June is magical for travelling. Europe's summer is getting underway with temperatures warm enough for al fresco lunches but peak time crowds haven't yet arrived. If you're thinking about where to go in June, now's the time to start planning. European cities are top of our list of favourites but if you want to travel further, then June holidays in Indonesia is less humid than at other times of the year. We've put together a few ideas of where to go in June such as city breaks in Barcelona or holidays in Croatia.
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Start an exploration of Edinburgh at the imposing castle that towers over the city then work your way down through cobbled streets and quirky alleys. Browse the shops along the Royal Mile or pay a visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia. Temperatures are comfortable in June although showers are likely. Culture lovers can dip into the Edinburgh Film Festival and the Leith Arts Festival both held in June.
Browse the streets of Gamla Stam, Stockholm's old district and a strong contrast to the futuristic architecture found elsewhere in the city. One such example is the Moderna Museet which houses a world-class collection of art. Food is a passion in the city and taken seriously everywhere from coffee houses to award-winning restaurants. June sees long hours of daylight and mild weather and is the month Swedish National Day is celebrated.
Don't miss: Nobel Prize Museum – this inspiring, one-of-a-kind museum is the perfect place to learn more about the recipients of the Nobel Prize. It's particularly great for families, lovers of science and anyone interested in developments that changed the world.
Gaudi's surreal architecture, Gothic cathedrals, great shopping, fine dining and city beaches are just some of the attractions awaiting you in Barcelona. Temperatures in June are pleasant enough for sightseeing and if you're in town on June 23rd, watch revellers on the beach welcome summer with the Revetlla de Sant Joan (St John's Night).
Stroll through the shade of the Real Alcázar before stepping into the extravagantly Gothic cathedral. Cruise down the river for a different perspective on this ancient city before dipping into a Flamenco club or enjoying some of Sevilla's famous tapas. June sees the start of Nocturama, a season of open-air musical events in the city parks or visit early in the month for the annual circus festival.
With a coastline that extends over 200km, you can bet that the so-called White Coast is one of the best spots along the Mediterranean for a beach holiday. Whether you stay in Alicante, Benidorm, Calpe or one of the other many gorgeous spots, you can expect soft sandy beaches, a relaxed vibe and lots of sunshine on the Costa Blanca. If you visit towards the end of June, be sure to check out the Fogueres de Sant Joan Festival, one of Alicante’s most important events with parades, feasts and fireworks.
With everything from UNESCO World Heritage sites to rocky plains to beautiful beaches, this Mediterranean archipelago has something for everyone. Go snorkelling in the Blue Lagoon, admire the beauty of St. John's Co-Cathedral or try out traditional maltese cuisine – Kapunata and Lampuki pie are particularly delicious. With the Valletta Film Festival as well as the Victoria International Arts Festival, June is also the perfect time for classical music lovers and film buffs to visit the country.
Antalya delivers a stylish mix of old and new. Kaleiçi, the historic heart, as well as a Roman-era harbour sit in contrast to contemporary buildings such as that housing the Culture and Arts Centre. Family-friendly beaches are within reach of the town while June's temperatures are just right for sunbathing and swimming. June sees cultural events such as the Antalya Opera and Ballet Festival or the Jazz Festival.
Early to mid-June is a great time to visit Ibiza. The temperature is perfect, the sea is warm but the party crowds haven't arrived yet. Visit the UNESCO-listed Dalt Vila hilltop fort in Ibiza Town or stretch out on the sands of Platja de Ses Salinas. On the night of June 23rd, the whole island comes together at the Saint Juan Festival to celebrate the official start of summer.
Whether you're looking for romantic breaks or family holidays, Croatia is now a go-to European destination. Dubrovnik is perfect for city break sightseeing while the Dalmatian coast is dotted with beautiful beaches. Although the crowds haven't yet arrived in June, the Adriatic is already warm enough for swimming. Head to Zagreb if you want to take in some of Croatia's music scene. Both Cest is D'Best and the INmusic Festival take place in June.