As the August sun reaches its zenith, it’s time for a new travel destination. What are the best places to visit in August in Europe? Are you looking for summer nightlife or a long indulgence on a beach? See what European cities in August offer. This is your “Where to Travel In Europe For August” guide. Enjoy it.

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Where to go in Europe in August

1. Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza is synonymous with world-renowned nightlife. This island hides the best Spanish beaches: Playa d’en Bossa and Cala Salada, legendary venues like Pacha or Amnesia and an open-air beach club. When to come to Ibiza? There is no correct answer. I have been several times and in different periods, and I can say with certainty that Ibiza is a year-round destination and one of the best places to visit in August in Europe.

These are some of my favourite neighbourhoods to visit:

Ibiza Town

Better known as Eivissa, this part has been a UNESCO Heritage since 1999. It has many galleries and museums and is perfect for travellers who love art. However, gourmets show no less appreciation because Dalt Vila (Upper Town) has the best restaurants.

Playa d’en Bossa

This is the longest beach on the island, with a length of 4km and a fantastic party atmosphere. There are also private beaches at several family-friendly hotels.

Santa Eulalia del Río

Santa Eulalia is a coastal town on the East Coast, with some of the most beautiful beaches of Ibiza, like Cala Lionga and Cala Pada. Here, you can feel the best local energy and stroll through the markets.

Things to do in Ibiza

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Ibiza Dalt Vila

How to get to Ibiza

Land at Ibiza Airport. However, if you prefer a boat, your starting point can be Barcelona, Valencia or Denia. You have an excellent offer for a day trip to Mallorca.

Where to stay in Ibiza

If you want a big city with much to offer, go to Eivissa in San Antonio. Meanwhile, Santa Eulalia offers budget-friendly accommodation.

Hotel Ibiza Playa (for budget travellers), Eivissa

Hotel Ibiza Playa is located in the capital city, 600 meters from the centre. That’s why you won’t need transportation, saving 20-50 euros for a traditional dinner with Sangria. The hotel sits right at the beach, so a relaxing stay is more than guaranteed. There are rooms for 1- 4 guests and a continental breakfast every morning.

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Relax and unwind at Hotel Ibiza Playa

Have a great time at Hotel Ibiza Playa

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2. Barcelona, Spain

Have you been planning for a long time a visit to one of the best places to visit in August in Europe, Barcelona, the city that hides the modernist Gaudi masterpieces? Did you know that apart from enjoying the beach, you can delight in a rich historical sightseeing program? Therefore, you must discover Bogatell Beach and Nova Icaria Beach and see why they are even better than Barceloneta.

Many football fans dream of visiting Barcelona, especially those waiting to see “El Clasico.” Foodies won’t be disappointed by Barcelona and Catalan cuisine. Enjoy fresh seafood, cured meat or phenomenal tapas dishes. In literal translation, the name is Expansion, and I will add only one epithet: urban.

These are some of my favourite neighbourhoods to visit:

Eixample

This urban expansion took place in the 19th century between the medieval walls. This neighbourhood is divided into liles (islands) and has beautiful wide avenues. It has a residential character, so you can find favourable, family-friendly or solo accommodations.

Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic)

It is an excellent neighbourhood with hidden squares, middle-aged buildings, and narrow streets. The most famous landmark is Barcelona Cathedral.

El Raval

It is a working-class neighbourhood with an exceptional quality of life and a reasonably low crime rate. It has a distinct cosmopolitan vibe and is right on the border with La Rambla, the most famous street.

Our Guide to One Week in Barcelona

Things to do in Barcelona

Book Montjuic Mountain Guided Tour here

Cocktail Class in Barcelona

How to get to Barcelona

Your best option is the local airport, El Prat, 12km Southwest of the centre. Otherwise, you can also come from Madrid, Valencia, and Seville with the AVE high-speed train. If you arrive by bus, the central bus station is Estacio de Nord, next to Arc de Triumph.

Where to stay in Barcelona

If you want quieter and cheaper accommodation, consider El Ravel and Gracia. Nevertheless, for travellers looking for luxury, I recommend Eixample.

