1. Barcelona, ​​Spain
For me Barcelona is not missing on any bucket list. My absolute city of the heart also captivates in the summer by unique architecture, the best bars in Europe, Mediterranean vibes combined with big city flair and of course dream beaches in the immediate vicinity.

If you want to swim on a great beach, I recommend taking the train to Sant Pol de Mar, Sitges, Castelldefels or the Costa Brava. The city beach of Barcelona is also suitable for relaxing, but if you have more time, treat yourself to a day trip.

BARCELONA TIP: My Barcelona travel guide (paperback) with over 50 insider tips and 23 individual tours.

2. Sardinia, Italy
Alas, Sardinia. Some of the beaches in Sardinia are already rivaling the Caribbean. There are also small romantic villages and villages, the best gelato in the world and typical Italian cuisine.

I recommend renting a car and discovering the north of the Italian dream island through a road trip. Which places and beaches you can not miss, you will find out here.

3. Algarve, Portugal
High cliffs, surfing and crystal clear water at beautiful beaches. The Algarve has great road trip potential for me. There is so much to discover and that’s why in June 2018 I spent almost two weeks in southern Portugal with my sister, collecting insider tips for you. Maybe Portugal is already on your bucket list? Then go ahead!

4. Cyclades, Greece
The Greek Cyclades islands are perfect for island hopping. Santorini, Mykonos and Co. are easy to reach with regular ferry connections and invite you to chop, swim and dive. A diverse dream destination for your summer vacation.

5. Ibiza & Formentera, Spain
Since moving to Barcelona in 2012, I’ve been to Ibiza and Formentera a few times, thanks to its location and cheap flights. I discover something new every time. Ibiza is so much more than party and electronic music. There are many beautiful beaches and sweet little villages to explore.

The smallest Balearic island, Formentera, can be reached from Ibiza Town in less than 40 minutes by ferry and offers probably the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Rent a scooter and let’s go.