Contrary to popular belief, Geneva is far from being boring – especially during the summer. While the cold wind and rain drain Geneva out of all its colors during the winter, the Swiss city comes back to life in the summer months. With more much to offer than just chocolates and cheese, Geneva enjoys one of the greatest urban locations worldwide. With breathtaking views of the Alps, a gorgeous lake – known as Lac Léman – and amazing weather, the city should be eagerly explored during the sunniest months of the year. Swim, suntan and relax: Photograph from eGuide Travel During the summer, you can see Geneva and its surrounding region by cruising the lake. Boats leave regularly from Geneva’s city center to neighboring cities like Lausanne and Montreux as well as French towns such as Evian. If you prefer privacy, you can rent pedalos or motorboats per hour and tan in the sun while contemplating the view of the stunning Alps. Unfortunately, Geneva doesn’t have a real sandy beach – but the city opens Genève Plage (literally, Geneva Beach) from May 15 to September 15 on the lakeside. Genève Plage boasts an Olympic size pool, a wading pool, basketball and volleyball courts, petanque and more water-based activities that have turned the oasis into Geneva’s prime summer center for relaxation and leisure. But you don’t necessarily have to go to the Lake to soak up the sun. You can choose to sit at one of the hundred outdoor cafés in Geneva’s old city or in Carouge — the city’s version of New York’s SoHo. Or… Here’s another way to explore the lake: If you’re a boat fan, then you’ll probably love the Lake Sailing Regatta, hosted every year in Geneva in June. As the largest regatta in Europe, about 500 boats usually take part each year. If you plan ahead of time, you could even possibly take part in it too – if you have the skills of course. Geneva loves music and music loves Geneva: Photograph from Ville De Genève Fun and festive, the Geneva Music Festival takes place from the 17 to the 19 of June. The event turns the whole city into a huge musical stage where hundreds of concerts of all genres are performed in the streets for three days. Party, drink, eat = have the best time ever: Photograph from Ville De Genève Beginning around July 30th for two weeks, the entire lakeside is converted into a huge attraction park with food stands, open-air bars and concerts. Attracting around two million visitors each year, you will get to see the best of Geneva during this time. For a plan of the Geneva Festival events, click here. In honor of the Swiss Independence Day, an astonishing firework show is thrown on August 11 from the center of the Lake – a must-see for anyone visiting the city. Party animals must stop by the Terasses du Platinum, hosted by the Platinum Glam Club in an open-air area at the border of the lake. For a full guide of the best places to eat and stay while in Geneva, click here.Share this:Like this:Like Loading... Olga F. Honea I look forward to reading more of your articles and posts in the future, so I’ve bookmarked your blog. When I see good quality content, I like to share it with others. So I’ve created a backlink to your site. Thank you!… Bis Grabowski Excellent post, very informative. You should continue your writing. I am confident, you have a huge readers base already! I’m new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve discovered It positively useful and it has helped me out loads. I’m hoping to give a contribution and assist other users like its aided me. Good job.