THE BEST PLACES TO SPEND THE LAST BANK HOLIDAY
Ready for take-off? August Bank Holiday is just around the corner and with the UK weather being as unpredictable as ever, there’s still time to get away and make a week (or long weekend) of it! If it’s a late summer holiday on your mind, then from Cyprus to Crete there are plenty of last-minute deals to discover and if it’s a stylish city break calling your name, then Venice or Dublin could be just the ticket. No matter how you’re planning on spending August, read on for even more inspiration and get set to make the last Bank Holiday to remember!
FOR A LITTLE FAMILY FUN...
If you’re travelling as a family this Bank Holiday then short haul destinations like Cyprus and Tenerife not only promise days filled with sun, sea and sand – you’ll also find plenty of family-friendly activities catering to all ages.
Epitomising the expression fun in the sun, Cyprus is the perfect place to take the family for a late summer trip. Larnaca, in particular, provides a brilliant base for families with CTO beach showcasing warm shallow waters, soft sandy shores and a whole host of kid’s activities stretchin?g along the beachfront - you’ll also find popular WaterWorld nearby so prepare to splash and slide your way around the waterpark!
The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife sees families flocking year after year seeking the sunshine – and it’s not just the weather that attracts travellers; the island is brimming with many more reasons to visit. From an adventure around the volcanoes to underwater submarine safaris, you’ll never be short of an activity to keep everyone entertained. With thrilling water slides and rides too, a trip to Tenerife this Bank Holiday is sure to delight the whole family.
Portugal’s southern coast is home to a striking stretch of coastline famed for its breath taking cliffs, gorgeous golden beaches and secluded sandy coves. For families and groups, resorts like Albufeira and Vilamoura are crammed full of exciting attractions so make a splash and try surfing, visit the coastal caves, or take to the track and go go-karting. No matter your interests, there’s sure to be something both young and old will enjoy in the Algarve.
FOR A LITTLE ROMANCE...
Thinking of surprising your loved one with a romantic summer escape? From a long weekend cruising the canals of Venice to a sun-drenched week in Crete, we’ve got your couple’s break covered this Bank Holiday.
A city renowned for romance, Italy’s Venice promises a truly mesmerising city break like no other. Glide along the iconic waterways by gondola, stroll through world-famous St Marks Square, treat your taste buds to an authentic Italian feast and enjoy elegant evenings sipping cocktails as the sun goes down. With an abundance of arty attractions and boutiques to discover too, Venice is the perfect city for a romantic weekend getaway.
For a couple’s summer holiday, Crete is filled with sun-kissed natural beauty making it an attractive choice for couples ready to simply relax and relish days spent on the beach. Situated in the Aegean Sea, head to the east of the island to experience quaint Elounda, or choose Chania for a total chill out. With its Blue Flag beach appeal, heaps of historical hotspots and delicious Greek cuisine to devour, Crete is an excellent choice for romantics.
If you’re tight on time and looking to visit somewhere closer to home for the August Bank Holiday, then a quick flight over to Dublin means you’ll leave more time to see the sights and experience that undeniable Irish charm. A city brimming with spirit, Dublin is a fun location for couples to indulge in culture, cuisine and more – oh and if the weather is playing ball, then the nearest beach is less than 30 minutes away too!
FOR A LITTLE ADVENTURE...
August bank holidays are the best excuse for a last-minute getaway. For all adventurers, if your idea of the perfect Bank Holiday is spent escaping and exploring, then destinations like Croatia and Marrakech certainly won’t disappoint this summer.
Located on the Adriatic Coast, holidays to Croatia are destined to draw out your adventurous side. Whether you spend your days embracing the water and island hopping around South Dalmatia, or plan on roaming around the ancient town of Dubrovnik and it’s many winding walkways, you’ll be greeted by a bounty of beauty and an array of thrilling ways to soak up your spectacular surroundings.
Magical Morocco really does scream adventure - after all, where else can you get lost in a labyrinth of souks, drive through the desert, hike the highest peaks of North Africa and take a camel ride on your trip? A melting pot of culture too, if you explore the famous Red City you’re sure to see snake charmers and street storytellers as you explore and if you choose to travel to the coast, don’t forget to hit the water and make the most of surfing in the Atlantic.
A break to Barcelona provides the perfect opportunity to get active and enjoy the outdoors. Offering tourists a city break and beach holiday all in one, take a tour by bike and cycle your way around this truly charming Spanish city. Boasting incredible architecture like the impressive Sagrada Familia Cathedral and of course, a stylish assortment of boutiques, bars and restaurants too, get ready to create your own city adventure this Bank Holiday.