Upcoming Events In Europe
10 May - 16 June | Vienna
Vienna Festival [Wiener Festwochen] - this 5 week event offers a wide range of arts, especially music, but also dance and theatre, sometimes challenging pieces, all set in magnificent buildings.
12 May - 2 June | Prague
Spring International Music Festival - one of Europe's best music events in the beautifully medieval Prague.
15- 26 May | Cannes
International Film Festival - the world's most glamorous film festival, every year. Festival de Cannes.
16-24 May | Capri
Rolex Capri Sailing Week/Volcano Race 2013 - Regatta reserved to the maxi yachts with a series of inshore races plowing the waters of Capri (on 20th and 21st May).
17 May | Oslo
Constitution Day - celebrates independence from Denmark, with folk music, parades, entertainment and people in traditional costumes.
21 - 25 May | London
RHS Chelsea Flower Show - 11 acres of the UK's best flowers and gardens event, with plenty of original, even wacky ideas.
17 - 20 May | Salzburg
Whitsun Festival - opera and concerts. Europe's most prestigious musical event. Very large, very expensive. Every year in Mozart's pretty home town of Salzburg.
22 May - 2 June | Bath
Somerset International Music Festival - classical and other musical styles in this, the most classical of all UK cities.
SPAIN AND PORTUGAL
22 - 26 May | Barcelona
30 May - 1 June | Porto
Primavera Sound - one of Spain's biggest music festivals at Parc del Fòrum, 6km from Barcelona on the coast. Primavera is popular for line-ups focusing on eclectic, new, independant music.
29 May - 19 Oct | Chaumont
International Garden Festival - 30 wonderful and sometimes wacky show gardens around a perfect chateau [castle] in the Loire Valley, in a long summer every year.
14 - 23 June | Leipzig
Bach Festival [Bachfest Leipzig]. One of Germany's most important classical events, the works of Bach performed by internationally acclaimed musicians in St. Thomas' Church. Do not miss concerts by the famous St. Thomas' boys' choir.
21 June | Paris
Fete de la Musique. A monster musical celebration all over this lovely city. Professionals mix with amateurs playing different sounds in different locations.
24 June - 7 July | London
Wimbledon Tennis Championships. The most prestigious tennis event in the world.
5 - 20 July | Montreux
Jazz Festival. All sorts of non-classical music featured, in spite of the name, in an appealing location on the shore of Lake Geneva in Montreux.
GREECE June - July Athens Festival - drama, dance and music in the 2,000 year old outdoor Odeion theatre at the base of Acropolis Hill.
DENMARK July, Copenhagen Copenhagen Jazz Festival - an annual jazz event.
FINLAND 5 July - 3 August Savonlinna Opera Festival - a grand classical celebration in the Finnish lake district, set in magnificent 15th Century St Olaf's Castle.
SWITZERLAND 5 -20 July Montreux Jazz Festival - all sorts of non-classical music featured, in spite of the name, in an appealing location on the shore of Lake Geneva in Montreux.
ITALY July 2nd Siena, Il Palio - a costumed pageant begins a brief, crowded and totally insane bareback horse race around the city's main square. Also August 16.
FRANCE July Tour de France - a three-week cycling race for 3,500km [2000 miles] over the country [the route changes annually]. The world's most famous French sporting event.
FRANCE 5 - 27 July Aix-en-Provence, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence - International Festival of Lyric Art , a popular summer arts festival, especially for classical music.
SPAIN 6 - 14 July Pamplona, Los Sanfermines [Bull Running] Six bulls are released into the streets every morning of this seven day Basque rite-of-manhood party. You too can battle the big horns.
GERMANY Saturdays July to September in different Rhine locations. Rhine in Flames, down the River Rhine from Linz to Bonn on summer nights - a massive and amazing co-ordinated fireworks display from boats, stately buildings and the surrounding countryside.
AUSTRIA July - August ImPulsTanz - a dynamic and diverse international dance festival across the whole of regal Vienna.
FRANCE 13 - 14 July Paris Bastille Day - parties, parades, fireworks, picnics.
ITALY 12 July - 25 August Puccini Festival - the world's only annual opera festival dedicated to the works of the great composer Giacomo Puccini. At an open-air theatre located in Torre del Lago, near Lucca, Puccini's birth place.
ITALY 14 - 15 July Venice Festa del Redentore - the Festival of the Redeemer celebrating the end of the plague involves hundreds of beautifully decorated and illuminated boats full of beautifully decorated Venetians that gather around sunset, have dinner on board or beside the Giudecca canal, then watch one of Europe's best fireworks displays at 11.30pm on Saturday night.
ENGLAND 26 - 29 July Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire WOMAD - [World of Music Arts and Dance] impressive world music festival, with 70 artists from 30 countries on 7 stages. Family friendly.
AUSTRIA 20 July - 02 September Salzburg Festival - opera and concerts. 'Europe's most prestigious summer musical event.' Every year in Mozart's pretty home town of Salzburg.
Special Events in Europe
ITALY Cortina d'Ampezzo - Summer 2013
During the summer, Cortina d'Ampezzo is a mecca for hikers offering 13 lifts and 400 km of trails including the Ancient Ways of the Dolomites.
If you love mountain biking, in Cortina await you 700 km of marked trails, 18 Bike-hotels with specific facilities for cyclists, Bike-56 mountain huts and offering a unique Bike pass for 9 ski lifts.
In Cortina d'Ampezzo, during the summer, as well as enjoy fishing, rafting, tennis, golf and horse trekking, you can participate in various international cultural events.
ITALY - Alghero (Sardinia) The Cave of Neptune
One of the most fascinating natural jewels in the entire Mediterranean basin, the grotto is a veritable geological wonder that attracts over 150,000 visitors per year. It is accessible by sea with the boat lines leaving the tourist port every day, or on foot via "Escala del Cabirol" (“Billy Goat Stairs'), a set of 660 steps cut into the cliff side.