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If you’re thinking of visiting Europe later this summer, look no further than here. The late summer months of August and September are the ultimate time to visit these incredible destinations as the crowds have died down, and fingers crossed, the heat has let up a bit. Check out the best late-summer destinations to visit in Europe:

Santorini, Greece

An idyllic island, Santorini is magical during the later months. It’s the perfect Greek island for those looking to relax, with incredible hotels and good views.

Cinque Terre, Italy

For those looking for a coastal escape with Italian charm, Cinque Terre has it all. Stay in one of the small villages for an intimate stay, jump in the Mediterranean and enjoy lots of pasta!

Prague, Czech Republic

Fall in love with Eastern Europe and stunning architecture right in Prague. These photos will have you in love before you go, and here’s a quick travel guide for those looking to escape in one of those small, big cities.


I always say this is one of Europe’s best kept secrets, and every time I think about Malta, I want to keep it to myself. The small country is set with the two main islands, Gozo and Malta. Come here to sojourn for a relaxing trip.

Bruges, Belgium

This Belgian destination can be so much more than its iconic canals. A destination rich in cuisine and history, come here for incredible food. (plus checkout 10 photos to inspire you to travel here)

Amsterdam, Netherlands

The city of bikes and endless canals, the Dutch welcome all in the friendliest way. Here’s a where and what guide, and of course, photos to inspire you.

Paris, France

The city of lights, love, and well, the a city scene unlike any other in the world. I come here for the shopping, eating, and strolling the endless Parisian streets. (Here’s an alternative guide to Paris for those looking for something new).

Geneva, Switzerland

The gateway to the alps offers the best of both worlds — a bustling city plus outdoor adventure. Stay in a historic, luxury hotel, and dive into the Swiss culture. (Guide + 10 things to do in Geneva)

Venice, Italy

Endless canals to get lost in, incredible history, and some of the best food around makes Venice one of those year-round destinations. Experience Venetian luxury at the Hotel Metropole, and be swept away in the romance of Venetian tradition.

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  1. Great list! I sure wish I was visiting Europe again this summer. There’s always so much to do and so much history to learn about. I’ll definitely be revisiting this list next time I’m ready to book a European getaway!

  2. How late do you define summer? The weather in the South of France stays gorgeous all during September and even into October. My favorite time of the year. And destinations like the amazing fortress city of Carcassonne have fewer tourists compared with August.

    • Jessica Wright Reply

      Absolutely, I agree. Technically summer ends by date on September 22, but for those looking to go later, early October can be wonderful!

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