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Where to go in August: Our Top Picks

August is an ideal time to travel in Europe, as the continent comes alive with a vibrant atmosphere, long sunny days, and a plethora of cultural events and festivals

Ahead of each new month, we compile a list of destinations across Europe which are perfectly suited to visit that month. Considering things like weather, busyness, natural and cultural events, and other factors, our top picks for August are the Greek peninsula of Pelion; medieval city of Eger in Hungary; the dreamy Ligurian Coast, Italy; and the historic French department of Languedoc-Roussillon. Check out our highlights and favourite sites below.

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The sun-kissed beaches of Greece beckon with crystal-clear waters and golden sands; Hungary's lively festivals evoke a sense of celebration; Italy's charming villages exude romance amid vineyard-covered hills; France's historic wonders and delectable cuisine offer a taste of timeless elegance. Embrace the warm ambiance, rich culture, and picturesque landscapes that make August an unforgettable and inspiring time to experience the magic of these European gems.

Whitewashed houses and blue waters of the Pelion Peninsula
Whitewashed houses and blue waters of the Pelion Peninsula

Pelion Peninsula, Greece

Visiting the Pelion Peninsula in August promises an enchanting experience you won't want to miss. This time of year boasts warm and inviting weather, perfect for exploring the peninsula's stunning beaches with crystal-clear waters. The lush green landscapes and picturesque villages add to the charm, while the Mediterranean cuisine and local delicacies tantalise your taste buds. Moreover, August brings a myriad of traditional festivals and cultural events, immersing you in the authentic Greek way of life. Whether you seek relaxation or adventure, Pelion Peninsula in August offers a magical blend of nature, culture, and warmth that will leave you with unforgettable memories.

Breathtaking Beaches The Pelion Peninsula is home to a myriad of beautiful beaches, each with its own unique charm. From the sandy shores of Mylopotamos and Papa Nero to the secluded coves of Fakistra and Damouchari, the coastline offers a diverse range of spots to relax, swim, and soak up the Mediterranean sun.

Traditional Villages
Pelion is renowned for its picturesque, traditional villages that seem to be frozen in time. Villages like Makrinitsa and Tsagkarada boast charming cobblestone streets, elegant mansions with traditional architecture, and stunning panoramic views of the Aegean Sea. Strolling through these quaint settlements provides a glimpse into authentic Greek culture and hospitality.

Hiking and Nature Trails
Nature enthusiasts will be delighted by the abundance of hiking trails that crisscross through Pelion's lush forests and mountainous terrain. The Centaurs' Path (Monopati Centaur) is a famous trail that offers a fantastic trekking experience, passing through ancient stone bridges, dense forests, and picturesque waterfalls, allowing visitors to connect with the region's stunning natural beauty.

Suggested campsites

Camping Venezuela is a comfortable and well-maintained campsite in Maliakos Bay, right on the beach of Agios Seraphim and at the foot of Mount Knimis...

Campsite Apollon is located close to ancient Delphi in Central Greece. This campsite has 120 touring pitches which are marked out on terraces and most...

There is a warm welcome from the English-speaking brother and sister team whose family has owned and run Camping Hellas since the sixties. It's in...

Medieval city of Eger, Hungary
Medieval city of Eger, Hungary

Eger, Hungary

In August, Eger comes alive during with a variety of cultural events, festivals, and outdoor activities that make it an ideal destination for travellers. The warm and pleasant weather allows you to explore the medieval city's historical sites, including the iconic Eger Castle and the charming old town. It is also an excellent time to indulge in the region's renowned wines, as Eger is famous for its wine production. From wine tastings to cultural festivities, Eger in August offers a perfect blend of history, culture, and gastronomy for an unforgettable vacation in the heart of Hungary.

Eger Castle One of the top attractions in Eger is the historic Eger Castle (Egri Vár), a prominent fortress that played a significant role in Hungary's history. The castle's strategic position atop a hill offers breathtaking views of the city and surrounding landscapes. Inside, you can explore the museum, which showcases exhibits related to the region's history and the 1552 Siege of Eger.

Basilica of Eger The Eger Basilica (Egri Főszékesegyház Bazilika) is a stunning masterpiece of Baroque architecture and one of the largest cathedrals in Hungary. Its grandeur and intricate details make it a must-visit attraction in the city. Visitors can admire the beautiful frescoes, ornate altar, and impressive organ while immersing themselves in the spiritual ambiance.

Szépasszonyvölgy (Valley of the Beautiful Women) Located just outside the city centre, Szépasszonyvölgy, also known as the Valley of the Beautiful Women, is a renowned wine region. Here, you can sample a wide variety of local wines, especially the famous red blend, Egri Bikavér (Bull's Blood). The valley's wine cellars, cosy wine taverns, and picturesque vineyards make it an excellent place to experience the rich wine culture of Eger.

    These attractions, along with the city's charming streets, thermal baths, and lively atmosphere, make Eger a fascinating destination to explore and immerse yourself in Hungary's cultural and historical heritage.

    Suggested campsites

    Öko-Park Camping is close to the Baroque style town of Eger, on the edge of the protected Bükk National Park. Buildings on the site are...

    Cosy village of Riomaggiore on the Ligurian Coast, Italy
    Cosy village of Riomaggiore on the Ligurian Coast, Italy

    Ligurian Coast, Italy

    August is a wonderful time to visit the Ligurian Coast in Italy, offering a multitude of reasons to explore this captivating region. First and foremost, the weather in August is at its best, with warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine, creating an ideal setting for beachgoers and water enthusiasts. The Ligurian Coast is renowned for its stunning beaches and crystal-clear waters, perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and indulging in various water activities.

