Europe starts to heat up in June and so does your choice of where to get a dose of early summer sun! With many short-haul destinations topping temperatures in the mid-twenties, plus long-haul tropics starting to sizzle towards 30°C, June is the perfect time to grab yourself a hot holiday deal.
Average temperature: 25°C
Flight time: 2 hours
The Costa Blanca tops the charts as one of the most popular and family-friendly resorts in Spain. With its warm temperatures, highly-rated beaches and fun-filled activities aplenty, this Spanish hotspot has something for every kind of holidaymaker. While some may be happy topping up their tans on the golden beaches, children can amuse themselves at one of the area’s water parks and the more energetic can travel to the forests of Sierra de Espuña Nature Park to enjoy hiking and biking. Even though all inclusive packages tick all the boxes here, make sure to venture out to a local restaurant to sample the region’s delicious fresh seafood and paella!
Average temperature: 22°C
Flight time: 2 hours
Looking for a scenic spot for an early summer sun getaway? Look no further than Croatia. Bursting with beautiful lakes and mountains, iconic national parks and secluded beach coves, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to natural beauty. Plus, with an average of 13 hours of sunshine a day during the summer, balmy days come as standard! For culture-filled city breaks, head to Zagreb or Dubrovnik - home to charming old towns, great nightlife, lively restaurants and plenty of shopping opportunities. Elsewhere, Split is the go-to for water-based activities or seafront Pula is a prime place for laidback beach escapes.
Average temperature: 21°C
Flight time: 2.5 hours
You won’t be short of photo opportunities with a holiday to Portugal; the country’s landscape is awe-inspiring with its quaint fishing villages, beautiful churches and stunning coastal views. It’s the perfect choice for avid sunbathers as the coast is lined with beaches that range from busy family-friendly resorts to deserted coves where you can relax in complete solitude. Even if you’re not a nature-lover, the Peneda Gerês National Park is unmissable; the views are incredible and kids will love playing in the rivers and waterfalls scattered throughout the park. If you need any more encouragement, Portugal is one of the cheapest countries in Europe, meaning your spending money will go even further!
Average temperature: 23°C
Flight time: 3 hours
Malta is beginning to sizzle in June, and is a great place to work on your tan; the beaches are superb and those looking for relaxation will find themselves content to spend the whole week by the sea. Seeking more adventure? There are an abundance of activities on offer, including mountain-biking, rock climbing and paragliding. Those craving a bit of culture will be happy visiting Valletta's museums and the ancient Ġgantija ruins, while avid explorers will enjoy visits to sister islands Gozo and Comino for turquoise water beaches and tranquil coastal strolls.
Average temperature: 29°C
Flight time: 9 hours
Many visitors to this laidback island become hooked for life, finding it the perfect antidote to the everyday. Aruba is home to some of the cleanest and most beautiful white-sand beaches in the Caribbean and its clear waters make it a favourite location among scuba divers. Above the waves, windsurfing enthusiasts enjoy the benefits of the island’s reliable breezes. There’s also plenty to do when the sun goes down; the island has a lively nightlife and visitors can easily socialise with the friendly locals, choosing between chilled-out bars, beach barbecues, live music and casinos. Don’t worry; you can sleep during the day on the beach…
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