Ahead of each new month, we compile a list of destinations across Europe which are perfectly suited to visit that month. Considering things like weather, busyness, natural and cultural events, and other factors, our top picks for July are the department of Vaucluse, France; medieval principality of Liechtenstein; the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland; and the Central Pyrénées, straddling the Franco-Spanish border. Check out our highlights and favourite sites below.
From the dazzling fireworks of Bastille Day in Paris to the sun-drenched beaches of the Mediterranean, the continent beckons with its rich heritage, enticing cuisine, and a myriad of unforgettable experiences. Whether wandering through the fields of lavender in Vaucluse, discovering the world's sixth smallest nation of Liechtenstein, road tripping along Ireland's rugged Wild Atlantic Way, or journeying through the mountainous terrain of the French/Spanish Pyrenees, there's something for everybody.
Vaucluse is a captivating destination to visit in July. This picturesque region in the heart of Provence offers a delightful combination of scenic landscapes, historical charm, and vibrant summer festivities. Bask in the warm sunshine as you wander through lavender fields, explore medieval villages like Gordes and Roussillon, and indulge in exquisite local cuisine. July brings a vibrant energy to Vaucluse, with festivals celebrating music, art, and gastronomy, providing an immersive cultural experience that will leave you with lasting memories.
The Majestic Luberon One of the highlights of Vaucluse is the stunning Luberon region. This area is known for its rolling hills, charming hilltop villages, and breathtaking landscapes. Explore the enchanting villages of Gordes, Bonnieux, and Roussillon, each offering unique character and captivating vistas. Take leisurely walks along lavender fields, vineyards, and olive groves, immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the Luberon.
Avignon's Rich History The historic city of Avignon is another standout feature of Vaucluse. Home to the magnificent Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes), a UNESCO World Heritage site, Avignon offers a fascinating glimpse into its medieval past. Stroll through the winding streets, visit the famous Pont d'Avignon (Avignon Bridge), and explore the city's well-preserved ramparts. Don't miss the renowned Avignon Festival held in July, where the city comes alive with theatrical performances and cultural events.
Gastronomic Delights Vaucluse is a paradise for food lovers, boasting a vibrant culinary scene. Indulge in Provençal delights such as ratatouille, tapenade, and bouillabaisse, savoring the region's fresh produce and aromatic herbs. Visit local markets, like Isle-sur-la-Sorgue's Sunday market, to sample artisanal cheeses, olives, and regional wines. Vaucluse offers numerous opportunities to immerse yourself in the gastronomic heritage of Provence, making it a haven for epicurean enthusiasts.
Visiting Liechtenstein in July offers a delightful experience filled with scenic beauty, cultural events, and outdoor adventures. Nestled between Switzerland and Austria, this small principality boasts majestic mountain landscapes, charming villages, and a rich heritage. In July, the weather is pleasant, allowing you to explore the outdoors and embark on hiking or biking trails amidst breathtaking alpine scenery. Immerse yourself in the cultural festivities, such as the Liechtenstein National Day celebrations on July 15th, featuring parades, music performances, and traditional costumes. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the picturesque capital city of Vaduz, with its iconic Vaduz Castle and vibrant art scene. Liechtenstein in July offers a unique blend of natural splendour, cultural immersion, and warm summer ambience.
Vaduz and Vaduz Castle The capital city of Liechtenstein, Vaduz, is a must-visit highlight. Explore the charming streets lined with modern and traditional architecture, and marvel at the iconic Vaduz Castle perched on a hilltop overlooking the city. While the castle is not open to the public, its picturesque setting provides fantastic photo opportunities. Visit the nearby Liechtenstein National Museum to learn about the country's history, culture, and art.
Alpine Beauty Liechtenstein is blessed with stunning alpine landscapes that are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. Hike or bike through the scenic trails of the Princes' Way (Fürstensteig) or the Alpine Trail Liechtenstein, offering breathtaking views of mountains, valleys, and picturesque villages. In the summer, you can also indulge in activities like paragliding, rock climbing, and mountain biking to get your adrenaline pumping amidst the pristine alpine setting.
