6 Unique Things to Do This Summer in Europe

While we at HostelPass think any time is the perfect time to go abroad, summer offers its own great list of reasons as the best season to travel: Great weather, a low-key pace of life and there are a ton of festivals, concerts and activities to do all over the continent. From celebrating holidays to catching a foreign flick (or three), here are 6 unique events in Europe this summer that are tops on our to-do lists:


1. Sfinks Mixed (Belgium)

(Sfinks Mixed website)

(Sfinks Mixed website)

From July 27-30, party with thousands of Europeans at this free, four-day music festival bringing "unique and adventurous" musical offerings from across cultures and age groups.
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2. Bastille Day (France)

(Cultural Awareness International website)

(Cultural Awareness International website)

In terms of national pride, the French might rival Americans. See for yourself on July 14, France's Independence Day, in any major city where there's sure to be fireworks, parades and excitement to spare.

3. Giffoni Film Festival (Italy)

(Giffoni website)

(Giffoni website)

One of the most acclaimed film festivals in the world, stop by the north-western side of Italy from July 14-22 to see animated films from all over the world and a guest appearance by Bryan Cranston.

4. La Tomatina (Spain)

(Heavy.com website)

(Heavy.com website)

Live your childhood food-fight dreams at this incredible festival of hurling over-ripe tomatoes at friends and strangers. It's a super fun time that lasts all week with parades, cooking contests, fireworks and music. It all goes down the last week in August in Valencia, Spain.

5. Grachtenloop (Amsterdam)

(Edward Neering blog)

(Edward Neering blog)

For all you fitness buffs and marathoners looking to cross another country on your "I've run here" list, head to the Netherlands on June 23 to walk or run the Grachtenloop. While not a marathon, this race is great for travelers of all fitness levels because you can treat it like a race or like a fun-run, whatever you're feeling. And it loops around Amsterdam's legendary canals -- talk about a run with a view.

6. Czech Beer Festival and Prague Food Festival (Czech)

(www.ceskypivnifestival.cz

(www.ceskypivnifestival.cz

We had to include two festivals here because both are so great. Start off with drinks at the Czech Beer Festival partying for 17 days straight from May 11-27. The festival has locations around the country and is serving up food, coffee and other non-alcoholic beverages in addition to beer. Keep it going with the Prague Food Festival which kicks off on May 26-28. Featuring contributions from more than 100 restaurants, see the gorgeous city of Prague by eating your way through it. 


Of course, these events are just scratching the surface when it comes to things to do in Europe. Finding a list of national holidays is a great place to start to know when major celebrations of culture will be happening. What are some events you're looking forward to during your travels?

Victoria Greenwald