Where to go on holiday in August
As we head into the back end of the British summer, it’s a great opportunity to squeeze in a break not too far from home. Before the temperature begins to slide, there’s plenty of sun to be soaked up, and we know how to find it without breaking the bank.
Best for a UK Break
Often overlooked in favour of foreign destinations, our very own Channel Islands are something pretty special. Head to Jersey and Guernsey and you'll find pristine beaches to rival almost any in the world, along with castles, festivals, gorgeous coastal drives, walking trails, excellent surfing spots and plenty of sunshine.
August is the tail end of peak season, but you’ll still find summery weather, perfect for long days in the sun. It’s also the best time for swimming in the sea, with water temperatures around 17°C.
If you’re looking for a relatively quiet, incredibly scenic beach holiday that fits a fairly modest budget, the Channel Islands are an excellent choice.
It’s peak season, so you’ll have to deal with some crowds, but Edinburgh is on our August wish list for a particular reason: the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It’s the biggest arts festival in the world, and thousands of performers grace hundreds of stages across the city. You’ll find some of the world’s best art, theatre, music, comedy, film, and opera performances and shows, to name but a few examples of what’s on offer. It’s also an open festival, which means that anyone with an idea and a venue can take part.
The entire city comes to life over the course of the festival, with locals and visitors alike getting into the festive spirit. The streets are lined with traders, and between venues street performers entertain the jostling crowds. If you want to feel the pulse of the arts world and be swept into its rhythm, there’s nowhere better than the Fringe. Here's our round-up of what you can expect to see at the Festival this year.
The Welsh coast has a lot to offer at this time of year. Not only is it home to some spectacular coastline (Rhossili Bay was previously named the best beach in the UK), it's one of the most affordable coastal destinations. The dramatic cliffs, expansive sandy beaches and historic ports along this stretch are all alluring in their own ways.
The Wales Coast Path, which runs for 870 glorious miles, has fast become one of the country’s main attractions. Although it has been done, we wouldn’t recommend trying to tackle the entire length of the path. There are a number of shorter walks worth considering, from family-friendly trails to several-day hikes.
Best for a Short-Haul Holiday
Cape Verde has some amazing beaches, where tall dunes meet clear tropical seas. It’s a lesser-known and comparatively low-key destination with a lot to give, and it’s just a 6-hour flight away. The locals are known for their morabeza: a Creole term best translated as "hospitality", although it’s much more than that. The people are warm, friendly and eager to make sure everyone is happy.
August is technically the rainy season, but with a semi-arid climate, the rain is nothing to worry about. There might be the occasional storm, complete with heavy downpours and thunder, but these short-lived showers are a welcome relief from the heat.
One of the greatest things about Cape Verde in August is the deals you’ll get. It’s out of peak season, and it’s a relatively quiet destination to start with, so there are some great holiday packages to be had.
It’s no secret that Berlin is one of the most popular city break destinations of the moment. Intellectuals, artists and hipsters flock to the German city like it’s New York in the 70s. Consequently, there's an ever-increasing number of beer gardens, art galleries, live music and nightlife venues popping up. The place is full of energy and life, and there’s always something going on.
When night falls, the city wakes. There are immense warehouse clubs hosting the world’s most famous techno acts, but there’s also something for everyone. No matter your taste in music, there’s a venue for you. The venues themselves are often worth the visit: old bike shops, repurposed power stations, cinemas from the 50s, original dance halls… the list is as long as it is quirky.
August is the end of summer, and the weather is fantastic. The days are comfortably warm, and perfect for relaxing with a local craft brew in the sun. There are a few rainy days, but that’s the glory of city breaks: there are amazing galleries, museums and restaurants to take shelter in.
Find out more about this facinating city in our Berliner's Guide to Berlin
Other Destinations to Consider
Valencia: August brings hot days, warm nights, and the world’s biggest tomato-throwing festival. La Tomatina happens once a year, when a hundred metric tons of overripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets. We aren’t making this up.
Dublin: The weather in August is about as good as it gets, and it’s close enough to take a bank holiday trip. It’s a great city break, with many events, galleries and museums to visit, plus a thriving nightlife.