Itaca Hostel (for solo travellers) Eixample

An excellent place to spend your Europe vacation in August. Itaca Hostel is on a quiet street one step from the cathedral. Dormitory rooms for 6, 8 or up to 10 guests. Spending a night here won’t cost a fortune and for that, you get a housekeeping service, heating, laundry, free parking and free Wi-Fi.

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3. Santorini, Greece

Santorini, one of the Cycladic Islands, is on the bucket list of travellers who want to experience an epic sunset and have read a little about this white-washed island with blue roofs.I highly recommend not to stay only in Oia and spend a day elsewhere. If you think there are no good beaches here, you are wrong; visit Monolithos or reach Kamari Beach by ATV.

These are some of my favourite neighbourhoods to visit:

Fira

Even better known as Thira, the capital is relatively compact but still tricky to walk. Otherwise, it is a bustling hub, the only place where you can find a quality bar for nightlife. If you are in a group or with a family, get on the Cable Car and see Santorini from above.

Imerovigli

In contrast to Fira, Imerovigli has many luxury hotels. It is also known for the most famous hiking trail destination, Skaros Rock.

Oia

You will find white-washed houses, blue-domed churches and fine-dining options. Oia is a sweet, romantic village, and I recommend Ambrosia Restaurant for a beautiful romantic dinner.

Our Guide to One Week in Greece

Things to do in Santorini

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Where to Stay in Santorini

How to get to Santorini

Santorini Fira Airport is your first stop when you visit Europe in August. However, if you are coming by boat, you can plan a trip from Crete, Mykonos, Paxos, Corfu or Athens.

Where to stay in Santorini

Santorini offers several popular areas, such as the capital Fira, quiet Imerovigli or romantic Oia, and the beautiful e Peinsa. Set aside a bar of two days for each place.

Aigialos Luxury Traditional Settlement (for couples), Fira

The hotel offers a Premier Residence with a Caldera View, with breakfast. It is pricy, but the experience is truly exceptional. Aigialos Luxury Traditional Settlement is located in a quiet neighbourhood and separated from the beach, 3 kilometres and 500 metres from the centre. I highly recommend the tasty meals in the restaurant and the outdoor pool.

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Make yourself at home at Aigialos Luxury Traditional Settlement

Enjoy your time at Aigialos Luxury Traditional Settlement

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4. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Welcome to the City of Stairs, one of the best places to visit in August in Europe, formerly the Republic of Ragusa, from the 14th to the 19th century. Since ancient times, Dubrovnik has been a cultural crossroads of Eastern and Western culture, as it served as the main port for those two regions and brought people from both ends together. Did you know that many films and series were filmed in Dubrovnik, including Game of Thrones?

These are some of my favourite neighbourhoods to visit:

Old Town (Stari Grad)

The old town represented the leading maritime trade spot and was firmly protected by city walls. The city is now protected by UNESCO.

Pile and Ploče

I’m talking about the west entrance of the Old Town and Ploce, adjacent to this part with beautiful scenic views. Otherwise, the most iconic part of PIle is its Gate, which has been protecting the city since the 15th century. Here you can see the famous Onofrio Fountain, in front of which you must take a picture.

Stradun (Placa)

The main street in the centre of Dubrovnik is the heart of social life. However, if you want to stay here, be prepared to pay twice as much.

Our Guide to One Week in Dubrovnik

Things to do in Dubrovnik

  • Walk the City Walls
  • Explore the Old Town (Stari Grad)
  • Visit Fort Lovrijenac
  • Take a Cable Car Ride
  • Attend the Dubrovnik Summer Festival
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Visit popular landmarks at Dubrovnik

How to get to Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, near the centre, has its airport and ferry accessible from Bari and Herceg Novi.

Where to stay in Dubrovnik

Avoid the centre due to expensive lodgings and parking. Besides the fact that Dubrovnik has a lot of stairs, the attractions are in one place. Therefore, with coffee breaks along the way, you will walk the whole centre.

Apartments Rudjer (for groups), Old Town (Stari Grad)

This studio has one bathroom and one extra large double bed in the bedroom. Apartments Rudjer is located 250 metres from the beach and 100 metres from the centre. One night costs 60 euros. The studio has a city and landmark view and is 20m from the Stradun Promenade and 200m from the old town. Depending on your chosen studio, It can accommodate 2 or 4 people.

