24 Best Places In Europe For Mild Summer Weather (2023)


Last Updated on August 12, 2023 by Nicole

Most of us look forward to long warm summer days, especially if we live somewhere where winters are cold, snowy and damp. However, in many places, temperatures in June, July and August can become stifling hot. Even when summer temperatures are reasonable, the humidity – the amount of moisture in the air – may be so extreme that the actual heat that you are feeling is actually several degrees higher than what the thermostat is showing. Some of us are thrilled with this kind of blistering heat while others dream about cool breezes and destinations with mild temperatures. If you wish for cooler summer temperatures, is there anywhere in Europe that you can go? Absolutely! Here are 24 of the best places to visit in Europe for mild summer weather.

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In this article, I highlight a few places in the the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland) that offer beautiful and mild weather all summer long. However, the reality is that most places in the UK are ideal destinations for cooler summer temperatures. Generally, you will find average highs in the 70 degree Fahrenheit range during the summer months. If interested, you should take a more in depth look at:

For those who would like to find inexpensive summer destinations, some of which will also offer cooler summer temperatures, please see 28 Cheap Places In Europe For Best Summer Vacations.

For those that can enjoy the summer heat as long as beautiful beaches are within reach, consider 27 Best Beaches To Visit In Europe In June and 24 Best Beach Holidays in Europe In September.

Of course, the fall brings cooler weather. For ideas of where to travel in autumn (starting in September), please see 24 Fabulous Fall Destinations In Europe.

If you are interested in the best travel destinations in Europe in other summer months, some of which also offer milder weather, check out:

If you are hoping to stick to a budget while in Europe in any season, please see:

Best Places To Visit In Europe For Mild Summer Weather

Here are 24 spectacular European vacation destinations in cities, towns, and national parks that offer beautiful mild summer temperatures. Travel bloggers, industry experts and locals recommend the best things to do, where to stay, and how to get there.

Historical average temperatures during June, July and August are highlighted in addition to expected humidity. Remember – you want to avoid high humidity! Nothing is worst than seeking the cool shade of a tree only to still feel unbearable heat from high humidity.

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Bruges, Belgium (Photo courtesy of Mal from Raw Mal Roams)

Bruges, Belgium

By Mal from Raw Mal Roams

With mild temperature and plenty of sunshine, Bruges is one of the best places to visit in June, July and August when other destinations in Europe are experiencing extreme summer heat. Bruges is also a very compact city with all its major attractions and historical sites close together. This makes it an excellent city to leisurely explore on foot.

Take a walking tour and explore the city from its main square, the Markt, which is surrounded by colourful townhouses with iconic triangular stepped gable roofs for which Bruges is known. Climb up the 300 stairs of the Belfry tower for epic views of the city. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and dates back to the 13th century.

For a different perspective of Bruges, book a boat tour through its picturesque canals, including one of the most beautiful spots in Bruges, the Quay of the Rosary Viewpoint.

Bruges is also a great city for foodies, with many excellent restaurants serving Belgian and French cuisine. Try De Gastro restaurant, a family owned restaurant with relaxed ambiance or the Park Restaurant, for a more sophisticated and romantic meal.

A visit to Bruges would not be complete without sampling delicious Belgian waffles served with your choice of fruits, chocolate and whipped cream. And, if you want to taste an original Belgian hot chocolate, visit the Old Chocolate House. You won’t go hungry in this incredible city.

If you want to try all of the best Belgian foods, then book a food tour.


In the summer months, the weather in Belgium is very mild, with daily high temperature not exceeding 70 degrees Fahrenheit. There is little to no humidity.

How Best To Reach Destination

Bruges International Airport is situated 33 km away from the city, and it’s well connected by public transport. However, the airport is small and only connects with a few international destinations. Accordingly, if you can’t find a convenient flight, try Brussels airport which is 70 miles (112 km) away and has good train connections. 

Hotel Recommendation

Mal says, “A great place to base yourself in the city is Hotel Bourgoensch Hof, situated right in the heart of the historic centre of Bruges, a few minutes walk from the main square and overlooking a picturesque canal.
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Lake Como, Italy (Photo courtesy of Unsplash)

Lake Como, Italy

By Paula from Truly Expat

Europe in summer can be hot, especially when you would like to spend hours in the sun exploring. However, Lake Como is one of the best places to visit in Europe for cooler summer temperatures. Better yet, it offers everything for which you hope on a vacation to Italy.

There is so much to do in this beautiful part of Italy. First, consider hiking in the surrounding mountains. They are covered with snow during winter, but they are spectacularly beautiful and green during this time of year. A hike from Como to Cernobbio 6.2 mi (10 km) or to Monte Bisbino 13.6 mi (21.9 km looped trail) are great options.

If you plan on staying in Menaggio, you can hike through the Parco Val Sanagra region (Val Sanagra Park), where the walks are easy and take approximately an hour each to complete. 

Alternatively, if you would like to hike your way to Brunate, it is about a 2.6 mi (4.3 km) walk. This is a steep path, but the views are breathtaking. You will be able to walk off those long lunches that you have enjoyed.

If you love a view but don’t wish to hike, then take the funicular from Como. Enjoy a relaxed long lunch eating traditional favorites at Trattoria dei Bracconieri, rich in hundred year old Italian history.

Alternatively, spend a day on the water by taking a boat and touring other towns like Menaggio or Bellagio. These stunning lakeside towns all have something different to offer.

Spend the day at Lido Menaggio, a sort of beach club, where you will find a beach with golden sand. Explore Menaggio by hiring a bike and checking out the beaches along the river. Make ensure you visit Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo as the botanical gardens are beautiful. 

Bellagio, the pearl of Lake Como, is based on the other side of the lake. Bellagio is known for its remarkable riverside villas, each one more extravagant than the other. Visit Villa Serbelloni or Villa Melzi for a real feel of what this beautiful part of the world is all about. 


