Where to go on holiday in August

Get away this August with a holiday to remember

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Kai Sedgwick

Kai Sedgwick
HomeAway travel expert


Costa de la LuzAugust, 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 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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Hintertux, Austria 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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North West Argentina 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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Coast of Kenya 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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Costa de la Luz, Spain 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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Accommodation for August Breaks

Lovely, modern apartment with swimming pool, Sea views, Seaton/Beer nr Sidmouth

Wellfield Lodge is a lovely, light, modern apartment for two people. It is set within the private grounds of Wellfield House, in a quiet residential area of Seaton. The accomodation is bright, airy and tastefully furnished. There is one double bed...

Luxury villa with pool & jacuzzi with steps down to the sea - Amazing Sea View

This is an amazing 3 bedroom villa, with a private pool, with steps directly down to a quiet peaceful beach. (only one other villa on the bay!). The complex comprises of Afroditi and Nafsika, two deluxe 3 bedroom villas (each sleeps 6) built on a...

Beautiful 3 Bed Detached Villa, Private Swimming Pool & Jacuzzi, Free Wifi

This is beautiful modern south facing 3 bed Detached Villa with a large garden area, its own Swimming Pool, Heated Jacuzzi, BBQ, its very own Pool Bar with wine cooler, Pergola, Al Fresco dining area, a roof top Solarium with stunning views from ...

Luxury atic with terrace in the city center, 360º views to city, sea, mountains

Balcony to Valencia apartment is a unique base for guests looking for something special during their time in the city. It has a great central location on top of Plaza de la Virgen with fabulous views of the nearby Square and Miguelete and 360º all...

Exceptional apartment near Cagliari by the sea with low prices all year

This modern apartment near Cagliari is set in immaculately maintained grounds and is tastefully furnished. It comprises of one double bedroom, one large en-suite bathroom with washing machine and shower cubicle. The spacious living area has two do...

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