From beach bliss to urban forest hikes, these are the best places to visit in July.
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RELAX / ADVENTURE / EXPLORE / NATURE
Cornwall, United Kingdom
Synonymous with a wild coastline, world-class surfing and quintessentially Cornish fishing villages, there is little wonder why picturesque Cornwall is one of the UK’s favourite summer destinations.
Bask on its beautiful sandy beaches; admire award-winning local art; visit a paradise of plants; enjoy fabulous coastal walks; spot Atlantic grey seals; wander picture-perfect harbours; and take a stroll to a historic tidal island. The south-west tip of England is full of beauty, charm, adventure and has a fantastic food scene.
For lovers of the great outdoors the scenic 7 mile walk around the Lizard Peninsula, the southerly tip of mainland Britain, takes in dramatic cliff scenery, rare wildflowers and an interesting coastal history. Set off on your coastal hike from the stunning Kynance Cove, famous for its white sand, turquoise sea and rock stacks.
Just off the coast from the town of Marazion you'll spot magical St Michael’s Mount. Discover the Mount's rich historic legacy, its sub-tropical terraced garden and the breathtaking views of Mount’s Bay. Cut off from the mainland at high tide, either hop on a boat or paddleboard over to the island, or follow the path by foot during low tide. This fascinating and mysterious Cornish treasure is well worth adding to your Cornwall travel itinerary.
After all the outdoor adventures, you'll need to refuel and Cornwall has you covered! This county has been building a rich gastro reputation, with Michelin-starred restaurants and trendy food trucks showcasing the best produce that Cornwall has to offer. From the sublime and imaginative dishes at Paul Ainsworth’s No. 6 in pretty Padstow, to the Hidden Hut's grab-and-go lunches to be enjoyed on the beautiful beach below, visitors are in for a real culinary treat. If dining in Padstow, take a trip to the nearby Trevibban Mill Vineyard known for its impressive collection of Cornish wines and cider. This award-winning vineyard is a wonderful place to learn about and taste Cornish wine whilst taking in beautiful views.
The fresh Cornish air and the epic surf await your arrival!
Best time to visit to Cornwall (weather): June and early July to avoid the crowds but have a good chance of warm weather.
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Rich in culture, history and architecture, Hungary's beautiful capital has something for everyone.
Budapest comprises Buda and Pest on facing sides of the river Danube. Gellért Hill which rises above the Danube in Buda is an impressive lookout point offering prime panoramic views of Buda Castle, the Pest embankment (on the east of the river) and the Buda hills. Make your way down from Gellért Hill and follow the winding streets to Buda Castle, which now houses the Hungarian National Gallery and Budapest History Museum.
Pest, across the Chain Bridge, is home to even more of the city's architectural wonders - the Hungarian House of Parliament and St Stephen’s Basilica, the largest church in Budapest. An evening river cruise beautifully showcases the iconic Hungarian House of Parliament. When illuminated the view of its Gothic style facade is magical.
The city's restaurant and bar scene is commanding plenty of attention. Pest is teeming with elegant boutique stores, trendy restaurants and bars. From traditional Hungarian favourites to innovative Hungarian dishes with a few unusual twists, and outdoor food courts to stylish rooftop terraces, delicious eateries are popping up all over the capital. The once run down Jewish Quarter has been been given a new lease of life, putting this area on the map as downtown's night life centre. Neglected buildings and courtyards have been transformed into edgy 'ruin bars' (some more 'upscale' than others!), which make for a unique venue to grab your evening drinks.
The past is always just around the corner in Budapest, from its landmarks to its architecture and its memorials to its museums. One of the most heart breaking reminders of the city's past lies just in front of the House of Parliament. On the bank of the Danube, stand 60 pairs of men’s, women’s and children’s shoes made of steel. The “Shoes on the Danube” is a poignant memorial to honour the victims, those persecuted, the resistance fighters and the heroes at the memorial of the Hungarian Jews shot into the Danube during the Arrow Cross terror. However, in addition to these incredibly sad reminders there are also powerful symbols of hope, independence and freedom throughout the city.
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Best time to visit (weather): Summer is generally regarded as the best time to visit Budapest.
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CITY SIGHTS / RELAX / ADVENTURE / NATURE
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A colourful, captivating city rich in culture and history with an exceptionally dramatic landscape unlike any other in the world. There are few cities in the world as iconic as Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro has been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List under the Cultural Landscape category due to its exceptional urban setting from the highest points of Tijuca National Park’s lush, green mountains down to its legendary golden beaches, which have contributed to the outdoor living culture of this spectacular city.
The city's connection with nature is very special. Tijuca Forest, a contender for the title of the world’s largest urban forest, is home to dense vegetation, a variety of wildlife, creeks, waterfalls and exotic flora. Every now and then the greenery gives way to spectacular viewpoints, including a distant view of Christ the Redeemer gazing down on the city, one of Rio's defining symbols. Ascend Mount Corcovado to admire the iconic statue up close and for even more sensational city views from a different perspective. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a forest hiking tour led by a knowledgeable local guide to truly appreciate this beautiful forest landscape.
In a city that’s not short of staggeringly beautiful viewpoints, the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain is one of the finest - stunning views of Guanabara Bay await! After seeing the beaches from above, why not bask on one of Rio's legendary beaches yourself! Ipanema, Copacabana, Arpoador or Leblon, the choice is yours! Don’t forgot to pack your Havaianas!
A great way to explore Rio’s most interesting neighbourhoods and get an authentic introduction to Brazil’s delicious dishes is by joining a walking food tour. Visit buzzing street markets, backstreet bars, restaurants and street food stalls, trying a plethora of Brazilian specialities as you go. From Beiju de Tapioca (tapioca pancakes) and Caldo de cana (sugar-cane juice with fresh lime juice) from the local food market to Moqueca Baiana (stew of shrimp or fish) and Baião de dois (rice, beans, cured beef, cheese and cassava) you’ll enjoy a fantastic range of flavours from across this unforgettable country.
Wander the steep hills and cobbled streets of the bohemian Santa Teresa neighbourhood during your visit. Spend the evening in a trendy hilltop bar with a caipirinha in one hand and an assortment of petiscos in the other!
Best time to visit Rio de Janeiro (weather): Between May and August
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