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Updated: 1 Oct 2021

Where to go in July

Which? Travel experts pick the best destinations for a July weekend break or holiday, where the weather is warm and the crowds have yet to descend
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Whether catching some getaway sun before the schools break up or taking the kids on a summer holiday, July is always a popular month for a trip. So if you’re looking for sun and sea, city and culture, here are our top picks for July

Porto, Portugal

Temperature 25°C

Easy to get around and hard not to love, Porto’s pleasures lie in its stunning looks, its culture, arts, and its charming local characters. 

The banks of the Rio Douro bristle with historic buildings, from Beaux Arts beauties and baroque bell towers to a clutch of contemporary museums. The gaps in between form labyrinthine, medieval backstreets begging to be explored. 

Visit in July to make the most of its celebrated coastline. Vila Nova de Gaia, across the Douro, is not just famous for its wine cellars, it also has some of the best beaches in Northern Portugal. Don't miss the 17th-century, hexagonal chapel, Capela do Senhor da Pedra, which sits improbably on a boulder jutting out to sea on Miramar Beach. 

Read more: Best city breaks in Europe

Porto, Portugal scores and ratings

City score combines overall satisfaction and likelihood to recommend.

Average airfareAverage hotel rateAccommodationFood and drinkCultural attractionsValue for moneyCity score
£146£77
84%

Portmeirion

Temperature 18°C

With the British summer in full swing, who needs Italy? Portmeirion is a living, breathing recreation of an Italian seaside village, complete with colonnaded villas, Renaissance-domed mansions, and an Art Deco lido.  

Built over the course of 50 years on the fringes of Snowdonia, with bits of abandoned heritage buildings from across the country, it doesn’t quite pull off the Amalfi Coast, but with cobbled streets and blooming tropical flowers on every corner, it has its own fairy-tale appeal. 

Portmeirion promises upmarket hotels, cafés, restaurants, and even a gelateria, plus a wide, sandy beach backed by beautiful woodlands.

Read more: Britain’s best and worst seaside towns

Portmeirion, UK scores and ratings

City score combines overall satisfaction and likelihood to recommend.

Average hotel rateAccommodationBeachFood and drinkSceneryValue for moneyCity score
£102
88%

Palma de Mallorca

Temperature 28°C

A firm favourite with Which? Travel readers (who particularly appreciate Palma’s excellent accommodation, top transportation, and great value for money), this classic British holiday destination enjoys a mild climate for most of the year – but July is when the city really shines.

Visit this month and you’re practically guaranteed long, sizzling, sunny days, stunning, blue, bath-temperature waters, and balmy evenings ideal for al fresco dining. 

Alongside its excellent, varied shopping options – from high street labels and designer brands to independent boutiques and pop-ups – our readers fell in love with the city’s foodie scene. Buen provecho.

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Palma de Mallorca, Spain scores and ratings

City score combines overall satisfaction and likelihood to recommend.

Average airfareAverage hotel rateAccommodationFood and drinkCultural attractionsValue for moneyCity score
£125£18
84%

Nice

Temperature 26°C

Nice is nice this time of year. July offers an unparalleled 11 hours of sunshine each day to really make the most of that stunning shoreline and ochre architecture.

It’s also when the city hosts the Nice Jazz Festival (16-20 July 2019), which has been held annually since 1948, and is considered the first international jazz event and the most prestigious in all of Europe. 

Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald and Miles Davis – among many more luminaries of the scene – have appeared here over the decades, and this year sees Neneh Cherry, Nile Rodgers and The Black Eyed Peas perform.

Nice, France scores and ratings

City score combines overall satisfaction and likelihood to recommend.

Average airfareAverage hotel rateAccommodationFood and drinkCultural attractionsValue for moneyCity score
£138£124
80%

Kuala Lumpur

Temperature 32°C

With its fabulous fine dining and A-list accommodation options, Kuala Lumpur is on many luxury travellers’ bucket lists and we think July is the best time to go. Sure, most of the time it’s hot and humid with high rainfall, but July brings some of the driest weather of the whole year.

Best-known for the Petronas Towers (the world’s tallest twin skyscrapers), and its numerous expansive malls that attract shoppers from around the world, many visitors are comfortable enough, cocooned in constant air-conditioning. But in July, sun-worshippers head outside to the lush Lake Gardens and beyond to warm their bones. 

Read more: Best long-haul city breaks

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia scores and ratings

City score combines overall satisfaction and likelihood to recommend.

Average airfareAverage hotel rateAccommodationFood and drinkCultural attractionsValue for moneyCity score
£510£44
72%