Looking for an early summer getaway? Here is a list of stunning destinations that promise to make your summer solstice a true midsummers night dream.
The Spanish island, with its stretches of white sandy beaches and average temperatures of 28°, offers the perfect weekend escape. For any time leftover not spent at beach, the botanical garden, Palmitos Park, has a butterfly house and an aquarium with dolphins.
Where better to have your first ice cream of the summer than in Italy. Florence is the perfect destination with cultural sites such as the Uffizi Gallery and the iconic Cathédrale Santa Maria del Fiore. What's more, June 24th is the feast of St. John, when the city celebrates their Patron Saint. The day features parades and a Florentine soccer match, a medieval sport more similar to American football than European soccer. The day concludes with a spectacular fireworks display in the evening, the fuochi di San Giovanni , or the fireworks of St .John.
For the hikers and nature lovers, we recommend heading to the tranquil region of Cumbria. Before it gets too hot in later months of July and August, climb the highest mountain in England in the Lake District National Park. The breathtaking view from Scarfell Pike has inspired poets and writers from Wordsworth to Wainwrite - it's truly an experience not to be missed.
It's no longer monsoon season so expect blue skies in Indonesia this month. There are ancient monuments as well as Hindu temples to discover, and of course with temperatures of an average 28°, a trip to the beach is a must.
As a celebrated artistic hub, Berlin is a fantastic destination for culture lovers all year round. This month in particular is perfect for a trip since the city will be immersed in the annual
carnival of cultures. The four day event, which begins on June 2nd, celebrates diversity with street parades, music and dance.
Budapest is renowned for its local craft beer and what better time to try it than at a beer festival? From June 15th until June 18th you will be able to sample over 50 types of craft beer at a festival that takes place in Szabadság Square. But, if that's not quite your style there's also the
Budapest Summer Festivalwhich starts on June 9th and runs until August. The festival opens with a performance by the Hungarian Philharmonic Orchestra, and what follows is a rich and diverse programe filled concerts, opera, and dance and theatre performances.
New York City
In June the U.S metropolis is for the first time hosting an official
New York Music month. There are free concerts and walking tours around the city. Home to a range of composers and artists from Steve Reich to Jay-Z, it guarantees to be unmissable experience for any music lover.
There is always something new to discover in Columbia's second largest city . During the day you can stay in the city where there are plenty of museums to wander around, or escape the busy metropolis and explore national parks like the Parque Arvi. Then in the evening, there are a always a multitude of bars and clubs from regular favourites to hidden gems.
June is the perfect time to visit Norway, especially for those on a budget. There are free guided tours of the Parliament this month and June 3rd is the country's national music day with free concerts taking places on over 30 outdoor stages.
Avoid the hectic chaos of July and August and head to the Spanish capital for a June holiday. The Gaviria palace is set to reopen this month, after being closed for several years, with an exhibition by Dutch surrealist Maurits Cornelis Escher, whose work has influenced mathematicians and scientists across the globe. The exhibition will run until June 25th.
The sun never sets over Russia's culture capital during this time of year. Spend those extra long midsummer evenings relaxing in the resplendent Mikhailovsky Garden which is situated just next to one of Russia's most famous landmarks: the cathedral of the resurrection of Christ.
Since many places are closed over August, as business owners go on holiday, now is the best time to visit the bustling city. On June 12th the Portuguese capital celebrates its patron saint. The Festas Lisboa is one of the main events of the year so be sure to expect street parties and parades galore.
If drinking fine wine while soaking up the culture in a world heritage site sounds right up your street, make this region in southern France your next stop. Bordeaux hosts the Fête le Fleuve each year at the start of June. The 10th anniversary this year will include fireworks, concerts and, in accordance with tradition, will culminate with a mass swim in the Garonne river.
Clear, warm waters and temperatures of an average 29° this holiday destination is ideal for anyone wanting to do a bit of snorkeling or water sports like kayaking or white water rafting. Alternatively, wander the lush, tropical forests or for the more adventurous, hike up Mount Kinabalu.