August vacations may just be the best-kept secret in the traveler's handbook. Great weather, a variety of entertaining activities and fewer crowds - what's not to love?
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August Vacations: Top Destinations
Top 5 Best Destinations for an August Vacation
During this month, most of Europe is basking in balmy weather. If live music is your thing, know that there are plenty of music festivals during this season from England to Indonesia. Here's a small selection of the best places to visit during your August getaway.
The islands here are known for their stunning medieval cities and pristine coastlines. Don't worry, even if you're not one for crowds, there are still plenty of quieter spots to visit in Croatia. Obonjan Island, for example, has a wellness retreat that offers yoga classes, massages and plenty of relaxing music sessions. Or you could go sailing around the Kornati Islands.
If you like it hot, get ready to sizzle on the east coast. Zakynthos has plenty of luxury resorts and is a great place for watersport enthusiasts. Relax on a beach in Skiathos, with its soft welcoming sand, turquoise water, and quaint boutiques.
There's a reason why social media influencers flock to this vibrant country - it's simply idyllic. Isla Holbox is a chilled-out island at the northern tip of the Yucatán Peninsula. If ferry rides and rugged roads sound appealing then this spot is perfect for your escape from city life. In August, you can see the whale sharks offshore.
August vacations in Arcachon will give you the best of sunny summer living without the hustle and bustle of peak season. It's a relaxed seaside town about 64 kilometers from Bordeaux. Here you can unwind on a golden beach or indulge in your pick of oysters at one of the famous oyster farms. For a taste of the decadent life, you could visit Bordeaux itself, France's wine capital. This is a great place to spend the weekend as there's something to entertain all. There are art galleries for "culture vultures", vineyard tours for wine-lovers and plenty of Michelin-star restaurants for the foodies. If you really want to soak up the good stuff, there are some hotel spas that offer what's known as Vinotherapie. Forget drinking the wine, these luxury getaways offer visitors indulgent Merlot body wraps and Sauvignon massages!
If snow-covered peaks and wild forests are more your idea of an ideal vacation then add some arctic islands to your August itinerary. Vesteralen islands offer gorgeous mountain retreats and serene fjords. The views are breathtaking and you're guaranteed to have the time and space to reflect. Whale-spotting is also something to look forward to here.