Summer has arrived by July and the long summer holidays are starting, excellent reasons to begin thinking about where to go in July. Maybe you're dreaming about a romantic honeymoon destination or you're fascinated by the art, architecture and culture of European cities. To help you decide where to go on holidays in July, we've put together a few suggestions, including traditional Brighton beach holidays, city breaks in Berlin and romantic stays in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
Valencia has become one of Spain's most striking destinations especially since the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias was built. These futuristic buildings were designed by local architect, Santiago Calatrava. Enjoy a shady stroll through the historic Barri del Carme while another incentive to visit Valencia in July is a packed programme of open-air film, concerts and theatre events.
Nice perfectly combines city attractions with beaches. Vieux Nice has a definite Italianate feel while the Musées Chagall, Matisse and d'Art Moderne inspire art lovers. In July, the weather is perfect for enjoying the sandy beaches that line the Baie des Anges while throughout the month, open-air concerts along with the Nice Jazz Festival take place.
A rugged coastline, family-friendly beaches, beautiful countryside and the vibrant capital of St Helier make Jersey a perfect destination for both short breaks or family holidays. Explore the island's castles or WWII fortifications or take the family to Jersey's world-famous zoo. St Helier's People's Park plays host to the Jersey Folk Festival in early July.
Menorca's beaches are some of the Mediterranean's loveliest while the island's tranquil atmosphere is perfect for romantic breaks. Dry-stone walls crisscross Menorca's rural interior or visit the Parc Natural S'Albufera des Grau, a haven for the island's flora and fauna. For a true island flavour, catch one of the events that take place in July including the Sant Martí or Sant Jaume festivals.
Every Greek island is similar yet wonderfully different. Islands such as Naxos, Santorini, or Mykonos deliver something for all tastes with July being the perfect time to enjoy the temptingly warm water lapping at beautiful beaches. During July holidays, the Syros International Film Festival screens Greek and international films while Bourtzi Island Fortress becomes a cultural hub for both traditional and contemporary events.
Walks along the beach at sunset, fish and chips on the Palace Pier, attractions such as The Sea Life Centre and the views from the British Airways i360 all come together to create the magical atmosphere of Brighton. The first weekend in July sees weird and wonderful craft taking part in Paddle Round the Pier while March of the Mermaids is an unusual annual event that supports marine conservation.
Singapore's distinctive skyline is an intriguing mix of colonial architecture and soaring futuristic skyscrapers while its vibrant culture is fascinating to dip into. Shop in modernistic malls or browse centuries-old markets and dine on everything from Michelin-starred dishes to spicy street food. July has the advantage of being one of Singapore's dry months and a chance to enjoy the month-long Singapore Food Festival.
The Italian island of Sicily presents a huge diversity of history, landscape and culture. July is perfect for enjoying the beautiful beaches including those of Catania and Siracusa and take a trip up Mount Etna starting from the town of Taormina. Stay in Palermo for the July Festival of Santa Rosalia which finishes with waterfront fireworks or enjoy the Ibla Grand Prize Music Festival in Ragusa.
Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula is romantic and relaxing with its azure Caribbean waters and tropical beaches. Tear yourself away from the luxury of your all-inclusive resort to visit ancient Mayan ruins or the colonial town of Merida. In July, the Isla Mujeres hosts the Whale Shark Festival when huge shoals of sharks arrive annually. Enjoy swimming alongside these gentle sharks.
Berlin is a perfect city break destination especially in July when the sunny weather makes al fresco drinking and dining in beer gardens and street cafes a real pleasure. The city also has plenty of culture to dip into such as the Berlinische Galerie while the young at heart whatever their age always enjoy Berlin Zoo. July sees the Folk Funfair in the city centre while illuminated creations appear on Botanical Night in the Botanical Gardens.
We hope our range of march destinations has left you feeling inspired. And we've only gone and pulled a list together for every month. Just choose the month you want to go below and find out more dream destinations for the rest of the year.
Winter Sun Break
Berlin (Christmas Markets)
Vienna (Christmas Markets)
Winter Sun Break
Finland (Northern Lights)
Iceland (Northern Lights)
The French Alps (Skiing)
Winter Sun Break
South Africa Rio (Brazil)
Paris (Valentine's Day)
Rome (Valentine's Day)
Amsterdam (Spring flowers)
Japan (Cherry Blossom Season)
Yucatan Peninsula (Mexico)
Costa Del Sol
Budapest (Christmas markets)
Krakow (Christmas markets)