When the year speeds round to month number eight, peak sunshine season approaches in Europe. Summer’s busiest month attracts flocks of devout holidaymakers looking for heavenly spots to relax in the heat and experience the dreamy Mediterranean way of life.
If you’re searching for somewhere to go on holiday in August, here are six of our top picks to inspire you.
Spend August falling in love with the Greek way of life on this charming Ionian island. Cloaked in olive groves and wildflowers, creating a sea of green that contrasts beautifully against the shimmering Mediterranean lapping at the shore, Corfu has a certain bombshell quality to it. Go north-east to experience the island’s wild coastline, with secluded pebbly beaches tucked into coves. With temperatures reaching 32°C in August here, there’s no place you’d rather be.
If you’re craving a dash of atmosphere, Corfu Town’s got a spectrum of lively bars and taverns squirrelled away within its cobblestone streets. Bob into Marina’s Tavern for freshly-grilled octopus, then head to Mikro Café for wine and people watching.
With a coast scalloped by mesmerising beaches, Majorca’s the ultimate place to hide away and hunt down your own version of paradise. For sunsets with extra va-va-voom, wind around the island’s zig-zagging roads all the way to Cap de Formentor or set up camp at Puerto Pollensa’s seafront. Sóller is another beauty queen vying for your attention, best visited by the vintage tram that snakes through the mountains to reach it.
August’s one of Majorca’s peak months, so expect bags of atmosphere among the island’s top resorts. Soak up the starry night sky from charming Deia if you’re after a quieter evening or make for Palma’s vibrant rooftop bars for lively sundowners.
Costa del Sol
Spain’s premier sunshine outpost has an extra pinch of panache during August. Live music events, pool parties and religious festivals are added to the intoxicating mix of fun-loving resorts lining the shore, creating an even more electric atmosphere than normal. Sleepy spots can be found here too though if you’re after a low-key break – make a beeline for La Cala or Frigiliana.
Given its name, it’s unsurprisingly sizzling in the Costa del Sol during the height of summer, with temperatures reaching 31°C. Take your pick from the sandy bays, beach clubs and waterparks that offer different ways to enjoy the heat, no matter your holiday type.
Dubbed the Turquoise Coast, Turkey’s Antalya Area is home to impossibly clear waters and some of the country’s best beaches. And with the mercury hovering around 33°C during August, there’s no better place to enjoy the weather than by the glimmering Med. But beaches aren’t Antalya’s only naturally-beautiful feature – it’s easy to chase waterfalls here, with plenty of thundering cascades dotted among valleys and national parks.
Peel yourself away from Mother Nature’s magical touches and you’ll find there’s plenty more to this sun-baked destination. Ancient relics of empires gone-by can still be seen today, from the Temples of Apollo and Athena to the historic settlement of Perge.
If you’re looking for somewhere to go on holiday in August that delivers world-class surf, otherworldly-landscapes and a barrel load of sunshine, say hello to Fuerteventura. Just off the north-west coast of Africa, this Balearic island is the perfect place to whisk yourself off to, as the temperature’s a pleasant 25°C and events are in full swing. Watch the Windsurfing World Cup at Sotavento or take part in the Fiestas del Buen Viaje celebrations in El Cotillo.
But if it’s just a beach break you want, you’re in the right place. Discover 12km of virgin sands at Cofete Beach or discover marine life at crescent-shaped La Concha Beach.
Round off summer at Bulgaria’s Black Sea Coast, an unsung hero of Europe. Long sweeps of sand grace the shoreline, making it easy to simply eat, sleep, sunbathe, repeat. But if you want to add a little more to your holiday itinerary, the Bourgas Area comes up trumps with its rollcall of sights and activities.
Zoom down slides or put your feet up on a lazy river – the choice is yours at one of the many water parks here. A dollop of history is waiting to be uncovered, too. Make for Nessebar’s UNESCO-listed Old Town for quaint churches, ancient ruins and museums aplenty.
Posted: 19th Jun 2019.