10 Places To Visit In Europe In July - Updated 2023

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If your ultimate travel goal is to be exposed to multiple countries at once and be immersed in their diverse history, architecture, and cuisine, then a trip to Europe is perfect for you. A haven of must-see attractions, bucket-list cities, and wondrous experiences awaits you. A vacation to this continent may sound luxurious, but it offers more than just material extravagance. It is also an indulgence for the senses and the heart. Where should you even begin? Check out our guide for the best places to visit in Europe in July and get ready for a trip you’ll never forget.

1. Roskilde, Denmark (Roskilde Festival)

Roskilde Festival - Orange Stage - Bruce Springsteen
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Roskilde, also called Vikings City, is the 10th-largest city in Denmark and is only 30 minutes by train from the capital city of Copenhagen. This picturesque destination offers world-class attractions and sights such as the Vikings Museum where you can see excavated Viking ships and witness how the Viking boat-building tradition was fostered. Other attractions include the Cathedral of St. Luke, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the magical Ledreborg Palace; and the busy harbor of Roskilde Havn and Fjord. Roskilde not only has all this rich history but some of the best experiences you’ll have here will likely feature their buzzing music scene, especially at the Roskilde Festival that features various folk, rock, and pop concerts plus an appetizing selection of food from various food trucks.

2. Barcelona, Spain (Festival del Grec)

Playa de Sant Sebastia
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This is a city that is rich in culture, architecture, attractions, and cuisines. When in Barcelona you should start with Quadrant D’Or (Quadrant of Gold), an open-air museum famous for its avant-garde buildings, ceramic art, stained glass windows, and decorative mosaics. You can then take a stroll along Las Ramblas and go to a coffee shop or restaurant. For 100% authentic local food, head to La Boqueria. Craving for some seafood and tapas? Have both before you take a dip at the Sant Sebastia Beach. Choose to visit Barcelona in July and take part in a major cultural festival - Festival del Grec - and treat yourself to a wide array of dance, music, and circus performances.

3. London, England (Wimbledon)

Centre Court
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Big Ben and the Buckingham Palace are landmarks that define London, but there is more to this city. Take a pick from any of the museums and galleries, some of which are open for free! Tour the British Museum, Tate Modern, and the Natural History Museum and check out their vast collections. See London from above on the London Eye and breathe in the magnificent, panoramic view of the world-famous Thames River. Fill your stomach with gastronomic treats from Michelin-starred restaurants and pubs. If you wish to reconnect with nature then explore Hyde Park - the flowerbeds in July will surely charm you. Other attractions include locations of famous movies such as Notting Hill and Harry Potter. This city is also home to one of the world’s most famous sporting events: Wimbledon. This is the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world and it usually happens in July.

4. Aix-en-Provence, France (International Festival of Lyric Art)

Musee des Tapisseries - Palais de l'Archeveche - Aix-en-Provence
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This city in Southern France is blessed with a wonderful climate, especially in the summer. The pleasant evenings are perfect for discovering quaint outdoor terraces and cafes. Spend an evening or two at Vieil Aix and get a feel for its charming markets and stunning architecture. Cours Mirabeau is an avenue shaded by giant plane trees and is said to be the liveliest part of Aix. The city also has impressive museums like Musée Granet and Musée des Tapisseries. Make sure to visit in July when the International Festival of Lyric Art opens so you can experience not only the sights but also the sound of operas and classical music concerts. Aix-en-Provence is famous for its relaxed ambiance, where one can exclaim, “C’est la vie!”

5. Novi Sad, Serbia (EXIT Festival)

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Some may hesitate to visit Serbia, but this country has many hidden gems. One of them is Novi Sad, the second-largest city. There is nothing ‘sad’ about this place - it is vibrant and flourishing and is home to established galleries and an active alternative music scene. The city’s love of arts and music is featured at the EXIT Festival, one of Europe’s biggest summer music events. So be sure to schedule a tour in July. And speaking of the arts, visit City Museum to get a glimpse into Novi Sad’s civic and military history. There are also architectural spectacles here like the Name of Mary Church and Petrovaradin Clock Tower. If you love nature, head to Danube Park. They also have beaches, and if you visit during the EXIT Festival, there will be live sets on the beach!

6. Pamplona, Spain (Feast of San Fermin)

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Pamplona is best known for the Running of the Bulls event during the Feast of San Fermín in July. In this renowned festival, bulls are driven through the city streets and daring young men and women race ahead while being cheered by the crowd. It is thrilling, so if you dare participate, make sure you are physically and emotionally ready. Besides the bulls, Pamplona is also one of Spain’s greenest cities and has a unique cultural identity. This small destination houses captivating museums. Do visit Museo de Navarra to see archeological collections from the prehistoric period up to the 20th century. Pamplona is also a culinary haven and is home to the delicious pintxos bars that serve a fusion of traditional and modern specialties.

7. Copenhagen, Denmark (Jazz Festival)

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Copenhagen is known to be the happiest city in the world, so a visit to Denmark’s capital is a must on your trip to Europe this July! A tour of this place couldn’t be easier. It’s known for being one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world. So rent one and explore on two wheels. On the first Friday of July, the Copenhagen Jazz Festival opens, and the event lasts for 10 days. Grab the opportunity to enjoy any of the estimated 850 concerts by Danish and international jazz artists.

8. Berlin, Germany (Pride Festival)

Gay Pride parade berlin 2017
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Berlin is a city rich in history, culture, and wonderful sights. Bradenburg Bridge, the glass dome of the Reichstag, and Berlin Cathedral are some of the many great attractions this destination offers. Marvel at the jaw-dropping architecture and learn the stories behind each one. Relive history and bike around the famous Berlin Wall. Take in the street art in what is now considered the longest open-air gallery in the world. Choose from any of the sightseeing tours and explore the city by bus, boat, bike, or even on foot to take in the lively neighborhoods. In the second half of July, Berlin celebrates Pride Festival - one of the biggest in Europe. Whether a spectator or a participant, this event offers tons of fun.

9. Croatia (Ultra Europe)

Split, Ultra Europe 2015 (7)
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Croatia is a Balkan country that lies along the Adriatic Sea. Because of its location, there are many islands to discover and adventures to be had in the sea, sky, or land. This destination is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Diocletian Palace and Medieval Split, Dubrovnik Old Town, Plitvice Lakes National Park, and more. Explore its eight national parks and admire the purest sea in Europe. If your luxury in life is food, then head to any of the five Michelin-starred restaurants here. This July, dance the night away at Ultra Europe, a multi-venue outdoor music festival. Groove to the music of the world’s top EDM DJs and party the night away.

10. France (Bastille Day) (from USD 131.0)

Bastille Day is the national day of France, and it is celebrated every year on the 14th of July. It is to commemorate a turning point during the French Revolution, and also Fête de la Fédération, another celebration of the unity of the French people in the late 1700s. Several attractions are available during this holiday, such as military and civilian parades, musical performances, dances, and spectacular fireworks. Aside from this festival, you can enjoy a lot of things in France like the iconic Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum in Paris, the island of Mont-Saint-Michel, and many more!

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No more second thoughts, no more hesitations. Experience the best Europe can offer and have the most wonderful summer of your life this July in one - or all - of these top destinations.

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