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    Where to holiday in August

     

    Where are the best places to holiday in August? This is where Europe really reaches a peak and one of the most exciting months for holidays in the year!  And for far flung locations it's a month which needs some investigation into where to go on holiday in August to avoid hurricanes and monsoons and winter seasons.If you simply need ideas for new places to go or even safe places to go on holiday we can help you with some options you may not have thought of before. If you are looking for travel inspiration check out Where to Holiday's Best Month to Visit page.  Or if you think relaxing on a cruise in August is more your style then head to the bottom of the page for the best places to go on a cruise in August.

     

    Our top August recommended destinations ...

     

    Europe

     

    Zante - Greece

    You can expect Greece in August to be very hot! And Zante on average reaches 33°c / 91°f in August but has been known to hit over 100°f, so you have to like it hot if you are visiting this beautiful greek island in August. Made up of the main town of Zakynthos and the rest being little villages, this island has more than it's fair share of golden beaches with well over 20 perfect beaches for your holiday. So you don't need to worry about where you stay you will always be near one. One of the most photographed idylic beaches here is Shipwreck Bay or it's real name Navagio Bay. Whether you are looking for some serious partying at the great clubs in Zakynthos or a more eco holiday in the natural habitat of Loggerhead turtles, Zante has it all. Greece Reviews > European Destinations >

    Scotland

    Scotland has a distinct natural beauty any month of the year, but if you are aiming to visit without having your umbrella up the whole time, then Scotland in August is one of the best times to make a trip here. Part of the UK but very much a country with its own strong identity you'll be heading into the stuff of legend and history amongst rolling green hills in the south around Edinburgh to the magnificent mountains of the highlands. We all know Scotland is famous for it's Lochs, but until you see the mirror stillness of a Loch first thing in the morning it's hard to appreciate the sheer breathtaking splendor of one! If you happen to like golf you've come to the home of golf with the best golf courses in the world and hosts of the 2014 Ryder Cup. It's probably going to be a warm sunny 20°c / 68°f but is often higher, however it's also probably going to have some light rain on some days too, how do you think it stays so green? The most visited city is Edinburgh, drawing people to it's famous castle, monuments and festivals. Scotland Reviews > UK destinations >

    Tenerife - Canary Islands

    Tenerife in August will be simply sizzling at 27°c / 81°f. It's the largest of the Canary Islands and incredibly popular. Yes it has beaches, yes it has amazing nightlife and yes it's choice of hotels is endless, but it also has it's very own volcano! Don't worry, it's currently dormant but certainly makes for an exciting visit to this natural wonder. There's plenty more to Tenerife aside from it's fabulous holiday atmosphere, enjoy the animal and sea park of Loro Parque or take a tour of the island to discover some of it's treasures such as the famous Dragon tree!  Best Island in the Canaries >  Canaries Reviews >

    You may want to consider a cruise around the Canaries instead?  Some of the ships are truly magnificent and its a whole new exciting way to holiday, with so many choices of restaurants and entertainment, as well as plenty of things for the kids to do. You won't get restless by the end of your holiday as you'll be visiting more than one of these heavenly islands and being taken to some of the very best places in the Canaries.

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    Germany

    Germany for an August Holiday? Ok probably not the first on your list of european countries for a beach holiday, but if you've done a lot of beach holidays and are looking for new and interesting places to Holiday, you won't go wrong with visiting Germany in August. Of course Germany has dramatic landscapes so weather will vary, but you can hope for around 25°c / 77°f and upwards. It's a wonderful time of year to enjoy the much visited Black Forest, or the Bavarian Alps. The cities of Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich amongst a whole host of fascinating cities mixing the modern with a wonderful blend of architecture dating back to medieval times with fairytale castles and inparticular the Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria. If it's beaches you must have then up in the North East, Germany boasts secret white beaches along the Baltic Sea which welcomes millions of visitors in the summer. Enjoy a log Cabin perched next to one of Germany's sparkling lakes, or the very best modern 5 star glamour of a city hotel in some of the cleanest cities in Europe. European Destinations >

