Hop on a flight to Rhodes and after four hours in the air, you’ll touch down on one of Greece’s prettiest islands. Summers here have a reputation for being scorchers, even through to the end of August. The average temperatures settle around the 30°C mark and Rhodes enjoys a solid 13 hours of sunshine each day. Holidays to this South Aegean island fly off the shelves thanks to its fantastic beaches, historic sites and buzzing nightlife – there really is a resort for every kind of holiday maker. Hotel Alexia is at the heart of Bar Street in Rhodes Town, so it’s an ideal choice if you fancy partying until the early hours before spending the day relaxing by the pool. Alternatively, you can soak up some culture in Lindos, where narrow, whitewashed streets wind up the hillside until they reach an ancient acropolis. Stay at the adults-only Lindos Blu hotel and you’ll be a five-minute cab ride from the centre – that’s if you can tear yourself away from its panoramic coastal views. If you’re travelling with the whole pack, TUI Family Life Aegean Blue in Kolymbia is a great option for families – it has an action-packed activity programme and its own waterpark.
Average temperature: 30°C
Average rainfall: 3mm
Average sunshine hours: 13
Average temperatures in Varna’s Golden Sands hover around a toasty 29°C in August, and it’s not uncommon for the mercury to climb even higher. Sea temperatures hit the mid-twenties, too, so if the banana boat is successful in tipping you into the waves, you certainly won’t shiver your way back to shore – which, by the way, boasts a four-kilometre stretch of sand. It’s pretty unlikely that you’ll get caught in a rain shower in August, so it’s a great time to explore the region’s sites – some of them, like the frescoed caves of the Aladzha Monastery, are carved right into the rock. Plus, there are acres and acres of picturesque forests to discover at the protected Golden Sands Nature Park, where hot springs punctuate the trees. Stay at the Grifid Club Hotel Bolero and you’ll be positioned between the seafront and a thick cloak of trees – and it has its own aqua park which offers up slides for both adults and little ones. Or opt for the Iti Dolce Vita Sunshine Resort – it’s only a five-minute stroll from a beach and is home to a couple of à la carte restaurants and a luxurious spa.
Average temperature: 29°C
Average rainfall: 30mm
Average sunshine hours: 11
Agadir is at its sunniest and driest in August, so it’s ideal for sun-worshippers that are itching to work on their holiday glow. It comes as no surprise that it’s one of Morocco’s most popular summer holiday destinations – its Blue Flag beach rolls out along the coastline for over nine kilometres and average temperatures climb the thermometer past the 30°C mark for most of the month. Plus, there’s next to no rain, so you can barter for a bargain at the spice-scented souks, take a buggy ride through the desert, or find a sunbathing spot on the powder-soft sand, without the risk of a downpour. Make the most of the weather at a beachfront hotel, like the Riu Palace Tikida Agadir – it pulls up alongside a private sweep of sand and comes with a chic pool scene that puts four poster daybeds by the edge of its huge swimming pool. Or, make a beeline for Hotel Kenzi Europa – its pool is geared up for families with a collection of waterslides and the evening entertainment line-up features the likes of snake charmers and belly dancers.
Average temperature: 31°C
Average rainfall: 3mm
Average sunshine hours: 13
August is the perfect month to make tracks for the Canary Islands. Tenerife’s average temperatures reach heights of 28°C and the sun casts its rays for 10 whole hours – ideal if you fancy basking in the sunshine on a patch of the islands 400 kilometres of coastline. The beaches are as varied as they come, with a mix of volcanic black-sand beauties and straights of white sand that sprawl out for a couple of kilometres a piece. Tenerife’s beaches have even received the royal seal of approval, as Queen Victoria herself holidayed here back in the 19th Century. Follow in the former monarch’s footsteps with a stay at the TUI SENSATORI Resort Tenerife. This five star hotel is fit for royalty – it has 10 restaurants, a sanctuary-like spa and the Bali beds by the infinity pool provide the perfect place to lounge in the sun. And if you’re after a slice of Tenerife’s after-dark action, the adults-only Vanilla Hotel is just a stone’s throw from both the Playa de las Americas club scene and a handful of the resort’s sandy beaches.
Average temperature: 28°C
Average rainfall: 2mm
Average sunshine hours: 10 hours
With average August temperatures ramping up to a sizzling 32°C, the Dominican Republic’s a great setting for sun-kissed selfies away from the grey skies that often reign over the British summer – your Instagram feed awaits you. The palm-fringed beaches look like they’ve come straight out of paradise, with hourglass-fine sand dominating most of the coastline, and water that’s a perfect shade of Caribbean blue. If you want to spend your holiday sunbathing on the beach, pick the Riu Palace Bavaro – all that separates the hotel from a white-sand beach is a curtain of coconut palms. And if getting close to nature is more your style, head inland, where mangroves make way for green-peaked mountains and peacock-blue lagoons. You can take trips into the rainforest at the foot of the Anamuya Mountains from Punta Cana. Opt for the half-day excursion and you’ll spend the morning zip-lining through the tree canopies and clambering across an aerial assault course surrounded by picturesque mountain scenery.
Average temperature: 32°C
Average rainfall: 89mm
Average sunshine hours: 8 hours
With its high-design interiors and impressive pool scene, TUI SENSATORI Resort Tenerife is a luxury escape par excellence.
The waterpark’s the headliner at the TUI FAMILY LIFE Atlantica Aegean Blue Resort in Rhodes, and there’s a massive activity list, too.
The Riu Palace Bavaro plays a winning hand with its beachfront spot and impressive range of pools and restaurants.
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