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Where to go on holiday in August

Andrew Farr

Can’t handle the heat? August is certainly the hottest month, and usually the busiest for UK holidaymakers. If you want to avoid the crowds, let us show you the most beautiful locations that truly shine under the August sun.

See our where to go, when guide for destination recommendations throughout the year.


If you want to attend the grape harvest, an important time in the life of the Bordeaux, visit the region in late August. One of the most graceful and elegant cities in the whole of Europe, Bordeaux is home to grandiose architecture, handsome riverscapes, notable art museums, an extraordinary gastronomic scene, vibrant night life and some of the world’s finest wines. France’s sixth largest city has no fewer than 362 historic monuments and is the largest urban UNESCO Heritage Site in the world. It is less than six hours by train from London.

Bay of Arcachon experience

Climb onboard the Santa Maria, a magnificent traditional pinasse from 1956, to explore the most beautiful sites of the Bay of Arcachon. The captain will ensure your comfort and share their passion for this lovely lagoon. From £235 per person.

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Gourmet walking tour

A guided tour ambling through the city centre enjoying the history, traditions, architecture, wine, and food. Stop at three local producers: bakery, chocolate, and cheese, tasting delicacies at each stop with lunch included. From £68 per person.

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Saint-Emilion wine tour

Explore the famous medieval village of Saint-Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit two chateaux: a Great Classified Growth estate and a beautiful family-run estate, the symbol of French savoir vivre. From £103 per person.

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Greece Greece is an incredible country to visit during the summer months. The Greek islands are best during this time of the year, the sunshine allows the crystal-clear waters to sparkle and the days are long making way for beach parties that span day and night. To avoid overcrowding try visiting quieter islands during this month such as Alonissos, or the relatively less touristic Ionian Coast.

Marpunta Village Club, Alonissos

In a secluded location on the south coast of the island, backed by pine forests and facing the clear blue Aegean Sea, four star Marpunta Village Club is ideal for families with its homely and relaxed feel,

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MarBella Elix Hotel, Perdika

On top of a pine-forested hill, brand new MarBella Elix affords views out to the islands of Paxos, Antipaxos and Corfu from its impressive setting. A beautiful beach stretches out below the hotel and can easily be reached by a funicular railway or a short walk down a tree-lined path.

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Parga Beach Resort, Parga

Nestling in flower filled gardens and amidst ancient olive trees, Parga Beach Resort is located in an enviable spot right by the delightful golden sandy Valtos beach in Parga and features Venetian style bungalows dotted throughout the grounds housing rooms and suites with private terrace.

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Tanzania Tanzania’s Great Migration occurs year-round across the Serengeti, but most people visit between July and September; with less vegetation during the dry season the wildlife is much easier to spot. Tanzania is a land of great lakes and grassy plains, of lush rainforest and snow-capped peaks. There are soft sandy beaches, huge rocky gorges, ancient fossils and ancient trees. After touring on safari, head to the Indian Ocean and the magical beaches of the island archipelago of Zanzibar.

Highlights of Tanzania

A fantastic 8 day introduction to one of the most impressive safari areas in Africa, visiting the Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Tarangire and the Ngorongoro Crater, and a group of national parks that make up Tanzania’s ‘Northern Circuit’.

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The Residence Zanzibar

Elegant and palatial villas with private pools are found dotted amid a vast swathe of secluded, tropical ocean-front gardens, where monkeys play in the palm trees, at The Residence Zanzibar.

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Fundu Lagoon

An enchanting retreat on an island off Zanzibar, Fundu Lagoon offers barefoot luxury with a castaway feeling.

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