Explore your chosen destination under the hot, summer sun.

Discover what you can do in the hottest holiday destinations in July. From soaking up the delightful rays of sunlight at the beach to diving into the warm ocean to see tropical marine life, July is one of the best times of the year to experience it in certain places of the world.

See what our Travel Specialists suggest when it comes to your next holiday in one of the hottest places to visit in July.


Whether it’s a short-haul holiday to Europe or a long-haul South Pacific escape, you can find the ultimate beach escape. Whether you’re seeking the perfect family summer holidays, romantic getaways or solo escapes on the golden sands and pristine ocean with Mediterranean-style climate in July.

1. Crete, Greece

Average temperature of Crete in July: 27° C

Explore the historic charm and easy-going beach vibe of Crete while the weather reaches its hottest in July. With plenty of activities to enjoy on the water and spectacular mountainous scenery to absorb on Greece’s largest island, you’ll be in the perfect place to enjoy both a relaxing holiday on its golden shores and a thrilling beach getaway.

There’s plenty of history to explore on the island of Crete. While the weather is hot and rainfall is unlikely, be sure to visit the 3,500-year-old remains of the Minoan palace of Knossos.

Where to stay?

Nana Princess is located on the northern coast of Crete, offering panoramic views of the azure waters alongside exclusive access to the sister resort, Nana Golden Beach’s facilities. During the peak season of Crete, you can enjoy everything this boutique resort has to offer. Enjoy soaking up the scenic settings from the wooden swing and in the inviting infinity pool, and embark on unforgettable journeys by bike with CyclingCreta, who Nana Princess is partnered with.  Head to the beach for scuba diving, volleyball and even sailing the crystal-clear waters.

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2. Mykonos, Greece

Average temperature of Mykonos in July: 26° C

Mykonos is the most cosmopolitan island in Greece, as it boasts a fashionable and chic atmosphere alongside large, golden beaches and beautiful landscapes. During July, the average temperatures reach a sizzling heat of 26° C, inviting you to enjoy the beauty and luxuries of this excellent holiday spot. One beach that’s not to be missed is The Super Paradise beach, a trendy beach with plenty of entertainment and opportunities to relax under the scorching July sun – also perfect for holidays with family.

Don’t forget to indulge in the ultimate shopping scene of Mykonos Town, with numerous designer boutiques from Christian Dior, Gucci and many more.

Where to stay?

Myconian Ambassador is located nearby the Scorpios beach where you can join in on the action just steps from the resort. Enjoy breathtaking views of the sea from the luxurious infinity pool and bar, and relax in the contemporary design of the resort and your villa.

Alternatively, you can dive into the ultimate Greek itinerary to experience the best of Greek Island living. Opt for our Mykonos and Santorini Twin-Centre to experience the contrasts of both islands, from the lively nightlife of Mykonos to the romantic atmosphere of Santorini.

3. Athens, Greece

Average temperature of Athens in July: 32° C

Aside the fascinating historic remains and it’s charming villages and architecture, Athens is home to some charming beaches and Apollo Coast spread along its southern and northern sides. During July, you can get a taste of Greek life, with options to lounge on the beach under the glorious sun as well as explore its bustling markets on Athinas Street. Buy some authentic ingredients from well-known herb, olive, and meat shops.

Athens is also a great starting point to the ultimate European voyage by luxury cruise. Take to the seas after a superb stay in Athens for two nights and travel to some of Europe’s fascinating destinations until you reach Rome, Italy. With this Greco – Roman holiday, discover ancient wonders at UNESCO-listed sites in Turkey, Tunisia, Italy and more Greek Islands.

Where to stay?

One&Only Aesthesis is located in the perfect place for both a beach break and city escape. Choose between spending your days at the adult-only beach, Mystiko, or venturing into the cultural heart of Athens.

If you’re interested in visiting later in the year, enjoy our unmissable One&Only Twin Centre holiday and explore the UNESCO-listed sites of Greece’s capital, Athens. Stay at both the One&Only Aesthesis and One&Only Kéa Island, indulging in luxury living amongst protected pine groves on Athens’ southern coast before enjoying an indulgent stay at One&Only Kéa Island.  

4. Algarve, Portugal

Average temperature of Algarve in July: 27° C

The Algarve boasts 300 days of sun year-round, yet July is the perfect time to visit to catch its hottest temperatures. During July, you can expect a dry Mediterranean climate whilst enjoying the Algarve’s fantastic, rugged beaches and many world-class golf courses for the keen golfer. From the bustling markets and quaint fishing villages as well as breathtaking landscapes of olive groves, vineyards and wheatfields, you won’t be bored for a moment.