    Explore Cinque Terre One of August's top activities on the Ligurian Coast is exploring the iconic Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This cluster of five colorful fishing villages, including Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore, is nestled along rugged cliffs and connected by scenic hiking trails. Take a leisurely stroll along the famous Via dell'Amore (Lover's Lane) or hike the Sentiero Azzurro (Blue Trail) to enjoy breathtaking coastal views and capture unforgettable photographs.

    Relax on the Beaches
    This is the perfect time to unwind and enjoy the Ligurian Coast's picturesque beaches. From the sandy shores of Levanto to the pebbly coves of Santa Margherita Ligure, there are plenty of beautiful spots to sunbathe, swim, and snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of the Ligurian Sea. Don't forget to indulge in some gelato or freshly caught seafood at the beachside cafes for a true Italian coastal experience.

    Attend Local Festivals
    August brings a plethora of lively festivals and events to the coastal towns. Look out for traditional celebrations such as the Festa della Stella Maris (Feast of the Sea) in Camogli, where a colorful procession of boats carries the statue of the Virgin Mary out to sea. Additionally, many towns host gastronomic festivals celebrating local specialties like pesto, seafood, and wines. These festivals offer an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in Ligurian culture, taste delicious dishes, and join in the joyous festivities with the locals.

    Suggested campsites

    Owned and run by the multilingual, Dutch Kox family, this site has 58 level pitches, separated in places by hedges and trees. The pitches are...

    Mare Monti is a neat and tidy site set high in the hills with spectacular views overlooking the small town of Sestri Levante. The owner...

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    This friendly, family run site is a popular holiday destination. Baciccia was the nickname of the present owner’s grandfather who grew fruit trees and tomatoes...

    UNESCO-listed Carcassonne in the historic department of Languedoc-Rousillon
    UNESCO-listed Carcassonne in the historic department of Languedoc-Rousillon

    Languedoc-Roussillon, France

    Visit Languedoc-Roussillon, France, for its rich history, diverse landscapes, and delectable cuisine. Discover medieval towns like Carcassonne and Roman ruins in Nimes, while the Pyrenees and Mediterranean coast offer outdoor adventures. Savour regional delicacies, including fresh seafood and renowned wines, and immerse yourself in vibrant festivals celebrating local traditions. Charming villages like Collioure and Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert preserve authenticity. Languedoc-Roussillon's blend of culture, nature, and gastronomy guarantees an unforgettable experience in this captivating region.

    Carcassonne One of the top attractions is the medieval fortress city of Carcassonne. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a stunning example of a well-preserved medieval citadel. Its impressive double-walled fortifications, watchtowers, and cobbled streets take visitors back in time to the Middle Ages. Explore the Château Comtal within the walls and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

    Pont du Gard
    Another must-visit attraction is the Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct located near Nimes. This well-preserved marvel stands as a testament to Roman engineering and is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk across the bridge, take a scenic hike along the river to marvel at this engineering feat amidst a beautiful natural setting or join a tour of the site to learn more about its history.

    Canal du Midi
    The Canal du Midi is a remarkable feat of engineering, constructed in the 17th century to connect the Mediterranean Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. This UNESCO-listed canal stretches through Languedoc-Roussillon, offering visitors the chance to take leisurely boat trips or walk or cycle along its picturesque towpaths. Enjoy the serene landscapes, historic locks, and charming villages that line the canal's route.

    Suggested campsites

    Situated across the yacht harbour from the resort of Canet-Plage, le Brasilia is an impressive, well-managed family site directly beside the beach. There's much to...

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    Two brothers, a wine producer and a hotelier opened Domaine de Massereau in August 2006. It is set within a 50-hectare vineyard dating back to...

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    Camping Sandaya Les Tamaris is a super site that is unusually situated on a strip of land that separates the sea from the étang, or...

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    Want to explore somewhere off the tourist track this summer?

    Venture beyond popular landmarks to discover quaint villages, serene landscapes, and lesser-known cultural treasures. Engage with locals, savour regional cuisines, and embrace the genuine charm that lies off the beaten path, creating unforgettable and enriching travel memories.

    For a different experience this summer, we recommend visiting:

    Locarno, Switzerland Known for its breathtaking beauty, Locarno is nestled between the Alps and Lake Maggiore. Explore charming streets, historic landmarks, and lush parks. Enjoy a Mediterranean ambiance, vibrant cultural events, and the renowned Locarno Film Festival (held annually in August), making it a captivating destination for all travellers.

    Rila Mountains, Bulgaria Immerse yourself in stunning alpine landscapes, picturesque lakes, and lush forests. Explore the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and enjoy hiking and skiing opportunities, making it a paradise for nature enthusiasts and adventure lovers.

    Romsdalen Valley, Norway Surrounded by towering mountains, cascading waterfalls, and deep fjords, Romsdalen valley offers breathtaking landscapes at every turn. Experience thrilling outdoor activities like hiking, climbing, and skiing, while immersing yourself in the tranquil wilderness and capturing unforgettable moments.

    Gdańsk, Poland Wander through the well-preserved Old Town, showcasing colorful facades and historic sites. Explore the bustling waterfront, enjoy delectable Baltic cuisine, and discover the city's rich heritage, making it a delightful destination with a unique character.

    Suggested campsites

    Considered by many to be the best family campsite in Switzerland, Campofelice Camping Village borders Lake Maggiore and the Verzasca estuary, where the site has...

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    Eco Camping Batak is one of the newest campsites in Bulgaria. The campsite is located on the banks of the picturesque Batak Dam in the...

    For those travelling north on the E39 beyond Bergen, there are surprisingly few attractive sites until one reaches the southern shore of the mighty Sognefjord...

    Just four hundred metres from the Baltic Sea in Poland’s biggest spa resort, this four-hectare site is in a forested area with good access to...

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