5 European Summer Destinations

5:00 PM Imke 30 Comments

As you probably know, I’m as European as it gets – I love living on the continent and all the wonderful cities it holds. The continent of Europe is home to a whole number of interesting destinations that are definitely worth a visit. From sandy beaches and blue seas to historic ruins and vibrant cities, Europe definitely has everything to offer when it comes to making sure that you’re spoilt for choice when choosing where to visit this summer. If you are thinking of taking a holiday in Europe this summer and aren’t sure exactly where to choose, here are five fantastic destinations to inspire you.


There’s a good reason as to why Rome is one of the most famous and most visited cities in Europe. With historic sites at every turn and the Vatican City nestled in the midst of the famous capital, a trip to Rome is just as interesting whether you only have a few days to spare or want to spend a few weeks exploring the area. Travel in style on your trip to Rome with luggage from Charles Ford London.


If you’re looking for a vibrant UK destination to visit, London is a fantastic choice. With tons of tourist attractions to visit and definitely no shortage of British heritage, a few days in London can be loads of fun with just so much to see and do. Visit Buckingham Palace to see the Changing of the Guard, before heading to the Thames for a ride in the famous London Eye and a guided cruise down the river. Having lived in the UK capital, I can assure you, London is truly inspiring, bother Winter and Summer!


If you’re looking for a beach holiday that offers plenty to see and do, the Algarve, Portugal, has it all. With stunning, wide beaches that allow plenty of room for sunbathing, sports and swimming for all the family and a range of activities to choose from such as water parks and boat excursions to caves and dolphin spotting, the Algarve makes for a fun and relaxing holiday whether you’re travelling alone, with a group of friends, or with family.


If you’re after a shopping break in Europe, then look no further than Milan. One of Italy’s more industrial cities, you won’t find as many tourists which can make for a perfectly authentic experience. A visit to Milan in late December or January means that you’ll hit the January ‘Saldi’, with hundreds of shops and boutiques offering cut prices. Don’t forget to visit the famous Piazza and Duomo di Milano, the second largest church in Italy. And let’s not forget about how it’s one of the most influent fashion cities!


If you’re looking for a holiday that offers a bit of everything, Athens is a great choice. With ancient ruins, museums and historical architecture to explore, Athens offers everything that you’d want from a historical city break but doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the relaxing side of things either. With beaches and beauty spots where you can sit and soak up the sun, the capital of Greece makes for a perfect European break.

Which are your favourite European destinations? Whether there’s one place that you just keep going back to, or a destination that you’ve always wanted to visit, I’d love to hear from you in the comments. (Images that aren't mine are being linked to).

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  1. I would love to visit Rome! All of these places are great travel destinations, you have made me want to book a flight here and now!

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  3. I have never been to Europe but I have always wanted to go! There's so many amazing places I would like to visit! Paris, London, Milan... and the list goes on! Hopefully my wish will come true one day <3

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  4. I would love to visit Portugal one day, love this post x

  5. Ooh dankjewel om te liken. Super toffe post! Rome is inderdaad een super leuke plaats! Algavre ziet er echt prachtig uit! Als ik vrij kon nemen, zou ik er direct naartoe gaan! Staat zeker op mijn lijstje nu. Milaan Ziet er ook super uit! Ik ga graag naar Parijs, maar ik ga ook graag de natuur in. Corsica gr 20 is mijn tofste ervaring ^^ en daar zou ik nog 100x naartoe willen gaan.

  6. I would definitely like to take a trip this summer. I need a break like asap! Ha! Thanks for sharing this. Helps a lot.


  7. Ah this makes me want to go away- Portugal is definitely on the list! Luckily I have London on the door step! Thanks for sharing :)

    Charlotte x

  8. This was such a great read and definitely got me dreaming of a trip away! Rome is very high up on my list along with Venice and Lake Como as I've never been to Italy and I'm dying to visit! Thank you for sharing, Katie xx


  9. I am going to Milan for the first time this summer! Really curious to discover that city :) One of my favorite European summer destinations is by far Marbella! X

  10. Lovely photos!
    Have a nice week-end!
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  12. Ik wil ooit nog naar Rome, zo mooi!!

  13. Thanks a lot, my dear :D Ahahah, I understand you :P

    Love this places, but You need to visit Portugal <3

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  14. I'm also super European (haha) but somehow I haven't been to Milan or Athens yet, I'm dying to go there though! I think my favourite European destinations for summer would have to be London, Rome or Paris x

  15. My favourites during summer are Stockholm, Helsinki, London, Oslo & I absolutely adore Marbella.

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  16. Algarve! Wat mooi! En Rome, jaa daar wil ik binnenkort heen en dan wil ik daar gaan fietsen! Mijn favoriete bestemming is dan toch wel Gran Canaria, maar dat is puur omdat ik er hele mooie herinneringen aan heb!

  17. I adore London, even though I'm only a couple of hours from it, it'll always be one of my favourite places. I've always wanted to visit Rome and Milan though, I haven't been to many places in Europe at all really... I must change that! x

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  18. Ohh Rome! Echt schandalig dat ik daar nog nooit geweest ben! :’) daar moet ik toch echt eens werk van maken!

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  19. London vind ik echt geweldig! Rome ben ik vorig jaar geweest, maar vond ik persoonlijk een beetje tegenvallen qua uitstraling. Toevallig ga ik dit jaar een cruise maken langs de Algarve en Athene en ben ik ook erg benieuwd naar deze plekken. Venetië staat ook nog hoog op mijn lijstje! :D

  20. Fantastic destinations! I have been to and loved all of them except Portugal. Algarve is definitely on my wishlist though! Have a great day.
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  21. great post :D


  22. I want to go to all of them!


  23. Al deze plekken lijken me geweldig, ik ben verliefd op Londen!

  24. Lovely inspiring post


  25. Mi piacerebbe molto andare ad Atene..kiss!! VLifestyle

  26. Wooow, I haven't been to any of these places and I really want to! All of these destinations look amazing. What I also could recommend is the South of France! The waves are lovely :)

    xx, rebecca

  27. Hi Imke, loved this post, the photos are amazing! I have never been to Europe but would love to go to the Netherlands!

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  28. Nice enjoyed the post and the pictures were really pretty!

  29. I would change Athens with Paros island (Greece ;)