Enjoy a summer holiday in Costa Del Sol
As the official start of summer, June is when many peoples' thoughts begin to turn to their own sunshine getaways. If you choose any of the following destinations, you'll beat the crowds, yet will still be able to enjoy a warm welcome.
An all-inclusive holiday or package holiday in Costa Del Sol - Spain's sunshine coast - comes into its own as we head towards the longest days of the year, and especially before the onset of the school summer holidays.
Its most popular resorts are enjoying temperatures in the high 20 degrees C, yet the beaches, poolsides, restaurants and bars are less crowded. The same goes for the roads, so travelling is much easier, and you can aim to see much more than in the peak period.
You'll have a better pick of the wide-ranging accommodation if you can take a June Costa Del Sol holiday too, especially in the most popular resorts, such as Marbella, Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Fuengirola, but all these resorts' top attractions and nightlife will be in full swing.
Take a trip to Rhodes in Greece
A holiday to Rhodes
in June gives you the chance to stretch out on the best of the island's east coast beaches ahead of the main high-season rush. It's a great time to discover some of the island's secluded coves and quieter beaches, many of which are on the less-developed southern coast.
There are several EU Blue Flag beaches dotted around the island, with the more sheltered locations to be found on the eastern side, while the western-facing resorts see higher winds, which make them attractive to watersports fans.Dive centres are also now well established, with the best sites serving the quiet Kalithea Bay with its underwater caves and ancient spa baths.
Even if Rhodes Town isn't your base, a visit here on a holiday to the island is a must to see the medieval fortified walls and walk through the cobbled streets which have helped assure the town of UNESCO world heritage site status.
Enjoy the delights of Sharm-El-Sheikh in June
A cheap holiday to Sharm-el-Sheikh
is a great idea for a June getaway, and before the busy months of July and August arrive you will really find that it is an oasis in the desert, offering reliably warm conditions and many hours of sunshine.
This is just as well, since the beaches on this part of the Red Sea coast are among the finest in Egypt
, perfect for relaxing on, yet also making a great base for all the most popular watersports.
The resort is located just a 15-minute drive from the airport, and boasts a high proportion of four to five-star hotels, many of which offer all-inclusive packages, but you can also find self-catering accommodation.
Most of Sharm El Sheikh's restaurants are found in the leading hotels and resorts, but these are geared up to catering for an international clientele, so in addition to Egyptian, Italian, Chinese, French and Japanese cuisine are widely offered.
The nightlife is colourful and lively, with several bars and casinos vying for your tourist shekel, while hotels also feature evening entertainment programmes, which include Egyptian music and dances. By June, summer is getting into its stride, but temperatures are generally still some way off their often uncomfortable seasonal peak, even though 12 hours of daily sunshine are the norm.
Spend some time on the beach in Gibraltar
Gibraltar is one of the most popular short haul destinations in Europe, and with direct cheap flights from all UK airports, and tax-free alcohol, tobacco, electronics, perfumes and jewellery, it's easy to see why. Blue skies, swaying palms and the imposing grey rock of Gibraltar rising high above the skyline make for an enduring sight. The territory's five beaches offer diving and sailing facilities.
Variety is the key to eating out in Gibraltar. You can dine al-fresco on one of the three marinas overlooking the sea or visit any of the hotels such as the Caleta and Rock hotels, both of which offer an amazing selection of cuisine. From sophisticated wine bars to lively British pubs, the nightlife is also equally varied.
Gibraltar is also a popular wedding location - John Lennon married Yoko Ono here, whilst Sean Connery went one better and got married here twice!
Enjoy the island paradise that is Malta
The islands of Malta
are a truly epic holiday destination. The narrow meandering streets of their towns and villages are filled with Renaissance cathedrals and Baroque palaces. The Maltese countryside has some of the oldest known man-made structures in the world.
Malta comprises three islands - the main one itself, and the smaller Gozo and Comino - and their location, at the centre of the Mediterranean, means you're almost certain to enjoy perfect weather for making the most of their more than 100 miles of beaches.
With over 7,000 years of intriguing history, there is a great deal to see and do. Among the highlights are the world famous Hypogeum, a UNESCO World Heritage site, prehistoric temples and grand palaces.
June is the start of the islands' summer, and a good time to visit as the humidity of the later part of the season has yet to make itself felt. It is also before the hot, dry winds of the sirocco blow in, hence more comfortable for exploring. You are, however, almost guaranteed up to 12 hours' sunshine a day.