Summer has arrived by July and the long summer holidays are getting started, excellent reasons to plan a getaway. 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 in July, we've put together a few suggestions - including traditional beach holidays, city breaks in Europe and adventurous stays further afield. Find a holiday that's perfect for you.
Valencia has become one of Spain's most striking destinations, especially since the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (City of Arts and Sciences) was built. Stroll around the futuristic buildings, designed by local architect Santiago Calatrava, and explore the rest of city including the historic district of El Carme. Another reason to visit Valencia in July is a packed programme of open-air film, concerts and theatre events.
On the Côte d'Azur, Nice perfectly combines city attractions with sun and sea. The Old Town 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. Throughout the month, open-air concerts take place along with the Nice Jazz Festival.
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 longer family holidays. Explore the island's castles or WWII fortifications and 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 loveliest in the Mediterranean and the tranquil atmosphere is perfect for a romantic break. The island's rural interior is equally interesting. Visit the Parc Natural S'Albufera des Grau, a haven for flora and fauna. For a true flavour of the island, catch one of the festivals that take place in July including the Sant Martí or Sant Jaume celebrations.
Every Greek island is similar yet wonderfully different. July is the perfect time to enjoy the tempting warm waters lapping at beautiful beaches. Islands such as Naxos, Santorini and Mykonos deliver something for all tastes. On the island of Syros, an International Film Festival (SIFF) screens Greek and international films at outdoor locations, while Bourtzi Island Fortress becomes a cultural hub for both traditional and contemporary events in July.
Walks along the beach, fish and chips on the Palace Pier, you can't beat a British seaside holiday. Attractions such as The Sea Life Centre and views from the British Airways i360 make Brighton a popular choice for families. July sees some weird and wonderful events including Paddle Round the Pier and March of the Mermaids, both supporting local charities.
Singapore's distinctive skyline is an intriguing mix of colonial architecture and soaring futuristic skyscrapers. Shop in modern malls or browse centuries-old markets and dine on everything from Michelin-starred dishes to spicy street food. Dip into the city's vibrant culture in July, when the month-long Singapore Food Festival takes place.
The Italian island of Sicily presents a diverse history, landscape and culture - so, there is something for everyone. July is the perfect time for visiting beautiful beaches including those of Catania and Siracusa. Enjoy the Ibla Grand Prize Music Festival in Ragusa, or stay in Palermo for the Festival of Santa Rosalia which finishes with waterfront fireworks.
Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula is romantic and relaxing with its azure Caribbean waters and tropical beaches. Tear yourself away from the luxury of an 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 young at heart, whatever their age, will enjoy Berlin Zoo and there's also plenty of culture at venues such as the Berlinische Galerie. Summer sees the arrival of Volksfestsommer - a large folk festival and funfair - in the city centre.