Best destinations for cheap holidays in July
July offers plenty of sunshine and is a great month for traveling internationally and domestically. Here you'll find the cheap deals we've found on flights, hotel, holiday packages and more that will have you taking off during the peak of summer season. Also make sure to check out our last-minute deals for great holiday deals in July.
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Affordable destinations for a July holiday
A peak season summer holiday isn't the first thought for most people when planning for an affordable break. but due to school holidays it remains for some the only option!
Thankfully there are plenty of options. Budget airlines make travelling to many destinations cheap even during the summer. The downside of many classic city or beach destinations is that the crowds may mean you spend more time queing or looking for a spot on the beach. But don't worry! Below are our budget picks for July that account for the crowds and cost - and of course almost guarantee great weather!
1. Tallinn, Estonia
The Baltics in general are a great place for a holiday in the summer. The Baltic sea has comfortable temperatures even in the height of summer if you don't want things too hot by the sea. But those looking for a July city break should head to Estonia's capital Tallinn. The capital is a beautiful city on the sea that also has comfortable July temperatures of around 25°C. Tallinn is a little like a budget Copenhagen, as it oozes the same cool vibe but without the high prices. Check out the Medievil architecture, walk the streets of the old town and go shopping in the Telliskivi Creative City art district. Tallinn has something for every age group and is becoming one of the coolest city breaks in Europe.
4. Antalya, Turkey
You get a lot for your money in Turkey at the moment with the currency currently quite weak. Antalya s a popular family destination that is great - although very hot - in July. There are forests and mountains surrounding the city for adventurers who want to go exploring. Natural wonders include the Kurşunlu and Düden waterfalls (pro tip: head out of town to the quieter Kurşunlu falls). The city itself has everything, from a romantic old town to a beach, Konyaalti beach, which is 7km long and one of Turkey's best. If you're not with the kids then you can also enjoy the live music, vibrant art scene and the buzzing nightlife of the city.
2. Dhermi, Albania
The beautiful beaches of Albania are no secret to the world anymore. The country is much cheaper than its Mediterranean neighbours like Greece and Italy and that has led to increased tourism. But if you want a beach holiday without the crowds in July, Albania is still a great choice. Dhermi is our pick of the bunch for an affordable summer holiday by the beach. The village is made up of old stone houses and there are some lovely guest house accommodations to stay in. The food is great, the people friendly and the pace of life laid-back. Plus, one of Albania's best beaches, Gjipe beach, is just 8km away. You have to walk at least a few kilometres to get there, but trust us, it's worth it!
5. Dubrovnik, Croatia
July is the sunniest month of the year in Croatia and although it can get very hot, temperatures usually range between 22 and 30°C. It is also peak season and there are crowds in the small city. But there's plenty of quiet to be had nearby! There are plenty of beaches nearby and you can take a boat trip to one of the many surroundng islands, some of which are uninhabited. Dubrovnik makes a perfect city break destination but with beaches and more to explore nearby it fits the bill for whatever type of holiday you could want.
3. Valletta, Malta
Valletta has everything for a perfect summer holiday. There are plenty of low priced direct flights from the UK and the minimum temperature in July is 22°C. In fact, July is probably a better time to visit than late summer since the humidity is much lower. The capital city is set on the coast although you will have to travel to find Malta's sandy beaches. The water around the city is still great for swimming but for a day at the beach take the bus to the famous Golden Bay. There are endless historical Baroque sights to see in the city and the city itself is a UNESCO heritage sight. St John's Cathedral, the Grandmaster's Palace and the many walking tours will please any tourists looking for culture.
6. Corfu, Greece
Corfu is a great option for a budget friendly break in July. The weather is scorching as it is peak summer in Greece but it's perfect if you want to take it easy relaxing on the beach under an umbrella. The town itself is beautiful and a UNESCO world heritage site with plenty to explore. But if it's the sand you're after then keep an eye out for the big resorts offering package holidays. Most are just a short bus trip away from Corfu. Prices vary depending on where you stay, so keep an eye on accommodation in some of the small surrounding towns and you might just bag a bargain.
The 5 best places to visit in July
It’s peak summer and everyone has the travel bug. As one of the most popular times for travel, it can be tempting to skip out on a holiday in July altogether. But there are some places that are worth heading to as the summer heats up.
1. Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico
If your summer holiday dreams feature warm sands, balmy waters, and an endless supply of sweet, cold drinks under the sun, there’s only one place for it. Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is famous for popular resort areas like Cancún, but this beautiful section of the country isn’t just about all-inclusive holidays and luxury resorts. If you can tear yourself away from the coast, head inland to see ancient Mayan ruins and explore otherworldly cenotes as you learn a bit of Mexican history.
2. Newfoundland, Canada
While not exactly a sunbathing destination, Newfoundland hits its best weather in the summer, when temperatures hover around 19-20°C. Explore the coast by kayak or charter boat, where you can spot whales and puffins in the natural habitats, glimpse icebergs up close, and feel very small beneath the towering sea cliffs. Camp out in the province’s capital, St. John, where you can try local catches as well as regional delicacies like touton, a fried dough treat smothered in molasses.
3. San Sebastián, Spain
Forgo packed tourist hubs like Madrid and Barcelona for a trip to San Sebastián, the Spanish coastal city nestled deep in the mountains of Basque Country. Start by taking a walk by the seaside on the 2km long La Concha Promenade to work up an appetite — San Sebastián has a well-deserved reputation of being a foodie heaven. Summer weather means you can enjoy your small plates of fresh fish and glasses of bubbly white wine in the open air in the heart of the cobblestoned Old Town.
Over the last couple decades, Iceland has risen to prominence as a top nature destination. Take advantage of the many budget flights from UK hubs and plan your holiday in peak summer, when the normally cool temperatures warm up. The mild weather is ideal for some of Iceland’s best activities, like hiking from waterfalls to hot springs, camping, and glacier viewing. Iceland also makes a great romantic getaway — rent a car with your partner to get a good all-round look at the country’s most beautiful spots.
5. Snowdonia National Park, Wales
With expansive lakes, many miles of trails, and the highest peak in England and Wales, there are plenty of reasons to plan a trip to Snowdonia. A great eco-friendly destination (you can travel there by train or bus from major UK cities), Snowdonia offers a range of options for exploring the park like hiking, cycling, horseback riding, rock climbing and canoeing. While seasoned hikers may want to tackle the 1,085m climb up Snowdon, those taking a family holiday will find plenty of easy trails for kids of all ages, as well as family-friendly adventure parks and castles.