Europe’s Best Summer Parties

06.12–19
GIRAGLIA ROLEX CUP
ST.-TROPEZ, FRANCE
A 243-mile sailing race from St.-Tropez to Genoa, Italy, around the island of Giraglia. The shoreside scene in St.-Tropez is peppered with the Bain de Soleil beautiful.

07.03–11
ALLIANZ SUSSE OPEN
GSTAAD, SWITZERLAND
At 3,000 feet, tennis balls fly a lot faster. Between matches, nibble on chocolates at Charly's Tea Room with the likes of Elle Macpherson and Elton John.

07.06–14
THE RUNNING OF THE BULLS
PAMPLONA, SPAIN
Angry bulls, demented tourists: a day of good Spanish fun. The sprint through the streets starts off the festivities, but the fiesta really gets rolling at midnight.

07.10–18
BIARRITZ SURF FESTIVAL
BIARRITZ, FRANCE
A longboard-and-kitesurfing extravaganza with raves and tiki seances, this surf fest brings a bit of Polynesia to the Bay of Biscay.

7.11
L'ETAPE DU TOUR
LIMOGES, FRANCE
A chance for serious amateur cyclists to get a taste of the Tour de France by riding a one-day, 148-mile stage. The beer tent at the finish line will take your mind off your hammered corpus.

07.28 – 08.03
GALWAY RACES
BALLYBRIT, IRELAND
Let the craic (Gaelic for "fun") begin! Midsummer in Galway means fast horses and funny hats at this centuries-old equine affair. Be prepared for bets and mud to fly.

08.11–29
2004 SUMMER OLYMPICS
ATHENS, GREECE
Athens has been behind the curve in its preparations for the August Games. But where else would you want to be when the torch arrives in this 3,000-year-old city?

09.11
JUNGFRAU MARATHON
INTERLAKEN, SWITZERLAND
Billed as the most beautiful marathon in the world, this race gains more than 5,000 feet en route to the base of the 13,642-foot Jungfrau. Listen for bagpipes at the finish line.

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