Where to travel in June and what you need to know
No more bank holidays until August; no problem. June promises warm(ish) weather and the last month of the summer before the schools have officially broken up. So for those looking for romantic escapes minus the dive bombing in the swimming pool (unless that’s your thing obviously) or anyone simply taking full advantage of the more cost effective flights outside the official holiday season, here are our top picks of where to travel in June and what you need to know…
Pomadas and pony rides
The Balearics are coming into their own at this time of the year and Mallorca’s less touristy little sister, Menorca, has (almost) guaranteed good weather whilst remaining blissfully peaceful. Small but perfectly formed, the island is all about unspoiled beaches, coastal walks, sea swims and Pomadas at sundown (that’s a combination of the island’s own Xoriga gin and lemonade). Go horseback riding on a path that goes all the way around the island to really take in the natural landscapes. The island responsible for the invention of mayonnaise also serves superb food, so make sure to dine out as much as your wallet will allow, personally we’re fans of Cap Roig on a clifftop outside Mahon.
What you need to know: If you’re looking for a night out to remember, head to the Cova D’en Xoroi, set into caves in the cliff face. Don’t be put off if there happens to be one of the island’s electric thunderstorms in progress either. Instead, make sure you have a camera to capture the fork lightning over the ocean and the bats flying overhead.
The land of the fairies
Conde Nast Traveller suggests Cappadocia in Turkey, describing it as “a fantasy landscape of famed fairy chimneys, cave dwellings and underground cities’. What’s not to love? Hot air balloon, hike and go horseback riding (we’ve got you covered for adventure sports), maybe even stay in a sustainable lodge or a cave hotel while you’re there.
What you need to know: Always carry cash. Credit cards are widely accepted in major cities but many smaller towns, local restaurants and cafes will want cash. You’ll also need to carry change for taxi fares, tips for waiters and public bathrooms.
Cheese, cherries and architecture
Eat Gruyere and sip kirsch by the Rhine in the Swiss town of Basel. Surrounded by architectural masterpieces by the likes of Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid and Tadao Ando, this haven of art, architecture and sculpture is the location of the world-famous fair ART Basel. To top off the ultimate in refined experiences, they really know how to do their Michelin star food.
What you need to know: Take comfy shoes and get to know the city on foot. Not-for-profit organisation Free Walk Basel runs a number of insightful by-foot tours across the city taking in everything from freshly minted craft breweries to galleries showcasing emerging artists. By the end, you will win every round of Trivial Pursuit relating to Swiss architectural history.
Swimming with the fishes
Australia is usually the place to go in the British winter, but in June Ningaloo Reef is one of the world’s best places to swim with whale sharks minus the cage. Some of the most amazing dive sites are just a few hundred metres off the beach. If you’re not a fan of being in the water, you can also take a low altitude flight over the reef, and by night enjoy live music al fresco as well as late night art shows.
What you need to know: However you choose to take it in, the reef is an opportunity for epic photos, so make sure you take the right gadgets with you. It’s definitely the perfect place for a GoPro - just saying.
Street food and scooters
Zoom around like a local on a brightly coloured scooter, drink beer and sip coffee by the sea in Copenhagen. Then make sure you’re in the town square in time to join the after work crowd for the Danish version of happy hour followed by sustainable, organic street food from Reffen, Copenhagen’s food market.
What you need to know: You probably don’t need us to tell you that Copenhagen is the most bicycle friendly city in the world. So take the opportunity to rent a bike - you can even take it on public transport for longer journeys.