Summer in the city
Summer in London
Hop aboard a river cruise to see the city from the Thames, or take advantage of the sunshine and explore London's parks — you can travel from Notting Hill to Trafalgar Square via Hyde Park, Green Park and St James's.
Summer in Berlin
"Summer is by far the best season to visit Berlin", says The Daily Telegraph. Go in August and September, when beach bars pop up along the River Spree and create a festival atmosphere.
Summer in New York
The height of summer is one of the best times to beat the NYC crowds as it's when many locals skip town. After hitting the sights, cool off with a picnic in Central Park or a ride on Staten Island Ferry.
Summer in Paris
Paris Plages, man-made beaches along the Seine River, turn Paris into the Riviera in summer. After checking out the Louvre and Notre-Dame, spend the afternoon lazing on the sand or playing volleyball.
Summer in Barcelona
Set right on the coast, Barcelona is ideal for a summer city break. Stay right by the beach in Barceloneta, and you can enjoy free jazz in the nearby Parc de la Ciutadella (Wednesdays and Fridays from 10pm).
Summer in Amsterdam
Visit Amsterdam in the summer and soak up the sun at Amsterdam Roest -- "the coolest of the city's urban beaches" (The Guardian) and hosts art installations, film screenings and a food market.
Summer in Rome
Many Romans head to the beach in summer, so this is a good time to visit if you don't mind hot weather. Book your museum tickets in advance to avoid queuing in the sun, and later cool off with a gelato. Read our ultimate guide to Italy here.
Summer in Prague
Prague comes alive in summer. Grab a beer at a pavement cafe on Old Town or Wenceslas Square and watch the Olympics on the big screen, or take the funicular up Petřín Hill for far-reaching city views.
Summer in Los Angeles
Summer is the perfect time of year to cruise around Santa Monica in a convertible, hike to the Hollywood sign or visit the Griffith Observatory -- as pictured in 'Rebel Without a Cause'.
Summer in Athens
Athens hits 29°C in August, but luckily The Acropolis and many museums are open until 8pm (or later) so you can save sightseeing for the evenings. And if the heat gets too much, the Athens Riviera is only 30 minutes' drive away.