This UNESCO World Heritage site is a joy all year round, but an absolute pleasure to experience during the months of summer.
Is Croatia hot in the summer?
The average temperature in Dubrovnik during summer is 28°C, which makes it an ideal destination for enjoying either a day at the beach or taking a stroll throughout the city.
What is there to do in Dubrovnik in the summer?
There are plenty of things to do in Dubrovnik during the summer, regardless of how short or long your visit is. Here are our top picks:
- Take a walk on the Old Town walls
- Visit the Rector’s Palace – situated on the eastern side of old Dubrovnik, this 15th century palace is a must-see for all tourists who enjoy a bit of architecture and history
- Take a sea kayaking trip around the City Walls
- Go on a Game of Thrones walking tour
- Experience the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. The Dubrovnik Summer Festival is held every year between July 10th and August 25th and it featured everything from classical concerts, ballet shows, theater plays, and award-winning film screenings under the open sky. What more could you want?
- Enjoy a cup of coffee at Panorama
Mostar, Bosnia & Hertzegovina
Mostar is one of the lesser-known gems of the Balkan region and one of the best European cities to visit in the summer. It’s the fifth largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina and stretches along the Neretva River. It’s relatively close to Dubrovnik, which means it will only take you around 2 ½ hours either by train or car.
Here are just a few of the many reasons why you need to include this city on your European bucket list this summer:
- Stari Most – a beautiful Ottoman-style bridge built in the 16th century, that connects the two parts of the city. It was destroyed during the Bosnian War and rebuilt in 2004.
- Pocitelj – a fortified medieval town located just 30 km from Mostar.
- The Bazaar – there’s no way to fully experience Mostar without stopping at the bazaar and taking one or two souvenirs to remember it by. You’ll find everything from clothing, ceramics, sweets, and Turkish tea shops.
Mykonos is just one of those destinations that you’ll fall in love with at first sight. You absolutely MUST see it in the summer. The warmest weather in Mykonos is between June and September, with temperatures averaging 27°- 29°C, making it perfect for swimming or sunbathing.
Nevertheless, there’s more to this Greek island than just sunny beaches, amazing food and cocktails. Here are just a few of the amazing attractions you can discover during your trip:
- The windmills are an iconic feature of Mykonos and were once essential to the local industry.
- Paraportiani Church – one of the most famous and most-photographed Greek churches, particularly due to its stunning architecture.
- The Archeological Museum – schedule an hour or two to get a glimpse of some of the ancient artefacts that are exhibited there, dating from the Prehistoric up until the Hellenistic period.
There are plenty of European summer vacation packages to Mykonos that you can take advantage of, so clear your schedule and get ready for the trip of a lifetime!
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
This Dutch capital attracts around 20 million visitors each year and for good reason: art museums, world-famous canals and splendid architecture – what’s not to love?
As the weather can get a bit cold and unpredictable in the autumn and winter, we recommend visiting Amsterdam during summertime.
What is there to do in Amsterdam in the summer?
- Music festivals – the music scene in the Netherlands is on a whole other level and Amsterdam is home to some of the most popular music festivals in Europe. A few examples of some of the most interesting ones that you can experience this summer are:
- Amsterdam Open Air 2020 in Gaasperpark (June 6 – 7, 2020)
- Mystic Garden 2020 (June 20, 2020)
- Awakening Festival 2020 (June 27 – 28, 2020)
- Dekmantel Festival 2020 (July 31 – August 4, 2020)
2. Visit the Van Gogh Museum (which houses the largest Van Gogh collection in the world)
3. Visit the Rijksmuseum (arts and history museum, which features masterpieces by Rembrandt, as well as other impressive artists)
4. Explore Vondelpark (the largest and most popular city park in Amsterdam, visited by roughly 10 million tourists each year)
5. Stop by Anne Frank House (discover stories, videos and objects from one of the most tragic times in human history)
What to pack for Amsterdam in the summer?
Amsterdam isn’t really the type of city where you would need traditional summer clothing, as the temperatures can get a bit low even during August, and you might encounter a few raindrops here and there. Here are the top items we would recommend including on your Amsterdam packing list:
- An umbrella
- A denim jacket / rain jacket
- A cardigan
- A scarf
- Flat shoes
- A couple of T-shirts
- Jeans or pants
- One or two sweaters