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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  • Month: August
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Rank Rating Score Destination
1 Weather Score for Albania in August is 100% 100% Albania
  Weather Score for Azerbaijan in August is 100% 100% Azerbaijan
  Weather Score for Bali in August is 100% 100% Bali, Indonesia
  Weather Score for Bermuda in August is 100% 100% Bermuda
  Weather Score for Brazil in August is 100% 100% Brazil
  Weather Score for British Virgin Islands in August is 100% 100% British Virgin Islands
  Weather Score for Comoros in August is 100% 100% Comoros
  Weather Score for Corfu in August is 100% 100% Corfu, Greece
  Weather Score for Corsica in August is 100% 100% Corsica, France
  Weather Score for Costa Brava in August is 100% 100% Costa Brava, Spain
  Weather Score for Costa Dorada in August is 100% 100% Costa Dorada, Spain
  Weather Score for Crete in August is 100% 100% Crete, Greece
  Weather Score for Croatia in August is 100% 100% Croatia
  Weather Score for Dominica in August is 100% 100% Dominica
  Weather Score for East Timor in August is 100% 100% East Timor
  Weather Score for Egypt in August is 100% 100% Egypt
  Weather Score for Formentera in August is 100% 100% Formentera, Balearic Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for French Polynesia in August is 100% 100% French Polynesia
  Weather Score for Georgia in August is 100% 100% Georgia
  Weather Score for Greece in August is 100% 100% Greece
  Weather Score for Guadeloupe in August is 100% 100% Guadeloupe
  Weather Score for Guyana in August is 100% 100% Guyana
  Weather Score for Halkidiki in August is 100% 100% Halkidiki, Greece
  Weather Score for Hawaii in August is 100% 100% Hawaii, United States
  Weather Score for Ibiza in August is 100% 100% Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for Indonesia in August is 100% 100% Indonesia
  Weather Score for Italian Riviera in August is 100% 100% Italian Riviera, Italy
  Weather Score for Italy in August is 100% 100% Italy
  Weather Score for Kefalonia in August is 100% 100% Kefalonia, Greece
  Weather Score for Kenya in August is 100% 100% Kenya
  Weather Score for Lebanon in August is 100% 100% Lebanon
  Weather Score for Lombok in August is 100% 100% Lombok, Indonesia
  Weather Score for Madagascar in August is 100% 100% Madagascar
  Weather Score for Majorca in August is 100% 100% Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for Malta in August is 100% 100% Malta
  Weather Score for Marshall Islands in August is 100% 100% Marshall Islands
  Weather Score for Martinique in August is 100% 100% Martinique
  Weather Score for Mayotte in August is 100% 100% Mayotte
  Weather Score for Menorca in August is 100% 100% Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for Montenegro in August is 100% 100% Montenegro
  Weather Score for Montserrat in August is 100% 100% Montserrat
  Weather Score for Mozambique in August is 100% 100% Mozambique
  Weather Score for Neapolitan Riviera in August is 100% 100% Neapolitan Riviera, Italy
  Weather Score for North Carolina in August is 100% 100% North Carolina, United States
  Weather Score for Peloponnese in August is 100% 100% Peloponnese, Greece
  Weather Score for Queensland in August is 100% 100% Queensland, Australia
  Weather Score for Rhodes in August is 100% 100% Rhodes, Greece
  Weather Score for Russia (Europe) in August is 100% 100% Russia (Europe)
  Weather Score for Saba in August is 100% 100% Saba
  Weather Score for Samoa in August is 100% 100% Samoa
  Weather Score for Sardinia in August is 100% 100% Sardinia, Italy
  Weather Score for Seychelles in August is 100% 100% Seychelles
  Weather Score for Sicily in August is 100% 100% Sicily, Italy
  Weather Score for Sint Eustatius in August is 100% 100% Sint Eustatius
  Weather Score for Slovenia in August is 100% 100% Slovenia
  Weather Score for Spain in August is 100% 100% Spain
  Weather Score for St Kitts & Nevis in August is 100% 100% St Kitts and Nevis
  Weather Score for St Lucia in August is 100% 100% St Lucia
  Weather Score for Tanzania in August is 100% 100% Tanzania
  Weather Score for Thassos in August is 100% 100% Thassos, Greece
