With its long, warm summer days, tradition dictates that August is the holiday month for the UK. We've got the knowledge and the inspiration, all you have to do is decide which destination suits you. What are you waiting for?
Croatia is a must-visit. Over a thousand tiny islands are strewn along its long coastline, surrounded by azure blue seas. Here you will find immaculately preserved Venetian-era settlements nestled around picturesque harbours, some presided over by hilltop fortresses. Overlooking the Adriatic, Dubrovnik and Split captivate with old squares and narrow streets. Split’s historic centre lies within the walls of Diocletian’s Palace and Dubrovnik, full of Mediterranean colours and scents, buzzes with vitality. Head inland for medieval towns, endless fields of lavender and national parks covered in primeval forest, dotted with lakes and waterfalls.
Boasting soaring views of rugged, snow-capped mountain ranges decorated with fluttering prayer flags and dotted with ancient monasteries that cling to the rock face, Bhutan sits at the eastern end of the Himalayas, sandwiched between India and the Tibetan Plateau. From the iconic fold mountains that dominate the horizon to the forested hills and fast flowing rivers of the valleys, the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ is home to a variety of ecosystems and remains as beautifully biodiverse, as it is spiritual.
Flung far into the Atlantic, the Portugese islands of the Azores enjoy balmy temperatures and kind weather year-round. Perfect for walking and island-hopping, this volcanic archipelago boasts astounding scenery and pristine, dramatic landscapes formed by tectonic activity. In August, the characteristic hydrangeas that line the hedgerows are in full bloom, drenching the countryside in colourful flowers.