By | July 7, 2017


By Faith Strickland

WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE about August? We’re all swishing about in our Havaianas in a general state of holiday euphoria. August is the month that the UK pulls out all the stops; it’s the time of the year when we can let down our flower-crowned hair at a festival and splat the rat at a summer fete, or just lie lazily on the beach without feeling even the slightest twinge of guilt as we know September and its seriousness will roll around soon enough. For some guaranteed sunshine, it’s probably best to head further afield, though you’ll have to embrace the masses if you go to one of Europe’s most popular seaside resorts. Instead, check out our list of the 10 best places to go in August for sunshine, fun and fewer crowds>>

The Tower Restaurant, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh


1. Edinburgh

WONDERFUL, BEAUTIFUL EDINBURGH – is there a time of year when it isn’t heaven? But by far one of the most fun months is August, when the medieval streets are filled with buskers, artists and actors vying for your attention during Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Every corner of the already raucous city roars with laughter. Wander into a pub down one of the cobbled streets and you might chance upon a little-known genius stand-up show, or head to one of the more famous acts who will be taking up their monthly residency in one of the city’s fascinating buildings, from the Central Mosque to Dovecot Studios Ladies Baths. Find flights to Edinburgh>>

Herdade da Comporta

2. Comporta

EVERYONE KNOWS ABOUT THE ALGARVE, Portugal‘s most popular holiday destination, but fewer have heard of the equally as beautiful and far more laid-back Comporta, on the west coast and about an hour’s drive from lovely Lisbon. This is the region of golden-sand stretches of beach, of rice paddies, canals and fields bulging with organic courgettes and broccoli. Having attracted designers, models and high society for years, there’s an incredible offering of stylishly designed villas to rent, from pared-back and beachy to glass-walled and decked out with mod-cons. Even in August, Comporta remains blissfully uncrowded; rent a villa, stock up on fresh produce from a roadside seller and spend sunny days wandering down sandy tracks and swimming in the Atlantic swirl. Find flights to Comporta>>

Peruke & Periwig in Dublin

3. Dublin

IF THERE’S ONE THING the Irish are famous for, it’s their love of a good time, and where better to be wooed by the Emerald Isle’s charm than in Dublin? In less than an hour and a half you could be in the fair city, perfect for nipping over to on the bank holiday weekend. History buffs will love the incredible library at The Long Room of Trinity College, literature-lovers should go to Sweny’s Pharmacy mentioned in James Joyce’s Ulysses. Immerse yourself in local culture in the lanes of the so-called creative quarter between Grafton Street and George’s Street and grabthe best pint of Guinness you will ever taste. If you need a break from the city, Dublin’s surrounds are just as gorgeous; hike up Dublin Mountain for amazing views or dive into the icy Irish sea in Dublin Bay. Find flights to Dublin>>

4. Tanzania

FOR A BIG, BLOW-OUT beach and safari holiday, Tanzania has it all: game parks packed with wildlife, islands of icing-sugar sand in azure-blue seas and, of course, KILIMANJARO. The weather is at its loveliest in August with the end of the rainy season and none of the stifling summer heat. For an unforgettable experience visit RUAHA and SELOUS, Tanzania’s two largest game parks, which are not only stocked full of wildlife but have plush bush camps and excellent guides, or try the smaller Rubondo Island in LAKE VICTORIA for trekking with chimpanzees. For sun, sea and sand,ZANZIBAR and the SPICE ISLANDS are as gloriously tropical and exotic as their names invoke, and big brands such as Per Aquum are sprucing up Zanzibar’s hotel scene with superlux beachfront suites and villas. Find flights to Tanzania>>

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The terrace at Volkshotel, Amsterdam

5. Amsterdam

AUGUST IS A MONTH BOOKMARKED FOR FUN, and a long weekend in Amsterdam will provide you with enough merriment and wild stories to carry you through the winter. Everything is hyped up in the Dutch city; museums are wacky, weird and downright fascinating, and cafés go from loud and lovely to totally laid-back. Mosey around the tourist areas like Jordaan and the old town and head to the seriously cool East Amsterdam, which is packed with kitsch shops, art galleries and delightful people enjoying a Grolsch in one of the café gardens. Find flights to Amsterdam>>


Cadidasa, East Bali

6. Bali

BALI HAS GRADUATED from hippy hideaway heaven to a sleeker, more sophisticated kind of cool island, but that doesn’t mean it has lost its carefree charm. If you’re serious about catching waves, head to Uluwatu surf break or CANGGU. For a reboot, Como Shambhala Estate is one of the best spa retreats in the world, set in lush jungle. For a little more Eat Pray Love, go north to hike active volcanoes, see the iconic rice-paddies and stay in beautifully secluded villas. For a throwback to Bali’s early days, NUSA LEMBONGAN, an island off the west coast, is all about boutique hostels and diving with manta rays. Find flights to Bali>>


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