Touch down in Croatia in July and you’ll be greeted by toasty temperatures, long days and balmy evenings. The terracotta-roofed, UNESCO-accredited city of Dubrovnik is an especially good choice at this time of year. First of all, July’s the driest and sunniest month that this place has all year, so there’s no better time to book a break here. Plus, there’s lots to do. The city’s famous Summer Festival kicks off at the beginning of July, and runs throughout the month. Expect plenty of free dance and music performances in the city’s cobbled lanes as part of the festival’s packed programme. And, with sea temperatures hovering around the 24°C mark, watersports should definitely be on your to-do list. Copacabana Beach offers the works, from banana boating to jet-skiing. If you want to spend your generous 15 sunshine hours on the beach, staying at Hotel Komodor puts you in a prime position. It’s just a five-minute stroll to Dubrovnik’s biggest sandy swathe, Uvala Lapad beach.
Average temperature: 25°C
Average rainfall: 26mm
Average sunshine hours: 15 hours
If your main holiday aim is to escape the rain, then this place is for you. It boasts an average of 0mm of rain in July (yep, you read correct that’s zero) so you can safely leave your raincoat at home. Plus, temperatures can reach highs of 27°C. In fact, the island’s highest ever temperature – a scorching 43°C – was recorded in July. Granted, that was back in 1975, but we reckon it’s about time for a repeat performance. Fuerteventura might be a popular summer holiday destination, but thanks to its impressive total of 150 beaches, you’re sure to find a peaceful spot of sand if you’re looking to escape the crowds. Plus, if you head inland, Instagram-worthy landscapes dotted with volcanoes are on the cards. If you want the best of both worlds, a heady combination of mountain and beach is served up with stays in Jandia. This place is fringed by a 32-kilometre ribbon of white sand – which is pretty rare for the Canary Islands – and it’s all backed up by Pico de la Zarza, the island’s tallest mountain. Stay at the TUI SENSIMAR Calypso and you’ll be in the thick of it.
Average temperature: 24°C
Average rainfall: 0mm
Average sunshine hours: 10 hours
Bulgaria’s pretty new to the summer scene, but it’s got plenty to offer. Sunny Beach is the Black Sea Coast’s most well-established destination. In fact, this place was built just for holidaymakers. So, you’ll find plenty of restaurants and a buzzing nightlife scene, all rounded off by an eight-kilometre, powder-soft beach. Equally, you’re well within reach of culture-vulture must-visits like Nessebar. Thanks to its big-name historical legacy, including the Greeks, Romans and Thracians, this town’s earned the UNESCO seal of approval. Head out on our Nessebar Discovery excursion to see it for yourself. If nightlife’s high on your holiday hitlist, and you’re looking to take advantage of July’s long sunshine hours to get your party on, a stay at Scene’s Hotel Palazzo is your best bet. This place’s pièce de résistance is its around-the-clock bar. Or, if it’s a family holiday you’re searching for, opt to base yourself at TUI FAMILY LIFE Nevis Resort. In terms of activities, the whole crew’s covered here – there’s plenty of choice for all ages on the line-up.
Average temperature: 23°C
Average rainfall: 37mm
Average sunshine hours: 11 hours
This cluster of 10 islands is another hidden holiday gem, making it an ideal July break destination. It floats around 500 kilometres west of Africa, and it’s got the climate to prove it. If you’re after a chilled-out beach break, sand-smothered Boa Vista definitely fits the bill. This place drifts on the eastern edge of the group of islands. Blue Flag beaches are the norm here – the footstep-free 18-kilometre Santa Monica Beach is a highlight, it certainly measures up to its Californian counterpart. Plus, you can mix up your sun-worshipping venue and get out onto the water with our Chill Out Sail excursion. There’s plenty of space to lie back and soak up some rays on the sleek catamaran’s decks. Hotel-wise, opt to stick with the island’s sandy theme with a stay at the ClubHotel Riu Karamboa. This place is pretty palatial – it looks like it’s been moulded out of the sand itself, and accessorised with ornate domed roofs in shades of blue.
Average temperature: 27°C
Average rainfall: 13mm
Average sunshine hours: 7 hours
Its reputation for ice-cream alone makes Italy ideal for a sizzling July holiday. Sorrento comes up trumps with a blend of quaint cobbled streets, picture-perfect sea views and historical hotspots. Sandy beaches aren’t this place’s style, instead, you can spend your days on sun-drenched bathing platforms nestled beneath rugged cliffs. And, when the sun finally starts to set, head up to the clifftops for the best views. Or, if you want to get out and about, you’ve got long days to explore nearby world-famous sites like Pompeii and Herculaneum, too. Alternatively, you can try a tipple on our Mount Vesuvius wine tasting tour. You’ll kick things off with a 4x4 trip up the mountain’s slopes before you visit the vines. For top-notch views of Vesuvius, stay at the Grand Hotel Flora. Its big pool’s perfect for cooling off in the heat, too.
Average temperature: 24°C
Average rainfall: 25mm
Average sunshine hours: 10 hours
Get a taste of traditional Dubrovnik at Hotel Komodor. This place is one of the area’s oldest hotels, and it’s got the character to prove it, as well as all the essentials, including a big freshwater pool.
The adults-only brushes shoulders with Playa de Jandia beach, guaranteeing stellar sea views and easy access to the sand.
Our new TUI FAMILY LIFE Nevis Resort hotel in Bulgaria has big family-sized suites, a splash zone for little ones and a spa for mum and dad.
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