Cultural Gems Explore the Art Museum Liechtenstein, showcasing a remarkable collection of modern and contemporary art. Additionally, the Liechtenstein Center in Vaduz provides insights into the country's history, culture, and traditions. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage through its museums, events, and artistic expressions.
Visiting the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland in July promises a captivating adventure filled with stunning coastal landscapes and favourable weather conditions. Stretching along Ireland's rugged west coast, the Wild Atlantic Way offers breathtaking views of dramatic cliffs, golden beaches, and charming coastal towns. In July, the region comes alive with festivals celebrating music, arts, and traditional Irish culture, providing a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the local traditions and festivities. The longer daylight hours and milder temperatures make it an ideal time to embark on outdoor activities like hiking, surfing, or exploring ancient ruins along the coastline.
Cliffs of Moher One of the most iconic and breathtaking sights along the Wild Atlantic Way are the Cliffs of Moher. Rising dramatically from the Atlantic Ocean, these majestic cliffs offer awe-inspiring panoramic views of the rugged coastline. Take a leisurely stroll along the cliff edge, or for an even more exhilarating experience, join a boat tour to see the cliffs from the water. The Cliffs of Moher are a must-visit highlight, showcasing the raw beauty and power of nature.
Dingle Peninsula The Dingle Peninsula is a picturesque gem along the Wild Atlantic Way. This stunning coastal region is renowned for its dramatic landscapes, charming fishing villages, and rich cultural heritage. Explore the quaint town of Dingle, visit ancient archaeological sites like Dunbeg Fort, and take in the breathtaking vistas along the Slea Head Drive. The Dingle Peninsula offers a captivating blend of natural beauty, Gaelic traditions, and warm hospitality.
Connemara National Park Located in County Galway, Connemara National Park is a paradise for nature lovers. It features stunning mountains, expansive bogs, crystal-clear lakes, and lush valleys. Embark on hiking trails that lead you through captivating landscapes, such as the iconic Diamond Hill. Keep an eye out for Connemara ponies grazing in the wild and enjoy the tranquility of this unspoiled wilderness. Connemara National Park is a true haven for outdoor enthusiasts and a perfect spot to immerse yourself in Ireland's wild and rugged beauty.
July in the Central Pyrenees offers a captivating adventure amidst stunning mountain scenery, outdoor activities, and cultural immersion. This mountainous region straddles the border between the two countries and is known for its majestic peaks, pristine lakes, and charming alpine villages. July brings mild weather, making it an ideal time for hiking, mountain biking, and exploring the diverse landscapes. Traverse the scenic trails of Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park, marvel at the cascading waterfalls, and spot unique wildlife. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the region by visiting picturesque towns like Saint-Lary-Soulan in France or Jaca in Spain, known for their historical architecture, local traditions, and delicious cuisine.
Cirque de Gavarnie Located in the French side of the Central Pyrenees, the Cirque de Gavarnie is a natural wonder that will leave you awe-struck. This impressive cirque features towering cliffs and the iconic Gavarnie Waterfall, one of the highest waterfalls in Europe. Hike through the scenic trails surrounding the cirque, taking in the breathtaking views of the rugged peaks and the majestic natural amphitheater.
Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park Situated in the Spanish side of the Central Pyrenees, this national park is a paradise for nature lovers. It boasts a stunning combination of high mountains, crystal-clear lakes, and picturesque valleys. Explore the park's network of hiking trails, leading you to breathtaking vistas and hidden alpine lakes. Admire the diverse flora and fauna, including wildflowers, eagles, and chamois. Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park offers a serene and immersive experience in the heart of the Pyrenees.
Lourdes In the foothills of the Pyrenees lies the town of Lourdes, a renowned pilgrimage site. It attracts millions of visitors each year who come to witness the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to a local girl. Explore the vast sanctuary, including the iconic Grotto of Massabielle and the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Lourdes offers a unique spiritual and cultural experience, with a vibrant atmosphere and numerous religious events throughout the year.
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