To book, or to wait? While many travelers are putting off until the last minute to book their August vacation, you should think ahead to avoid seasonal price increases – especially when it comes to the cost of flights.
Maybe you and some friends want to get together and vacation in a villa in Italy, or perhaps you prefer to sail your own boat along a river in France? Is a Greek beach within stumbling block of a cottage like a ticket, or do you want the chance to relax in a little hole in Portugal?
Alternatively, you can stay closer to home and explore the Anglo-Welsh border on a guided hike in the Wye Valley, or relax at a beautiful retreat in the Suffolk countryside – with the area of Outstanding Natural Beauty near the doorstep.
Whether you choose domestic or foreign, pure relaxation or something more active, check out some of these ideas and get inspired for your August holiday.
The heavenly views of Umbria’s Lake Trasimeno accompany a stay at Villa Vista Lago in style. This modern 4 bedroom villa sleeps 8 people and comes with a private pool, barbecue facilities, billiards room, electric car charging point and a great terrace for al fresco dining with stunning views. Lake. Take one of the villa’s paddle boards down to the lake when you’re not relaxing on the sun loungers in the garden.
order through Basically ItalianVillas are available from 12 to 26 August and cost from £4,350 for a week.
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The rugged cliffs and sandy beach in Portugal’s Praia da Luz are located a short distance from the colorful Apartments Quinta do Mar, which features an outdoor pool with serene Atlantic Ocean views. All apartments have kitchenettes so you can explore Portuguese cuisine and it’s well worth it to have an apartment with a sea view.
Eliza Was Here has a week’s break in Quinta do Mar from £611pp, departing August 31. Rates include flights and car hire (extra luggage storage).
Follow one of England’s most beautiful river valleys on a six-night Wye Valley hike with Ramblers . walking holiday. You’ll discover some of the best attractions along the Wye Valley Walk and Offa’s Causeway, including Symonds Yat Rock and the ruins of Tintern Abbey. It’s a moderate walk and you’ll be in 17lame pants– Century Speech House hotel in the Forest of Dean.
Save £35pp on holiday August 11-18, cost from £880pp and include breakfast and dinner accommodation, private transfers to trailheads and tour leader services.
Cruise along the Garonne in sleepy southwestern France on your very own self-driving boating vacation. You’ll start deep into Armagnac country in Buzet-en-Baïse as you travel along the Garonne to Agen, Moissac and Montauban, stopping at vineyards, historic sites and swimming spots. You don’t need any experience to pilot the 11m-long Estivale Quattro B, which comes with a bow thruster and deck steering position.
The boat can accommodate up to four adults and two children, and is available through Nichols from € 3,040 a week rental.
Enjoy village life and stay close to some of Suffolk’s loveliest nature reserves, namely the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB and Orford Ness. Stay at the two-bedroom Town House in Hollesley and you’ll have village pubs on your doorstep and Sutton Hoo and Woodbridge within a 10-minute drive. This cottage has 2 bedrooms, a cozy living room, a fully equipped kitchen, and an inviting garden for al fresco dining.
Available through Suffolk’s hideoutThe cottage sleeps four and costs £840 for a one-week self-catering holiday from 12 August.
You don’t have to travel far to reach the Aegean Sea in Skiathos when you stay at one of the two Achladies Beach Cottages – the beach is just 15 meters away. The neighboring cottages sleep 2 to 4 people and both have shady patios and sun loungers. You can catch a water taxi to Skiathos Town if you want a change of scenery from the village pubs.
GIC villa collection one-week self-service from £1,179pp, down from £1,380pp, including flights, luggage storage, transfers and welcome package, departing 11 August.
Mary Novakovich is the editor-in-chief at 101holidays.co.uk