  Weather Score for Trinidad & Tobago in August is 100% 100% Trinidad and Tobago
  Weather Score for Tunisia in August is 100% 100% Tunisia
  Weather Score for Turkey in August is 100% 100% Turkey
  Weather Score for Venetian Riviera in August is 100% 100% Venetian Riviera, Italy
  Weather Score for Virginia in August is 100% 100% Virginia, United States
  Weather Score for Western Australia in August is 100% 100% Western Australia, Australia
67 Weather Score for China in August is 97% 97% China
  Weather Score for Colombia in August is 97% 97% Colombia
  Weather Score for Fiji in August is 97% 97% Fiji
  Weather Score for Hong Kong in August is 97% 97% Hong Kong
  Weather Score for Jamaica in August is 97% 97% Jamaica
  Weather Score for Japan in August is 97% 97% Japan
  Weather Score for Maldives in August is 97% 97% Maldives
  Weather Score for Papua New Guinea in August is 97% 97% Papua New Guinea
  Weather Score for Solomon Islands in August is 97% 97% Solomon Islands
  Weather Score for South Korea in August is 97% 97% South Korea
  Weather Score for St Helena, Ascension & Tristan da Cunha in August is 97% 97% St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  Weather Score for Taiwan in August is 97% 97% Taiwan
  Weather Score for Vanuatu in August is 97% 97% Vanuatu
80 Weather Score for Anguilla in August is 96% 96% Anguilla
  Weather Score for Antalya Coast in August is 96% 96% Antalya Coast, Turkey
  Weather Score for Antigua in August is 96% 96% Antigua
  Weather Score for Azores in August is 96% 96% Azores, Portugal
  Weather Score for Barbados in August is 96% 96% Barbados
  Weather Score for Bodrum & Izmir Coast in August is 96% 96% Bodrum and Izmir Coast, Turkey
  Weather Score for Bonaire in August is 96% 96% Bonaire
  Weather Score for Bulgaria in August is 96% 96% Bulgaria
  Weather Score for Costa Almeria in August is 96% 96% Costa Almeria, Spain
  Weather Score for Costa Blanca in August is 96% 96% Costa Blanca, Spain
  Weather Score for Curacao in August is 96% 96% Curacao
  Weather Score for Cyprus in August is 96% 96% Cyprus
  Weather Score for Delaware in August is 96% 96% Delaware, United States
  Weather Score for Dominican Republic in August is 96% 96% Dominican Republic
  Weather Score for Florida in August is 96% 96% Florida, United States
  Weather Score for Grenada in August is 96% 96% Grenada
  Weather Score for Israel in August is 96% 96% Israel
  Weather Score for Lefkas in August is 96% 96% Lefkas, Greece
  Weather Score for Maryland in August is 96% 96% Maryland, United States
  Weather Score for New Jersey in August is 96% 96% New Jersey, United States
  Weather Score for Puerto Rico in August is 96% 96% Puerto Rico
  Weather Score for Romania in August is 96% 96% Romania
  Weather Score for Santorini in August is 96% 96% Santorini, Greece
  Weather Score for Senegal in August is 96% 96% Senegal
  Weather Score for Sint Maarten in August is 96% 96% Sint Maarten
  Weather Score for Skyros in August is 96% 96% Skyros, Greece
  Weather Score for South Carolina in August is 96% 96% South Carolina, United States
  Weather Score for St Barthelemy in August is 96% 96% St Barthelemy
  Weather Score for St Martin in August is 96% 96% St Martin
  Weather Score for St Vincent & the Grenadines in August is 96% 96% St Vincent and the Grenadines
  Weather Score for Syros in August is 96% 96% Syros, Greece
  Weather Score for Tuscany in August is 96% 96% Tuscany, Italy
  Weather Score for Virgin Islands in August is 96% 96% Virgin Islands
  Weather Score for Wake Island in August is 96% 96% Wake Island
  Weather Score for Zante in August is 96% 96% Zante, Greece
115 Weather Score for Belize in August is 93% 93% Belize
  Weather Score for Brunei in August is 93% 93% Brunei
  Weather Score for El Salvador in August is 93% 93% El Salvador
  Weather Score for Gambia in August is 93% 93% Gambia
  Weather Score for Malaysia in August is 93% 93% Malaysia
  Weather Score for New Caledonia in August is 93% 93% New Caledonia
  Weather Score for Sri Lanka in August is 93% 93% Sri Lanka
122 Weather Score for Alabama in August is 92% 92% Alabama, United States
  Weather Score for Bahamas in August is 92% 92% Bahamas
