Where to go on holiday in July, from Mongolia to Tinos, by Independent

In-the-know travellers are sidestepping the more famous Greek islands (we’re looking at you, Santorini) in favour of lesser-known Aegean gems, which offer the same white-washed, languorous charms minus the crowds. Enter Tinos, part of the Cyclades chain, where ancient donkey paths (now with the handy addition of hiker-friendly signposting) carve between the olive trees.

Tinos Festival is in full swing in July, with a mix of plays, concerts and exhibitions entertaining people during the balmy evenings, while Running Greece arranges various races, from 1km to half-marathons, if you can handle the heat. Looking for a stylish base? Upping the ante for island accommodation is artily-restored former bishop’s lodgings Xinara House (sleeping up to 13).

Average temperature in July: 27°C

Flight time: 3 hr 40 (to Athens, then a ferry)