Summer weather in Lake Como is perfect as it can range from a lovely cool 60 degrees at night to a perfect 79 degrees during the day. You can expect some humidity but hardly any in June and less than 20% of the time during July and August.

How Best To Reach Destination

Getting to Lake Como is easy as you have three airports from which choose. Malpensa airport (the primary international airport), Milan Bergamo airport (caters to budget airlines) and Linate airport (if you are flying in from somewhere in Italy) are all under 2 hours away. Rent a car and enjoy the scenery.

Hotel Recommendation

Paula says, “The main town in the area is Como where there are plenty of places to stay, ranging from pensiones to boutique style hotels. However, if you are after the whole Italian experience, you can not go past Vista Palazza. This beautiful historic hotel is ideally located right on the waterfront.”
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Triglav National Park, Slovenia (Photo courtesy of Heather from Conversant Traveller)

Triglav National Park, Slovenia

By Heather from Conversant Traveller

Slovenia is one of the best destinations to visit in Europe to avoid extreme summer temperatures. The weather is usually warm and sunny with clear skies and little rain. However, it doesn’t experience the soaring temperatures of many of its European counterparts.

If you really want to escape the heat, then head to Triglav National Park in the Julian Alps and keep cool while exploring the mountains, lakes, and valleys.

One of the best things to do is drive the Vrsic Pass. The precipitous switchback hairpins are easy to negotiate if you take it slow, and the views out across the flower meadows and lofty alpine peaks are stunning. Make sure you stop at the beautiful wooden Russian church which was built by prisoners of war in 1917 as a memorial to their comrades.

Other noteworthy activities in Triglav National Park are kayaking or canyoning on the turquoise Soca River, one of the most photogenic features in the area.

For something a little less energetic, head to Lake Bohinj or Lake Triglav. Try stand up paddle boarding, or just go for a swim.


Temperatures in Triglav average around 68˚F during summer. If you plan to hike, the higher you head into the mountains, the cooler it will be.

How Best To Reach Destination

The easiest way to reach the Triglav National Park is to fly into Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, and hire a car. You may want to spend a day or two exploring Ljubljana as there is lots of things to do. It’s only a 60-mile drive to reach Triglav, although you might want to stop off to explore Lake Bled on the way.

Alternatively, you can take a day tour to Triglav National Park from Ljubljana.

Both Ljubljana and Lake Bled offer lovely temperatures in summer. The average high is around 80oF without humidity.

Hotel Recommendation

Heather says, “Once in the Park, good places to base yourself are the Jasna Chalet Resort in Kranjska Gora or the Boutique Hotel Dobra Vila in Bovec.”
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Krakow, Poland (Photo courtesy of Tal from Bright Nomad)

Krakow, Poland

By Tal from Bright Nomad

Krakow, Poland is one of the best cities to travel to in Europe to beat blistering summer heat. It is also a lovely city that’s well worth discovering.

The best way to get to know Krakow is by taking a walking guided tour. There are many different guided tours in Krakow that will teach you about its harsh and fascinating history, but also introduce you to the different parts of the city. The Old Town with its massive main square and the Jewish Quarter with its hipster vibes are each beautiful and fascinating parts of Krakow to explore.

In summer, the banks of the Vistula River are full of locals and tourists hanging out on the grass or strolling along the river. The feel is vibrant and the scenery is delightful. In the evening, you can also enjoy the scenery on an evening boat cruise.

As you walk along the river, you’ll see Krakow’s most famous and iconic landmark – Wawel Castle – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s plenty to see in the Castle, the adjacent Cathedral and the beautiful gardens. If you have time, you can easily spend half a day there. Book your tickets in advance to avoid standing in line. 


The summers in Krakow are comfortable, with an average high temperature between 72°F and 75 °F in June, July and August. You may experience the occasional rainy day, but the weather is generally very pleasant with practically no humidity.

How Best To Reach Destination

Krakow’s international airport is called John Paul II International Airport Kraków – Balice. Getting from the airport to the city takes about 20-30 minutes. You can take public transport (there are frequent and affordable buses and trains) or rent a car and drive.

Hotel Recommendation

Tal says, “For a convenient stay, I can recommend Hotel Legend in Krakow, located near Planty Park. It’s within a short walking distance from all the popular areas of the city: The Old Town, the Jewish Quarter and Wawel Castle.
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Wicklow National Park, Ireland (Photo courtesy of Unsplash)

Wicklow National Park, Ireland

By Mary from Be Right Back

The Wicklow Mountains National park is a gorgeous park located in County Wicklow, just one hour drive from Dublin, Ireland’s capital. It’s a heaven for anyone who loves the outdoors, hiking, discovering waterfalls and learning about history. It is also one of the best European destinations to go to avoid extreme summer heat.

There are lots of things to do in Wicklow Mountains National Park. Some of the highlights include the Upper lake and Lough Ouler. The Upper Lake is located at the heart of the National Park and is a favorite weekend destination for locals from Dublin. The lake is surrounded by green tall mountains and features a nice beach where you can swim in the sun. The view is absolutely beautiful and worth a visit.

If you’re feeling adventurous, take on the White Spinc hike which takes you to the Poulanass Waterfall, down the Glenealo Valley and ends at the Upper lake. 

Lough Ouler is another unmissable visit while in the Wicklow Mountains. It is a heart-shaped lake located on the side of the Tonelagee Mountain. It is accessible through a rough muddy path but is worth every minute of your effort. You are rewarded by an incredible (and windy) view of the heart!

Visiting the Powerscourt Distillery or the Glendalough Cathedral are also great options, especially on rainy days. And of course, with only an hours drive to Dublin, you have an easy day trip for more incredible things to do.

Alternatively, if you prefer to stay in Dublin, you can book a one day tour to explore the area and let someone else worry about the driving.


Although Wicklow National Park can get quite a few sunny days during summer, temperatures usually average between 60°F to 70°F which makes it a great destination if you’re not a big fan of hot or humid summer days.

