We may finally have enjoyed some sunshine here in the UK, but you never know how long it’s going to last. On the other hand, there are plenty of other European destinations that will be sure to have high temperatures in the next few months.
If you’re looking to make the most of summer before it ends, here are some of our best recommendations for August.
Bursting with events and attractions next month, Madrid is a fantastic place to visit for an authentic European city experience in the sun. Travellers arriving at this delightful city in August can look forward to the amazing PhotoEspana exhibition. Running until August 28th, the showcase highlights some of the country’s best art pieces across multiple venues. These include the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Cerralbo Museum and the Telefonica Foundation Space.
There are plenty of music events scheduled across the month, too, but perhaps none are more enticing than O’Sister’s two-night residency at the Salight and a fascinating insight into Spain’s flamboyant music scene.
On toa Galileo Galilei venue on August 10th and 11th. The group’s infectiously catchy take on swing music is certain to offer an exciting np of this, August is the perfect time to see the brand new Carmen De Bizet production, which runs at the Teatro Nuevo Apolo from July 26th until August 28th. This scintillating opera comes from Ballet Flamenco de Madrid and is set in Seville in 1830, where a soldier is torn between their love life and their duties.
Ibiza has long been a favourite of British holidaymakers and it’s easy to see why. Golden beaches, scorching temperatures and a wonderfully laid-back way of life make this Balearic island a slice of paradise for many.
August has plenty of intriguing events lined up, including a Basement Jaxx concert at the Space venue in Playa d’en Bossa on August 26th. The British dance duo have earned legendary status and return to Ibiza as part of the club’s Glitterbox event.
For something a little different, the Ibiza Museum of Contemporary Art in Dalt Vila is definitely worth a visit. The works of Cy Twombly will be on show all the way through next month, showcasing some of the iconic photographer’s best visuals spanning from 1985 to his death in 2011.
Tourists can look forward to some extraordinary bargains at the Punta Arabi market, which has been running since 1973 between Es Cana and Cana Martina beach. In August, the stalls are open until the later time of 8pm, giving visitors plenty of chances to purchase some of the island’s most unique wares.
The Canaries are one of the few European areas that enjoy sunshine during all seasons of the year, but that doesn’t make sunshine in Gran Canaria any less special.
Next month, travellers can look forward to the amazing La Rama de Agaete festival in Agaete, which is a fiesta that has roots in the Guanches’ rain dance. As part of the event, villagers carry vine branches from Agaete to a chapel that was made in tribute to the Virgen de Las Nieves, a Marian devotion dating back to the fourth century. The festival runs for a few days and, on day three, a party is scheduled that attracts thousands of people.
Sports fans can look forward to seeing Union Deportiva (UD) Las Palmas in action against Granada CF on August 28th at the Estadio Riazor stadium. Spanish football guarantees a lively atmosphere and passionate supporters and the Gran Canaria side will be looking to get their La Liga season off to a good start after finishing 11th last term.
Spanish pop superstar Alejandro Sanz will also be performing in Las Palmas at the Parking Anexo al Estadio on August 7th. The singer has won three Grammy awards and 15 Latin Grammys over the course of his career and is one of Spain’s most successful vocalists, guaranteeing a feverish crowd when he returns to the Canaries.
Gibraltar is a fantastic place to unwind and revel in the sun, but there are also plenty of events for travellers to enjoy in this picturesque destination.
The Gibraltar Fair will take place on August 20th to the 28th, with a host of rides, games and stalls set to arrive at the Cormorant Wharf and Romney Hut Car Parks. The festivities are an annual tradition and, no matter your age, they are a great way to mingle with the locals and have some summer fun.
Families will be happy to hear that the Summer Nights programme will be running at the start of the month until August 13th at Casemates Square, with activities and entertainment for adults and children alike. What’s more, fantastic restaurants such as the Lord Nelson are nearby, so you’re perfectly placed for a fantastic night out for both parents and kids!
As well as this, a beach market will be taking place on Catalan Bay on August 17th, where visitors can look forward to mouth-watering food and art stalls, dance groups and magic shows.
Much like Ibiza, Majorca has been popular with British holidaymakers for years, Majorca offers everything travellers would want in a relaxing beach holiday.
However, it is easy to forget the sheer number of excellent attractions available across the island, especially during next month. Members of the iconic Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) will appear at the El Toro venue in Port Adriano on August 6th. Going under the new name The Orchestra, visitors can expect a buoyant atmosphere and world-class musicianship.
Art fans can also look forward to the incredible Roman Women Art Exhibition at the Caixaforum in Palma Centre throughout August. Featuring fascinating works looking at the important role of women in society throughout history, this exhibition helps prove there’s more to Majorca than sun and sand.
Travellers have plenty of exceptional cuisine to look forward to on their travels and there’s no better way to sample the island’s incredible culinary delights than the Olivar Market in Palma. A sensational assortment of fresh meat, vegetables and fruit are available. If you want to create your own paella and get an insight into the lives of local people, these stalls are a must see.