June is magical for travelling. Europe's summer is getting underway with temperatures warm enough for al fresco lunches but peak 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 head to the beach, we have some great options too.
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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 some amount of light rain is likely. Culture lovers can also head to the the Leith Festival which is held in June.
Browse the streets of Gamla Stan, Stockholm's old town, 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. If you can, try to time your visit with Swedish National Day on the 6th June.
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.
Gaudí's surreal architecture, Gothic cathedrals, great shopping, fine dining and city beaches are just some of the attractions waiting for 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 of this ancient city before dipping into a Flamenco club or enjoying some of Sevilla's famous tapas. If you want to relax and while away the hours under the sun, head to Parque de María Luisa which has some beautiful orange trees and stunning greenery. Find a spot along the Guadalquivir River for a picnic.
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 many other 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, and a Roman-era harbour sit in contrast to contemporary buildings such as 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 Akra 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 getways, Croatia is a go-to holiday 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 – INmusic Festival, Croatia's biggest open-air rock festival, takes place in late June.
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