Where to go on holiday in August 2017 for the best weather

Choosing where to go on holiday in August for the best weather is a tall order: your options close to home are endless as the Mediterranean is bathed in sunshine and arguably the most perfect holiday destination in the world at this time.

Where to go on holiday in August 2017: top five destinations

Although the weather begins to shift slightly from the beginning of August, with days thinking about getting shorter and temperatures having peaked, it's still very much all about holiday weather and a favourite time to go away for thousands of Brits, which is why deciding where to go on holiday in August can be so tough. Read on to discover just some of the destinations worth considering when working out where to go on holiday in August for hot and sunny weather:

Where to go on holiday in August 2017: Fifteenth century monastery, Hvar Croatia © Nolte Lourens - Fotolia.com

1. Corfu, Greece

  • Flight time: 3.5 hours
  • Daily high: 31°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 11
  • Sea temperature: 25°C

Corfu has a long and colourful history having passed through the hands of various world powers over the centuries. The legacy of 51 years of British rule remains in the form of cricket which is still widely played, and ginger beer which is still widely consumed. Perhaps it's this familiarity which has helped make it a consistent favourite with Brits deciding where to go on holiday in August.

Kalami Bay, Corfu, Greece © whl.travel - Flickr Creative Commons

It's typically the warmest month of the year with bucket loads of sunshine, although heat and humidity is certainly high. Compared to many other Greek islands, Corfu has lots of lush vegetation which weaves its way between the picturesque beaches (try Glyfada in the west for soft sand), turquoise waters and rocky cliffs.

This growth also keeps temperatures in check, offering plenty of shade, although you'll still lounge in heat as Corfu is hotter than most other Greek islands in August. It avoids the seasonal winds which blow across the more southern Aegean Sea destinations. You'd be unlucky to encounter any sustained rain however, you may endure the odd shower or thunderstorm which will quickly roll by.

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2. The Algarve, Portugal

  • Flight time: 3 hours
  • Daily high: 29°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 11
  • Sea temperature: 21 - 22°C

The Algarve has long reigned supreme as a favourite holiday destination thanks to the variety of beaches, resorts and activities make it a hit with families, couples and groups alike. However, unlike many eastern Mediterranean destinations, the Algarve is slightly fresher at this time, largely due to its proximity to the Atlantic.

Praia da Marinha beach, Algarve, Portugal © Christopher Elwell - Dreamstime.com

The prevailing wind and cooling currents of this ocean help regulate temperatures throughout the region, keeping heat and humidity levels moderate and sea temperatures chilly. Taking a dip can be quite invigorating, even in August, so you might want to look out for a hotel with a heated pool.

However, for many, this cooling influence is a real bonus, guaranteeing warm and sunny weather without it becoming too hot and uncomfortable, making it an ideal destinations for those hoping to avoid searing heat when deciding where to go on holiday in August.

As a general rule, the further east towards Spain you go, the warmer and less windy it is, while the closer you are to the southwest tip of Portugal (such as Sagres), the cooler and windier it becomes; surfers go west while sunbathers stay east.

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3. Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain

  • Flight time: 2.5 hours
  • Daily high: 29°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 10
  • Sea temperature: 26°C

No matter what draws you to the white isle, be it the beaches, bays and pretty villages or world class clubs and bars, you're certain to find your own slice of paradise in Ibiza. Naturally, August is an incredibly popular time to go and it can get busy, but don't be put off as there are plenty of quiet spots on this island.

Blue sea around Ibiza © steffus - Fotolia.com

If you're still deciding where to go on on holiday in August for the best weather, Ibiza is a serious contender, with its highest annual temperatures, plenty of warm sunshine, and, as it's a relatively small island surrounded by sea, only moderate heat and humidity.

There is an ever present east wind, but Ibiza is small enough that you can switch to another side of the island to avoid it. Generally it's dry in August apart from the odd thunderstorm which will quickly pass by.

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4. Madeira

  • Flight time: 3.5 hours
  • Daily high: 23°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 8
  • Sea temperature: 23°C

For a destination within four hours of the UK, Madeira is a good call in August. Conditions are thoroughly pleasant with loads of sunshine each day, minimal chance of rain, and free from heat and humidity. While the sea is warm enough for many to jump right in, some might find a little on the cool side, so a hotel with a heated pool might be sensible. Evenings too are fresh, dropping to around 17°C, so you will want to pack a few extra layers.

Blue skies over Madeira © Thomas Jaworski - Flickr Creative Commons

If you're considering where to go on holiday in August for some warm summer sun without it being too hot or oppressive, then Madeira really is a great choice. As well as the selection of beaches, generally a mix of sand and pebble, there are countless levada walks and trails which you can take across the island, taking you past the tropical fruit and flowers which thrive in this climate.

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5. Split, Croatia

  • Flight time: 2.5 hours
  • Daily high: 30°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 10
  • Sea temperature: 25°C

Croatia has soared in the popularity stakes over the last few years and it's not hard to see why: as well as being blessed with an expansive and diverse coastline home to thousands of coves and beaches, it's also renowned for its crystal blue waters, beautifully unspoilt islands, and rich array of historical sites to explore.

Brela, Croatia, just south of Split © Nikolai Sorokin - Fotolia.com

This is one of the warmest months of the year, and almost as sunny as July, making it a great option when deciding where to go on holiday in August. There is a marked difference between the climate in destinations. It's often up to 3°C cooler and less sunny in the north (such as in Istria), while in the south (such as Split or Dubrovnik) you'll find moderate heat and humidity, lower than Greece, and rainfall which is limited to random thunderstorms.

The harbour city of Split and nearby idyllic islands are some of the sunniest places in August, and just happen to have some of the best beaches, although many of them are limestone pebble rather than sand. A big plus to pebbly beaches is that the water tends to be clearer as there's less silt and sediment to stir up. You'll find plenty of cheap flight options to Split from airlines including Norwegian, Thomson Airways and Jet2.

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Where to go on holiday in August: alternative destinations

As well as the popular destinations mentioned above, it's only right to include some other favourites from around the world which also enjoy good conditions at the time of the year for those deciding where to go on holiday in August.

Golden gate sunset, San Francisco, California, USA © col - Shutterstock.com

If you're thinking of going long haul, California experiences some of its best weather in August, with up to 11 hours of sunshine and temperatures in the high twenties. It's warm enough to make the most of the state's great outdoors, but not oppressively hot.

Another long haul option with great weather in August is Bali in Indonesia. It's still in the dry season at this time, with warm sea temperatures, 10 hours of sunshine most days and daytime temperatures reaching 30°C. This is without doubt one of the best months of the year to visit.

Wherever your holiday takes you this summer, don't miss our collection of travel deals and discounts, while the weather in August page will give you more detailed information about where to go on holiday in August in 2017 if you're still unsure.

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Kirsten Henton

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