Where to Travel in June 2023
Where to go on holiday in June
Whatever you're after, be it a cultural week away, island hopping adventure, beach break or an exciting safari, June offers a bounty of opportunities. Sail along the coast of Croatia, explore the cities of Eastern Europe or discover the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru.
It's the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, so perfect for outdoor adventures, while in the Southern Hemisphere, and Africa in particular, the start of the dry season means it's the perfect time for a safari.
To help you plan your June 2023 holiday, we've put together our pick of top destinations for the month. Offering unique experiences at this time of year, as well as the best holiday and wildlife destinations, along with our choice of tours to make the most of June.
Best Festivals and Events in June
The official start month of summer in the north of the world, June is a month to enjoy outdoor music and cultural festivals. While in the Southern Hemisphere, the winter solstice marks the end of the harvest season and many cultures celebrate with ancient rituals.
National Day of Iceland
Where? Reykjavik, Iceland
One of Iceland’s most popular summer events, National Day commemorates when Iceland gained independence from Denmark in 1944. Celebrations take place in the centre of Reykjavik on June 17th every year. Kicking off at 10am and running until late, the festivities include something for everyone with street theatre, live music, a colourful parade and more.
Where? Cusco, Peru
The second biggest celebration in South America after Rio’s Carnival, Inti Raymi attracts thousands of visitors to Cusco every year. Celebrated on June 24th, the Southern Hemisphere’s winter solstice, Inti Raymi is the Inca Festival of the Sun. Originally a tribute to the Inca Sun God Inti, the modern-day re-enactment retains its ancient former glory.
Where? Cappadocia, Turkey
Set in the extraordinary lunar landscape of Cappadocia, Cappadox draws visitors from all over the world. The festival is a cultural feast of live music, contemporary art, gastronomy events, outdoor activities and well-being sessions. Create your own program of activities and enjoy the backdrop of colourful hot air balloons floating across the sky.
Where? Essaouira, Morocco
Each year the Moroccan port city of Essaouira moves to the beats of the Gnaoua World Music Festival. Although deeply rooted in traditional local rhythms, the line-up features jazz, soul, blues and funk from all over the world. A vibrant musical and cultural experience, the festivals fills the city’s squares, streets and performance venues with sound.
Best Beach Destinations in June
Summer has arrived in the northern hemisphere so it's the place to be when it comes to a sunny beach holiday. Resorts across the Mediterranean are hitting their peak season and the east coast of Africa also offers ideal weather for a beach break. Here are our recommendations for where to go in June if you're after sun, sea, and sand.
The sailing season is well underway in June and a cruise around the coast of Croatia is the best way to explore the many stunning islands of the Adriatic. From the gorgeous walled city of Dubrovnik or the captivating city of Split on the coast, there's a range of cruising routes stopping at islands such as Hvar, Mljet and Brac, with plenty of time to swim in the crystal waters and relax on the beach.
June marks the arrival of the cool, dry season in East Africa, which makes the idyllic island of Zanzibar the ideal beach destination. You can expect sun-drenched shores, palm fringed beaches and glorious sunsets. It's also a good time for diving around the north coast and with the Great Wildebeest Migration happening in the Serengeti, Zanzibar and Tanzania are the perfect beach and safari combo.
The Red Sea resort of Hurghada is in full summer season by June. The white sand beaches are perfect for sunbathing and there are plenty of opportunities for water sports. The reef off the coast of Giftun Island is also abundant with tropical fish and other marine life, perfect for snorkelling. Hurghada offers a relaxing end to a sightseeing holiday of all Egypt's ancient wonders.
Its location on the Mediterranean Sea means Turkey is perfect at this time of year for a beach break or a sailing adventure around the islands that lie offshore. The days will be sunny and dry, and with a coastline fronting the Aegean and the Mediterranean, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to beach resorts, with plenty of historic sites to tempt you too.
Best Wildlife Destinations in June
The dry season has started in earnest across most of southern Africa, making it the ideal region to head to for a safari. With summer holidays fast approaching across the northern hemisphere, this is also the start of the peak tourist season, so expect lodges to be busy and prices to be at a premium. However, you'll be rewarded with excellent game viewing opportunities.
June marks the start of high water season in Botswana, flooding the waterways of the Okavango Delta. This makes it the ideal time of year to enjoy a boating or canoe safari out in the delta, sampling the local mode of transport - the dugout canoe known as a mokoro. Game viewing is great, as animals migrate to the delta for food and water, and you're likely to spot hungry hippos.
The dry season is a particularly rewarding time to visit Etosha National Park in Namibia, with sparse vegetation and animals congregating around water sources. There's the added bonus of clear, sunny days, perfect for outdoor game drives. Namibia's towering sand dunes are also particularly impressive at this time of year, few things beat watching the sunrise over the Namib Desert.
The Kruger, Madikwe, Pilanesberg and KwaZulu-Natal regions of South Africa are the ideal safari destination in June, with easily spotted wildlife prowling through the thinned out bush and huddling around the remaining water sources. The coast is not at its best but with Mozambique experiencing perfect weather you have a fantastic safari and beach combo.
Uganda experiences two mini dry seasons during the year and June marks the start of the second round. This is one of the best times to trek to see the mountain gorillas. Although the altitude of the mountains where the gorillas inhabit experience rain at any time of year, in June the trails are solid, bush growth a little thinner and there's lots of sun.
If you need even more help in deciding where to travel in June, then why not check out a selection of tours that we recommend for the month, from the cities of Eastern Europe to the steamy jungles of Africa.