June is a wonderful time for a summer holiday, so beat the school holiday crowds and book one of these great destinations.
Looking for great-value summer holidays and unforgettable adventures? From sunny crowd-free beaches to exciting city breaks, here’s where to holiday in June 2019…
1. Cornwall, England
Best June holiday for: A summer staycation
Catch Cornwall before the kids break up from school and you’ll be richly rewarded. In June, there’s still the chance of finding an idyllic beach all to yourself – especially if you go mid-week. A few weeks too late and these sun-kissed coves will be heaving under the masses of summer staycationers. Head to the likes of Watergate Bay, St Ives, Falmouth or Penzance for Cornish seaside charm and stunning stretches of sand.
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Best June holiday for: A once-in-a-lifetime experience
June is the best time to tick Machu Picchu off your bucket list, and travelling through Peru’s Sacred Valley to this hilltop Inca stronghold is a truly spine-tingling travel experience.
And if you’ve heard about the hard trekking involved, no fear – there’s a stunning luxury train to take you up. On the Belmond Hiram Bingham, you’ll travel to Machu Picchu in five-star style with a dining car and observation deck on board.
Plus, don’t miss the Sacred Valley, pisco sours in Cusco, and the beautiful islands of Lake Titicaca. Want to book it? Check out Riviera Travel’s Peru escorted tours.
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3. Guernsey, Channel Islands
Best June holiday for: A foodie mini break
The Channel Islands are a real foodie hotspot: the sunny micro-climate is perfect for growing 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 comforting – letting those top-notch ingredients speak for themselves.
Guernsey is easy to reach (by ferry from Portsmouth, Poole and Southampton), but not so easy to leave – the beaches here are pristine and the pace of life pleasingly slow.
4. Lake Garda, Italy
Best June holiday for: A fabulous fitness break
In Italy’s beautiful Lake Garda region, Lefay Resort & Spa combines a stunning location with tailor-made fitness programmes – with an emphasis on outdoor pursuits such as bike riding, yoga and nature walks.
There are personal trainers on hand to put you through your paces, plus sociable group classes such as circuit training and core strengthening. After a full day of fitness, soothe your senses with indulgent spa therapies, or a rigorous sports massage to put the spring back in your step.
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5. Santorini, Greece
Best June holiday for: Sun, sand and seafood
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.
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.
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Best June holiday for: Midnight sun adventures
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.
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…
7. Bern, Switzerland
Best June holiday for: A wild swimming city break
The Swiss city of Bern makes for a fine summer mini break. Set on an oxbow bend in the Aare river, it’s perfectly placed for a spot of wild swimming, so join the locals for a dip in any one of the public pools and swimming areas along its banks.
In the city itself, you’ll spot intriguing fountains with peculiar back stories, gorgeous little boutiques and some fantastic restaurants. This small city is very walkable, so get your trainers on and explore.
8. The Rockies, Canada
Best June holiday 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.
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.