Where's hot in July?

School's out! With the summer holidays starting, this is a peak time to travel. You can be sure the sun will be shining over in Europe, and there's no need to worry about rain or jet lag if you're thinking about anywhere like Barcelona, the south of France or Lisbon. Whether you're going for a weekend, a whole week or longer, the Mediterranean islands are worth heading to for beach time, with Malta, Cyprus and the Greek Islands providing quick, hot getaways. See where else we suggest in July below.

Scroll down to see our five top tips for a sunny holiday in July.

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Barcelona

Barcelona

July in Barcelona

2h 10m
Approximate UK flight time
23
Average Temperature
9
Hour of Sunshine

Barcelona is one of the few historic cities in Europe that also has a sandy beach. It might be busy near the centre, but keep walking along and you'll find somewhere quieter to chill for the day. And on the way back, you can stop off at the redeveloped marina and eat some of the freshest seafood in the city. During July there are always outdoor cultural events to go to like film screenings, or the University of Barcelona's music evenings in their gardens.

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Or how about Lisbon?

Lisbon

Lisbon Photo: Andrey Omelyanchuk

July in Lisbon

2h 31m
Approximate UK flight time
24
Average Temperature
12
Hour of Sunshine

Portugal's capital city is jam-packed full of history. But in this heat everyone, including the locals, heads to the nearest beach. Praia da Adraga is one of Europe's best beaches, but Guincho is the place to bring your surfboard and catch some waves. For peace and quiet, Meco and Troia are good for sunbathing and sunsets. And if you're in town at the start of July, there's live music in the shape of Delta Tejo, a festival celebrating everything from reggae beats to South American sounds.

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Or how about Rio de Janeiro?

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

July in Rio de Janeiro

11h 18m
Approximate UK flight time
21
Average Temperature
8
Hour of Sunshine

Technically, July is winter in Rio de Janeiro. But the lack of rain and warm temperatures make it the best time to visit - the Samba beaches in particular won't be as busy. Copacabana and Ipanema beaches are so famous they've had songs written about them, but Botofogo Beach is a lesser known alternative. The cooler water and bigger waves attract the surfers, while the Rio Marathon takes place at the end of July if you want to cheer on the runners.

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July in Nice Nice

July in Nice

1h 57m Approx. UK flight time 24°C Average temperature 14 Hours of sunshine per day

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July in Sofia Sofia

July in Sofia

3h 07m Approx. UK flight time 21°C Average temperature 11 Hours of sunshine per day

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