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Escape The Crowds: 10 Best Places To Visit In Europe This Summer

Category : Europe , Visit Europe

One of the most amazing things about traveling in Europe is how incredibly easy it is to get around. That’s why the “whirlwind European adventure” is still such a classic for summer travel. With so much to see and do, a summer trip through top European destinations is a new experience every time you go.

To get you ready for a little summer fun in Europe, here is our list of the 10 best places to escape the crowds in Europe this summer!

Kotor, Montenegro

Hidden in a ria canyon, this beautiful, secluded Mediterranean port is surrounded by history—literally! The Venetian fortifications are only part of its long history, written in the town’s unique blend of architecture. With its Medieval old town, WWII memorials, and Napoleonic gates, it’s a quiet town with a long history to explore.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

One of the 10 most well-preserved Medieval cities in the world, Dubrovnik is more well known for its perfect seaside charm. You’ll definitely want to spend your time outside on its many beaches, in its botanical gardens, and in the Arboretum Trsteno, the world’s oldest arboretum! Bonus for Game of Thrones fans: the town is one of the filming sites for Kings Landing.

St. Moritz, Switzerland

St. Moritz is a big winter destination in Switzerland, but it’s much less crowded in the summer. With an elevation of 1,856 meters, it boasts plenty of sunny days yet it never gets too hot. Outdoor lovers can enjoy the many hiking trails in the area and those looking for a relaxing getaway have plenty of spa resorts to choose from.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland’s capital is the perfect destination for travelers who are interested in wilderness adventuring but who want to be able to return to the comfort of civilization after a hard day’s hike. Day-trips let you explore the solitary beauty of Iceland’s landscape, and you can keep enjoying it after with a relaxing trip to any Reykjavik spa featuring one of its many hot springs!

Bergen, Norway

If you want to see the fjords of Norway, Bergen is the perfect gateway city. Not only does this charming town offer easy hiking access to a trove of nearby landmarks, it’s colorful houses and cozy charm also make it the perfect place to curl up with a good cup of steaming fish soup. After all, the town is well known for its fishing history!

Gothenburg, Sweden

The Gothenburg Archipelago is a collection of islands, some big and some only large enough for a single house! If you’re into island hopping, Gothenburg is definitely an ideal destination. In the city proper, you can spend an adrenaline-filled day at Liseberg amusement park, walk its many parks, and enjoy its famous music scene.

Tenby, Wales

Amazingly picturesque, this Welsh town is perfect for travelers looking to enjoy a quaint English seaside summer. Between trips to any of its several beaches, you can enjoy visiting some of its gorgeous art galleries and museums, like The Glass Gallery, which specializes in stained glasswork, or the Tenby Museum. Nearby Pembroke Castle looms over the town and was the birthplace of Henry VII.

Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp is the place to go if you’re a fan of Renaissance art. From Reubens House to the Old Museum, there are plenty of museums, tours, and architectural masterpieces to help you get your aesthetic fill. Bike tours of the city are especially popular, as Antwerp is especially biker-friendly, and can be an enjoyable way to get your bearings if this is your first visit.

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana (pronounced liu-bliana) is Slovenia’s capital city. Despite being a capital city, Ljubljana still holds a friendly small-town charm, with the benefit of modern amenities like free WiFi. The summer is filled with outdoor events like plays in the park and even an outdoor library, so take your time enjoying the sun and various street festivals.

Tallinn, Estonia

Like Ljubljana, Tallinn is a capital that nonetheless manages to retain a lot of quaint, historical charm. During the summer, its long coastline becomes a popular destination for beachgoers. Nearby Kadriorg Park extends behind the Kadriorg Park, offering beautiful botanical walks with rich history and architectural wonder.


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Best Places to Visit in Europe this Summer

Category : Europe , Visit Europe

Our travelers rate Iceland, with its famous hot springs and midnight sun, as Europe’s top summer trip. Whether you’re looking for an alpine adventure in Switzerland or a city escape in Germany, these are the top countries to visit for Europe vacations in June, July, and August. Some top choices may even inspire you to plan your next trip.

1. ICELAND

Iceland puts on one of the most dramatic natural spectacles on the planet. Rainbow-arched waterfalls cleave mountains with snow capped peaks just beyond its happening capital, Reykjavík. You can climb mountains, ford rivers, watch birds, catch fish, and even tend herd at a typical Icelandic farm. Rugged fjords and lush valleys lace the countryside, while fingerlike peninsulas reach toward the Arctic Circle. In the south, a veritable land of fire and ice await, from Iceland’s still-active Hekla Volcano to the chilling splendor of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier.

2. SWEDEN

Sweden requires the visitor to travel far, in both distance and attitude. Approximately the size of California, Sweden reaches as far north as the arctic fringes of Europe, where glacier-topped mountains and thousands of acres of forests are broken only by wild rivers, pristine lakes, and desolate moorland. In the more populous south, roads meander through miles of softly undulating countryside, skirting lakes and passing small villages with sharp-pointed church spires.

3. ENGLAND

From medieval cathedrals to postmodern towers, from prehistoric stones to one-pub villages, England is a spectacular tribute to the strength—and flexibility—of tradition. In the capital city of London and beyond, you can explore grand manors and royal castles steeped in history, and also discover cutting-edge art, innovative cultural scenes, and trendy shops. Quintessentially English treasures like the Georgian town of Bath, academic Oxford, and eccentric Brighton remain vibrant, and silvery lakes and green hills provide enduring grace notes.

4. SCOTLAND

Scotland packs spectacular landscapes, as well as rich history and tradition, into a small country. From the Lowlands to the Highlands, its lush woodlands, windswept moors, and deep lochs may take your breath away. Impressive castles, whisky distilleries, and golf courses entice, and cities such as Edinburgh and Glasgow tweak tradition with cutting-edge festivals and vibrant cultural scenes. Scotland’s iconic products and customs—from tartans to bagpipes—may travel the globe, but there’s nothing like experiencing them firsthand.

5. SWITZERLAND

Whether on snow-capped mountains or in glitzy resort towns, you can experience the high life in Switzerland. Visitors are elated by its soaring outdoor recreation, riding cable cars up peaks near the Matterhorn, sipping Swiss wine while cruising on a crystalline alpine lake, and skiing the immaculate slopes of St. Moritz. At the end of the day, lavish spas beckon, along with lively après ski scenes and pots of fondue. Sophisticated cities like Zurich and Geneva take luxury to new heights, with posh boutiques and upscale restaurants lining their cobblestoned streets.

6. AUSTRIA

A “blast from the past” is how one recent visitor described her journey through Austria. It remains, she explained, a place where children laugh at marionette shows in the parks, couples linger for hours over pastries at gilt-ceiling cafés, and Lipizzan stallions dance to Mozart minuets—in other words, Austria is a country that has not forgotten the elegance of a time gone by.

7. GERMANY

From half-timbered medieval towns to cosmopolitan cities, Germany offers a thoroughly engaging mix of tradition and modernity. You can explore Bavaria’s magnificent baroque palaces one day, and immerse yourself in Hamburg’s cool, redeveloped HafenCity the next. In hip Berlin, historic sites such as the Brandenburg Gate and contemporary art galleries create exciting contrasts. Throughout the country, discovering world-class museums and cutting-edge design is as quintessentially German as grabbing a stein of beer at a centuries-old biergarten.

8. TURKEY

In modern Turkey, the legacy of centuries of history coexists with progressive and contemporary culture. Its exciting capital, Istanbul, spans Europe and Asia: here, upscale eateries and swanky nightclubs are squeezed between Byzantine and Ottoman structures, with calls-to-prayer from city mosques sounding above the city. The Aegean and Mediterranean coasts mix ancient Roman ruins with stunning beaches and resorts. Still, the real cultural lessons come from the Turkish people, always welcoming and eager to share their homeland’s fascinating past and present.

9. WALES

Wales is a land of dramatic national parks, plunging, unspoiled coastlines, and awe-inspiring medieval castles. Its ancient history and deep-rooted Celtic culture make Wales similar in many ways to its more famous neighbors, Scotland and Ireland; and yet it doesn’t attract the same hordes of visitors, which is a big part of the appeal.

10. FINLAND

If you like majestic open spaces, fine architecture, and courteous locals, Finland is for you. Mother Nature dictates life in this Nordic land, where winter brings perpetual darkness, and summer, perpetual light. Crystal clear streams run through vast forests lighted by the midnight sun, and reindeer roam free. Even the arts mimic nature: witness the music of Jean Sibelius, Finland’s most famous son, which can swing from a somber nocturne of midwinter darkness to the tremolo of sunlight slanting through pine and birch, or from the crescendo of a blazing sunset to the pianissimo of the next day’s dawn. The architecture of Alvar Aalto and the Saarinens—Eliel and son Eero, visible in many US cities, also demonstrates the Finnish affinity with nature, with soaring spaces evocative of Finland’s moss-floored forests.

11. IRELAND

It’s a Celtic mystery: how can a country as small as Ireland be packed with so much majestic history, natural beauty, vibrant culture, and, of course, fun? Norman castles overlook wild, empty beaches, Georgian country houses host impromptu traditional music sessions, excited theatergoers spill out into bustling Dublin pubs. Drama and spectacle lie at every turn, with a pint of Guinness to toast it all. But the real Irish secret is the people: their unique blend of warmth, humor, and irreverence will ensure your trip to the Emerald Isle is a true adventure.

12. SPAIN

Spain conjures images of flamenco dancers, café-lined plazas, white hillside villages, and soaring cathedrals. Beyond these traditional associations, this modern country offers top-notch art museums, inventive cuisine, and exciting nightlife. From the Pyrenees to the coast, its landscapes and varied cultures are worth exploring. Especially enticing is the national insistence on enjoying everyday pleasures. The Spanish live life to its fullest whether they are strolling in the park, pausing for a siesta, lingering over lunch, or dancing until dawn.

13. BELGIUM

Belgium has attractions out of proportion to its diminutive size. From medieval cities and abbeys where the monks run their own breweries to forested hills and famous World War I and II battlegrounds for contemplation and remembrance, it’s a little country that packs a big punch.

14. DENMARK

The Kingdom of Denmark dapples the Baltic Sea in an archipelago of some 450 islands and the crescent of one peninsula. Measuring 43,069 square km (17,028 square miles) and with a population of 5.5 million, it is the geographical link between Scandinavia and Europe. Half-timber villages and tidy agriculture rub shoulders with provincial towns and a handful of cities, where pedestrians set the pace, not traffic. Mothers safely park baby carriages outside bakeries while outdoor cafés fill with cappuccino-sippers, and lanky Danes pedal to work in lanes thick with bicycle traffic.

15. ITALY

Italy is the kind of destination that travelers return to over and over. They come for awe-inspiring art and architecture that influenced Western civilization, and stunning historical ruins—as well as for some of the world’s best food and wine. Also beckoning irresistibly are Italy’s sun-kissed olive groves and vineyards, the sparkling waters of Lake Como and the Mediterranean, and atmospheric monasteries, castles, and farmhouses. And if you seek vibrant cities with renowned museums, restaurants, and shopping opportunities, Rome, Florence, and Milan await.


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Summer In Europe: Top 10 Best Places For A Fabulous Vacation

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While planning for holidays during summer in Europe, most of the travelers prefer picking the famous spots rather than exploring the offbeat ones. In this way, many of the breathtaking destinations in Europe that offer unspoilt environs for perfect summer holidays are left unnoticed.

Hence, we’ve collated a list to bring some of the best offbeat destinations to your attention. Rest assured, these escapades will not only make your European summer holidays fun, but also fabulous.

10. Crete, Greece – Fill Your Life With Colours Of Crete

Home to some of the most relaxing and crystal clear beaches with emerald green waters, Crete is one of the most offbeat and best choices for a summer trip to Europe. Home to the gorgeous pink sand beaches, traditional villages, massive canyons, and much more, Crete is ought to be on the bucket list of every traveler.

Crete, Greece

 

Must Experience: Explore the ruins of the Palace of Knossos

Best Time To Visit: April to mid-October
Places To Visit: Samariá Gorge, Knossos, Elafonisi Island, Balos Beach, Spinalonga, and more.
Things To Do: Hiking at Samariá Gorge, caving at Psychro cave, swimming at Vai beach, shopping in local Agora, and more.

9. Porto, Portugal – This is Where You Find Solace

Located in the northwest Portugal, the coastal gem of Porto is one of the must see places in Europe in summer. Being the second largest city in Portugal, Porto is one city which is world-renowned for its port wine and enjoys the credit of having inspired the country to coin its name, Portugal. From beaches and the colorful building to its rich history, Porto is indeed a magical city with a buzzing nightlife.

Porto, Portugal

 

Must Experience: Take a ride over the double-decker bridge of Dom Luís I Bridge

Best Time To Visit: April to September
Places To Visit: Palácio da Bolsa, Church of São Francisco, Livraria Lello, Clérigos Church, Estádio do Dragão, and more.
Things To Do: Sightsee in Porto in a double-decker bus, go wine tasting, and hiking in Douro, explore the art & architecture at Serralves, and more.

8. Paphos, Cyprus – Get Ready To Absorb Vitamin Sea

For those who seek to bask under sun, flaunt that tan, and relax to the core, must get going to Paphos, the ultimate beach destination to visit during summer season in Europe.Located on the southwest coast of Cyprus, soft sandy beaches, tilted palm trees, and famous limestone cliffs, are the major crowd pullers in Paphos. Also, make sure you don’t go back from Paphos without experiencing a ride on the catamaran cruise.

Paphos, Cyprus

 

Must Experience: Don’t miss out on exploring the colorful mosaics at House of Dionysos, the protected Roman Villa of 2nd century.

Best Time To Visit: April to October
Places To Visit: Coral Bay, Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, Tombs of the Kings, Paphos Castle, Saranta Kolones, and more.
Things To Do: Explore the ruins of Roman era at Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, horse riding at Eagle Mountain Ranch, spot wild sea turtles at Lara Bay Turtle Conservation Station, and more.

7. Isle of Skye, Scotland – Perfect Place To Make Peace With Nature

Majestic mountains and high-rising cliffs are the highlights of Isle of Skye, the much famed and the second largest of all islands in Scotland. Located in the archipelago of Inner Hebrides, Isle of Skye is also known for its medieval castles, picture-perfect fishing villages, and the best nightlife in Europe summer. True to its name, Isle of Skye is indeed a place that can make anyone feel dreamy and enchanted.

Isle of Skye, Scotland

 

Must Experience: Stand on the edge of the westernmost Neist Point.

Best Time To Visit: May to September
Places To Visit: Dunvegan Castle, The Storr, Quiraing, Colbost, Armadale Castle, Fairy Pools, and more.
Things To Do: Hiking at the Storr, hike the Quiraing, fishing in Dunvegan, nature walking and hiking at Fairy Pools, and more.