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Private room at Apartments Rudjer

Have a pleasant stay at Apartments Rudjer

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5. Nice, France

When I first considered Nice as a travel destination, I couldn’t believe how many cheap flights I had found from many European cities. So there’s nothing to think about. Immediately buy a ticket to Sunshine Capital, which offers almost 300 days of sunshine annually and enjoy your Europe vacation in August. For budget-friendly accommodation in Nice, I’m here to help you. If you come in February, make sure to attend the Nice Carnival.

These are some of my favourite neighbourhoods to visit:

Vieux Nice (Old Town)

The most exciting part of the Old Town for me was the Flower Market, with its beautiful surrounding baroque architecture and places serving local cuisine.

Promenade des Anglais

The 7km long promenade dates back to the 19th century and was made for British aristocrats to enjoy the city. Unfortunately, due to price, do not look in this section if you are looking for cheaper accommodation.

Cimiez

The city’s hilly part has beautiful parks, gardens, and panoramic views. Otherwise, this is a residential area, so it is safe and offers cheap lodgings.

Our Guide to One Week in France

Things to do in Nice

  • Enjoy the Beaches
  • Promenade des Anglais
  • Visit Old Town (Vieux Nice)
  • Castle Hill (Colline du Château)
  • Art Museums
  • Russian Orthodox Cathedral
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Promenade des Anglais in Nice (Nizza), France

How to get to Nice

Remember the Nice Cote d’ Azur Airport, 7km from the city, and with the Nice-Ville train, you can get there from Paris, Milan, Barcelona or Marseille. On a day trip, go to Cannes and Monaco.

Where to stay in Nice

If you want luxury, the seaside awaits you; otherwise, look for accommodation in one of the residential areas.

Palais Hongran de Fiana ( for couples), Vieux Nice (Old Town)

Palais Hongran de Fiana is in a historic 18th-century building and offers self-catering lodging. It has an excellent beachfront location, 10 minutes drive from the old town and 7km from the airfield. You can choose a one-bedroom apartment with a balcony and sea view. The good thing about this apartment is that three people can sleep on the sofa in the living room.

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Enjoy your stay at Palais Hongran de Fiana

Have fun at Palais Hongran de Fiana

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6. Amalfi Coast, Italy

Have you tried Limoncello? Do lemons remind you of Amalfi, too? Imagine the flow when you visit Amalfi. The first thing you should put in your to-do travel list is Emerald Grotto, a stunning sea cave.

These are some of my favourite neighbourhoods to visit:

Positano

Visit the Vertical Village first with its wonderful vertical gardens and excellent fashion hub. For the past ten years, Positano has been an A-list destination.

Amalfi

The capital is a fantastic base for visiting all the surrounding areas. Here, visit the Duomo di San Aurea and inquire about the papermaking tradition.

Ravello

Ravelo will make you an irredeemable romanticist even if you are not romantic. Don’t miss Villa Cimbrone with its enchanting gardens and infinity terrace.

Our Guide to One Week In Amalfi Coast

Things to do in Amalfi Coast

  • Visit Positano
  • Explore Amalfi Town
  • Hike the Path of the Gods (Sentiero degli Dei)
  • Ravello Music Festival
  • Boat Tour along the Coast
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Have fun at Amalfi Coast in Italy

How to get to Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is just 1.5 hours from Napoli Airport.

Where to stay on the Amalfi Coast

Don’t stay in one place. Make an excellent plan for one week on the Amalfi Coast and delight in every bar for a day.

Villa Yiara (for couples), Positano

It is a perfect stay for two people with a fantastic breakfast. The rooms in Villa Yiara are decorated in yellow decor with a luxurious flavour. For couples, I recommend the Double Room with sea views and Whirlpool.

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Private room at Villa Yiara

Have a pleasant stay at Villa Yiara

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7. Corsica, France

Corsica is among the best places to visit in Europe during the summer. It is also the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, and although it is a small territory, it offers mountainous and coastline scenery. The most challenging GR20 hiking trail is located here. Sounds demanding? After the climb, you can enjoy the traditional board of Figatellu and sweeten yourself by finding one.

These are some of my favourite neighbourhoods to visit:

Bonifacio

Clifftop City citadel hides the famous Staircase of the King of Avalon. The rest of the city is middle-aged, offering many historical sites and a tranquil ambience.