    Malta

    Majorca

    Majorca is often a sizzling 31°c / 88°f  in August. Fly into Palma and transfers to pretty much anywhere in the island are fairly short although the shortest transfers times are to the southern beaches. Roads are great so if you are heading north your transfer is only likely to be an hour or so and well worth it. With an ambience all of it's own this is a very welcoming island with everything you need for a great holiday destination in August. Majorca holiday reviews >

    Madeira and Portugal

    Ever considered Madeira in August? It's a fairly small island just 22 kilometres wide and 57 kilometres long belonging to Portugal but lies closer to the North African coast than Portugal. Famed for it's sub tropical climate, calm and warm all year round it's an ideal location for growing some of the worlds most beautiful flowering plants and is one of the main attractions on Madeira. It may be sub tropical but there are no dangerous spiders and snakes that would normally accompany such a climate, so you can relax in sunshine and snorkle just off the shore in around 27°c / 81°f heat. With plenty of good quality hotels and great flight options this makes an excellent alternative to the Canary Islands or Balearics. You'll even find a bit of late night partying and similar to mainland Portugal the nightlife doesnt get started until the early hours, so it's easy to avoid if you are looking for peace and quiet. Definitely a great romantic holiday getaway! Portugal mainland is just as popular as ever with the Algarve probably the biggest tourist destination due to it's incredible beaches. Portugal Reviews >  European Destinations >

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    Rhodes

    Yet again another Greek island makes the grade for top summer holidays in August if you are looking for a Mediterranean holiday. Quaint villages to thumping nightlife, ancient history to luxury hotels, awash with myth and legend to busy sizzling beaches. You can depend on Rhodes for an all round holiday destination and guaranteed sun with temperatures generally around 30°c / 86°f. Blessed with long sandy stretches, the best beaches in Rhodes can be found all along the East coast, with surfers prefering the choppy west coast. If you have never been diving before, Rhodes is a great place to try it out with some fantastic diving days available through to doing your Padi, and if thats not for you take a boat trip and dive into sparkling Aegean Waters for some snorkelling and swimming, the water is warm and clear. Greece Reviews >

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    Turkey

    You can depend on Turkey in August for it to be steaming hot with it's typical alure of golden beaches, great party towns, fantastic watersports and delicious food. You'll find some of the very best summer deals here due to its huge variety of accommodation options, so there really is something for every budget. The key is to get in early to keep those flight prices down. On the beaches it will be a burning hot 33°c / 91°f, so keep that sun cream handy and enjoy a great holiday in this favourite holiday destination. Turkey Reviews >

    Slovenia

    We don't hear much about Slovenia as a summer holiday destination, but situated inbetween Italy and Croatia, it's fairly easy to get to and has so much to offer! Slovenia in August will likely reach 27°c / 81°f, perfect weather for hanging out on it's pretty mediterannean beaches. It only has just over 25 miles of coastline, and prestinely maintained beaches surrounded by villages with an air of the Italian influence of its neighbour. If you aren't going to get the chance to visist Slovenia often then a visit inland is a must. It's capital Ljubljana is just an hour or so from the coast and a beautiful city with a small town feel on the river, with plenty of shopping, cafes, restaurants and little out door eating stands offering up local specialities and beer. You'll see the mountains in the background, normally packed with skiers in the winter season, but enjoy the summer alpine scenery and head out to enchanting Lake Bled. Just 20 minutes from the coast you can explore Slovenias fascinating network of caves, an awesome spectacle, and one of the main attractions being Postojna Cave. You won't be disappointed with a visit to Slovenia. European Destinations >

    Bulgaria

    Bulgaria in August is scorching! Temperatures in August tend to sizzle around 31°c / 88°f! Bulgaria is an up and coming European holiday choice with it's beaches on the Black sea, close to Greece and Turkey. Resorts are dotted all along the coastline of the long sandy beaches, offering pure relaxation and a typical sand, sea and sun holiday. Venture to the coasts biggest city Varna for a bit of culture in the old town, see the Cathedral and museums, enjoy the restaurants and cafe culture. A Unique seaside city with a modern feel. Travellers and holidaymakers have started to find out about the delights of Bulgaria for their holidays, so join them before it gets even busier! European Destinations >