Ireland being Ireland, the weather can be quite unpredictable and change rapidly. Always bring a packable rain jacket even if the sky is blue and the sun is shining when you head outdoors. 

How Best To Reach Destination

The best way to get to the National Park is to fly into Dublin’s airport (DUB) and rent a car. From there, Wicklow NP is about an hour drive (on the left side of the road). The drive is easy as it is mostly on the highway. 

Hotel Recommendation

Mary says, “For a full immersion in the park, stay at the Cleevaun Cabin. To experience pub life, hotels in Blessington or Bray are popular too!”
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Copenhagen, Denmark (Photo courtesy of Disha from Disha Discovers)

Copenhagen, Denmark

By Disha from Disha Discovers

One of the best places to visit in Europe for mild summer weather is Copenhagen, Denmark. With lovely temperatures and mostly sunny days, this Nordic jewel is the perfect escape from the heat.

Copenhagen is an ancient city brimming with youthful energy. The primitive canals and cobbled lanes crisscrossing through the city are full of life, and lined with designer shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants.

But, don’t be fooled by the cobblestones and charm – Copenhagen is also a modern, vibrant capital city that has a lot to offer! It truly is one of the best cities to visit in Europe.  

There are so many exciting things to do in Copenhagen. Tivoli Gardens should be at the top of your list. The colorful gardens and romantic streets of Tivoli have been delighting visitors for over 150 years with its bright lights, unique gift shops, amusement rides, and enchanting shows.

Another amazing place to visit in Copenhagen is Nyhavn, which has been drawing visitors for years with its picturesque charm. The colorful homes lining the canal are beautiful. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful walk, a boat tour along the canal, or an exciting night out in the town, Nyhavn has something for you.

Last but not least, Christiansborg Palace is a must-visit in Copenhagen. The grand structure with its intricate rooms is simply breathtaking. Christiansborg Palace has been home to royalty, government institutions, and even the national bank. Today, it houses the Danish Parliament.


Average summer temperature around 68 degrees Fahrenheit with mostly sunny days. There is no humidity.

How Best To Reach Destination

You reach Copenhagen by flying into Copenhagen Airport. From there, it’s around a 15-minute train or metro ride to the city center.

Hotel Recommendation

Disha says, “71 Nyhavn Hotel is a great place to stay in Copenhagen. It’s right on the water and you’ll be taken back to the olden Danish days.”
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland (Photo courtesy of Jennifer from Family Trip Guides)

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

By Jennifer from Family Trip Guides

Switzerland is one of the best European countries to escape the blistering heat of southern Europe. In particular, the village of Lauterbrunnen offers lovely summer temperatures and a stunning place to explore.

This quaint town inspired J.R.R. Tolkien’s Rivendell in Lord of the Rings because of its 72 waterfalls. It is surrounded by mountains on 3 sides and retains a quaint village feel but with all the necessities for an enjoyable vacation.

The main attraction is the Alps and the waterfalls at every turn! There are so many options to explore the outside beauty from taking a train to the Jungfraujoch (the Top of Europe) to taking a separate gondola to the Shilthorn where a 007 Bond movie was filmed.

You can also walk along an alpine river in the valley and explore waterfalls inside the mountain at Trummelbach Falls. For the more adventurous, paragliding is very popular here.

And if you are worried about visiting one of the most expensive countries in the world, check out these 10 Switzerland budget travel.


Average temperatures in June, July and August range from a daytime high of 66 to an evening low of 58. It rains on average 12 days each month, but it is typically a short rain in the mountains that often clears in an hour or two. There is no humidity.

How Best To Reach Destination

The closest airport is Zurich International Airport. Pick up a rental car and drive less than 2-hours or take a 3 hour train ride.

Hotel Recommendation

Jennifer says, “We usually stay at a vacation rental in the valley but have heard good things from friends who stayed at Hotel Staubbach with a view of the largest waterfall in the valley.”
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Cornwall, England (Photo courtesy of Lavina from Continent Hop)

Cornwall, England

By Lavina from Continent Hop

Cornwall is quite a popular spot to visit in England because it is one of the places that receives the most sunlight in England. With partially cloudy days, this translates into pleasant temperatures for most of summer. Accordingly, it is one of the best places in Europe to visit to escape extreme summer temperatures.

There are many places that you can visit in Cornwall. The Lizard Peninsula is a good spot as the diverse fauna and flora and the cliffs and beaches here are perfect for a walk or to enjoy a day at the beach. You’ll find basalt rock formations that look like pillars due to volcanic activity in the area centuries ago.

Penzance is where you’ll find St. Michaels Mount, a historic castle, garden and island community off the coast of Cornwall. When the tide is low you can walk right up to the castle. On the way keep an eye out for fossils as the area is full of them.

Cadgwith, a fishing village, is the perfect spot to enjoy pasties, cream teas, and ice cream while you admire the colourful boats here and the fishermen busy with their fresh catch.


Average temperatures vary between 15 to 20 degrees for most days, with a few spells of rain each month.

How Best To Reach Destination

It is quite easy to get to Cornwall, but the most convenient is renting a car from London, and driving 6 hours. If you’re looking for something quicker, a few flights will get you to Newquay from London.

Alternatively, you can join a 5 day tour of the area from London.

Hotel Recommendation

Lavina says, “There are various accommodation options suit all tastes; however, Hotel Penzance is a good choice.
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South Coast, Iceland (Photo courtesy of Stephanie from the Unknown Enthusiast)

South Coast, Iceland

By Stephanie from The Unknown Enthusiast

One of the best places to visit in Europe for mild summer temperatures is the South Coast of Iceland. In addition, you get to experience some of the most insanely cool landscapes and adventures. 

Attractions in south Iceland can be roughly grouped into 3 different categories: 

First, you can explore and tour the huge variety of waterfalls in Iceland. Walk behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall, find the hidden Gljúfrabúi waterfall in a cave, and feel the power of the massive Skogafoss falls. 

