Where to go on holiday in June
June is just around the corner - can you believe it?! Read on for our recommendations on where to go in June, whether you want a quick city break, or a long, indulgent stretch on the beach.
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Best city breaks in June
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Average temperature: 31°C
Celebrate the beginning of summer and enjoy idyllic holidays in June in this spirited Andalucian town – breathing a sigh of relief that neither the seriously sticky temperatures nor the peak-season crowds have arrived yet. After the festival period of March to May (including the religious spectacle of Semana Santa, which also makes Seville a great place to visit in March) accommodation prices take a welcome drop, meaning you might just bag yourself a bargain. Packed with both grand Moorish and Catholic relics and a lively after-dark ambience, Seville’s charismatic blend of the ancient and the modern is perfect for long sightseeing days in the sunshine and even longer nights by the bar. Try a glass of Rioja and some generous plates of tapas at El Rinconcillo, just off Plaza Ponce de León. Want more tips on the best tapas in Seville? Check out our foodie guide for those on a budget.
Where to stay in Seville
Save your soles and bed down for a few nights somewhere central, like Hotel Rey Alfonso X, just steps away from main attractions like Seville Cathedral and the Alcazar. If the Spanish sun's got you craving a hotel with a pool, try Vértice Sevilla in the business district. It's more functional than fancy, but there's also a gym, saunas and library for £47* a night, so it's a bit of a steal.
Cork, Republic of Ireland
Average temperature: 17°C
The southern coast of Ireland twinkles even more warmly in the summer, and down in County Cork, picnics in Fitzgerald Park or a stroll along Inchydoney Beach become an absolute treat once more. Arrive in time for the Cork Midsummer Festival (see the website for next year's dates) along the banks of the River Lee in Cork City and experience oddball theatre, live music and performances where you least expect them in this wonderfully leftfield celebration. A more low-key affair, the Shandon Street Festival keeps you in delicious hot snacks and local ice cream as you wander lanes filled with Irish jigs, circus acts and try-it-yourself tango dancing. Fancy exploring some of Ireland's secret spots? Check out our guide to 10 islands off the coast of Ireland that you've probably never heard of.
Where to stay in Cork
There are plenty of modern, flashy hotels in Cork, but try a locally-run B&B or guesthouse for a warm welcome and if you're lucky, home-cooked Irish breakfasts. The turn-of-the-century-built Gabriel House Guesthouse is ten minutes walk from the centre of Cork but far enough to be outside of the hubbub, plus boasts a first-rate view of the harbour and city. And yes, the breakfasts are huge.
Niagara Falls, Canada
Average temperature: 24°C
We know it might sound crazy to suggest a big-name attraction like Niagara in the summer, but stick with us. Take your holidays in June and you'll be smack in the middle of the Canadian summer, considered the ideal time for a visit to the northern side of the falls - and you’ll be glad of the rising mercury when you’re cruising beneath 600,000 gallons of water at the famous Horseshoe Falls. If you want to break out on your own, take the ultimate riverside roadtrip along the Niagara Parkway towards Fort Erie and explore those gravity-defying gorges and tumultuous waters as you go. Find the most naturally scenic locations in Canada, with our top 10 Canadian beauty spots.
Where to stay in Niagara
Not fussy about a falls view outside your window? There are plenty of lower budget B&Bs in nearby Saint Catharines and the eternally charming Niagara-on-the-Lake, still within walking distance of epic panoramas - try A Pillow and Toast for a good value stay.
Kash Bhattacharya from Budget Traveller gives us the low down on why this is the best place to go in June:
Where would you go in Lapland?
Why should anyone else bother going there?
With no sunlight in winter, in summer Finns are blessed with the polar opposite: they call it 'Midnight summer' where you can experience 24 hours sunlight. The best place to experience this amazing natural phenomena of Midnight Sun is Lapland.
What makes it such a great place to visit in June in particular?
Being in the Arctic Circle, in Lapland the Midnight Sun touches the horizon from early June until early July. So with the magic availability of 24 hours sunlight, you find people going a bit bat crazy - losing sleep like I did, enjoying a hike or picnic in the fells then having a barbecue at midnight or going for a midnight dip in the nearby Äkäslompolo lake.
Where would you stay?