6. Bergen, Norway – Meet Copenhagen’s Doppleganger With A View

You heard that right! Home to glistening glaciers and fjords, Bergen is the second largest city in Norway which never fails to impress the travelers with its small town-like charm. With its roots dating back to the age of the Vikings, Bergen is a perfect mix of 900 years old culture and modern-day lifestyle. Filled with museums, art galleries, restaurants, pubs, and craft shops, Bergen is indeed a bustling city that keeps everyone glued to its charm.

Bergen, Norway

 

Must Experience: Admire the Hanseatic buildings of Bergen at the Vågen harbour.

Best Time To Visit: May to July
Places To Visit: Bryggens Museum, Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene, Troldhaugen, Bergenhus Fortress, Lille Lungegårdsvannet, and more.
Things To Do: Go for nature walking and hiking at Fløyen, take the aerial tramway up till Ulriken mountain, explore the marine life at Bergen Aquarium, and more.

5. Brasov, Romania – A Place To Soak In The Good Vibes

Encircled by the Carpathian mountains on all sides, Brasov is a quaint little city located in the region of Transylvania. Serving as the best place for summer skiing in Europe, Brasov portrays world-class gothic architecture in all its churches and buildings. Surrounded by natural beauty all around, Brasov also serves as a perfect base for skydiving and trekking.

Brasov, Romania

 

Must Experience: Explore the council square of Piaţa Sfatului and the vibrant baroque buildings around.

Best Time To Visit: March to June & September to October
Places To Visit: Bran Castle, Biserica Neagră Church, Parcul Zoologic, St. Nicholas Church, and more.
Things To Do: Enjoy the cable-car ride at Tâmpa, skiing and snowboarding at Poiana Brașov, chill at the Smile Aqua Park, and more.

4. Zadar, Croatia – Discover An Architectural Gem

Enjoying a beautiful location on the Dalmatian Coast, Zadar is an unspoilt gem set in the heart of Croatia. Much famed for housing the historical Venetian and Roman ruins, you cannot help but fall in love with the architectural gem of Zadar. Also, it is a must to attend the Soundwave Festival in Tisno which is one of the best music festivals in Europe’s summer.

Zadar, Croatia

 

Must Experience: Explore the Plitvice Lakes National Park, one of the best European national parks & a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Best Time To Visit: June to September
Places To Visit: Church of St. Donatus, Krka National Park, Morske Orgulje, Ošljak Island, the Archaeological Museum, and more.
Things To Do: Skydiving, horse riding at Velika Plana Valley, Hiking at the Peak of Pag Island, Jeep Safari at Velebit Mountain, and more.

3. Giethoorn Village, Netherlands – Visit A Wonderland With No Roads

Get a boat in Giethoorn and you’re sorted. This marvellous village that has no roads,attracts thousands of travelers from all around the world. Encompassing of more than 180 bridges and endless canals, the magical land of Giethoorn Village works like a charm during summers in Europe.

Geithoorn, Netherlands

 

Must Experience: Enjoying boating on a Whisper boat that has silent electric motor.

Best Time To Visit: April to mid-October
Places To Visit: The Museum De Oude Aarde, Museum Het Olde Maat, Museum Gloria Maris, Arendshorst, and more.
Things To Do: Explore the Weerribben-Wieden National Park, canoe through the canals of Giethoorn, rent a bike and explore the cycling trails, and more.

2. Sicily, Italy – Explore The Canvas Of Your Dreams

One look at the landscape of Sicily will make you go weak in knees. Offering breathtaking views, Sicily is one of the largest and the most stunning islands in the Mediterranean. Going beyond the historical sites and shimmering beaches, you can never get enough of Sicily dreamlike environs during your summer vacations in Italy.

Sicily, Italy

 

Must Experience: You cannot come back without visiting the Valle dei Templi, an epitome of art and architecture.

Best Time To Visit: May to June & September to October
Places To Visit: Mount Etna, Cappella Palatina, Villa Romana del Casale, Palazzo dei Normanni, Cattedrale di Monreale, and more.
Things To Do: Skiing and hiking at Mount Etna, canyoning and rafting at Alcantara, snorkeling at Isola Bella, and more.

1. Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland – Experience Sheer Bliss. Period.

Home to the majestic and soaring Staubbach Falls, Lauterbrunnen is one destination that strikes a perfect balance between nature, adventure, love, and peace. Being one of the best adventure honeymoon destinations, Lauterbrunnen encompasses snow-bound mountains, rugged landscapes, rocky terrains, glaciers, valleys, and every other ingredient that will make your summer vacation in Switzerland an unforgettable experience.

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

 

Must Experience: Experience skiing at the Jungfrau mountains, one of the highest summits in Switzerland.

Best Time To Visit: April to June
Places To Visit: Trümmelbach, Staubbach Falls, Mönch, Lauberhorn, Eiger Glacier, Männlichen, and more.
Things To Do: Enjoy panoramic views of Jungfrau and Mönch from Jungfraujoch observatory, dine at the revolving restaurant at Schilthorn, hiking at Kleine Scheidegg, cable car ride from Stechelberg to Schilthorn, and more.


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Summer in Europe: Hit the road in Ireland

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With so much spectacular scenery on offer in Ireland, we’ve taken to the road to deliver the most wondrous four-wheeled trips throughout this enchanting island.

Wicklow Mountains, County Wicklow

Steeped in history, Ireland’s Ancient East boasts legends and tales spanning from ancient times to the modern day. And this south-of-Dublin road trip through the Wicklow Mountains is resplendent with wonderful and wild flora and fauna and fascinating local characters to meet along the way.

Take the Old Military Road out of Dublin’s southern suburbs and you’re already driving along a slice of history. It was constructed to put down the insurgents of the 1798 uprising and is Ireland’s only surviving purpose-built military road.

It’s not long before you reach the 503m-high mountain pass of Sally Gap, a captivating mountainscape with its barren, rugged scenery and heather. Bogs may not sound very appealing but those around Sally Gap are home to wildflowers, bees and butterflies, and dragonflies float above the ponds.

From Sally Gap, head southeast along to Lough Tay, known as Guinness Lake. Unfortunately Lough Tay isn’t the magical source of the black stuff. It’s so named because it’s part of a Guinness estate – although the cream-coloured manmade beach may remind many of the head on a good pint.

Backtracking, head south to Glendalough which offers a snapshot of Ireland’s monastic heritage. The more than 1000-year-old stone towers, chapels and churches, and Celtic crosses are a testament to the vision of St Kevin, the industrious hermit who founded it.

About 16km south of Glendalough, the traditional Irish village of Avoca is perfect for a spot of lunch. And a glass of real Guinness.

Connemara’s Sky Road, County Galway

 

Clamber into your motor in Clifden to set off on an 11km circular route along the Wild Atlantic Way that showcases some of Ireland’s most spectacular, rugged beauty.

Soon after leaving Clifden the Sky Road divides into two. The lower road lets you get up close and personal with the landscape while the upper road gives you the big picture, letting you gaze out over the entire area.

At its highest point there’s a car park that doubles as a lookout, with views of the Connemara countryside, the Atlantic Ocean and islands; as well as the coastline of County Mayo to the north and County Clare to the south.

Off the western edge of Connemara is the enchanting tidal island of Omey, almost hidden from the mainland to which it is linked by a sandy strand.

The island was home to 396 people in 1841 but 10 years later, after the famine, the population had halved. The island’s last permanent resident, a stuntman who worked on Crocodile Dundee, died in 2017. St Féichín’s well, where pilgrims have left strange trinkets, is perched above the island’s southern shore.

You can walk or drive to the island but note that it’s cut off at high tide. Before setting out, ask for advice from the convivial folk at Sweeney’s shop and pub in Claddaghduff.

Causeway Coastal Route, Northern Ireland

Giant's Causeway, Co. Antrim

 

From the moment you set off, you’ll discover attractions including the walled garden at Glenarm Castle and the rope bridge to tiny Carrick-a-Rede island. Ideal for cliff-top ocean views and loosening up limbs that may have started stiffening up in the car.

From there, eventually you’ll come to a steep narrow road that winds its way down to Ballintoy Harbour. The white-washed parish church at nearby Ballintoy village is one of Ireland’s most photographed.

Next up is the myth and sea-drenched Giant’s Causeway – a Unesco World Heritage Site, which legend has it was flung down by an Irish giant so he could pick a fight with his Scottish counterpart across the sea. The 40,000 interlocking basalt hexagonal columns stacked alongside each other are actually the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.

Then it’s on to Bushmills, where the Old Bushmills Distillery has been dripping out drops of the finest Irish whiskey for more than 400 years.

Don’t miss Dunluce Castle, a dramatic clifftop ruin that’s inspired many writers and artists including Chronicles of Narnia author CS Lewis.

Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry

The Dingle peninsula is described as beautiful, serene and romantic and the best way to sample these charms is a drive out to Slea Head, its westernmost part. Charming wildlife and foliage are among the wondrous scenery as you traverse the Wild Atlantic Way.

Heading west out of Dingle, over the Milltown Bridge and past the woodlands at Burnham, you’ll reach the seaside village of Ventry with its long curved beach.

Leaving Ventry, after Dunbeg Fort (a series of Iron Age defensive ramparts and ditches) there’s a sheer cliff on one side and the wild Atlantic Ocean on the other. At the end of this road is Slea Head itself, with views to South Kerry and the Blasket Islands.

The scattered village of Dunquin on the end of the peninsula is a poignant sight, with many ruined rock homes that were abandoned during the famine.

Heading back east is the far more lively town of Ballyferriter, established by a Norman family in the 12th century. Although its bars serve food and the old schoolhouse is a museum, the Tigh Bhric pub a few kilometres further on not only boasts a microbrewery but is also famed for its lunches and spontaneous bursts of music.

Be sure not to miss the nearby Gallarus Oratory before returning to Dingle. Built about 1300 years ago, it is one of Ireland’s best-preserved early Christian churches. Shaped like an upturned boat, amazingly its dry stone walls are still waterproof.


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Summer in Europe: The 20 must-do experiences for a European summer

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It’s official: summer is here. Not here-here, of course – it’s getting pretty chilly in Australia. But way over on the other side of the world, summer is upon us, and no one celebrates summer like the Europeans.

If you’re planning to migrate north soon, there are certain experiences that should be on every to-do list…

Party at Exit Festival

Dance all night in a medieval fortress with a whole bunch of crazy Eastern Europeans? Yes please. There are plenty of other great music festivals in the summer months in Europe – Glastonbury, Tomorrowland, Rock am Ring, Sonar – but everyone should get to Exit Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia at least once.

Go on a pintxos crawl in San Sebastian

There’s great tapas in Granada, and a similar scene in Seville. But still, nothing tops a night out in San Sebastian, a small Basque city with a huge passion for good food. Feast on gourmet snacks at budget prices as you make your way around the old town, drinking local wine and soaking up the atmosphere.

Ride a scooter around Italy

You could choose to do this anywhere in the country, but my advice would be to go for either Sicily or Sardinia. The islands are a manageable size for scooter trips with plenty of quiet country roads down which to let your Vespa rip. There’s something extremely romantic about seeing Italy on its quintessential mode of transport. And don’t forget to stop for gelato.

Cruise the Croatian Islands

Forget the clichéd bus tours of Western Europe – island-hopping is now the must-do activity for backpackers seeking a little fun in the sun. Best way to do that is to cruise around the Croatian islands: it’s essentially a series of parties and hangovers surrounded by exotic locations, and other boozy travellers. A great time is had by all.

Check out an Austrian sauna resort

Up for something a little different? Try spending a few nights at somewhere like Aqua Dome, an Austrian resort where there’s little to do but get naked with a whole lot of strangers in a series of saunas, thermal pools and other bizarre places like a “waterfall room”. It’s… an experience.

Go on a foodie pilgrimage

Choose one high-end restaurant that really interests you. Maybe it’s Faviken in northern Sweden. Maybe it’s El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain. Maybe it’s Maaemo in Oslo. Regardless, if you go on a pilgrimage to somewhere a little exotic, a little out of the way, you’ll not only get amazing food, but you’ll get an adventure to even make it there.

Bag a Munro

A Munro is a Scottish mountain peak higher than 3000 feet, and there are 282 of them, so plenty of choose from. All you have to do to “bag” a Munro is walk to the top, which, given the variable weather conditions in Scotland, is harder than it might initially sound. The highland scenery, however, makes it well worth your while.

Go to Portugal

You might choose to sun yourself in the Algarve, or bar-hop in Porto, or wander the streets of Lisbon, or even check out the wine regions of the interior. Whatever your decision, the main thing is just to get to Portugal, an extremely underrated and affordable destination that won’t stay that way for long.

Ski in summer

At Hintertux in Austria, Tignes and Les Deux Alpes in France, and Saas Fee in Switzerland, it’s possible to ski and snowboard all year round, which means you can break up your beachy holiday with a bit of time on the slopes.

Discover more of Amsterdam

There’s so much more to this great city than the Red Light District. And summer is the perfect time to discover it. Hire a bike and spend a few days checking out the lesser-known parts of Amsterdam, areas like the Jordaan, de Pijp, the Vondelpark and the Albertkyjp. They’re all far more interesting than those infamous seedy lanes.

Go narrow-boating on a canal

You might choose to do this in England, cruising the canals north of Manchester, or maybe in France, taking a leisurely ride on a river barge through the Dordogne, or the Languedoc region. Regardless of where you do it, canal boating is the perfect antidote to those 15-countries-in-four-days mega tours – a slow, simple way to see Europe.

Try to get into Berghain

One of Europe’s most famous nightclubs, Berlin’s Berghain, is also one of its most notoriously difficult to get into. People spend hours queuing for the privilege of being turned away from Berghain. At least in summer, however, you can do that queuing in warmth, and quite often in broad daylight.

Go to the beach in Paris

What do you do when you live in a city that’s warm enough for going to the beach and yet hundreds of kilometres away from the coast? You build your own beach, as the Parisians do each year on the banks of the Seine. Paris-Plages is the best place to find locals at play in the summer.

Watch the bridge-divers of Mostar

It’s become something of a well-known tourist attraction now, gathering at Stari Most in Mostar, Bosnia, to watch daredevils take a leap of faith from this 24-metre-high bridge into the river below. For €25, however, you can up the ante by having a go yourself. Good luck.

Go “Interrailing”

It’s not the cheapest way to get around Europe, but it’s still the classic, and something that many locals do as well as foreign tourists: buying an Interrail pass and spending a summer moving from city to city by train. It’s amazing the people you bump into over and over again.

Shop for records in Brussels

One of Europe’s most unlikely hotspots for vinyl lovers is Brussels, which has a spate of great stores that specialise in everything from bootlegs to vintage records to rarities to new indie, hip-hop and dance releases. Most are in the city centre, an easy stroll from each other.

