Time is of the essence to plan for next year’s European summer adventure. Wondering where to start? We’ve compiled a list of destinations you should have on your radar for summer 2022.
France has something to offer for every type of traveler. Swing into Paris in mid-July to experience Bastille Day—France’s independence day. From a parade down the famed Champs-Elysées showcasing the might of the French military to a spectacular firework show at the Eiffel Tower, it’s definitely bucket list material.
Afterward, follow the city’s population to the coast to escape the August heat. Popular destinations include the classic Mediterranean resort town of Antibes —where hiking the coastal trails is a must-- and the seaside surfing Mecca of Biarritz near the Spanish border.
Like the French, the Italians head to the coast in summer. The Riviera Romagnola
is wildly popular thanks to its well-maintained beaches and numerous amusement parks, followed closely by the stunning Amalfi Coast —famous for its picturesque villages clinging to the seaside cliffs. Not to miss, however, is the Salento area of Puglia. It remains largely undiscovered by foreign tourists and boasts some of the best beaches in the country. The town of Lecce is also a must-visit. Often referred to as the "Florence of the South," it offers visitors plenty of charming streets to explore during an afternoon stroll.
While most associate Austria with winter sports, this mountainous country is an excellent place to visit in the summer. Wander the streets of Innsbruck and soak in views of the city from the Nordkette cable car. There are plenty of hiking destinations to explore for nature lovers, including Hohe Tauern National Park in Osttirol and the Alpe-Adria-Trail in Grossglockner National Park.