Looking for great-value summer holidays and unforgettable adventures? From sunny crowd-free beaches to exciting city breaks, here’s where to go in June 2018…
Best for: An early summer staycation
Quick! Catch Cornwall before the kids break up from school, when there’s still the chance of finding an idyllic beach all of your own. In just a few weeks, these sunkissed coves will be heaving under the masses of summer staycationers, but for now you’ll have them mostly to yourself – with a Cornish ice cream and a few rays of sunshine for company.
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Best for: Crowd-free beaches and beautiful islands
Croatia’s islands have become summer hotspots in recent years, attracting travellers from all over the world with their ruggedly beautiful beaches, cheap prices and quaint seaside hotels.
Steakhouse and Spinaker, Hotel Croatia Cavtat
Hotel Croatia Cavtat is just across the bay from Dubrovnik on a beautiful pine-forested peninsula. The hotel boasts two quiet private beaches, an outdoor pool, spa, and four great restaurants including Steakhouse and Spinaker, which serves fresh seafood beneath white awnings on a waterside terrace. The charming harbour town of Cavtat is a 10-minute walk away along the seafront. Book a 7-night stay for just £509pp, with our exclusive offer
This sun-drenched island in the Cyclades is iconic for its cascades of white-washed houses and lapis lazuli-coloured waters – but it’s even more impressive in the flesh. This is a slice of traditional Greece – where the food is fine, the vineyards are bounteous, and the welcome is always warm.
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Santorini is a key port of call for cruise ships, but its bay is best experienced from a sailing ship or small boat. Finish with a seafood supper, and a nightcap on a clifftop taverna.
If you love to rifle through markets and antiques shops looking for treasures, you can’t go wrong at L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue in the South of France – which is warm and vibrant at this time of year. On our new Antiques Adventure on the Rhone cruise, you’ll be joined by Bargain Hunt presenter and former director of Sotheby Tim Wonnacott – who’ll give you an entertaining look behind the scenes of real-world bargain hunting.
Bargain hunting in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
Learn how to find antique treasures in two exclusive and fun talks from Tim, discover how to spot a masterpiece with his expert advice, and take Tim’s Antiques Challenge at L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue’s famous flea market… He’ll give his verdict on a selection of items bought by guests on their trip – and award prizes for the best buys, and a wooden spoon for the worst! See the details
Best for: Midsummer adventures under the midnight sun
Though famed for its snow scenes and northern lights in winter, Finland is also a sterling summer destination – especially at Midsummer, in June. At this time of year, the sun only sets for a couple of hours per night, so you can squeeze maximum adventure into just a short break.
Helsinki’s Rhododendron Park (Finland Tourism Board)
And oh, what adventures they are! Think forest walks, bear watching, wild camping and sea swimming, while just a short drive from Helsinki (the capital) you’ll find whale watching and thousands of islands to discover…
6. Basel, Switzerland
Best for: A weekend break with a difference
The Swiss city of Basel makes for a fine summer minibreak, with long sunny days at this time of year. Head straight to the River Rhine which runs right through this picturesque city, flanked by magnificent Gothic architecture – all spiky towers and looming stone turrets – and public gardens.
All along the river, a string of pop-up bars and cafes serve cocktails and wine on sun-drenched terraces, while plucky locals bob along in the river’s current with their belongings in inflatable bags. Try it if you dare! Then dry off in the sun with an elderflower and Prosecco cocktail – a local favourite, which makes for a fine reward.
7. Guernsey, Channel Islands
Best for: Foodie minibreaks
The Channel Islands are a real foodie hotspot: the sunny micro-climate is perfect for fresh fruit and vegetables, the local seafood is sublime, and who could forget the famous local butter, cream and potatoes? Thanks to its close proximity to France, the archipelago’s cuisine is rich and beautifully simple – letting those top-notch ingredients speak for themselves.
St Peter Port harbour, Guernsey
Guernsey’s capital, St Peter Port, has a vast range of restaurants, while you’ll find fantastic fish and chips in the beach kiosks dotted along the coast. And for something extra special, the island’s food producers and chefs showcase their wares at Taste Guernsey between June and September – featuring the likes of Guernsey goat’s cheese, cider and foraged berry reserves.
8. The Rockies, Canada
Best for: Wild adventures
After a long winter, the Rockies are thawing, and wild spring flowers are blooming in the lower elevations. Beneath the snow-capped mountains, the tourism season is beginning – with boat tours launching on Lake Minnewanka and Maligne Lake, plus hiking, canoeing, horse riding and fly fishing.
Wild adventures in the Rockies
June is also a fantastic time for wildlife watching, as the elk, deer and grizzlies descend from the upper reaches to graze on the flowers and grasses. While this is a wet month, rain showers rarely last all day – and of course the summer crowds are yet to arrive. If you like your landscapes dramatic and crowd-free, the Rockies is the ideal place for June holidays.