Go to a weird festival

There’s a festival for pretty much everything in Europe, and these celebrations of the absurd can often provide a great window into the lighter side of a culture. Don’t miss the “Hopping Procession” in Luxembourg, the Bog Snorkelling Championships in Wales, and the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival in Germany.

Wander the streets of Istanbul

There are plenty of great cities for walking in Europe – Prague, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome – but perhaps the best of them is Istanbul. With just a short stroll you could visit the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, the Grand Bazaar, and Galata Bridge. And that’s just the start.

Hit the sand at Barceloneta

If you come from Australia, you’re not going to think this is a pretty piece of sand. What it is, however, is one of Europe’s best city beaches, a place that’s as much party venue as it is somewhere to go for a swim. Head down to Barceloneta in the late afternoon with a few cheap cans of beer and you’ll find all the entertainment you need.

Drink a “mass” at Oktoberfest

Yes, it’s kind of a cliché, and if you head into the Hofbrau tent you’ll be surrounded by more Australians than anyone else, but one of the great ways to round off a European summer is and always will be drinking huge, one-litre steins of beer at Munich’s Oktoberfest.


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25 Cheap destinations for 2018 with great weather in May

Anyone looking for an affordable destination with very good weather during the month of May will be happy to know that the list of possibilities is long. There are fascinating cities in most regions of the world that are worth a look, as well as many affordable beach areas for those looking to relax in the sun. Many people are just interested in where is it hot in May, and the list below will answer that question as well.

The list below is broken down by region to help you narrow the choices of holiday destinations in May more efficiently, and there are also links to pages with information about the cheapest beach destinations in the Caribbean and in Europe, which both are loaded with bargains this time of year. Of course for each city mentioned there are plenty of smaller cities nearby that are usually even cheaper, so hopefully this gives you some ideas.

For each destination you’ll notice that we include prices for 3-star and 4-star hotels during the month. These prices are the lowest rates we could find for well-reviewed and well-located hotels in those areas, including all taxes and fees. You’ll notice that in resort areas there is often a huge difference between 3-star and 4-star hotels, while in cities the difference in price is usually small.

These are cheap destinations, just to be clear

If you have an unlimited budget then you have an amazing number of choices with great weather in May including Paris, New York, and Tokyo, but this list is created for people looking to get value for money. Depending on where you are starting it might cost quite a bit to get to some of these cities, however costs will be relatively low once you arrive.

The Americas

Stretching from Canada down to Patagonia, the weather in many of the cheaper parts of the Americas is not ideal in the month of May, especially with the rainy season starting up in most of Central America, but there are still plenty of choices.

The Caribbean

MontegoBayFor those looking just to relax in the sun, May is the perfect month to head to the Caribbean because high season is over but the weather is still dry and perfect. Better still, prices at many of the resorts come down dramatically from their highs of earlier in the season. Independent and cultural travelers can do it cheaply by booking a hotel and exploring, but honestly the best deals are at the all-inclusive resorts.


Cancun, Mexico

  • May avg high: 91°F/33°C
  • May avg low: 76°F/24°C
  • May avg precip: 3.5″/8.8cm

May is an excellent month to visit Cancun or the lovely town of Playa del Carmen a bit to its south, because the crowds are thin and room rates are low in spite of the perfect weather. Starting a bit after Easter, room rates at even the best hotels here go down, so the value is fantastic.

You might get a brief flash of rain or two on a visit to Cancun in the month of May, but it rarely lasts more than 30 minutes or so, and it can be refreshing. Otherwise, you’ll be spending most of your time on or near the beach with ocean breezes, or in the air-conditioned hotel or restaurants, so you’ll be quite comfortable.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$57 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$90 per night for two people

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

  • May avg high: 87°F/31°C
  • May avg low: 75°F/24°C
  • May avg precip: 1.2″/3.0cm

If you are looking for an all-inclusive hotel stay then Punta Cana should be the first place you consider. The lovely white beach is lined with European-owned hotels that offer amazing deals along with high quality, and May is one of the cheapest months of the year. In other words, the room rates will be so low it might look like a mistake, yet the deals are real.

Punta Cana has a fairly new airport and new roads, so it’s all very civilized and efficient, unlike many other places in the Caribbean. This is also one of the Caribbean’s busiest airports, so you can get direct cheap flights in from all major cities in North America and many in Europe.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$45 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$166 per night for two people

Montego Bay, Jamaica

  • May avg high: 88°F/31°C
  • May avg low: 75°F/24°C
  • May avg precip: 2.3″/5.8cm

May in Montego Bay is definitely a warm month, but it’s also dry and generally pleasant. This is the place to come if you want an all-inclusive hotel or other large beach hotel that is close to the US and everyone speaks English. The town itself isn’t much to talk about, so it’s best to come here to stay at one of the large stand-alone hotels.

If Montego Bay itself doesn’t sound perfect then you might instead consider Negril or Ocho Rios, both of which are about 90 minutes away from Montego Bay Airport, and both provide different experiences. Ocho Rios is another area with large hotels and some interesting attractions (most notably a waterfall), while Negril is the old-school beach area with small hotels and bars and interesting local culture.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$81 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$214 per night for two people

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

  • May avg high: 88°F/31°C
  • May avg low: 68°F/21°C
  • May avg precip: 0.6″/1.5cm

If you are living in the eastern half of the US or Canada, or in Europe, the above Caribbean destinations are probably your best bet. But if you are living in the western half of the US or Canada, you should probably be focusing on Puerto Vallarta instead. Unlike some of the other above, Puerto Vallarta is a historic town with a lovely central district as well as all types of resort hotels up and down the beach.

Flights into Puerto Vallarta are typically fairly cheap even in high season. As you can see by the room rates mentioned just below, the hotel scene in PV runs quite a range. You can get a nice 3-star hotel a few blocks from the beach for almost nothing, but the 4-star chain resorts along the beach are not quite as cheap. Still, everything here is good value for most visitors, and it feels far more authentic than Cancun or Punta Cana. When June rolls in so does the rainy season, so plan your trip for May to be safe.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$37 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$147 per night for two people

New Orleans, USA

  • May avg high: 85°F/29°C
  • May avg low: 66°F/19°C
  • May avg precip: 4.6″/11.5cm

New Orleans can get famously muggy and sticky during the peak of summer, so May is a perfect time to visit. Days will be warm and it cools off enough each evening to balance things out comfortably, while still being pleasant for the nightlife scene outdoors. Among the best places to visit in May, New Orleans is our only recommendation in the United States, so it’ll be the cheapest option for many readers.

May is part of high season for hotel prices, but generally New Orleans is a relative bargain in the United States, with hostels and budget rooms being cheaper than in most major cities, and excellent food and drinks being quite affordable if you look around a bit.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$155 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$156 per night for two people

Mexico City, Mexico

  • May avg high: 80°F/27°C
  • May avg low: 53°F/12°C
  • May avg precip: 2.2″/5.5cm

Mexico City’s climate isn’t nearly as hot as most people would guess, due mostly to its elevation. The peak months for heat are April and May, but even these are quite reasonable most of the time, and the proper rainy season doesn’t begin until June. In other words, if you are looking for the hottest places in May, then Mexico City isn’t one of them.

Prices for hotels and hostels are quite cheap by most standards, and flights tend to be extremely affordable from America as well, especially compared to flights to Europe. Those looking for stylish hotels and restaurants will find an abundance of them in the city’s fashionable center, though knowing some Spanish will certainly help.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$46 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$75 per night for two people

San Pedro/Ambergris Caye, Belize

  • May avg high: 83°F/28°C
  • May avg low: 79°F/26°C
  • May avg precip: 4.0″/10cm

The rainy season doesactually begin in Belize in May, but usually late in the month, and even then it’s usually only a few short afternoon cloud bursts each week. Otherwise the temperatures tend to be consistently pleasant, though a bit humid. Most of the Spring Break crowd is long gone by this time so you’ll have most of the restaurants to yourself, but the diving trips still go on.

If San Pedro on Ambergris Caye seems too expensive for you then you can stay on nearby Caye Caulker instead, or in the area with the best beaches in Belize on the Placencia Peninsula. Compared to similar resorts in the region the prices are very reasonable.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$73 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$134 per night for two people

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • May avg high: 82°F/28°C
  • May avg low: 66°F/19°C
  • May avg precip: 2.8″/7cm

With its location just inside the Tropical belt, the weather in Rio de Janeiro tends to be warm all year long, even during their “winter.” The rainy months are from December through April, so May is a perfect time for a visit. The beaches are packed with locals most of the year, including in May, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities for “people watching” while you enjoy the otherwise gorgeous scenery.

The Brazilian currency has come way back down in 2015, so visits in 2016 will be far cheaper than in recent years. As of a few years ago this had become quite a pricey place, but now you’ll find that it’s a very interesting travel bargain, not to mention one of the most beautiful cities on earth.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$49 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$88 per night for two people

Cartagena, Colombia

  • May avg high: 87°F/31°C
  • May avg low: 79°F/26°C
  • May avg precip: 3.8″/9.5cm

The temperatures in Cartagena are basically the same every day of the year, which means warm days and also warm tropical nights. Rain does pick up toward the end of May, but as usual, it tends to come down in short bursts, so it’s unlikely to ruin your holiday. If you are staying in the gorgeous historical walled city then it’s easy to find shelter quickly if needed, and the same is true for those staying along the beach area just to the west of the Old City.

Cartagena is still a great value for tourists, and hotels have their low-season prices on until July, so it’s an excellent choice if you can find an affordable flight. The whole country is seeing a resurgence in interest from travelers now that it’s been declared safe in nearly all areas, so it seems that prices might rise in the coming years. This city is one of the best cheap places to travel anytime of year, and May is one of the better months.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$90 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$97 per night for two people

Lima, Peru

  • May avg high: 72°F/22°C
  • May avg low: 63°F/17°C
  • May avg precip: 0.1″/0.3cm

Even though winter is just around the corner in Peru in May, Lima is a coastal city with mild temperatures all year, and there’s barely any rain recorded in the city during this time of year. The seaside suburb of Miraflores is where many tourists choose to stay, as it’s ideal for an outdoor lifestyle when the weather is still nice.

This is a very modern city with an interesting colonial past and architecture, and it’s a good bargain for most people. Those interested in going on to Cusco for Machu Picchu will find nights cooler there, but it’s still the end of the high season before the rains come.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$60 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$90 per night for two people

Europe

Only the southernmost edges of Europe really enjoy what you’d call “good” weather in May, but still this is an excellent month for cultural tourists before the summer crowds swoop in.

Since most of Europe doesn’t fit the typical definition of “cheap,” you’ve only got a few entries on this list. However, several of Europe’s cheapest beach areas are worth considering in May because it’s already warm enough yet off season prices are still in effect.

Special 2017 Europe update for Americans

With the exchange rate between the US Dollar and Euro looking extremely good for Americans in 2017, and low fuel prices helping keep airfares lower than they’ve been in years, nearly all of Europe is a bargain for those holding US Dollars.

Athens, Greece

  • May avg high: 79°F/26°C
  • May avg low: 57°F/14°C
  • May avg precip: 0.9″/2.3cm

While Athens is definitely not as cheap as it used to be, it does have great weather in May, and it’s nicer than many people remember it from the old days. There’s almost no rain as well, so it’s an excellent time to explore the city before heading off to one or more of the Aegean islands for an early holiday if you can manage it.

Prices for hotels tend to be much cheaper in May before jumping up substantially in June. Hostels are good bargains all year round in Athens, but still many people find this to be a city that wears on them after only 3 or 4 days, so it’s fantastic that the islands are so easy to reach.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$53 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$88 per night for two people

Naples, Italy

  • May avg high: 73°F/23°C
  • May avg low: 54°F/12°C
  • May avg precip: 2.0″/5.0cm

It may not actually be beach weather in Naples in May, but it’s very pleasant, much nicer than the travel peak of July and August. As probably the cheapest major tourist city in Italy, it’s still a bit on the expensive side for some people, though hotels in particular do offer some really good deals during the fringe season like this, while hostels are less of a bargain. By the way, Naples has a deserved reputation for being a bit “gritty” so most people prefer staying in the lovely city of Sorrento just a bit to its south. It’s a little more expensive than Naples, but FAR more pleasant, and it’s also still very close to Pompeii as well as the Amalfi Coast.

May is also a good time to visit Sicily or one of the other nearby islands since they tend to be even cheaper and the weather is ideal before summer as well. The cities in the northern parts of the country can be chaotically crowded during summer, so even though they aren’t very warm yet, this is still a good time to visit as long as you are in the area.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$72 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$103 per night for two people

Lisbon, Portugal

  • May avg high: 71°F/22°C
  • May avg low: 56°F/13°C
  • May avg precip: 2.2″/5.5cm

Curiously, Lisbon is a bit warmer in May than Barcelona and Madrid, and it’s also a bit cheaper as well. High season for hotels in Lisbon doesn’t begin until June, as you’d expect, so this is an ideal time to come appreciate this underrated city’s charms.

The Algarve area along the southern coast of Portugal is even nicer, and a great bargain for early-season visitors. Prices at hotels and resort apartments are often very low, even along the beaches, so if you’ve got the time off this is one not to miss.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$90 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$122 per night for two people

Istanbul, Turkey

  • May avg high: 71°F/22°C
  • May avg low: 54°F/12°C
  • May avg precip: 1.3″/3.3cm

The month of May is an ideal time for a holiday in Turkey if you can manage it. Istanbul itself still tends to be a bit cool, but the resort towns on the Mediterranean such as Antalya, and those along the Aegean like Bodrum, are nice and warm. The summer crowds are still not in affect so hotel prices are reasonable throughout the country.

Istanbul is an excellent bargain for the hostel set, with dorm beds at very enticing prices. Food and drinks had become somewhat expensive here in 2013 and 2014, but the Turkish Lira has continued to drop into early 2016, so the value is big here once again. Hotels are just a bit expensive still, but once you arrive you’ll find that most things feel like great deals.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$39 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$53 per night for two people

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

  • May avg high: 75°F/24°C
  • May avg low: 64°F/18°C
  • May avg precip: 0.2″/0.5cm

Tenerife is the main English-speaking island in the Canaries, which are just off Africa’s northern coast, and these prices and weather are similar in all of them. The weather here is almost the same the whole year round, so it’s most popular from December to April when Europe itself is cold or frozen. In other words, May is the start of the low season here, even though the climate is perfect.

It should be easy to find a flight to Tenerife in the month of May at a good price, and the better hotels will also be offering promotional deals. It’s not quite warm enough to spend a lot of time on the sand, but it’s still incredibly nice and consistent here, not to mention quite affordable.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$48 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$67 per night for two people

Africa

Northern Africa gets extremely hot in mid summer, so May is a great choice in that region. South Africa does get a bit cool this month, so it’s not quite ideal.

