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Albania

Sun, sea, sand, Albania. Yes, you heard it right. Home to some of the Mediterranean’s most pristine and unadulterated beaches, June is the time to visit the southeastern European country to see it in all its glory. Like Croatia 20 years ago, we’ve earmarked it as an emerging summer holiday destination.

Berlin, Germany

You’ll find relaxed vibes year round in the capital of cool, but it’s in the summer months that Berlin really comes to life. Locals flock to the parks, beer gardens, markets and outdoor spaces, with techno parties under the stars driving even the most loyal Berghain-goers outside.

Armenia 

Although you may struggle to locate Armenia on a map (it’s bordered by Turkey and Georgia), this ancient country is ripe for exploration, attracting curious travellers with its complex history, diverse landscapes and welcoming people. With influences from Arabia to Iran and Mongolia, the cuisine is also unlike anywhere else.

Pantelleria, Italy

Move over, Sicily; the volcanic islet of Pantelleria with its rolling hills, secluded beaches and design-led hotels easily rivals the charms of Italy’s largest island. The only things to do are sunbathe, swim, eat, explore – repeat. We’re secretly hoping that the world doesn’t find out about this island escape.

Paris, France

Paris is always a good idea, but what better way to experience it than spending balmy days strolling the city’s pretty streets followed by long, lazy evenings setting the world to rights over a vat of house red and cheese or checking out the capital’s bar scene?Alternatively, escape the city to one of these countryside getaways.

Mongolia

Bordered by Russia and China, Mongolia is not as touched by tourism as other southeast Asian countries, making it a fantastic option for those in search of truly experiential travel. Known for its nomadic culture and endless landscapes, you will feel very small and very far away from home – in the best way possible.

Namibia, Africa

June marks the beginning of prime wildlife-spotting season in Namibia – but we wouldn’t blame you if you just went for the stargazing, meant to be some of the best in the world. The majestic dunes and sprawling desert plains set the country apart from more traditional safari destinations like Kenya, while you’ll also find fewer tourists.

Iceland

You may associate Iceland with snowy plains, but summers here are relatively mild. With almost 24 hours of sunlight, you can pack in as many outdoor activities as you like – for the brave, there’s even surfing. Reykjavik has a young, fun vibe, while the nearby Blue Lagoon may be touristy but perfect place to soothe tired limbs.

Yosemite National Park, California

Found within California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, Yosemite is famed for its dramatic waterfalls, best seen at this time of year when they’re in full flow but the weather is warm. There will still be snow at higher points, creating a varied landscape for an adventure-filled trip.

Greek Islands

Mykonos, Corfu and Santorini in the summer are inevitably overflowing with sun-worshippers. Rally the troops and avoid the hordes by renting a boat and heading to one of the lesser-known of the Greek islands. A Grecian getaway is all about the simple life: seafood, sun and plenty of retsina.

Amalfi Coast, Italy

A visit to the Amalfi Coast will make you feel like you’ve been transported into a Slim Aarons photograph. In June, the weather is beautiful and the hotel prices are still fairly reasonable because it’s just before peak season. A place of timeless romance (also offering the chance to gorge on Italian cuisine), gorgeous Ravello beats Positano in our books.

Tallinn, Estonia

The capital of Estonia is the country’s cultural hub and a fantastic budget destination. Medieval houses, intricate gothic churches and winding cobblestone streets are given contemporary edge by towering skyscrapers and an emerging restaurant scene.

New York, US

Is there ever a bad time to visit the city that never sleeps? Whether it’s lazy outdoor brunches in Brooklyn, staying at design-led hotels with superb roof top bars or strolling through Central Park – besides Christmas, the summer months promise the most magical time.

Pelion, Greece

A brand-new direct EasyJet flight from London to Volos (just an hour’s drive from Pelion) makes June the ideal time to explore this adventurer’s playground that is still under the radar. Venture inland from the crystalline coastline and you’ll find yourself in a little-known fairytale setting of whitewashed houses clinging to the emerald-green flanks of Pelion Mountain and lush pine forests enclosing secret waterfalls.

Sperlonga, Italy

The pocket-sized wonderland of Sperlonga teeters atop a cliff overlooking the cerulean waves of the Tyrrhenian Sea, making for Amalfi-like vistas without the crowds. A long-standing celebrity retreat that’s kept hush-hush, it’s our favourite spot for chilling out at a tranquil beach club with an Aperol spritz in hand.

What’s happening in the world in June?

14-15 June: Eid al-Adha

14-16 June: Sonar Festival, Barcelona, Spain

21 June: Stonehenge Summer Solstice Festival, Wiltshire, England

23-24 June: San Francisco Pride, California

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