Our top tips for where to go on holiday in August will help you solve that common summer conundrum: where to spend your summer holidays! You probably want to escape the British summer somewhere warm, but where? Somewhere with plenty of buzz and lots to see and do? Or somewhere quiet where you can relax in peace – even with the August crowds? Some of our most popular August destinations offer a bit of both! To help you make your mind up, we’ve picked out the best resorts for excitement and the best resorts for (relative!) peace and quiet in our essential guide to the top 5 destinations for your 2018 August holiday!
The breathtaking Mediterreanan island of Sicily really does have everything: stunning beaches, historic cities, unspoilt countryside, and even a smoking volcano! If you’re looking for fun and excitement, then don’t miss Taormina: one of the most glamorous cities in Italy, it’s a magnet for celebrities. The old town itself, perched on top of a panoramic hilltop with Mount Etna as a backdrop, is truly enchanting and, along the lively beachfront, there are scores of beach clubs, bars and discos, along with a wide array of watersports and other activities. For some peace and quiet head to Siracusa and the south east of the island: the beaches are emptier, the towns are quieter, and there are nature reserves and remote villages to explore. The city of Siracusa, once a powerful Greco-Roman capital, preserves a slew of fascinating ruins and the exquisite old quarter, Ortygia.
Fun and excitement: Taormina
Peace and quiet: Siracusa
Always a favourite with holiday-makers, the Algarve boasts a magnificent coastline, a string of vibrant resorts, charming towns full of history and culture, plus golf courses, spas and theme parks to keep everyone entertained. For plenty of nightlife and non-stop fun, head to Albufeira, which has a very pretty old quarter full of bars and cafés and some of the most spectacular beaches anywhere. For somewhere quieter, head to Praia de Luz, a lovely whitewashed fishing village that remains relaxed and low-key even in peak season, and has some fabulous, remote hikes that you can enjoy if you really want to leave the crowds behind.
Fun and excitement: Albufeira
Peace and quiet: Praia de Luz
Malaga is a fascinating city, with everything from a glossy new marina full of bars and restaurants to the superb Picasso Museum. It’s also the gateway to the Costa del Sol, which is lined with some of the most popular resorts in Spain. Queen of them all is Marbella, a glamorous hotspot that has attracted the rich and famous for decades. Nightclubs, restaurants and beachfront entertainment are aplenty, but the historic heart of the town, a whitewashed labyrinth scented with orange blossom, provides an enchanting respite from the crowds. Nerja is our pick for a quiet resort: a former fishing village, this has grown into a sizeable town, but it’s managed to retain its authentic charm, and an appealingly slow pace of life.
Fun and excitement: Marbella
Peace and quiet: Nerja
The island of Ibiza is jam-packed in August. In its busiest resorts, like San Antonio, don’t expect there to be an inch of free sand on the beaches: what you can count on, however, is some of the best nightlife and entertainment that you’re ever likely to experience, thanks to the outstanding line up of top international DJs. There’s always been more to Ibiza than its clubs and beaches, and you don’t have to drive far inland to find the island’s gentle, rural side – the ideal counterpoint to the frenetic nightlife on the coast. None of Ibiza’s beach towns could honestly be classed as quiet during August, but pretty, whitewashed Portinatx, on the northern coast, comes closest. Explore the coastline to discover miniature bays and inlets that you might have all to yourself – at least for a little while.
Fun and excitement: San Antonio
Peace and quiet: Portinatx
5. Riviera Maya
Thinking of making it a holiday to remember and jetting off somewhere exotic this August? Why not consider the Riviera Maya? The combination of Caribbean beaches and ancient Mayan temples is hard to beat – and August is the low season, when prices are surprisingly affordable. More accessible than Machu Picchu and every bit as fascinating, many of the Mayan temples – including Chichen Itza, Cobá and Uxmal – in this region have been designated World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. The capital city of the Rivera Maya is also its most exciting: Cancún. Where else can you admire stunning archaeological treasures and then party till dawn at a beachfront nightclub? If you prefer to give the hectic nightlife a miss and relax on a tropical beach, then head to peaceful Tulum, which has blissful white sands and a laid-back vibe.
Fun and excitement: Cancún
Peace and quiet: Tulum