    St Petersburg, Russia

    In the west of Russia, the maritime city of St Petersburg is most popular with tourists in August. So, if you have ever been curious about this captivating city then August is the month to go! The previous 2 months have had daylight for around 18 hours a day when the sun does go down well after midnight, meaning the city doesn't stop and becomes almost a 24 hour city with plenty of partying, but by August this has calmed down as the daylight hours shorten and the locals head out of town on their own holidays. So the crowds are gone and the queues are gone making it a pleasant visit. It will be a balmy 20°c / 68°f or so and quite humid, but you are unlikely to escape without some of it's well known rain showers. Visit the palaces, see the fountains, visit the parks, take a boat trip, just be sure to check that the institutions you want to visit are open when you are there, as some close until September. Enjoy a taste of Russia with a cosmopolitan twist. European Destinations >

    Cyprus

    It's not hard to find somewhere hot to go in August, but you have to be aware of weather patterns around the world and Cyprus is at it's most sweltering and Dry in August and for some people the best month of the year to visit Cyprus - ideal for sun worshippers and busy nightlife. Upto 33°c / 91°f, in August and sometimes higher it's one of the busiest months of the year. Cyprus Reviews >

    Menorca

    One of the three Balearic Islands off Spain, Menorca is a fantastic choice for a Mediterranean holiday in August.  It's a lot smaller than it's neighbour Majorca, but with many more beaches and some of them truly spectacular its definitely a must visit. It has a slower pace than both Majorca and Ibiza, so great for family holidays and quiet romantic couples holidays. The water is fabulously warm for swimming in August and is a big draw for its visitors, plenty of watersports are on offer. On land Menorca's history goes well back and even has pre-historic monuments, so take a short tour to get to know the personality of this holiday island and an insight into its surprisingly exciting history. Just because it's laid back, it doesn't mean it's devoid of nightlife, search out it's famous cave bar and nightclub perched on the cliffs for a magical setting. Enjoy 30°c / 86°f heat in one of our favourite top spots for a European beach vacation. European Destinations >

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    Italy - Le Marche

    The Le Marche region of Italy is an exquisite holiday destination. Pronounced Le Marchay, the area is situated in central Italy sprawling down to the east coast of Italy. With a mixture of long golden beaches and sandy coves amongst the cliffs. Many people stay in rented villas and cottages throughout the region, and it is certainly handy to hire a car to get around the place unless you are staying in a hotel close to the beach. Drive amongst the pretty vineyards and better yet take a wine tasting session to experience some of the best local wines. This will be a holiday for exploring, relaxing and dining in the peaceful hills and walks on the beach. Enjoy temperatures around 27°c / 81°f and less tourists even in this peak season than its neighbouring Tuscany. Italy Reviews >  European Destinations >

    Ireland

    What better time to visit the Emerald Isle than in August! It's summertime in Ireland and the long summer evenings make the perfect back drop for enjoying its fine traditional pubs and gardens to the tunes of traditional Irish music.  County Kerry on the West coast, boasts some of the prettiest beaches of long white sandy beaches and breath taking scenery. And at an average of 19°c / 66°f it may not be tropical but its mild sunny days and low rainfall make August one of the best months to visit Ireland. You'll also find some really traditional pubs in County Kerry, often with their original features making it feel like you are stepping back in time! The oldest pub in Ireland is thought to be in Dublin, along with some of Irelands best entertainment, shopping and sightseeing, but step outside of Dublin off the normal tourist trail to really taste this land of myth and legend in it's true sense. Visit villages, castles, farms and just feel the heritage oozing through it's pretty houses. UK destinations >

    Ibiza

     

    Best Mediterranean Cruises in August?

    Thinking of taking a Mediterranean cruise in August? You can cruise the mediterranean any time of year, look out for hot cruise destinations in the western med such as the Canaries and Madeira cruise routes in August, and the Eastern Mediterranean is now sizzling hot in August for an exciting cruise this month.

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    All Year round?

    Go for a river cruise! There's always somewhere in the world with a River Cruise offering sunshine and adventure, from the mystical Far East, to the jungles of the Amazon, wine tasting on the Rhine, or the magical Pyramids of Luxor. If you want to get away in August search our recommended River Cruises.

