10 of the best travel destinations for June

June is, undoubtedly, one of the best times of the year to go on holiday. Why? Well, the start of summer in the northern hemisphere brings warmer temperatures without the hordes of tourists.

Not only that, but as it is not yet peak season, prices are often cheaper, meaning June offers the perfect opportunity for a luxury city break or a longer, more indulgent, vacation. Below are 10 of the best destinations to head to in June, from across the Irish Sea and the Atlantic.

Banff National Park, Canada

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Thanks to the picture perfect Lake Louise, Banff National Park is one of the most Instagrammed spots in Canada. The brilliant azure waters of Lake Louise, a hamlet located in Banff National Park, contrasts with lush green pine forests and snow-capped mountains to create a stunning vista.

Summer is the best time to head to Banff National Park; June means warmer weather (highs hover around 14C) but sees less tourists than the peak summer months of July and August. While there, experience the famous Rocky Mountains which are stretched across Banff and neighbouring national park, Jasper, and look out for moose, wolves and bears while hiking through one of the world’s most glorious protected landscapes.

Naxos, Greece

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June is prime time to visit Greece as warm temperatures have set in but the islands are still mainly made up of locals. Naxos, the largest of the Cyclades, offers an abundance of heavenly beaches, turquoise seas and picture-perfect cobbled alleys.

Make sure you try the local olives and figs while there – the land on Naxos is more fertile than others in the Cyclades – and spend a day island-hopping around the smaller Cyclades like Pano Koufonisi (known for its stunning beaches) or lesser-known Donousa for a unique day out.

Connemara, Ireland

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Oscar Wilde described Connemara perfectly when he called it ‘A Savage Beauty’. The western district of Ireland is fringed by one of the world’s must-do road trips, the Wild Atlantic Way[1] , and is known for the rugged landscapes of Connemara National Park, narrow roads where sheep wander freely and a heavy concentration of gorgeous lochs. Summer is when you can expect some of the best weather in Connemara, and is the perfect time to explore the Twelve Bens mountain range, with a network of hiking and mountain biking trails to choose from.

Connemara is also home to luxury hotels like The Lodge at Ashford CastleBallynahinch Castle[3] , both ideal bases to explore the magic of the area.

Bazaruto National Park, Mozambique

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June often calls for a beachy getaway and there may be no prettier waters than the Bazaruto Archipelago. Located in Mozambique, the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean that surround the islands are home to 2,000 types of colourful fish, which make diving and snorkelling a dream. The five main islands that make up the archipelago are protected and, as well as tropical fish, are home to pink flamingos and fish eagles, amongst other dazzling birds, along with Nile crocodiles and dolphins.

A paradise for any animal lover.

The Amazon Rainforest

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Home to some of the last unexplored areas on earth, the Amazon covers over 5.5 million square kilometres and contains some 427 species of mammals, 1,300 types of birds, 378 kinds of reptiles and more than 400 species of amphibians. The 7,000-kilometre river runs through Brazil, Colombia and Peru meaning the rainforest is accessible from all three countries, with Colombia and Peru offering a better chance of seeing colourful wildlife. In June, the river starts to go down which means there is better access to trails, fewer mosquitoes and less chance of rain.

Yerevan, Armenia

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For balmy evenings, head somewhere different this summer and take a trip to Armenia.

The capital, Yerevan, basks in 30C temperatures in June and the streets are lined with teahouses and wine bars frequented by locals enjoying the sunshine. Expect Soviet-era architecture, especially in the central Republic Square, and soak up some culture in the Matenadaran library, which houses thousands of ancient Greek and Armenian manuscripts. Inside the History Museum of Armenia, you can also find objects that date back as far as 3500 B.C.

Nyungwe Forest National Park, Rwanda

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June marks the start of the long dry season in Rwanda, but remains quiet before the peak tourist season of July and August.

This makes June the ideal time to take one of life’s bucket list trips – a visit to Nyungwe Forest National Park to go chimpanzee trekking to see one of the 13 species of primates that inhabit the forest. Not only that, but no less than 75 others species of mammals, 275 types of birds and 120 species of butterflies also inhabit Rwanda’s famed forest. It’s a bucket list trip for a reason.

Sardinia, Italy

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Sardinia has been a beloved holiday destination[4] for decades – and for good reason.

Here, you’ll find some of the dreamiest beaches in Europe, complete with white sand and Maldives-level emerald waters alongside country lanes and Bronze Age towers. June is one of the best times to visit as the Italian island offers clear skies, guaranteed sunshine and warm days. When you’re not lying on a beach, go for a hike, walk a coastal path to a hidden bay or go diving to see Roman ruins.

Sweden’s archipelagos

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If you thought island life was restricted to countries bordering the equator, think again.

One of our Nordic neighbours, Sweden, is surrounded by thousands of islands which offer a different kind of summer island break. Of these, the most popular are the Stockholm archipelago and the West Sweden/Gothenburg archipelago but there are a number of other archipelagos found north near Sweden’s Lapland too. Our pick would be a visit to Sandon, one of Stockholm’s archipelagos, where you’ll find the colourful and quaint village of Sandhamn.

The perfect place for an active holiday, in Sandon you can go swimming, kayaking, scuba diving and biking, or simply enjoy one of the stunning coastal paths.

Budva, Montenegro

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Budva is the perfect Montenegrin base as you can explore nearby beaches for relaxing days and the mountain of Lovcen for stunning, little explored pathways.

In Budva, make sure you visit to the romantic Old Town before stopping by one of the buzzing bars dotted across the cityscape.

In June, temperatures hover around 28C, making it perfect beach weather and ideal for balmy Balkan evenings.

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