As well as being gorgeously sunny during the summer, France has the considerable virtue of being just a short ferry ride away. Consequently, it’s invaded with British tourists on an annual basis. For those in search of sunshine, the country’s south (or ‘Midi’) is the best option. It’s famous for its sweltering, glorious summers. Rural winemaking country is perfect for a long drive – particularly if you’re looking to sample the local produce on your way.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for something a bit more metropolitan, then you might venture to Monaco, which pairs sweltering weather with urban glamour. Northern cities like Paris and Reims also offer an enormous amount to the passing tourist – and they enjoy great sunshine during the summer, too.
We might also consider a country whose location is not quite so convenient. New Zealand is famed for its astonishing landscape, with mountains and valleys that have to be seen to be believed. It’s the location that Peter Jackson filmed both his Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies – and so it’s a must-visit for both fans of epic fantasy and epic geography.
What’s more, the northern portion of the country enjoys beaming subtropical sunshine during the winter – unlike the south, where temperatures can plummet as low as minus ten degrees Celsius. Being in the Southern hemisphere, the seasons are reversed compared to those we’re used to – you can celebrate Christmas while sat on the beach with a Pina Colada. New Zealand is therefore perfect for winter holidaymakers looking for sunshine (or even summer holidaymakers looking for cooler climes). If you’re looking to get away from it all, then you can do so to the largest possible extent by taking a trip down under. You’ll literally be as removed from your daily grind as it’s possible to be!
Ecuador is unique in this list in that it lies in both the North and South Hemisphere – hence its moniker. It’s divided by the mountains at its centre, and the local temperature is largely determined where one stands in relation to them. Being placed on the equator, seasonal changes have a marginal effect on temperature and daylight hours – both sunrise and sunset occur every day at six am and six pm. This makes Ecuador the perfecto destination for tourists craving a little consistency in their day!
The country has sunshine to suit all tastes. While the beaches on the country’s west are warm and humid, you can find a climate more akin to British spring if you venture further inland to Quito, the nation’s capital. Being just twenty miles from the equator, at an altitude of just under ten thousand feet, the town is at the perfect ambient temperature all year round.
Argentina is a country that varies tremendously in terms of climate. It contains both the tallest peak in the Western Hemisphere, the Anconcagua, in the Andes mountain range; and the lowest dip in the Western Hemisphere in San Julian’s Great Depression, a marsh-filled area in the country’s south.
With all of this geographical variety on show, it’s small wonder that the country boasts such a varying climate. The north is subtropical, the centre is steamy and warm, and the south is at times freezing. The Andes, of course, runs down the country’s western flank, and accounts for much of this variety.
Argentina is also home to an unusual weather phenomenon, which is known as the ‘Short San Juan Summer’, as it coincides with the birth of San Juan el Bautista. This sees temperatures temporarily rise to 24 degrees for just a few days. During this spell of warm weather, you can sunbathe during the middle of winter in Buenos Aires.
Argentina is famed for its food – with flame grilled steak being a particular specialty. If you’re planning a visit to a summer location that’s a little off the beaten trail, then Argentina is an ideal candidate.
Our final entry is among the most celebrated tourist destinations in the world. A visit here during the summer is all it takes to see why – as well as the millennia-spanning cultural heritage on display on this Mediterranean peninsula, there’s also the amazing climate to consider. The two together make for a holiday spot that’s difficult to overlook.
If you’re looking to enjoy all of the sites, then a trip along the Amalfi coast is almost obligatory – though of course it’s impossible not to also mention tourist cities like Rome, Milan and Venice. As well as the mainland, it’s worth also considering the more than seventy different islands that surround it.
Generally speaking, the southern part of the country holds the most appeal for those looking for a summer holiday – but wherever you go in Italy during the summer, you’re sure to enjoy sunshine that will far outstrip what we’re used to in Britain. The southernmost tip is where the driest, hottest weather is, while the mid-south is home to the most picturesque of Italian agriculture – which the locals refer to as Mezzogiorno, or ‘the land of the midday sun’. Take a trip there in July and you’ll understand why!