Europe in June
As the weather warms up, folk in Europe start sorting out their gladrags, dusting down their musical instruments or start preparing to welcome people to their cities as the festival season swings round. It’s time for music, dancing, culinary delights and a hefty dose of local culture.
With lovely weather (most of the time) and some great events taking place this year, you too can join in the fun and make the most of it.
The Flexicover Team looks at a few great festivals and events for you to check out!
Independence Day; Reykjavik, Iceland
Celebrated throughout Iceland, 17th June is a public holiday commemorating the day in 1944 when it gained independence from Denmark. Reykjavik, in particular, comes alive with parties, street parades, musical performances and concerts with fun for everyone. As a tourist, you’ll really experience a special festive vibe. Enjoy the ‘midnight sun’ as, with over 21 hours of daylight on 18th June, it will be a memorable destination to visit - so join in the fun!
European Music Day; Greece
European Music Day is the biggest open-air annual music event in Greece, taking place over 3 days (19th to 21st June) in over 22 cities across the country. With music stages set up in streets, parks and squares, this is a cultural celebration dedicated to music of all kind, musicians of all stripes and jives to the Hellenic rhythm of Greece! The atmosphere is electric as international acts represent a vast range of styles, as well as offering an opportunity to highlight key educational aspects of music. If music be the food of your love, this June let it be Greek!
Lajkonik Festival; Krakow, Poland
The Lajkonik is a folkloric figure of legend that has become an unofficial symbol of this Polish city. The character is represented by a bearded man resembling a Tatar, wearing a pointed hat, dressed in Mongol attire with a wooden hobby horse around his waist. Some believe that he marks a victory of Krakow’s residents over the raiders. Whatever the case, this festival has taken place every 17th June in the city for the last 700 years and is firmly entrenched in Polish culture. Street parades through the old town, a multitude of public events and lots of fancy dress will leave you with an unforgettable experience. For good measure, if you get struck by the Lajkonik’s golden mace, it’s supposed to bring you good luck for the rest of the year! A win-win for everyone!
White Nights Festival; St Petersburg, Russia
The annual White Nights art festival, from 15th May to 5th July, is a particularly good time to visit St Petersburg. This historic European city is really lively during the summer months where the atmosphere is romantic and bustling with people. Its beautiful, luminous northern midsummer evenings are bathed in an all night-glow known as Belye Nochi. This international cultural event involves opera, ballet, performances by Russian singers and dancers as well as famous international stars. If you can fit your holiday or long weekend around this, you will have a summer to cherish!
Tennis; Wimbledon, England
If you can’t manage a trip abroad this June, we do of course have our very own annual sporting event taking place in London. The Wimbledon Championships, or simply ‘Wimbledon’, is the oldest tennis competition in the world and one of the most prestigious too, making up one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments. Taking place over two weeks, between 24th June and 7th July, if you can’t watch any of the games live, don’t worry; it’s certainly still worth a visit to Henman Hill (or should that be Murray Mount?) where you can watch all the games live on big screens. Come rain or shine, the atmosphere is always fantastic! Make sure you indulge in some good old strawberries and cream whilst you’re there – who knows you might even catch Sir Cliff Richard with an impromptu performance of Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on my Head!
Wherever you decide to travel to this June and whichever event you may be lucky enough to visit, Flexicover, the travel insurance specialists are committed to providing you the highest level of protection to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away.