     

    Caribbean

     

    Barbados

    Barbados in August is still a popular month to visit, so don't let the hurricane season deter you too much when it comes to Barbados. Due to the location of Barbados being the furthest island in the East and also one of the very southern islands it means that it's very rarely in the Hurricane path. Many talk of Barbados being outside the hurricane belt, and statistically the chance of a Hurricane hitting Barbados would be every 25 years, if that. Hooray! So yes, you'll get a few downpours, usually in the afternoon for an hour or at night, other than that you'll have steamy hot days of 31°c / 88°f. A friendly happy island made up of a fascinating heritage which can be seen throughout this sugar cane carpeted island, dotted with colonial buildings and rum huts! But its sun kissed beaches, and that crystal clear warm water creates that vision of a laid back holiday destination we all want to be sipping an iced cold drink in. Barbados Reviews >

    Caribbean Cruises

    If you are looking for the best places to go in August and you think the Caribbean is the way to go, why not go for a cruise this time? This way you'll get the options to visit plenty of Caribbean islands on your permanently floating hotel not to mention that August means cheaper deals for this destination! Cruise ships also have the opportunity to change course should there be a hurricane alert, so it's a fairly safe bet for an August holiday in the Caribbean. 

    Tobago

    Beautiful little Tobago is one of our top recommended Carribean destinations throughout June to November, due to the fact that it sits outside of the Caribbean hurricane belt. So it's a really great choice for a Caribbean island in August. Tobago in August will probably be a whopping 32°c / 90°f! Being much closer to the equator and very easterly hurricanes don't tend to form in this area. So Tobago would be one of our top recommends for a holiday destination if you can't resist the Caribbean.

    Aruba

    If you've been thinking of a holiday in the Caribbean in August and are worrying about it being the hurricane season then you can stop worrying and choose a dream holiday in Aruba in August.  Sunny Aruba is outside of the hurricane belt perched north of the South American coastline in the warm Caribbean.  Less known than than the other Caribbean Islands it's not one of those expensive Islands like Martinique or Grenada, it's thoroughly accessible, just a little bit further on the plane if you are coming from Europe. And it's worth those extra minutes on the plane for golden hot sands, exquisite sparkling waters and a Caribbean vibe all of its own. 32°c / 90°f and upwards it will be hot hot hot!

     

    A Caribbean Cruise in August?

    If you are looking for the best places to go in August and you think the Caribbean is the place to go, why not go for a cruise this time? This way you'll get the options to visit plenty of Caribbean islands on your permanently floating hotel not to mention that August means cheap deals for this destination! Cruises have the flexibility to change course if any large storms gather, so a great option for a Caribbena Holiday. We've got some great recommendations for an August cruise.

    Check out the National Hurricane Center website for Hurricane updates.

    Far East

     

    China

    China is very hot in August, even in the North. Be prepared for it to be quite humid in the south and even around 35°c / 95°f and higher, but if you like it hot then this will be a great time of year for you to visit China. Being such a vast country it's not a country that can be covered quickly, so choose a region and take a tour to get the most out of your holiday in China. One of the most popular tourist destinations of course is a trip that includes the man-made wonder of the Great Wall of China, and another firm favourite is a trip through the Three Gorges on the Yangtze River. For more ideas on where to go in Cina see our travellers China Reviews >

    Thailand

    Thailand in August is a mixed bag, you can visit all year round and it's pretty great, however this month the best of the weather is in the Gulf of Thailand and particularly Koh Samui and it's surrounding islands. It will be a little humid, so wherever you stay make sure it has fans, and even better some air conditioning.  Enjoy visits to the Ang Thong Marine National park to see Thailands beauty at its best.  Thailand Reviews >  Flights to Thailand >

    Vietnam

    This isn't the best month to visit Vietnam if you want to tour the whole country, but if you are looking for a far east escape then Central Vietnam has more than enough to offer including great beaches such as Nha Trang and great weather around 32°c / 90°f.  Vietnam Reviews >

    Bali - Indonesia

    It's warm in August and the ideal time to go, it's the middle of the dry season which lasts through to October.  It's likely to be around 29°c / 85°f and a little less humid than usual, so perfect for tours and adventures. It is fairly busy now, but an exciting buzz in the evenings with the restaurants and bars welcoming summer ambience, however there are still peaceful and serene places to spend your evenings.  You can make this a beach holiday or an adventure holiday, or a bit of both which is why Bali is so popular!  Bali Reviews >

