Where to Go In August
High summer is of course a peak month in most of the Mediterranean, and whilst sunshine and vibrant resorts are in abundance, those in search of a tranquil retreat might have to search a little harder. However, head off the beaten path and you can be rewarded with some beautiful idyllic retreats. And don’t forget that whilst some cities are asleep for the month (many Parisian restaurants close their doors for August), it can also be a great month for the right city break.
One of the best places to visit in August is Copenhagen, a fabulous destination for a summer short break, with its plentiful open spaces and picturesque canals. Take a sightseeing cruise around the old harbour district and see the famous sculpture of Hans Christian Anderson’s Little Mermaid, before finishing on the Nyhavn canal where you can disembark and enjoy a delicious Smorrebrod open-sandwich lunch at one of the numerous al fresco bars and cafes.
Arena Di Verona Opera Festival
Whilst conventional theatres may close for the month, August does bring some of the best music and opera festivals. In particular, this is when Italy’s open-air opera festivals are in full swing, and there is no more iconic venue to enjoy a performance than The Verona Arena. The warm summer nights when thousands of spectators gather under the stars in the magnificent Roman amphitheatre are simply magical – and a real spectacle (even for those who are opera novices). Aida has been performed here for over a hundred years, and is completed each year by a selection of productions on a grand scale. Whilst booking tickets, ask the Kirker Concierge to book a table for a pre-opera dinner at one of Verona’s excellent trattoria – and why not extend your holiday with a few days on Lake Garda, just 45 minutes away from the city.
Ireland is never a destination to visit for the weather, but on the occasions when the sun does shine, the south-west coast is one of the best places in the world to be. Head to Cork where you can explore the English Market and lively traditional pubs, before taking a car to drive the dramatic coast roads through the pristine sandy beaches of West Cork and the dramatic coastal scenery of Kerry. Ask about tailor-made holidays including some of our favourite countryside hotels in the region where you will be sure of a warm welcome whatever the weather.