The second category is the relaxing thermal springs. Blue Lagoon, with it’s milky blue waters and smoky atmosphere, is very well known, but the Hruni hot pot is idyllic and adorable, and the Reykjadalur Thermal River is definitely a unique experience for your Iceland itinerary.

The third category is glaciers. Embrace the adventure by doing glacier hikes on the Skaftafell glacier, or visit Glacier Lagoon, with its crystal blue icebergs floating in the water. 

All of these experiences are absolutely jaw-droppingly gorgeous! But the real reason to visit Iceland in summer is because there is no night! While the sun does technically set for a few hours, between the end of May to beginning of August, it never gets dark, just slightly dusky.

That means you can tour during the day or night and have nonstop light! Plus, being so far north means that around the summer solstice (June 21), you can see the midnight sun, a bucket list item for sure.


Average highs for the summer peak in the mid-50’s, but can also often be in the 40’s as well. Rain and wind is common, but weather changes frequently in Iceland, so build some flexibility into your itinerary. There is no humidity.

How Best To Reach Destination

To access the South Coast of Iceland, fly into the international airport in Reykjavik and rent a car.

Hotel Recommendation

Stephanie says, “Traveling by campervan in Iceland is very popular and a great way to have flexibility – and I recommend the campsite by the Gljúfrabúi waterfall as one of your stops!”

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Riga, Latvia (Photo courtesy of Martha from May Cause Wanderlust)

Riga, Latvia

By Martha from May Cause Wanderlust

Riga is the capital of Latvia, one of the Baltic countries in northern Europe. It is a very attractive city, known as the Art Nouveau Capital of Europe. It is also a fantastic city in Europe to travel to when looking for vacation spots with cooler summer temperatures.

There is a lot to do in Riga, including wandering the cobbled streets of the medieval old town. Take a walking tour and see the highlights including Rozena iela, a street so narrow you can touch the opposite walls at the same time.

Also, there are several beautiful parks in which to picnic, including Canal Park and Esplanade Park, which also contains the stunning gold-domed Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ.

Finally, take a boat tour along the Daugava River and Riga City Canal, gliding past some of the most popular sights in Riga including the Freedom Monument and Riga Castle.

However, a top tip is to make sure you spend a few hours exploring the Art Nouveau Museum and doing a free self-guided Art Nouveau architecture walking tour around the city. There are so many great examples of Art Nouveau to discover!


While it gets bright and sunny in summertime, the temperature is much cooler than southern Europe. The average high temperature in Riga ranges from 68F – 71F in June, July and August. Both rain and humidity are rare.

How Best To Reach Destination

You can get to Riga by flying into Riga International Airport. It is also reachable by train from Moscow and other places in Russia, ferry from Sweden, or with a road trip through the Baltic states from Estonia or Lithuania.

Hotel Recommendation

Martha says, “Keeping with the Art Nouveau theme, consider staying at the Monika Centrum Hotel, which has a handsome nouveau-style pink façade.”
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Conwy, Wales (Photo courtesy of Paulina from UK Everyday)

Conwy, Wales

By Paulina from UK Everyday

Conwy is a lovely Welsh town and one of the best places to visit in Europe with mild summer weather. It is situated by a beautiful river and offers amazing views of the Welsh countryside.

One of the best things to do is walk along the Conwy Town Walls, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They are among the finest and most complete walls in Europe, stretching for three quarters of a mile, with 21 towers and three original gateways. They are free and offer spectacular views of Conwy’s medieval streets. If you are interested in the history of the area, take a walking tour led by a local.

Conwy Marina and Quay is also a lovely area to relax. You can find the smallest house in Great Britain. It is a Guinness Book of World Records holder, standing at 122 inches tall and 72 inches wide. There is only 16 square feet of usable space.

Finally, make sure you see Conwy Suspension Bridge, another Thomas Telford masterpiece, built in 1826.

Due to its convenient location, Conwy allows you to visit many amazing places. Whether you want to climb the highest mountain in Wales, see the impressive lighthouse in Holyhead or relax at one of the Welsh beaches. All of those locations are less than an hour drive from Conwy and can be easily seen on a one day tour.


Average summer highs in Conwy are around 65°F with evening temperatures in the mid 50s.

How Best To Reach Destination

Conwy is located one hour drive from Liverpool John Lennon Airport where you can pick up a rental car.

Hotel Recommendation

Paulina says, “There is a huge variety of hotels in Conwy such as The Bridge Inn, Castle Hotel or Johnny Dough’s at The Bridge. All of them are within walking distance to one of the best medieval castles in Europe – Conwy Castle.”
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Stockholm, Sweden (Photo courtesy of Unsplash)

Stockholm, Sweden

By Alina from World of Lina

For everyone wanting to escape extreme summer heat in Europe, Stockholm is a perfect destination. Even in July, the hottest month of the year, the average high is only around 70 °F.

Some of the best things to do in summer include a sailing trip from Stockholm to the mesmerizing archipelago with more than 30,000 small islands. While some of them are famous tourist spots with hotels, art galleries and amazing beaches, others are remote and unexplored.

Vaxholm, for example, is among the bigger ones where you can explore an old fortress and even stay overnight at either one of the very few hotels or an Airbnb.

Another activity not to be missed is a visit to Djurgarden, one of the 14 islands that make up Stockholm. It’s a lovely small island with beautiful nature, woodland trails and some of the capital’s most famous museums including the Vasa Museum (where you can admire a real-size, almost fully intact ship from the 17th century), the open-air museum Skansen (that shows how life was before the industrial revolution) and the Abba Museum. Whether you’re a nature lover or into art and history, this island is worth a visit!

No trip to Stockholm in summer is complete without spending at least one or two nights checking out some of the city’s coolest outdoor party spaces. Rooftop bars in an old slaughterhouse or in a revamped square are just a few of the many incredible hot spots.


Average high temperatures in June, July and August are between 66-71 degrees Fahrenheit. There is virtually no humidity.