Love the 7 Fells Hostel in Yllas. Nestled in the forest, this is THE place to escape and relax. The common lounge area is cosy and organic coffee/tea is available for free in the shared kitchen. After a long hike up one of the nearby peaks, pop into their communal sauna, then later enjoy a barbecue around the open fire with some local beers from the supermarket. If you are on a budget, their dorm is very comfy, or if you want some privacy they have beautiful doubles decorated with second hand furniture. Owner Tinja is a beacon of knowledge about all things local and knows everyone so through her you will get to meet the whole local community!
What would you do/which attractions would you visit in Lapland?
Come here for the nature and to slow down. Go for a bike ride along Äkäslompolo lake. Towards late June/early July they have a trail of cloudberries growing around the lake. You can spend your midnight hours picking cloudberries or blueberries - this time of the year there are blueberries everywhere, even in the fields of the hostel. Visit Navettagalleria, a local art gallery where they create dolls of a sort of Finnish troll nature. All hand-crafted, very unique and enchanting. Plus they make fab doughnuts, delicious cakes and homemade blueberry juice in season. If you love hiking there are the 7 'fells' or peaks around Yllas which all offer dramatic panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. You may encounter the odd reindeer or moose along the way. There's a bike park in Ylläsjärvi and good mountain biking trails in the middle of the forest there. You can also rent Fat bikes nearby. You can also paddle with canoes or kayaks in Ylläs.
Any recommendations for bars restaurants or cafes?
For food visit Ravintola Rouhe, probably the nicest restaurant in the Ylläs Äkäslompolo region. They do a great range of stonebaked pizzas and traditional Finnish dishes. Perfect place for a romantic dinner or meal with friends. Nearby Pub Selva Pyy brews their own beer, does nice burgers plus hosts an excellent live music night. The Routa cafe inside the fantastic Jounin Kauppa supermarket building does good coffee, cakes and also offers a great value reindeer soup lunch.
Best beach holidays in June
Start dreaming of sand and surf with our look at where's hot in June.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Average temperature: 30°C
Puerto Rico gives you the best of Caribbean beaches – all crystalline shallows and snow-white sands – but with the added bonus of a handy city base, San Juan. As June is bang in the middle of the Caribbean’s low season, you shouldn't have trouble finding a deal. So forget Miami, the trendy Condado neighbourhood is where to strut your stuff on the sand, and chill at dusk with a cocktail at Oceano. Fans of the alternative should dig out the seaglass collection on Playa Bajamar in Old San Juan (watch out for strong tides here) or try nearby Balneario El Escambron, a small, palm-shaded stretch of sand that’s the perfect, camera-happy distance from the historic San Juan forts.
Where to stay in San Juan
Condado has a range of hip hotels to match its cocktail-drinking crowd. If it's beachside glamour and infinity pools you want, La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort fits the bill nicely, from £148 a night. Tres Palmas Inn is east of San Juan centre, in the Ocean Park neighbourhood and has more of a low-key, family vibe with just 18 rooms (from £77 a night). You do, however, get the bonus of being right on the beach, and the terrace has barbecue grills if DIY alfresco dining takes your fancy.
Average temperature: 26°C
Enjoy the start of the hot weather in Gozo before the schools break up with a trip to this glorious Mediterranean isle in June. It may be second to its big sister Malta in size, but Gozo claims more than equal shares of rugged, untampered beauty around its diminutive shores. Whether you want to laze in paradise (San Blas Bay), scramble over rock formations (the Azure Window) or swim in a sapphire blue lagoon (the Inland Sea), Gozo presents them all. You'll have to fly to Luqa in Malta and then catch a ferry across to Gozo, but this is easy to arrange and costs pennies: €1.15 for children, €4.65 for adults, but check Gozo Channel's website for more information.
Where to stay in Gozo
Stay at the Calypso Hotel and you can literally step out and sink your toes into the sands of Marsalforn Bay after breakfast. Looking for a peaceful hideaway? Cornucopia Hotel is tucked further inland, a beautiful flower-clad building and courtyard with three outdoor pools to make up for the sea being all of 5km away.
Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
Average temperature: 24°C
Unlike Melbourne and the South, which sees a lot of rain during Australia’s winter, this northwesterly marine park is the perfect June holiday destination, complete with nice, dry weather and underwater coral gardens to rival the better-known Great Barrier Reef. Scuba dive here, and you’ll be in good company, from whopping great whale sharks to the enigmatic dugong, or sea cow. But if all you want to do is relax, Ningaloo has those kinds of beaches as well – start your R&R at Bundegi Beach, north of Exmouth town, or see a shipwreck (the SS Mildura, to be precise) up close without even getting wet, at Lighthouse Bay.
Where to stay in Ningaloo
Exmouth is the main centre for accommodation near Ningaloo Reef, with the Ningaloo Lodge Exmouth an affordable option. Otherwise, look along the nearby shores for everything from swish resorts to budget backpacker joints like the sociable Ningaloo Club hostel at Coral Bay.
Best events in June
Party hard this summer, as we bring you the top international events and festivals to hit on your holidays in June.
Ibiza opening parties, Spain
Average temperature: 26°C
OK, so some Ibiza opening parties are scheduled for the last weekend in May, but all you need to do is book a few days earlier for your June holidays and you can be there for the event of the season. Catch the headline opening of Space Ibiza (keep checking the website for the latest dates), which has featured celebrity DJs like Darius Syrossian, Technasia and acts like Groove Armada in past years, or check out Amnesia, home of those legendary Thursday nights known as Cream Ibiza. And there’s good news if you’re more of a rocker than a raver: the Ibiza Rocks festival in San Antonio is always a hit, and with the venue also a hotel, you won't need to stumble too far to get to your bed. Want more on how to party in Ibiza? Let us guide you through the best club nights around, with our Ibiza top party venues.
Where to stay in Ibiza
Don't fancy sleeping off your hangover in the same place you earned it? Get away from the melee (and the hiked-up summer prices) and see the more peaceful side of Ibiza for a few nights in the northern town of Portinatx, around a 40 minute drive from San Antonio. There are several well-priced apartments and hotels here, including the S'Arenal Apartments which has simple ensuite rooms, some with balconies, from £77 a night.
The Festival of the Sun, Cusco, Peru
Average temperature: 18°C
Join Peruvians and tourists alike at this 500-year-old celebration of all things Inca. It may be the depths of winter in Cusco, but the warm, breezy weather in June make this ancient mountain capital of Peru a delight for visitors, as do the annual festivities to pay homage to the Incan God of the Sun, or Inti Raymi. While things used to get a little cut-throat for the local llama population, there are no blood sacrifices these days but the rainbow-coloured Quechua costumes and the ritual procession all the way to the hilltop ruins at Sacsayhuamán is a sight well worth travelling for.
Where to stay in Cusco
Stay near the main square to be within reach of the main cocktail bars, restaurants and salsa clubs in Cusco. Budget travellers should head for the excellent Ecopackers Hostels which can be as cheap as £10 a night but has a pretty courtyard for sunlounging, with table tennis and a pool room for socialising. At the other end of the scale is Casa Cartagena Boutique Hotel & Spa; while the £400+ room tariff puts it firmly in the 'luxury treat' bracket, you might think it's worth it when you've seen the elegant free-standing tubs in the ensuite or indulged in a fragrant spa treatment or two.
Midsummer Festival, Sweden
Average temperature: 20°C
Not just a mere date to the Swedes, Midsummer is when the whole country celebrates the (extremely) long days of summer. It usually falls around 19–25 of June, so be there in time for a Midsummer’s Eve party in the countryside – or any outdoor space in fact. There are celebrations organised at the open-air Skansen Museum in Stockholm, but the best local shindigs happen out West, in more rural spots like Tjorn Island (roughly 90 minutes from Gothenburg). Expect maypole dancing, ‘firewater’ shots, flower garlands and feasts that last from afternoon ‘til evening. Food to try? Pickled herring, of course. How do other countries around the world celebrate Midsummer? Well, a bit like this.
Where to stay in Sweden
It depends where you choose to spend your Midsommar of course, but if you are going local, try somewhere like Lekanders near Tyfta (on Tjorn), which is actually a working berry farm as well as being a homey and reasonably-priced B&B (rooms from £70). At the very southern tip of Tjorn, it's hard to beat Salt & Sill for the cool factor, being a floating 'boatel' decked out in oh-so-Scandinavian furnishings and with a tavern/restaurant and 'sauna boat' next door (rooms from £100 a night).
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