There’s nothing quite like indulging in Portugal’s local wine under the beaming sun. If you’re craving a wine tasting tour in this exquisite country, see our highlights of Porto and the Douro Valley.

Where to stay?

Anantara Vilamoura is the perfect escape for families with little ones. This excellent resort offers something for everyone, from the sensual spa facilities and private transfers to the Vilamoura golf courses, to the superb Adventurers Kids’ Club and Purobeach Vilamoura beach club.

5. Gran Canaria, Spain

Average temperature of Gran Canaria in July: 25° C

During July, Gran Canaria can reach a scorching 28° C, perfect for enjoying its white-sand beaches and scenic hikes with stunning views of its crystal-clear waters. While the weather is warm and the sea is calm, you can enjoy a scuba diving experience, as well as thrilling jet ski adventures, parasailing kayaking and more.

Where to stay?

Seaside Grand Hotel Residencia offers an exceptional stay in the Canary Islands. This resort is the only one in Gran Canaria to have been awarded the highest possible classification of ‘Gran Lujo’, as it boasts spacious, Spanish Colonial-style rooms and suites within the two-storey white-washed villas. Indulge in peace and tranquillity whilst in the heart of Maspalomas, home to manicured gardens and an inviting, golden beach.

6. Menorca, Spain

Average temperature of Menorca in July: 26° C

Visit Menorca during July for a comfortable heat during the day and balmy evenings perfect for unwinding with a drink of your choice under a blanket of stars. Home to some of Spain’s most stunning white, sandy beaches across the south coast with azure waters and plenty of sunshine, Menorca is the excellent holiday destination for a beach break.

Where to stay?

Vestige Son Vell is a restored 18th century manor house located on a beautiful estate that’s nearby the southern beaches of Menorca. When you’re not enjoying serene treatments at the luxurious spa and exploring the landscaped gardens, be sure to discover the hidden beaches along the estate paths of Cala Son Vell. With options of bike rides along scenic trails, sipping on cocktails in the pool and even fun ‘Cinema Under the Stars’ experiences, this hotel is perfect for both romantic stays and family breaks.

7. Provence, France

Average temperature of Provence in July: 24° C

Offering a range of beaches across the stunning south coastline of France. Also known for its beautiful lavender fields and charming towns, you’re surrounded by some of France’s most picturesque scenery. During July, you can expect long hours of warm sunshine and temperatures reaching to a high 29° C.

Where to stay?

Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort is just a 30-minute drive from the southern beaches of France. Here, you can enjoy the exceptional spa and zen garden for ultimate tranquillity. You can enjoy the best of both the rolling countryside that surrounds the resort, as well as the inviting beach just a drive away. For the keen golfer, try your hand at the two award-winning 18-hole golf courses, Le Château and Le Riou.

8. Santa Monica, California, USA

Average temperature of Santa Monica in July: 24° C

Home to fabulous beaches and boasting and average of 340 days of sunshine a year, Santa Monica is an excellent long-haul beach holiday. Escape the buzz of Los Angelese and head to the beach to soak up the strong sunrays of July, swim, surf and fish in the ocean and even take a walk along the Santa Monica Pier to explore its amusement parks, shopping scene and iconic wheel. Get a feel for California living with beach activities, nights spent at the bars and nightclubs, and visits to the Santa Monica Museum of Art.

Where to stay?

Shutters on the Beach is located on the beachfront, just a stone’s throw from the iconic pier. Enjoy people watching from your stylishly designed suite, and unwind from your days at the beach and pier in your whirlpool bathtub. The resort features The Living Room, a cosy room perfect for lounging on the couches and overlooking the sweeping Pacific Ocean.

9. Fiji, Australasia

Average temperature of Fiji in July: 23° C

Platinum beaches, vibrant coral reefs, cascading waterfalls and rare wildlife, Fiji is a cluster of 333 islands that offer some of the world’s most sublime coastal wonders and beauty. Fiji is the perfect oasis for beach lovers, offering a sublime beach culture with sun loungers to soak up the delightful July heat, and opportunities to enjoy it all by horseback.

The ultimate location for relaxation, Fiji boasts immersive spa experiences, luxury boat rides and even mud baths and thermal pools. For something a little bit more adventurous, be sure to explore beneath with a scuba diving session, exploring the diverse and colourful life under the sea.

Where to stay?

The Six Senses Fiji spa resort allows you to immerse in Fijian life, from its soothing views of the crystal-clear ocean and white sands from your spacious pool villa to wildlife tours and snorkelling excursions. Enjoy the ultimate beach experience at this sumptuous hideaway, partaking in morning yoga, sunset boat tours, and even the opportunity to plant some coral.