How Best To Reach Destination

There are four different airports around the capital of Sweden. Stockholm Arlanda Airport is the most frequented one. It’s about 25 miles (40 km) from the city center. You can easily take a train (20 minutes) or a bus (50 minutes) to reach Stockholm.

The nearest airport is Stockholm Bromma Airport which also has international and domestic flights. It’s only 6.8 mi (11 km) from the center.

Low-cost airlines usually use the two smaller airports, Stockholm Skavsta and Stockholm Västeras, that are further away.

Hotel Recommendation

Lina says, “There are loads of good accommodation options, however, compared to more southern European countries, Sweden is rather expensive. An affordable but still great choice is Hotel Hellsten in the city district Vasastan, a safe residential area just a short walk from the center.”

Asturias, Spain

By Alya from Stingy Nomads

Asturias is a beautiful region in northern Spain that is famous for its mountains and beaches. The capital of the region is Oviedo, a beautiful city surrounded by mountains. Hiking, rock climbing, and surfing are some of the main outdoor activities practiced by many local and foreign tourists in the region. It is one of the best places in Europe to visit for mild summer weather.

Los Picos de Europa National Park is an amazing place for hiking. There are many day trails and a couple of multi-day routes such as the Camino Primitivo with breathtaking views of the mountain ranges and the coast.

Rock climbing is another popular activity in the National Park. Limestone peaks have endless climbing potential with different levels of difficulty.

There are several surfing spots and surf campsites along the coast of Asturias. Some of the best surf spots in the region are Gijon, Salines, Tapia de Casariego. The water here is always cold. For surfing, one needs a good wetsuit. 

For day tours exploring the region, check out these options.


Asturias doesn’t get scorching hot like many other parts of Spain in summer. In Oviedo, daily high temperatures in the summer range between 68°F and 74°F, but cools into the high 50s in the evenings. It rains around 5 days in the summer months.

How Best To Reach Destination

There is only one international airport in the region, Asturias Airport situated 9 miles from Aviles, 25 miles from Gijon, and 30 miles from Oviedo, the largest cities. It’s easy to get around Asturias using buses and trains.

Hotel Recommendation

Alya says, “Oviedo is a good place to stay in Asturias because it is close to the sea and the mountains. Aparthotel Campus and Boutique Hotel Oviedo are some of the most popular places to stay in the city.

Camping La Paz in Llanes is a perfect place for those who want to camp by the beach. El Cares in Los Picos de Europa National Park is a great campsite for hikers.”
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Zell Am See, Austria (Photo courtesy of Martina from Places of Juma)

Zell Am See, Austria

By Martina from Places of Juma

One of the best places to visit in Europe for mild summer weather is Zell am See in Austria. This picturesque destination looks like it has been plucked out of a fairytale book. Its’ high mountains, green meadows, blooming flowers and stunning crystal clear waters of Zeller Lake are breathtakingly beautiful.

Zell am See is a great destination for a summer vacation. Whether swimming, boating, surfing, SUP, hiking, biking, or sightseeing, there is always something to do in this amazing region!

Plus, in the summer, guests will enjoy the advantages of the Zell am See Card, which grants free admission to many of the major attractions, as well as gondola rides, gorges, lake resorts and museums. The card is often included in the price of accommodation so double check whether this benefit is being offered before booking your hotel.

In Zell am See, there are numerous places worth seeing, such as the Sigmund Thun Gorge with its thundering waterfalls, impressive rivers and interesting rock formations. It’s located near Kaprun and can be easily reached by shuttle bus.

Alternatively, take a gondola to the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier where you can still find snow in summer. On the top, you will have stunning views of the 10,000 foot high snow-white mountains of the Hohe Tauern National Park. You can even enjoy tobogganing and sliding in summer snow at the Ice Arena.

Another highlight is the Kaprun reservoirs which are located on a 7000 foot high mountain. The reservoirs can be reached by the famous Lärchwand lift. If you like, you can take a guided tour of the dam wall, visit the “Erlebniswelt Strom” exhibition or go on a hike with a view of the lake.

You can also stay in Salzburg and join a day trip to Zell Am See.


Thanks to the many mountains and the large lake, it is not too hot in the Zell am See region even in summer. On average, the temperatures are around sunny 73.4 °F, although it can rain on some days.

How Best To Reach Destination

The nearest international airport is in Salzburg. The best way to reach Zell am See is by rental car, bus or train. By car, it is only about 1:15 hours drive.

Hotel Recommendation

Martina says, “As a hotel tip, we recommend the Grand Hotel Zell am See, a beautiful historic hotel directly on the lake!
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Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, Northern Ireland

Belfast, Northern Ireland

By Ella from Many More Maps

Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, is often overlooked when it comes to European travel, but this awesome destination is perfect for escaping blistering summer heat. Moreover, it has a ton of awesome things to do, it’s cheap (far cheaper than London or Dublin) and not packed with tourists.

The best thing to do in Belfast is the Titanic Belfast Museum, and it should be on every Belfast itinerary. The Titanic was actually built in Belfast, and this modern and interactive museum tells the story of its construction, design and ultimate demise. It also includes plenty of unique attractions such as a 3D tour of the ship and even a ride.

Another fantastic thing to do is to take a Black Taxi Tour where you’ll learn all about “The Troubles”. From 1968-1998, Catholics fought their Protestant neighbors for the right to leave the United Kingdom to become part of the Republic of Ireland. There is fascinating street art and other memorials that capture the conflict and the loss of life. This is a fantastic Belfast tour if you are traveling with teens.

Many people visit Belfast on their way to visiting Giant’s Causeway and Dark Hedges (especially Game of Thrones fans!), and Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge. These three attractions are also easily experienced on a day trip from Belfast or even a tour from Dublin.


Summer temperatures in Belfast in June, July and August are between 62°F and 65°F during the day with cooler temperatures at night. There is no humidity.

