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Discover the best destinations this August with HomeAway
It's no surprise to hear that August is the busiest holiday month of the year. Resorts are hot, children are on holiday, and families and couples everywhere take their annual fortnight in the sun. Of course, such ideal conditions mean holidays become more expensive too. There's just one question on our minds when it comes to holidays in August: How can we all jet off without breaking the bank?
Well, there are a number of ways to grab great bargains this August. Firstly, wait until the end of the month - flight prices drop as less people travel abroad. Secondly, choose a cheap destination - there are plenty of beautiful places to find free activities and attractions. Lastly, book private accommodation - not only are you afforded privacy and space, but you'll make some fantastic savings.
Cheap places to holiday in August 2013
August holidays in Northumberland
Who says you need to travel far to find the best holidays in August? Northumberland is a beautiful county, with a huge range of activities and attractions to keep you entertained. From adventures in the wilderness to strolls along the unspoilt coast, there's something to suit everyone in this magical place. There are dozens of historic castles, national parks and seaside resorts to discover, and each offers an entirely different holiday experience. You could even combine your break with a trip to an island off the Northumbrian coast - from Lindisfame's Christian monuments to the Fame Islands' teeming bird colonies, Northumberland promises an unforgettable holiday.
August holidays in Malaga
As the largest city on the Costa del Sol, Malaga is the perfect destination for holidays in August. Its beautiful Mediterranean climate and cultural attractions draw thousands of tourists every year, as well as extensive beaches, walking trails and architectural treasures. Of course, most of us are happy to laze our days away on the beach, but Malaga offers so much more if you wander off the beaten track. Visit a Moorish castle and Roman Theatre in Alcazaba, or admire exclusive Picasso pieces at the artist's birthplace. Either way, Malaga promises an exciting holiday for all.
August holdidays in Benidorm
Benidorm has long been a favourite seaside resort, and there's no better time to visit than this August. It's one of the easiest destinations to explore on foot, boasting over 1000 restaurants and bars and 4km of Blue Flag beaches. There are water parks, zoos and theme parks for families, and even Las Vegas-style shows at Benidorm Palace. From boat trips around wildlife sanctuaries to tours of nearby towns, holidays in August here promise fun-filled family activities. Those in search of culture won't be disappointed either - simply head to the resort's Old Town to discover the town's traditional rustic charm.
August holidays in Sicily
Sicily is a diverse island, with a long history of Greek, Roman, Norman, Arab and Catalan occupation. Culture is consequently colourful, and tourists can expect to find something unique in every city. Holidays in August here promise hot, sunny days and plenty of activities, from tours of ancient monuments to snorkelling around the island's coast. If you're feeling adventurous, trek around the Nebrodi mountains or visit the Temple of Concord in Agrigento. You can always spend the next day lazing on the beach, or indulging in some traditional Sicilian cuisine.
August holidays in Puglia
Located in the south-east or 'heel' of Italy, Puglia is a fascinating and beautiful region. From the magnificent beaches of Monopoli to the region's wealth of architectural wonders, Puglia can't fail to keep you entertained whilst on holidays in August. The adventurous will enjoy exploring Gargano National Park and the Tremiti Islands, whilst those in search of culture will adore the traditional markets of Santa Maria Al Bagno. Ostuni, or the 'White City', is another fascinating location. The town's white buildings and walls have a long and fascinating history, and boast dozens of architectural jewels to discover.
More cheap August holiday ideas
Few holidays in August could match a break in Corsica. Walking is one of the best ways to discover the island's stunning scenery, especially around its natural park where rare animals and plants can be found. Admire the unique Corsican red deer, and enjoy beautiful views from the island's highest mountains. Of course, there's no shame in simply sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling along the coast, enjoying divine cuisine or sampling locally-brewed beers! Why not combine your break with a trip to Sardinia? There are plenty of opportunities to travel by boat, and the journey takes just one hour.
From medieval castles to vibrant cities, there's so much to see and do when on Brittany holidays in August. Tourists can indulge in delicious oysters in Cancale, discover the old town of Saint-Melo, peruse art galleries in Dinan or go surfing in Pointe de la Torche. Those in search of history will find Brittany's megaliths fascinating - menhirs and dolmens can be found across the island, but some of the best examples are found at the bay of Morlaix. Whether you enjoy sampling local cuisine, traversing beautiful landscapes or sunbathing on golden sands, Brittany promises a great vacation.
Taking holidays in August doesn't have to be an expensive affair. Save money on last minute flights, choose a destination with plenty of free activities, or choose budget-friendly accommodation through HomeAway. Whatever you choose to do, we'll find the property to make your holiday perfect.
Whether you want a traditional gite in France or a white-washed property in Puglia, we'll endeavour to find ideal accommodations in the best destinations. So what are you waiting for? Start planning the August break of a lifetime with the help of HomeAway.