Where to go on holiday in June 2020/2021 for the best weather

The best thing about deciding where to go in June is that you have so many options close to home to choose from.

There's also a number of benefits to going on holiday in June: you beat the school holiday crowds and, in some places, even the scorching heat of later summer months.

Top five destinations to visit in June

Technically speaking, June marks the height of summer in the northern hemisphere. This means that days are at their longest and likely to be full of bright sunshine too.

As you can see from our pick of five fabulous destinations below, they're all Med-based, which is simply because you're almost certainly guaranteed great weather thanks to the region's dry season at this time of year.

Where to go on holiday in June © vastateparksstaff - Flickr Creative Commons
Where to go on holiday in June 2020 © vastateparksstaff - Flickr Creative Commons

1. Cyprus

  • Flight time from London: 5 hours
  • Daily high: 31°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 12
  • Sea temperature: 24°C

The eastern Mediterranean is normally the warmest and sunniest region of Europe in June. Although Cyprus a little further away than ever-popular Spain or Portugal, the heat and cloudless sky more than make up for the slightly extended journey.

As do the generously warm sea temperatures around the likes of Paphos and Larnaca, which are the warmest in the Med at this time of year.

Ayia Napa Beach, Cyprus - photo courtesy of Cyprus Tourism Organisation
Ayia Napa Beach, Cyprus - photo courtesy of Cyprus Tourism Organisation

The following months see temperatures continue to rise across the island, which some people may find too hot, especially for very young children.

June, therefore, is a great month to go to Cyprus, making it a serious contender when deciding where to go for the best weather.

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Read more: Which resort in Cyprus is right for you?, 7 off the beaten track beaches in Cyprus & How to spend 48 hours in Paphos

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2. Marmaris, Turkey

  • Flight time from London: 4 hours
  • Daily high: 30°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 13
  • Sea temperature: 23°C

Much like Cyprus, Marmaris in June that's easy to get to not to mention lovely and hot. Daily highs in the thirties and moderate heat and humidity combine with lengthy spells of sunshine to offer truly perfect beach holiday conditions.

Don't forget the SPF, though, as the very high UV is dangerous if you don't protect yourself.

Marmaris harbour, Turkish Riviera © Mstyslav Chernov - Wikimedia Commons
Marmaris harbour, Turkish Riviera © Mstyslav Chernov - Wikimedia Commons

Marmaris and the resorts along its surrounding coastline have attracted holidaymakers for decades thanks to not only its wonderful summer weather but also its beautiful stretches of turquoise sea and array of things to do.

From water sports and beach clubs to historic ruins and museums for culture vultures, the region is well positioned to serve the needs of everyone, from families to groups and couples.

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Read more: Day trips from Marmaris & Things to do in Marmaris away from the beach

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3. Crete, Greece

  • Flight time from London: 4.5 hours
  • Daily high: 28°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 12
  • Sea temperature: 22°C

Sticking with the eastern Med, Crete, by far the largest of the Greek islands, is another of our June favourites. Iraklion is just as sunny as Cyprus, although perhaps a degree or two cooler.

The seafront at Chania, Crete © Anilah - Fotolia.com
The seafront at Chania, Crete © Anilah - Fotolia.com

There's no chance of rain, but with up to moderate heat and humidity in June, you might find it a touch sticky.

A great way to cool off is with a dip in the sea, and temperatures, while refreshing, are warm enough to enjoy for a break from the baking sun.

The added bonus of choosing Crete in June is that it's ever-so-slightly closer to the UK.

Read more: 11 things to see & do in Crete & Best beaches & bays in Crete

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4. Costa del Sol, Spain

  • Flight time from London: 3 hours
  • Daily high: 26°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 11
  • Sea temperature: 20°C

Sitting closer to home than the Greek islands and likes of Cyprus and Turkey, is the coast of Spain, which is also glorious, if a bit cooler in June. You'll certainly find warm conditions, they just won't be quite as hot as further east.

A good choice is the well-equipped Costa del Sol, aptly named for its lashings of sunshine and comfortable temperatures, plus it's only a short flight away.

Puerto Banus, Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain © Tomas Fano - Flickr Creative Commons
Puerto Banus, Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain © Tomas Fano - Flickr Creative Commons

From Manilva and Marbella to Malaga and Nerja, there's a great selection of resorts to choose from. Temperatures in June are very pleasant, but the sea is still a little chilly for water sports and swimming.

