Top 5 European Capitals to Enjoy this Summer

Summer is fast approaching and it is time for you to decide where your next adventure will take you. We know from our previous blog on the delights of Italy that Europe is home to some of the best art, culture and history in the world so why stop at just Italy?

Whatever your reason for flying, Europe has something for everyone – from football, food and fashion to dancing and drinks. As specialists in private charter, we’re here to plan every aspect of your journey in the finest detail, so wherever you decide to go, let us get you there in blissful comfort.

If you need some inspiration, we’ve chosen five of our favourite European capital cities to whet your appetite for the summer ahead…

Overlooking the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris, France


It’s an obvious choice, but Paris is the most visited city in continental Europe for a reason. Lose yourself in the architectural splendour of one of the world’s greatest cities. See it from the Eiffel Tower, or watch the sunrise over the city from Sacre Coeur. Home to the world’s greatest restaurants and theatres, there’s always something to eat, see and do. So if you haven’t experienced Paris yet, why wait?

What’s on this summer? France is playing host to the Women’s FIFA World Cup throughout June and July, with Paris’ Parc des Prince the home of the opening fixture as well as many more.

Trivia The Eiffel Tower was supposed to only be a temporary installation, meant to stand for 20 years after being built for the 1889 World Fair

Dublin, Ireland


Enjoy one of Europe’s friendliest welcomes with a trip to Dublin. Not only is the city brimming with culture and (of course) great pubs and bars, but you’ve also got the wondrous countryside of Ireland to explore if you fancy a bit more peace and quiet.

What’s on this summer? Festivals, Festivals, Festivals: Stoneybatter, Tallafest, Dundrum, Longitude, Dublin Pride – celebrating the best of Irish and international culture.

Trivia Dubliners believe St. Valentine himself is buried in the city

Lisbon, Portugal


Sun-kissed, bright and beautiful, few places can match Lisbon for how it looks in the summer months. The city can proudly boast of its gastronomic excellence, and don’t be surprised if you get lost in the history of the place while you’re here.

What’s on this summer? On June 12th the Festas da Lisboa is Portugal’s biggest street party, and the bullfighting season runs until September.

Trivia Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and the oldest in Western Europe

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland


The Festival gets tourists flocking into Scotland’s capital this summer, but there’s something to do all year round in this historic city. From the iconic castle resting on an inactive volcano, to the old town and the stunning natural beauty of Arthur’s seat, Edinburgh is the best place to truly immerse yourself in Scotland’s rich history.

What’s on this summer? The Edinburgh Festival, which showcases the best new and established acts from theatre, comedy, drama, and anything else that can be performed!

Trivia Edinburgh was the first city in the world to have its own fire service

Madrid, Spain


Like Lisbon, Madrid is beautifully warm and sunny in the summer months. Home of majestic sites like the Palacio Real, Madrid is also a dream destination for any wine-lover due to it’s classy and understated wine culture (read about Vertis’ partnership with Honest Grapes if you’re a sommelier in search of adventure). With Madrileños passionate about everything they do, there are not many places better for rounding off a European tour than Spain’s capital.

What’s on this summer? After the dust from June 1st’s Champions League final settles, Madrid will host a number of fantastic art exhibitions and music festivals.

Trivia  Madrid is the highest capital in Europe, at 650 metres above sea level.

Wherever you choose to go this summer, whether it’s for business or pleasure, get there with Vertis Aviation.

Our expert aviation heritage, specialist knowledge and outstanding reputation in the industry have enabled us to arrange bespoke travel solutions for business leaders, celebrities, private individuals, entrepreneurs,  corporate and VIP travellers in more than 100 countries around the world. We offer a range of options, from regional turboprops and helicopters, to private jets and yachts, so no matter what the event or the country, we can get you there in blissful style and comfort.

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