Even though summer is reserved for laid-back beach vacations, this July consider visiting some fantastic European cities. Do not overshadow the offer of the European capitals, which offer tons of great things to do and see, along with hidden gems and excellent gastronomy. If I have prompted you to think briefly, let’s find out where to travel in Europe for July.

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Where to go in Europe in July

1. Santorini, Greece

Welcome to the white-washed dream with blue roofs, marking one of the best places to visit in July in Europe. Although most tourist arrangements last only 3 to 4 days, you can enjoy the splendour of this pearl of the sea for a long time on your own. Otherwise, the island lies in a caldera conformation; that is, it lies on a volcanic crater that is more than 3600 years old. Besides the chance to see it, you get to learn many stories about ancient Cilician magic and wine production.

These are some of my favourite neighbourhoods to visit


If you are looking for a place where you will see the true soul of Santorini, then head to Oia – the most popular neighbourhood with the perfect sunset, ideal for observing as a couple. Apart from couples, you can also find excellent family-friendly accommodations here.


The capital of Santorini will conquer you with its admixtures of the modern and the harmonious mix of new and old. Also, the nightlife in Santorini will not disappoint you.


Surely you have heard about the famous Santorini balcony. If you still haven’t had a chance, you will understand what it is about once you come here. And when you find accommodation here, don’t miss Skaros Rock, a majestic rocky outcrop with a beautiful lookout point.

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Things to do in Santorini

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Enjoy your time at Mystique, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Santorini

How to get to Santorini

Santorini, one of the best places to visit in July in Europe, has its airport, Santorini Airport (JTR), better known as Thira Airport, which is 6km from the centre. However, many tourists from Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Crete, or Athens arrive by boat.

Where to stay in Santorini

I have prepared several options according to your criteria for where to stay in Europe in July, i.e., in Santorini.

Canaves Sunday, Oia (for couples)

Canaves Sunday is a 4-star hotel that offers romantic accommodation in the best area in Oia. It has an excellent rating for couples’ stays. There is also a bar and on-site dining. Breakfast is included in the price, and there is no additional charge for parking. I recommend a Master Suite with a private pool.

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Have a great time at Canaves Sunday

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2. Amalfi Coast, Italy

Let’s have a look at the Coast of the Sirens and the picturesque, lemon-scented, steep villages. The drive along the Amalfi Coast will always be my favourite experience, meaning you have to try it! In July, dance to the rhythm of the Amalfi Film Festival.

These are some of my favourite towns to visit


The best beaches are in Amalfi, and every corner offers you ice cream with lemon and interesting handicraft souvenirs. The whole place has a vivid atmosphere and offers many luxury villas and Michelin-star restaurants.


Positano is easy to get to. After all the destinations I visited, Positano is the best honeymoon destination in Italy. Moreover, the accommodations, which are next-level experience, further contribute to its popularity.


Historical and charming village with luxury hotels and villas. Some of the most renowned sophisticated villas are Villa Rufolo or Villa Cimbrone, which has the best Medieval rooftop garden.

Our Guide to One Week In Amalfi Coast

Things to do in Amalfi Coast

  • Visit Amalfi Town
  • Hike the Path of the Gods (Sentiero degli Dei)
  • Discover Positano
  • Explore Ravello
  • Relax on the Beaches
  • Join in Lemon Festival
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Lemon Delights at Amalfi Coast in Italy

How to get to Amalfi Coast

There are multiple options to get to Amalfi Coast. The nearest airport is in Naples, 1.5 hours away. However, you can also travel by FCO train or SITA bus with a ticket price of 30-40 euros.

Where to stay on the Amalfi Coast

No matter where you stay, you will not escape the fragrance of lemon, the excellent seafood, and the friendly locals who are always ready to help.

Donna Giulia, Amalfi (for families)

I recommend the apartment with a one-bedroom terrace and a sofa in the living room. Every morning, a fabulous Italian breakfast is waiting for you. Donna Giulia has a beachfront location with a private beach area. As additional luxury services, you get room service and an airport shuttle.

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Private room at Donna Giulia

Have a pleasant stay at Donna Giulia

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3. Barcelona, Spain

Haven’t you visited Gaudi City yet? Take advantage of the Catalan capital during your Europe travel in July and stroll down the famous La Rambla, but beware of pickpockets. And imagine, apart from all the activities and beautiful architecture, you can enjoy the beach until the late sunset.

These are some of my favourite neighbourhoods to visit:

Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic)

This district is only one of the five districts that make up the Old Town. Precisely because of the contents of this district, I can classify Barcelona as one of the best places to visit in July in Europe. Here is the Barcelona Cathedral, the prominent city landmark and proof of the historical richness of Barcelona.

