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10 European Cool Destinations to Escape the Summer Heat

The anomalous summer heat in Europe is forcing tourists to seek alternative, cool destinations for summer vacations. The summer of 2023 turned out to be unusually hot in many European countries, traditionally considered the most popular summer tourist destinations on the continent. Thermometer readings in Italy, Spain, and Greece exceeded 40 degrees Celsius, turning vacation into a constant search for relief from the scorching heat.

It’s not surprising that this year one of the main tourism trends is the search for cool destinations for summer vacations. The Independent has listed several interesting cities in Europe to consider if you’re looking for cooler temperatures.

10 cool destinations in Europe for your summer vacation:

Ostend, Belgium

Average maximum in August: +21°C Average minimum in August: +15°C

Although Belgium is not typically associated with beach vacations, the largest city in Flanders, Ostend, boasts wonderful sandy beaches where you can engage in kite surfing in the morning and enjoy fresh oysters on the Albert I promenade in the afternoon – all without the need to escape from the heat.

La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain

Average maximum in August: +28°C

Average minimum in August: +21°C

While mainland Spain swelters, the Atlantic breeze blows through the Canary Islands, guaranteeing pleasant weather year-round. La Gomera invites tourists to enjoy hiking, swimming in the azure waters, and indulging in gourmet feasts.

Tartu, Estonia

Average maximum in August: +21°C

Average minimum in August: +11°C

As the cultural capital of Europe in 2024, Tartu boasts an excellent climate for exploring Estonia in the summer. Tourists here are guaranteed charming historic architecture and picturesque landscapes.

Sopot, Poland

Average maximum in August: +22°C

Average minimum in August: +12°C

The seaside town of Sopot, located in the Tri-City region of the “Baltic Riviera” near Gdańsk, is an accessible alternative to the bustling southern cities. Here, tourists can enjoy 4 km of beaches, the longest wooden pier in Europe, and stylish wellness spa centers. Sopot is also praised by locals for its vibrant beach nightlife.

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Island Sylt, Germany

Average maximum in August: +20°C

Average minimum in August: +16°C

A magnet for the German elite with a mild microclimate in the North Frisian Islands, striped beach chairs, and unspoiled bright sand, Sylt attracts travelers for obvious reasons. Excellent gastronomy completes the experience.

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Average maximum in August: +28°C

Average minimum in August: +16°C

Slovenia’s most famous landmark shines under the summer sun, and the blue glacial waters of Lake Bled help maintain a cool atmosphere during visits to the medieval Bled Castle and romantic strolls around the fantasy island.

Machico, Madeira, Portugal

Average maximum in August: +26°C

Average minimum in August: +21°C

Nestled between mountains, this town is known for its beaches, well-maintained gardens, and terracotta rooftops that dot the landscape. It’s simultaneously much quieter than busier Portuguese resorts.

Pori, Finland

Average maximum in August: +21°C

Average minimum in August: +12°C

The city of Pori on Finland’s western coast is a hub for jazz music, Finnish street food, and the true star of Scandinavia – Yyteri Beach: 6 km of white sand, perfect for windsurfing, volleyball, bird watching, and barbecues.

Haarlem, Netherlands

Average maximum in August: +19°C

Average minimum in August: +15°C

This is the place to go for tulips, windmills, hidden courtyards, and a multitude of canals. A less crowded neighbor to Amsterdam offers a slice of Dutch coolness without bumping into sweaty strangers. Local brewing culture dates back to the 14th century, and outdoor activities can be found in the South Kennemerland National Park.

Skagen, Denmark

Average maximum in August: +19°C

Average minimum in August: +13°C

The port town of Skagen boasts art museums and refined restaurants that can compete with the capital city, Copenhagen. Nature lovers will appreciate the sandy dune Grenen, separating the Baltic and North Seas.

As travelers seek respite from the heat, these 10 cool destinations provide a perfect blend of relaxation, cultural exploration, and outdoor activities for a memorable summer getaway.

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