Summer is finally here, bringing longer days, lots of sunshine and plenty of warm weather with it.
And while many travellers flock to Europe’s hottest destinations to bake in the heat, not all of us are as enthusiastic about the rising temperatures – if you enjoy warmer weather but don’t want to worship the sun on your summer holiday, these escape the heat destinations are just what you need to stay cool.
With picturesque streets, sparkling blue waters and world-class attractions, Sweden’s balmy capital city is an excellent holiday destination if you want to enjoy the sunshine but aren’t keen on the heat. Its northern location means the sun doesn’t set until 10pm, and with the long hours of daylight you can take advantage of all this excellent city has to offer. Interested in learning more? Read our top 10 things to see in Stockholm.
Denmark’s capital city is relaxed, interesting and cultured – from world class shopping to Michelin-starred cuisine, you can indulge yourself in the city or enjoy it on the cheap. The cobbled streets and painted houses beautifully embody what the Danish call ‘hygge’ – pronounced ‘hooga’ – which roughly translates to coziness. Average temperatures during summer are in the mid-twenties, the perfect weather to explore Copenhagen’s many attractions.
The USA’s most remote state is high on the bucket list of many travellers – its famed icebergs, snow capped hills and lush green forests offer some of the most striking scenery in the world. The summer is the perfect time to go – the temperatures are more forgiving than in the dead of winter and make it possible to see some of the most beautiful landscapes in North America. A cruise is a great way to see it all – our cruise section on Silversurfers has great offers and tips about how to plan your dream holiday.
See a stunning portrait of medieval Europe in the Belgian city of Bruges. Cobbled streets, charming bridges and grand churches are just a few of the architectural wonders that await you here – add to that world-renowned beers, melt in the mouth chocolate and excellent museums, and you have all you need to enjoy a relaxed city break. At this time of year the weather is warm but not too hot, and the city’s small size makes it perfect for shorter breaks or those wanting to holiday at a slow pace. Want to know more? Read our guide to 72 hours in Bruges.
What are your favourite destinations to escape the heat?