Best Places to Visit in Europe for Summer Travel 2021
Summer is almost here, so it’s time to plan a COVID-19 safe astonishing trip in Europe! Here are our top 10 favorite European countries and the must-visit places to discover in each one. From Alentejo to the Faroe Islands, we have a bit of everything. All the best retreats, beaches, and koktails—and, of course, some tips on how to stay safe this summer while having the time of your life.
First, a couple tips for traveling safely…
It is, in general, a matter of common sense and respect for the government’s protocols. But it does help to always wear a mask and keep a sanitizer bottle in hand at all times. Another tip is to choose a location that offers more open space areas instead of sticking to closed spaces. As well as planning properly and schedule tours ahead of time, in order to make sure to not come across any overly crowded places. And get vaccinated as soon as you can!
Best Places to Visit in Europe for Summer Travel 2021
1. OUR FAVORITES IN PORTUGAL
Alentejo is one of the warmest regions in Portugal, being also one of the most rural and picturesque places to discover. It is set in the south of the country, between the Tagus River and Algarve. It is bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, and has an extensive region of olive groves, creating a breathtaking view. The total population rounds about 705,000 people, being the most unpopulated region in Portugal. Furthermore, it represents one-third of Portugal’s land. In terms of beauty, culture, monuments, heritage, and architecture, it is heaven on earth. And we can not forget about the beautiful destination Comporta and Melides, with the best-untouched beaches and the most caring people. It truly is Portugal’s Hamptons. And without question one of the best summer travel destinations in Europe to visit in 2021.
The Azores is one of the two autonomous regions of Portugal and it is rich in volcanic islands and in beautiful views. Looking at the Caldeira das Sete Cidades is like looking into the purest gift from Mother Nature as well as lovely green fields that beg for a cute picnic.
Madeira is all about the flowers and has even a special festival dedicated to the island’s flora. It is a cultural event associated with local traditions, so you get it all: from the best folk performances to the most astonishing floral carpets! But not only that, you have lots of museums to visit and food to try. Besides, you also have amazing beaches to sunbathe at during its many perfect sunny days.
Another place in Portugal you need to visit! Algarve is the number one location to catch a good tan! It has great food (as does Portugal in general), good vibes, awesome beaches and rocking pubs to grab a good drink. Algarve’s hot spots are Albufeira, Lagoa and Quarteira—where you can find fun at all streets and corners. And of course, while visiting Portugal, you must go wine tasting? It is a rule, right?!
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2. WHAT TO DISCOVER IN GREECE
Preveza & Meteora
Next, Preveza is a city in the region of Epirus in northwestern Greece. Meteora, on the other hand, is a unique rock formation in central Greece that hosts one of the most outstanding complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries. Both offer great tours and lots of landscapes to discover making them fabulous options for summer travel in Europe.
Corfu, Assos, Kefalonia Island & Kokkari
Some of the most beautiful places in Greece for sure! And, if you’re thinking about visiting, you must see the famous 16th-century Venetian castle ruins in Assos and, of course, the amazing ruins of ancient Greek temples and other archaeological spaces of the ancient city of Korkyra.
Samos Island & Ikaria
What about in the Samos Islands, what should I visit? Dear, you have to check out their breathtaking trails and mountains! Further, in Ikaria, the hit is all of its mythological history and mystery.
3. WHERE TO GO IN ITALY
Amazing luxurious villas in Lake Como, so that you get to experience the full opulent Italian experience. Both with a great location and accommodations. While Villa Torno offers 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, as well as a sauna and jacuzzi. But also beautiful gardens crowned with a breathtaking landscape view. Villa Elementi presents itself with 7 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms, alongside multiple entertainment rooms such as a cinema, library, and fitness and spa areas. Now, this really is one of the best places to visit in Europe this summer if you are looking for privacy.
Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and one of the 20 regions of Italy, being officially called by Regione Siciliana. It is a dream come true to all of those who love the beach but still want to live the Italian dream. Sicily has a rich and unique culture and it is also home to numerous archaeological and ancient sites.
A coastal area within Liguria, in the northwest of Italy, lying in the west of La Spezia Province. And containing five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Together the towns create a priceless coastline. And since 1999 it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
4. WHAT TO SEE IN CROATIA
Losinj Hotels & Villas
Losinj Hotels & Villas is a hotel brand of Jadranka Turizam, a member of one of the oldest Croatian tourist companies. It relies on more than 70 years of tradition, promising to expand the offer, maintain great service quality, and constant investment in the country’s culture and businesses. It supplies luxurious bedrooms and villas to make your vacation feel like a dream. Summer travel in Europe here I come!
Cavta is a Croatian resort, located around 20 km south of Dubrovnik. The region is a gorgeous town, perfect for those who love culture and meeting the past through museums.
When the Romans took over the region, they named it after some of its inhabitants, the Dalmatae. Today, we know it as the Dalmatian Coast. Some of the best accommodations nearby are the Adriatic Orebic Hotel, the Villa Dubrovnik, and the Grand Villa Argentina. Definitely one of the best places to visit in Europe in summer!
5. MUST VISIT IN MALTA
Riviera Bay Beach
Malta is rich in good food, amazing people, and incredible beaches. Riviera Bay is also known as Ghajn Tuffieha, and the rough waves and golden sand talk for themselves. It really is a hidden gem when it comes to fabulous places for European summer travel!
6. AMAZING SITES IN LATVIA
Jurmala has been a favorite vacation spot for some time now. While Latvia was part of the Soviet Union, Jurmala was the perfect holiday resort and tourist destination for high-level Communist Party officials. Today, Jurmala beach still surprises with good sun and great people.
7. BEST BEACH IN LITHUANIA
Ranked one of the best beaches ever, Nida beach truly is perfect! (at least for nudists! Yep, you have encountered a nudist beach). Apart from that, Nida is well known for its deep ocean blue water that makes you want to never leave and the soft sand that screams for a tanning session.
8. BEST OF TURKEY
Turquoise Coast, also known as the Turkish Riviera, is an area of southwest Turkey where you can discover the most beautiful provinces such as Antalya and Muğla. It is the perfect summer location since it mixes good weather, warm sea, heavenly sceneries, and great beaches. Not only that but also, it offers a thousand kilometers of shoreline along the Aegean and Mediterranean waters, which makes Turkey one of our favorite places to visit in Europe in summer.
Its delightful crystal water talks for itself. But, if that isn’t enough for you, Olympos Beach also offers tree house accommodations and Lycian ruins. It really is the ultimate boho-chic vacation!
Cirali is an agricultural village in southwest Turkey known for its ancient ruins of Olympos and Chimaera. Being a small rural village, it is a perfect COVID-19 safe location.
9. PLACES TO SEE IN GEORGIA
Tbilisi is the capital and the largest city of Georgia. Lying on the banks of the Kura River, it has a population of approximately 1.5 million people. Tbilisi is a point of connection between cultures, Asian and European. Georgia used to be part of the USSR, which is reflected in its architecture, culture, food, and language.
10. FAROE ISLANDS AT ITS BEST
Faroe, tucked between Iceland and Norway in the North Atlantic Ocean, is a self-governed group of 18 volcanic islands. If you are a music lover, you might have heard of it before since it is rich in live music festivals. But, moreover, it is also very good for adrenaline junkies who love steep cliffs, hiking trails, waterfalls, and rocky coastlines.
We hope you enjoyed this list of some of the best places to visit in Europe for summer travel 2021! Bon voyage!
Words by Mariana Silva