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Summer Vacation in Europe

Summer in Europe is like no other. Bask under the Spanish sun while sipping on a glass of sangria, stroll along the French riviera, admiring yachts as they pass by the shore, discover history by hiking around the ancient Greek ruins, or roam around Tuscan vineyards while tasting Chianti. Regardless of their preference, travelers will have access to some of the world's most fantastic sightseeing opportunities if they decide to spend their summer vacation in Europe.

Summer Vacations in Europe: Top Accommodations

House Teterow
Sep 2 - Sep 9
$119 per night
House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Charming Vacation Home in Teterow with Grill & Patio + Next to Beach
4.4
"Very good" (4 ratings)
Teterow, Güstrow, Germany
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House Friedrichskoog-Spitze
Sep 16 - Sep 23
-21%
$87
$69 per night
House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Beautiful Vacation Home in Friedrichskoog-Spitze with Open Terrace
4.2
"Very good" (29 ratings)
Friedrichskoog-Spitze, Friedrichskoog, Germany
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Apartment Hafendorf
Sep 9 - Sep 16
-35%
$160
$104 per night
Apartment ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Apartment in Hafendorf with Jacuzzi & Patio + Unobstructed View
4.2
"Very good" (15 ratings)
Hafendorf, Rechlin, Germany
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Istanbul, Turkey
The most popular and emerging European hot spots as travel returns

Summer 2021 European Travel Forecast

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Summer is in full swing and European travel is heating up! As of June 18, 2021*, the European Council now allows travelers from the United States to travel to Europe, and HomeToGo has a first look at the top destinations that Americans have been eyeing first. 

As observed in HomeToGo’s Return of Travel forecast, vaccines have given travel an instant boost and Americans have already been eager to travel again internationally.

According to HomeToGo’s research:

  • 54% of U.S. travelers said they plan on traveling within 1-2 months after receiving the vaccine.
  • 92% of those surveyed intend on traveling the same or more internationally after receiving the vaccine, compared to pre-pandemic.

Top 10 Most Popular Cities in Europe for Summer 2021

HomeToGo took a look at the top 10 most popular European cities for summer 2021 escapes, predicting U.S. travelers are eager to eat tapas in Barcelona, marvel at ancient wonders in Rome or stroll rural countryside escapes near Galway. As observed following the June 2021 announcement that Europe was opening up to U.S. travelers, all of these cities saw an instant monthly boost in search interest.

City
Country
Search Increase
Median Nightly Price
1
Istanbul
Turkey
232.28%
$65
2
Dublin
Ireland
219.08%
$158
3
Athens
Greece
178.53%
$104
4
Antalya
Turkey
134.43%
$103
5
Amsterdam
Netherlands
114.06%
$172
6
Rome
Italy
99.22%
$130
7
Galway
Ireland
84.34%
$196
8
Barcelona
Spain
83.01%
$215
9
Bodrum
Turkey
73.33%
$150
10
Paris
France
8.34%
$180

Newly Trending European Countries

From the rolling hills of Ireland to the turquoise beaches of Cyprus, the top trendiest countries based on those that have seen the biggest search increase in the past year compared to pre-pandemic include:

Country
Search Increase
Median Nightly Price
1
Ireland
748%
$93.80
2
Sweden
582%
$155.64
3
Turkey
425%
$190.12
4
Finland
360%
$193.90
5
Cyprus
295%
$291.41

The Trendiest European Islands

If you’re interested in a little island hopping, here are the beachfront getaways that are proving to be the most popular escapes as international travel opens up compared to search volume in 2019. This includes Mykonos, Greece, which has seen a +415% increase in searches since before the pandemic, as well as Sardinia, Italy (+303%) and Tenerife in the Canary Islands (+227%)

Looking for the latest travel restrictions?

If you are planning a trip to Europe, it’s important to take note of any travel restrictions or warnings that might affect your ability to travel. Check out HomeToGo’s COVID Travel Restrictions guide to plan accordingly.

Reach out to [email protected] for any additional questions or information. 

*Source: Press release from Council of the EU, June 18, 2021

Methodology 

Most popular cities: Based on searches on hometogo.com during the week following the June 18 Europe travel announcement (June 18 -25, 2021) with a check-in date between June 18- September 22, 2021. 

Monthly search increase: Based on searches on hometogo.com in between June 18 - 25, 2021 with a check-in date between June 18 - September 22, 2021, compared to searches in between May 18 - 25, 2021 with the same check-in dates period. 

Trending countries and islands: Based on searches on hometogo.com between June 18 - 25, 2021 with a check-in date between June 18 - September 22, 2021, compared to the same search period with the same check-in period in 2019. 

Median prices: Median price per night for accommodation between June 18 - September 22, 2021. Prices are in USD and were collected on June 25, 2021. 

5 Most Beautiful Summer Destinations in Europe

5 Most Beautiful Summer Destinations in Europe

The choices are endless when it comes to choosing the perfect destination for a summer in Europe. These are five of the most beautiful summer destinations travelers can plan on visiting while in Europe.

  • 1. Brussels

    The capital of Belgium will be a little piece of paradise for all the foodie travelers out there. Visitors can indulge in some of the local food and beverages, such as waffles, fries, Trappist beer, and mussels, while visiting the historical monuments in Brussels.

  • 2. Málaga

    The city of Malaga is located in the Costa del Sol of Spain. Costa del Sol means the 'Coast of the Sun' in Spanish, and this should come as no surprise given the city's beautiful summer weather. Visitors can stroll around the old historic center of Málaga, lay on the beach, or if they get too hot, they can even check out an art museum such as the Centre Pompidou Málaga.

  • 3. Općina Marina

    Croatia is a popular summer destination for international travelers. Whether they seek to partake in some water sport activities, hike through nature trails, or visit historical monuments, Općina Marina offers it all.

  • 4. Reykjavík

    The capital of Iceland offers visitors the chance to admire some of the most wonderful and untouched nature the world has to offer. It is even more beautiful during the summer, while the temperature is warm and the sky is clear.

Best Places to Stay for Summer Vacations in Europe

House Friedrichskoog
Sep 16 - Sep 23
$86 per night
House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
House in Friedrichskoog with Private Sauna
4.5
"Outstanding" (37 ratings)
Friedrichskoog, Dithmarschen, Germany
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House Jordanshöhe
Sep 16 - Sep 23
-51%
$135
$66 per night
House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
House in Sankt Andreasberg with Private Sauna
4.2
"Very good" (21 ratings)
Jordanshöhe, Sankt Andreasberg, Germany
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House Schönhagen
Sep 23 - Sep 30
-37%
$176
$112 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
House in Schönhagen with Cosy Fireplace
4.1
"Very good" (36 ratings)
Schönhagen, Brodersby, Germany
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Frequently Asked Questions

How much do vacation rentals for Summer Vacations in Europe cost?

The average price for accommodation in Europe is between usually $107 and $145 per night.

What kinds of rentals can I find for Summer Vacations in Europe?

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