Where to go on holiday in July
Culture lovers keen to explore the ancient and modern history of South Korea will find July an excellent time to visit, when temperatures are in the mid-20s but a refreshing breeze provides some respite from the humidity. This is a good time to head to the Balearic Islands for long days on the beach, browsing the boutiques of Ibiza Town’s old quarter or long lunches in a Menorcan hilltop town, which can be enjoyed with guaranteed sunshine and very little chance of rain. Head to the east coast of Sri Lanka to relax under shady palm trees and enjoy excellent swimming conditions compared with the monsoon season in its western parts. Start creating your dream summer holiday with our travel experts today.
From the chic pebble beaches and sandstone villages of Mallorca to the bohemian beach clubs of Ibiza, holidays to the Balearics are all about sandy toes, yacht trips at sunset and warm village vibes. For guaranteed sunshine with very little chance of rain and temperatures in the mid- to high 20s, July is the best time to head to this Spanish archipelago. It might be peak season but the humidity levels are lower than in August.
In July, Namibia is the ideal time for nature lovers to head out on safari in search of this relatively untouched country’s diverse wildlife. Bang in the middle of the dry season, animals here are attracted to the water holes, creating particularly prolific wildlife viewing. Rainfall is at its lowest and temperatures are mild during the day. Elsewhere, other highlights include the spectacular Dead Vlei – a forest frozen in time, and the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei.
July is an excellent time to explore Malaysia’s tranquil beaches. Expect plenty of sunshine along the rugged sands of the unspoilt East Coast, where warm days reach highs of 30°C and afternoon showers are likely but short and sharp. Calm waters at this time of year mean high visibility; Tioman Island and Tenggol Island are excellent snorkelling spots where sightings of sea turtles, reef sharks, humphead parrotfish and eagle rays are not uncommon.
Home to lush, serpentine jungle hills, over 400 beaches (which play host to some of the world’s best surf competitions) and Volcanoes National Park, holidays to Hawaii are the stuff of dreams and July is an excellent time to enjoy them. The weather is usually in the mid- to high 20s, tempered with a refreshing breeze; with 11 hours of sunshine per day there’s plenty of time to relax by the beach with a cocktail or take a dip in the wonderfully warm waters. Evenings are also balmy.
Sri Lanka - East Coast
In July, the monsoon is still affecting resorts to the west such as Negombo, Bentota and Weligama but the beautiful East Coast is warm and sunny, so it’s a good time to hit the beaches with perfect conditions for swimming. There are lots of religious festivals that take place throughout the summer months including the Hindu festival of Vel, and Esala Perahera, also known as the Festival of the Tooth, which falls in either July or August.
South Korea shares many similarities with neighbouring Japan when it comes to its 10 World Heritage Sites and a climate that creates beautiful colours in the spring and autumn. It’s a joy to explore for travellers with a keen interest in both ancient and modern history, culture and mouth-watering cuisine, and is best visited in July when summer arrives and highs of 27°C can be expected. Though there’s a chance of rainfall, the breeze provides a refreshing break from the humidity.