Cairo, Egypt

  • May avg high: 91°F/33°C
  • May avg low: 63°F/17°C
  • May avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

May is the perfect time to visit anywhere in Egypt and specifically Cairo. The daytime temperatures do get up there, but it’s bone dry and the evenings cool off nicely anyway. The main attractions, like the Great Pyramids of Giza, tend to have reasonable crowds this time of year as well.

This city is very cheap by most standards, and things are even better in that the high-season for hotels ends in April, so you can get really good shoulder-season rates at many of the nicer 3-star and above places. Hopefully security in Egypt will improve enough to visit soon.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$37 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$47 per night for two people

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

  • May average high: 93°F/34°C
  • May average low: 75°F/24°C
  • May avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

If you are looking for the cheapest beach destination with warm May weather and little to no chance of rain, then this is it. Sharm el-Sheikh may not be at the top of your list for 2016, although it’s been generally safe for over a decade and security here is tighter than ever.

With the challenges that Egypt has faced in recent years, this resort is ready to deal on hotel rooms and water activities. Those who are making the trip are rewarded with value that you can’t find anywhere else in the world for this quality and excellent climate.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$23 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$33 per night for two people

Marrakech, Morocco

  • May avg high: 82°F/28°C
  • May avg low: 57°F/14°C
  • May avg precip: 0.9″/2.3cm

Marrakech gets absolutely scorching during July and August, so May is the perfect time to visit with pleasant warm days and cool evenings still. Fez tends to be a bit cooler year round and a bit cheaper as well, so it’s another good option if you aren’t interested in seeing both on the same trip.

Generally Morocco tends to be quite cheap by most standards, with prices for most things usually about half what they’d be in Spain just to the north. Many people come over by ferry, but sadly plenty of them go no further than the entry point city of Tangier.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$38 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$59 per night for two people

Asia

April and May are the hottest months in most of southern Asia, so many of the cheapest cities on earth are quite uncomfortable at this time of year. Heavy rains start in some areas as well, so the choices now are a bit on the narrow side. As a result, the list of places to visit in May in Asia is a bit shorter than you might expect.

Beijing, China

  • May avg high: 79°F/26°C
  • May avg low: 57°F/14°C
  • May avg precip: 1.3″/3.3cm

During the peak travel season in July and August, Beijing can get very steamy and quite wet, but during May the temperatures are very comfortable around the clock, and there’s almost no rain. The worst air pollution of summer is still several months off at this point as well, so those who might be sensitive to that should take that into account. Most foreigners will visit Beijing and elsewhere in China on a tour, which actually saves a lot of hassle and is usually even cheaper. The popular all-inclusive China tours from the United States are amazing value, but independent travelers will find this to be a very affordable city as well.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$54 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$69 per night for two people

Shanghai, China

  • May avg high: 75°F/24°C
  • May avg low: 61°F/16°C
  • May avg precip: 4.0″/10.0cm

Being farther south, Shanghai gets even hotter during the peak of summer, so May really is an ideal time to visit. The rains really pick up starting in June as well, so even though May is part of the high season for hotels, it’s probably worth the extra bit of money.

Traveling cheap here can be a bit more challenging than in Beijing, but it can be done if you are well prepared. Cheap hotels and restaurants are a bit harder to find in some neighborhoods, so a good guidebook or online resource is key if you are trying to maximize your funds. At least English is more widely spoken in Shanghai so it’s easier to deal with than Beijing or other huge cities.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$59 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$72 per night for two people

Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

  • May avg high: 86°F/30°C
  • May avg low: 78°F/26°C
  • May avg precip: 3.0″/7.5cm

Being practically on the equator, the temperatures in Bali are steady all year long, with warm days and nearly-as-warm nights. The heavy rains fall between November and March, so May is a perfect time to come at the beginning of the nice season and before the summer crowds have arrived.

Hotels booked online are reasonable enough and reliable, but independent travelers looking for smaller places and even cheaper places once they arrive can still find excellent bargains. If done right, Bali is one of the best travel deals in the world. The scenery is amazing and the culture is unique. Traffic jams are recently taking their toll, however.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$32 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$48 per night for two people

Pokhara, Nepal

  • May avg high: 79°F/26°C
  • May avg low: 63°F/17°C
  • May avg precip: 4.0″/10.0cm

The trekking season in Nepal basically has four good months of weather, and fortunately May is one of them (along with April, October, and November). Rains do pick up at the end of the month, but generally conditions are very pleasant, even at altitude, and visibility is good.

Pokhara can get crowded during this time of year, but with a glut of new hotels being built you’ll still be able to find a great deal if you book in advance, or sometimes even if you just show up and shop around. Food and drinks are very cheap here all year round, so many people hang out between long treks into the nearby mountain ranges.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$17 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$60 per night for two people

Middle East

Obviously this is similar to north Africa, so May is a very good time to visit these desert regions.

Dubai, UAE

  • May avg high: 100°F/38°C
  • May avg low: 76°F/24°C
  • May avg precip: 0.0″/0.8cm

Dubai is extremely popular from December through April because of its warm and dry weather, but by the time May rolls in it can be a bit too hot for some people. The good news is that it’s a dry heat and most people don’t spend much time outdoors here during the day anyway, unless they are sitting on the beach. This is a city for shopping for many visitors, and the numerous shopping malls are all very well air-conditioned.

The hotel rates in May are excellent value because the season is mostly over, so you can get a large apartment suite in May for the same price as a smaller hotel room in January. The food here is good value all year long as long as you know where to look.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$51 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$69 per night for two people

Tel Aviv, Israel

  • May avg high: 77°F/25°C
  • May avg low: 63°F/17°C
  • May avg precip: 0.1″/0.3cm

Even though the summers in Tel Aviv aren’t quite as scorching as you might think, it’s still nicer in May, with lovely days and warm nights. The high season for hotels typically begins in June, so you can get some very good deals this time of year, especially at the higher-end places.

Budget travelers might struggle a bit, especially if they like a few beers in the evenings. Tours are very popular and can be a very good deal, including some very nice hotels that would be more expensive if booked on your own.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$112 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$147 per night for two people

Amman, Jordan

  • May avg high: 82°F/28°C
  • May avg low: 58°F/14°C
  • May avg precip: 0.1″/0.3cm

With perfect weather and virtually no chance of rain, it’s no surprise that May in Amman is part of the high season for hotels, but fortunately things are still quite cheap by most international standards. Trips to Petra and Wadi Rum are the main reason to come here, but the city itself isn’t unpleasant on its own.

The low season begins in June, so good deals at the nicer places might be possible towards the end of May, and cheap food options are always available.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$41 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$70 per night for two people

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26 Cheap destinations for 2018 with great weather in June

If you have your summer vacation in June then you are in pretty good shape. Since most of Europe’s wealthier office workers have their holidays confined to July and August, those who are able to travel in June will find smaller crowds and better deals in most place. The best places to visit in June are spread all over the northern hemisphere, and many of them are cheap.

Planning in advance is still key, as demand from Americans and Canadians will book the best hotels at the best rates, but you do have more flexibility in June. We have listed 26 places around the world that all have fantastic June weather as well as reasonably priced accommodations once you arrive.

The Americas

In North America June is obviously the start of summer, but most of the north isn’t really cheap enough to make this list. In South America it’s winter in most places, so only the Tropical cities are worth a look for a good-weather bargain at this time of year. The hot countries in June are mostly in the north at this time of year.

The Caribbean

LaRomanaDRIf you are looking mainly to relax in the sun rather than explore a city then the Caribbean is ideal in the month of June. The weather is pretty much perfect even as hotels drop rates to low season prices. Mexico around Cancun is particularly cheap but Jamaica and the Dominican Republic also offer amazing prices. For those who want maximum value and especially people who like to drink by the pool or on the beach, the all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean have astonishingly low prices in June.

Cancun, Mexico

  • June avg high: 91°F/33°C
  • June avg low: 77°F/25°C
  • June avg precip: 5.4″/13.5cm

While June is one of the wetter months in the Cancun area, the rain almost never comes down for more than an hour or so at a time, and it tends to be refreshing when it does fall. Better still, the hotel prices are very low in June so you’ll be able to get amazing deals at even the nicest hotels in the area, with inexpensive flights as well.

If you are looking for a high-rise resort on a beach then you’ll definitely want to look along the main Hotel Zone in Cancun itself. But if you would prefer to stay in an actual town with dozens of nearby choices of local restaurants and bars, then you should head to Playa del Carmen or even the island of Cozumel just across the water. They will all be bargains in June, and the sea breezes will keep you cool during the times you aren’t in your air-conditioned hotel room.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$57 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$121 per night for two people

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

  • June avg high: 89°F/32°C
  • June avg low: 77°F/25°C
  • June avg precip: 1.7″/4.0cm

PuntaCanaDRJune is a warm month in Punta Cana, but it still gets almost no rain so you’ll be able to spend all day on those lovely white sandy beaches if you like. This is where you want to go if you are looking for an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean with great service at shockingly reasonable prices. In June you should find room rates that are so low they will look like mistakes, yet they are real, and the resorts here are all professionally run. Punta Cana was NOT affected by the 2017 hurricanes, so everything is operating as normal.

This area gets crowded with European visitors during July and August, and most of the resorts here are owned by Spanish (or at least European) hotel companies. So June is the perfect month for great weather and modest prices for an all-inclusive resort. The flights to the new and efficient airport here should be well priced this month as well.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$50 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$126 per night for two people

Montego Bay, Jamaica

  • June avg high: 90°F/32°C
  • June avg low: 76°F/24°C
  • June avg precip: 1.5″/3.8cm

MontegoBayIf you don’t like the sound of Punta Cana then you might prefer to find a resort in Montego Bay, where pretty much everyone speaks English as a first language. The town itself is kind of a dud, so you are best off booking at one of the large self-contained resorts along the coast near town. The all-inclusives here are good deals, but there are other good options as well.

If Montego Bay itself doesn’t sound ideal then you might instead consider Negril or Ocho Rios, both of which are about 1.5 hours away from Montego Bay Airport. Ocho Rios has a similar strip of large resorts along its coast, with some interesting nearby sights and attractions. Negril, on the other hand, is best for smaller beach hotels along 7-Mile Beach, where there are many small restaurants and bars to choose from nearby each property. This is where you go to find the old-school super chilled out Jamaica.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$81 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$214 per night for two people

Mexico City, Mexico

  • June avg high: 76°F/24°C
  • June avg low: 54°F/12°C
  • June avg precip: 5.3″/13.3cm

Here’s another one that does get a bit of rain during June, but its altitude keeps temperatures in Mexico City much lower than most people would guess for this time of year. People who might not be able to afford a trip to Europe should consider this as an interesting alternative. Flights from the US and Canada tend to be cheap, the city center area is very nice in many places, and prices are very low compared to almost anywhere else. This is a very underrated destination that is far safer than many cities in the US, and the mild June weather is a perfect reason to visit. In other words, Mexico City is not one of the hottest place in June, but it’s pleasantly mild and much nicer than you might expect.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$46 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$77 per night for two people

Cartagena, Colombia

  • June avg high: 87°F/31°C
  • June avg low: 79°F/26°C
  • June avg precip: 4.2″/10.5cm

It’s true that it can be a bit rainy in Cartagena in June, but it’s the tropical type of rain that comes and goes quickly, so it’s unlikely to become a problem for most people. Hotels in this beach town are still in their off-season prices as well, as the summer demand doesn’t really pick up until July. The winter is probably the best time to visit, but it’s really quite nice all year round, and still very cheap as well. If you like culture, history, and gorgeous Colonial architecture you’ll want to stay in the walled city area. But if you mainly want to relax on the beach you’ll want to stay in the Bocagrande area just to the west of the walled city.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$98 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$107 per night for two people

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • June avg high: 81°F/27°C
  • June avg low: 64°F/18°C
  • June avg precip: 2.0″/5.0cm

Rio de Janeiro is just barely inside the Tropics, so it’s pretty much the South American equivalent of Miami. This means that its summer (December through February) can be steamy and a bit wet, but it’s nearly perfect during the rest of the year. The Brazilian currency has come way down in recent years so it’s a true bargain now, and it’s a stunningly beautiful setting as well. The low prices here won’t last forever and the setting is among the most beautiful in the world.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$75 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$91 per night for two people

Europe

When June rolls in it’s still quite cold in the north of Europe, and incredibly expensive as well. The best vacations in June are therefore toward the south in Europe. June is actually a perfect month to get some sun because peak season doesn’t start until July and yet the weather is perfect already.

Krakow, Poland

  • June avg high: 72°F/22°C
  • June avg low: 57°F/14°C
  • June avg precip: 3.3″/8.3cm

It’s hard to emphasize enough what a bargain Krakow is compared to most of the rest of Europe. June has very nice weather, though you’ll still need a jacket for the evenings. The draw here is the lovely town center with its historic cathedrals and castles, plus a huge array of hostels and budget hotels that make shopping around very easy. This is the new hot destination for British stag and hen parties, and one look at the beer prices makes it easy to see why.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$64 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$118 per night for two people

Budapest, Hungary

  • June avg high: 76°F/24°C
  • June avg low: 57°F/14°C
  • June avg precip: 2.7″/6.8cm

Many parts of Europe become stifling in July and August, and some of them have little air conditioning to help deal with it. This makes a place like Budapest ideal during June, when daytime temperatures are still warm but not steamy. Prices here are easing up in recent years, but still this is a classic and beautiful European city that remains a fantastic bargain for most people.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$64 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$77 per night for two people

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

  • June avg high: 78°F/26°C
  • June avg low: 66°F/19°C
  • June avg precip: 0.0″/0.5cm

Official part of Spain, Tenerife is one of the Canary Islands and located just off the northern coast of Africa. It has a stable climate that has pleasant temperatures pretty much all year long, and June is the first month that you should be able to get as much beach time as you like in.

