This is probably
the best month for European holidays. It's warm, good weather is quite
likely, lots of cultural activities take place and the teeming hordes
are still occupied at their places of work.
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Regatta of the Four Ancient Maritime Republics (varies : Pisa/Venice/Amalfi/Genoa). Florence, Festival of Saint
John - parades, dances and Calcio Storico, wild and violent 15thC
costumed football matches, June 24th.
Trooping the Colour, London (Queen's birthday parade) June 17.
Wimbledon Tennis Tournament - the most prestigious tennis event
in the world.
Isle of Man TT (motorcycle) Races, May/June.
Glyndbourne Festival Opera (in a Stately Home outside London), late
May-early July. Stonehenge summer equinox festivites, June 20st-21st. A free all nighter with
a zillion wackos.
Fete de la Musique, in Paris.
Free! A monster musical celebration all over this lovely city. Professionals
mix with amateurs playing different sounds in different locations,
Chaumont Garden Festival - thirty wonderful and sometimes wacky
show gardens around a perfect chateau (castle), every year May-
Netherlands: The Holland Festival (varied arts), Amsterdam and The Hague, all June.
Sopron festival Weeks, ancient music and dance, June & July,
Austria: Vienna International Festival
from mid-May to mid-June (wide range of arts).
Greece: Athens Festival,
drama and music in ancient theatres. June-Sept.
Denmark: Roskilde Festival, north Europe's largest rock music festival,
late June-early July.
Christopher Street Day in Berlin - a monster Gay Pride parade and street party.
Turkey: International Istanbul Festival of Arts,
most of June.
Russia, St Petersburg, Stars
of the White Nights Festival. Primarily opera and ballet.
Hainaut, The Golden Chariot and Battle of Lumecon - Saint George
fights the dragon and everybody pushes a vast and holy chariot around
town, June 6th.
Ireland, Dublin ++, Great Irish Houses
Festival - music in great Irish houses, mostly Dublin, plus counties
Wicklow and Kildare.
Also see European
Festivals or Arts
Festivals for suggestions, information and
sightseeing/culture in reasonably comfortable weather conditions
(especially Barcelona, Seville,
Granada, Cordoba, Madrid)
Portugal (esp. Lisbon, Sintra, Evora,
and the Algarve - but only for beaches)
Italy (esp. Florence, Rome, Genoa,
Pompeii, Amalfi, Sicily)
Croatia (esp. Dubrovnik, Hvar, Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Trogir)
Greece (esp. Athens,
the Peloponnese peninsula, Meteora, the
France (esp. Paris, Loire
Valley, the Alps, Burgandy, Avignon, Arles, Riviera)
UK (esp. London, Stonehenge, Dorset, Stratford, Oxford, York, Lake
Ireland (Dublin, Kilkenny, Wexford)
Belgium (esp. Brussels, Ghent, Antwerp,
Bruges, the Ardennes)
Switzerland (esp. Zurich, Lausanne, Lucerne, Berne, Vevey, Zermatt, Jungfrau Region)
Netherlands (esp. Amsterdam, Keukenhof, The
Barrier Dam, Leiden).
Austria (esp. Vienna, Land Salzburg,
St Wolfgang, Mutters, Portschach, Bad Aussee)
Germany (esp. Berlin, Potsdam, Munich,
Berchtesgaden, Bamberg, Heidelberg,
Hungary (esp. Budapest, Szentendre,
Lake Balaton, Eger)
Rep. (esp. Prague, Bohemia
province, Karlovy Vary, Karlstejn castle)
Poland (from mid-May, esp. Krakow, Tatras Mountains)
Russia, St Petersburg.
Ribe, Arhus, Mons Klint, Egeskov Castle).
Norway (esp. Oslo, Bergen, Risor)
Sweden (esp. Stockholm, Visby, Oland)
England France Greece Iceland Italy Monaco
(Holland) Portugal Russia
Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey
Amsterdam Aix Annecy Antibes Arles Athens Avignon
Barcelona Berne Biarritz Bournemouth Brighton Budapest
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