Ajaccio

On the other hand, Ajaccio offers a vibrant, lively atmosphere and exciting restaurants where you can try Fiadone, a lemon-flavoured cheesecake.

Calvi

The most beautiful beaches of Corsica are here, such as Plage de Calvi. Remember to visit Calvi on the Rock if you are looking for an exciting festival.

Our Guide to One Week in Corsica

Things to do in Corsica

Book Islands Boat Trip here

Corsica France - Where to Stay for first time travelers

How to get to Corsica

Ajaccio-Napoleon Bonaparte Airport is accessible but usually does not have many international flights. You can get there by ferry from Marseille, Nice, Savona, Genoa or Livorno.

Where to stay in Corsica

If you want a more dynamic stay in Corsica, Ajjacio is waiting for you. But for a more relaxing experience, try Bonifacio and the beaches of Calvi.

Hôtel & Spa Version Maquis Citadelle (for design travellers), Bonifacio

Hôtel & Spa Version Maquis Citadelle offers spacious, designer-decorated rooms with large windows and an excellent city view. Previous guests praise the great service, restaurant and spa experiences with an outdoor infinity pool. They say that the rooms look like oases with a modern design style.

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8. Valencia, Spain

Valencia has been declared one the best places to visit in August in Europe and Europe’s most affordable and beautiful cities, especially for young people. And logically safe for both singles and families. Did you know that Valencia is the birthplace of paella? Here, you will try the best paella in Spain. Also, you participate in La Tomatina, the massive fight with tomatoes.

These are some of my favourite neighbourhoods to visit:

Ciutat Vella (Old Town)

Walk through the timeless charm of the Old Town, the beautiful cathedral, and the maze of narrow streets of the City of Flowers.

El Carmen

With its colourful style and quirky cafes, the Boho Quarter is a great evening entertainment spot, even for budget nightlife seekers.

Ruzafa

A trendy, cosmopolitan atmosphere with an artistic vibe and a vast offer of festivals and street performances.

Things to do in Valencia

  • La Tomatina
  • Visit the City of Arts and Sciences
  • Turia Gardens and Bioparc
  • Enjoy the Beaches
  • Fallas Museum
  • El Carmen Nightlife
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Things to do in Valencia, Spain

How to get to Valencia

Valencia has an airport, but you can also come from Barcelona if you find a budget flight. And if Valencia is a stopover for you, consider continuing to Mallorca or Ibiza. You might find affordable local flights.

Where to stay in Valencia

Stay in the centre where you have excellent lodging, the beach and many tapas bars.

Living Valencia Apartments – Merced (for nightlife-seeking travellers), Ciutat Vella (Old Town)

Living Valencia Apartments is a one-bedroom apartment with one kitchen, three beds, two of which are in the bedroom and a sofa in the living room. The location is 350 metres from the centre, putting you steps away from all the popular landmarks. The host can arrange a tour of the City of Art and Science.

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Make yourself at home at Living Valencia Apartments - Merced

Enjoy your time at Living Valencia Apartments - Merced

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9. Lisbon, Portugal

Beneath the city lies a network of Roman galleries; Lisbon hides many things above ground that you did not know, including the Fado music. And do you know where those melancholic Afro beats are from? Their creators are the enslaved Africans who were quite present in Lisbon in the past century. Another attraction is the oldest tram line, 28, which will take you on a tour around the city. Pay a visit to Pink Street if you want to dive into Lisbon’s nightlife.

These are some of my favourite neighbourhoods to visit:

Alfama

It’s the oldest part of Lisbon with a note of Fado music. Drop by the Sao Miguel Market or take a walk through the streets with colourful houses.

Baixa

Downtown district with neoclassical architecture. Rua Augusta is for you; the main pedestrian street is also located here. That’s why this neighbourhood offers a cosmopolitan and bustling environment.

Bairro Alto

It is another boho neighbourhood with great nightlife. Despite that, this neighbourhood is not dull even during the day. But if you are looking for a nice view, go up to Muradourous.

Our Guide to One Week in Lisbon

Things to do in Lisbon

Book Small Group Walking Tour here

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How to get to Lisbon

The closest to you is Lisbon Airport, and for cheaper flights, you can also look at the surrounding cities. You can also connect with Porto, for more affordable flights.

