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7 Cultural Summer Destinations in Europe That Are Perfect For Every Type Of Traveler

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Europe is the perfect place to spend your summer vacation. It has beaches, great eats, and even historical spots worth exploring, even when it's boiling outside.

View of the famous stone bridge to the Rocher du Basta, cityscape and coastline with sand beaches and port for small boats. Golden hour. Holidays in France.

Take Spain. The country has Andalucia, which has a deep-rooted history in Arabic culture, and some of the top beaches in Spain.

Destinations in Europe like France have wine countries that, even though it might not be the best season to check out, you can still go for the ultimate wine-tasting experience.

Then you have Italy, which has infinite small and big lakes and beach towns. The small ones are charming, and the big ones are famous for having celebrities visiting them.

Let's remember Greece, this nation has countless islands ready to be explored, and each carries something every type of traveler likes to do.  

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This summer, travelers want more. They want to explore destinations and actually feel like they're in them. They also want to leave with unforgettable memories that will last them a lifetime, and Europe is the best place to do that. “49% of survey respondents are looking to be immersed in local cultures and products while traveling in 2023,” according to a recent Hilton Hotels & Resorts study. Here are the seven European cultural summer destinations perfect for every type of traveler. 

For The Solo Traveler 

Lisboa (Lisbon), Portugal 

If you are traveling solo this summer, check out countries like Spain and Portugal. The Iberian Peninsula is one of the best places to explore, and cities like Lisboa (Lisbon) and Barcelona are perfect for meeting new people and learning about different cultures.

Lisboa is known as one of the cities safest for female solo travelers, and neighborhoods like Barrio Alto and Chiado are perfect for sightseeing and grabbing a galao (Portuguese latte). They also have a good amount of hostels that are divided into private or semi-private. Goodmorning Solo Traveller Hostel is a hip place that offers separate dorm rooms for stay and is housed in a historic building. It's a fun place to meet people and explore the city. 

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The Belem Tower over the Tagus River in Portugal. A huge tower sits on the beach with a bridge stretching out.

Barcelona, Spain 

Barcelona is an excellent spot for travelers learning more about Catalan culture. Neighborhoods like Gràcia are known for attracting backpackers because of their vibrant cafes and historical sites. Attractions like Casa Vicens Gaudí are located in the community, and walking the streets will make you feel like you're exploring old Europe.

In the summer, numerous block parties like Festa Major de Gràcia happen in August. These parties are amazing because each city street decorates its block with a different theme hoping to be the year's winner. Walking around, grabbing a birra (beer), and seeing more local culture in the well-populated city can be fun. 

Casa Vicens is a modernist building located in Barcelona, in the district of Gracia. The building is covered in green and brick red striped patterns.

For The Family Travelers

Athens, Greece

Greece is known as an island lover's paradise, but there's more to the country, and you can find it in the capital. It's the perfect place to travel with your family and learn about Greece's historical culture. Even cooler is that you can take day trips from Athens to places like Hydra for a beach vacation. Athens is a choose-your-own-adventure type of place, and that flexibility is perfect for families with varied interests. 

Skyline of Athens with Monastiraki square and Acropolis hill during sunset. Athens, Greece

Île de Ré, France

If you want to take your little ones on a holiday they will remember forever, take them to Île de Ré. It's an island on the west coast of France and famous for beaches like the Plage de la Conche des Baleines. It has dozens of cafes and shops alongside its marina in St-Martin-de-Ré.

It's the type of place where you'll see the marinière (striped mariner shirts) worn casually. It's also close to Cognac, so if the parents want to escape for a tour of the brandy-making process, they can do so. 

Alley in the city of Ars en Re with a bicycle leaning against a white building with ivy growing on top.

For The Traveling Friends 

Berlin, Germany

Berlin is a city of history, art, and megaclubs. It has a reputation as being a party town, and its nightclubs are notorious for having some of the most challenging door people. It's the perfect place to check out with your friends, and neighborhoods like Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg are cool enough for any traveler to check out. 

The Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany. Long stems on the bridge showcase a statue of four horses.

Rome, Italy 

You can only say you've had Italian food once you've eaten in Rome. Rome is another historic city filled with even more fantastic food. The city is diverse and has a progressive LGBTQ+ community in places like Gay Street di Roma. 

Cozy old street in Trastevere in Rome, Italy. Trastevere is rione of Rome, on the west bank of the Tiber in Rome, Lazio, Italy. Architecture and landmark of Rome.

For The Beach Fan 

Biarritz, France

If you're a fan of beaches and surfing, or basically anything to do with a board, you have to check out Biarritz. This seaside beach town can be fancy but casual, with numerous skate parks and surfing spots. The Grand Plage and Cote des Basques are significant surfing areas, especially if you want to learn. 

A bridge to a small island near coast in Biarritz, France. The island is tiny with the ocean almost taking it all.

Traveling through Europe this summer should be fun. Pack some sunscreen and a swimsuit, and enjoy this side of the world.  

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