Stroll down the bustling boulevard of La Rambla and soak up the lively atmosphere.
  3. Explore the historic Gothic Quarter and discover its hidden squares and medieval streets.
  4. Relax on the golden sands of Barceloneta Beach and take a dip in the refreshing Mediterranean Sea.
  5. Indulge in tapas and paella at a traditional Catalan restaurant and experience the flavors of Spain.

Where to stay in Barcelona:

Madrid: Royal Palaces and Artistic Treasures

Best things to do in Madrid:

  1. Visit the Royal Palace of Madrid and admire its opulent interiors and beautiful gardens.
  2. Explore the world-famous Prado Museum and discover masterpieces by Velázquez, Goya, and El Greco.
  3. Wander through the vibrant neighborhoods of Malasaña and Chueca and experience Madrid’s eclectic nightlife.
  4. Relax in the Retiro Park and enjoy a boat ride on its scenic lake.
  5. Sample traditional Spanish cuisine at the historic Mercado de San Miguel and indulge in tapas and churros.

Where to stay in Madrid:

Valencia: Modern Architecture and Mediterranean Charm

Best things to do in Valencia:

  1. Visit the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences and marvel at its innovative architecture.
  2. Relax in the Turia Gardens and enjoy a leisurely bike ride or picnic along the former riverbed.
  3. Wander through the Central Market and sample local delicacies like paella and horchata.
  4. Visit the stunning Valencia Cathedral and climb to the top of the Miguelete bell tower for panoramic views of the city.
  5. Rent a car and explore Valencia Communidad’s stunning natural wonders, like Turche Cave.

Where to stay in Valencia:

Headed to Valencia? Check out the Best Things to Do in Valencia or the Best Tours in Valencia

Santander: Coastal Beauty and Historic Charm

Best things to do in Santander:

  1. Relax on the golden sands of Playa del Sardinero and soak up the sun.
  2. Explore the charming seaside promenade of El Paseo de Pereda and enjoy views of the bay.
  3. Visit the Palacio de la Magdalena and wander through its beautiful gardens overlooking the sea.
  4. Discover the historic center of Santander and admire its elegant architecture and lively atmosphere.
  5. Sample fresh seafood and traditional Cantabrian cuisine at a local restaurant overlooking the water.

Where to stay in Santander:

Ibiza: Legendary Parties and Pristine Beaches

Best things to do in Ibiza:

  1. Party the night away at world-famous clubs like Pacha, Amnesia, and Ushuaïa.
  2. Relax on the beautiful beaches of Playa d’en Bossa, Cala Comte, and Es Vedrà.
  3. Explore the charming old town of Dalt Vila and discover its medieval streets and fortress.
  4. Take a boat trip to the nearby island of Formentera and discover its stunning beaches and crystal-clear waters.
  5. Enjoy a sunset dinner at one of Ibiza’s many beachfront restaurants and beach clubs.

Where to stay in Ibiza:

Mallorca: Tranquil Bays and Lively Palma

Best things to do in Mallorca:

  1. Explore the historic center of Palma de Mallorca and visit its iconic landmarks like the Cathedral and Almudaina Palace.
  2. Relax on the beautiful beaches of Playa de Palma, Cala Major, and Portals Nous.
  3. Take a scenic drive through the Serra de Tramuntana mountains and discover charming mountain villages like Valldemossa and Deià.
  4. Visit the picturesque village of Sóller and take a ride on the historic wooden train to Palma.
  5. Explore the underwater world with snorkeling or scuba diving in the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

Where to stay in Mallorca:

Spain beckons with its vibrant cities, rich history, and sun-drenched beaches.

4. Portugal: For Culture, Flavour & Natural Beauty

If you’re looking for the ideal summer destination in Europe, I highly recommend Portugal.

Lisbon, my favourite city, is a must-visit with its historic Alfama streets and the iconic Belém district. Plus you can head to Sintra for a touch of fairytale magic.

If you’re more of a foodie, head north to Porto, famous for its port wine and stunning riverside setting. If you’re a beach baby, then the Algarve should top your Portugal list for its breathtaking beaches and cliffs.

