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The best holidays to book for June 2024, from walking in Wales to Midsummer in Sweden

Simon Calder’s Travel

After weeks of chilly weather, heavy rain and a seemingly unceasing wind, a holiday in June is an immensely appealing idea – preferably somewhere warm.

Head to southern France’s Languedoc region for lazy days in the sun, flitting between medieval towns and the Mediterranean coast. Keep the pace slow as you cruise around the Adriatic, dropping anchor at some of Croatia’s most beautiful islands.

Join the Midsummer festivities in Sweden on a fly-drive break that includes Stockholm and an island in the Baltic Sea. Go further afield with a self-drive holiday in eastern Canada and explore national parks as well as Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City.

If you’re holidaying in the UK, hole up in a farm cottage near Cornwall’s Helston River, or go hiking in the Brecon Beacons. Whatever type of break you want in June, these holidays will inspire you.

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Charming Pézenas has medieval streets and a Saturday market (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

You’ll have one of Languedoc’s most charming towns within a 15-minue walk when you rent Villa Picasso just outside Pézenas. This handsome Mediterranean-style villa has three double bedrooms, balconies, a large kitchen and living area, as well as a garden with a pool, sunloungers, barbecue and covered terrace. When you’re not relaxing by the pool, you can explore Pézenas’s pretty medieval streets and superb Saturday market. Booked through Vintage Travel, a week’s self-catering in June costs from £2,150.


Island hop Croatia’s archipelagos this summer (Getty Images)

Get to know some of Croatia’s islands in the Kvarner Gulf on this eight-day cruise run by Completely Croatia. You’ll start in Krk, with its Venetian Krk Town, before carrying on to Rab – whose Rab Town is among Croatia’s most beautiful – the ancient city of Zadar and the laid-back islands of Lošinj and Cres. You’ll end the cruise in elegant Opatija back on the coast. Prices start at £1,800pp and include flights, transfers, breakfast, lunch, three guided tours and a captain’s dinner, departing 1 June.


Natural beauty is king in the Cornish county (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Surround yourself in peaceful farmland yet be only 10 minutes’ drive from Helston when you stay at Mudgeon Cottage. The three-bedroom cottage is part of a working dairy farm, so any children…

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