How Best To Reach Destination

There are two airports in Belfast – Belfast International Airport (35 minutes away from the city) and George Best City Airport (10 minutes away from the city). Alternatively, you can fly into Dublin, pick up a rental car, and drive just over 2 hours.

Hotel Recommendation

Ella says, “The best place to stay in Belfast is the Titanic Hotel. Located in the city’s Titanic Quarter, it’s just a stone’s throw away from the Titanic Museum and most of the rooms have a view of the shipyard where it was built! It’s also a fairly new hotel, so you can expect beautiful modern decoration.”
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Bansko, Bulgaria (Photo courtesy of Maria & Katerina from It’s All Trip To Me)

Bansko, Bulgaria

By Maria & Katerina from It’s All Trip To Me

The lovely mountain town of Bansko in Bulgaria is a very popular winter destination and one of the best skiing resorts in Europe. However, Bansko is so much more. It is a quaint town tucked away in the embrace of the Pirin Mountains. In addition, it’s an ideal place in Europe to spend time when trying to escape from soaring summer temperatures in June, July and August. 

Hiking is one of the best things to do in the summer in Bansko. There are many hiking paths and summer is the ideal time to enjoy the utter beauty of the scenery.

Moreover, Bansko is home to a picturesque Old Town with cobbled alleys, historic buildings and quite a few mehanas, traditionally decorated restaurants that serve superb Bulgarian food.

In the evening, when the weather is pleasantly cool, sample the area’s superb wines, one of the things you’ll cherish most about your trip to Bansko. 


The average high in Bansko in June, July and August is between 73F – 78F with temperatures in the 50s at night. The weather is fantastic, with clear skies, almost no rain and no humidity.  

How Best To Reach Destination

Sofia International Airport is the closest airport. It takes about two and a half hours by rental car to get to Bansko. Alternatively, you can reach it via Thessaloniki International Airport in Greece after a 3-hour drive. 

Hotel Recommendation

Maria & Kateriana say, “From cosy guest houses like Villa Kalina to 5-star luxury resorts with spa facilities and swimming pools like Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena, Bansko offers amazing accommodation options for all budgets and travel styles. In the summer, prices in Bansko drop dramatically, making it a value-for-money destination.”
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Perros Guirrec, France (Photo courtesy of My Favourite Escapes)

Perros Guirec, France

By Eloise from My Favourite Escapes

During a heatwave, when you look at the weather in France, there’s always one region that offers lovely weather. In the most western part of France, Brittany, it rarely gets very hot or very cold. Accordingly, it is one of the best places to visit in Europe for mild summer weather.

The cool oceanic climate is one of the reasons why visitors choose to come to the popular seaside town of Perros Guirec. It’s a lively beach town where you will find many restaurants and bars, and a casino.

The main attraction in Perros Guirec is the beach. Trestraou Beach is the most reputed one with 1.4 km of beautiful white sand and stunning views of nearby islands. It’s perfect for a swim, and there’s also a surf club where you can rent a board or take a lesson. In addition, Perros Guirec is a famous wellness destination for spa treatments.

Perros Guirec is well located to explore Brittany. Bird lovers will love joining a boat tour from Perros Guirec to explore the Sept-Iles archipelago. It is also close to Lannion and Treguier, some of the most beautiful towns in Brittany, and ideally located to explore the stunning Pink Granit Coast.


The average maximum summer temperature in June, July and August is between 65°F -70°F. There is less than 1% chance of a humid day. If you ever feel too hot, there is always the refreshing water of the English Channel to keep you cool. There will be periodic rainfall.

How Best To Reach Destination

It takes five hours to drive from Paris to Perros Guirec. The closest airports are Brest (1.5 hours away) and Rennes (2 hours away) and you can pick up rental cars from either airport.

Hotel Recommendation

Eloise says, “While in Perros Guirec, you can treat yourself to a room with sea views at the Hotel des Rochers. You may also find cheaper accommodation out of town, like the beautiful Pavillon de la plage in Trébeurden.”
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St. Petersburg, Russia (Photo courtesy of Unsplash)

St. Petersburg, Russia

By Elizabeth from The Fearless Foreigner

St. Petersburg, Russia is one of the best destinations to visit in Europe to avoid stifling summer heat. In addition, there are a lot of things to do in St. Petersburg.

You don’t want to miss the Hermitage Museum, the largest art museum in the world. Founded in 1764, this gigantic palace is a work of art itself, not to mention the three million pieces of art in its collection. One estimate surmises that you would need about eleven years to view each exhibit on display for just one minute.

Peterhof Palace is an easy day trip from the city. It is a series of beautiful palaces and exquisite gardens commissioned by Peter the Great in response to the Palace of Versailles in France.  

Canal and river cruises are also very popular. For a more unique way to navigate the waterways, take a kayak tour with PiterKayak. You’ll see the city from a whole new perspective. 


Summer is the perfect time to visit. Temperatures are typically in the high 60s in June, July and August with cool nights. Summer nights are known as “White Nights” where there is daylight almost 24 hours a day. 

How Best To Reach Destination

St Petersburg is one of the easiest cities in Russia to reach. You can fly into Pulkova Airport in St Petersburg or take a high speed train from Moscow or many other European cities.

What makes St Petersburg easier to reach than other Russian cities is that you can also arrive by cruise ship. If you arrive on a cruise, you don’t need a Russian visa which will save you lots of aggravation.

Hotel Recommendation

Elizabeth says, “Aston Hotel is the perfect place to stay. Within walking distance to many of the must-visit sights, Aston Hotel also offers friendly service and clean rooms. The free daily tea time and morning breakfast buffets are also nice perks.”
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Bergen, Norway (Photo courtesy of Unsplash)

Bergen, Norway

By Joanna from World In My Pocket

Bergen is one of the best places to travel in Europe for cooler summer temperatures. Whilst places like Malaga are famous for their 300 days of sunshine a year, Bergen is the opposite.