Dreaming of the beach? Check out my guide on the 13 Best Beaches in the Algarve for a Relaxing, Sun-Soaked Trip.

Lisbon: City of Seven Hills and Fado Music

Best things to do in Lisbon:

  1. Explore the historic neighborhoods of Alfama and Bairro Alto and discover their colorful streets and charming cafes.
  2. Visit the iconic Belém Tower and discover its rich history as a symbol of Portugal’s Age of Discovery.
  3. Take a tram ride through the narrow streets of Lisbon and admire the city’s stunning architecture.
  4. Sample traditional Portuguese cuisine, including pastéis de nata and bacalhau, at a local tasca.
  5. Experience the soulful sounds of fado music at a traditional fado house in Alfama.

Where to stay in Lisbon:

Porto: Riverside Charm and Port Wine

Best things to do in Porto:

  1. Wander through the historic Ribeira district and admire its colorful buildings and scenic riverfront.
  2. Visit the iconic Livraria Lello bookstore and discover its stunning Neo-Gothic architecture.
  3. Take a boat tour along the Douro River and explore the lush vineyards of the Douro Valley.
  4. Sample port wine at one of Porto’s many wine cellars and learn about the city’s rich winemaking heritage.
  5. Climb the Clérigos Tower for panoramic views of Porto and the Douro River.

Where to stay in Porto:

Algarve: Golden Beaches and Dramatic Cliffs

Best things to do in the Algarve:

  1. Relax on the stunning beaches of Praia da Marinha, Praia da Falésia, and Praia de Benagil.
  2. Explore the charming villages of Albufeira, Lagos, and Tavira and discover their historic charm.
  3. Take a boat tour of the sea caves and grottoes along the Algarve coast and marvel at their natural beauty.
  4. Enjoy water sports like surfing, snorkeling, and kayaking in the crystal-clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
  5. Sample fresh seafood and traditional Algarvian cuisine at a beachfront restaurant overlooking the sea.

Where to stay in the Algarve:

Best Things to Do in Lisbon and Best Beaches in the Algarve

Sintra: Enchanted Palaces and Lush Gardens

Best things to do in Sintra:

  1. Explore the fairytale palaces of Pena Palace and Quinta da Regaleira and immerse yourself in their romantic charm.
  2. Wander through the lush gardens of Monserrate Palace and discover exotic plants from around the world.
  3. Hike through the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park and enjoy panoramic views of the Atlantic coastline.
  4. Visit the historic town center of Sintra and browse its artisan shops and cafes.
  5. Take a scenic drive along the Sintra Mountains and discover hidden gems like the Convent of the Capuchos.

Where to stay in Sintra:

Douro Valley: Vineyard Scenery and Wine Tasting

Best things to do in Douro Valley:

  1. Take a scenic cruise along the Douro River and admire the terraced vineyards and picturesque villages.
  2. Visit the historic wine estates of Quinta do Crasto, Quinta do Bomfim, and Quinta do Vallado and enjoy wine tastings overlooking the river.
  3. Explore the charming town of Peso da Régua and learn about the history of port wine production.
  4. Hike or bike through the vineyards of the Douro Valley and enjoy breathtaking views of the landscape.
  5. Indulge in traditional Portuguese cuisine paired with local wines at a quintessential Douro Valley restaurant.

Where to stay in the Douro Valley:

Portugal beckons with its historic cities, picturesque coastline, and warm hospitality. You cannot go wrong with summer days spent between Lisbon and the Algarve.

5. France: For Romance, Food & Timeless Beauty

Bonjour, mes amis! Summer in France invites you to indulge in the finer things in life – from the iconic landmarks of Paris to the lavender fields of Provence.

But let’s not overlook the French Riviera, for example Nice, with its glamorous resorts and turquoise coastline that has inspired artists for centuries. If you’re craving a taste of the countryside, Normandy and its historic beaches are sure to enchant you.

Oh, and did I mention Bordeaux? Sip on prestigious wines as you explore elegant châteaux and rolling vineyards.

