BEST HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS FOR JUNE
The Great British summer time is upon us. The time when we leave our homes and offices and head to gardens, pubs and parks to bask in the sunshine, which even in June is way too rare… and celebrate the summer summer solstice. For guaranteed sunshine, head to Europe, which is pleasantly hot and bright, meaning both beach breaks and city escapes are both perfectly plausible. Join in the wonderful sense of optimism June brings and take a look at the best destinations to visit this month.
In the past 10 years Croatia has gone from being considered a cheaper, quieter alternative to Italy, to being one of the hottest summer destinations. For music lovers there are plenty of festivals hosted in June, including the popular Hideout on the Island of Pag, while the Dalmatian Coast is ideal for sun worshipers. In case you are after a city escapade, rather than a beach break, the capital Dubrovnik makes a perfect weekend getaway with its history and culture.
SOUTH OF FRANCE
The stunning French Riviera has always been a popular destination. If you want to wander the beaches before the bulk of the summer tourists descend, June is the time to go. Don’t miss the Fete de la Musique on 21st June – all night of dancing and concerts on the streets of Nice and other larger towns along the riviera. To experience old-school Riviera style and glamour visit Cannes, Nice or St Tropez, full of character and charisma. Alternatively, head to the less-well-known Languedoc to roam quiet pockets of crowd-free sandy beaches, picturesque villages surrounded by vineyards and little French Markets.
A single visit to the Amalfi coast is all it takes to understand why people fall irrevocably in love with Italy. Confetti-colour houses, ornate domes and spires jostle for space on sheer cliffs. overlooking secluded sandy beaches and the azure Mediterranean sea shimmering under the sunbeams. Positano and Amalfi are the most famous villages, whose beauty is worth braving the crowds. Situated on top of the cliffs, Ravello unquestionably has the best views, while Cetara’s little pebble beach is the dream to broze on.
Only if sunshine in the UK were guaranteed, you wouldn’t need look any further than Deveon for a classic beach holiday (except perhaps Cornwall). The lovely county has acres of sandy beaches, chocolate-box fishing villages, rugged moors and coastal paths. Thrill seekers would love Dartmoor for hiking, the north coast for surfing and the south coast for sailing along, as well as the new cycle paths such as the Exe Trail and Drake’s way. Very few things are more enjoyable on a sunny day than catching the sun rays on Torquay’s sandy beachfront, while if you are after something a bit more cosmopolitan you should visit Exeter and Plymouth.
Greece’s most well known and popular island, Mykonos, is a destinations for all types of people – from jet setters to students and families, and June is the best time to enjoy the sunshine bouncing off the little white stone houses and avoid the chaos in July and August. A maze of streets and alleys, the town of Mykonos offers everything – from luxury boutiques and restaurants owned by famous international chefs to traditionals churches and Greek tavernas. If you need a culture fix, take the ferry to Delos, one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. Once a thriving port and commercial center, it is said to be the birthplace of Apollo, and the Delian games. To enjoy beautiful sandy beaches take a trip to Platyialos, which offers rooms to rend, lovely restaurants and small boats that can take you to other stretches of the coastline.
MALLORCA AND MENORCA
If you are not after something more chilled-out and low-key than party-loving Ibiza, you’ll love Mallorca and Menorca. The larger of the two, Mallorca is wonderfully diverse, from historic Palma, to cute villages like Deia and the pine-lined hidden coves along the north coast. Much quieter, Menorca is great for relaxing on truly stunning beaches and sipping G&Ts in clifftop bars.
PERU AND MACHU PICCHU
Set amongst the clouds, high in the Peruvian mountains, Machu Picchu is one of the most-visited tourist destinations in the world. Dating to the mid-1400s, it’s a marvel of mortar-free limestone architecture perched on a high plateau deep in the Amazonian jungle. In June the weather is dry and the light is perfect to beat the tour groups by setting out at the crack of dawn and seeing the sunrise above the awe-inspiring old Inca city. Midsummer is also the best time for exploring the rainforest as it is the Amazon’s dry season. Peru’s capital city, Lima, is a delicious mix of European and South American culture with a vibrant food scene.