If you’re looking for a tan-deepening, beach-swimming, outdoor-eating type of cruise holiday, then the month of August will not disappoint. August is a popular month to cruise, thanks to fantastic temperatures and the fact that it’s the final month the kids are off school. August also finishes up the summer months and is your last chance for a sun-soaked holiday before the busyness of September rolls around.
The month of August also benefits from having a late bank holiday, so you’ll be able to go on that long weekend cruise without taking any extra days off work. You may be wondering, with all this guaranteed sunshine, where’s the best place to cruise to, during August? Well, look no further because we’ve got you covered. Keep reading our cruise destination guide to find out where is hot in August.
Oh Spain. It’s a go-to holiday destination for those UK travellers looking for a bit of sun and for good reason. August is one of the most popular times to visit Spain, thanks to its gorgeous weather and big celebrations happening throughout the month.
It’s the hottest month of the year in Spain and is when most locals flock to the beaches, leaving the cities open for crowds of tourists. The August festivals are a huge draw for any holidaymakers visiting this country, including Spain’s most celebrated festival, Tomatina. This larger than life tomato fight takes place on the last Wednesday in August, near Valencia. Make sure to visit during this time and have your game face on for a epic food battle like no other. Another top celebration in August is the Feria de Malaga. This is one of Andalusia’s biggest parties, taking place in Malaga, in the middle of the month. It’s not to be missed!
If you’d rather stay off the mainland, Spain’s Canary Islands are ready for action this summer season. Santa Cruz de Tenerife, especially, is a fantastic August getaway, with historic streets, beautiful beaches and the third highest volcano in the world to see.
Croatia is known as one of Europe’s sunniest spots, with August seeing an average of 13 hours of sunshine a day. That will give you plenty of time to see the sights and explore its ruins. Holidays to Croatia blend the sought after beach vibe with a historic backdrop. There’s so much to discover on Croatia’s shores and August will give you the perfect weather to do so comfortably.
If you’re a fan of the HBO series Game of Thrones, you’ve come to the right place. The show was filmed all over Croatia and on your land excursion you can visit the shows’ filming locations. Dubrovnick is heavily featured and you can tour its old walls and forts, while trying to spot where the actors have been. Another Game of Thrones filming location are the remains of Diocletian’s Palace, in Split. This palace has ancient columns, temples, walls and underground cellars. It’s a must-see for any Game of Thrones fans or history buffs.
Greece has always been a popular cruise destination and in August, one of its most talked about islands is in its element. Corfu is the second largest Ionian island and sits just off Greece’s northwest coast. August is the hottest and driest month of the year, but you’ll be able to stay cool thanks to Corfu’s breezy coastlines. On average, August in Corfu gets up to highs of 31°C, which is perfect for relaxing on the beach or swimming in the warm waters. The sun won’t go down until around 9pm, so you can have dinner with a sunset backdrop.
Corfu Town itself is a lively holiday hotspot, with tourists from all over the world soaking up the atmosphere. The town stands between two gigantic fortresses and you can spend your days wandering the cobblestone streets, visiting the famous 16th century church, or enjoying the archaeological museum. As you can tell, the Greek islands should be at the top of your list for an August getaway.
If you want to discover more of Greece on your August holiday, Marella Cruises’ ship the Marella Discovery ports in Corfu, Crete, Santorini, Athens and Zante, as part of its seven-night Aegean Shore cruise.
There are few places more romantic than Italy. Italy’s streets are paved with romance, poetry and famous historic couples. Romeo and Juliet’s story is based in Verona, a northern Italian medieval town famed for having a 14th century balcony said to be the most iconic part of Juliet’s house. But it’s not just Verona that’s exuding romantic vibes, as all over Italy, couples are enjoying holidays focussed on rest, relaxation and indulgence, with Italy’s finest cuisine playing a major role.
There’s no end to the places you can cruise to in Italy during August, with favourite holiday spots like Naples, Venice and Rome topping the must-visit list. Naples is, of course, the Pizza capital, where you can order a fresh slice from a street window at any time of the day. Naples is also one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world and its centre has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can check out this city’s fantastic architecture, churches and cathedrals, as well as visiting the time-frozen city of Pompeii.
Cruising is one of top ways to holiday in August. With so many fantastic hot places to travel to, you’ll have no end of choices when it comes to your end of summer cruise. Now all you have to do is decide is which cruises in August you’d like to go on next and start planning!
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