Celebrate Europe Day: 7 fun things to do around Europe in June, July and August

It’s International Europe Day and to celebrate, we’ve found the best events that the continent has to offer over the next few months. Whether you want to literally party from dusk till dawn in Amsterdam or go (against the advice of TLC) chasing waterfalls in Croatia, Europe’s brimming with fun things to do and we’re gearing you up for the best summer yet. Plus, we’ll get you direct to the airport so you won’t have to worry about parking, leaving you with more money to spend on your European escapades! Can you hear that? It sounds like the continent’s calling…


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    Party from dusk till dawn at 18HRS

    When: 8th – 9th July

    Festival lovers, the Netherlands is calling. Specifically, Amsterdam, where you can party to some of the biggest artists and DJs in deep house, techno and techno-house at 18HRS Festival. This isn’t for the fainthearted festival-goer and, if you haven’t already guessed, you’ll be able to dance from dusk till dawn for a whole 18 hours. With open air stages and warehouses on the shore, as well as a laser, lighting and pyro show, you’ll be immersed in an electronic rave like no other. But of course, you’ll need to prepare by getting some sleep, and where better to catch those z’s than in a comfy, reclining seat on one of our coaches to the airport?

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    Relive your childhood funfair dreams

    When: June – August (Dates TBC)

    Thought the funfair was only for kids? When it comes to Paris’ annual fête foraine (summer fairground, to you and me), everyone is welcome to enjoy over 60 traditional fairground attractions. Taking place in the popular Jardin des Tuileries (located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde, FYI), you can enjoy everything from a hall of mirrors and vintage Victorian carrousel, through to ghost trains, bumper cars and even zip wires!

    With all that fun you’re guaranteed to build up quite the appetite and if you’re feeling peckish, forget those French baguettes, cheese and wine. Funfairs just so happen to be synonymous with sugar rush (at least it is in our eyes) and you can stuff yourself silly on sweet treats including candyfloss, waffles, toffee apples and doughnuts. If all that yumminess doesn’t make you fall in love with the city, we don’t know what will.

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    Admire awe-inspiring architecture in Barcelona

    Whether you’re up on all things cultural or just want to be blown away by something spectacular, Barcelona isn’t short of architectural wonders. Throughout the streets of the city centre, you can see the unmistakable buildings of innovative and creative architect, Gaudi. From the sinister skeletal balconies and humpbacked scaly roof of the Casa Batlló, to the stony treasure known by the name of La Pedrera, there’s plenty of breathtaking visual experiences to go and enjoy (and get those hashtagworthy snaps of, obviously, because #priorities). What are you waiting for?

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    Embrace your inner earthling at the Earth Garden

    When: 1st – 4th June 2017

    Earthlings, indie-kids, bohemians – this one’s for you. Nestled away on the island of Malta lies the best festival you’ve never heard of, but should definitely check out this summer. With a fusion of unique sounds from across the globe, Earth Garden is Malta’s environmentally friendly music extravaganza. There really is something for everyone, from eighties electronica and reggae at the Enchanted Forest, through to disco and house at the (brand new for 2017) Strawberry Hill, Earth Garden is a fully sensory experience. As well as its musical offering, you can hunt down handcrafts at the Ethnic Market, unleash your inner Picasso at the Art Square or simply just relax and revive in the Healing Area (which we already want to bring back home). If one thing’s for certain, it’s that the festival will kick-off your summer in one of Europe’s top countries with glorious weather – yay!

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    Throw down a towel on Brussels Beach

    When: 7th July – 13th August

    Is it even summer without a trip to the beach? And of course, you’ve got to throw a city break in there somewhere…right? Thanks to the annual Brussels Beach, you’ll have the best of both worlds and can enjoy a taste of the Riviera in the heart of an urban setting. For five weeks, you’ll be able to throw your towel down on the sandy promenade of the banks of the Brussels canal and take part in a full schedule of events. Whether sand sculptures and beach volleyball take your fancy (not to be undertaken at the same time – we’d hate to see your masterpiece in-the-making get crushed), or you’re more into “supporting” from the sidelines whilst having a crafty sunbathe, there’s plenty of fun to be had.

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    Swim under waterfalls at Krka National Park

    TLC may advise against chasing waterfalls, but when it comes to Croatia’s Krka National Park, you won’t be able to help yourself. Upon arrival, you can hike along beautiful trails where you’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn everything and anything about the breathtaking landscapes surrounding you. Here’s a fun fact to get you started. Despite the park’s dizzying heights, the lakes, caves and waterfalls are all formed of limestone that only grows about 1cm every year! Once you’ve finished your hike, the perfect way to cool off is by taking a dip in the beautiful turquoise waters – trust us, there’s nothing quite so wonderful.

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    Dance in the streets at the Carnival of Cultures

    When: 2nd – 5th June

    If party is your middle name, Berlin’s annual Carnival of Cultures will be right up your street. Celebrating the city’s cultural diversity, the streets of Kreuzberg will be transformed for the colourful and exotic open-air festival, where you’ll see an abundance of costumes, dancers, stilt walkers, rituals – the list is endless! From tiny tots to grooving grannies (yes Nan, we’re looking at you!), people of all ages can enter the carnival area for free and there will be plenty of stalls serving up magnificent eats too. Our top tip? Make sure you get a front seat for the street parade on Pentecost Sunday, it’s the main attraction and with over 4,500 performers, it’ll certainly send the celebrations out with a bang.

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So go on, Europe’s there and ready for the taking. But what’s a trip to Europe without those holiday snaps? Let us know where you end up with a tweet to @nationalexpress and remember, you don’t need to stress about your airport travel either (it’s really not worth it) –  just hop on the coach! We go direct to all major UK airports and will get you there in a comfy, reclining seat.