With the European summer in full swing, here we let you in on where to holiday in August. As temperatures are at their peak, August is one of the best times to visit parts of Europe, such as Malta, Turkey, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, Croatia and Macedonia. And when it gets a little too warm, beaches or lakeside areas are an ideal spot to cool down. A naturally popular time to travel, some parts of Europe will be more crowded than others so speak to a Cox & Kings Europe expert for their secrets on where to go when, especially if there is a specific country you would like to visit.Further afield, August is also an ideal time to trek in Peru; the Andes are clear and sunny, and the Peruvian Amazon is host to fewer mosquitos.In the Far East, it is the beginning of low season in tropical Singapore, and although it may rain, storms are welcomed and only last for short, sharp bursts. What’s more, August is a great time for making merry in the island city state. There is National Day, a public holiday celebrated with pyrotechnics, military parades and processions. Then there’s the month-long Hungry Ghost festival to pay respects to the dead, celebrated with colourful decorations, music performances and grand feasts.
Mild temperatures and little rainfall mean visits to tropical islands such as Sainte Marie and Nosy Komba are ideal. Sightings of black lemurs are plentiful at this time, and as the rainy season ended in June, the vegetation is still lush and green. Meanwhile, it is peak humpback whale and dolphin season, and you are able to watch these mighty creatures from Manafiafy beach.
The winter coincides with the dry season in South Africa. This means although the temperatures can drop to be quite low at night, August also affords some of the best wildlife viewing all year. Animals emerge to gather around waterholes and are easier to spot as there is less vegetation. It is also low season, meaning it may feel as if you have parks all to yourself. Additionally, the west coast is transformed by spring flowers, which have just come into bloom to turn the area into a dazzling carpet of colour.
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Tropical Malaysia faces rain at most times of the year, depending on the area you are travelling to. One of the months with the least rainfall is August, where the east coast experiences sunny, clear days and, in the west, the humidity is broken by welcome short spells of afternoon rainfall. Weather is at its best for Borneo too, so that August marks with the fruiting season – one of the best times for wildlife activity.