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The Top 5 European Destinations To Avoid The Extreme Heat This Summer

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Americans are heading to Europe in record numbers this summer. And while many travelers have already planned their vacations, plenty are still looking for the perfect place for a summer getaway.

With nearly all of the top destinations in Europe expecting record crowds this summer, Europe could also be gearing up to break a different type of record — the heat.

A castle on the shore in Dingle Ireland

Already, this spring has seen several popular destinations experience temperatures that are typically reserved for mid-summer.

For example, last month Spain had its hottest April ever, with temperatures between 7 – 11 degrees higher than average for that time of year.

That leads many to wonder what temperatures will hold across the continent as we reach the summer months.

Tips For Surviving A European Heat Wave

While these destinations will give you a better chance of avoiding extreme heat on your vacation, it is not guaranteed.

So what can you do if you find yourself in the middle of a heat wave while exploring Europe? Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

massive crowds at the beach in Mallorca Spain
  • Stay hydrated –  Always have water with you, and make sure to keep hydrated. This is especially important if you are drinking alcohol during your trip.
  • Protect yourself – Bring sunscreen with you when you are out and about, and don’t forget to reapply throughout the day. Hats and sleeves are also helpful to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Head indoors – Many indoor attractions will provide respite from the heat. Museums, cinemas, and tourist spots will often be air-conditioned.
  • Plan ahead – If you are traveling to a place that is likely to experience high summer temperatures call your hotel before booking to make sure it has AC. Choose hotels with pools or destinations that are nearby water – the ocean, lakes, and rivers can all be good places to cool down.

Top 5 Destinations To Avoid Extreme Heat

If you are looking to avoid scorching temperatures but still want to take a European vacation, there are plenty of places where you are less likely to succumb to the heat.


Ireland is a great summer destination – temperatures are typically in the 60s, and there is plenty to do regardless of the weather conditions.

Visitors can visit historic sites, cozy pubs, and beautiful scenery. One often overlooked activity in Ireland is exploring the nation’s beaches.

The entire country has an incredibly beautiful coastline that is littered with fantastic beaches, and the water can be cold but not as cold as you might expect.

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sheep walk up the road in Achill Island Mayo Ireland


Summer temperatures in Norway range between 59°F to 77°F making it a great choice for travel this year, especially for the adventurous.

The country’s stunning fjords and mountains provide ample outdoor activities, while cities like Bergen and Oslo are just waiting to be explored.  

Couple Of Young Female Tourists Overlooking A Fjord In Norway, Scandinavia, Northern Europe


Travelers looking for a cooler destination that has tons to do should consider Denmark. Summers in Denmark are usually mild, averaging 63°F – 73°F, the perfect weather for discovering all the country has to offer.

Copenhagen is an incredible city to explore, but don’t overlook Denmark’s off-the-beaten-path destinations like Odense and Ribe, both of which are well worth a visit.

Odense, Denmark. buildings and bike


Need more mountains in your life? Switzerland, which is in the heart of the Alps, is a great choice, especially for travelers who love being outdoors.

Average temperatures range between 59°F and 77°F – perfect for exploring the mountains, lakes, and small villages that make Switzerland such a popular destination.

Main Street In Lauterbrunnen In Switzerland, Central Europe


Summer is one of the best times to discover Iceland. Temperatures are usually in the 50s, and the extended daylight hours mean that you’ll have so much time to explore each day.

Many areas of the country that are inaccessible in winter open up in summer, setting the scene for an extraordinary vacation full of hot springs, waterfalls, volcanic landscapes, and the chance to view local wildlife like puffins and whales.

The Black sands of Reynisfjara Beach in Iceland

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Baron W

Monday 22nd of May 2023

Ireland has had record hot summers frequently since the late 1990s.

Herminio Domínguez

Saturday 20th of May 2023

It is true that Spain is very hot in the Summer in the Central, South and Mediterranean coast but the Nort and West is very different. I have been to Galicia, Asturias and Basque county many times and the average temperature in the Summer is 70-80 degrees must of the days.


Saturday 20th of May 2023

Asturias in Spain.