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Not At The Football? The best from the rest of Europe

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By Conrad

This summer football fans will flock from all over Europe to see their teams competing on French soil. As is customary, you can expect 24/7 TV coverage of every kick for the month of June and early July.

But for those who aren't so keen on the beautiful game, there's never been a better time to find out what other family-friendly gatherings are happening on your doorstep - and even further afield.

So if you're #notatthefootball this summer, why not check out the best of what's on offer across the rest of Europe.

Honouring San Ranieri, Pisa, Italy

16th and 17th June

Free

On the eve of his feast day, locals take to the riverside to honour St. Ranieri, the patron saint of Pisa and protector of travellers. Back in 1688 the decision was made to transfer the hallowed Ranieri's ashes into a new and more stylish urn. The locals celebrated the news by filling their windows in the streets along the river Arno with candles, and lighting them at night to create a spectacular visual effect.

Each year since then the 'Luminara' tradition has continued, with special white wooden frames being attached to the riverside buildings, which are then filled with candles and lit at night. All along the river Arno, the streets glow with pride, and there's an amazing fireworks display to cap off the evening.

The next day, you'll find the town alive with colour and song as the annual Ranieri regatta gets under way, with specially-commissioned ships sailing along the Arno to celebrate the feast day.

Kieler Woche, Kiel, Germany

18th - 26th June

Free entry to most events

http://www.kieler-woche.de/

The world's best sailing talent meets a festival of fun and excitement on the seas of Kiel for this annual event, regarded as the largest regatta in the world. For more than 130 years the seas have been given over to a week of sailing competition during June, which has since been joined by music concerts all over the city from star names as well as up and coming performers.

This year's event promises to be something special, as the national team sets sail for Rio this farewell event will celebrate their achievements and give its proud representatives the opportunity to show off their skills to enthusiastic fans.

Alongside with the bursting maritime programme, the town puts on events for visitors both young and old, with a Children's Festival promising days packed full of arts, crafts and games.

And for those keen to indulge, the International Market promises food and drink from all over the world. Sample local delicacies or try something completely different - you can easily spare the time for a wander between the big sailing shows.

The Feast of Sant Joan, Alicante, Spain

20th - 24th June

Free

All over the Pyrenees and Catalonia, this time of year is greeted with fervour by the locals. In these small towns and villages the tradition is to make special torches called fallas, then descend from the highest point together and light a bonfire in the square. Whether celebrating the feast of St John or the arrival of midsummer, this night of fire-dancing and song is a sight to behold.

In Alicante, the Bonfires of St John are the biggest celebrations of the whole calendar year; since 1928 they've combined the Valencian tradition of 'falles' - a week-long festival - with the Bonfires lit around the region.

Each morning, the locals are given their 8am wake-up call by a brass band parading through the streets, while at 2pm the Plaza de los Luceros hosts a masclet