The best places to go on holiday in July
The sun is shining, the weather is sweet, and as schools break for summer the children are coming out to play. There are a number of destinations both short and long haul that are perfect for a family holiday in July, with the African safari season entering into its prime season, and beach destinations in full summer mode, as cafes spill onto promenades and beach bars bounce to life.
July is peak season for a safari holiday in Tanzania, and with good reason. It’s dry season and the Big Five are flocking to the waterholes in the Ngorongoro Crater, generating optimum wildlife spotting opportunities. Meanwhile, in the Serengeti, the thousand-strong herds of wildebeest are passing through, grazing on the grassy plains of this iconic safari wilderness. Before heading home, why not hop over to the sumptuous beaches of Zanzibar to complete the ultimate safari and beach holiday?
If you really want to make the most of the long, summer days, head north to Norway, where the sun rarely sets. The splendid countryside is a glorious concoction of mountains, fjords, and beautiful islands, which are perhaps best explored via a scenic cruise through the dramatic deep-cut gorges of this picturesque landscape. You’ll find the locals out barbecuing in the parks by day, marvelling at beachside bonfires by night, and soaking up the summer spirit at the many festivals and concerts that take place up and down the country across the summer months.
If it’s an adventure holiday in the great outdoors that you’re after, look no further than the Canadian Rockies in the summer. The truly remarkable scenery of this off-the-beaten-track wilderness encompasses dazzling azure lakes and thick, forested mountainsides, where bears roam free and remote lodges sit isolated in an otherwise uninhabited environment.
There are trekking and mountain options aplenty in Alberta's expansive national parks, or alternatively enjoy the vistas in comfort and hop aboard the spectacular Rocky Mountaineer, considered one of the world’s most scenic train journeys.
It doesn’t get much better than Indonesia for a dreamy beach holiday. The thousands of islands that make up this watery paradise are awash with luxury retreats and romantic hideaways that enjoy blissful sunshine and balmy temperatures at this time of year. Discover the virgin powder white beaches of the Indonesian Islands, find your inner zen at Bali’s sacred temples, or hang out with the orangutans in the UNESCO protected rainforests of Sumatra: a haven for wildlife enthusiasts.
You need long, bright days to make the most of Iceland’s magnificent scenery and geothermal wonders, and thankfully, in July, there are plenty of them. Take the classic route starting in Reykjavik, where you can peruse the colourful buildings and vibrant culinary scene of this peaceful capital city, then head out into the wilderness to witness the dazzling fjords and stratovolcanoes of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, the thundering falls and black beaches of South Iceland and the coast, or the remarkable geological wonders in the far north.
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