One of the main attractions in Bergen is the old docks of Bryggen which were established in 1070 and declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 1979. Here you can tour through crooked houses, narrow alleyways and a lot of colour. In addition, there is a museum dedicated to the history of the city and a Christmas shop open all year round.

As Bergen is surrounded by seven mountains, one of the best things to do is go on a hike. The Vidden trail connects the top of Ulriken Mountain with the top of Floyen mountain. The trail passes through beautiful scenery and offers spectacular panoramas over the city from different angles. You can reach the tops of both mountains by cable cars, one of which connects to the city center.

You can also capture the beauty of the region on a round trip boat cruise through the fjords.

Another great thing to do in Bergen is eat your way through the fish market. You can either buy fresh fish to cook or try the sandwiches with marinated salmon or giant prawns.


In June, July and August, the average high temperature is 63 degrees Fahrenheit with rain expected around 50% of the time. There is no humidity.

How Best To Reach Destination

Bergen is easily accessible from Europe as it has its own airport. If you prefer to come from Oslo, take the day train for a spectacular journey – one of the most beautiful in Europe.

Hotel Recommendation

Joanna says, “There are plenty of places to stay in Bergen, but prepare to pay more than other European cities. I chose an apartment during my trip to Bergen as it was much more cost effective than a hotel.”

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Constanta, Romania (Photo courtesy of Elizabeth from Three Week Traveller)

Constanta, Romania

By Elizabeth from Three Week Traveller

Constanta is located east of Bucharest on the famous Black Sea. It is one of the best places to visit for mild summer weather and a great place to add to a 3 week Eastern Europe Itinerary

There are many things you can do here. Firstly, enjoy the nice beaches of the Black Sea. Plaja 3 Papuci is the most popular beach with fine sand and sunshade to rent. Even during the peak of summer, the crowds don’t get too big which means it’s a great location for a quiet holiday.

If you are travelling with children or are young at heart, go to Aqua Magic Mamaia Water Park where you will find water slides, a lazy river, outdoor jacuzzis, a play area for children, and restaurants.

If you feel like exploring the town, there’s a double-decker tourist bus that drives up and down the coast. Make sure to visit Faleza Cazino Constanta and take a walk around to discover ancient buildings and historic spots like the Romanian Sailors Monument and Mihai Eminescu’s Statue – a famous Romanian poet and novelist from 1800. You can also book a tour with wine tasting to learn more about its history.

For dinner or drinks at night, head to Muscle Beach where you will find plenty of restaurants and bars right by the shore.

If you are feeling adventurous, head south one hour to Vama Veche, a small hippy beach town sitting right next to the border of Bulgaria. If you prefer camping, you can do that here. It also has a public nude beach. For passport stamp collectors, cross the Bulgarian border, enjoy a cold beer, then head back.


The average summer temperature during June, July, and August ranges from 77°F to 80°F. It is sunny with 30% chance of humidity.

How Best To Reach Destination

Fly into Henri Coandă International Airport in Bucharest. You can either rent a car or take a 2.5-hour train to Constanta.

Hotel Recommendation

Elizabeth says, “For accommodation, I highly recommend Hotel Continental Forum (formerly Hotel ibis). It has modern rooms, a good-size pool, and the beach is just 400m away. I also suggest you check out La Ana și Ion – very delicious Romanian food for such affordable prices.”
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Isle of Skye, Scotland (Photo courtesy of Unsplash)

Isle of Skye, Scotland

By Maggie from Pink Caddy Travelogue

One of the best places to visit in Europe for mild summer weather is Scotland’s windswept but otherworldly Isle of Skye.

The Isle of Skye is located on Scotland’s northwest coast. It’s famous for its ethereal fairy pools, herds of shaggy highland cattle, and rugged mountains. Because its claim to fame is its scenery, one of the best things to do here is to go hiking. You can take the popular Old Man of StorrTrail up to an amazing vista of the island, or a longer trek through the Quiraing range.

If you’re into visiting historic buildings, check out Dunvegan Castle, the only castle on the Isle of Skye. The gardens are stunning, and you might even spot some sea lions.

You can also drive out to Neist Point, the most photographed lighthouse in Scotland. It sits on a peninsula that juts out into the sea, making it an epic sunset location.

Alternatively, you can take single or multi-day organized tours from Inverness or Edinburgh to see the area.

If you’re an outdoor lover who prefers not to swelter in extreme summer heat, then the Isle of Skye is one of the best European summer destinations for you!


Skye is pretty far north and off the coast, so it rarely gets hot in the summer. The average high is 60 degrees Fahrenheit. And because it’s Scotland, you can bet it’ll rain at least a little on most days.

How Best To Reach Destination

The nearest international airport is either Glasgow or Edinburgh. From either city, you can pick up a rental car and drive about 5-hours through the beautiful Scottish highlands.

Hotel Recommendation

Maggie says, “As the largest city on Skye, Portree has the most accommodation options. It’s also the most centrally located to the best activities in the area. The Cuillin Hills is a beautiful, classic hotel in the heart of Portree.”
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Tallinn, Estonia (Photo courtesy of Unsplash)

Tallinn, Estonia

By Becki from Meet Me In Departures

If you’re looking to avoid sizzling summer heat, then one of the best destinations to spend time is in Tallinn. Estonia’s capital is the northernmost of the three Baltic States, and even in the height of summer, it offers mild summer weather.  

The city of Tallinn has a UNESCO listed historical centre, so this is where the majority of the attractions are. Allow a good portion of your time to wander and explore the pretty cobbled streets. One of the most iconic streets is in the artisan quarter and cute arched lane of St Catherine’s Passage. 

In the heart of the city is the town square which is always a bustling hub of pop-up market stalls as well as the location of the Town Hall. You can climb up the bell tower of the Town Hall for panoramic views of Tallinn.

One of the best things to do in Tallinn is walk the city walls. At one point, the walls encircled the city, with towers, turrets and gateways found along them. Although parts of the wall no longer exist, you can still climb sections of it.

