Where to Go in June

June

Europe is really hotting up by June, opening up a wider world of short-haul travel options from the UK. It’s a great time to go away if you’re not tied to school holidays, with the popular spots in Italy and Portugal much quieter than they’ll be by July. Summer dreaming is in full flow in California, while Rwanda is in peak gorilla trekking season.

Below are our top picks for where to travel in June.

California

Guaranteed sunshine and good vibes

With its vast national parks teeming with adventure potential, long stretches of golden sands, captivating marine life, buzzing cities and action-packed theme parks, California delivers on every level. The region’s award-winning wineries, luxurious culinary delights and iconic film-set scenery have long lured visitors keen to experience the American Dream. California in June is fabulous – the summer months are when the Golden State really comes to life. Guaranteed sunshine, surf-pounded beaches and busy boardwalks packed with vendors selling fresh seafood, zesty juices and artisan coffee. The national parks glow in the early morning and late evening sun, giving you longer to explore the trails.

Italy

Live la dolce vita without the summer crowds

Sink into the indulgent Italian way of life, where your days are punctuated by sumptuous cuisine served up in spellbinding settings. From plates of pasta looking out at the sea, to picnics among picturesque olive groves and vineyards, Italy is a treasure trove of stunning locations in which to devour some of the world’s favourite dishes. Soak up the captivating buzz of cities such as Rome, Florence and Venice, unwind in the heart of Tuscany or relax along the Amalfi Coast. If you’re travelling child-free, go to Italy in June to avoid the summer crowds.

Rwanda

Optimum time for gorilla trekking

Known as the 'land of a thousand hills’, Rwanda allures with green volcanoes, shimmering lakes and, of course, the famous mountain gorillas. Residing among the bamboo forests in Volcanoes National Park, these majestic primates provide one of the most awe-inspiring wildlife adventures that exists, and June in Rwanda is one of the best times of year to go gorilla trekking. Heading out into the rainforest with the volcanic peaks of the misty Virunga Mountains towering above you, you can watch these gentle giants play, eat and doze, while contributing to one of the world's great conservation success stories.

Portugal

Make the most of the early summer sun

Utterly enchanting, Portugal’s popularity never wanes. Wander the cobbled streets of Lisbon, pausing for a morning coffee accompanied by the unmistakable melt-in-the-mouth sensation of a freshly baked pastel de nata. Breathe in the invigorating country air of the Douro Valley, stopping at century-old wine estates to sample fine vintages. Retreat to the coast to soak up the sun, while being spoiled by famous Portuguese hospitality and tantalizingly fresh seafood. This soul-stirring slither of land to the west of Spain has an intoxicating individuality, and June is one of our favourite times to visit Portugal, before the summer crowds descend.

Yucatan, Mexico

Travel now to avoid the very busy peak season

Famous for the incredible Maya ruins, white sand beaches and an abundance of colonial history, making it a fun and vibrant area of Mexico to visit. Outside of the busy high season, June sees less rain and comfortable temperatures to allow you to enjoy this vibrant culture to its best. The stunning clear water offers fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving, not forgetting the lush dense jungles for a guided hike, all with the hospitality and food you would expect whilst in Mexico.

Croatia

Beaches are at their most lovely

With so many islands and coastline, there is plenty to see and do in Croatia and with the gentle warm temperature of June, it is an ideal time to go. You can hop between the many beautiful islands, enjoy the abundance of seafood in waterfront restaurants, soak up the architecture in Dubrovnik and the explore the stunning inland scenery with forests, mountains and waterfalls. Whether you are after an outdoor adventure, art galleries, sublime food, sun-drenched beaches or historical architecture, Croatia has it all.

Ecuador

This is the best time to enjoy the Andes

A must for those seeking adventure, culture and dramatic landscapes, all in abundance. Off the beaten track, you can spend your days on horseback or exploring on foot, speed down the slopes of Cotopaxi on a mountain bike, stock up on traditional souvenirs at the famous Otavalo Market or simply enjoy spectacular scenery as you peer into the endless azure waters of the Quilotoa crater lake.

Peru

Experience the religious festival of winter solstice

There are so many rich cultural experiences to incorporate whilst you are in Peru, but in June you can witness one of the most vibrant, the winter solstice festival. Redeemed as one of the most important events in the year, where the ancient Inca capital Cusco comes alive to celebrate the Sun God. The modern-day re-enactment sees hundreds descend the hillsides to watch the procession of ancient mummies through the town, colourful traditional costumes and a finale of horns, panpipes and beating drums. A must-see, majestic spectacle.

Norway

Long summer days in 'The Land of the Midnight Sun'

June is one of the best months to visit Norway, the ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’. With the sun hardly setting, long sunlit hours stretch out before you to experience what this magnificent country has to offer. The once frozen snowy roads and mountains are open for you to travel as far and wide as you please, climb vast mountains, try your hand at mountain biking, hiking or even white-water rafting. Not forgetting a boat trip through the fjords to take in the most amazing views and pure fresh air.

Spain

Hot weather & a festive atmosphere

Not just the home of sangria, Flamenco, paella and siestas, although all spectacular, Spain has a lot more to offer. Whether it's a visit to the buzzing cities of beautiful Madrid or vibrant Barcelona; a week soaking up the culture of Andalucia, or just soaking up the sun in Mallorca, the variety of landscapes and culture in Spain is truly breathtaking. June brings lovely warm temperatures to enjoy this country at its best.

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