Best Places to Travel in August

"Whether you’re looking to embrace or escape the festivity of the busy holiday season, there are so many exciting destinations to explore in August."

May 2017 • Jules Verne

Best Places to Travel in August

Whether you’re looking to embrace or escape the festivity of the busy holiday season, there are so many exciting destinations to explore in August. The variety of choice can seem overwhelming, so the travel experts at Jules Verne have created a guide of the best places to travel in August. Book your trip, pack your bags, and get going!

Hungary

It’s easy to see why Budapest is gaining popularity as a holiday destination. With its heady mix of stunning architecture, delicious cuisine, vibrant culture and fascinating history, Hungary’s capital has much to be discovered. You can find hidden gems around every corner, alongside well-known sites like the Castle and National Gallery, the Parliament building and the baths.

Of course, there is much more to Hungary than its impressive capital. Travelling through the country in August, you can enjoy the spectacular landscapes. Many locals spend their summer holidays near Lake Balaton in Western Hungary. The clear water is fringed by sandy beaches, and medieval towns surround its shores. The summer months are also the perfect time to try Hungarian wine. Its crisp flavours lend themselves to a warm afternoon sat under an umbrella on a town square.

Iceland

Many people associate Iceland with winter holidays and discovering the northern lights. However, visiting in August brings its own joys to this remarkable country. August brings the midnight sun to Iceland, meaning that there are more daylight hours to explore its stunning scenery. Many of the more inaccessible sights inland aren’t open until the summer months, and avid photographers will enjoy visiting Landmannalaugar and the geothermal crater lake Víti in the Askja Caldera.

The warmer summer weather also brings out some of Iceland’s more spectacular flora and fauna. Summer wildflowers appear throughout the country, and the verdant landscapes are an extra deep green. It’s the best time of year for whale-watching, as the waters are inhabited by over 20 species, including Orca, Minke, Humpback, and Blue Whales. You can also visit the famous Icelandic Horses.

Cuba

Despite falling squarely in Cuba’s rainy season, August is still a great time to visit. Even the most ardent sun worshippers will still see enough sun despite the season, with over 8 hours of sunshine per day on average. As an added bonus, you might have the beaches all to yourself, since this falls outside the tourist season.

That said, there won’t be much time for lounging around as there is so much to do on the island. From visiting cigar factories to discovering Hemmingway’s old haunts, the history and culture of this island nation is sure to fascinate and enthral. Travelling around the country gives the opportunity to discover citrus groves and cane sugar plantations, as well as some of the best preserved colonial architecture in the Caribbean.

The Taj Mahal

A highlight of any trip to India, visiting the Taj Mahal in August is particularly poignant, especially during the Independence Day celebrations. This important landmark becomes the focus of jubilant crowds during this time. Brace yourself for busyness, and make sure you keep your wits about you, however, don’t lose sight of the amazing spectacles all around you. This is the perfect time for people-watching, and indulging your inner anthropologist as locals celebrate this important cultural event – the second biggest national holiday of the year in India.

The celebrations extend out into the surrounding areas, and there is much to see in the major cities. In Delhi, marching, flag hoisting ceremonies and cultural shows are held throughout the city. Many of the governmental buildings are adorned with twinkling lights, adding to the air of celebration permeating the city.

Morocco

Marrakech enjoys good weather throughout the year, meaning that there is no bad time to visit. However, August is the perfect time to visit Morocco if you’re craving that intense summer heat. Relax in the beautiful tiled buildings, the cool waters of the baths and pools, or the green leafy gardens during the hottest hours. Join the throng of local and international tourists enjoying the night market as the long summer evenings draw in.

The hottest months in Morocco are an ideal time to take in some of the amazing sights around Marrakech. Day trips to the bruised purple shadows of the Atlas Mountains or the welcome breeze on the coast will provide a break from the hot dusts of the busy city.

Looking for more top picks and recommendations? Read the Travel Inspiration section of our blog for Jules Verne’s expert insights and advice. You can also find inspiration in our Jules Verne Reads series, where we highlight the best travel-related literature.

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