Are you hesitating over where to go in the summer to see the sun? Which places to visit in Europe in summer? With the Sunheron.com app, you no longer have to speculate and can choose the right place. We have selected 5 places for your summer holiday in Southern Europe. Spain, France, Italy, Greece or Malta – there is something for everyone! The essentials have already been decided in advance: all the places in our selection have an average summer temperature of over 25 °C, the sea is over 23 °C and it rains less than three days a month on average. These conditions are guaranteed on the European islands we're about to introduce you to. Leave the umbrellas at home, pack your swimsuit, sunscreen, sunglasses and summer clothes and head off to enjoy the summer in one of our tips!
The archipelago in the western Mediterranean Sea with the administrative centre of Palma de Mallorca is a great choice for a relaxing summer holiday. Summer is the best time to visit the Balearic Islands. Which of the Balearic Islands to choose for your holiday? Mallorca is the most popular and offers a combination of everything you expect from a holiday. Menorca will captivate you with its rugged coastline and turquoise sea, while Ibiza is an island made for lovers of nightlife, dancing and music.
Which Balearic Island has the best beaches? The beaches of Menorca are considered to be some of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean. The romantic charm of Menorca lies in its rugged coastline, which hides more than 70 bays, beaches and picturesque beaches bathed in turquoise sea. Thanks to its unspoilt Mediterranean nature, Menorca has also been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands, combines something for everyone – beautiful sandy beaches for lovers of relaxing holidays, the metropolis of Palma for sightseeing and architecture enthusiasts, Mallorcan specialities and delicious local wine for gastro-tourists and plenty of entertainment options for everyone. The island of Mallorca also offers something of a the more adventurous nature. Off the northern coast of Mallorca is the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, whose highest peak is Puig Major (1,445m). Unfortunately, it is not accessible to visitors as it lies in a military zone. However, beautiful views can be enjoyed from the neighbouring (second highest) and publicly accessible Puig de Massanella (1,364 m). Hikes usually start in the saddle at the Lluc Monastery. Pack plenty of water for this day trip and don't forget to slather on the sunscreen.
Ibiza, the famous party island that never sleeps, especially attracts fans of music and nightlife. Where better to experience a beach party than on the island, which is home to world-famous clubs and is home to some of the top international DJs every season? But Ibiza isn't just a party island. Few people know that it's the greenest of the Balearic Islands and boasts a wealth of hidden romantic coves and magnificent scenery.
Corsica is an ideal destination for both active and passive holidays. There is something for every traveller and even after two weeks you will not be bored. In a relatively small area, you will find beautiful beaches, crystal clear sea, romantic coves, mountains, untouched nature and picturesque towns full of history. Visitors often ask: Is Corsica nicer than Sardinia? Of course, there is no clear answer to this question. Corsica is more mountainous, wilder and greener and a better choice for outdoor enthusiasts. Sardinia offers miles of stunning beaches, unspoilt resorts and elegant historic towns.
In Corsica, visit the town of Calvi in the northern part of the island. According to some legends, Calvi was the birthplace of the seafarer Christopher Columbus. The symbol of Calvi is the photogenic citadel standing on a rock above the harbour and the beautiful historic centre. The town's initially busy beach, with its many restaurants, bars and snack bars, starts right at the harbour and stretches for 3 km eastwards. The beach gradually changes its urban character to a rural one with pine forests and noticeably smaller crowds.
Sardinia, Italy, is located south of Corsica and is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea after Sicily. Sardinia is famous for its many beautiful beaches, magical coastline, turquoise sea and wild mountains. Typical of Sardinia are the so-called nuraghe or nurhag – round stone buildings, of which there are 7,000 on the island. Built by the Nuragic civilisation, which spread to Sardinia from 1,800 BC, the nurages were mainly used for defensive purposes.
What part of Sardinia is best to stay? If you're looking for a quiet holiday on beautiful beaches, head to the Chia region of southern Sardinia. Find refuge in one of the scattered hotels and guesthouses on the beautiful rugged coastline with its beautiful scenery. The resort of San Teodoro in the northeast is again one of the main resorts in Sardinia with its beautiful, exotic-looking beaches. If you're interested in architecture and history, towns like Cagliari or Alghero are ideal. You will also find many beaches around the towns.
The west coast of Greece, bathed by the Ionian Sea, offers great holiday opportunities on the world-famous islands of Kerkira (Corfu), Lefkada, Kefalonia and Zakynthos. The island of Zakynthos attracts families with children as well as visitors whose aim is to at least catch a glimpse of the rare green sea turtle in the bay around the resort of Laganás. The turtles are found in the waters even very close to shore, so the chances of spotting them are high, especially if you go on a boat trip. The turtles are found on Zakynthos from May to September, the peak season when most tourists head to the island. For snorkelling enthusiasts, the blue caves in the area under the rocks at Tsilivi and Porto Limnionas are interesting.
The island of Kefalonia mainly attracts tourists with its beautiful beaches. Myrtos beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, which is why it is very crowded. This pebble beach is situated under a high steep white rock. On the island of Lefkada, don't miss the 300-metre long Porto Katsiki beach, which is hidden under a massive sandstone cliff with a bright white colour. Porto Katsiki is characterised by the bright azure colour of the water in the sea, which turns to a deep blue further from the mainland. Thanks to the western orientation of the beach, you can enjoy breathtaking sunsets.
Kerkira (Corfu) is an island with lush green vegetation, which is not very common on other Greek islands. Corfu has beautiful beaches in photogenic coves and straight long beaches in resorts, and is completely away from civilization. In the evening, sit in one of the many romantic tavernas and if you get tired of swimming in the sea, go on a road-trip along the winding hilly roads.
What is Malta famous for? This smallest country in the European Union offers activities for all age groups. Families with children can enjoy a holiday on clean, quiet beaches with a gently shelving sea. Nature lovers should not miss the Blue Grotto, or Blue Cave, in the southern part of the island. The cliffs by the sea form a complex of seven caves, dominated by a large rock arch falling into the sea. You can either enjoy the view of the cave from an outdoor observation deck (free entry), or go into the cave directly on the boat.
The island of Gozo is not so crowded in high season. Tourists here seek out the photogenic Dwejra Bay with its steep cliffs and breathtaking views of sunsets. The bay is located just a few dozen metres from the area around the former Azure Window, which collapsed in 2017. Diving and snorkelling enthusiasts will be thrilled by the natural pool about 10 metres wide, through which several underwater diving routes, the so-called Blue Hole, lead. Valletta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the entire city is surrounded by massive walls and most of the buildings date back to the 16th century. Valletta is literally interspersed with historical monuments, museums and restaurants.
What are the best summer holiday destinations in Europe? The answer is clear now. Thanks to our Sunheron.com app, you can't go wrong and always have the beautiful weather with you. Choose from our summer vacation ideas and enjoy some of the best summer vacation spots in Europe.