No matter where in Europe you find yourself this summer— surfing in Portugal, sunning yourself in Santorini—you’ll need swimwear that rises to the occasion. Here, our guide to the best of the season.

By Stephanie Wu
Updated May 24, 2016
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1 For the Ship Deck

The Crystal Esprit— Crystal Cruises’ new 31-suite yacht equipped with a submarine, water skis, and kayaks—is now sailing the Mediterranean, with stops in Slovenia, Montenegro, and Cyprus (six days from $3,240 per person). What to wear when activities range from lying by the pool to rafting on the rivers of Croatia? A versatile Lisa Marie Fernandez suit with nautical details ($445) or classic gingham trunks from Ralph Lauren ($80).

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2 For the Beach

For unspoiled Italian beaches, it’s hard to improve on Puglia. Stay at the new Masseria Le Carrube (doubles from $150), which has 19 rooms, a vegetarian restaurant, and an olive mill that dates back to the 12th century. It’s 20 minutes from Pilone, where you can show off your tan in a tie-dyed Made by Dawn bikini (top, $89; bottom, $75) or playful Missoni trunks ($370).

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3 For Surfing

Portugal has some of Europe’s top surf breaks, and Sagres, three hours from Lisbon, has consistently good waves. Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort (doubles from $456) is great for a brood, with halfor full-day surfing lessons for kids and adults. Stand out on the waters with a sporty neoprene Duskii one-piece ($165) or bright orange shorts from Everest Isles ($235)—both are cut to allow for a full range of movement.

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4 For the Pool Party

The Grace Santorini (doubles from $657) unveils a full renovation this summer, but the best part of the Greek hotel remains unchanged: its views. The rooftop infinity pool is built into the cliffs, and looks out on the caldera. In typical Santorini fashion, the color palette is blue and white as far as the eye can see. There’s no better backdrop for Kate Spade’s colorblocked bandeau two-piece (top, $57; bottom, $48) or bold, graphic shorts from Orlebar Brown (345).