Where to go in August
Written by larapiegeler
Before you head to your fantasy Summer paradise for an August break, bear in mind that school's out, so many classic warm weather destinations such as theme parks and family beaches will be buried under a mass of over-excited, sunblock-smothered children. Instead, perhaps it's time to consider places closer to home that would be dismal at any other time...
If your perfect Summer is always going to be about settling down on a sun-drenched beach, you could stick with the spirit of the moment and keep your carbon footprint down by exploring some of the smaller, less commercial beaches in the West Country, or try the Gower Peninsula in Wales for the kind of old-fashioned, natural, ocean-side holiday charm your parents reminisce about.
City breaks in Europe are busy and sweltering as well as lacking in local colour, since the inhabitants don’t consider hoards of tourists worth sticking around for any more than you do, so if you’re heading for the continent, join in the Ferragosto and recline in one of Calabria’s exquisite coves, each embraced by a uniquely romantic little resort town, or pick something really unexpected such as Germany’s bright and breezy Baltic island, Rugen, or Norway’s exquisite, sun-bleached Vestvagoy coast.
An African safari is a very good bet in August, particularly in the less travelled parts, since it’s the dry season everywhere and thirsty members of the ‘Big Five’ will be clustered round shrinking watering holes, so your guide will know where to find them and you’ll be guaranteed a string of thrilling sightings, since anything creeping close to the ground will be easier to spot through the heat-withered vegetation.
South Africa’s equally impressive aquatic safari consists of whale watching in Plettenberg Bay, and it’s at this time of year that you’ll have the best chance of seeing Southern Right Whales as well as various other species swimming close to the shore. Fiji is also wonderful for whale watching now, and you’ll find the higher underwater visibility a bonus if you’re tempted to try diving here – one of the world’s best spots for it – and the beaches leave nothing to be desired, either.
Europe’s events calendar is buzzing with sun-kindled gatherings this month. The Edinburgh Festival bursts onto the arts scene for three weeks towards the end of this month, filling the city’s streets as well as its more formal venues with comedy, theatre and music, Glyndebourne’s elegant opera festival takes off amid a flurry of picnic dinners and evening gowns, the powerful Green Man Festival commences high amongst the Brecon Beacons, Cowes Week scatters the Solent with yachts of many colours, whipping up clouds of spray as they charge towards the finish, and of course there’s the small matter of cricket at Lord's… Surely enough excitement to keep you in the UK all Summer!
If not, there’s La Tomatina for those who enjoy a good food fight, the final night of the Rhine in Flames festival, and perhaps the Burning Man Festival for those who want to remember an August of artistic and spiritual surprises?
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