The summer holidays in Europe are a great time to explore this beautiful part of the world offering everything that a traveler can possibly explore. While most vacationers usually get stuck in the crowded, cliched places in Europe, we bring to you a mix of popular as well as offbeat places where you can indulge in a plethora of soul-gratifying activities and return home with fond memories of your Europe trip.
Summer Holidays In Europe: Where To Head & What To Do
This summer, pledge to discover the unspoiled, untamed, and unseen version of Europe that often go unnoticed.
10. Take a canal tour in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Heading to Amsterdam this summer? Probably the best thing to do on your summer holidays in Europe is to take a ferry ride down the picturesque canal surrounded by old-world architecture and flowers of all kinds of colors blossoming in the trees. But that ain’t all. When in Amsterdam, one mustn’t miss out on the experience of gorging on some fried herring, a can of Heineken, and the famous Vlaams fries.
Ferry ride starting price: INR 680/- (€8.50)
9. Go summer skiing in Saas Fee, Switzerland
Want some adventure-packed summer holidays in Europe 2018? Head straight to Switzerland! Saas Fee in Switzerland is an all year skiing and snowboarding destination, but it turns all the more fun and beautiful during summers. It’s a good retreat for those who do not want to head to the cliche beaches. Imagine skiing down slopes of crisp snow in the company of snowy mountain peaks, green sceneries and fresh Swiss air – sheer bliss!
Skiing starting price: INR 2,150/- (CHF 31)
Tip: If not Switzerland, you can also check out other summer skiing destinations in Europe like Hintertux in Austria and Les Deux Alpes in France.
8. Hit the beaches of Nice in France
Quickly turning into a popular tourist hub, the city of Nice is located in the French Riviera and is among the best places to enjoy the summer holiday season in Europe. This amazing coastal city offers the best of both worlds – stunning beaches and diverse urban centers. Other than exploring the beaches, one can also explore the old world charm of this beautiful city by going cycling and rollerblading down its famous Promenade des Anglais. Most of the beaches in Nice are surrounded by beach shacks and upmarket restaurants, so you won’t have to wander far for your hunger pangs post a refreshing swim.
Watersports in Nice, France: Diving, paddle-boarding, kayaking, inflatable boat rides, parasailing, fishing, and more.
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7. Relax on the unspoiled beaches of Montenegro
If you think the beaches of Nice would be too crowded for you, escape to the unspoiled, pristine, Instagrammable beaches of Montenegro. Though the population of Montenegro is even less than that of Stockholm, one should not underestimate it on the basis of its size. It is home to the world’s most unadulterated stretches of sand and surf, which is why it makes up for one of the best places to visit during the summer holiday time in Europe. Other than the beaches, do not forget to explore Montenegro’s quaint historic villages, the Lake Como, and the Norwegian fjords.
Fun Fact: Even Lord Byron was once all praises for this place – “At the moment of the creation of our planet, the most beautiful merging of land and sea occurred at the Montenegrin seaside”.
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6. Ride a scooter around Sardinia in Italy
Riding a scooter is perhaps the best way to explore the old-worldly, dreamy streets and lanes of Italy, especially in Sardinia. The cute, manageable size scooters can be hired from anywhere in Sardinia and will take you on a joyride through this pretty island city. There are plenty of quiet country roads on this island where you can vroom around uninterrupted with the cool Italian breeze ruffling your hair and the rustic, colourful houses keeping you company!
Scooter rental starting price: INR 2,000/- (€25)
Tip: Don’t forget to stop for some gelato on the way.
5. Be part of the San Fermin parade in Spain
You might remember the popular festival of San Fermin from the Bollywood flick “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara”. And trust me, it’s as much fun as it appeared in the film! Based in Pamplona, travelers refer to San Fermin as the greatest party of the world, and with good reason. The big-heads parade, colourful attires, food, wine, traditional music and dance, fireworks, and the infamous bull fight together make this festival a phenomenal excuse to spend your summer holidays in Europe!
San Fermin 2018 dates: 6th to 14 July, 2018
Running With The Bulls ticket starting price INR 3,500/- ($55)
4. Find the hidden cave beaches of Algarve in Portugal
Turquoise blue waves crashing into rocky coastlines, oddly shaped limestone structures, scores of seagulls flying overhead, and tiny patches of unspoiled beaches here and there – this and more make up the awesome landscapes of Algarve in Portugal. In fact, the pictures don’t do them justice. Other than basking on the golden beaches, one can simply go on a boat ride here and explore the weird limestone structures near the coast, where you might be able to spot the hidden and extraordinarily beautiful cave beaches, like Benagil, if you’re lucky! Without a doubt, it makes up for the best summer beach holidays in Europe.
Boat tour starting price: INR 2,270/- ($35)
3. Ride the cable car up to Tampa Mountain in Brasov, Romania
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With dynamic modern city life, an old world charm unlike anywhere else, and the most fascinating scenery, Brasov boasts of being a package of fun and beauty, and rightly so! Situated in central Romania, Brasov is surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains which provide as the perfect resort for skiing and ice skating. When here during the school summer holidays in Europe, you can go on a lovely cable car ride or a hiking tour up to the Tampa Mountain. Apart from the fun ropeway, the mountaintop provides gorgeous birds-eye views of Brasov.
Cable car ticket price: INR 274/- (16 Leu)
Cable car timings: 9:30 AM to 4 PM (Closed on Monday)
Tip: Don’t miss out on the Black Church, a Gothic cathedral owing its name to a huge 17th-century fire that blackened its stones.
2. Go on a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia, Turkey
The gnarled yet graceful landscape and balloon studded skies of Cappadocia invite thousands of tourists every year, who return home smitten with Turkey’s unmatched beauty. Resulting from volcanic eruptions millions of years ago, the rocks and caves of Istanbul are best observed via a hot air balloon ride right here. More delightful than a tour on the ground is an aerial ride over these caves and rock formations in the air. Do indulge in this most magical thing to do in Turkey for bird’s-eye views of Cappadocia and the best summer holidays in Europe. While here, do not miss out on the rose-coloured ravines, labyrinthine underground cities, ancient caves, and picture-perfect castles perched atop rocky outcrops.
Hot-air balloon ride starting prices: INR 12,800/- (€160)
1. Unveil the ancient secrets of the Vatican City in Rome
Dan Brown fans around the world go crazy over the mention of The Vatican. Scores of museums, churches, and ancient architecture are what attract armies of tourists here every year. Admire the ceilings of St. Peter’s Basilica, explore the Sistine Chapel, and wander about in the Raphael Rooms and Vatican Library when here. The Vatican is star-studded with numerous gems of history and Roman secrets that fascinate history lovers and art enthusiasts. One must explore this haven of priceless artwork and religious artifacts on their family summer holidays in Europe.
Vatican full tour ticket price: INR 1,350/- (€17)
Vatican opening hours: 8:30 AM to 6 PM (Monday to Saturday)
Note: The Vatican Full Tour includes a visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel.
So, with all these things to do during the coming summer holidays in Europe, where would you be heading first? Let us know in the comments below and share this with your globetrotter pals around the world. Book your Europe tour with TravelTriangle right away to grab the best deals on your exciting holiday.
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