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Where to go in July with Relais & Châteaux?

For some, it marks the start of the holidays... for others, they may be still yet to begin. Fortunately, there is nothing to stop you from dreaming about where to go! From the UK to Spain, there of plenty of destinations to interest those in search of both culture and sunshine. Follow in the footsteps of Virginia Woolf, Karen Blixen, Andersen and Lars von Trier; explore Slovenia's beautiful landscapes, then dive into the crystal-clear waters off Croatia; search out some shade in the gardens of the Alhambra and explore Don Quixote’s native La Mancha! Relais & Châteaux can help you live out all your dreams at once!


What is the weather like in Spain in July?
With temperatures ranging from 23 °C in Galicia to 37 °C in Andalusia, the choice is yours!

Things to do in Spain
Spain is a country of many facets and regions with their own distinctive culture and traditions. Santiago de Compostela is a famous place of pilgrimage, Galicia has its slightly Celtic feeling culture, Catalonia has the beaches of Cadaqués and Sitges, while Barcelona has its Gaudí buildings, just like Tarragona has its many Roman ruins. Meanwhile, Madrid’s charms include the lively nightlife and Picasso masterpiece, 'Guernica'. Travelling further south to Andalusia, you can admire the Alhambra’s blooming flower gardens in Grenada, the many monuments in Seville and the Great Mosque of Córdoba, not forgetting Marbella's beaches – Andalusia's answer to Saint-Tropez. Lastly, on the Balearic Islands, between Ibiza, Minorca and Majorca, you’ll have the opportunity to venture out into the wild and relax in the sun beside a creek filled with turquoise water.

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What is the weather like in Croatia in July?
With temperatures reaching up to 31 °C on the coast, July is ideal for swimming in the Adriatic, which can be as warm as 24 °C in summer.

Things to do in Croatia
Looking for beautiful beaches and incredible culture? Croatia is calling! Here, sunbathing on the beaches along the Adriatic coast and diving into the turquoise sea scattered with small islands forming the horizon is every bit as enjoyable as the cultural and nature activities around. Countless Roman ruins remain in the area, for example in Split and Zadar. We also recommend visiting Dubrovnik, "Pearl of the Adriatic", blending Slavic and Mediterranean charm. Explore the lanes of houses with their red roof tiles and admire the city's palaces, churches and ramparts too!

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What is the weather like in Slovenia in July?
With an average temperature of 27 °C, July is the perfect time to come and explore, or simply sunbathe on the beaches of the Adriatic coast.

Things to do in Slovenia
Nicknamed 'Switzerland of the Balkans', the tiny size of this country does nothing to detract from the incredible diversity of landscapes it has to offer, thanks to the beaches on the Adriatic, the mountains, natural parks, caves, forests and vineyards. Taking in Lake Bled is essential, as is Triglav National Park, a truly special place to explore on foot with its streams, suspended bridges, gorges and waterfalls. The UNESCO listed Škocjan Caves come highly recommended for fans of rare geological phenomena! Finally, stopping off at the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana will give you the chance to discover this peaceful town, so rich in baroque and art nouveau architectural heritage!!

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What is the weather like in Denmark in July?
Temperatures for July fluctuate between 18 and 25 °C with the sea resting around 20 °C.

Things to do in Denmark
The polder country counts no less than 400 islands scattered between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. Renowned for its high standard of living, the country that gave us Andersen, Karen Blixen and Lars von Trier also has plenty to offer in terms of rolling hills, lakes and forests. As environmental pioneers, the Danish travel mostly by bike and have made snuggling up in cosy design-led interiors an art form. Between the island of Møn's impressive chalk cliffs, Billund's family-friendly Legoland attraction and visiting Copenhagen, Denmark holds plenty of interest for tourists and has a long tradition of hospitality.

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Baltic capitals

What is the weather like in the Baltic capitals in July?
July is a great time to visit the Baltic capitals with an average air temperature of around 22 °C. When it comes to swimming, the sea warms up to 19 °C, but still allows for some invigorating swims!

Things to do in the Baltic capitals
Vilnius, capital of Lithuania, is well worth a detour. Its baroque architectural gems are on the UNESCO World Heritage List and make for some very interesting explorations of its historical heart, much like Riga, capital of neighbouring Latvia and the largest Baltic city. Here though, it is the city’s UNESCO listed art nouveau buildings that people come to see. Tallinn is the capital of Estonia, looking out towards Helsinki on the other side of the Gulf of Finland. The colourful buildings in the main square, Raekoja Plats, will give you a feel for this medieval jewel that brings tourists flocking year after year.

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United Kingdom

What is the weather like in Britain in July?
With average temperatures of 23 °C in July, Britain is a destination where the heat isn’t stifling, but allows for some very pleasurable sightseeing.

Things to do in Britain
From the Scottish lochs right down to Cornwall in the south, Britain's landscapes are as diverse as they are full of charm. Home to some immense castles, Britain has created original holiday destinations showing its flair for garden design, as well as offering opportunities for visitors to learn more about cricket and see the beautifully manicured pitches it is played on. However, there also comes a time for swapping the calm of the countryside for cities like Cambridge and London with their outstanding culinary scenes, where classic English cuisine is being constantly reinvented!

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What is the weather like in Italy in July?
Temperatures here range from 27 to 31 °C, depending on the region. The sun shines all over this country, meaning you can count the rainy days on one hand!

Things to do in Italy
Italy brings together every marvel in one lovely neat boot shape! Art, architecture, landscapes and gastronomy – you can't fail to be impressed. Magnificent Roman ruins can still be seen in Pompeii, Herculaneum and the ever amazing Rome. The Renaissance saw talented painters and other artists flood into Florence, a city celebrated by art-lovers and architecture aficionados. As for the Republic of Venice, it is an island apart; bridges, large and small squares, churches, palaces and lagoons appeal to fans of all things elegant, as well as lovers on romantic breaks. Tuscany is home to vineyards where you can find the most incredible villas, each one like a piece of paradise out in the country.
Last but not least, the sun-drenched flavours of Italy's gastronomy are a delight for palates and taste buds.

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