Where is hot and sunny in June? Likely green list countries from Greece to Portugal

Summer holidays will be back on the cards for Brits, and while we’re still waiting on details like where/when we can go, the government has said holidays could resume from May 17 at the earliest.

That means that sun-starved Brits who aren’t tied to school holiday dates could end up able to bag a getaway in June – and the good news is that it’s always been a brilliant month for travelling outside of peak holiday season.

That’s because it usually already boasts hot and sunny weather, and you’re not facing the peak season crowds.

Of course this year holidays will look a little different, from the UK’s traffic light system to countries’ entry requirements.

While we’re still waiting to hear what destinations will be on the UK’s green list (aka no quarantine when you’re back in the UK), it doesn’t hurt to dream a little about future trips.

We take a look at some of the best hot and sunny destinations in June – as well as the likelihood of Brits getting to visit this summer.

Check out our guide below.

Portugal

Tourists on Sao Rafael beach in Albufeira, in Portugal's popular Algarve region
Tourists on Sao Rafael beach in Albufeira

Portugal has long been a firm favourite with Brits thanks to those ridiculously beautiful beaches, brilliant hotels and the plethora of bars and restaurants on offer.

In June, temperatures in hotspots like the Algarve can reach 28C which is perfect for those who want to laze by the sea. However you may want to pack some layers for the evenings as temperatures can drop to 20C when the sun’s gone down.

Portugal is currently expected to be on of the first countries on the UK’s green list when travel reopens, and it has already said Brits will be welcome back for holidays. (It’s likely that this could be without restrictions if you are fully vaccinated or can show proof of a negative PCR test result).

Greece

A view of the churches in Oia in Santorini with white-washed buildings and blue domed ceilings looking out to the blue ocean
Oia in Santorini and those iconic white and blue buildings

Temperatures on mainland Greece in June can be around 28C, which is ideal if you’re planning to hit the beach, although still not too hot if you’re hoping to go exploring the likes of Athens.

The Greek islands have similar weather although it can get chillier in the evening so pack a few layers! Never been? We’ve got a guide to picking the right Greek island whether you’re after a family-friendly break or a romantic couple’s getaway.

Greece may not be one of the first destinations on the green list, although there are hopes that it could be added by the end of June at the latest.

When travel was previously allowed under the travel corridors, Foreign Office advice for mainland Greece and the Greek Islands sometimes differed, so it could be a similar scenario takes place this summer.

For example, the Foreign Office currently advises against travel to Greece, but exempts Rhodes, Kos, Zakynthos, Corfu and Crete. (The national ban on non-essential travel supersedes this).

Greece has already said Brits will be welcome back from May – you won’t need to be fully vaccinated, but you will need to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken before travel.

Spain

Tourists sunbathing on Colon beach on the Costa Adeje on Tenerife
Tourists are sunbathing on the beach in Tenerife

Come June, Spain usually has hot and sunny days (around 32C) but cooler evenings, sometimes as chilly as 14C, so pack plenty of layers. The chance of a sunny day outweighs the risk of rainy days, and with those hot daily temperatures it can be the ideal weather for making the most of those golden sandy beaches.

Spain could initially be on the amber list, where Brits returning would need to self-isolate at home for 10 days when back in the UK, although there are hopes that it could be on the green list in June.

The country is looking at digital Covid passports which will allow visitors to prove they are fully vaccinated against Covid.

Like Greece and the Greek islands, mainland Spain and the advice for the Balearics and the Canaries haven’t always been the same, so it could be that some spots may open sooner to Brits. For example, the Foreign Office currently advises against travel to Spain and the Balearics, but not the Canaries. (Again, the overall travel ban supersedes this).

Gibraltar

A monkey sits on a rock at the top of Gibraltar Rock
A monkey sits on a rock at the top of Gibraltar Rock

Gibraltar usually has plenty of sunshine in June, with daily temperatures averaging around 26C, and dropping down to about 18C come evening time.

There’s heaps to explore whether you want to hike up to the top of Gibraltar Rock, take on the Gibraltar Skywalk & Windsor Suspension Bridge, or enjoy the waterfront bars and restaurants to be found.

Gibraltar has been one of the first nations to fully vaccinate its adult population, and it’s been able to end its lockdown restrictions so it’s a strong contender for the green list.

Mexico

Cancun's picture-perfect beach and the waterfront hotels
Cancun’s picture-perfect beach

If you’re thinking of a long-haul trip come summer, it’s worth having Mexico on the radar. The weather in June is hot and sunny, with averages of around 32C in the day and 25C in the evenings, so you can make the most of the balmy temperatures throughout your whole trip.

June is on the edge of the country’s hot and humid season so there is a risk of some rain, but generally it’s still fairly sunny!

Mexico is already open to tourists (including Brits when the UK allows travel), and you won’t need a test or vaccine to visit.

The country has seen a decrease in Covid case numbers and it’s administered at least 16 million doses of the Covid vaccine, so it could be one of the long-haul spots that makes an appearance on the green list.

Italy

A view of the colourful buildings in Positano
A view of the colourful buildings in Positano

Italy’s sunny and balmy weather in June makes for the ideal conditions whether you’re planning a city break in the likes of Rome or Pisa, or you’re hoping to explore the colourful towns to be found along the Amalfi Coast.

Or of course you could plan a road trip along the coast of the likes of Lake Como and Lake Garda.

Expect day time peaks of 25C, while in the evening it can be between 16-20C.

Italy may be one of the destinations that starts off on the amber list (where you need to self-isolate at home when back in the UK). It recently eased border restrictions for Brits until May 15, although all arrivals are still required to self-isolate for five days and show proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 48 hours of travel.

Malta

Marsaxlokk market in Malta with traditional Luzzu fishing boats on a beautiful summer day withblue sky and green sea
Marsaxlokk market in Malta

Malta’s weather in June tends to be hot and sunny with daily averages of around 28C in the day.

Malta is one of the strongest contenders for the initial green list, with low Covid case numbers and high vaccine roll-outs (the country’s authorities say over 50% of its adult population has now received at least one dose of a Covid jab).

The country plans to welcome Brits back from June 1. You’ll need to either be fully vaccinated against Covid (that’s having received both jabs at least 14 days before travel), or show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival. If you are vaccinated, you won’t need to take a test.

Croatia

A view of the terraced waterfalls at Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia
The terraced waterfalls at Plitvice Lakes National Park

Whether you’re planning to hit Croatia’s amazing national parks, beautiful beaches or bustling cities, June provides some dreamy conditions thanks to the balmy and sunny weather.

Croatia recently has been undergoing a third wave of Covid cases, but these numbers have been decreasing for nearly two weeks, so it could be that the destination isn’t on the initial green list, but starts off as an ‘amber’ country.

France

Cannes at sunset palm park, beautiful sky and sea line. France
A view of Cannes at sunset

Whether you’re dreaming of a romantic break in Paris, camping in the French countryside or hitting the beaches along the French Riviera, you can expect temperatures around the mid twenties in June.

The weather tends to be sunnier but you may still risk the odd day of rain, so pack plenty of layers and waterproof to avoid getting caught off guard.

France has suffered a third wave of Covid cases but numbers are starting to decrease, and there are hopes that it could be on the green list for Brits by the end of June, although it’s likely to start on the amber list.

Which country are you hoping to see on the green list? Let us know in the comments below.

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