A Londoner’s Guide to Summer Travel Destinations Both Near and Far

Summers in London are pleasant with constant rain showers. The popular European city gets really crowded during summers with the arrival of tourists from all over the world. This is a great time for Londoners to plan a getaway to any of the world’s top summer destinations. Below you’ll find some of the best cities to visit in summer.

 1. Santorini, Greece

An island in the Aegean Sea, Santorini boasts multi-colored beaches, ancient archaeological sites, picturesque windmills, and pearly white buildings embellished with perennial vines. The island is a picture-worthy destination that came into being after a volcanic eruption in the 16th century.

Santorini’s most famous attractions are the whitewashed, cubiform settlements of Fira and Oia, clinging to cliffs above an underwater caldera and overlooking the sea, small islands, and beaches.

 2. Maui, Hawaii

Maui, an island in Hawaii, is famous for its exquisite beaches, magnificent sunrise and sunset from Haleakala, farm-to-table cuisine, and wildlife sanctuaries. If you are for a quintessential tropical getaway this summer, there is no place better than Maui.

A great majority of this verdant island is free from rampant development, making it a peaceful summer retreat. The island offers an eclectic variety of thrilling summer activities, including snorkeling, whale watching, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, surfing, ziplining, and scuba diving.

 3. Bali, Indonesia

Bali is the westernmost island of the Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia. It’s a magical place featuring an impressive blend of pristine beaches, exquisite reeds, ancient temples, and active volcanoes. From nightlife to culinary delights to pleasant weather, there’s so much to look forward to in Bali.

 4. Cebu City, Philippines

Cebu comprises Cebu Island and over 170 smaller surrounding islands and islets. The city is home to a wide range of natural wonders including waterfalls, mountains, and marine life. The “Queen City of the South ” is one of the Philippines’ top tourist destinations with a broad array of activities for all types of travelers.

From stunning beaches and underwater activities to beautiful waterfalls and scenic hiking spots, there’s so much to see and do in this Filipino city. Fly into Cebu to seek summertime adventure and explore some of the world’s oldest churches and heritage sites. You can book a direct flight to Cebu via Cathay Pacific.

 5. Hoi An – Vietnam

Hoi An is a serene, coastal city with a history of spice trading. As you stroll through these alleyways, you’ll discover delectable street grub, traditional markets, and crafters selling their wares. The architectural marvels lining the cityscape reflect Hoi An’s ancient history. Some of the most prominent attractions in Hoi An are An Bang Beach, Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An Ancient Town, Japanese Covered Bridge, and Fukian Assembly Hall.

 6. Sorrento, Italy

Sorrento, a coastal town in southwestern Italy, features vividly colored buildings, lively piazzas, and beautiful basilicas. Head to this charming city this summer to experience its laid-back holiday air and explore its many attractions including Marina Grande and Marina Piccola, Cloister of San Francesco, Cathedral and Bell Tower, and Basilica of Sant’Antonino. It’s a great starting point for exploring the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Gulf of Salerno.

 7. St Ives, England

St Ives is a small, seaside town that lies just north of Penzance on the Celtic Sea. It is a go-to Cornish destination featuring some of Europe’s most beautiful beaches, including Porthminster Beach, Gwithian Beach, Porthmeor Beach, and Porthgwidden Beach. Art lovers can indulge in the city’s diverse art scene by exploring artworks at Tate St. Inves and other galleries.

 8. Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza, an island in the Mediterranean Sea, has several claims to fame including its vibrant nightlife, yoga retreats, and jaw-dropping beaches. It has been in the vanguard of electronic dance music clubs for more than two decades now. Ibiza’s rural interior houses many whitewashed villages surrounded by lesser-known beaches and pine forests.

 9. Cape Town, South Africa

A port city on the southwest coast of South Africa, Cape Town features exquisite scenery, pristine beaches, and an eclectic variety of summertime activities including hiking, paragliding, whale-watching, biking, and surfing. The beautiful city stretches around the flat-topped Table Mountain and offers a splendid view of the sea and golden beaches.

 10. Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg is a major port city in northern Germany that’s connected to the North Sea via the Elbe River. The city’s center houses the majestic Inner Alster lake which is surrounded by tons of upscale cafes. Hamburg’s rakish reputation comes from the constant ebb and flow of seafarers. The fun part is that there are multiple sides to the city, whether it’s the intricate network of canals running through the city or the Jungfernstieg boulevard that connects the old town with the new town.

 11. Denver, United States

Denver, the capital of Colorado, boasts iconic 19th-century buildings, ancient museums, ski resorts, and amusement parks. From enjoying live music at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater to strolling through Denver Botanic Gardens to exploring Denver Art Museum, the city offers so many exciting things to do during summer. Famous as the “Mile High City”, Denver is a popular travel hotspot with the Rocky Mountains as its backdrop.

 12. Marseille, France

Marseille is the oldest city of France that lies on the coast of the Gulf of Lion, near the opening of the Rhone river. The city is a regional center for art, entertainment, and culture, boasting a large opera house, five art galleries, numerous cinemas, historical and maritime museums, and nightclubs.

Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, Cathédrale de la Major, Abbaye Saint-Victor, and Château d’If are the most famous cultural landmarks in Marseille. The best way to discover the multiethnic heritage of the city is by exploring these monuments. Nature lovers should take a boat ride to Les Calanques to soak in picturesque views of the city’s beautiful beaches.

 13. Algarve, Portugal

Algarve is Portugal’s southernmost region, famous for its Atlantic beaches, pleasant weather, coastal resorts, and picturesque fishing towns. The region offers waterparks for outdoorists, golf courses, lovely beaches for families, vibrant nightlife for ravers, and historic towns for history buffs. The Algarve is a phenomenal destination for vacationing in summer. Praia da Falésia, Benagil Caves, Ponta da Piedade, and Plantation of orange trees are some of the must-visit attractions of the Algarve.

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