It’s June and summer’s in full swing – time to let out a collective cheer. It’s an alluring time to hang out in the UK when pub gardens hum until late and brighter evenings urge Aperol-drinking and outdoor cinema pop-ups. Meanwhile, night owls will relish a trip to Iceland while it's in the throes of the midnight sun - the perfect time for searching out Nordic-inspired menus and roving around design-conscious Reykjavik. Talking of the Midnight Sun, you could sail around the Norwegian fjords or escape to St Petersburg where locals lust over all-night parties and captivating concerts through the luminous white nights. Or for something entirely different, Peru celebrates the Inca Festival of the Sun (the winter solstice in the summer hemisphere) at the end of the month. Here, we reveal where to go in June.
BEST PLACES TO TRAVEL IN JUNE
Set your sights on Greece in June and you’ll see it under its sizzling summer glow. The Med waters are deliciously warm and sailing boats are striking out for island-hopping holidays. Hotel doors are flinging open too. Opt for boho retreats - hidden on crumbling clifftops - where you can spend your days gazing out to sea over breakfasts of yoghurt, sticky honey and just-baked bread. There are slick pads drawing in glamour-pusses searching for hedonism and high-rolling antics and farmhouses sitting pretty-as -a-picture next to orchards with sun-dappled terraces. Wherever you plot a course to - Cycladic islands and Crete, the Dodecanese through Athens and the Peloponnese – it’s a fine time to discover Greece.
June is a magical time to head to Russia, from the majesty of Moscow to St Petersburg and everything in-between. With the dawn of summer, comes the white nights – when Russia glows under the sun’s glare which never quite sets. By day, locals bask in the sunshine for long languid lunches and leisurely strolls. Then, come the midsummer nights, they gather and catch concerts and live music, partying at creative hubs, checking out art installations, and taking icy dips in the Baltic beneath the midnight sun. Just once, you simply must stay up all night – to walk in the luminous light and to feel the otherworldliness of the white nights.
As June hits the calendar in Spain, summer has officially arrived and it’s seriously scorchio. Coats are well and truly tucked away, flip flops are de rigueur, and piazzas and rooftops are packed with sangria-swilling locals. Arise early and you’ll catch the flurry of morning activity: rollerbladers soaring along seaside paths; beach yoga sessions; and refreshing morning dippers. Things are starting to get busy, so this is your time to step away from the tourist trail - to nab a table at that secret surf bar, to book into the new city supper club that’s turning culinary heads, and to find beaches far from the maddening crowds.
Follow the cool crowd and escape to Croatia in June, from Zadar to Dubrovnik, Split to Istria. Music festivals are in full swing across its sprinkling of islands, fresh and innovative hotels are popping up, and action abounds, from kayaking along emerald waterways to hiking around Plitvice National Park. Yachties love to whizz around its coastline, but sneaky shoestring travellers can follow their lead aboard its comprehensive ferry network, taking you to serene islands along paths fragranced with citrus and jojoba, and to cities tumbling down hillsides.