With July just around the corner, it is time for you to take that well deserved vacation and race around the world and make some memories that will last a whole year. Racing horses, festival or historical events, July makes it a good time to find yourself on the road. Africa, Indonesia, Asia or Europe, the warm temperatures and longer daylight hours will surely contribute to a very pleasant and rewarding experience. Here is a list of some of the best places to visit in July.
A Negara bull race is a unique experience that you will find in the city of Negara, Bali. It is not all about water buffalo race but it is also a beauty pageant for the prettiest of the bulls. You might spot some painted horns, decorated harness and silk ribbons, all for choosing the mightiest of them all. After the adornments are removed, the bulls along with some very colorful dressed jockeys will race over a rocky road for 2.5 kilometers and they can speed up to 100 km/h. Now, that is something you don’t see every day.
The Gion Matsuri in Kyoto is named after a district in the city and is perhaps, the most famous celebration in Japan. The highlight of the matsuri (festival) is the parade with floats up to 25 stories high and 12 tones in weight. The floats are on public display for three days before the actual parade and this is a time for people to snack on street food, buy souvenirs and enjoy their time.
The Western Fjords are one of Norway’s most famous locations and even though you could visit this place anytime of the year, most people will prefer July because the day will be 23 hours long, giving you the opportunity to soak up the spectacular views of the blue waters, glacier and mountains. The weather is also perfect for sightseeing, not too hot and not too cold because the average July temperature is 18 °C or 64 °F degrees.
Bastille Day happens every July 14 in France and it celebrates the national day of independence. July 14, 1789 is the day French stormed the Bastille, a Paris prison, marking the beginning of the French Revolution, overthrowing an oppressive royal regime. The biggest celebration is, of course, taking place in Paris, where one of Europe’s largest and oldest military parades will march on the Champs-Élysées.
Boryeong Mud Festival takes place in South Korea. If you enjoy getting dirty or just want to try rolling into mud, Boryeong is the place to go this July. The Boryeong mud is said to have healthy benefits so having fun while benefiting from the therapeutic mud will most likely make you jump right in the middle of it. Mud sliding and swimming in a pool filled with mud are activities for the most excited of people, but if you want to avoid the crowd you can just simply enjoy a mud mask or yacht parades.
Kenya is the place to be this summer if you want to see the variety of animals roaming the plains of Masai Mara National Reserve. This amazing place is perfect to visit in July because that is when the famous wildlife migration reaches Masai Mara and you can spot various animals in high number. You might even come across lions and leopards hunting for food and although the scene in itself is not pretty, it is definitely a one-of-a-kind experience.
The Calgary Stampede is one of the most famous rodeos in the world and it goes back to the traveling Wild West shows of the late 1800s. The Stampede has grown a lot over the years and it currently attracts the best cowboys in the world who compete for two million dollars in prize money. Live concerts, carnivals, food and dancing will be found in the Canadian city of Calgary in July.
Nadaam Festival features athletic competitions annually celebrated across Mongolia, with the biggest celebration taking place in the capital of Ulaanbaatar. Mongolian wrestling, archery and long distance horse racing are some of the things you could see should you choose to visit this Asian country. You will also be introduced to some Mongolian cultural elements such as dancing, traditional costumes and games.
Palio di Siena is the most famous horse race in Italy and it happens on July 2 and August 16. The races honor the Virgin Mary who appeared to residents centuries ago and the Madonna dell’Assunto who protected Siena military during a 13th century battle. The Palio was first run in the 1650s and it follows the same route for centuries. Ten horses from different districts of Siena compete for the palio, or banner, bearing the image of Virgin Mary. The race begins in the afternoon and the jockeys wear colorful medieval costumes.
Perhaps the most famous July activity is the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, for the San Fermin Festival. Six bulls and six steers are released onto a narrow street in Pamplona for a half-mile run into the bullring. Hundreds of locals and tourists try their luck to prove they can run faster than the animals. The festival of San Fermin dates back to the 14th century and it features a huge parade and other festival-like activities.