The island fills up more in July and August when more Europeans have their month-long holidays, so if you can come in June you’ll be dodging some of the crowds and you should also be able to get a better rate on a hotel and a flight. There aren’t many cultural sights here, but it’s a great place to relax without breaking the bank. If you don’t speak much Spanish, then you’ll want to head to the southern towns of Los Cristianos and Playa de la Americas, which are always packed with Brits and Swedes.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$45 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$65 per night for two people

Istanbul, Turkey

  • June avg high: 79°F/26°C
  • June avg low: 61°F/16°C
  • June avg precip: 1.0″/2.5cm

June is still going to be extremely crowded in Istanbul, but it’ll be far more tolerable than July or August, so this is a good time to come. Prices have been heading up here lately, especially for hotels and hostels, so finding bargains is much more challenging than it was just a few years back. Still, this is a fascinating and photogenic city with plenty to offer the budget traveler, so it might be wise to schedule a trip soon, before prices rise much more. The rest of Turkey is generally quite a bit cheaper, thankfully.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$39 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$45 per night for two people

Prague, Czech Republic

  • June avg high: 72°F/22°C
  • June avg low: 54°F/12°C
  • June avg precip: 2.9″/7.3cm

Speaking of prices going up, Prague has been raising things and having its currency head north at the same time, so this is nowhere near the bargain that it famously was a decade or so ago. June is an ideal time to come, weather-wise, since many cheaper places have no air-con. Crowds seem to be perpetually crazy here so the key is to try to take side streets and minimize your time in the main squares. It does get worse in July and August, so June is a good compromise with nice weather.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$80 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$97 per night for two people

Antalya, Turkey

  • June avg high: 89°F/32°C
  • June avg low: 66°F/19°C
  • June avg precip: 0.4″/1.0cm

Due to a limited number of actual hostels in Antalya, it’s not a classic backpacker destination. In reality, you can get a private room at a nice 2-star hotel in the historic center for sometimes less than a dorm bed. This city is a fantastic bargain, and the weather in June is wonderful, at least until the end when the July heat starts kicking in a bit early. The entire Mediterranean coast of Turkey is the place to be this time of year, just before it fills up during its two hottest months. It’s not technically in Europe, but it very much feels like it is.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$39 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$49 per night for two people

Lisbon, Portugal

  • June avg high: 77°F/25°C
  • June avg low: 61°F/16°C
  • June avg precip: 0.7″/1.8cm

The temperatures in Lisbon during June are pretty much perfect for climbing up and down its seven hills without making a mess of yourself. It’s hard to make a case for flying a long way to visit Portugal alone, although there’s actually plenty to see and do, plus the wonderful Algarve region in the south, so this is usually an add-on to some trips of Spain. If you are on the fence, definitely take the leap and you won’t regret it.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$90 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$122 per night for two people

Athens, Greece

  • June avg high: 88°F/31°C
  • June avg low: 65°F/18°C
  • June avg precip: 0.4″/1cm

The end of June can begin to get sweltering, and you probably don’t even want to think about coming during July or August, so this would be a good one about now, especially as a 3-day stop on the way to a Greek Island for the balance of a trip. This isn’t exactly a cheap city, but it’s very much worth seeing at least once in your life, with some of the world’s finest sights. It’s also much less untidy than it was before the Olympics, so its former reputation no longer really fits.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$80 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$141 per night for two people

Split, Croatia

  • June avg high: 80°F/26°C
  • June avg low: 66°F/21°C
  • June avg precip: 2.0″/5.2cm

SplitWhile Dubrovnik is the more famous destination on Croatia’s coast, it’s also too expensive to make this list now. Split, on the other hand, is still quite a bargain and it’s actually more interesting, and a nicer place to visit. Dubrovnik is completely packed with tourists, especially in summer, but Split is a similar-looking real city filled mostly with locals. It’s also easier to reach, as well as the transit hub to the nearby islands off Croatia. The area does get crowded in summer, but not quite so bad until July and August when all the Germans and northern Europeans move in for a month at a time.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$58 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$145 per night for two people

Madrid, Spain

  • June avg high: 80°F/27°C
  • June avg low: 59°F/15°C
  • June avg precip: 1.0″/2.5cm

As the prices rise the further down this list we go in Europe, Madrid is another that’s not terribly cheap by most standards, but compared to most of the rest of Europe it’s very good value, and June is pretty much the perfect time to visit. Days get warm this month, but still rarely that insane type of oppressive heat that can feel even worse in this mostly-concrete city. With no sea breeze to help out you may feel a bit uncomfortable during the middle of the day, but since everything is closed it’s a good time to take a nap back in your room anyway.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$95 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$116 per night for two people

Barcelona, Spain

  • June avg high: 76°F/24°C
  • June avg low: 60°F/16°C
  • June avg precip: 1.7″/4.3cm

The daytime temperatures in June for Barcelona are still very reasonable, and the ocean breezes can actually make it feel cool in the mornings and evenings. As a beach city this place does stay very busy all summer long, so June is a nice compromise before things get too crazy. It’s another that may not be super cheap, but it’s very reasonable compared to the rest of Western Europe, and definitely worth a visit at least once in your life for the unusual architecture alone.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$90 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$149 per night for two people

Africa

June is obviously winter in South Africa, and it’s blazing hot in most of the middle of the continent and over in Egypt, so you don’t have many great choices this month here.

Fez, Morocco

  • June avg high: 82°F/28°C
  • June avg low: 59°F/15°C
  • June avg precip: 1.0″/2.5cm

Much like nearby Marrakech, Fez sounds to many people like a place that would be in the heart of a forbidding desert, but Morocco is just south of Spain, and the Atlas Mountains keep most of the heat on the other side, so this country is fairly pleasant even in June. Most visits tend to come as part of a trip to Spain, and those who make it past the hard-to-recommend border city of Tangier will find a fascinating culture and very appealing prices.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$32 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$42 per night for two people

Asia

The cheap destinations in Southeast Asia will be celebrating the start of the drenching rainy season in June, so it’s not really an ideal time to visit if you have a choice. Still, there are some good options to consider.

Nha Trang, Vietnam

  • June avg high: 89°F/32°C
  • June avg low: 80°F/27°C
  • June avg precip: 1.7″/4.3cm

The exception to the Southeast Asia rainy season pattern, this beach town on Vietnam’s southern coast avoids nearly all the wet during summer, so it’s especially appealing for Australians and such who are escaping their own winter down under. This is not Vietnam’s best cultural experience, but the beaches are very nice, the nightlife is surprisingly good, and it’s extremely cheap once you get there.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$32 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$49 per night for two people

Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

  • June avg high: 85°F/29°C
  • June avg low: 77°F/25°C
  • June avg precip: 2.8″/7.0cm

Bali is near the equator so temperatures are similar all year long, but fortunately June is not part of the rainy season so this is one of the best times of the year to go. Rain never seems to be too far away, but of course the island is well adapted to the quick downfalls, so things get right back to normal again. Those who only research on big travel sites might think Bali is very expensive for hotels, but there are still many cheap and cheerful guesthouses in all the main tourist areas, so just showing up might save you quite a bit compared to reserving online in advance. Those looking for the best beaches in June will find many good candidates here in Bali as well.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$32 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$48 per night for two people

Beijing, China

  • June avg high: 86°F/30°C
  • June avg low: 66°F/19°C
  • June avg precip: 3.0″/7.5cm

Beijing can get really sweltering, steamy, and smoggy during summer, but June is a decent compromise before things start getting too bad. Of course this is one of the world’s most important cities, past and present, and it’s loaded with interesting things to see and do. Hotels and food are very good bargains here, and things are even cheaper in pretty much all of China, so this is a good time for a tour of multiple cities if you can pull it off. Most tours also include Shanghai, and Xi’an, but Guilin is an even better stop for most people.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$54 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$81 per night for two people

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • June avg high: 91°F/33°C
  • June avg low: 75°F/24°C
  • June avg precip: 4.9″/12.3cm

Another city very close to the equator, Kuala Lumpur is hot every day of the year. And while there will be some noticeable rain during June, this is actually the driest month on average. An impressive and modern city, KL is built to drain off the wet stuff very fast, so it rarely impacts a visit. It’s not as cheap as the rest of Southeast Asia, but when you get to Kuala Lumpur you realize why, as things are much nicer than they are in most of the region, and more cosmopolitan as well.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$29 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$43 per night for two people

Middle East

A bit surprisingly, much of the Middle East still has very reasonable temperatures in June.

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

  • June average high: 99°F/37°C
  • June average low: 80°F/27°C
  • June avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

SharmelSheikhThis Red Sea resort in Egypt has been one of the most affordable sunshine destinations in the world in recent years, and a recent incident will probably keep it on the very-cheap list for some time to come. Needless to say, this area has been safe for years and it will be considered safe again, so anyone who doesn’t get intimidated easily should consider a visit. The resort prices here are amazing, even more so lately, and the June weather is pretty much perfect for those who like it warm and dry.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$15 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$27 per night for two people

Amman, Jordan

  • June avg high: 87°F/31°C
  • June avg low: 64°F/18°C
  • June avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

Quite cheap by international standards, Amman is usually used mostly as a launching point for trips to Wadi Rum and Petra nearby, but the city itself does impress many visitors. The weather in June is still quite nice, at least in the first half of the month, and the threat of rain is literally zero. It might not be worth flying a long distance just to visit Jordan, but this region is quite worth a visit so connecting a few nearby countries is worth a look.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$60 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$70 per night for two people

Beirut, Lebanon

  • June avg high: 80°F/27°C
  • June avg low: 69°F/21°C
  • June avg precip: 0.1″/0.3cm

Similar to Amman, Beirut is actually quite pleasant during June with no rainfall at all. Prices here aren’t as low as they are in Jordan, but this city has plenty to see that might make it worthwhile on a visit to the region. There has been a long history of turmoil here and that has certainly hampered tourism. Nearly everyone who actually makes the trip seems to find it fulfilling, so it’s a good choice for the bold among us.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$50 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$59 per night for two people

Tel Aviv, Israel

  • June avg high: 82°F/28°C
  • June avg low: 69°F/21°C
  • June avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

Carrying on with the theme of places that aren’t as hot in June as you might expect them to be, Tel Aviv has its nice beaches to keep things even nicer than the inland cities as well. This is not a particularly cheap city compared to most on this list, but June is one of the best weather months here, again with no rain at all, so if you are thinking about an Israel trip you might as well do it this time of year.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$145 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$146 per night for two people

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22 Best Europe destinations in July for 2018

Category : Europe , Visit Europe

Finding a great destination in Europe in the month of July is quite easy, so narrowing down your choices is really the tricky part. This is the single most crowded month in most of Europe’s most touristy cities, although July (and August) can be less crowded than you might expect in the largest business cities such as Milan and Paris.

Those with a Europe trip to plan for July should even consider the Nordic countries because this is part of the short time of year that they have decent weather and the long daylight hours can make up for the high prices. Here are our best 22 suggestions for where to go in Europe in the month of July.

Rome, Italy

  • July avg high: 83F/28C
  • July avg low: 65F/18C
  • July avg precip: 0.6″/1.5cm

Rome is hot and crowded in the month of July, so if you can go in April. May, September, or October, you’ll be at least a bit better off. But Rome is also one of the world’s great cities and the evenings are cool enough that it’s still very enjoyable. Many cheaper hotels don’t have air-conditioning, so that’s something to consider before you book.

Most people head north from Rome to Florence and Venice (see below), but if you’ve got a bit more time you might consider visiting Sorrento, which is a bit south of Naples and it’s the ideal base for a day-trip to Naples as well as Pompeii, the island of Capri, and the Amalfi Coast. Sorrento will be much less crowded and more pleasant in July, so it’s a nice place to just relax and enjoy the food and scenery.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €50 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €65 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €14 per person

Florence, Italy

  • July avg high: 88F/31C
  • July avg low: 63F/17C
  • July avg precip: 1.6″/4.0cm

Florence does get hot in July and it’s very crowded all summer as well, but just as we mentioned with Rome (above), it’s just such an interesting and beautiful city that you shouldn’t skip it if you are doing a July Europe trip at all.

Another great thing about Florence is that it’s an ideal base for day trips to Pisa, Siena, Cinque Terre, and some lovely hill towns nearby, so this is a good place to pad your Italy trip. Hotel rates here are lower than in Rome and Venice as well, but again, cheaper hotels might not have air conditioning.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €55 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €97 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €21 per person

Venice, Italy

  • July avg high: 82F/28C
  • July avg low: 64F/18C
  • July avg precip: 2.5″/6.3cm

Since Venice is located on an island in a lagoon, it doesn’t get quite as hot as the other Italian cities on this list. Still, it’ll be hot and humid, and most of all insanely crowded. Nevertheless, if you are going to Europe in July and especially to Italy, you have to stop in Venice for at least a day or two.

The crowds in Venice are nightmarish even in the winter months, or at least they are during the day. So the trick to visiting is to book a hotel on the main island and do as much walking around and sightseeing in the early morning and evening as possible. Most of the daytime crowd heads off to buses or hotels on the mainland, so Venice is surprisingly peaceful in the off hours.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €85 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €134 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €32 per person

Reykjavik, Iceland

  • July avg high: 56F/13C
  • July avg low: 47F/8C
  • July avg precip: 2.0″/5.0cm

Even though Reykjavik somehow earned a reputation as a nightlife capital in recent years, it’s still not a place you want to linger in any longer than you have to. The magic of Iceland is the scenery all over this extremely photogenic volcanic island, and Reykjavik is the only plain-looking place here.

If you have at least a week you should consider driving a lap around the Ring Road in a rented car. You won’t believe your eyes. Even though the country has become more expensive in the last few years. Food and accommodation are on the pricey side, but it’s worth it.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €172 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €241 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €55 per person

Paris, France

  • July avg high: 76F/24C
  • July avg low: 61F/16C
  • July avg precip: 2.3″/5.8cm

Paris is obviously one of the world’s most popular tourist cities, but it’s also a major business city as well. And since there are very few meetings or conferences in July, most of the business hotels are less full than normal. So not only do you get the excellent weather, but sometimes you can find bargains at 4-star hotels in the city center.

August is a more popular month for French holidays, although some people do get the entire month of July off instead. This means that a few things will be closed, but all the attractions will be open and you’ll have no problem doing whatever you want to do this month.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €67 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €84 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €20 per person

Interlaken, Switzerland

  • July avg high: 76F/24C
  • July avg low: 56F/13C
  • July avg precip: 5.5″/13.8cm

If you want to visit the Swiss Alps to witness the most amazing scenery in all of Europe, Interlaken is the best place to go. July is actually one of the wettest months in this part of Switzerland so you might need your umbrella, but still it’ll be worth it.

The top attractions here are the mountaintop visits of Schilthorn and Jungfraujoch, which are reached by cable car and tourist train, respectively. Things can be foggy or wet up top even in July so it’s best to schedule your visits immediately once you know that things are clear at the moment. If you want to visit a second place in Switzerland to admire the unusual beauty, Lucerne is your best bet.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €76 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €204 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €30 per person

London, England

  • July avg high: 72F/22C
  • July avg low: 57F/14C
  • July avg precip: 1.9″/4.8cm

The London crowds in July can make you feel like you are in Disneyland, but it’s still one of the world’s great cities and it’s not so crowded that you should skip it if you are heading to Europe this month. The weather in July is actually quite good as well, which is something you can only say for a brief time in summer, so at least you’ll be able to spend most of your time outdoors.

More good news is that all of the United Kingdom is far more reasonably priced since the currency fell in 2016 following the Brexit vote. In fact, since every UK city outside of London is cheaper, this is a good time to tour the island. Bath and York are the two best other tourist towns in England, but really you should also head to Edinburgh (see below) in Scotland.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €120 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €129 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €60 per person

Edinburgh, Scotland

  • July avg high: 66F/19C
  • July avg low: 51F/11C
  • July avg precip: 2.3″/5.8cm

Many people know that London is famous for lousy weather all most the whole year round, but in Edinburgh it’s actually worse. Still, it won’t get any better than it is in July and this is a really wonderful place to visit. July is also much better than August because Edinburgh famously holds dozens of large festivals in August (including the Festival Fringe), pushing crowds and accommodation prices into the clouds.

