As we welcome the warmth and charm of summer, Europe continues to be a perennial favorite among discerning travelers. From big cities to more relaxed holiday vibes, its mix of old-world charm, cultural diversity, gastronomic delights, and breathtaking landscapes is an irresistible draw. Inspired by the warmer, longer days of the season and in the spirit of exploration, we’ve curated a guide featuring the crème de la crème of European cities to visit this summer – complete with where to stay and where to eat.
We begin our journey in the City of Love – Paris. It’s hard to resist the charm of this city in summer with its vibrant streets, sun-dappled parks, and the beautiful Seine meandering through the cityscape.
Stay: The Ritz Paris, an icon of elegance and luxury, is our top pick. Nestled in the heart of the city, its prestigious history and the recently refurbished interiors make it a perfect Parisian residence.
Dine: Epicure at Le Bristol Paris, a three-Michelin-starred restaurant, is an absolute delight for any gourmand. With Chef Eric Frechon at the helm, it offers exquisite French cuisine that’s as beautiful as it is delicious.
Next, we venture to the sun-drenched isle of Santorini. Its iconic blue-domed buildings, stunning sunsets, and the azure Aegean Sea make it an idyllic summer destination.
Stay: Canaves Oia Luxury Suites offer an unparalleled luxury experience. Perched high on the cliffs of Oia, the suites provide breathtaking views of the Caldera and the surrounding sea.
Dine: Selene, a staple in Santorini for over 30 years, offers innovative Greek cuisine crafted from local ingredients.
Our journey then takes us to London, a city where history and modernity intertwine seamlessly. From world-class museums to beautiful parks and the iconic River Thames, London in summer is a sight to behold.
Stay: The Savoy offers an unmatched quintessentially British experience. Its timeless elegance, beautiful rooms overlooking the Thames, and impeccable service make it an ideal base for your London stay.
Dine: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, a two-Michelin-starred restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, is a must-visit. It serves up dishes inspired by historic British gastronomy with a modern twist.
We then venture to the Amalfi Coast, famous for its dramatic cliffs, vibrant towns, and crystal-clear waters. It’s a slice of Italian paradise, perfect for a tranquil summer getaway.
Stay: Le Sirenuse in Positano offers an exceptional luxury experience. This former 18th-century summer villa turned hotel offers breath-taking views of the town and sea, encapsulating the best of Amalfi.
Dine: La Sponda, the Michelin-starred restaurant within Le Sirenuse, offers a tantalizing menu of Neapolitan cuisine prepared using locally-sourced ingredients.
French Riviera (… of course)
Next, we journey to the French Riviera, a stunning blend of azure seas, glamorous resorts, and charming towns. It’s the playground of the rich and famous, and a perfect summer escape.
Stay: The Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat is our chosen haven. Nestled in a private 17-acre estate, it offers stunning views of the Mediterranean and an air of timeless elegance.
Dine: La Vague d’Or at Résidence de la Pinède, a three-Michelin-starred restaurant, is the French Riviera’s gastronomic gem. Chef Arnaud Donckele’s dishes are as remarkable as the sea views from the terrace.
Finally, we land in Lisbon. With its pastel-colored buildings, historic tramways, and thriving food scene, Lisbon promises a unique blend of tradition and modernity.
Stay: Palacio Belmonte, a 15th-century palace turned luxury hotel, offers a remarkable stay. Its blue azulejos (tiles) and stunning views of the Tagus River are worth every penny.
Dine: Belcanto, the first restaurant in Lisbon to be awarded two Michelin stars, offers an exceptional gastronomic journey through Portuguese flavors.
From the romantic streets of Paris to the majestic views of Santorini, from the cosmopolitan vibrance of London to the vibrant colors of Lisbon – each city on this list holds unique experiences and luxury accommodations that are sure to make your summer unforgettable.
Bon Voyage – and don’t forget the sunscreen!