Holidays in June - 10 great ideas

Best places to holiday in June

The summer sun is beckoning as travellers cross the skies to tropical and exotic destination to make the most of the warmer weather. It may be peak season, but there are a few destinations that are best visited during the month of June  - here is our top 10 list to consider when planning an alternative summer  break:

Shamwari's wildebeestGrahamstown, South Africa
Each year, for the last few days of June and early July, the small and picturesque town of Grahamstown comes to life with visitors from near and far, artists and artisans who descend on this small town to enjoy the annual Grahamstown National Arts Festival, the largest festival of its kind in Africa. Bursting with colonial flavour and historical charm, it may not be one of South Africa’s most popular tourist towns, but if there’s one time to visit Grahamstown, it’s June! And while you’re in the area, why not visit one or two or the nearby game reserves like Shamwari, Lalibela or the Great Fish River Reserve, where the Big Five can be viewed and tourists can complete their genuine South African experience.

Seattle, USA
The notoriously rainy city of Seattle is best experienced in the summer month of June when temperatures are mild, rain is scarce and the city is abuzz with visitors checking out the annual Seafair Festival. This is rated as one of the top events in North America and featuring some of Seattle’s renowned live music, art and cultural attractions, and fabulous interactive demonstrations. The breathtaking natural attractions just outside of Seattle are also worth a visit during the summer. Walk through the Olympic National Park to marvel at the glacier-capped mountains, magnificent ancient forest and wild Pacific coastline, or take a steam train trip to North Bend along the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad in Snoqualmie, home to the magnificent Snoqualmie Falls.

Krakow, Poland
Boasting a UNESCO World Heritage Site and nicknamed the ‘living museum’, Krakow is a popular tourist destination, a must for history buffs and an ideal vacation destination for the month of June. With beautifully warm summer weather, the exquisite, charming and atmospheric Stare Miasto (old town) which is home to the ancient seat of Polish kings, Wawel Castle, and attractions like the historic old Market Square and the infamous Auschwitz Memorial Museum, travellers will have their hands full discovering all that Krakow has to offer. Explore the streets of the city on a horse-drawn carriage, taste authentic Polish cuisine at one of the hundreds of restaurants, or let your hair down, let loose, have a shot of the Polish drink Tatanka, and enjoy a night on the town in Krakow’s numerous bars and pubs.

Perfect coastline of Surfer's ParadiseSurfer’s Paradise, Queensland
It may not be summer in June down under, but they don’t call it Surfer’s Paradise for nothing. Located on Queensland’s Gold Coast, travellers can enjoy miles of sandy, white, pristine beaches, a laid-back and welcoming lifestyle, fewer crowds and plenty of good waves. Travellers who visit in June will be lucky enough to experience the Wintersun Festival at Tweed Heads-Coolangatta where rock 'n' roll music, all things Elvis, classic cars and all things 50s are celebrated. June also happens to be one of the best times of year for waves when swells off Surfer’s Paradise Beach offers conditions for every skill level giving riders a long, fun-filled trip in the warm Pacific waters. After a long day of paddling and getting barrelled, visitors will be able to enjoy Surfer’s Paradise’s plethora of eateries and a night enjoying the Gold Coast’s trendy nightlife.

Varna, Bulgaria
The ‘Pearl of the Black Sea Coast’, Varna is one of the most exotic destinations to visit during the month of June and is often referred to as the ‘summer capital’ of Bulgaria. A major tourist destination and cheap compared to other Western countries, one might think that June would be crowded, but July and August are when things really heat up making a June visit an un-crowded, pleasant experience. Take a stroll around this historic town to enjoy the spectacular architecture, visit the Varna Archaeological Museum where the Gold of Varna, the oldest gold treasure in the world, go shopping at one of the many refurbished or newly erected shopping malls, or soak up the summer nightlife at the string of beach bars under the waterfront promenade.

Side, Turkey
Situated in what is known as the Turkish Riviera, Side sizzles during the month of June. It may be peak season, but with miles of sprawling golden beaches and late-night bars and restaurants mixed in among the Roman ruins of the ancient city which co-exists next to modern buildings, travellers will be able to find something to suit their individual taste. Enjoy strolling through the busy streets where Turkish handicrafts like carpets, jewellery and leather goods, not to mention the delicious sweet Turkish Delight, abound or simply laze on one of the glorious beaches where turquoise Mediterranean waters lap at your toes and also offer more adventurous visitors a wealth of water activities, such as paddling, parasailing, waterskiing, diving and fishing.

Donegal, Ireland
A somewhat more unusual holiday destination in Ireland, Donegal may be a slightly forgotten piece of the Republic of Ireland, but those who visit this far-flung county on the border of Northern Ireland will find its beauty and charm unforgettable. Donegal boasts a multitude of exquisitely beautiful natural surroundings like the quartzite-topped Mount Errigal, the famous Slieve League cliffs, the highest sea cliffs in Europe, and Rossnowlagh beach, a great place for walkers, surfers, wind-surfers, kite-surfers and swimmers to get some fresh air. Attractions like the historic Donegal Castle, which was home to some of the most powerful Gaelic families in Ireland from the 5th to the 16th centuries, is sure to appeal to history buffs and this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to sightseeing in Donegal. But if all this sounds a little too exhausting, what could be better than relaxing with a pint of Guinness and a pub dinner after a long day of sightseeing at one of the local pubs where local bands entertain the patrons until the wee hours.

Sliema, Malta
Since June is pretty much peak season for European holidays, many travellers might prefer to head elsewhere to quieter, less crowded locations. But if one does their homework, one might discover a little town called Sliema where, admittedly, many tourists do spend their summer holidays but it is somewhat quieter than the capital of Valetta which is just a 10-minute ferry ride away. A more modern residential area, Sliema is the perfect place for holidaymakers to base themselves before heading out for lazy days n the beach, sightseeing trips to Valetta or summer lunches by the seaside at one of the many trendy restaurants or cafés that line the seafront. So before you completely write-off Malta this summer, look a little closer.

Cornwall, England
Tourism in Cornwall makes up a large part of the economy and June is one of the best months of the year to enjoy this seaside destination while it is in full bloom. Visit the world-famous collection of flora from all over the world housed in two 'space age' transparent domes, known as the Eden Project, enjoy lazy romantic strolls along the beach with gentle waves lapping at your toes, view the historic St. Michael's Mount, sample a traditional Cornish Pasty, get stuck into the local fare with a seafood platter, or stop at a beachside café for splits with strawberry jam and clotted Cornish cream. More active visitors should also note that Cornwall is known as one for the best surfing destinations in England while the South West Coast Path trail is also worth exploring to take in the area’s immense beauty.

Seville, Spain
The Spanish town of Seville is best visited during the month of June when temperatures are warm, the streets are abuzz with stalls selling aromatic fresh produce and souvenirs and lengthy evening dinners on hot summer’s nights can be enjoyed with a glass of sangria and a plate of tapas. Take a stroll through the town and marvel at the architecture such as the Seville Cathedral or the Moorish style Torre del Oro, enjoy watching the locals perform flamenco dancing, take in some traditional bullfighting and enjoy the trendy and dazzling nightlife on offer. After a few days exploring every nook and cranny in Seville, head down to the nearby Costa del Sol to enjoy some of Spain’s finest beaches and relax and unwind on golden beaches soaking up the summer sun.

June is a great month to travel to some of the most exotic countries in the world and, with all these options and more, travellers planning a mid-year holiday break will be able to enjoy some of the world’s finest destinations in their prime and get some of the best weather. What more could one want from the perfect holiday?

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