What are the top 5 summer destinations in Europe for 2024?

Picture a place where every corner has a story to tell and every view resembles a masterpiece come to life: that's the enchanting essence of Europe, a spectacularly diverse collection of countries. Bursting with diversity, history, and natural wonders, Europe offers a plethora of opportunities for exploration. But with so many enticing destinations, where should you go to make your summer truly unforgettable?

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To get the most reliable insights, it's best to turn to the experts; that's why we have consulted NH Hotels, one of the largest and most important hotel companies in the world, to prepare this article. Discover the best summer destinations across Europe, choose your NH hotel, and enjoy your holidays to the fullest.

1. Amalfi Coast (Italy)

Located along the shores of Italy's Sorrentine Peninsula, the Amalfi Coast is the epitome of Mediterranean beauty. With charming pastel-coloured villages adorned with colourful bougainvillea, and breathtaking cliffs cascading down towards the azure Tyrrhenian Sea, the landscapes at Amalfi Coast are like a dream come true.

The picturesques towns of Positano and Amalfi itself steal the spotlight in this region, although every corner is worth a visit. Staying at the majestic Anantara Convento di Amalfi Grand Hotel, visitors can easily travel by car to the different points of interest. But what can you actually do during your holidays at Amalfi Coast? If you are seeking relaxation, try the beaches Il Duoglio Spiaggia in Amalfi or Spiaggia Arenzo in Positano and enjoy the sun and the pristine waters. If you want to embrace the culture, visit the seaside taverns and try freshly caught seafood among the locals. Is adventure what you are looking for? Then try a boat trip to discover hidden coves and sea caves, or take a stroll along the narrow cliffside pathways.

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2. Helsinki (Finland)

At first, Helsinki might not seem like the best summer destination, since we all think about cold and snow when we talk about Nordic countries. However, summer days in Helsinki have more than 20 hours of sunlight and temperatures are around 21 ºC, so it is the perfect place for those who want to escape the heat while enjoying lively activities.

Helsinki offers a summer holiday experience that is both dynamic and enriching, where nature lovers can enjoy beautiful landscapes in lush green parks such as Esplanadi and Suomenlinna Sea Fortress or in boat trips around the archipielago, while cultural enthusiasts can explore the city's numerous museums, galleries, and monuments, showcasing Finland's rich artistic heritage.

In addition to its existing charms, Helsinki recently welcomed the opening of the new five-star hotel NH Collection Helsinki Grand Hansa, further enhancing the city's appeal as a summer holiday destination. Located in the heart of the city centre, this stylish and contemporary hotel offers modern amenities and comfortable accommodations for travellers seeking convenience and comfort during their stay.

3. Côte d'Azur (France)

From Saint-Tropez to Cannes or Nice, the Côte d'Azur (or French Riviera) is one of the preferred destinations when looking for sun, a good atmosphere and charming villages. It has it all: beaches with crystal-clear water and golden sand, a multitude of outdoor activities, museums and great cultural attractions.

Nice is the largest city on the Côte d'Azur, and it stands out because of its beaches and seaside resorts, as well as its museums, its vibrant nightlife and its wonderful landscapes with the Mediterranean Sea. While staying at the NH Nice or the Anantara Plaza Nice Hotel, you can bask in the Mediterranean sun on the pebbled shores of Plage Beau Rivage, indulge in panoramic views from the Colline du Château or simply enjoy the beauty of the old-town and try some of the exquisite food of the region.

4. Algarve (Portugal)

Although it is one of the most touristic enclaves in Portugal, the villages in this region have not yet lost their traditional essence. The Algarve has a very pleasant climate almost all year round, but it is during the summer when the region truly blooms. Imagine paradisiacal beaches, stunning landscapes, and a great nightlife all in the same place—that's what Algarve is.


In the town of Lagoa, you can get lost in the stunning movie-like landscape of Praia de Marinha or book a kayaking tour to discover the beathtaking Benagil Caves from the inside. If you go to Sagres, you'll see the most beautiful sunset at Cape St. Vincent.  If you stay at the NH Marina Portimão Resort, you can easily take day trips to all these destinations and also enjoy the rich nightlife on the dynamic waterfront promenade.

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5. Costa del Sol (Spain)

Located alongside Málagas' shoreline, the "Coast of the Sun" has been the top destination in Spain for Brits, Germans and Finnish tourists for decades. Some of the favourite places to visit while staying at the NH Marbella or the NH San Pedro are the buzzing nightlife and upscale boutiques of the stylish Marbella; the charming whitewashed villages of Frigiliana, Casares or Mijas Pueblo; or Nerja and the stunning beaches and cliffs of Maro.

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