Paris: The City of Lights and Love

Best things to do in Paris:

  1. Ascend the Eiffel Tower for panoramic views of the city and a truly unforgettable experience.
  2. Explore the world-famous Louvre Museum and discover masterpieces like the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo.
  3. Wander through the historic streets of Montmartre and visit the charming Sacré-Cœur Basilica.
  4. Cruise along the Seine River and admire the iconic landmarks of Paris from the water.
  5. Indulge in French cuisine at a traditional bistro and enjoy classics like escargot, foie gras, and coq au vin.

Where to stay in Paris:

Nice: Mediterranean Charm and Azure Waters

Best things to do in Nice:

  1. Relax on the iconic pebble beaches of Nice and soak up the Mediterranean sun.
  2. Explore the colorful streets of Vieux Nice and discover its vibrant markets and charming cafes.
  3. Visit the historic Castle Hill and enjoy panoramic views of Nice and the Bay of Angels.
  4. Stroll along the Promenade des Anglais and admire the elegant Belle Époque architecture.
  5. Sample local delicacies like socca and pissaladière at a traditional Niçois restaurant.

Where to stay in Nice:

Provence: Lavender Fields and Hilltop Villages

Best things to do in Provence:

  1. Explore the charming village of Gordes and wander through its narrow streets and picturesque squares.
  2. Visit the stunning lavender fields of Valensole and experience the beauty of Provence in full bloom.
  3. Discover the historic city of Avignon and explore its UNESCO-listed Palais des Papes and Pont d’Avignon.
  4. Sample fine wines at a local vineyard in the Luberon region and enjoy tastings overlooking the vineyards.
  5. Enjoy a leisurely picnic in the scenic countryside and savor local specialties like cheese, olives, and fresh bread.

Where to stay in Provence:

Where to stay in the French Riviera:

French Riviera: Glitz, Glamour, and Mediterranean Bliss

Best things to do in the French Riviera:

  1. Visit the glamorous city of Cannes and stroll along the iconic Croisette Boulevard.
  2. Explore the chic boutiques and designer stores of Saint-Tropez and soak up the glamorous atmosphere.
  3. Relax on the pristine beaches of Antibes and Juan-les-Pins and enjoy the azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
  4. Discover the medieval village of Èze and enjoy panoramic views of the French Riviera from its hilltop perch.
  5. Sample fresh seafood and Mediterranean cuisine at a beachfront restaurant overlooking the sea.

Where to stay in the French Riviera:

Bordeaux: Wine, History, and Gastronomy

Best things to do in Bodeaux:

  1. Check out Bordeaux’s historic centre, enjoy its elegant architecture and cozy squares.
  2. Go to the famous Bordeaux Wine Museum to discover the history and culture of winemaking in the area.
  3. Join a wine tour in the renowned vineyards of Saint-Émilion and Pomerol for tastings of top-notch wines.
  4. Treat yourself to French cuisine at a local Bordelaise brasserie, trying dishes like duck confit and entrecôte bordelaise.
  5. Explore the beautiful Médoc region with its vineyard-covered hillsides on a scenic drive.

Where to stay in Bordeaux:

6. Croatia: For Adriatic Gems & Medieval Marvels

Last but certainly not least, we have Croatia – a gem of the Adriatic. I absolutely love spending summer in Croatia. The country beckons with its stunning coastline, ancient cities, and breathtaking natural beauty.

Explore the medieval streets of Dubrovnik, often referred to as the Pearl of the Adriatic, before heading to Split to discover Roman ruins and local markets.

Then, escape to the island paradise of Hvar for its lavender fields and celestial beaches. And make sure to add Krka National Park to your itinerary, with its stunning waterfalls and lush landscapes that will leave you in awe.

Dubrovnik: The Pearl of the Adriatic

Best things to do in Dubrovnik:

  1. Walk along the iconic city walls of Dubrovnik and enjoy panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea.
  2. Explore the historic Old Town and discover its charming streets, ancient churches, and picturesque squares.
  3. Visit the iconic Fort Lovrijenac and learn about its fascinating history as a fortress and theater venue.
  4. Take a cable car ride to the top of Mount Srđ and admire breathtaking views of Dubrovnik and its surroundings.
  5. Relax on the beautiful beaches of Banje and Šunj and enjoy swimming in the crystal-clear waters.

