Travel early during the month of July and you’ll find some great deals before the arrival of the summer holidays. Towards the end of the month, prices rise as many destinations enter peak season. The Mediterranean is one of the more popular hot spots but there’s other lesser known places which promise an unforgettable holiday without the crowds. Take a look at this guide on where to visit in July and where to avoid.
Mainland Italy is a beautiful destination to visit during July. The southern region of Puglia offers breathtaking views, plenty of beaches and a great selection of luxurious hotels. Come with an appetite, many serve up local specialties and some of the finest Italian cuisine in the country. It’s best enjoyed al fresco with a glass of world renowned Italian wine.
The Canary Islands reach peak temperatures which highs into the 40s. This sun worshipping mecca is a good choice for families where sprawling resorts offer a stress-free all-inclusive service. The children can enjoy a kid’s club, sports facilities and water sports. Parents can look forward to lounging by one of the adults-only pools or indulging in a spa therapy from massages to detoxifying treatments.
Halkidiki in northern Greece is another spectacular destination. Famed for its azure clear waters, many of the beaches are likened to a Caribbean paradise. Expect glorious weather, beautiful cuisine and some of the best hotels in the country.
Although many destinations in Asia experience long bouts of rain during July, the east coast of Malaysia and Thailand enjoys plenty of long, dry days. The islands of Koh Samui and Koh Tao are renowned for their stretches of golden sands and affordable accommodation. Be sure to take an underwater adventure, scuba diving some of the world-class reefs.
Fans of the outdoors should consider a holiday in Canada. Its peak season of their short summer but it’s also the best time to hike and kayak on the many lakes. Be sure to stop at some of the bustling cities including Montreal and Ontario. The colonial sights of Quebec are also worth visiting, a city renowned for its food and late night entertainment.
The Norwegian Fjords are especially picturesque during this time of year. Take a guided boat tour in the heart of this spectacular landscape and stop to admire the traditional fishing villages. Sweden offers a similar appeal where you can visit jaw dropping national parks, hop across an archipelago of unspoilt islands or sample the nightlife in stylish Stockholm.
July is considered the most reliable month in the UK, making it the best time of year to enjoy a staycation. The whole family can enjoy a short break in Cornwall where many of the beaches offer surf tuition and other water sports. Alternatively, enjoy a spa break in a secluded rural location. Whether you choose Sussex, the Cotswolds’ or Norfolk, you can be assured a truly rejuvenating experience in tranquil surroundings.
Where to avoid