August is a good time to take a break from work and the daily grind. It is also a peak travel period in most countries where people enjoy the hot summer weather. Still, you can find somewhere to escape to with your family or friends. Are you itching for an adventure? Or a relaxing beach destination? Still making up your mind where to visit in August this year? Endless guidebooks and travel magazines can leave you even more confused. Avoid the hassle by following this handy guide on where to go in August. Here is a list of places and experiences around the globe.
If you're considering a city break in August, Warsaw should be on your list. Unlike other capitals that are centred on a market square, Warsaw spreads across a wide area with diverse architecture shaped by its history. Check out the prestigious museums if you want to learn more about Poland's past. For those with a sweet tooth, it’s hard to resist the sweet pastries and doughnuts on many street corners.
Tanzania offers incredible wildlife and extraordinary natural landscapes. Most tourists come to witness the great wildebeest migration in the Serengeti. Thousands of the animals, accompanied by impalas, elands, gazelles and zebras, seek fresh water and pasture. Elsewhere, find pristine white sand along the Indian Ocean and safari around Ngorongoro Crater. In August, temperatures are fine with clear skies.
Widely known as the Festival City, Edinburgh bursts into life in summer, with events including the Fringe, International Festival, Art Festival, and International Book Festival. Expect the best theatre, comedy, music and exhibitions from new artists and internationally recognised names. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo also takes place in August, and history lovers should make time to visit Edinburgh Castle.
Every street in Brussels is packed with rich history and beautiful architecture. There's a museum for every interest, with new exhibits opening frequently. You can learn about comics, design or musical instruments, as well as Belgium and its capital. The city is alive in summer with exciting events and too many pop-up bars to count. It’s hard to resist the beer, mussels and fries - not to mention the Belgian chocolate - so there's no point being on a diet during this holiday.
Majorca is an ideal holiday destination, especially in August - the peak beach season. For a picnic and swimming, head to Sa Colabra, a hidden beach cove that is only accessible through Tramuntana or Torrent de Pareis. Palma, the capital city, is easy to walk around, so shopping is a pleasure and there are plenty of tapas bars and cafes for you to rest your feet. The Gothic cathedral, La Seu, is a remarkable sight when viewed from the sea.
The Renaissance architecture and gothic grace of Prague can astound even the most experienced tourist. There are numerous baroque-style churches and world-class museums to see. Explore these landmarks in daylight then relax with a hearty meal when you are done. August is the Czech city’s busiest month and so accommodation prices are relatively high. However, it is also dry season, hence the best time for outdoor attractions.
A holiday in the Costa del Sol is equal to none. With 325 sunny days a year, it is no wonder that millions of tourists visit annually. Beautiful beaches stretch over 161km of coastline while three resorts offer everything from theme parks to shimmering marinas. Delicious food is another reason to visit. Enjoy traditional tapas and seafood while sitting outside in the sun.
Crowds die down in August, while the weather is not too hot, making it a great time to explore Barcelona without standing in endless queues. Travel on Tuesday or Wednesday to avoid the weekend tourists. If you are planning to do some sightseeing, make it early in the day and be sure to start with the most popular attractions. Worth a visit are: the Sagrada Família, Picasso Museum, Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, Camp Nou Stadium and Park Guell.
The island of Jersey is the perfect size for a weekend getaway. With miles of beaches and historical sites nearby, you can experience it all. Restaurants overlook the coast while boat trips give beautiful views in the fresh sea air. The marina offers a glorious backdrop and the most peaceful spot to walk around during sunset.
You can't escape the beauty of Bulgaria. Tourists flock to the breath-taking mountain ranges, beaches and quaint historic towns in August. Make the most of the lively atmosphere and higher temperatures than in previous months. It's the right time to enjoy the Black Sea coastline and rejuvenating, crisp fresh air. A great destination for those looking for new adventures or to go off the beaten track.