Where to stay in Dubrovnik:

Split: Where History Meets Modernity

Best things to do in Split:

  1. Explore the historic Diocletian’s Palace and wander through its ancient ruins, narrow streets, and hidden courtyards.
  2. Visit the Cathedral of Saint Domnius and climb to the top of its bell tower for panoramic views of Split and the surrounding islands.
  3. Wander along the Riva promenade and enjoy views of the Adriatic Sea while sipping coffee at a waterfront café.
  4. Discover the vibrant atmosphere of Split’s Green Market and sample local delicacies like fresh fruit, cheese, and olive oil.
  5. Relax on the beautiful beaches of Bačvice and Kašjuni and enjoy swimming and sunbathing under the Mediterranean sun.

Where to stay in Split:

Hvar: Island Paradise and Mediterranean Charm

Best things to do in Hvar:

  1. Explore the historic streets of Hvar Town and discover its elegant architecture, hidden squares, and medieval fortifications.
  2. Visit the iconic Hvar Fortress and enjoy panoramic views of the town and the surrounding islands.
  3. Relax on the beautiful beaches of Pakleni Islands and enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing in secluded coves.
  4. Discover the lush lavender fields and vineyards of Hvar and enjoy wine tastings at local wineries.
  5. Experience the vibrant nightlife of Hvar and dance the night away at beach clubs and bars along the waterfront.

Where to stay in Hvar:

Zagreb: A Blend of Old World Charm and Modern Sophistication

Best things to do in Zagreb:

  1. Explore Zagreb’s Upper Town to see its cobblestone streets, medieval structures, and historic sites.
  2. Visit St. Mark’s Church and take in its colourful roof with the Zagreb and Croatia coats of arms.
  3. Check out Dolac Market’s lively atmosphere, where you can try fresh produce, local foods, and traditional crafts.
  4. Discover Zagreb’s vibrant street art, including colourful murals and graffiti in hidden spots.
  5. Enjoy a relaxing stroll in Zagreb’s parks and gardens, like Maksimir Park or the Botanical Garden, perfect for photography or picnics.

Where to stay in Zagreb:

Krka National Park: Stunning Waterfalls and Lush Landscapes

Best things to do in Krka:

  1. Swim beneath the cascading waterfalls of Skradinski Buk and cool off in the crystal-clear waters of the Krka River.
  2. Explore the historic watermills and traditional stone houses of the ethnographic museum at Skradinski Buk.
  3. Take a boat trip to the island of Visovac and visit the Franciscan monastery and its beautiful gardens.
  4. Discover the hidden treasures of the Roski Slap waterfall and explore its network of cascades and pools.
  5. Hike through the forests and meadows of the park and enjoy the tranquility of nature.

Where to stay near Krka National Park:

Plitvice Lakes National Park: Nature’s Masterpiece

Best things to do in Plitvice:

  1. Visit Plitvice Lakes National Park to see its incredible waterfalls, clear lakes, and green forests.
  2. Walk the park’s trails and bridges to see its varied plants and animals.
  3. Enjoy a boat trip on Kozjak Lake’s green waters, surrounded by limestone cliffs and waterfalls.
  4. Find hidden spots like the Veliki Slap waterfall and the Supljara and Golubnjaca caves.
  5. Take amazing photos of the park at dawn or dusk for a truly magical experience.

Where to stay near Plitvice Lakes National Park:

Croatia’s Adriatic coast never fails to captivate me with its stunning beauty, rich history, and warm hospitality.

Where Should You Travel for the Best European Summer Escape?

So there you have it – the ultimate guide to the best countries in Europe for the best European summer escapes.

Whether you’re seeking ancient history, pristine beaches, or culinary delights, Europe has it all and more.

Time to pack your cutest linen co-ords and get ready to live la dolce vita.

European summer is calling – will you answer?

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Check out my outfit guide on What to Wear for Summer in Europe and my Essential Packing List for European Summer.

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