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9 Holidays with a cool breeze

BY Richard Mellor

1st Jan 2015 Travel

9 Holidays with a cool breeze
Summer holidays can easily be sticky, sweaty affairs - but not so these trips, where blissful breezes keep perspiration at bay


Turkish gulet for a cool breeze
Gulets are hand-crafted, twin-masted Turkish sailing vessels. They've been around for centuries.
Gulets make for a languid, leisurely way to explore the country’s south-western coastline, and ensure visitors are never too hot – even during 80°F summer days. Most common are 1-2 week charters making regular stops at Byzantine archaeological sites, secluded beaches and harbourside meze restaurants.


Marrakech's Atlas Mountain for a cool breeze
Marrakech’s high (and more expensive) seasons are spring and autumn, as westerners balk at its summer humidity. But stay just outside town at a country hotel within the Atlas Mountain foothills, and the higher elevation will see pleasant zephyrs flutter by. Most estates tend to have a pool, too, and offer regular shuttles into the city proper.


Turtle in the cool Barbados Sea
Because Barbados is so dinky, a constant breeze flutters across the entire country. As such, the tropical Caribbean island never gets unbearably hot, despite its temperatures rarely dipping below 70°F (20°C).
If things do get a bit stifling, retreat underwater where lucky scuba divers and snorkelers can encounter hawksbill turtles, technicoloured reefs, and many a wreck.

Copenhagen & Stockholm

Copenhagen's canal causing a breeze through the city
Scandinavian summers can actually get pretty intense, with long days of piercing northern sun. And yet it never feels hot, particularly in Denmark and Sweden’s respective cool capitals.
Why? Because both are ostensibly water cities. Central Copenhagen is characterised by a network of canals, while Stockholm is really a series of islands on Lake Mälaren. Winds are common in both, and humidity very low.


Crete's white mountains causing a cool air
This Greek Island’s popularity with Brits hinges on the way the long, hot Cretan summers are regularly tempered by a breeze. The most cooling parts of all (and arguably the most interesting) are along the rustic northwestern coast.
This area boasts superb beaches, traditional villages, and White Mountain foothills. Another area to catch the breeze would be along the remote southwestern shores with their high peaks, castle fortresses, and lagoons.


Wind surfing in Lanzarote
There’s a reason why the Canary Islands (far south from mainland Europe) are considered a winter sun option: they’re mighty hot, all year.
Lanzarote is a renowned hub for windsurfers and kiteboarders during summer because of its strong winds. These gusts are also just right for savvy sun-worshippers. 
You’ll never feel cold, but nor do the super-strength rays have you feeling like a barbecued sausage!


Bali's Ubud, breezy culture
The Balinese climate provides a reliable breeze which gently blows between June and August. This period falls within the Indonesian island’s high season (May-September), meaning humidity is at its lowest.
All of the above makes summer the best time to visit cultural Ubud, and perhaps indulge in a yoga, massage or meditation break.

Lake Garda

Lake Garda cooling breeze
Only the most A-list winds, like the Gulf Stream or the Mistral, can boast their own name.
In northern Italy, Lake Garda’s Ora del Garda is a reliable summer flurry which relieves the water’s northern shorelines, and the luxury hotel resorts and glitzy boutiques lining it.

San Francisco

San Fransisco
Never one to conform, San Francisco’s hottest month is October.
In July and August, the boheimian Californian city tends to average decidedly un-sticky temperatures in the 65°F region. Those famous 'frisco fogs (prone to suddenly blowing in off the chilly Pacific) add additional coolness.
To truly minimise perspiration, climb the iconic hills aboard cable cars, and sail out to blowy Alcatraz island.
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