Hoping to head off on a sunny break before the crowds start pouring in? Then take a look at our essential guide to where is hot in June! From the sun-kissed beaches of the Canaries to the fun-filled resorts of Orlando, we’ve picked out our top 10 favourite hotspots for your June 2018 holiday!
The Balearic Islands, basking in the Mediterranean, might be at their best in June: it’s warm enough to sunbathe and swim, but the evenings offer a pleasant respite from the heat. The countryside is green and lush, and it’s an ideal time to enjoy the many hikes across the island. Temperatures average around 20°C, with day-time highs in the mid-20s, nudging up to the high 20s towards the end of the month. Majorca, the largest of the islands, is home to the charming Balearic capital of Palma, and has a host of superb resorts that suit everyone, from party-central Magaluf to family favourite Puerto de Pollensa. Menorca is a drowsy, relaxing island with a fascinating city – Mahon and Ciutadella – at either end, and rolling hills and enchanting coves in the middle. Ibiza won’t yet be in full party mode in June, and it’s the perfect time to soak up the island’s enticing, if often overlooked, rural charms.
By June, things are starting to hot up along the Algarve. Day-time temperatures average a sultry 27°C, ideal for lounging on one of the famously photogenic beaches. Top resorts include Albufeira, which preserves a pretty historic quarter, and party-favourite Praia da Rocha, which has a spectacular beach. For peace and quiet, head east to little Tavira, a charming fishing village with blissful beaches.
June is a fantastic month to visit the beautiful Canary Islands, the largest of which are Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma and La Gomera. Average daytime temperatures are in the low to mid 20s at the start of the month, rising to high 20s by the end. You can expect 10 hours of sunshine daily, perfect for sunbathing, swimming or exploring the superb nature reserves, National Parks and charming towns and cities. As a general rule, head to resorts in the south of the islands for the most sunshine and highest temperatures, and stick to the north for the best natural wilderness and peace and quiet.
Plenty of sunshine, impossibly blue seas, ancient ruins, fabulous food and hospitable people – the Greek Islands are truly an idyllic holiday destination. June is the perfect month to visit: the summer crowds have yet to descend, and you can rely on plenty of sunshine (about 8 to 10 hours daily), plus balmy temperatures in the mid- to high-20s. To escape the heat, head to one of the greener islands, such as Zante and Corfu, where you can hike through forested hills. If you’re in search of the perfect tan, make for Kos, where temperatures hit the low 30s by the end of June.
The legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, goddess of love, Paphos has grown into a large resort yet preserves plenty of traditional charm. A summer favourite, it’s also a great destination for your June 2018 holiday if you want to enjoy the beaches and water sports without the crowds. Average temperatures are in the high 20s, there’s very little rainfall, and you can soak up an average of 10 hours of sunshine every day.
Playground of the rich and famous for more than a century, the glamorous celeb-haunt of the Amalfi Coast is blissful in June. Average daytime temperatures are a warm and inviting 26°C, and there are 9 hours of gorgeous sunshine a day. It’s certainly warm enough to enjoy cocktails at one of the stylish spots in Positano, or join the Italians for the evening passeggiata in elegant Sorrento or Amalfi.
Sardinia’s stunning coastline encompasses some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean, whether you like endless stretches of golden sand or secret coves accessible only by boat. In June, expect average temperatures to hover around 26°C during the day, rising to 30°C at the end of the month.
From beautiful Dubrovnik to the breathtaking scenery of the Dalmatian Coast, Croatia is a fantastic summer destination. Temperatures can hit 28°C during the day in June, dropping to a pleasant 16-18°C at night. Sunshine is guaranteed – around 10 hours a day. As well as the historic cities of Dubrovnik and Split, you can explore the lakes and forests inland, or simply sprawl on the beach with your toes in the Adriatic and soak up the sun.
If you’re longing for Caribbean beaches of white sand and turquoise seas, come to Cancun. June is one of the most affordable times to visit this fantastic resort, as it marks the start of the rainy season. There may be rain, but you can still expect a daily average of 10 hours of sunshine a day. Temperatures will be a steamy 28-33°C, with high humidity and occasional storms, but you can escape the heat in the sea – which is warm and inviting year-round.
Orlando is the theme park capital of the world, home to Disneyland, Universal Studios Resort, Legoland, the Epcot Center, SeaWorld among many others. June is hot and steamy in Orlando, with average daytime temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s. There is some rainfall, mainly in the form of short summer storms that clear the air in the afternoon. Prices in June are more affordable than at other times of the year and there won’t be quite as many people as later in the summer.