Summer is all about that languid pace of life. Stretching out under the warmth of the sun, lingering under the stars late into the night, strolling along coastal stretches with the sea breeze on your face…
July delivers this and so much more when you head away on holiday to a beach destination. This summer month is all about scorching temperatures, bustling resorts and good times. The only thing you need to think about is where to go in July. Europe’s not short on serene seaside destinations, with a tranquil collection of coastal resorts packed into the continent.
Discover where to go on holiday in July with our pick of sizzling destinations.
Yes Ibiza is the nightclub capital of the world, where bouncing hotspots thrum with life, but this Balearic destination also delivers idyllic island life. Sleepy whitewashed hamlets, half-moon bays in eye-popping shades of aquamarine, coastline flush with pine forest… ah yes, you can enjoy all this during a trip to the White Isle in July.
Blessed with oodles of sunshine, Ibiza flourishes in temperatures of 29°C – perfect if you’re something of a sun worshipper. During the evening, the mellow attitude gives way to heady vibes in the superclubs that’ve put Ibiza on the global map.
Events in Ibiza in July
- Stormzy presents #MERKY Festival, 1-2 July
- Hedkandi Ibiza 20th Anniversary, 20 July
- BIG by David Guetta, 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 July
Experience joie de vivre with a trip to quaint Provence in July – a go-slow pace of life is part and parcel here. Visit charming villages, such as hilltop Gordes, for lazy lunches with a glass of Provençal rosé, then head to the nearby lavender fields that exude a heavenly scent and look pretty as a picture at this time of year.
Avignon is another must-see, a stunning medieval city teeming with historic wonders, including the epic Palais des Papes. Dreaming of the beach? Provence extends all the way to the glittering Med, with quaint seaside towns such as Cassis to get your sunshine fix.
Events in Provence in July
- Festival d'Avignon, 4-23 July
- Bastille Day, 14 July
- Valensole Lavender Festival, 21 July
This Croatian gem strikes a chord with all that visit. History is woven deep into its core, with ancient defence walls guarding the treasures that lie within its tight-knit Old Town. Unravel the heritage of Dubrovnik by following the city’s battlements, passing by 15th century towers along the way. Don’t miss Rector’s Palace, a Renaissance wonder that’s home to classical musical recitals during July.
But history isn’t the only draw here. Dubrovnik’s position on the Adriatic makes it perfect for a beach break, too. Pebbly Banje Beach is a stone’s throw from the Old Town, while forested Lokrum Island has serene swim spots galore.
Events in Dubrovnik in July
- Midsummer Scene, 1-5 July
- Dubrovnik International Opera Festival, 1-5 July
- Dubrovnik Summer Festival, 10-31 July
Translating as ‘Golden Coast’, the Costa Dorada is renowned for the string of gorgeous sandy beaches set along its 150-mile stretch. If you’re dreaming of being horizontal on a sun lounger with your head in a book, this is the place to do it. With more than 80 Blue Flag beaches, you’ll never be stuck when it comes to beach days.
Tarragona is the place to go for a culture fix, too. Roman ruins are strewn throughout this port city, including an amphitheatre dating back to the 2nd century. Salou meanwhile is the nightlife hub of this slice of coast, where you can sip cocktails by the sea and watch the sun set.
Events in Costa Dorada in July
- La Pineda Platja Summer Activities, 1-31 July
- International Fireworks Contest, Tarragona, 4-7 July
- Cambrils International Music Festival, 25-31 July
Lounge in the summer sunshine in Larnaca. This Cypriot city is nestled along the island’s south coast, with sleepy villages to the west and vibrant resorts to the east. Unspoilt beaches are peppered along the shoreline here, so you can easily find you favourite, flop down and unwind to the sound of the lapping Mediterranean.
While Larnaca’s waterfront is a hive of activity, there are plenty of ancient sights to discover in this area. Explore the Amathus Ruins, tick off Kolossi Castle and venture through the Venetian walls of Nicosia.
Events in Larnaca in July
- Larnaca Summer Festival, July
- Beach Handball Tournament, 26-27 July
Greek dreams are made in Chania. Dappled with Venetian architecture, this dreamy port city seduces visitors with its pretty waterfront and warren of historic alleyways. During summer, diners spill out from atmospheric tavernas onto the table-topped harbourside to feast on fresh seafood with a sunset view.
July’s 30°C temperatures in Crete mean lazy days on the beach – and there are plenty to choose from in the Chania area. Soft sandy Koum Kapi Beach is an easy-to-reach favourite, while Elafonisi on the south-west coast is a must-see with its turquoise lagoon and pinkish sands.
Events in Chania in July
- Naval Week, July
- Vouves Wine Festival, 30-31 July
Posted: 1st May 2019.