The tenth part in a twelve part series on the best places to visit when. July is all about the glamorous coastline and offshore islands of Croatia, sunny days and balmy evenings island hopping in Greece, nesting season in Galapagos and the rivers crossings of the Great Migration in Kenya.
With a glamorous coastline brimming with picturesque towns, secluded bays, lush natural wilderness and beautiful offshore islands, Croatia offers a range of sights and experiences for travellers of all ages and walks of life. The summer months of July and August are the ideal time to head to Croatia for a sailing holiday, with blissfully hot days – perfect for taking in the sights at each port of call, and ideal water temperatures for swimming, snorkelling and trying out some fun water sports.
Ideal for sun worshipers, the Greek Islands are blessed with a typical Mediterranean climate of long, hot summers, which reach their peak in July and August with sunny days and balmy evenings. Turkey’s close proximity to Greece makes it the perfect starting point for a languid cruise around the stunning Dodecanese Islands. From Bodrum, why not spend a week island hopping in Greece this July, visiting a different port of call each day, taking in the historic islands of Rhodes, sun-kissed Kos and picturesque Symi.
Boasting an incredible array of unique species from the blue-footed booby to the marine iguana, the Galapagos Islands are a true nature lovers’ paradise. Located some 1000 kilometres off the coast of Ecuador, these volcanic islands are best explored by boat, hopping from island to island. July marks the start of the dry season when temperatures are warm and many of the islands’ birdlife preparing for mating season. See blue-footed boobies, waved albatross, frigate birds and penguins preparing their nests, while the sea lion mating season has already begun.
From July through August the Wildebeest migration heads east to the Masai Mara in Kenya, making this an excellent time to witness the river crossings. Perhaps one of the most spectacular sights of the Great Migration, herds cross the Mara River in their throngs, battling the currents and lurking crocodiles. After crossing the river hundreds of wildebeest disperse across the plains, creating a truly incredible sight.
Stay tuned for the best places to visit in August.