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Summer loving moments you can only find in Europe

Published August 24th, 2016

Don’t let yourself be the only person on Instagram not hoping around the Greek Islands or sipping champagne on the French Riviera next Summer.

Don’t worry though, you weren’t the only one this July that had a Facebook feed flooded with a seemingly never ending stream of photos starring all of your friends (and random people you went to highschool with that you didn’t know still existed) posing in their bikinis on pristine beaches, walking through the narrow streets of Mykonos, or worst of all holding glasses of glistening rose in front of an out-of-this-world sunset.

Which is why we’ve come up with a handy list of things for you to do and see while soaking up the European sun next summer and beat the fomo before it begins. Whether you’re after a high energy short 10 day Greek Island Hopper tour or are more laid back and want to take your time and take the grand tour of Europe, here are some of the best sun-soaked activities to get in the calendar.

The Greek Islands

Delos Island

If you’re planning on spending the majority of your time basking in the Mediterranean sun then The Greek Islands are the place for you. The most appropriate sunshine themed first stop to make will be on the island of Delos, the traditional birthplace of the sun god Apollo.


 

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Athens

Making your way there you can also visit the Plaka area of Athens with its bustling markets and the world famous Acropolis, Parthenon and Syntagma Square.


 

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Mykonos

Mykonos is well-known for its nightlife but is just as fabulous during the day, especially when watching the otherworldly sunset over the windmills from ‘little Venice’.


 

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Italy

Tuscany

Soak up some of the most real sun there is in Tuscany and top it off with a fabulous winery tour and al fresco dinner.


 

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Amalfi Coast

Take a local bus along the scenic Amalfi coast to Positano or head to the Isle of Capri to check out the famous Blue Grotto.


 

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Cinque Terre

Not to be outdone by its coastal sister, take a train day pass to Cinque Terre, one of Italy’s most beautiful coastal towns. You can hike between the five villages that make up Cinque Terre and lay out next to the crystal clear water.


 

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Spain

Madrid

Check out the works of Picasso, Dali and Miro or explore the gothic backstreets. Don't miss the Prado Museum, the botanical gardens and the home of Real Madrid FC.


 

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Ibiza

This is party city and while it may be the place to party all night long, you couldn’t ask for more beautiful beaches to lay out on during the day while you recuperate from the previous nights antics.


 

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Barcelona

Take a walking tour and see the magnificent works of Gaudi, with La Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo and Park Guell as the sparkle in the sun. Then catch a show featuring the local flamenco dancing and Spanish guitar for a true Spanish experience.


 

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Sam Aldenton

Sam is a Brisbane based reporter who has spent the last four years in New York writing about retail, social media and technology for fashion trend forecaster WGSN. Some of her previous work has seen her cover fashion weeks across the globe like London, New York, Miami and Mexico plus music festivals such as Coachella in Palm Springs, South By South West in Austin and Osheaga in Montreal.