TOP 6 BEST PLACES TO
GO ON HOLIDAY IN JUNE
The sun has finally got his hat on and we're dreaming of clear blue skies, balmy temperatures and blissful beaches - but the question on all of our lips is, where is hot in June? If you're searching for a short haul holiday on the sand, the Mediterranean coast is a must with plenty of fantastic beach and city destinations serving up a healthy dose of Vitamin D. Or jet away on a long haul retreat where you can soak up the sunshine on the Caribbean Coast... ah bliss.
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COSTA DEL SOL
Weather lowdown – Average temperature: 22°C; hours of sunshine: 10 hours.
Sand, sea, sangria and the Spanish sun – that’s what Costa del Sol, or the ‘sunshine coast’, is all about. The 160km of spectacular coastline is ideal for sunbathing or indulging in watersports like water-skiing, snorkelling and windsurfing. Kids have a fab time at this popular hotspot too, thanks to a variety of thriving theme and water parks including Aqualand Park and Tivoli World. The popular resorts of Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Fuengirola are safe bets for family-friendly holidays, while Marbella is home to some of the Costa del Sol’s glitziest bars and clubs. Away from the bustle of the beaches are authentic Andalusian town and villages with whitewashed houses, locally called pueblos blancos, for a taste of traditional.
Weather lowdown – Average temperature: 25°C; hours of sunshine: 10 hours.
With year-round toasty temperatures, idyllic beaches, fascinating scenery and enthralling watersports, the Canaries are a firm favourite among holidaymakers. The golden sands and crystal-clear Atlantic waters are paradise for watersport lovers, so choose from surfing, kiteboarding, snorkelling or scuba diving off the beaches on Fuerteventura or Gran Canaria. The little ones can revel in the water rides at iconic Siam Park in Tenerife or Gran Canaria’s Aqualand waterpark. Nature lovers can catch a camel ride across the sand dunes of Maspalomas, or explore Lanzarote’s lush Timanfaya National Park - for camera worthy views. If you’re looking for upbeat nightlife, check out the buzzing bars, pubs and clubs of Playa de las Americas in Tenerife!
NAPLES AND AMALFI COAST
Weather lowdown – Average temperature: 26°C; hours of sunshine: 9 hours.
The charm of Italy isn’t only restricted to Rome, Venice or Milan. The scenic Naples region and the sun-soaked Amalfi Coast are equally spellbinding. Visit the ancient Roman city of Pompeii and the magnificent Mount Vesuvius. A drive from Naples will take you to Positano, Sorrento and the rest of the alluring Amalfi Coast. Be amazed by the cliff-perched confetti-coloured houses and ornate domes of Amalfi that look out over the azure Mediterranean Sea. If you want to lounge on the sands, the gorgeous beaches and turquoise waters of the islands of Capri and Ischia are perfect for you. And yes, no trip to Naples is complete without savouring the Neapolitan pizzas and gelatos - obviously!
Weather lowdown – Average temperature: 26°C; hours of sunshine: 12 hours.
Glistening Atlantic waters framed by soft golden sands with ochre-coloured cliffs in the backdrop – sounds like paradise? Yep, that’s the Algarve! Located on Portugal’s southern coast, the Algarve is an irresistible cocktail of super-sized beaches, lively marinas, vibrant towns, buzzing nightlife, excellent surfing and a medley of watersports. The popular resorts of Albufeira and Vilamoura offer bundles of attractions, and Praia da Rocha has one of the most beautiful beaches of Algarve. In fact, the region is the proud owner of over 150 beaches, so you’re sure to find a sandy spot to lay your towel on during fun-loving family holidays! The capital Faro is a hidden gem, boasting a beautiful old town and lots of Portuguese flair.
Weather lowdown – Average temperature: 25°C; hours of sunshine: 12 hours.
Croatia amazes with its sun-kissed islands, picture-perfect pebble and white sandy beaches, atmospheric cities, glitzy harbours and lively resorts. Spectacular beaches such as Zlatni Rat in Bol and Paradise Beach in Lopar are a delight for beach bums. If you want less of beach and a bit more city, the coastal city of Dubrovnik offers sunny climes, rich history and culture, quirky boutiques, delightful restaurants and a thriving club and bar scene. Livelier spots like Hvar and Split have outdoor clubs, music festivals and beach parties, while Korcula and Mljet feature a more laid-back ambience. The Dalmatian coastline has an array of watersport activities to try, which includes snorkelling, sailing, diving and windsurfing.
Weather lowdown – Average temperature: 28°C; hours of sunshine: 10 hours.
The tropical idyll of Cancun is where electric-blue Caribbean waters and palm-fringed sugar-white sands will greet you. A 15 mile-long shoreline makes Cancun a perfect choice for summer beach holidays. The Wet ’n Wild waterpark guarantees non-stop thrills and spills for the kids, while older thrill-seekers can dive into the underground caves of Aktun Chen, get up-close with marine life at the Great Maya Reef and discover the underwater museum while swimming with dolphins at the island of Isla Mujeres. Don’t miss the imposing Mayan archaeological sites of Chichen Itza and Tulum. When it comes to nightlife, Cancun doesn’t disappoint either, with the Hotel Zone featuring numerous hip bars, restaurants and clubs.