Where is hot in June

By Mark Hodson, Sunday Times Travel Writer

Q.  Where is hot in June?

A.   The Mediterranean is the obvious region to visit in June with long sunny days, low humidity and temperatures reaching the high 20s. Many destinations are ready to welcome British tourists with open arms. Further afield, the Caribbean (31ºC) is great value in June.

June in the Mediterranean offers long days of sunshine and uncrowded resorts. Because the school holidays have yet to begin, airlines and tour operators are struggling to fill beds, and that means cheap offers and late deals.

If you have kids in tow, check out family holidays in June. If you’re travelling alone, see solo holidays in June. Note: all the travel companies featured are personally recommended by our editors.

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  • Cote d’Azur, France

Average temperature in June: 25ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 10
Flying time from UK: 2 hours

June is a perfect time for a quick getaway to the south of France. Temperatures rise to 25°C across the Cote d’Azur: rent a villa in St Tropez or Cannes for a bit of holiday glamour. Or get together with friends or family to rent an entire chateau in France with Oliver’s Travels. See the latest  villa deals and more holiday ideas in France.

Also consider: the French island of Corsica. Laze on white-sand beaches, enjoy fabulous food and maybe try some walking in the countryside before the heat of summer arrives. Check out the latest special offers.

  • Amalfi Coast, Italy

Average temperature in June: 26ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 9
Flying time from UK: 2 hours 40 minutes

Visit Italy before the Italians get there (they all holiday in August, leading to congested roads and soaring prices). The Amalfi Coast offers glamorous hotels and sparkling seas, while cities such as Florence and Verona enjoy temperatures in the mid-20s. It’s also the time of year for an opera holiday in Verona. Find more holidays in Italy including Tuscany.

Also consider: the Italian Lakes are superb in June with surprisingly cheap accommodation. See the latest deals.

  • Costa de la Luz, Spain

Average temperature in June: 27ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 11
Flying time from UK: 2 hours 45 minutes

The long sandy beaches of Spain’s Costa de la Luz will be bathed in sunshine in June. Rent a villa near the coast, enjoy sand dunes, pine forests and fresh seafood, and visit sultry Seville. If you just have a few days in Spain, head to Madrid (28°C) for the art galleries, or Barcelona for the best of both world: city and beach.

Also consider: relax in the Balearic Islands before the high season crowds arrive. Away from the package resorts, Mallorca has superb villas, rolling countryside and superb restaurants. Also check out this stylish hotel in Ibiza. See more holiday ideas in Spain.

  • Dubrovnik, Croatia

Average temperature in June: 26ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 9
Flying time from UK: 2 hours 40 minutes

Croatia’s stunning Dalmatian Coast – including Split and Dubrovnik – enjoys average temperatures of 26°C in June, perfect for sunbathing, exploring the historic sights and taking ferry trips to the islands.

Also consider: The weather will be similar in neighbouring Montenegro which is a little cheaper. It has mountains close to the coastline, national parks, historic cities and beaches crammed into a country half the size of Wales. Check out these amazing places to stay.

  • Halkidiki, Greece

Average temperature in June: 29ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 10
Flying time from UK: 3 hours 15 minutes

Halkidiki is one of the most scenic and pristine regions of mainland Greece. It’s easy to reach with a range of flights to Thessaloniki, and the beaches are sensational. Stay at the Sani Resort for a range of stylish hotels on Blue Flag beaches or, if you prefer an upmarket all-inclusive hotel, check out the beachfront IKOS Oceania. The IKOS group is growing in popularity with sister hotels IKOS Dassia on Corfu and IKOS Aria on Kos.

Also consider: the charming little Greek island of Paxos – it’s too small to have an airport but you fly into Corfu and jump on a ferry.

  • Kyrenia, North Cyprus

Average temperature in June: 32ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 12
Flying time from UK: 4 hours 40 minutes

Up to 12 hours of daily sunshine and soaring temperatures can be found on the island of Cyprus. If you want value for money, head to Turkish-speaking North Cyprus where I recommend the pretty port town of Kyrenia and the beaches of Famagusta.

Also consider: the Greek side of Cyprus. It’s more developed for tourism, but arguably a little more scenic and the hotels are wonderful. Check out this unique range of holiday experiences in Cyprus, and the latest offers.

  • Ko Samui, Thailand

Average temperature in June: 31ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 7
Flying time from UK: 14 hours (via Bangkok)

Thailand is friendly, fascinating, cheap and chilled with sensational beaches and some of the world’s best food. In June you should avoid the Andaman Coast (Phuket) and head instead to the Gulf Coast. Koh Samui is the big draw here with lively resorts, scuba diving and snorkeling and idyllic secluded hotels. Combine it with some of these amazing trip ideas in Thailand.

Also consider: Sri Lanka though there’s much more to do here than laze on the beach. Check out these unique holiday experiences and wildlife encounters.

  • Antigua, Caribbean

Average temperature in June: 31ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 8
Flying time from UK: 9 hours

With its 365 beaches and easy direct flights from the, Antigua is a year-round crowd puller. Winter is high season, but June – before the arrival of hurricane season – is the sweet spot if you’re looking for a bargain. It’s a similar story in Barbados (see the latest special offers).

Also consider: the Cayman Islands and the small coral island of Anguilla for perfect white-sand beaches. See our guide to the Caribbean.

  • Bermuda

Average temperature in June: 29ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 9
Flying time from UK: 8 hours

The Atlantic island of Bermuda is at its best in June (it’s too chilly in winter). Laze on pink sand beaches, play a round of golf or take a few boat trips. The best places to stay include Cambridge Beaches, the family-friendly Fairmont Southampton and the good-value Grotto Bay Resort.

Also consider: the Seychelles is one of the best Indian Ocean destinations in June (28ºC, 8 hours of sun). The sheer beauty of these paradise islands will blow your mind, and you can often find deals in June. It’s also a popular spot for weddings abroad.

  • New York, USA

Average temperature in June: 27ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 9
Flying time from UK: 8 hours

If you fly across the Atlantic (or take a transatlantic cruise) you’ll find many destinations in America at their prime, but without the tourist crowds of summer. New York jumps to 26°C in June: it’s a perfect time to explore the city or head north for a fly-drive holiday in New England. Find our pick of the best places to stay in the city.

See more holidays in June and city breaks in June, plus singles holidays in June and honeymoons in June.

Last updated: 29 October 2021

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