El Born

This is a trendy historic quarter with charming squares that you walk out of directly from your cozy accommodations. There are also many museums, but two of them are among the most sensational: the Picasso Museum and Chocolate Museum if you have a sweet tooth.


Finally, a modern neighbourhood with architecture in the style of Gaudi. L’Eixaple is famous for the one-of-a-kind La Sagrada Familia, Casa Milla and many other seemingly abstract works of Gaudi. This neighbourhood has an exceptional energy that runs through the local markets, cuisines, small traditional restaurants and tapas bars.

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Things to do in Barcelona

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Private Segway Tour

How to get to Barcelona

El Prat Airport, one of Europe’s busiest airports, is a short drive from the city.

Where to stay in Barcelona

Explore Gracia, Poblenou or El Born, which offer a chic atmosphere and boho energy. However, avoid the central area if you are a solo traveller or with a family.

Hotel Rialto, Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic) (for budget travellers)

Ideal cozy accommodation for a budget-friendly stay in Barcelona that puts you steps away from all the iconic landmarks. The rooms in Hotel Rialto can accommodate one, two, or four guests. Each room has a wooden floor and a simple furnished design. It is located 1.4km from the first beach near La Rambla Boulevard.

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Make yourself at home at Hotel Rialto

Enjoy your time at Hotel Rialto

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4. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Although Dubrovnik is exceptionally warm, the Adriatic Sea is one of the coldest in Europe. You will get an ideal balance of hot summer days and cool nights in the Mediterranean. Otherwise, Dubrovnik is one of the best places to visit in July in Europe. Also, it is the most popular choice for celebrities, so don’t be surprised if you get star-struck while walking through the cobbled streets.

These are some of my favourite neighbourhoods to visit:

Old Town (Stari Grad)

The Old Town is a bit more crowded during summer days, especially when the sun goes down, highlighting Stradun Street. If you are a Game of Thrones fan, you will surely recognize footage throughout the old city. Interestingly, there are a few more hidden gems, like going directly to Banje Beach from these small, narrow lanes.


Hiding the most sophisticated villas and a very luxurious promenade. Ploče is the most prestigious part of the city, with an excellent panoramic view of Lokrum Island.


Pile is located west of the Old Town, dating back to the 15th century. It used to serve as a strategic getaway. Albeit the city’s historical value, Pile is home to the most luxurious hotel in Dubrovnik, the Hilton Imperial Hotel.

Our Guide to One Week in Dubrovnik

Things to do in Dubrovnik

  • Walk the City Walls
  • Explore Old Town (Stari Grad)
  • Visit Dubrovnik Cathedral
  • Stroll along Stradun (Placa)
  • Fort Lovrijenac
  • Visit the City Gates
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Old Town Dubrovnik

How to get to Dubrovnik

Although Dubrovnik has its airport, most tourists come by ferry from Herceg Novi or Bari. Dubrovnik is the main port, so the coastal arrival is more current. Therefore, you can use the ferry station and enjoy the Adriatic Sea. Remember to look for a hotel with parking; otherwise, you might find yourself paying quite a bit for a parking lot.

Where to stay in Dubrovnik

Every part of Dubrovnik is worth seeing. However, consider your budget before taking on a venture.

Dubrovnik Old Town Apartments Old Town (Stari Grad) (for families)

Excellent apartments with kitchen and city view. Dubrovnik Apartments offers a balcony, a large bedroom and a sofa in the living room. It can host up to three guests. Keep in mind that drinks and food come at an additional price.

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Experience comfort at Dubrovnik Old Town Apartments

Have a wonderful stay at Dubrovnik Old Town Apartments

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5. Interlaken, Switzerland

Where to escape the hot July days, if not the mountain. Knowing this, Switzerland is one of the best countries to visit in Europe in July. More specifically, Interlaken bears this name because it is located between two lakes – Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. It is nestled in the heart of the Swiss Alps, known as a “Getaway to the Alps.”

These are some of my favourite neighbourhoods to visit


This part is known for the alpine flower garden and the natural splendour of the valley village. The slopes are home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Switzerland.


A year-round destination that hides the three famous peaks. The first zip lines were installed here, and another interesting fact is that certain scenes from the movie James Bond were filmed here.

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Things to do in Interlaken

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Interlaken Switzerland

How to get to Interlaken

It is best to choose to land at one of the following airports: Zurich, Geneva, Bern or Lucerne, and from there, in a maximum of 2.5 hours by Swiss Federal train, you are in Interlaken.

Where to stay in Interlaken

No matter the place, Interlaken is one of the best places to visit in July in Europe.

Hotel Staubbach Lauterbrunnen (for couples)

A hotel that I recommend above all for couples looking for privacy and relaxation. This romantic accommodation has a panoramic view and is one of the first hotels in this area. Hotel Staubbach offers tranquil surroundings and free parking. I suggest the Twin Room with a balcony and superb breakfast.

