Last minute August: our travel ideas
The great "migration" is about to begin: August is around the corner and millions of Italians are ready to pack their bags and move towards the dreamed holiday destinations. Italian coasts, islands, mountains, Croatia, Greece, Spain, exotic havens, European cities ... whatever your tastes and your budget, if you are among the latecomers who have not yet booked anything, the questions in your mind will always be two: what are the destinations with the best quality/price ratio for a holiday in the most expensive period of the year? Where can I go so as not to find too much trouble?
Do not panic: we are here to help you untangle the complicated holiday world of August! Here are our tips for summer holidays 2018 .
Amsterdam in August
The Dutch capital is a popular destination to visit all year round; in winter, the frozen canals create a fairytale atmosphere, in spring everything has the scent of blooming tulips and in summer the outdoor bars and many cultural events make you want not to leave it anymore. Some of the most interesting events of August are: the Hortus Festival, a series of classical music concerts in the frame of the botanical garden, the Grachtenfestival, with many musical proposals in museums, public buildings, open spaces and overlooking the channels, and De Parade, theater performances hosted in circus tents in Martin Luther King Park.
Other ideas? Spend some time on one of the many urban beaches set up on the canals, where you can drink something, play sports or relax listening to good music, take an evening cruise to enjoy the sunset or watch a movie under the stars in one of outdoor cinemas. If you are still energetic, you can always take a trip out of the city, perhaps by bike to enjoy the magical landscapes of Holland.
The best neighborhoods to sleep in Amsterdam are: the museum area, Jordann and De Pijp, east and north.
Barcelona in August
In addition to the beach, in Barcelona August is synonymous of folk festivals ; the most colorful, crazy and fun is that of the neighborhood of Gracia, which from mid-August and for ten days transforms the streets of barrio into fantastic worlds where you can let yourself be carried away by fantasy. The viette are in fact decorated according to particular themes, and every day there are concerts, cultural events, dances, popular dinners and much more. Absolutely unmissable! The beaches of the city and surroundings are the perfect place to cool off between a "party" and the other, as well as the terraces of the Gaudí houses , which become theater in the nights summer of jazz concerts.With a mild temperature all year round, even in summer the climate here never gets hot thanks to the wind, and the sea water is always at a cool temperature. The choice of the island depends on the type of holiday you are looking for: Lanzarote is the wildest, with lunar landscapes and picturesque villages, Fuerteventura has beautiful beaches and is perfect for sports aquatic, Tenerife has a bit of everything, from hiking in the Teide Park to crystal-clear beaches, and Gran Canaria is the most "holiday" and party-goer, but also cosmopolitan thanks to the great and fascinating city of Las Palmas.
Portugal in August
This friendly country overlooking the Atlantic every year receives a greater quantity of enthusiastic tourists thanks to its perfect mix of beautiful landscapes, fascinating cities, wonderful beaches and low prices. If the famous Algarve beaches in August can be quite crowded, the beautiful Alentejo region is a great choice for escaping the masses and enjoying unspoiled landscapes. The 120 km of Atlantic coast with dunes and beautiful sea, often suitable for surfing but also with ideal corners to enjoy a quiet bath, the trekking of the Rota Vicentina and a lot of villages where time passes slowly. In short, a holiday for those who want to switch off and be guided by the rhythms of nature!
Sardinia in August
Sardinia is certainly one of the most popular destinations for a holiday in August and without a doubt the most famous areas, such as those of the Costa Smeralda , the Gulf of Orosei or Villasimius are very crowded. But the beauty of this incredible island is that it is still possible to find parts relatively untouched by mass tourism, where large beaches with turquoise waters will be able to make you fall in love.
The West Coast in general is less popular than the east, and in the areas of Chia, Iglesias and Oristano you can play to find your personal paradise. Some farms, especially in the inland areas, could offer last minute offers, otherwise a good option is camping. Do not forget to spend a couple of nights in Cagliari before relaxing on the beaches!
Iceland in August
August is a perfect time to visit this incredible country that seems to come out of another galaxy; especially during the first part of the month, the days are long and the temperatures pleasant (about 18 degrees of average with the sun, but keep in mind that if the weather turns cloudy and windy it can get chilly) and you can still camp, good solution if the idea is to save.
Take about two weeks to explore everything calmly: Snaefellsnes, Westfjords, Landmannalaugar, Askja and finish in Reykjavik.From there you can move to "Jeri", as the locals affectionately call Jericoacoara , a village popularized by hippies in the '70s and today a holiday destination for all tastes, with its beautiful beach surrounded by dunes from which to admire a wonderful sunset.
You will discover villages and lagoons, enjoy kitesurfing or hiking or simply sip coconut water lying in a hammock.