Whether you’re looking for where’s hot in July, where is best value for money, best for kids or best for things to do, here our guide to where to go for holidays in July.
July brings the summer season to the island of Tenerife, a very popular time to visit, when the temperatures start to rise and rain is a distant memory. Despite being the start of peak travel, prices in Tenerife tend to remain fairly affordable at this time of year. The most well-loved resorts for British holidaymakers can be found on the island’s southern coast, around Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas. However, the largest of the Canary Islands is full of surprises for visitors who venture beyond its famous golden beaches. The green and leafy northern half of Tenerife is an island paradise for nature and culture-lovers.
If you’re in search of hot weather this July then look no further than Italy. The perfect destination for poolside lounging and lazy afternoons in the shade of the Cypress trees, Tuscany is an ever-popular choice. Rent a villa among the rolling hills and vineyards of Val d’Orcia for the best of this region’s landscapes. Alternatively, explore lesser-known northern Italy with a week in seaside Rimini. This pretty resort on the Adriatic Coast is a favourite with Italian holidaymakers and, as of March this year, is served with its first direct flight from the UK. For more about recently launched flights to Italy, read our blog on the most exciting new routes for 2018.
Best known for its icy glaciers and winter sightings of the Northern Lights, Iceland is often overlooked as a holiday destination the rest of the year. Yet, the arrival of warmer weather breathes new life into this Nordic island. Holidays in July offer visitors the chance to see migrating whales, puffins and the carpet of wildflowers that covers its wild landscapes. Summer is unquestionably the most beautiful season here. Experience the magic of the midnight sun, tour the national parks on horseback or go diving in the breathtakingly clear waters of the Silfra gorge.
If you’re looking for where’s hot in July, then book your tickets to the Balearic Islands. Ibiza, Menorca and Majorca are mild all year round, but if you want to enjoy the Mediterranean sun at its warmest then summer is the best time to go. Promising temperatures in the mid-thirties on most days in July, the islands are made for relaxing beach holidays. All that’s left is to pick your favourite. Whether it’s clubbing and fun, family-focused resorts or beautiful remote beaches you want, there’s something here for everyone.
South Africa’s winter period runs between May and September, making July a good time to visit to take advantage of the lower, off-season prices. Although it will be colder in Cape Town (between 13-17°C), make no mistake, this is a great time to book a holiday. Away from the coast, in the north, it’s the dry season in Kruger National Park. This is the optimum time to see big game, when animals are congregated around smaller watering holes. It also makes a safari more pleasant, with sunny but cooler days, reduced humidity and fewer annoying bugs.
Croatia is the new hot destination for the summer. Although prices have risen since it first appeared on our holiday radar, Dubrovnik is still good value compared to Italy or Greece and it’s a beautiful city. The walled city is the perfect place to soak up both culture and sun, with some splendid beaches just nearby. A cheaper, and lesser known, alternative is Split. Further north along the Dalmatian Coast, Croatia’s second city is a hub of vibrant life with UNESCO World Heritage palaces and Roman monuments.
Planning to take your family holidays in July? Then what better destination than the Algarve! Much loved by British holidaymakers for its wide expanses of spotless golden beaches, Portugal’s southern coast is an ideal place to take the kids. Only two and a half hours away from the UK, and with sunshine guaranteed, it beats long-haul flights hands down. The choice is yours whether you opt for charming historic town or all-inclusive family resort. Offering a wealth of family activities, from long days by the sea and sightseeing to water parks and boat trips, Portugal is your solution to easy summer holidays.