Everyone has their own idea of the perfect summer holiday. For some it's a relaxing mix of sun, sand and sea on a classic beach break. For others it's time spent experiencing a new city, mixing up sightseeing with a lazy afternoon or picnic in the park or a relaxing evening in a beer garden.
Whatever your preference, and whether or not you know where you want to go and what you want to do, we're here to help. On this page you'll find a wide range of summer-themed articles, including destination guides, practical tips on what to pack and recommendations on activities that are best experienced in a city during the summer.
Discover what makes the warmest of seasons so special in cities around the world, whether it's a summer trip to Berlin, New York, Amsterdam or Rome. If you're travelling with friends, explore the best places to go for open-air parties, and read up on recommendations on where to host your next summer stag or hen-do. We've also got suggestions on where to cool off, whether it's in a lake or in the sea. Relaxing strolls along picturesque waterfronts, alfresco dining in charming restaurants, sunbathing on white sandy beaches - there are plenty of inspiring ideas below on how to experience the best summer holiday.
If your idea of a summer holiday is spent with sand between your toes and being in and out of the water, head to our beach section. If however you prefer to experience summer in full bloom, browse our articles on parks and gardens.