The Best Places to Visit in June


As Europe begins heating up, the continent becomes a treasure trove of the best places to visit in June. From the balmy beaches of Croatia to the crisp sunny mountains in Norway, no matter your appetite, there’s a sweet short-haul destination for you.

June is also the ideal time to go away if you’re not tied to school holidays, with the popular spots in Italy and Portugal much quieter than in July.

For adventures further afield, summer dreaming is in full flow in California. Drive along the Pacific Coast highway and step into the golden age of Hollywood. Meanwhile, Rwanda is in peak gorilla trekking season for those after adrenaline-pumping wildlife viewing.

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

Where to Go for Hot Holidays in June

You are spoiled for choice when it comes to hot holidays in June. With the northern hemisphere cloaked in a summery glow, North America, Northern Africa, and many other destinations boast ideal temperatures to really get that sunny heat.

From temperate, warm days to tropical beaches, here are the best holiday destinations in June for sun.

Big Sur, North America

With its vast national parks teeming with adventure, 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.

Cenote Scuba Diving, Underwater Cave

Famous for the incredible Mayan ruins, white sand beaches and an abundance of colonial history, Yucatán is a fun and vibrant area of Mexico to visit. Outside of the busy high season, June sees less rain and sultry temperatures to allow you to enjoy this lively 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.

View of Essaouira walls with blue boats in the foreground

Visiting Morocco in early June allows you to take advantage of this country’s calescent climate before it gets too hot, making it one of the best holiday destinations in June. Warm up and cool off in Essaouira and partake in the area’s thriving watersports scene surrounded by its winding street and fortified medina. Outside this city, find a more peaceful retreat in Oualida and a wealth of historic fortresses and towns forged under Portuguese rule.

Best Places to Visit in Europe in June

Europe is one of the best places to visit in June as its convenient location and breadth of holiday types means you’re only a few short hours away from any type of trip.

Stroll through vineyards in Italy, lounge on the beaches in Croatia, and soak up the buzzy atmosphere in Spain's cultural hubs. Here’s where to go in these June holiday destinations.

Amalfi Coast, Italy

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, make Italy your June holiday destination to avoid the summer crowds.

Croatia Private Yacht

With so many islands and coastlines, 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 then 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.

Grenada, Spain

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.

Best Places to Visit in June for Couples

Find romance and adventure this June with these holiday destinations. While schools are still in session, you can take advantage of fewer crowds and slightly cheaper prices in most places, however, these two places steal our vote for the best places to go in June with their unique hiking and wildlife viewing they offer this time of year.

Fjord Geiranger, Norway

The ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’, Norway is one of the best countries to visit in June. 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, and 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.

Whale, Hermanus
South Africa

While June isn’t South Africa’s prime month for a game safari, as the southern hemisphere is in its often wet winter season, its west coast comes alive. Sleepy coastal towns like Hermanus become epic hot spots for whale-watching. Watch the humpback whales on their migration to warmer waters and stroll the quaint fishing villages and rugged coasts. Cape Town is also a fantastic stop for a break from the rainfall, with gastronomic and cultural highlights galore.

Best Places to Visit in June for Families

For those lucky enough to have kids out of school, or little ones not yet school-aged, June can be an excellent time to beat the peak crowds of July and August but still get those warm sunny days you’re after.

Here’s where to go on holiday in June for families.

Greece Private Yacht

Greece remains one of our most popular destinations in June, the country coming out of the shoulder season and into its peak. For those after sweltry beach days, head to Costa Navarino, where five-star resorts nestle the golden sand beaches. The beautiful Peloponnese coast paired with our world-class Explorers kids club makes for an exquisite family holiday. Or if island hopping is still on your list, visit lesser-known islands like Sifnos and other Small Cyclades. There’s also the unique Halkidiki peninsula with its crystal clear waters and lush pine forests.

Portugal city views

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. Retreat to the coast to soak up the sun, while being spoiled by famous Portuguese hospitality and tantalizingly fresh seafood. Our kids club at Pine Cliffs is the perfect addition to this family holiday while each family member soaks up this destination in their own unique way. 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.

Where to Travel in June for Bucketlist Experiences

June brings an undeniable air of adventure, with long sunny days chasing away the languid winter and blue skies filling us with energy – ready to go out and explore.

For trips truly out of the ordinary, here’s where to travel in June.

Rwanda, Africa

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 exist, and Rwanda is one of the best places to go on holiday in June for 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.

Quilotoa Crater Lake, Ecuador

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.

Cuzco festival, Peru

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.

Explore the Best Places to Visit in June with Scott Dunn

Whether one of the destinations above has caught your eye or there’s another spinning in your mind, Scott Dunn is on hand to help build your bespoke holiday in June. We’ll get to know you and what holiday you’re after and get to work crafting the tailor-made holiday of your dreams.

To get started, call us on the number listed below, or fill out our online enquiry form to get in touch.

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