Updated May 26, 2023
Published May 23, 2022
By Esme Fox
June is the beginning of the summer season in the northern hemisphere, heralding balmy days and warm nights that are not too hot nor too chilly.
Of course, it also brings the start of high season in most destinations – but that doesn’t mean there aren't bargains to be had. Travelling in early summer – before schools in most European countries have broken up for holidays – is a brilliant middle ground between sweltering sunny days and cheaper prices.
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best places to visit in June, from gorgeous island getaways in Europe to long-haul trips to Canada and chilled-out retreats in Bali.
France’s jewel-like Mediterranean island lies to the southeast of Marseille and just north of Sardinia. Surrounded by impossibly blue water, Corsica seems to rise straight out of the surf, where soaring cliffs and mountains touch the sea.
June is an ideal time to visit the island, when temperatures hover around the low to mid-20s. Corsica is still popular in June, but it’s not yet hit the peak of high season, so you can still grab some great deals on resorts and other accommodation.
Spend your holidays in Corsica exploring clifftop villages, relaxing on sweeping white-sand bays, and scuba diving into the depths around the island. There are also medieval citadels, ancient villages, jaw-dropping hiking routes and unique Corsican wines to discover.
Sweden’s wild outdoors and temperate summer climate make it a brilliant left-field choice for a June holiday. A wholesome destination for a summer break, this nature-lovers’ favourite is all about the great outdoors, whether you’re venturing into the forests of central Sweden in search of wolves, moose, and beavers or kayaking the steely waters of the Bohuslän Coast on a self-guided tour.
The summer solstice (midsummer) also takes place this month, with celebrations held on the Friday between June 19 and 25 – in 2023, it’s the 23rd. The festival is a big deal in Sweden, one of the most important dates on the country’s calendar, and is celebrated with lots of dancing and singing.
For more culture, take in the sights of Stockholm or Gothenburg, then hit the water for a spot of island hopping. Off the coasts of both cities lie vast, rugged archipelagos that are ripe for exploration. Hop aboard a ferry (there are several local companies) to visit their attractions, which range from beaches and seaside villages to cycle routes and saunas.
Adrift in the Atlantic, some 1,525km (950 miles) off the coast of Portugal, you’ll find the dramatic volcanic isles of the Azores. June temperatures hover around a comfortable 20C but really, the Azores are a year-round destination thanks to their subtropical climate. Lush and verdant, they’re also a nature lover’s paradise, known for hiking, birdwatching and whale watching.
The main and largest island in the Azores is São Miguel, which is accessible via direct flights from the UK. São Miguel is the perfect taster of islands, with steaming geothermal pools, soaring volcanic cliffs, emerald lakes, and extensive hiking routes to discover.
As for the other islands, Pico is best for whale watching and wine, while Faial is ideal if you’re looking for peace, quiet and deserted beaches. Be sure to visit Terceira for the town of Angra do Heroismo, a UNESCO World Heritage site with an imposing cathedral.
Canada might be best known for its freezing winters and vast snowy mountains, but it’s in summer that the country truly comes alive.
Head to the east of Canada and step into the French-speaking province of Quebec, home to fascinating cities such as Montreal, with its quaint Old Town and New York vibes, and Quebec City, an engrossing mix of North American and European cultures.
To the west, you’ll find Vancouver, with a picturesque waterfront location, backdrop of soaring mountains, and some of the best nightlife in Canada. In between lies a vast country filled with adventures, from hiking in Banff National Park and witnessing the mighty Niagara Falls to visiting the cultural hubs of Toronto, Calgary, and Winnipeg.
Leave the nightlife to Ibiza and the crowds for Majorca. June holidays in Menorca are all about the beaches. And there are plenty of them. Spend your days here beach-hopping with your hire car or exploring the coastline by kayak.
Nature lovers shouldn’t miss a visit to S’Albufera des Grau Nature Reserve, a protected UNESCO biosphere reserve, home to a lagoon and a large variety of birdlife. To really get to know the island, wander the cobbled alleys of historic cities, Mahón and Ciutadella, or walk a section of the Camí de Cavalls, a series of 14th-century footpaths stretching for 185km (115 miles) across the island.
At this time of year, Menorca’s weather is heating up, but the school holiday throngs are weeks away. The package holiday deals are still reasonable too, with the best hotels usually yet to be fully booked up.
Home to serene temples, emerald-green rice paddies, beaches pounded by surf, and striking architecture, Bali is Indonesia’s most popular island getaway.
June is the dry season in Bali, so you’re almost guaranteed great weather and the beaches aren’t too busy. Most people visit during this time of year for the stunning coastal resorts of trendy Canggu, upmarket Seminyak, and foodie-lovers Jimbaran. Bali also has some of the best surfing in Southeast Asia, which you can try at Nusa Lembongan, Kuta and Nusa Dua.
If you’re not a surfer, head inward to Bali’s cultural hinterland. Base yourself in the popular town of Ubud in the middle of the island. Surrounded by rice terraces and packed with hip yoga studios and laidback vegan cafes, Ubud is the stuff of postcards. The Sacred Monkey Forest, full of cheeky long-tailed macaques, is also here.
With its outdoor spas, Christmas markets, and cosy ruin pubs, Budapest is a classic winter destination, but visit in early summer and you’ll see a very different side to this elegant city – think lidos, riverside beaches, music festivals, cycling, and outdoor dining. Book your city break in Budapest for June and you’ll arrive before most of the peak crowds of July and August.
Even though the weather is likely to be warm and sunny (expect highs in the mid-20s), don’t miss its famous indoor attractions too. Buda Castle, the Hungarian Parliament Building, and the Museum of Fine Arts are some of the city’s finest attractions.
When the temperature gets too hot, head over to Margaret Island, a lush escape in the middle of the Danube. Here you’ll find a parkland, a small zoo, swimming pools, and outdoor restaurants.