Where to go on holiday without hot weather? The coming weeks will not be characterized by high temperatures everywhere in Europe.
At the end of June, a heat wave reached Poland. The average air temperature in the country during the day is around 30 degrees Celsius. Such weather is especially difficult in cities where there is less greenery. At the weekend, on the other hand, the bathing areas of the city are besieged. Where do you go on holiday and where do you find shelter from the heat?
Poles eagerly travel to Greece, Turkey or Egypt in July and August, when local thermometers often show up to 40 bars. As long as we spend all day by the sea, the heat is bearable. However, it’s hard to enjoy visiting the surrounding attractions when sweat and sunscreen are literally dripping off the body. If we want to relax and combine sunbathing with exploring the cities or just shelter from the heat, it is worth considering the directions that we do not always think about first.
Canary Islands they definitely do not belong to the niche holiday destinations. Every year, Poles buy trips to Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Fuerteventura. However, compared to other islands in Europe, the Canary Islands will not experience such strong heat. According to the weather forecast for July 2022, temperatures in both Morro Jable (Fuerteventura) and Las Palmas (Gran Canaria) will fluctuate between 20 and around 25 degrees Celsius. Enough to blush on the beach and go on a bike ride the next day.
The Canary Islands are not only known for their picturesque beaches, but also for the beautiful views of the highlands. We can see the mountains and volcanoes by bike and car, or by choosing one of the hiking trails. Even at such temperatures you should take a water bottle with you in your backpack.
Georgia is a dream of many travel enthusiasts. After the pandemic, they can finally be fulfilled. Polish travel agencies offer vacations in iconic Batumi and neighboring resorts. Although Georgia shares a border with Turkey, the climate there is slightly milder. It is enough to compare the weather forecasts for July for Antalya and the aforementioned Batumi. In a Turkish seaside resort, temperatures can reach 33 degrees Celsius and on the Georgian coast a maximum of 22 degrees, partly due to the wind from the Black Sea.
Thermometers in Kutaisi and Tbilisi, which are often visited by tourists, will indicate a few degrees more in July. When in Georgia, look off the beaten track and experience the famous hospitality of the locals in smaller towns and villages. Poles are loved by Georgians.
Iceland is extremely popular all year round, but each season has its pros and cons. The weather in Iceland is not predictable, but in July, which is a short Icelandic summer, we should not see rain or temperatures below 20 degrees Celsius for an entire week. This makes planning a trip easier than, for example, in March.
Of course, this is not an island for sunbathing, but you can and should even take a bath here. The best in hot springs, and there are plenty of them in Iceland. The most famous geothermal spa is the Blue Lagoon. It is located less than 50 km southeast of Reykjavik.
The further north you go, the cooler it gets. A good idea for a holiday away from the heat is a trip through the Baltic countries: Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. While some Poles know Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn are less known to us. These relatively small capitals can be visited in one day. What to do with the rest of the time? See, for example, how the Baltic Sea coastline is changing.
The Baltic Sea journey does not have to end in Estonia. There are ferries to Helsinki from Tallinn. The cruise lasts 2 hours with minutes.
For various reasons, not everyone can afford a week’s holiday abroad. The solution is 2-3 day city breaks. An original summer destination? Stockholm. In Sweden’s capital, heat doesn’t threaten us, which doesn’t mean we’ll be cold. Another argument for this is the cost. Unlike other Scandinavian countries, it is cheaper in Sweden. Low cost airlines also fly to Stockholm from Poland. With a bit of luck we will pay less than PLN 100 for a return flight from Gdańsk, Wrocław or Warsaw.