Edinburgh is worth three nights if you can spare them, but you might also consider heading north from here up to Inverness, which is the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. Skip the dull Loch Ness tours and make your way to the Isle of Skye out west for some scenery you’ll never forget.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €74 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €107 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €30 per person

Dublin, Ireland

  • July avg high: 66F/19C
  • July avg low: 53F/12C
  • July avg precip: 2.0″/5.0cm

Dublin is a pleasant enough city for a couple days, but really it’s the rest of the island that you want to focus on for a summer trip. As you can see above, the weather is still a bit chilly even in July, but at least you get very long days and the Irish countryside is absolutely stunning.

Many people rent a car for a tour around Ireland, but you can see a lot by train or on coach tours as well. The smaller towns can be magical with historic stone pubs filled with local musicians most evenings. Galway is a good base for a couple days, and it’s easily reached by train from Dublin.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €105 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €127 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €30 per person

Lisbon, Portugal

  • July avg high: 82F/28C
  • July avg low: 64F/18C
  • July avg precip: 0.2″/0.5cm

We’ve removed Barcelona and Madrid from this list for the months of July and August, but Lisbon gets to stay all year because it’s got the best weather of all of them. This is a gorgeous and under appreciated city that is also surprisingly affordable.

In July you’ll find half of Britain packed into the hotels and flats in the Algarve, which is the southern coast of Portugal. It’s worth a look in July if you don’t mind crowds, but this is probably a better month to head north to Porto instead.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €47 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €73 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €20 per person

Berlin, Germany

  • July avg high: 75F/24C
  • July avg low: 58F/14C
  • July avg precip: 2.2″/5.5cm

Berlin is no longer a secret, as its reputation for being among Europe’s most interesting cities seems to have reached everyone by now. So July will be crowded in Berlin, but this is a very large city that is rather spread out so crowds aren’t really a problem except for when you are in the ticket queue for an attraction.

Most of the interesting things to see are in the former East Berlin, especially when it comes to the famous nightlife. Another wonderful thing about Berlin is that it’s surprisingly cheap compared to other major European capitals and other cities within Germany. You can afford a nicer hotel here than you can in Rome or Paris, and the beer is much cheaper as well.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €62 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €65 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €9 per person

Salzburg, Austria

  • July avg high: 76F/24C
  • July avg low: 56F/15C
  • July avg precip: 6.2″/15.5cm

With its location at the base of the Alps, Salzburg does get a decent amount of rainfall in July, but it’s still the most lovely time of year to visit this stunning city and its surrounding area. You won’t find a more charming historic town center anywhere in this part of Europe, and the countryside (where The Sound of Music was filmed) is also extremely photogenic.

Obviously July is a busy month in Salzburg and there are some classical music festivals in July that could make visiting near the end of the month more expensive, but the home of Mozart is still worth a visit if you are anywhere near it in summer.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €84 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €95 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €32 per person

Vienna, Austria

  • July avg high: 78F/26C
  • July avg low: 60F/16C
  • July avg precip: 2.7″/6.8cm

Vienna is a major cultural capital, but most of the major operas and other performers take the summer off. Still, there are performances going on and plenty of other major sights so a July visit is very worthwhile. Many of the residents will have the month off as well, so crowds in certain areas will be less packed than usual.

This city is also known for its cafe culture, much more so than its nightlife, and the lovely July weather is a perfect time of year to spend parts of each day outdoors watching the city go by. The palaces here are also among the best in Europe.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €57 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €61 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €9 per person

Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • July avg high: 69F/21C
  • July avg low: 55F/13C
  • July avg precip: 2.5″/7.3cm

You won’t get many warm days in Amsterdam in any month, but at least in July you’ll get a few of them. The July days are also long with the sun still setting around 10pm, so this is an excellent time to have a Heineken in one of the outdoor cafes all over the city.

Residents of Amsterdam flock to the open areas in summer, hoping to get at least a bit of sun. So Vondelpark, Museumplein, Dam Square, and Leidseplein are all full of life this time of year. Things do get crowded around the Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum, but since there are so few busy streets in Amsterdams center, it can still feel peaceful.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €86 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €129 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €12 per person

Bruges, Belgium

  • July avg high: 66F/19C
  • July avg low: 58F/14C
  • July avg precip: 1.5″/3.8cm

If you are visiting Amsterdam (see above) in July, you should also consider spending 2 or 3 nights in Bruges. Actually, both cities look quite alike since they were both built mostly in the 1600s and well preserved since then. But Bruges is more peaceful and less filled with the nightlife crowd, if you know what I mean.

On your way to Bruges you’ll almost certainly need to change trains in Brussels, and spending a few hours there is a good idea. It’s mostly a business and government city, but the area around the Grand Place (main square) is extremely impressive and interesting.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €84 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €99 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €20 per person

Copenhagen, Denmark

  • July avg high: 68F/20C
  • July avg low: 55F/13C
  • July avg precip: 2.2″/5.5cm

Copenhagen is another one of those Northern European cities where the weather is almost never very good, but of course it won’t get better than July so this is the ideal time to visit. The city center is almost as beautiful as the local citizens, and that is saying something.

You could save a bit of money by visiting Copenhagen in the shoulder season, but it may not be worth it because summers here are so much more alive than the rest of the year, with a sun that barely even sets before heading back up into the sky again. Copenhagen is expensive, so it’s helpful that it’s usually easy to get cheap flights on one of the local airlines.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €86 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €100 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €15 per person

Stockholm, Sweden

  • July avg high: 71F/22C
  • July avg low: 56F/13C
  • July avg precip: 2.8″/7.0cm

If you read the description of Copenhagen (above), then pretty much everything also applies to Stockholm. The cities are both gorgeous and well organized, yet fortunately they look almost nothing alike since Stockholm is a collection of islands.

The bit about the summer sun certainly applies here, and since the weather is so terrible most of the year, the whole city pulses with energy during the short summers. In fact, many attractions are only open in July and August, so it’s probably better to join the crowds and soak it all in.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €73 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €101 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €16 per person

Bergen, Norway

  • July avg high: 66F/19C
  • July avg low: 54F/12C
  • July avg precip: 3.5″/8.8cm

Speaking of expensive northern cities, Bergen is another one not to miss if you are going to be in the area. The sun barely sets at all in July, so the whole city has a glow that lasts all but just a few hours when everyone is asleep. Oslo is obviously the capital of Norway, but honestly Bergen is the better city to visit if you have to pick one.

Located on a lovely harbor, Bergen is also known as the gateway to the fjords. If you want to see the stunning scenery up Norways jagged coastline, this is the place to come for boat tours or even the Hurtigruten that goes all the way into the Arctic Circle. Food and drinks here are expensive, but hotels are pretty good value because quality is high.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €120 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €159 for two people

Krakow, Poland

  • July avg high: 76F/24C
  • July avg low: 59F/15C
  • July avg precip: 3.5″/8.8cm

If you are looking for Europe’s best bargain destination, you’ve found it in Krakow. This lovely and historic city somehow manages to be near the top of the cheap cities, even as it’s one of the more pleasant and interesting cities as well.

The July weather will make spending time in the abundant parks and open areas all the nicer. You can expect some crowds in the main town square, but overall Krakow is still far enough off the main trails that it doesn’t get overwhelmed like so many others on this list can in summer.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €35 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €62 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €10 per person

Prague, Czech Republic

  • July avg high: 76F/24C
  • July avg low: 58F/14C
  • July avg precip: 2.6″/6.5cm

Similar to Venice, Prague is ridiculously crowded pretty much all year round. And in July it’s at least a bit worse. Still, it’s a pretty big city so once you walk a few blocks off the main tourist corridor stretching from the castle to the Charles Bridge into the main square, you can still enjoy yourself.

Hotels here can feel pricey, but there are affordable apartments and food is still good value even if prices have gone up in recent years. With 2 or 3 more days in you should consider a side trip to the wonderful small town of Cesky Krumlov, which is 3 hours away on a scenic bus ride or train.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €40 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €56 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €11 per person

Budapest, Hungary

  • July avg high: 80F/27C
  • July avg low: 60F/16C
  • July avg precip: 1.9″/4.8cm

Budapest and Prague (see above) have a lot in common, but fortunately Budapest doesn’t get nearly as crowded as Prague, so it can feel a bit more pleasant in summer. The main attactions along the river on both sides can feel full, and prices of nearby hotels and restaurants can be pricey as well, but if you go a bit inland on the Pest side of the river, crowds are smaller and prices are lower.

This city has its fair share of outdoor cafes and bars, so you can take advantage of the unusually low drink prices to spend a long evening in one. The famous “ruin pubs” have an open-air courtyard in the center, so they are particularly enjoyable during the summer months.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €46 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €74 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €14 per person

Istanbul, Turkey

  • July avg high: 83F/28C
  • July avg low: 65F/18C
  • July avg precip: 0.9″/2.3cm

You might expect Istanbul to be outrageously hot in July, but it’s actually surrounded by water that keeps it mild. This would normally be a very crowded month, though in recent years Istanbul has struggled to draw tourists due to some protests that have made international headlines. At this point things are safe and calm, so it can be a good time to explore the city with smaller crowds than normal.

Another reason to consider a visit to Turkey is that the currency has plunged in recent years, so now everything here is a bargain once again. In fact, Istanbul will feel fairly cheap, and literally every other place in the country is even cheaper. It will be warm in Cappadocia or Antalya, but when you see how wonderful and cheap those places are at this point, it’ll be worth the visit.

  • Good 3-star hotels in July from €23 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in July from €31 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in July from €8 per person

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20 Cheap destinations in 2018 with great weather in August

We continue with this year-long series of articles highlighting cheap cities that have great weather during a particular month, this time for August. If you are a global weather-watcher you might already know that August weather tends to be nearly identical from the previous month, so you’ll also notice quite a few similarities with our list of cheap cities with great July weather.

So not only is the weather in these two months similar, but it’s a similar predicament for budget travelers in that Europeans (even more so than Americans) tend to cram a huge amount of vacation time into the height of summer. This means that any city with a beach that is in or near Europe will have its highest prices of the year during August. There are a few cities on the list below that aren’t nearly as crowded in summer, so let’s have a look, shall we?

The Americas

During August many Americans and Canadians are on vacations, but the numbers tend to tail off in the second half of the month in this region. Still, all the cheaper cities in these two countries have high prices during summer anyway, so it’s a good time to go a bit further afield.

The Caribbean

CancunWhile it’s true that August is officially part of the wet season in most of the Caribbean, most islands actually only get a bit of rain this month and some get almost none. In spite of this, room rates at resorts in Mexico and on the islands are crazy low, with the best deals being at the all-inclusives. In addition to Mexico you’ll find that Jamaica and Dominican Republic have the best deals this month.


Cancun, Mexico

  • August avg high: 92°F/33°C
  • August avg low: 77°F/25°C
  • August avg precip: 4.3″/10.8cm

Most people forget about tropical destinations like Cancun when it’s warm all over the Northern Hemisphere, which is exactly why it can be great value this time of year. You can be sure that it will be hot every day and warm every evening in August, but you’ll also have sea breezes along the beaches and strong air-con in all hotel rooms, so it’s far more pleasant than you might imagine.

You’ll be seeing an influx of European tourists in August who know that Cancun offers good deals this time of year, but it’s still much slower than it is in the winter months, and this huge area is built with enough hotels for peak season. The Cancun Airport has cheap direct flights from all over, and the airport also serves Playa del Carmen and the nearby island of Cozumel just to the south. All-inclusive resorts can also be great value in August.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$57 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$90 per night for two people

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

  • August avg high: 89°F/32°C
  • August avg low: 77°F/25°C
  • August avg precip: 1.1″/2.8cm

Out on the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic, you’ll find its most popular resort area with some of the island’s best sandy beaches. It’s going to be warm every day and every night in August, but it’s also generally dry, and most guests rarely spend much time out of the cooling sea breezes.

The best news is that Punta Cana can be very cheap in August, even for many of the higher-end resorts and the all-inclusives. They build enough of them so that they are mostly full in January, which means that they have to fiercely compete in low season months like this. There are great water sports opportunities as well, although you won’t be seeing much in the way of authentic culture in a resort compound like this.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$47 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$150 per night for two people

 

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

  • August avg high: 91°F/33°C
  • August avg low: 78°F/26°C
  • August avg precip: 1.1″/2.8cm

Ocho Rios is the next resort area east of Montego Bay, and visitors to both will fly into the busy Montego Bay Airport. Ocho Rios (and the rest of Jamaica) has a similar climate to Punta Cana in August, in that it’s guaranteed to be very warm but most people spend most of their time on the beach or by the pool anyway.

And again, the hotel deals in the resort area of Jamaica are quite amazing in August when many people incorrectly assume it’s way too hot. Even the all-inclusive resorts here pull out the stops with deals that sometimes look like misprints because rates are so low. If you want to tour museums and cathedrals, go elsewhere, but if you want to relax on the beach with great food and cheap drinks, it’s hard to beat Ocho Rios this time of year.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$87 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$247 per night for two people

Mexico City, Mexico

  • August avg high: 74°F/23°C
  • August avg low: 53°F/12°C
  • August avg precip: 6.7″/16.8cm

You might get a bit of rain in Mexico City in August, but there are so many great indoor activities here that it’s easy to work around it. Best of all, Mexico City has pleasant and moderate temperatures all summer while most of the rest of the region is blazing hot. This huge city is far more interesting and far less dangerous than most people realize, with excellent food, culture, and historic sights in abundance.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$46 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$60 per night for two people

Quito, Ecuador

  • August avg high: 67°F/19°C
  • August avg low: 49°F/9°C
  • August avg precip: 1.0″/2.5cm

Quito is at such altitude and so near the equator that the temperatures are almost exactly the same every day of the year. And while it’s hard to call these days “great” in the traditional sense, at least August (along with July) is the driest time of year so there’s little chance of getting caught in a storm.

If Quito were easier to reach it would be far more popular, but as it is this is not a city that people arrive in accidentally. This helps contribute to the fact that things are extremely cheap by international standards, so it’s not a bad place to just hang around in if you can manage it.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$73 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$85 per night for two people

Cartagena, Colombia

  • August avg high: 87°F/31°C
  • August avg low: 79°F/26°C
  • August avg precip: 4.7″/11.8cm

Another city with a climate that barely changes from one part of the year to another, Cartagena can be counted on for warm and muggy days and warm and muggy nights pretty much any time. August is technically within the rainy season as well, but it’s tropical rain that never lasts long.

