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3 of Europe’s coolest city breaks to enjoy the sun but avoid the heatwave

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As a heatwave spreads across parts of Europe, there are 3 European cities set to be cooler where you can still enjoy the sun. News Greece is experiencing its earliest ever heatwave might sound incomprehensible to those of us in grey and rainy destinations. But as temperatures rise in the southern Med, a trend for coolcations in the north continues to soar.

With the summer holidays fast approaching and Brits heading to Germany for the Euros, now if the perfect time to head on a getaway. If blistering heat isn’t for you then these destinations can offer a sunny trip but without the sweltering temperatures.

Whether bathing in the Baltic or dining al fresco above the Arctic Circle, city breaks at higher latitudes promise to be extremely pleasant during the summer months.

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Finland’s capital scores highly in terms of trendiness(Image: 2024 PA Media, All Rights Reserved)

1. Helsinki, Finland

Shaping up to be one of Europe’s coolest city breaks, Finland’s capital scores highly in terms of trendiness. Summers are warm enough to spend time on one of the archipelago’s many islands which boom into life during these months.

Head to Lonna, a 10-minute ferry ride from the Market Square, to flip-flop between a hot house and the bracing Gulf of Finland at one of the city’s finest public saunas. Further south, Pihlajasaari has rocky cliffs, grilling stations and a nature trail.

Back in the city, several restaurants have been awarded stars in the new Nordic Michelin guide, including the excellent 14-seat Room by Kozeen Shiwan an edible memoir of the Iraq-born chef’s colourful life plated up in equally theatrical dishes.

A 40-minute drive out of town, Nuuksio national park also has a number of shady hiking trails and clear lakes to cool off in.

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