Where to stay in Lisbon

If you are looking for nightlife, go to Bairo Alto and the sophisticated atmosphere in Baixa. If you planned Lisbon for a luxury stay, Belem awaits you.

This Is Lisbon Hostel (for solo travellers), Alfama

It is a super cozy hostel with a central location and an excellent rooftop breakfast terrace. You also have laundry and excellent heating in the winter. You can choose a dormitory room with 4, 6 or 8 beds.

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Experience comfort at This Is Lisbon Hostel

Have a wonderful stay at This Is Lisbon Hostel

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10. Budapest, Hungary

Come with me to the City of Spa, believe it or not, with the best techno parties in the very open spas at night. If you want even more extraordinary experiences, go to the abandoned factory transformed into a multi-storey cafe, Szimpla Kert.

These are some of my favourite neighbourhoods to visit:

Castle Hill (Várnegyed)

Finding accommodation here is harder, leaving you with luxury hotels near Fisherman Bastion and Matthias Church.

Buda’s Gellért Hill (Gellérthegy)

This is the part with the best spa and part of the city with the best panorama over Pest.

District V (Belváros-Lipótváros)

This bouquet-friendly district in Pest is a step away from all sites.

Our Guide to One week in Budapest

Things to do in Budapest

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Explore Buda Castle in Budapest

How to get to Budapest

Land at one of the busiest Budapest Airports, and take the 100E bus to the centre for only three euros.

Where to stay in Budapest

Although Buda can tire you with stairs, Pest is so compact and easy to walk around; depending on which part of the city you want to spend more time in, choose lodging there.

Hilton Budapest (for luxury travellers), Castle Hill (Várnegyed)

This superb luxury hotel is a step away from Fisherman Bastion. Only two kilometres from the centre, Hilton Budapest offers rooms with luxury and the opportunity to explore the most important attractions.

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Enjoy your stay at Hilton Budapest

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FAQs

Why should I consider traveling to Europe in August?

Traveling to Europe in August offers a plethora of enticing experiences due to the continent's vibrant summer atmosphere. From lively festivals and cultural events to warm weather perfect for beach outings and outdoor activities, August in Europe promises unforgettable adventures. Additionally, many European cities host unique seasonal attractions and provide an ideal setting for leisurely exploration and relaxation.

Which European cities are recommended in the 'Where to travel in Europe for August' guide?

The 'Where to Travel in Europe For August' guide highlights several enticing destinations for August travel. Some recommended cities include Ibiza, Spain, known for its legendary nightlife and beautiful beaches; Barcelona, Spain, offering a blend of rich history, architectural marvels, and vibrant cultural scenes; Santorini, Greece, renowned for its breathtaking sunsets, picturesque villages, and crystal-clear waters; and Dubrovnik, Croatia, famous for its historic charm, stunning city walls, and captivating coastal landscapes.

What travel tips are provided for August in Europe?

The article provides valuable travel tips for visiting Europe in August, including recommendations for accommodations, must-see attractions, and activities in each highlighted destination. Additionally, it offers insights into transportation options, such as airports, train stations, and ferry services, to facilitate smooth travel planning. The guide also suggests exploring various neighborhoods within each city to experience their unique atmospheres and attractions.

Why is Ibiza, Spain, recommended for August travel?

Ibiza, Spain, is recommended for August travel due to its renowned status as a year-round destination with a vibrant summer atmosphere. In August, the island comes alive with world-famous nightlife, spectacular beach parties, and a lively atmosphere. Visitors can enjoy exploring iconic neighborhoods like Ibiza Town and Playa d'en Bossa, as well as indulging in beach exploration, sunset watching, and vibrant nightlife experiences. Additionally, the guide provides travel tips, accommodation recommendations, and insights into popular activities on the island.

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Summary: Where to Travel In Europe For August?

A Europe vacation in August beckons with a kaleidoscope of summer experiences. Have you decided on a chic setting in Nice or the wild allure of Corsica? Still, did you choose it for the pulsing nightlife of Ibiza or Budapest? Do you want to surprise your partner with romantic vistas in Santorini? Whatever you prefer, you probably already have an answer to which are the best places to visit in August in Europe

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