8 Of The Best Places To Visit In August 2018

Summer’s here! But where to find a great-value beach holiday in Europe? And how to escape the crowds? Here’s where to holiday in August 2018…

1. Puglia, Italy

Best for: Authentic Italy

It might not be the glitziest or most well-known region of Italy, but Puglia is all the better for remaining under the radar. Even in the height of summer its beautifully rugged beaches and gorgeous masserias (farmhouse hotels) are relatively crowd-free – a remarkable contrast to the heaving resort towns of northern Italy.  

Hire a car to discover the medieval walled towns and rolling countryside of inland Puglia, or fly and flop on one of the many gorgeous beaches along Italy’s picturesque ‘heel’.

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2. Norway

Best for: A spectacular summer cruise

As your ship plies the glassy indigo waters of Norway’s western fjords, you’ll wonder why it’s taken you so many years to visit Norway – and why this incredible country is still blissfully crowd-free.

Norway’s fjords have crept from the sea into the country’s mountainous interior, flooding the valleys between towering peaks. You’ll cruise past thundering waterfalls and tiny fishing villages, and disembark to discover fabulous walking routes, seafood restaurants, and jaw-dropping view points. It’s a bold, beautiful landscape – and the ultimate respite from Europe’s crowded resorts.

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3. Isle of Wight

Best for: A fun weekend break

If you fancy a long weekend away but don’t have the budget to venture far, the Isle of Wight is a great choice for August holidays – especially if you’ve got family in tow. From live music to street theatre, the Ventnor Fringe Festival (7-12 August 2018) brings vibrant performing arts to the island, while Lendy Cowes Week (4-11 August 2018) boasts parades, food markets and spectacular sailing regattas.

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4. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Best for: The world’s best tango

While the weather is cool (yet comfortable) in Buenos Aires, the locals’ dance moves are hot, hot, hot! August brings the International Tango Festival to the Argentinian capital – a two-week celebration of this electrifying dance form.

With free performances, milongas (group dances) and classes, this dance extravaganza is the perfect place to learn – or just sit back and appreciate – the sensual drama of authentic tango. Move over, Strictly!

5. Okavango Delta, Botswana

Best for: Safaris by boat

Where to holiday in August for amazing wildlife watching? You can’t go far wrong with the Okavango Delta – a vast game reserve in northern Botswana, home to hippos, elephants, lions, leopards and more. In August, the wet season is in full swing, meaning the delta is flooded and the animals are active – making them easier to spot.

Take your pick from game drives, safari walks, and trips to see the bathing animals in traditional dugout canoes. As your boat glides silently through the reeds, your guide will point out the wrinkly hulks of wallowing elephants and hippos just a few metres away – a truly unforgettable, spine-tingling sight.

6. Iceland

Best for: A far-flung escape

Where to go in August to escape Europe’s scorching resorts? Head to Iceland – just a three-hour flight from the UK – where blissful solitude and cool (but still pleasant) temperatures await…

While Iceland languishes under cloud for most of the year, August is its time to shine – with midsummer granting long days to explore its smoking volcanoes, burping hot springs and splashiest waterfalls – and maybe even squeeze in some (bracing) beach time at Vik. This is certainly a summer holiday with a difference – and the kids will love it too.

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7. Sardinia

Best for: Beach fun and great food

This peaceful isle has 2,000km of coastline, secluded gin-clear coves, and charming trattorias serving just-caught seafood and all the pasta you could possibly wish for. The Costa Smerelda is the island’s tiny strip of millionaire’s villas and glitzy bars, whereas the rest of the island is low-key and very local.

Don’t miss the village of Chia, on the south coast, and its string of beautiful sandy bays. You’re less than an hour’s drive from Cagliari, but the vibe here is far-flung and natural. Bring a picnic.

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8. Reims, France

Best for: Sipping Champagne in the sun

There’s something about the rolling countryside around Reims, the birthplace of Champagne, that makes a glass of bubbly taste even better: maybe it’s the sunshine, maybe it’s the romantic setting, or maybe the French simply keep the best bottles for themselves?

Whatever the reason, you can’t go wrong with a summertime trip to Reims. Drinking world-class bubbly in sunny vineyards, under a cloudless sky… now that sounds like our idea of heaven.

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