Enjoy the beach sunshine on a July holiday
Warm summer sun, lazy afternoons and long light evening are things we would like to associate with July. Living in Britain however, the odds seem to be stacked against you.
So if a few days of summer weather just aren't good enough for you, then you're probably ready to head to the airport and jet off to a place where the climate is a little bit more predictable.
The coast of Spain
has been attracting British holiday makers for decades and one of the most popular all-inclusive holiday
in destinations like Costa Brava
, a rugged costal region which extends from Blanes to Portbou, just south of the French border.
The area's beaches are a major pull for tourists, who can choose between working on their tans or getting their pulses racing by trying a variety of water sports. Those looking to take a break from the sands can break explore the Cap de Creus National Park with its high cliffs, hidden bays and inland forests.
Spend your July holiday in Costa Blanca
Follow the coast south and you'll come to the Costa Blanca
, a 200 kilometre stretch of coastline between Denia and Pilar de la Horadada. Although known for its major tourist destinations, including Benidorm
, you can still find quiet towns along the coast where it's possible to unwind on an all-inclusive or package holiday.
As with the Costa Brava, you can be sure that wherever you decide to base yourself there'll be no shortage of beaches with warm sand and a healthy social scene. July is a popular time of year to visit the Costa Blanca, so do make sure you book accommodation as early as possible.
Take a European city break to Amsterdam
If Canada sounds a little too active for you then perhaps indulge yourself with a European
. Consider heading to the north of Holland to find out what Amsterdam
has to offer.
Spend time browsing the city's markets and taking romantic walks through the maze of small streets, canals and bridges. The well known Van Gough Museum is just one of over 30 museums in Amsterdam, so art lovers are well catered for.
One of the best ways to get around is by bike and with 400 kilometres of cycle paths to ride along you won't be short of a route. With an average high temperature of 22C in July, you won't find yourself too hot and bothered by using pedal power. A warning though - don't walk in the bike lanes if you want to stay in one piece!
Thirsty? Then head to The House of Bols where you can find out about the world of cocktails and bartending, or learn about the city's history at The Amsterdam Dungeon, where actors, special effect and rides bring the past to life.
Whether you're looking to relax in the sun, challenge yourself in the great outdoors or immerse yourself in the culture of a strange city, The Co-operative Travel can help you find the perfect destination.