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    Maldives

    What is it about the Maldives that just make us want to jump on the next plane there? There's something about staying on a tiny secluded island in the middle of the ocean with paradise beaches that spells out holiday. All you can do is relax! If you are heading to the Maldives in August it's one of the quieter times of the year ideal for many of us, it's also one of the hottest, but the serious heat of 31°c / 88°f will stir up a few tropical downpours and a thunderstorm from time to time. Some of the worlds most fascinating marine life fills the seas around the beautiful Maldives atolls with whale watching among the main attractions. Maldives Reviews >

    Mauritius

    You won't go wrong with a holiday to Mauritius in August, it's a wonderful mild heat generally around 25°c / 77°f. It's the dry season so no need to worry about rain or Indian Ocean cyclones. It's long been a perfect honeymoon destination with some of the worlds top spa hotels, those dreamy soft white sandy beaches and picture perfect blue waters. However with prices being fairly reasonable for a luxurious desert island you don't need a honeymoon as an excuse to come here, everyone deserves a little sunshine and relaxation in paradise! If you choose to visit Mauritius in August you'll be visiting at one of the nicest times of the year without the humidity of higher temperatures later in the year. Mauritius Reviews

    Best Indian Ocean Cruises in August?

    The Indian Ocean is one of those destinations that is perfect for a cruise all year round, and if you are looking to Cruise the Indian Ocean in August we have recommendations on some of the best cruise destinations in the Indian Ocean and more information on cruises in August.

     

    Africa


    Botswana

    Looking for a Safari in August? Botswana is an ideal Honeymoon destination to enjoy the trip of a lifetime and spectacular safari. It's winter in Botswana in August, so the nightime temperatures fall dramatically, but daytimes are likely to be clear skies and a warm 26°c / 79°f. Being the dry season it means that the animals will congregate around watering holes so one of the best times to spot the magnificent wildlife. The Chobe National Park is well known for it's elephant population, and the Okavanga Delta benefits from Okavanga river slicing through the desert creating a lush eco system perfect for the some of the worlds best safari's. Africa Destinations >

    Morocco

    We have the choice of some of the best places to go in August as the hot weather opens up most European destinations as great choices for a holiday, but if you have been to many of these typical European resorts you may be thinking of somewhere new, and Morocco will fit the bill for weather, beaches, intriguing cities, great food and an altogether exotic holiday destination. However it will be hot, very hot! It's typically around 31°c / 88°f but the last few years has recorded up to 37°c / 99°f in August. Morocco Reviews >

    Cape Verde

    Its very hot in August in Cape Verde, reaching its peak temperatures somewhere around the 31°c / 88°f mark. A great alternative to Egypt if you are looking for somewhere new, albeit more famed for over-water pursuits such as windsurfing than underwater pursuits. But it has some great new hotels, a serene and quiet ambience and just perfect for one of those holidays where you literally just want to relax in the sun and do nothing!! In years to come this will be the Canary Islands biggest rival so visit now while it's still un-spoiled. Placed and hour or so south of the Canaries by air, it's off the West African coast and the latest new and exciting holiday destination.

     

    USA

     

    Florida - The Keys

    Florida in August is the hottest time to visit, it's going to be about 32°c / 90°f on the Keys! And although pretty much any time of year is a good time to visit Florida, if you are looking for some serious sunshine, Ausgust is the month to find it. Although we would typically recommend April as our favourite month to visit the sunshine state as this is well outside hurricane season, August still gets it's droves of visitors despite the fact that it is in hurricane season. You are likely to get a great deal, and the chances are you may not be affected at all by the hurricane season. Tour operators are well aquainted with the season and are flexible with their holidays in storm times, so buy a package rather than separate flights and hotel so that you are fully protected should you need to be. Famed for its delicious fresh seafood, the keys offer some fantastic restaurants which get packed so think ahead and make a quick reservation the day before. Of course the reason why people come here? Paradise beaches and coral reef. USA Destinations >

    Alaska Cruises in August

    It's peak Alaska cruise season in August, one of the worlds most exciting cruise destinations! Combine it with San Fransisco for somewhere hot in August and you have a dream holiday. See our recommendations of Alaska cruises.

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