WHERE TO GO ON HOLIDAY IN JULY
Summer’s in full swing and Europe is buzzing: everywhere from big cities, where giddy crowds pack out patios, riversides, parks; to seaside towns, all ice creams and sand-speckled picnics. Elsewhere, there are rich pickings for gourmands, as the season’s bounty bursts forth: farmer’s markets overflow, foragers are out in force, and the world’s finest kitchens seem spoiled for choice. There’s also a chance to catch Canada in a rare moment of warmth. Or just crash out on the beach; we wouldn’t judge. The sun is strong and temperatures soar far and wide — Indonesia, Mexico, even Wales, for god’s sake. Enjoy.
Travel time from UK: 17 hours
Time difference: GMT+8Canggu, a formerly quiet bit of Bali is now buzzing with casual cafés serving vegan breakfast bowls to sun-bleached digital nomads, all of them designing, writing, coding or consulting with only a MacBook and a glittering sea view. Hot hotels have quickly followed: The Slow offers retro-modernist suites and a soundtrack by LA-based Reverberation Radio. And newest opening Como Uma Canggu has just upped the ante with duplexes packing their own rooftop pools. By night, Canggu hipsters head for The Lawn, a laidback, barefoot beach club serving up old-school hip-hop and hibiscus cocktails. They pair best with a temperate July evening, when Bali is in its sunny, surfie prime.Sustainable travel tip: Overtourism in Bali is well documented, and its attendant pollution most severely affects locals, who make little money from the tourism boom (the lion’s share of that wealth goes to the government and foreign investors). JED is an ecotourism network owned by the communities of four local villages, offering trips that not only bring you up close to a more authentic Bali, but give back to the Balinese.Where to stay: The Slow, a super-coveted hotel that is redefining Bali’s classic hotel experience, a tropical brutalist venture that put Canggu on the map.BOOK NOWCanggu – Bali’s beach hotspotBEACHESCanggu – Bali’s beach hotspotGETTY IMAGES
Travel time from UK: 2 hours 30 minutes
Time difference: GMT+1Within kissing distance of each other, these Mediterranean islands are lovely in July, when they get around 11 hours of sun a day. French Corsica is an island you’ll want to explore in full – from the secluded northern fishing villages of Cap Corse, where the new Misíncu hotel sits overlooking the rugged coast, to a windsurfers’ paradise in Bonifacio and the beautiful sandy beaches near Porto-Vecchio, where Design Hotels’ Casadelmar overlooks the bay. To escape the crowds, rent a house on the beach-fringed Domaine de Murtoli estate. Italian Sardinia‘s Costa Smeralda is sensational, although busy in July. Our tip: head to La Maddalena, a wild, protected archipelago off the coast with the best beaches, turquoise seas and sandy coves. It’s breathtakingly beautiful.Sustainable travel tip: Consider tearing yourself away from Corsica’s busy coast to explore its mountainous interior. Inntravel, for example, offers inland walking itineraries that explore ancient villages and vineyards, with overnights in small family-run hotels and meals at restaurants that focus on regional food.Where to stay: La Signoria, a Relais & Châteaux hotel with seven acres of palm-fringed gardens and a private beach club.BOOK NOW
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