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August, and not for no reason, is synonymous with holidays. School’s finished and the kids are raring to go. Work has granted your fortnight’s leave. Which leaves just one matter to resolve: where to go? Everywhere’s warm in August, right? Even Britain sees the odd dash of sunlight during the height of summer. So where do you go? That all depends on your budget, the distance you’re prepared to travel and the amount of heat you can handle.
We’ve rounded up five August holiday ideas that offer something a little different from the usual tried and tested resorts. Whether you want sunshine, scenery or even snow, you should find something here to suit your tastes. If you’re planning an August getaway, don’t book anything until you’ve read our guide to destinations that are refreshingly different. Pick your favourite, pick a HomeAway holiday rental and then prepare for your best summer holiday yet.
August holiday ideas
Lake Como, Italy
In recent years, Lake Como has achieved notoriety as a playground for the stupidly rich and stupidly famous. Don’t holiday here on the off-chance of spotting celebs however; Lake Como warrants visiting solely on account of its spectacular natural beauty. This enchanting glacial lake - Italy’s third-largest - has been a holiday retreat since Roman times. Varenna, Bellagio and Menaggio all boast mesmerising lakeside views and historic churches. Take a boat trip across Lake Como, which descends to 200 metres at its deepest point, and you’ll understand why George Clooney et al have made this spot their second (or third or fourth) home.
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Where to go on holiday in August? Holiday in Hintertux, Austria
Open all the year round, Austria’s Hintertux glacier is serviced by nine lifts including the Glacier Bus 3, comprising 24-person cabins that enable skiers to ascend the mountain in style and comfort. Of course, it’s not really about the ascent: it’s what happens when you get to the top that makes the Hintertux so delicious. The steep, challenging runs are ridiculously enjoyable, while further down the mountain, fun boxes, table tops and half-pipe will keep boarders and skiers entertained for hours. Day ski passes are reasonably priced, making Hintertux a popular destination for families and skiing enthusiasts of all abilities.
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Where to go on holiday in August? Holiday in North West Argentina
When was the last time you went to Argentina in August? Or indeed any time of year for that matter? If you don’t mind the flight time, North West Argentina promises epic mountains, rocky valleys and thick jungle without the hordes of tourists. Check out the city of Salta, founded in the 16th century, which is famed for its colonial houses and quaint churches. Then there’s the Andean landscape, with its unique sandstone formations, which almost looks martian in places. The spectacular gorge at Quebrada de Las Conchas epitomises the unusual landscape that lures curious visitors to this unspoiled corner of North West Argentina.
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Where to go on holiday in August? Holiday in Coast of Kenya
Extending from Tanzania to the south for some 500 kilometres, the coast of Kenya is rich with intrigue and history. Mombasa, East Africa’s oldest harbour city, was a key trading port for centuries. Situated on a small island, the city is a melting pot of Arabic, East African and European influences. To the north and south of the city, turquoise water, palm trees and white sandy beaches await. Then there’s the coral reef at Watamu Marine Park which is home to over 600 species of fish. Swim, surf and dive to your heart’s content, or charter a boat and go big game fishing for marlin and yellowfin tuna.
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Where to go on holiday in August? Holiday in Costa de la Luz, Spain
For the quintessential beach holiday, Spain’s Costa de la Luz has it all: warm weather, clean beaches and local charm. Stretching from Tarifa to the mouth of the Guadiana River, this stretch of Andalusia is ideal for families seeking to relax, grab a suntan and let off some steam. Amidst the usual pleasures of golf, sailing and other water sports, the Costa de la Luz is famed for its natural beauty. Doñana National Park is home to endangered species including the Spanish Imperial Eagle and the Iberian Lynx. The salt marshes at Barbate and cliffs at La Breñaare also abound with plant and animal life of all kinds.
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