Summer begins here: Where to go in June

Written by  larapiegeler

The water's still ice cold now in the Northern Hemisphere but the presence of sunshine is becoming noticeably more predictable, so this is the moment to take advantage of Europe's high-profile summer destinations before family holiday season swamps them.

Take a sailing tour and explore ancient history in the Greek islands, drive Southern Italy's twisting coastal roads with the wind in your hair or simply spend a few days in a cultural hub such as Florence, Paris or Seville, watching the Summer emerge from your pavement café vantage point. Celebrate its arrival by visiting Verona during the romantic opera season, or Prague for its colourful Roma Festival and the cobbled streets of its wonderful Old Town.

It's still rather brisk in Finland, but you might nevertheless be tempted there for the Midnight Sun Film Festival and walks in the woods as they come back to life – or if that's not cold enough for you, then June is the ideal month for a first trip above the Arctic Circle, when winter is easing off but there's still enough snow for dog sledding.

Not to be outdone in the sunshine stakes, the UK is packing its woollies away now (– but not its umbrellas): Glastonbury Festival, Glyndebourne, and the Summer Solstice party at Stonehenge are fast approaching, and Wimbledon will be upon us before you know it.

Outdoor types should start their fishing, hiking, rafting and camping trips to Canada about now - it's not a busy time for tourists yet but the local festivals are beginning to start up – and the weather is perfect for riding in the footsteps of Billy the Kid in the American Midwest.

Wet season is just about over in South America so this is the perfect time to explore ancient Inca cities, as well as modern ones such as Rio and Salvador, since it's time for the Boi Bumba festival all across Brazil.

Avoiding India's monsoon season is widely regarded as a sensible option, but if you are determined to brave the waterlogged streets and mosquitoes to experience the moment it breaks, then go to Puri and stay for Rath Yatra, too.

It's dry and cool (ish) in Africa, though, so it's a fantastic time for game viewing in parts such as Botswana or Zambia: roads are more accessible and the animals crowd around known water sources.

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