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Experience comfort at Hotel Staubbach

Have a wonderful stay at Hotel Staubbach

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6. Provence, France

How do you imagine Provence? Well, let me help you if you have no idea. Imagine the most charming villages in the French Riviera and the PACA region. Provence comprises leisure walks, long beach days, and the most luxurious hotels on the French Riviera.

These are some of my favourite neighbourhoods to visit


Where can you stay if not in Aix-en-Provence? It is excellent for a day trip to Avignon or Nice, which have superb nightlife hotspots. This region offers you an extra layer of luxury vacation in France.


After visiting Avignon, I found Provence’s capital to be my favourite corner of France. I would come here with my family, alone, in a group or as a couple.


The city, which was Van Gogh’s main inspiration, is where he created the Café Terrace at Night masterpiece. Arles is rather easy to reach as it is only 50 minutes from Avignon.

Our Guide to One Week in France

Things to do in Provence

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Provence - Where to Stay for first time travelers

How to get to Provence

Avignon-Provence airport is only 8km from Avignon, and the Paris airport is 3 hours away.

Where to stay in Provence

Discover hidden lodgings gems in Provence:

Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hotel Aix-en-Provence (for luxury travellers)

Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hotel is an excellent luxurious hotel in France, with a magnificent garden, city views, two swimming pools, spa, room service, and BBQ facilities. I recommend the King Room with Panoramic City View for a luxurious stay.

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Enjoy your stay at Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hotel

Have fun at Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hotel

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7. Edinburgh, Scotland

Are you wondering what the best places to visit in July in Europe? Look no further. Edinburgh is calling the Harry Potter fans and art lovers. If you are coming for the first time, let me help you with the choice, but first, let’s see which neighbourhood to choose.

These are some of my favourite neighbourhoods to visit:

Old Town

Everything is within walking distance, so the Old Town is an excellent base for first-time visitors or family visits. Don’t forget to visit Edinburgh Castle.

New Town

Discover the many romantic hidden baskets and the best shopping area on George Street.

Things to do in Edinburgh

  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Edinburgh Monument
  • Royal Mile
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • Arthur’s Seat
  • National Museum of Scotland
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Old Town Edinburgh

How to get to Edinburgh

The nearest airport is 13km away, but you can also come by train. If you arrive by car, you can choose the ferry station, located 19km from the centre or drive up the M8 motorway.

Where to stay in Edinburgh

The New and Old Town offer something for everyone’s pocket.

CoDE Pod – The CoURT – Edinburgh, Old Town ( for solo travellers)

It is an excellent hotel for solo travellers, and spending a night here won’t burn a hole in your pocket. Select a room and have the best sleep in the most comfortable bed. However, the room and the bath are shared. It is located 250m from the centre and 600m from the Castle.

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Relax and unwind at CoDE Pod – The CoURT - Edinburgh

Have a great time at CoDE Pod – The CoURT - Edinburgh

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8. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is undoubtedly one of the best cities to visit in Europe during the summer! From the ever-vibrant Red Light District to some of the most lush parks in the world, the Dutch metropolis offers tons of exciting things to do. Fun fact: there are more canals in Amsterdam than in Venice.

These are some of my favourite neighbourhoods to visit:


This part of the “Second Venice” has been an artist community since the 20th century. Add the Canal Belt and the Anne Frank House to your list.

De Pijp

It is the southern part of Amsterdam, which has a lot of cosmopolitan energy and great nightlife. Visit Sarphatipark and the many green oases. Take advantage of the Albert Cuyp Market.

Dam Square

Central location, which is the main transport hub in Amsterdam. Enjoy street events and tour historic buildings and churches.

Our Guide to One Week in Amsterdam

Things to do in Amsterdam

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Canal in Amsterdam, Netherlands

How to get to Amsterdam

Amsterdam has its airport, but you can also come from the nearby Brussels and Eindhoven airports to get to Amsterdam in 1-2 hours by fast train.

Where to stay in Amsterdam

The centre is suitable for solo travellers, groups and families. Choose the local villages or cities, and for budget-friendly accommodation around Amsterdam, you can stay in The Hague or Rotterdam and make a combined trip.

Pulitzer Amsterdam, Jordaan (for luxury travellers)

A complex of 20 canal houses with impeccable style and decor. Pulitzer Amsterdam is located along the Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht canals. It offers a delicious breakfast, two restaurants and one fitness centre.

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Private room at Pulitzer Amsterdam

Have a pleasant stay at Pulitzer Amsterdam

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9. Cinque Terre, Italy

Are you looking for the best places to visit in July in Europe for your honeymoon? Love is in the air in Cinque Terre, Italy. Each village is enchanting, so set aside a few days to visit them all.

