West Europe July, Best Cities

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Vevey and Lake Geneva  in Switzerland.

Europe July Weather

And suddenly things in Europe start to get busy. The weather could well be gorgeous and there are loads of events, but school’s out in the last half of the month, and millions hit the road. Prices up, accomodation down, crowds increase exponentially. Southern Europe gets oven-baked. It’s a good time to hit north Europe and mountain areas. n. b. avoid prime tourist locations the last half of July, if possible.

Italy: The Palio of Siena (medieval bareback horse race) about 2nd July and 16th August.

Venice, Festa del Redentore – a huge flotilla of decorated boats bob around the canals; it’s a regatta with fireworks.

Germany, Rhine in Flames at Rüdesheim and Bingen, 50km from Frankfurt – an amazing all-round fireworks display from boats, stately buildings and the surrounding countryside.

Ireland, Galway Arts Festival – Ireland’s biggest arts jamboree, with all kinds of entertainment, street, theatre, music, kid’s stuff, exhibitions, concerts.

France: Festival d’Avignon(theatre) mid July-mid August.
Chaumont Garden Festival – thirty wonderful and sometimes wacky show gardens around a perfect chateau (castle), every year 15 May-19 October.

Paris, Bastille Day – parties, parades, fireworks, picnics, July 14th.

Spain: Running of the Bulls, (Los Sanfermines) Pamplona, early July, one week.

Barcelona, Summer Festival (del Grec), theatre, dance and music, late June – late August.

Switzerland : Montreux International Jazz Festival (many kinds of music featured, in spite of the name) from early July, 2 weeks.

Netherlands: The Hague’s North Sea Jazz Festival, mid July, 3 days.

Germany: Wagner Festival, Bayreuth (very expensive and elitist) late July – late August.

England: London, BBC Proms (Classical music) Concerts mid July- early Sept.
Wimbledon Tennis Championships. June/July.
Womad world music festival, Reading, late July, 3 days.
Cambridge, Cambridge Folk Festival – the real deal for the folks who like the music.

Scotland: T in the Park rock festival in beautiful countryside, Balado, near Kinross, early July, 3 days.

Wales: International Music Eisteddfod, Llangollen, 6 days, early July.

Hungary: Sopron festival Weeks, ancient music and dance, June & July, Sopron.

Austria: The Salzburg International Festival (music), late July- end of August.

Vienna, ImPulsTanz – a dynamic and diverse dance festival across the whole of lovely Vienna, early July – early August.

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.

Copenhagen Jazz Festival, early July, one week.

Copenhagen Summer Festival, chamber and classical music concerts, end July-mid August.

Turkey: International Istanbul Festival of Arts, late June-mid July.

Finland: Savonlinna Opera Fest at medieval Olavinnlinna Castle, Helsinki.

Also see European Festivals or Arts Festivals for suggestions, information and dates.