July in Barcelona
Barcelona is one of the few historic cities in Europe that also has a sandy beach. It might be busy near the centre, but keep walking along and you'll find somewhere quieter to chill for the day. And on the way back, you can stop off at the redeveloped marina and eat some of the freshest seafood in the city. During July there are always outdoor cultural events to go to like film screenings, or the University of Barcelona's music evenings in their gardens.Find out more Or how about Lisbon?
July in Lisbon
Portugal's capital city is jam-packed full of history. But in this heat everyone, including the locals, heads to the nearest beach. Praia da Adraga is one of Europe's best beaches, but Guincho is the place to bring your surfboard and catch some waves. For peace and quiet, Meco and Troia are good for sunbathing and sunsets. And if you're in town at the start of July, there's live music in the shape of Delta Tejo, a festival celebrating everything from reggae beats to South American sounds.Find out more Or how about Rio de Janeiro?
July in Rio de Janeiro
Technically, July is winter in Rio de Janeiro. But the lack of rain and warm temperatures make it the best time to visit - the Samba beaches in particular won't be as busy. Copacabana and Ipanema beaches are so famous they've had songs written about them, but Botofogo Beach is a lesser known alternative. The cooler water and bigger waves attract the surfers, while the Rio Marathon takes place at the end of July if you want to cheer on the runners.Find out more Or how about somewhere else?