10. Florida’s Gulf Coast, North America

Average temperature of Florida Gulf in July: 27° C

Florida’s Gulf Coast is an excellent family destination that offers great beaches with warm ocean water, especially during July. Boasting 35 miles of beautiful white-sand beach along its coast, there’s plenty of beach fun to be had at this excellent beach destination. Enjoy snorkelling and beach sports, and venture into Tampa for some shopping and exploring while the weather in July is delightfully warm.

Where to stay?

Ritz Carlton Naples enjoys breathtaking ocean views with its prime beachfront location. Here, you can discover the tranquillity of the coast with the resort offering a world-class spa, sensational sunset dining at Gumbo Limbo restaurant, and unparalleled natural beauty that you can see at almost every corner. With an exceptional kids’ club and a myriad of outdoor activities, this resort welcomes everyone of all ages.

Adventure and exploring

Discover excitement and adventure while the weather is at its warmest in July. There’s nothing quite like exploring a new city or region under the welcoming heat of the sun and next to no rainfall. So, see some of our top regions for unlimited adventure while it’s hot in July.

11. Bordeaux, France

Average temperature of Bordeaux in July: 21° C

Explore the stunning south of France with an exquisite trip to Bordeaux, one of the most iconic wine regions and home to rolling countryside and plenty of vineyards to visit. Just two-hour flight away, this exceptional city offers scenic ferry trips across its Garonne River, fascinating museums and lush gardens to discover. Be sure to enjoy a hike to find its most picturesque landscapes.

Bordeaux is also excellent as a city break, where you can indulge in the exquisite food scene, explore the iconic UNESCO-listed sites and even sample their local wine.

Where to stay?

Domaine des Etangs is renowned for its fairy tale-like beauty, set within a 1,000-acre estate. The 13-century castle was created by knights from the Middle Ages, and now offers an escape like no other. Stay here for hikes and excursions through the unspoilt treasure trove of forest, and watching the sun set behind the breathtaking hills. Enjoy friendly matches of tennis on the unique floating tennis court, and head out into the countryside for picnics and day trips.

12. Western Australia

Average temperature of Western Australia in July: 24° C

Most people think that Australia’s peak travel period is November to March, but for anything above or near the Tropic of Capricorn, it’s the opposite. The best time to travel is between April and October, especially July because of its dry and warm climate. More specifically, the Coral Coast which is home to the beautiful Ningaloo Reef (perfect for exploring the diverse Australian nature), Broome (excellent for beach adventures and lively activities) and Kimberleys (an oasis of rugged landscapes and wilderness regions).

July is the perfect time for swimming with the beautiful marine creatures, as this time of the year is the tail end of swimming with the Whale Sharks, and the start of swimming with Humpback Whale season. This is an unmissable activity to enjoy on your Western Australia adventure.

Bring all the thrilling excitement together and enjoy our tour to explore Australia’s outback, rainforests, and reefs, with extraordinary accommodation throughout the 22 nights and tailor-made excursions.

Where to stay?

Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef is a luxury camp located nearby Australia’s largest fringing reef, just a short swim from the mainland. Enjoy tour guides of Cape Range to discover the rich, natural history and abundant wildlife, swim with beautiful sea creatures and indulge in oil lamp-lit fine dining under a blanket of stars.

13. Alberta, Canada

Average temperature of Alberta in July: 27° C

July is Alberta’s warmest month, with the weather reaching highs of up to 27° C. Early July is one of the best times to travel, is it’s just before the very peak and busiest season, as there’s so much to enjoy in Alberta during the summer months. Alberta, alike British Columbia is home to some of the world’s most sought-after and beautiful scenery, with landscapes of rocky mountains, turquoise lakes and river valleys, you can enjoy the ultimate tour of scenic adventures including guided hikes, horseback riding and river rafting.

With our ultimate Canadian tour, you can discover Alberta and British Columbia’s lakes and mountains with a 15-night self-drive tour, where you can take in the striking beauty at your own pace.

Where to stay?

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is the perfect Canadian escape for any time of the year, with plenty of activities to enjoy throughout your stay. During the summer, you can enjoy the beautiful setting of Jasper National Park that’s listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Plus, you can take the thrill up a notch by enjoying some canoeing and kayaking on the lake, bike riding through the mountains and horseback riding.

"You simply must ride the Banff Gondola to experience the incredible 360-degree panoramic views of the Canadian Rockies. You can also marvel at the picturesque scenery from one of Banff’s nine natural hot springs."

Clare, Luxury Travel Specialist

Have you found the perfect holiday destination in July for hot weather?

July is one of the best times of year to travel for some sun. So, speak with one of our Travel Specialists for more information, as we can help to tailor-make your July getaway.

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