If you don't fancy the beach, June is an excellent month to explore the history of southern Spain and soak up grand Moorish architecture found in the likes of Seville, Cordoba, and Granada.

Head inland to these historic centres, and you'll find it's roughly five degrees warmer than the coast and just as sunny during the day.

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Read more: Your guide to the Costa del Sol & Which Spanish costa is right for you?

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5. Menorca, Spain

  • Flight time from London: 2.5 hours
  • Daily high: 25°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 10
  • Sea temperature: 21°C

The Balearic Islands are fabulous all year round, and by June things are warming up nicely for the summer season in Menorca.

Days are filled with loads of sunshine and only low heat and humidity. Meanwhile, evenings can be cool so pack an extra layer for after dusk.

Cala Macarelleta, Menorca © Morfheos - Flickr Creative Commons
Cala Macarelleta, Menorca © Morfheos - Flickr Creative Commons

Menorca, the second largest island after Majorca, has countless pretty old towns and harbours as well as beautiful beaches with plenty of activities in, on, and away from the water.

On top of things such as boat trips, windsurfing, and kayaking, you can also head inland to go hiking, cycling, or horse riding.

As a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the entire island is both beautiful and protected, teeming with natural wonders.

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Read more: Menorca's hidden coast: best beaches & Top five walking trails in Menorca

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Alternative destinations to visit in June 2020/2021

Not found your dream destination? We have a few more options, which sparkle in June to give you a little more inspiration.

Sticking with Europe, the weather in Capri, Italy merely completes the already pretty perfect picture. The characteristically colourful coastline comes alive during the summer months when, in June, temperatures hit 25°C, there's no less than nine hours of sunshine and only low heat and humidity.

There's a slim possibility of seeing a passing shower but that's very unlikely and certainly won't interfere with your plans. Book a lush suite at one of the swanky clifftop resorts and soak in the sun while gazing over the Neapolitan Riviera. Bliss.

Summer in Rocky Mountain National Park © sschremp - Fotolia.com
Summer in Rocky Mountain National Park © sschremp - Fotolia.com

For a holiday with a difference, consider the US state of Colorado. June is a wonderful time to go as temperatures are reliably high at around 27°C in Denver, up to 10°C cooler in the mountains.

There's also ample sunshine with 10 to 11 hours across the state, yet only low heat and humidity, and thanks in part to areas of high elevation, Colorado never feels too hot or sticky. It's a refreshing change with dramatic landscape and scenery on offer.

While towns such as Aspen and Vail are well known winter favourites for skiers, there's so much to do and see throughout the year. Denver and Colorado Springs offer big city vibes, yet with four national parks, including the Rocky Mountains and Mesa Verde, there's no excuse not to get your walking boots on and hit the trails for some hiking.

If a more exotic beach break is your idea of the perfect holiday in June, the African island of Zanzibar is hard to beat. Days are hot at 29°C with eight hours of sunshine and moderate heat and humidity, which can make it feel even hotter.

The incredibly clear sea is spot on at 27°C, making it a real treat for swimming or other water sports. Evenings also remain warm, rarely falling much below 21°C. Find a glamorous resort with beachside waiter service, and you'll rarely leave your lounger.

View from beach bungalow, Zanzibar © Revaz Ardesher - Flickr Creative Commons
View from beach bungalow, Zanzibar © Revaz Ardesher - Flickr Creative Commons

Finally, Bali is entering a period when it sees some of the finest weather of the year. Conditions are actually very similar to Zanzibar with temperatures reaching 30°C and nine hours of sunshine, however, the high heat and humidity does make it feel that bit hotter.

The sea is equally as inviting at 28°C and night times remain warm at 23°C - idyllic if you're after somewhere in June that's got a real taste of the tropics.

In summary, June is a fantastic month to go on holiday. Many destinations are relatively quiet and there are some great deals to be had.

So whether you fancy lounging by the pool in Turkey, strolling through the dense forest of the Rocky Mountain National Park or delving into the culture and history of southern Spain, we hope you're now armed with all the information to help you confidently decide where to in June for the best weather.

Don't forget to check out our latest collection of travel deals and discounts from big-name providers, while you can read more about where to go on holiday in June 2020 on our weather in June page.

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