Some of us travel to enjoy an escape from chaos while others travel to experience more of it. From Grand Prix and French Open to Champions League and Euro 2020, Europe is gearing up for another fun-filled year for sports fanatics. Even if you’re not too big on sporting events or are heading to Europe for other reasons, you may end up being caught up in the celebrations. It’s another excuse to go out and enjoy the culture, meet new people and maybe even become a fan. So for those who are looking to do more than just sightseeing or love to watch tennis, soccer or cars, here are the top European events that you won’t want to miss out on in 2020.

Spanish Grand Prix

One of the first major European sporting events next year is the Spanish Grand Prix. The event takes place from the 7th to the 11th of May at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona. 2020 is the race’s 50th anniversary, which makes celebrating the event even more special. And with the weather being around 73 degrees, it’s the perfect time to visit and enjoy the laid back city with its beaches, history, culture and art. For tickets to the event, check out the official website here.

Champions League

Another top European sporting event that many visitors and locals flock to is the Champions League. From the 28th to the 31st of May, Istanbul is swarming with soccer fans who will attend the event at Ataturk Olympic Stadium to watch the best two soccer teams in Europe compete against each other to win the European Champion Clubs’ Cup trophy. Istanbul in May is pleasant during the day yet a bit chilly at night. Nonetheless, in between the Championship, you can explore the mosques, castles and dine by the water that separates Istanbul’s Asian side from its European side. Click here for tickets to the game.

French Open

For all you tennis lovers, this one’s for you. Held at the world-famous Roland Garros court made from clay in Paris, France, the French Open is a tough tournament that tests the player’s skills to the maximum. From the 24th of May through the 7th of June, famous players from around the world come to compete for another glorifying win. Paris is in full bloom, so you can expect absolute beauty wherever you go—from the outdoor cafes to the parks, you’ll be able to enjoy all that Paris has to offer including the Game. For tickets, visit the official site here.


An even more popular tennis event is Wimbledon, which takes place from the 29th of June through the 12th of July at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in London, England. Aside from the very wealthy and even the royals who attend the Game, Wimbledon is popular among all tennis lovers no matter where they are from. And with summer in full-fling, exploring London during the championship is absolutely amazing—from the sites and museums to five-star restaurants and other historical sites. If Wimbledon is on your list of top events to go to, click here for the official tickets.

Euro 2020

Another grand European sporting event is the Euro 2020, which takes place in various venues throughout Europe from the 12th of June through the 13th of July. Some of the destinations where games will be held are in Amsterdam, Baku, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Copenhagen and more. If you’re looking to explore more than just one destination next summer, following the games throughout the continent may be just the right kind of vacation. Even if you don’t see them all, you can definitely catch a few! Click here for the official tickets.

Italian Grand Prix

One of the last top European events sought after by F1 fans is the Italian Grand Prix, which takes place from the 3rd to the 7th of September at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Monza, Italy. Located less than 9 miles away from Milan, viewers can spend time exploring “the drinkable city” in-between races, especially when it only takes 10 minutes to get to and from on the train. The Italian Grand Prix is the largest and most popular Grand Prix of them all, so if you have to choose one, this one is it. Click here for tickets to the event.