Boasting miles of blue coastline, sun-drenched historic ruins and more island hideaways than you can shake a block of feta at, Greece is the go-to summer holiday destination for plenty of families. July and August see the hottest temperatures all year round with the mercury usually hitting well over 30ºC - flawless island hopping conditions, we say!

Visit the ancient Acropolis in Athens, stop off in Santorini to breathe in that iconic, whitewashed cliff-face or head to Rhodes for beach-based downtime. With over 227 inhabited islands to choose from, you'll be spoilt for choice - select lesser known spots like Lesvos and Skyros to get the most bang for your buck during the peak summer months.

East of the Spanish Mainland, the four main Balearic Islands - Ibiza, Formentera, Majorca and Menorca - preserve a distinct flavour that feels very different to the rest of Spain.

The summer holidays are when things really kick off here, especially in Ibiza where the island's famously hedonistic nightlife and thriving tourism circuit finds itself in full swing. Temperatures in the Balearics are reliably sultry yet moderate throughout July and August; all the better to enjoy Majorca's unparalleled hiking opportunities, the quaintly rustic beaches of Formentera and Menorca's bustling harbour. This is an area that really shines when the weather is sweet, so book as early as you can to grab those value-packed summer holiday deals.

Summer getaways can be expensive, especially if you're booking for the whole family - which is why choosing a UK destination can be a smart move. Proximity to a beach is always preferable, so Cornwall makes a great staycation destination - especially if you book for July and August, when tourist attractions are in full swing and temperatures are at their highest. Ocean-based activities are really only comfortable during the summer too - unless you're one of the truly hardy who can take on the Atlantic in November. Visit charming St Ives for the Barbara Hepworth Museum and quaintly winding cobbled streets or Newquay for surfing and pasties.

The rugged coastline and lively spirit of Spain's Costa Blanca find it well suited to a summer holiday getaway, plus temperatures at this time reach over 30ºC with up to 12 hours of sunshine a day - all the better for taking full advantage of all those fabulous beaches! Peak tourist crowds hit Spain in June and August, so for great value and more space, try areas of more traditional old-town beauty like Javea and Altea - or if you're set on popular city spots like Benidorm and Alicante, a smart package deal can keep unnecessary costs to a minimum. Head to Denia for the best of both worlds; its blend of rustic fishing village, beach resort and culinary delights make it a democratic destination for all tastes.

From Norway's heart-stopping fjords and the vine-dusted Loire Valley to flawless Mediterranean beaches and slick city living in Paris, Rome and Barcelona, Europe is a melting pot where Imperial palaces meet world-class nightlife and multilayered history. The summer holidays are a favourable time to visit Europe if you're in search of warm weather; most countries cool considerably during the autumn and winter months; most notably in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. The hottest July and August temperatures in Europe are generally found in Cyprus and Greece, alongside Spain and Portugal - so if you're after a little less scorch, head to pleasantly warm destinations like the Italian Lakes or the Cote d'Azur. Do bear in mind that popular European beach spots can get very busy in July and August.

Summer sunshine is pretty much a given along the Dalaman coastline. With blue skies, temperatures topping 30ºC and up to 12 hours of sunshine a day, the weather is warm enough here for year-round visits, but if you've got the stomach for sizzle, summer holiday breaks deliver Dalaman at its most devastating. Turkey's Turquoise Coast offers up white sands and mysterious ancient ruins like the Caunos Tombs, Pamukkale and Ephesus. In search of the beach? Head for Olu Deniz, where you'll find a turquoise lagoon, red-roofed town and a plethora of bars and restaurants, or stop off in the resort of Icmeler, where whitewashed houses and a proximity to popular Marmaris contribute to resolutely Mediterranean vibes.

Something Different In Summer

It's an unfortunate fact that when the crowds increase, so do the prices - which means that there's huge value in booking far in advance or selecting somewhere a little off the beaten track. Many of the more popular European destinations ramp up their prices throughout July and August, which is why it's worth considering a destination like Germany, which enjoys 'proper' seasons and a balmy summer for the most part. Flights are usually cheaper too - we'd suggest a summer city break to dynamic Frankfurt for an impressive culture hit at a fraction of the price.


Beach hours a strong priority? It might be worth heading further afield to the more exotic climes of Indonesia. Whilst the flights aren't cheap, the cost of living once you're there is incredibly reasonable and the climate is unremittingly glorious with temperatures averaging over 28°C and hours of sunshine every day - the only weather worry you'll have to contend with is the odd monsoon. Bali, Java and Sumatra are all on our bucket list this year.


Mountain holidays are worth a mention, too - after all, not everyone wants to veg out on a lilo all day! Many European skiing destinations lead a double life - winter ski routes are transformed into adventurous hiking trails and mountain biking destinations in the summer. So if you're up for an outdoorsy holiday, in frankly stunning surroundings, check out the likes of Chamonix and Tignes in the summer months.

The USA is a land of endless possibilities - which is what makes it such a desirable destination for a summer holiday. This is a country of road trips and open skies, red-rock deserts and emerald rainforests; it's a place where thrilling metropolis' like New York, Chicago, Las Vegas and San Francisco rub up against good old-fashioned Southern hospitality. The USA works year-round as a holiday destination in part because of its size - there's usually something for every taste at any time of year - but a visit in summer will guarantee that you can take advantage of all its finest offerings, from San Diego's surf to devouring BBQ ribs at a Texas smokehouse.

Few places can claim to pack so much into such limited space as the UK. The landscape is effortlessly changeable, from the quilted farmland of Kent and gloriously ancient ruins of Edinburgh to stunning National Parks and 5000 year-old stone circles. Besides saving money on flights - certainly not a result to be sniffed at! Staycationing it for your summer holiday means you'll get to explore the UK's fascinating and complex heritage without the stress and organisation that's sometimes required to go further afield. Plus, if you head to the coast on a hot summer's day - think Cornwall, Brighton or Margate - your UK getaway can feel suspiciously like a trip abroad.