This city also has an advantage of offering long stretches of very nice beaches near the center, plus a charming Colonial walled city in the middle of it all. With both options available it’s easy to take advantage of the sunny days on the beach and still get a bit of culture in when it’s cloudy and looks like rain is on the way. Once you get here, you’ll find that hotels, restaurants, and attractions are excellent value.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$99 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$91 per night for two people

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • August avg high: 81°F/27°C
  • August avg low: 64°F/18°C
  • August avg precip: 1.6″/4.0cm

Just as we said for July, this ties for the nicest two-month stretch of the year in a city where it’s always pretty damn nice outside. Being barely in the tropics but in the Southern Hemisphere, Rio de Janeiro is plenty warm this month but never scorching. This is also the driest time of year, so humidity is down a bit and you won’t have to worry about afternoon rainstorms.

Booking a trip to Rio can be a bit tricky though, so it’s worth doing some research. This is a sprawling metro area with a bunch of amazing (and famous) beaches that are quite a distance from the city center. If you are coming to hit the sand it’s worth paying a bit more for a nearby location.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$75 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$92 per night for two people

Europe

As mentioned on top, August in Europe is like shopping malls just before Christmas. There’s plenty of great weather in the north, but extremely high prices to go along with it, so we are staying in the south for the most part.

Even though August is peak season for sunshine holidays, you can still find cheap Europe beach destinations if that’s your goal.

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

  • August avg high: 84°F/29°C
  • August avg low: 71°F/22°C
  • August avg precip: 0.0″/0.5cm

August is a very popular month in Tenerife, which is the largest of the Canary Islands, but it’s still quite a bargain by international standards. You’ll find the southern resort areas packed with Brits, Germans, and Swedes, sunning themselves and enjoying cheap beer and food at the hundreds of outdoor restaurants. Non-Spanish speakers will have the easiest time in the southern towns of Los Cristianos and Playa de la Americas.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$54 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$59 per night for two people

Krakow, Poland

  • August avg high: 75°F/24°C
  • August avg low: 59°F/15°C
  • August avg precip: 3.2″/8.0cm

Even though August is one of the wetter months in Krakow, the precipitation totals are still quite low on average so it’s no reason to stay away. The crowds of partying Europeans might actually be a reason to postpone your visit until September or later if possible, so prepare for crowds and queues if you do come in summer.

Krakow is easily one of the best bargains in Europe, with accommodation, attraction, food, and drink prices being near the bottom of the pack for the continent, in spite of the charming city center and welcome reception visitors receive. The city is also very popular among stag and hen parties lately, so if you are a light sleeper it might be worth staying a bit outside of the center.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$66 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$82 per night for two people

Budapest, Hungary

  • August avg high: 79°F/26°C
  • August avg low: 59°F/15°C
  • August avg precip: 1.9″/4.8cm

Budapest isn’t as cheap as it used to be not long ago, but it’s still one of the best bargains in Europe. During August you can expect warm sunny days and reasonably cool nights, though if you get unlucky you might be there for a few scorching days. The bigger problem will be the crowds, as this city is anything but a secret among the budget travel set.

Prices for hotels do tend to be at their highest during August, but hostel prices tend to stay steady through the middle of the year so it might be worth trying to book a private room in a hostel if you can do so early enough. It’s still much cheaper in Budapest than any large city to its west.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$64 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$107 per night for two people

Istanbul, Turkey

  • August avg high: 83°F/28°C
  • August avg low: 66°F/19°C
  • August avg precip: 0.9″/2.3cm

Istanbul might feel like it would be absolutely scorching all summer long, but in reality it’s quite reasonable, with a few steamy periods mixed in each month. Crowds in August might be overwhelming, however, as this is yet another large city that other Europeans flock to rather than away from during the peak season.

Hotel prices in particular might be shockingly high during August, and hostel prices are unusually high during summer as well, so Istanbul might not look like much of a bargain at all anymore. The good news is that there are plenty of cheap attractions and local food options, so once you pay for a room the worst is over.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$39 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$64 per night for two people

Prague, Czech Republic

  • August avg high: 76°F/24°C
  • August avg low: 57°F/14°C
  • August avg precip: 2.8″/7.0cm

Unfortunately, Prague is similar to Budapest and Istanbul (mentioned above) in that it tends to be very crowded all year long, and absolutely packed to the brim in August itself. There’s some strange condition where the main attractions are clustered along one main route that actually makes Prague feel like there are a million visitors there even during the shoulder season.

Hotels in Prague do charge quite a bit in August, but hostels can be good bargains still, especially the ones a bit away from the tourist zone. Booking well in advance is wise for August. At least you’ll have the cheap and excellent beer waiting for you through the frustrations.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$69 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$83 per night for two people

Lisbon, Portugal

  • August avg high: 82°F/28°C
  • August avg low: 65°F/18°C
  • August avg precip: 0.3″/0.8cm

Being on the coast like it is, Lisbon has pretty much perfect weather all summer. The cool breezes come in to make even the warmer days feel quite nice, so it’s far more pleasant than Madrid this time of year. There’s also virtually no rain in Lisbon during the summer so you can confidently leave your umbrella at home.

Lisbon is not nearly as cheap as most of the European cities listed above, but it’s quite a bargain considering how proper and organized things are. You’ll struggle to find cheap food options so it might be worth considering staying in one of the city’s excellent hostels and cooking a bit on your own if you are a cheapskate.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$81 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$98 per night for two people

Split, Croatia

  • August avg high: 85°F/30°C
  • August avg low: 71°F/22°C
  • August avg precip: 1.7″/4.3cm

Actually, Dubrovnik used to be on this list, but we replaced it with its neighbor, Split, because this city is similar in most ways except much cheaper and easier to reach. August will be crowded in this whole region, though Split is a relative bargain. The city is gorgeous, historic, and fascinating, and there are great beaches nearby and on the islands just a short ferry ride away. As in all of Croatia, apartments are more plentiful and better value than hotels.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$59 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$161 per night for two people

Barcelona, Spain

  • August avg high: 82°F/28°C
  • August avg low: 67°F/19°C
  • August avg precip: 2.4″/6.0cm

Barcelona is one of the world’s great summer party cities, and that means it’s extremely crowded in August, with peak season hotel rates to contend with as well. At least the weather is nicer than in Madrid, since Barcelona is coastal and even has a few beaches near the city center.

Booking as early as possible is your best bet for a city like this. Even the hostels will be jammed during August so arriving with no reservations and going door to door could be problematic and exhausting. At least food and drink prices are reasonable, even in summer, so once you have a bed sorted out it’s easy to keep your budget down otherwise.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$102 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$141 per night for two people

Africa

We only cover a handful of cities in Africa, and none of those could make this list for August. It’s still too cold down in South Africa, and it’s blazing hot in Morocco and Egypt. Check back in September for some possibilities here.

Asia

Asia is usually the king of cheap destinations with great weather for most of the year, but August is still in the middle of the rainy season for most of the tropical cities, as well as for Beijing and Hong Kong. Those who like to take their chances could actually have a great and cheap trip by going almost anywhere in Southeast Asia. It’s a bit cooler than in April and May, and most of the rainfall comes suddenly, plus it’s usually easy to get out of the way.

Nha Trang, Vietnam

  • August avg high: 89°F/32°C
  • August avg low: 79°F/26°C
  • August avg precip: 2.1″/5.3cm

Pretty much all of Southeast Asia has its monsoon season during August, with Nha Trang on Vietnam’s southern coast being one notable exception. Here the rainy months are in autumn so you be basking in the sunshine on the huge beaches here all August. The night time temperatures don’t give you much of a break in summer though, so make sure you book a place with aircon.

Nha Trang is very popular with Australians and some others from around Asia, as it provides a rare sunny beach this time of year in the region. It’s incredibly cheap and quite tourist friendly, but the cultural offerings in the town are relatively weak so it’s hard to justify coming in from a very long distance just to sit on its beaches.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$34 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$53 per night for two people

Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

  • August avg high: 83°F/28°C
  • August avg low: 76°F/24°C
  • August avg precip: 0.9″/2.3cm

Being just below the equator, August is technically a winter month in Bali, but of course there is no winter, and this is the single nicest month of the year here. The high temperatures are at their lowest, though it’s always balmy, and there’s virtually no rain this time of year as well. It never gets cold at night though, so you can leave the sweater or jacket at home.

Things are really crowded in Bali these days, and those who book in advance online might find that hotel prices seem to be much higher than they expected. It’s true that a huge number of fancier hotels have opened up, but there are still plenty of cheap guesthouses all over that cost very little. And this month you can probably skip the air-con and save a bit more. Food and drinks are very cheap as long as you avoid the fancy hotels as well.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$32 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$60 per night for two people

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • August avg high: 90°F/32°C
  • August avg low: 74°F/23°C
  • August avg precip: 6.1″/15.3cm

Another city very near the equator, it’s hot in Kuala Lumpur every day of the year, but it’s also very worth visiting if you are in the region, and August is one of the better months. There’s less rain during summer than the rest of the year, and it tends to come in those tropical bursts so it won’t ruin your whole day.

This is a very modern and urban city with many shopping malls and great restaurants, so even when it does rain you might not even notice it. The public transportation system here is top notch and cheap as well, so this is an easy and cheap city to visit any time of the year.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$27 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$43 per night for two people

Middle East

Much of the Middle East is crazy hot during August, and even those places can get crowded this month, but there are still a few good choices to consider.

Beirut, Lebanon

  • August avg high: 85°F/29°C
  • August avg low: 75°F/24°C
  • August avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

It’s not an obvious destination in summer, but you could make a case for Beirut quite easily. This city has warm days and nights, though almost never scorching like some of its neighbors. There are also beaches in the city so there are chances to escape the heat if you get unlucky and turn up during a very warm spell.

One of the better features for Beirut is that it’s among the cheapest cities in the Middle East, with even alcohol not being insanely expensive as it is in so many other nearby cities. If you follow the locals you can eat hearty and authentic meals at low prices, but even the touristy places are quite reasonable.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$50 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$56 per night for two people

Tel Aviv, Israel

  • August avg high: 86°F/30°C
  • August avg low: 75°F/24°C
  • August avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

Tel Aviv is another big city with really nice beaches near the center, but this one is quite a bit more expensive. It’s reasonably priced compared to summer resort cities in Europe, but August is definitely the peak season so finding a cheap place to stay might be challenging. Book as early as possible for best results.

At least food here is quite cheap as long as you eat at the same casual places that the locals flock to all day and all night. Drinks do tend to be very expensive here, so Tel Aviv is not an ideal place for cheapskate drunks.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$136 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$147 per night for two people

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25 Cheap destinations in 2018 with great weather in September

Having wrapped up the articles for cheap cities with great July weather and cheap cities with great August weather, it’s nice to arrive in a month where better bargains are available in places with manageable crowds. The savvy budget traveler skips the summer months to take advantage of better weather and lower prices at the best holiday destinations in September.

Europe in particular really opens up with some great deals in cities that actually have their best weather of the year at the end of summer. Airfares get lower and hotels and hostels get cheaper and easier to find, so this is really perfect if you’ve got the time off.

On the other hand, there are fewer good destinations in the Americas this time of year, and Southeast Asia, which is normally the budget traveler’s Mecca, is at the peak of a harsh rainy season this month.

The Americas

While more cheap destinations have better weather in September on a global scale, the Americas are still in an in-between phase, with chilly temperatures in most of South America, and the rainy season in full effect in Central America.

The Caribbean

SamanaDRNot many people consider the Caribbean in September because it’s the heart of the tropical storm season in the region, but many savvy travelers go anyway, taking advantage of rock-bottom prices and lovely weather. The truth is that parts of the Caribbean rarely get storms and the whole area is dry most of the time. The risks are extremely low and the prices are too so those who plan trips this month can get much more luxury than at any other time of year.


Cancun, Mexico

  • September avg high: 91°F/33°C
  • September avg low: 76°F/24°C
  • September avg precip: 8.9″/22.3cm

While it’s true that September is one of the more active months for potential hurricanes in Cancun, they’ve only hit the area about once every 10 years, and only one of those in the last 40 years was in September. In other words, the chance of being effected are extremely slim, and the resort and airfare discounts are HUGE.

Most likely you’ll get a handful of quick downpours each week, and you can get 4-star beach hotels for well under US$100 per night for two people. Even all-inclusive resorts only cost a bit more. It’s not for everyone, but savvy travelers flock to these sorts of places when the general public massively overestimate the potential risks.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$57 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$90 per night for two people

Montego Bay, Jamaica

  • September avg high: 89°F/32°C
  • September avg low: 76°F/24°C
  • September avg precip: 2.3″/5.8cm

If Cancun isn’t your cup of tea, then Montego Bay just might be. On the northern coast of Jamaica, it tends to have a limited exposure to any possible hurricanes, and they only get near the place on average every 11 years. In most years, they don’t even get much rain in September, much less a tropical storm.

But because so many members of the public overestimate the risks, resort prices hit their rock-bottom levels this time of year. You can get a room in a luxury all-inclusive resort for under US$200 per night for two people, and airfares tend to be cheap as well.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$86 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$214 per night for two people

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

  • September avg high: 91°F/33°C
  • September avg low: 74°F/23°C
  • September avg precip: 1.5″/3.8cm

While it’s still technically the rainy season in most of the Caribbean, Puerto Plata rarely sees much moisture in September. This beach area along the Dominican Republic’s northern coast will be quite warm all month but it won’t be unbearable, especially since you’ll be spending most of your time on or near the beach, or in your air conditioned hotel room.

This is low season in Puerto Plata so the room rates at the resorts can be shockingly low. The normal hotels offer good value but it’s really the all-inclusive resorts that offer deals that seem like mistakes when you look at the listings. If your main goal is just to relax in the sunshine and perhaps eat and drink all you want, Puerto Plata should be high on your list in September.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$94 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$98 per night for two people

Mexico City, Mexico

  • September avg high: 72°F/22°C
  • September avg low: 53°F/12°C
  • September avg precip: 5.7″/14.3cm

If you are tired of the scorching summer weather, Mexico City is an excellent option to consider because its altitude keeps the temperatures mild. There could be a bit of rain to contend with, but it’s very unlikely to be problematic. Mexico City has a wide variety of museums and other indoor attractions, so even if it does rain you’ll have endless choices.

It’s also important to note that Mexico City if FAR nicer than you probably think it is, with a large, safe, and friendly city center that is one of the most impressive in North America. Better still, it’s quite inexpensive, even at 3-star and 4-star hotels. Speaking Spanish at least a bit is helpful, but not really necessary.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$46 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$59 per night for two people

Cartagena, Colombia

  • September avg high: 87°F/31°C
  • September avg low: 78°F/26°C
  • September avg precip: 5.2″/13.0cm

If you are looking for a bargain destination that will be warm but not scorching in September, think about Cartagena. Cultural visitors will want to stay in the gorgeous walled colonial city to enjoy excellent restaurants and nightlife at surprisingly affordable prices. Sunshine tourists will probably want to stay near the beach, in the newer part of town, just beyond the walled city.

