Travelling in June? Read on for inspiration on where to go.
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An island within the Indonesian archipelago, Bali is a land of natural beauty, ancient culture, spirituality and tradition.
Set among lush, emerald green rice fields, Ubud is Bali’s artistic and spiritual heart where you can immerse yourself in traditional Balinese culture. Visit the beautiful and majestic Pura Taman Saraswati temple, wander thorough Ubud’s sacred Monkey Forest, immerse yourself in a Balinese cooking class, or stop by ARMA, which houses an impressive collection of works by Indonesian artists. Ubud truly is a place of relaxation, rejuvenation and serenity.
On a clear day, the glorious views of Mount Abang, Mount Agung and the silver-turquoise caldera lakes in the Batur area are unrivalled. Many visitors travelling to Bali for adventure hike to Mount Batur’s summit in time for its unforgettable sunrise (check out our ‘Bucket list for the avid adventurer’ blog to find out more). On your descent you can bathe in the springs near the lake shore before enjoying lunch overlooking Lake Batur.
A world away from Ubud is Seminyak, a beach resort on the southern end of the island. Home to scores of luxury hotels, high-end bars, beach clubs and boutiques, this is where the party crowd gather to have fun.
If you need some time out from the buzz of the south coast, the tiny island of Nusa Lembongan is an ideal escape. Fringed by white sandy beaches and mangroves, its gentle pace and laid-back atmosphere make it an ideal place to relax, dive or snorkel.
Great time to visit (weather): May to September (the dry season).
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The Azores, the Hawaii of Europe, is an island paradise in the middle of the Atlantic ocean. Home to rugged lava coastlines, waterfalls, placid crater lakes and an abundance of ocean life, this thrilling volcanic archipelago is one of Europe’s best kept secrets.
São Miguel island is the jewel in the crown of the Azorean archipelago, packing the best bits of the Azores into one alluring bundle. High on your itinerary should be a visit to the Sete Cidades crater lakes, a hike in the Lagoa de Fogo nature reserve and a dip in the hot spring at Caldeira Velha. End the day by strolling around Ponta Delgada before making your way to the bustling marina where you can enjoy the local specialities.
São Miguel island is the perfect base for a day trip to other islands in this thrilling archipelago. From whale watching to diving, from canyoning to kayaking, from mountain biking in the forests to trekking to the summit of Mount Pico, you will be spoilt for choice with what these magical, diverse islands have to offer.
A visit to the Azores will certainly be a sensory overload, in the best way possible.
Great time to visit (weather): The Azores are accessible and rewarding all year round but the best time to visit is June through to September.
With its gorgeous sandy beaches, charming villages, superb seafood and fascinating history, the appeal of the Cyclades is undeniable. The Cyclades islands, each with their own culture and landscapes, are the perfect venue for island hopping.
Start your adventure in Mykonos, arguably the most glamorous of the Greek islands. The famous windmills and whitewashed maze of cobbled streets make Mykonos a picture perfect destination. Whether you are looking to take a dip in the turquoise waters, potter around the narrow streets of Mykonos town, hire a speedboat or just party, there is plenty to see and do.
Mykonos is the set off point for the nearby island of Delos, an “exceptionally extensive and rich” archaeological site. According to Unesco, the island, a Unesco World Heritage Site, bears traces of the succeeding civilizations from the 3rd millennium B.C..
Carry on to Naxos, the largest and greenest island of the Cyclades. With its high mountains and lush green gorges, it is quite distinct to its neighbouring islands. Naxos is also home to beautiful old churches, monasteries and Venetian castles, testament to three centuries of Venetian rule. It is renowned for its wines, cheese and kítron, a sweet liqueur distilled from the leaves of the citrus tree.
Further south, you’ll reach sublimely romantic Santorini, the island known for its iconic whitewashed houses, black sandy beaches and chic style. The main city of Santorini is Fira from where you will find cafes, restaurants and bars in abundance. Further north is the village of Oia where the view from the cliffs is one of the most mesmerising vistas in the world. A Santorini sunset is a magical and unforgettable experience.
The final stop is in laid-back, and often overlooked, Milos. Famed for its oddly shaped rock formations and exceptional white sandy beaches, Milos is the perfect island to complete your island hopping adventure.
Great time to visit (weather): Late April to early June.
Editor's note: During COVID-19 there are restrictions on travel. Check the latest guidance before booking and departing and always follow local health guidance.