Warmest places to visit in EuropePosted on 18/08/2015 : 23:34:23
"There are lots of summer destinations all over Europe, but not many people can tell which places are the warmest. Surely, Spain is the first country that comes to mind, but there are a few more that deserve to be mentioned."
Costa del Sol
Seville is the warmest city of mainland Europe during summer days, with an average high temperature of 96.8 °F, in July. It is located in the southern Spain and despite not being a coastal city, it's very popular among tourists. Still, the real tourist heaven is a hundred kilometers southward. Named Costa del Sol, which literally translates as Coast of the Sun is one of the most popular tourists regions in Europe. The temperatures here are also very high during the summer months, but the proximity of the Mediterranean Sea, makes it pretty bearable.
Malta is a small Iceland country in the Mediterranean, a few dozen miles off the southern coast of Sicily. As English is one of the official languages on the island, Malta is popular destination for British tourists. The tourist season in Malta lasts form second half of April until mid-October. During that period, the daily mean temperature doesn't go below 65 °F. July and August are the hottest months with the average high about 89 °F and with no rainy days.
The southernmost point of Europe is Cyprus, an island nation in the eastern part of the Mediterranean. The island has a rich history and wonderful coast, which is why so many tourists visit it every year. Over 10% of the country's GDP comes from tourism. The fact is not surprising having in mind that tourist season starts in April and lasts sometimes even until mid-October.
Crete is the largest Greek island that had a significant role in the history of the West as it was the centre of Minoan civilization. One of the reasons why one of the first European civilizations developed here is favorable weather. The daily mean temperature measured in the biggest city on the island, Heraklion is above 78 °F during summer.
The first association about Russia is snow, but this country also has to offer places with very warm climate. In fact, Sochi is one of the hottest cities in Europe. During July and August, the daily mean is 83 °F, which is higher than in many other tourist regions of Europe. Warm weather, nice landscape and the Black Sea coast makes the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Russia's top destination.
The biggest Mediterranean island, Sicily is interesting for visitors because of its interesting history, impressive landscape, and for having wonderful climate. The winters her are mild and wet, while summers are dry and warm, with daily means averaging at 79°F in July and August.
The French Riviera is one of the most prestigious tourist destinations in Europe and at the same time, one of the warmest. Luxury destinations like Nice and Saint Tropez are visited throughout the year, but the peak months are July and August. The temperatures in those two months rarely go below 60 °F.
Dubbed the "sunniest island in the Adriatic", Hvar has an average of over 2,700 hours of sunshine per year. The Croatian island is still a hidden gem for tourists from most parts of Europe, but it definitely deserves a closer look.
You can see Africa from Gibraltar, as it's located in the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula. The narrowest point of the Strait of Gibraltar which separates this country from Morocco is only 14 kilometers. That's why the climate in these two regions is basically the same - hot, dry summers, and wet mild winters.
Athens deserves a special mention. All of the places mentioned above are amazing to visit during the summer, which is not always the case with the Greek capital. This city holds the record for the highest ever measured temperature in Europe. On 10 July 1977, 118.4 °F was measured in Athens. Daily means in July average at 83.3 °F. The best time to visit the oldest European capital is in May, when the average temperature is 67 °F and the average low rarely goes below 60°F.