You can also go inside Kiek in de Kok, one of the towers, and visit a museum documenting the history of Tallinn. Alternatively, from here you can enter the Bastion Passages which were used in the city’s defence. They have a really eerie feel with ambient sound effects and narration telling of the city’s past. 


Average highs in June, July and August range from 65 degree Fahrenheit to 70 degree Fahrenheit with cool evenings. There is practically no humidity.

How Best To Reach Destination

Tallinn is a short bus or tram ride from the main airport.

Hotel Recommendation

Becki says, “If you stay in Tallinn, opt to either stay within the city’s walls so the main attractions are within walking distance. If you prefer more modern accommodations, then the Rotermann Quarter is just outside the old city. This area was once factories, but has recently undergone huge redevelopment and is now filled with shops, gyms, restaurants and cafes.
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Dolomites, Italy (Photo courtesy of Krisztina from She Wanders Abroad)

Dolomites, Italy

By Krisztina from She Wanders Abroad

One of the best places to visit in Europe for mild summer weather is on a mountain vacation. Although there are many choices on the continent, the Dolomites are undoubtedly one of the most scenic ones.

The Dolomites are located in Northern Italy and although it’s a bit tricky to get there, it’s absolutely worth the hassle.

In terms of where to stay in the Dolomites, it’s best to base yourself in one or two towns and then explore. Ortisei and Cortina d’Ampezzo work best but you can take a look at a couple of smaller towns as well such as La Villa or Dobbiaco.

Summer is actually one of the best times to visit the Dolomites because you’ll find all the hiking trails and mountain roads open.

If you’re an outdoorsy type, you can take advantage of the many amazing hikes the Dolomites offer. One of the most popular ones is Tre Cime di Lavaredo which is suitable for absolute beginners. However, if you’re looking for a challenge, you can tackle the hike to Lago di Sorapis or the Vajolet Towers.

Don’t worry, if you’re not a hiker, you’ll still find plenty of things to do in the area. You can visit the most beautiful alpine lakes like Lago di Braies or Lago di Carezza.

Alternatively, you can stroll around charming little towns while trying some classic Italian dishes. Even if you only drive around the Dolomites, you’ll be blown away by the scenery.


Summer weather is usually nice and warm and the temperature rarely goes over 80°F although you can expect some rainy days. You may get 2-3 days of humidity in July and August.

How Best To Reach Destination

There are no dedicated airports in the area, so you have to either fly to Venice or Milan, pick up a rental car, and then drive around 3-4 hours.


Krisztina says, “In terms of where to stay in the Dolomites, it’s best to base yourself in one or two towns and then explore. Ortisei and Cortina d’Ampezzo work best but you can take a look at a couple of smaller towns as well such as La Villa or Dobbiaco.”

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Lake Constance, Germany (Photo courtesy of Marianne from Journeying Giordano’s)

Lake Constance, Germany

By Marianne from Past Pretzels And Passports

Lake Constance (Bodensee) is one of the largest lakes in Europe. Surrounded by resort towns and considered a favorite holiday destination, the lake is actually straddled by three countries—Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. It is one of the best European vacation destinations to beat the extreme summer heat.

Aside from lounging at one of the many beaches, swimming or windsurfing, one of the most popular pastimes for people visiting Lake Constance is to go on a boat ride. There is no shortage of companies offering cruises, catamaran, or ferry rides. Spend the day out on the water, or simply take a boat ride to explore the islands or various towns surrounding the lake.

One such town that you should discover is Kontsanz. Take a walking tour and discover the history and amazing architecture. Niederburg is the oldest district in Konstanz, with several landmarks dating back to the 14th century. The neighbourhood boasts cobblestone roads, gorgeous medieval half-timbered houses, and numerous shops, restaurants and wine caves, all tucked away behind the town’s old walls.

In fact, head to the Schnetztor, which is one of three remaining fortification towers built to protect the town in the Middle Ages. Be sure to grab some ice cream as you stroll through this incredibly walkable town. And when it’s time for lunch, head to the Konzilgebäude.

The Konzilgebäude was originally built in 1388 as a warehouse before it became a religious site. Now, it is a wonderful restaurant that serves absolutely delicious traditional German dishes (think spaetzle and schnitzel), and offers incredible views across Lake Constance.

For the best views of Konstanz, go to the gothic Konstanz Cathedral. Built in the 15th century, you can climb up the 193 steps to the top of the tower for some pretty incredible views. The church itself is filled with history. From the beautiful frescoes, gold and marble chancel and ornate wood carvings, to the romanesque painted wood ceiling, spiral staircase and thousand-year-old crypt, this cathedral is definitely worth the visit.

Another popular activity is to spend time on Lake Constance Trail. With over 270 kilometers of trail, you can run, hike or bike around the entire lake. The trail offers incredible views of rolling hills, orchards, vineyards, and farms. Considered a moderate level hike, there is only a 400 m change in elevation across the entire trail.


The closest airport to Lake Constance is Friedrichshafen which is only 15.7 miles away. You can rent a car, take the train or bus to easily reach the lake.

How Best To Reach Destination

As one of the sunniest places in Germany, the best time to visit is in June, July and August, when the average highs are regularly around 77.8°F (25.4°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 58.3°F (14.6°C) at night. There is little to no humidity.

Hotel Recommendation

Marianne says, “If you are planning to stay in Konstanz, there are a variety of accommodations available ranging from spa resorts, quaint inns, or beachside VRBOs. Stay in the historic Steigenberger Inselhotel, which was once a monastery, or the more modern Hampton by Hilton Konstanz with great amenities.”

Last Word

Your summer vacation does not have to be in front of the air conditioner trying to stay cool from high temperatures or unbearable humidity. There are lots of destinations in June, July and August in Europe where you can enjoy beautiful pleasant temperatures while spending time outside. Whether you prefer cities, towns, or national parks, mild summer weather is available in many spectacular places.

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