Colombia is now a very hot destination for international travelers, partly due to the fact that the country now has a reputation as being safe and friendly after years of trouble. Even so, the trouble was never in Cartagena, as this has always been a tourist area first and foremost.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$76 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$82 per night for two people

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • September avg high: 81°F/27°C
  • September avg low: 64°F/18°C
  • September avg precip: 2.4″/6.0cm

September is yet another excellent month in Rio de Janeiro, still a few months before the rainy season kicks in that is also accompanied by the hotter summer temperatures. Every day in September should be pleasantly warm and every night should be cool enough to be enjoyable as well.

Another key detail here is that this is part of the low season for hotels, so you should be able to get some of the nicer places overlooking Copacabana or Ipanema beaches for surprisingly good rates. Overall Brazil has gotten to be a bit on the expensive side due to its rising currency, but it’s still a great bargain compared to Europe or North America.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$80 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$88 per night for two people

New Orleans, USA

  • September avg high: 87°F/31°C
  • September avg low: 71°F/22°C
  • September avg precip: 5.6″/14cm

Especially during the second half of September, New Orleans starts getting over the muggy summer sizzle, with temperatures becoming quite nice most of the time. There’s definitely the threat of a bit of rainfall, but that’s actually true in every month of the year in New Orleans.

Compared to nearly every other major American tourist city, New Orleans remains a bargain. Hotels usually have lower prices through summer, and that includes September at many places, so this is an ideal month to take advantage of lower prices and some rather nice weather at the same time. This city is easily one of the finest in North America for new visitors with an amazing mix of culture, food, and interesting architecture. The fact that it’s also relatively cheap is just a bonus.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$137 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$154 per night for two people

Europe

September might be the best month of the year to visit Europe for the budget traveler. Most of the cheaper cities in the south have great weather, and crowds have already thinned out from the August peaks.

If you are more interested in an all-inclusive resort, you won’t believe some of the bargains available in Turkey, Greece, and Egypt.

Sofia, Bulgaria

  • September avg high: 73°F/23°C
  • September avg low: 51°F/11°C
  • September avg precip: 1.5″/3.8cm

Europe’s cheapest tourist city does start to get cool at night toward the end of September, but at least the crowds thin out a bit at the same time, making this an ideal time to come. Hotels still are in high-season mode through the month, though prices are generally so cheap compared to anywhere else in Europe that it’s barely worth worrying about.

Sofia is becoming a favorite among low-budget backpackers who are looking for a place to slow down for a while. The hostel beds are also shockingly cheap here, even compared to other cheap cities on this same list. It can’t stay this affordable forever, so don’t wait too long if you are a cheapskate who likes to brag about being places before the masses come.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$33 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$45 per night for two people

Krakow, Poland

  • September avg high: 67°F/19°C
  • September avg low: 50°F/10°C
  • September avg precip: 2.2″/5.5cm

It might be a bit of a stretch to say that Krakow has “great weather” in September, especially in the second half of the month, but we’ll keep it on the list one last time because it’s still very pleasant this time of year, and crowds are much more reasonable after the August rush as well.

Krakow is a long way from any coast so it has a good 5 to 6 months of frigid weather each year, making a visit during the warmer months pretty much mandatory. This continues to be one of the cheapest and most charming cities in all of Europe, becoming very popular with stag parties and such as well, so if you are in the area it would be wise to plan at least a short stay.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$64 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$76 per night for two people

Budapest, Hungary

  • September avg high: 72°F/22°C
  • September avg low: 53°F/12°C
  • September avg precip: 1.7″/4.3cm

September is the perfect month to visit Budapest since days are almost all warm but never out of control, and it’s one of the drier months as well. This city continues to get more popular and more expensive each year, so avoiding the July and August crush is ideal if at all possible.

Availability at hotels can still be tight, so it’s best to book in advance if you can, but at least you know you’ll be able to find something decent and in your price range if you just show up in September. This is another of Europe’s best travel bargains for the budget traveler, and by October it cools off quite a bit, so now is the time to go.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$64 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$84 per night for two people

Istanbul, Turkey

  • September avg high: 77°F/25°C
  • September avg low: 60°F/16°C
  • September avg precip: 1.7″/4.3cm

Combining the massive crowds of August with the muggy days, a visit to Istanbul during the peak months might not be wise, but during September things get quite a bit better. Days are warm but rarely too hot, and there’s still not much rain to worry about. Better yet, the insane summer crowds definitely start to ease up a bit, making shopping and sightseeing much more pleasurable.

Istanbul had certainly gotten much more expensive in recent years, but the weakened Turkish Lira has more than made up for it so it’s relatively cheap again. Bargains are still possible, but definitely more hidden than before, with hotels in particular being weirdly expensive most of the year. Book well in advance to find the better accommodation deals.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$44 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$64 per night for two people

Antalya, Turkey

  • September avg high: 89°F/32°C
  • September avg low: 66°F/19°C
  • September avg precip: 0.6″/1.5cm

The beginning of September can still be a bit scorching in Antalya, but by the middle of the month it’s usually wonderful and still perfectly sunny. The beach resorts outside of the city are much cheaper and less crowded after the August crush, so those looking for an all-inclusive package holiday will find excellent value this month.

The city of Antalya itself has only a few hostels and none are as cheap as they probably should be, so the city comes up as a bit pricey on the Backpacker Index, but the cheap hotels through the historic city center more than make up for it. This city is an excellent bargain for those looking for sunny weather on the Mediterranean, and cheap flights are usually easy to find as well.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$32 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$39 per night for two people

Prague, Czech Republic

  • September avg high: 67°F/19°C
  • September avg low: 50°F/10°C
  • September avg precip: 1.6″/4.0cm

Another city where “great weather” might be a stretch during September, Prague is so unbelievably crowded during the warmer months that it’s far better to pack a light jacket and come after summer than deal with the herds. The first half of September is actually quite nice, with very little rainfall, so it’s the perfect time of year to visit unless you like to bundle up during the day.

The secret of Prague’s charms hasn’t been a secret for over a decade now, and prices keep rising to meet the increased demand. Yet, it’s still quite cheap compared to other European cities that aren’t half as lovely or charming. Hotels in particular can be expensive so it’s best to book early to lock in something in a good neighborhood if you can.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$60 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$102 per night for two people

Lisbon, Portugal

  • September avg high: 79°F/26°C
  • September avg low: 63°F/17°C
  • September avg precip: 1.1″/2.8cm

September is the perfect month to visit Lisbon, with warm days, pleasant evenings, and still almost no rainfall. The crowds of summer have eased off as well, so sightseeing becomes far more pleasant as temperatures cool off as well. Starting in October the risk of wet weather increases a bit, although honestly Lisbon has perhaps the finest year-round climate in all of Europe, so there’s really no bad time to go.

Hotel prices are still near their peak during September in Lisbon, so this is a perfect time and place to consider a hostel, even a private room in a hostel. There’s an unusual hostel culture in this city that has somehow spawned several of the world’s highest rated backpacker places, so there’s no better place to give it a try yourself.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$93 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$132 per night for two people

Athens, Greece

  • September avg high: 85°F/29°C
  • September avg low: 63°F/17°C
  • September avg precip: 0.6″/1.5cm

The peak of summer can be brutal in Athens, so a trip in September makes a lot of sense, even though the city will still be crowded and hotels are still charging their peak rates. The weather in September, especially the second half, is very pleasant day and night, and crowds have thinned out at least a bit after August.

Since Athens can be visited effectively in only a few days, many people choose to spend the balance of their trip out of one of the islands. The weather at the popular islands will be perfect in September as well, with crowds and hotel prices well off their peaks, so a combination trip like this is strongly advised, and ferries are easy to reach from the heart of Athens.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$90 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$91 per night for two people

Madrid, Spain

  • September avg high: 79°F/26°C
  • September avg low: 59°F/15°C
  • September avg precip: 1.1″/2.8cm

With a location in the center of Spain, Madrid can get insanely hot during the peak of summer, so September is when tourists begin arriving en masse again. The weather this month is nearly perfect, with warm days, pleasant nights, and virtually no rainfall to worry about. By the end of the month things begin cooling off a bit, so the perfect season doesn’t last long in autumn.

Interestingly, Madrid is one of the few cities where hotel prices actually fall in July and August, and start rising again in September, so booking early is recommended if you want a good bargain at a well located place. Hostels here can be great value, though some can be a bit shabby so it’s best to research before booking.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$129 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$135 per night for two people

Split, Croatia

  • September avg high: 77°F/25°C
  • September avg low: 65°F/18°C
  • September avg precip: 2.7″/6.8cm

While Croatia is generally pretty good value, we had to replace Dubrovnik on this list with Split, because Dubrovnik is now almost as expensive (and crowded) as Italy, especially when cruise ships are in town. Fortunately, Split is very similar, actually a bit older, much easier to reach for most people, and much cheaper.

Split is one of Europe’s best destinations to combine culture with a comfortable beach stay. The historic city center is gorgeous and interesting, yet there are good beaches just on the edge of town, as well as on some of the nearby islands. Pretty much everyone who visits Split and Dubrovnik agrees that Split is the better of the two, although Dubrovnik is certainly nice and worth a quick look if you can manage it.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$46 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$124 per night for two people

Barcelona, Spain

  • September avg high: 78°F/26°C
  • September avg low: 62°F/17°C
  • September avg precip: 3.4″/8.5cm

Barcelona is a city that really fills up during the peak summer months, so a trip in September is a much better idea if you have the time off. It’s still plenty warm enough both day and night, although rainfall does become a bit of an issue so it’s not all good news. The beaches should still be crowded through most of the month as well, and the parties never seem to stop.

This city is relatively expensive compared to most on this list, so the backpacker crowd really has to plan ahead in order to keep within their budgets. Fortunately, the main sights are mostly free or cheap, so it’s mainly a matter of finding a well located hotel or hostel and booking early.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$102 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$151 per night for two people

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

  • September avg high: 82°F/28°C
  • September avg low: 70°F/21°C
  • September avg precip: 0.2″/0.5cm

If you are looking for a place to relax in the sun, rather than shuffle through museums and city squares, Tenerife is a great choice. This is the largest of the Canary Islands, and the one most popular with English-speaking visitors. The weather is pretty much dry and perfect all through September, with every single day warm enough to sit in the sun until the sun sets.

You might take a day to see the volcano or do another day trip or two, but nearly everyone here just comes to sit in the sun during the day. You’ll find large groups of British, Swedish, and German visitors, primarily in the cluster of resort towns in the southwest of Tenerife. Los Cristianos is the most interesting town, but Playa de las Americas is more modern with larger hotels to choose from.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$45 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$68 per night for two people

Africa

Most of the African cities that we cover are either too hot or still too cold at this time of year, with one exception. But we only cover a few countries so this list is very incomplete.

Fez, Morocco

  • September avg high: 84°F/29°C
  • September avg low: 63°F/17°C
  • September avg precip: 0.7″/1.8cm

While nearby Marrakech, remains quite hot through the whole month, Fez is usually quite nice in September. If you are coming from any great distance you’ll want to visit both anyway, or you could spend some time on one of Morocco’s newer beach resort areas instead.

Really, Fez and Marrakech are quite similar so it’s probably best to just spend more time in one and skip the other, and since Fez has nicer weather it should be an easy choice. September is still part of low season for hotels as well, so you’ll often find very good value at some of the normally pricey places in the New City area.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$30 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$32 per night for two people

Asia

September is not an ideal time in most of Asia, with the peak of the rainy season in Southeast Asia and India, making visiting most of the cheaper cities not recommended. There are a few good ones that have nice weather in September though.

Pokhara, Nepal

  • September avg high: 79°F/26°C
  • September avg low: 66°F/19°C
  • September avg precip: 7.4″/18.5cm

While the first part of September can still be rainy and steamy in Pokhara, the last half of the month might be one of the best times of the year to come to this trekking paradise. There are generally only 4 good months in Pokhara, but the latter part of September is similar to October, so it’s a bit of a bonus with smaller crowds and lower prices.

There are so many hotels in this city that finding one even during peak season isn’t difficult, so if you come in the shoulder season like this you’ll have your pick of places at low prices. Food and drinks are quite cheap year round, so this is a nice place to just hang around if you’ve got time in your schedule.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$21 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$88 per night for two people

Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

  • September avg high: 85°F/29°C
  • September avg low: 76°F/24°C
  • September avg precip: 1.6″/4.0cm

September is yet another fabulous month in Bali for the weather, with warm temperatures that never really get out of hand, though it certainly will feel humid when you first arrive. Many Australians fill Bali up during July and August, but those crowds ease off a bit this month, making it a bit easier to get around.

Hotels start dropping their rates around the middle of the month, so some great bargains are possible even though the climate is still ideal. Look for bargains at some of the fancier places in September and you might find that they are cheaper than some of the lower-rated places nearby.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$36 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$50 per night for two people

Beijing, China

  • September avg high: 86°F/30°C
  • September avg low: 66°F/19°C
  • September avg precip: 3.0″/7.5cm

Strangely enough, Beijing gets very hot, very rainy, and very polluted during the heart of summer, so September is an ideal time to visit to keep away from all of those things. Days are warm, nights are pleasant, and there’s very little rainfall to deal with.

Beijing is very affordable, even though it’s among the more expensive large cities in this part of Asia. Hotels tend to be of higher standards than you get in Southeast Asia, and street food is available at extremely reasonable prices. Many arrive on package tours of China, and getting a visa on your own isn’t always easy, but independent travelers can find excellent value here.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$54 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$84 per night for two people

Middle East

Much of the Middle East is still hot during September, but there are still a few good choices to consider.

Amman, Jordan

  • September avg high: 87°F/31°C
  • September avg low: 64°F/18°C
  • September avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

July and August can be blazing hot in Jordan, but by early September things have cooled down to a very reasonable level, especially at night. Better still, there’s pretty much zero chance of rainfall this time of year so you can safely leave the umbrella at home.

Even though Amman is generally only used as a staging area for further trips to Wadi Rum and Petra, it remains one of the better bargains in the Middle East for the budget traveler. Hotel prices are very reasonable, especially through the 3-star range, although September starts the beginning of high season so it’s best to book well ahead.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$41 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$83 per night for two people

Beirut, Lebanon

  • September avg high: 83°F/28°C
  • September avg low: 72°F/22°C
  • September avg precip: 0.1″/0.3cm

Even though this is the final month of high season for Beirut hotels, this is still a fairly reasonable destination for budget travelers when compared to Europe or the Americas. The weather will be warm around the clock still in September, but at least the days are rarely sizzling.

Hotels in general seem to be surprisingly expensive in Beirut any time of the year, so finding a good one well in advance is probably the way to go, or risk having to pay a very high price for a sub-standard place at the last minute. At least food is available cheaply if you eat what the locals eat, and it’s very filling as well.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$50 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$62 per night for two people

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