These are some of my favourite places to visit:

Monterosso al Mare

One of the five villages between cliffs and the Ligurian Sea. If I had to choose where the most beautiful beaches of Cinque Terre are, I would recommend Spiaggia di Fegina.


Another village that has excellent hiking trails and medieval historical buildings.


Look for the most tranquil atmosphere in Corniglia and its historic centre.

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Things to do in Cinque Terre

  • Hiking the Cinque Terre Trails
  • Explore the Villages
  • Enjoy the Beaches
  • Boat Tours
  • Try Local Cuisine
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Cinque Terre Trails in Italy

How to get to Cinque Terre

It is best to catch a bus from Florence, Pisa, Genoa, or Milan; on average, the journey would take 1.5 to 3 hours. Pisa Airport is the most suitable and is 70km away, while Florence Airport is 150km away.

Where to stay in Cinque Terre

Remember that your Cinque Terre will take three to five days, depending on how much you like it. Note that many of the lodgings and hotels are steep and high up.

MARGOT AL MARE, Monterosso al Mare (for families)

MARGOT AL MARE is located 40m from the centre. The apartment has two bedrooms with two single and one double bed, and you can also sleep on the sofa in the living room. The apartment also has a bathroom and a kitchen and offers views that will take your breath away!


Make yourself at home at MARGOT AL MARE

Enjoy your time at MARGOT AL MARE

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10. Prague, Czech Republic

Come with me to the City of a Hundred Spires, the Capital City of beers and the ancient astronomical clock. Spending your Europe travel in July here will be a fantastic experience as you’ll spend your days marveling and historical landmarks and immersing in a culture that can’t be found anywhere else in the world.

These are some of my favourite neighbourhoods to visit:

Prague Castle (Pražský hard)

Around the castle, visit Golden Lane, an enchanting street lined with tiny colourful houses, where you can find accommodation. Visit the Royal Garden and churches with imposing architecture.

Charles Bridge (Karlův most)

This bridge dates from the 14th century and adorns the entire area. Tap the St. John Nepomuk monument, which brings luck. Also, visit Lennon Wall, a symbol of peace, love and art.

Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí)

Most legends are associated with Old Town, so hear them firsthand from the locals. Otherwise, this part of the City belongs to one of the most beautiful old towns in Europe, designed to be enriched with Gothic elements.

Our Guide to One Week in Prague

Things to do in Prague

  • Prague Castle (Pražský hrad)
  • Charles Bridge (Karlův most)
  • Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí)
  • Astronomical Clock (Pražský orloj)
  • Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí)
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How to get to Prague

Vaclav Havel Airport is 17km from the City, and if you want, you can come by international train from Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Poland.

Where to stay in Prague

Solo and group travellers recommend staying in the old town, while others look for accommodation in the surrounding neighbourhoods.

Three Storks Prague Castle (Pražský hrad) (for luxury travellers)

Three Storks offers a luxurious stay with room service, an elegant lobby bar, a covered patio with a glass ceiling and secured parking. For the best experience, choose the Deluxe Triple Room.

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Experience comfort at Three Storks

Have a wonderful stay at Three Storks

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Why should I consider traveling to Europe in July?

July in Europe offers a perfect blend of warm weather, vibrant cultural experiences, and an array of outdoor activities. From enjoying the beautiful beaches of Santorini and the Amalfi Coast to exploring historic cities like Prague and Barcelona, July in Europe promises memorable experiences for travelers.

Which European cities are recommended in the 'Where to travel in Europe for July' guide?

The guide recommends several European destinations for July travel, including Santorini, Greece; Amalfi Coast, Italy; Barcelona, Spain; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Interlaken, Switzerland; Provence, France; Edinburgh, Scotland; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Cinque Terre, Italy; and Prague, Czech Republic.

What travel tips are provided for July in Europe?

The article provides various travel tips for visiting Europe in July, such as highlighting popular neighborhoods to explore, suggesting activities to do in each destination, offering insights on transportation options, recommending accommodations based on traveler preferences and budget, and emphasizing the unique experiences each destination offers during this time.

Why is Santorini, Greece, recommended for July travel?

Santorini, Greece, is recommended for July travel due to its stunning white-washed architecture, breathtaking sunsets, and rich cultural heritage. The island offers a range of activities, including exploring ancient sites like the Archaeological Site of Akrotiri, hiking from Fira to Oia, relaxing on Red Beach, and visiting wine estates. Additionally, Santorini's warm weather and beautiful beaches make it an ideal destination for a summer getaway in July.


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Summary: Where to Travel In Europe For July?

Whether you decide on a Spanish or Italian summer coastal atmosphere or a sunny day under the Swiss Alps, in this guide, you have an excellent choice for the best places to visit in July in Europe. Whichever option you go for, know you’re bound for a fantastic experience!

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