5 of the best holiday destinations in Europe to visit this July
It’s one of the most delightful months for a holiday thanks to the fabulous weather and summer being firmly in the air, but where’s good to go in July?Here, we round up 5 of the best holiday destinations in Europe for a July getaway – because why would we need to venture any further when we have all the spectacular views, food and wine right here on the continent?
1. Ardèche, France
A wonderful mix of rural isolation, rugged terrains and ancient architecture, France’s Ardèche region is famed for its dramatic gorges, with the rivers that run through them transporting you from one medieval town to the next. It’s a place that has to be tasted as well as seen thanks to its excellent local produce, with farms all around producing renowned wines (think Merlots and Viogniers), delicious cheeses and fresh fruit.
2. Kent, UK
July in the UK tends to be warmer than June and less rainy than August, making it perhaps the best month of the year for a short break at home. Arguably the prettiest of the coastal home counties, Kent offers miles of sandy beaches to relax on, with plenty of top-notch pubs and fantastic seafood restaurants dotted along its shore.
It’s also home to stately homes with peaceful, beautifully manicured grounds, many of them dating back to the fascination with ostentatious horticulture that flourished during the Victorian era. Sissinghurst Castle Garden, which came later in the 1930s, is one of the most beautiful gardens you’ll find in England and was designed by celebrated poet Vita Sackville-West and her writer husband Harold Nicolson.
3. Vienna, Austria
This city’s subtle charms vary depending on season, with Christmas-time transforming it into a magical winter wonderland, while in summer the Austrian capital’s grand Renaissance buildings positively shine in the beaming sun, the parks come alive with picnics-makers and cafes are packed with locals and tourists sipping a morning coffee – or something stronger after lunch.
Its history is equality fascinating, having been at the centre of Europe’s dynastic and imperial struggles for many centuries, as well as the romantic capital of the continent’s glittering 18th and 19th-century party scene. Touring some of its most famous musical sights, such as the Vienna Arsenal, is a great way to get to know the city.
4. Scottish Highlands
The rugged expanses of Scotland’s Highlands are dramatic all year round, but July’s long dry days maximize the amount of time you can spend outdoors exploring them. Whether you fancy an active holiday hiking some of the magnificent mountains all around, a contemplative stay by peaceful lochs or plan to visit picturesque ports, the Highlands has all this to offer and more.
For many, Norway is the quintessential winter destination, with tourists flocking to its Arctic reaches to experience the mesmerizing and ephemeral Northern Lights. When the ice retreats in summer giving way to bubbling streams, flower-filled meadows and cascading waterfalls.
these are 5 of the best holiday destinations to visit in this july.
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