Beat the summer crowds: Our top picks

Besides being hot, its no secret that summer months in Europe and also be full of crowds. It’s not a surprise. The combination of summer school holidays and work time off for many Europeans means that for so many, vacations must be taken during this period. However, this can also mean that many special spots are full of crowds.

We’ve always contended that when seen right, and booked in advance, there is no reason that these popular destinations are any less special. They are still certainly worth a visit. Especially if that is when you have the time to travel.

However, there are many other alternatives we can show you. Been to St. Tropez? Checked the boxes on the Amalfi Coast? Ready for an alternative to the August crowds in Dubrovnik?

We’ve got you covered!

This week, we share some great alternatives to beat the summer crowds. All of this, without sacrificing an amazing dream vacation. However, in many destinations it is too late to organize a last minute, tailor made holiday. These are some ideas to bookmark for next summer!

Beating the crowds in the Azores, Portugal

Still one of Europe’s hidden gems, the Azores are a great spot to avoid the crowds, even in the summer. The “Hawaii” of the Atlantic, this is a dream destination.

  • Untouched Beauty The Azores’ natural landscapes are untouched and breathtaking. From volcanic craters to lush greenery, every corner is a postcard-worthy sight.
  • Rich Marine Life: The crystal-clear waters around the Azores are teeming with diverse marine life. It’s a paradise for diving and snorkeling enthusiasts.
  • Quaint Villages: The Azores are dotted with charming villages where time seems to stand still. It’s a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

These unique qualities make the Azores a hidden gem worth exploring for travelers seeking a peaceful and authentic experience away from the crowds.

Crete, Greece

Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and is a popular destination for tourists from around the world. However, due to its large size (it really could be its own country!), it never feels full of crowds. More so, the south of the island is quite tranquil, even in August!

  • Rich History and Culture Crete is steeped in history, with a legacy that dates back thousands of years. Visitors can explore ancient ruins such as the Palace of Knossos, which offers a fascinating glimpse into the island’s past. Furthermore, Crete also has a vibrant cultural scene, with traditional music, dance, and festivals that showcase the island’s unique heritage.
  • Stunning Beaches Crete is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. To start, the famous pink sands of Elafonissi Beach. Perhaps, the crystal-clear waters of Balos Lagoon? There is a beach to suit every taste. Whether you prefer relaxing on a sun lounger or trying your hand at water sports, Crete’s beaches offer the perfect setting for a day of fun in the sun.
  • Delicious Cuisine Greek cuisine is known for its fresh ingredients and bold flavors, and Crete is no exception. Be sure to try traditional Cretan specialties such as dakos (a bread-based salad) and kalitsounia (sweet cheese pastries) for a taste of authentic Cretan cuisine.

Scotland in the summer, away from the crowds

With its lush greenery, historic castles, and friendly locals, Scotland is a must-visit destination for any traveler. With room to spread out, and some spectacular nature and sites to get lost in, its easy here to avoid the crowds.

  • The Weather Contrary to popular belief, Scotland can actually experience some beautiful weather in the summer months. With longer daylight hours and milder temperatures, summer is the perfect time to explore the Scottish countryside, go hiking in the Highlands, or relax on one of Scotland’s many stunning beaches.
  • Festivals and Events Scotland is known for its vibrant cultural scene, and the summer months are packed with festivals and events celebrating everything from music and art to food and drink. From the famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe to the Highland Games, there is something for everyone to enjoy during the summer in Scotland. Certainly, these events will have more crowds than an isolated farming village. But it is a bit of fun to be had in the summer season!
  • Outdoor Activities With its rugged mountains, picturesque lochs, and rolling hills, Scotland is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Here, avoiding the crowds is easy! Do you enjoy hiking, cycling, fishing, or golfing? Scotland offers a wide range of outdoor activities to suit every taste. Finally, summer months provide the perfect weather for exploring the great outdoors. Its the perfect season to take in the breathtaking scenery.

Beating the crowds

Summer in Europe can be a dream, but it can also be a challenge. Though we are experts at designing holidays that keep things as hassle free as possible, even in the most iconic and crowded destinations, here are a few alternatives to some lesser visited summer destinations.

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