Summer is coming! It was about time. To celebrate the fact, we made a list of 10 destinations you have to visit this summer. To make it cheaper, we’ve kept them all in (or very close to) western Europe.
1. Palma de Mallorca, Spain
By far the wildest place to party this side of Europe is Palma. Think of it as a student’s Disney world, where the beer is always cheap, the weather is always warm, and the music is always, always loud. Whether you want to spend ten days lounging by the pool or a semester partying until the sun rises, Palma is the city for you!
2. Barcelona, Spain
Can a city have it all? Barcelona does! An amazing and unique culture, good food, cheap drinks, wild parties and great universities. Barcelona has been considered by many the best city to go to on your Erasmus. It has great beaches, reachable by metro, bus or foot, that are not only good to have a dive at, but also to chill when the sun is setting and to enjoy a calm dinner by the sea. About an hour from Barcelona you’ll find the beautiful Costa Brava; the Catalan rocky coast has beaches and bays that will take your breath away.
3. Dubrovnik, Croatia
A beautiful medieval city that looks like a Disney village under its castle. The Croatian city located by the Adriatic sea is one of the world’s most splendid walled cities and the set of Game of Thrones. You can actually walk through the wall, and believe me, even though it can get really hot, it’s worth your time and effort. Just be sure to have a big bottle of water in your backpack. If you’ve never been, this is definitely a city to check out this summer. Enjoy the great weather, the cool beaches and the awesome atmosphere.
4. Split, Croatia
Another Croatian jewel, Split is the entryway into plenty of local secrets. The city balances the right amount of ancient and modern, which creates an incredible atmosphere you’ll never want to run away from. Take a boat across to party-capital Hvar (which hosts 20,000 insane party animals A DAY during high season), enjoy the cool and calm coastal way of life, and if you’re up for a bit of sightseeing, you don’t want to miss the Diocletian’s Palace, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
5. Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon is quite possibly the most underrated capital of Western Europe. Want to enjoy a bit of city life and good weather over the summer, only on a budget? This is the city for you. The city offers a bit of everything: good food, warm weather, and an atmosphere that will make you want to slow down and enjoy the little things in life. There are a lot of places and important sites to visit, but what I recommend to do is to get lost in the narrow streets and see where they take you.
6. Santorini, Greece
Let’s be honest: Greece screams fun and sun. The city gets really crowded in July and August, but if you’re one of those lucky students who pass all of your exams and get June off, Santorini is definitely a dream vacation spot that you don’t want to miss. Sit back, relax and enjoy the sun; this is a place to literally do nothing. But if at day two you get tired of doing nothing, from Santorini you can reach the rest of the Greek Islands like Mykonos and Crete by ferry.
7. Paris, France
If you’re in a kind of serious relationship this summer and you don’t come to Paris, you’re probably insane. Come on! Take a weekend from lying on the beach and hit the city of love with your other half. You’ll thank me later, believe me. From romantic strolls to an elevator ride to the top of the Eiffel Tower, the delicious gastronomy and the world’s most famous theme park, Disneyland, Paris kind of has it all!
8. Porto, Portugal
As a local, I should probably avoid putting Porto on this list. But then again, as a local, I can’t stop myself from putting Porto on this list. It’s one of the coolest cities at the moment. It has a real buzz, every summer night is spent partying out on the streets of Galerias de Paris or in front of Piolho. During the day, I recommend walking around the city and taking in the public art that is everywhere you look. You also don’t want to miss the local cuisine, food markets, olive oil workshops and wine tastings that are offered in various places.
9. Rome, Italy
A city you definitely don’t want to miss. No matter how many times you go to Rome, it’s always worth coming back to the Italian city to find new spots to visit. It can get pretty hot in the summertime, but pack a bottle of water and fill it in the city’s many water fountains. Rome has that ancient feeling that will take you back in time when you visit places like the Colosseum, the Roman Forum or the Pantheon. After a sunny day outside walking around the city you can reward yourself with delicious Italian cuisine which, let’s be honest, is everyone’s favourite!
10. Marrakech, Morocco
The smell of different spices, the food and the culture are what makes Marrakech one of the most amazing cities in Northern Africa. Just be careful with the traffic; that is my only advice!
Marrakech is a great city for explorers and adventurers, those of us who like getting lost in the back streets and don’t mind taking a deep dive in strange new perfumes, sounds and sights that were completely alien to you before. Make sure to go to a local restaurant and have Tajine, the moroccan specialty that will blow your mind. Also, and as hot as it can get, you will also be offered tea. Take it; it’s to die for!
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Which city are you visiting this summer? Let us know in the comments. And remember: if you need student accommodation, you’ll find the student home you’re looking for on Uniplaces.