  Weather Score for Cayman Islands in August is 92% 92% Cayman Islands
  Weather Score for Cuba in August is 92% 92% Cuba
  Weather Score for Dalaman & Marmaris Coast in August is 92% 92% Dalaman and Marmaris Coast, Turkey
  Weather Score for French Guiana in August is 92% 92% French Guiana
  Weather Score for Georgia (USA) in August is 92% 92% Georgia, United States
  Weather Score for Haiti in August is 92% 92% Haiti
  Weather Score for Kerala in August is 92% 92% Kerala, India
  Weather Score for Mississippi in August is 92% 92% Mississippi, United States
  Weather Score for Northern Territory in August is 92% 92% Northern Territory, Australia
  Weather Score for Panama in August is 92% 92% Panama
  Weather Score for Paxos in August is 92% 92% Paxos, Greece
  Weather Score for Philippines in August is 92% 92% Philippines
  Weather Score for Suriname in August is 92% 92% Suriname
  Weather Score for Texas in August is 92% 92% Texas, United States
  Weather Score for Thailand in August is 92% 92% Thailand
  Weather Score for Turks & Caicos Islands in August is 92% 92% Turks and Caicos Islands
  Weather Score for Venezuela in August is 92% 92% Venezuela
141 Weather Score for Kos in August is 91% 91% Kos, Greece
  Weather Score for Skiathos in August is 91% 91% Skiathos, Greece
  Weather Score for Skopelos in August is 91% 91% Skopelos, Greece
144 Weather Score for Guatemala in August is 89% 89% Guatemala
  Weather Score for Honduras in August is 89% 89% Honduras
  Weather Score for Macau in August is 89% 89% Macau
  Weather Score for Mexico in August is 89% 89% Mexico
148 Weather Score for Costa del Sol in August is 88% 88% Costa del Sol, Spain
  Weather Score for El Hierro in August is 88% 88% Hierro, Canary Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for France in August is 88% 88% France
  Weather Score for Gran Canaria in August is 88% 88% Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for La Gomera in August is 88% 88% La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for La Palma in August is 88% 88% La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for Lesbos in August is 88% 88% Lesbos, Greece
  Weather Score for Madeira in August is 88% 88% Madeira, Portugal
  Weather Score for Mauritius in August is 88% 88% Mauritius
  Weather Score for Michigan in August is 88% 88% Michigan, United States
  Weather Score for Monaco in August is 88% 88% Monaco
  Weather Score for Morocco in August is 88% 88% Morocco
  Weather Score for Mykonos in August is 88% 88% Mykonos, Greece
  Weather Score for Naxos in August is 88% 88% Naxos, Greece
  Weather Score for New York in August is 88% 88% New York, United States
  Weather Score for Ohio in August is 88% 88% Ohio, United States
  Weather Score for Ontario in August is 88% 88% Ontario, Canada
  Weather Score for Paros in August is 88% 88% Paros, Greece
  Weather Score for Samos in August is 88% 88% Samos, Greece
  Weather Score for Tenerife in August is 88% 88% Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for Ukraine in August is 88% 88% Ukraine
169 Weather Score for Costa Rica in August is 87% 87% Costa Rica
  Weather Score for Federated States of Micronesia in August is 87% 87% Federated States of Micronesia
  Weather Score for Nicaragua in August is 87% 87% Nicaragua
  Weather Score for Palau in August is 87% 87% Palau
  Weather Score for Singapore in August is 87% 87% Singapore
174 Weather Score for American Samoa in August is 86% 86% American Samoa
  Weather Score for Burma in August is 86% 86% Burma
  Weather Score for Cambodia in August is 86% 86% Cambodia
  Weather Score for Cape Verde in August is 86% 86% Cape Verde
  Weather Score for Guam in August is 86% 86% Guam
  Weather Score for Guinea-Bissau in August is 86% 86% Guinea-Bissau
  Weather Score for India in August is 86% 86% India
  Weather Score for Northern Mariana Islands in August is 86% 86% Northern Mariana Islands
  Weather Score for Togo in August is 86% 86% Togo
  Weather Score for Vietnam in August is 86% 86% Vietnam
184 Weather Score for Cancun & Riviera Maya in August is 84% 84% Cancun and Riviera Maya, Mexico
185 Weather Score for Kazakhstan in August is 83% 83% Kazakhstan
  Weather Score for Oman in August is 83% 83% Oman
  Weather Score for Turkmenistan in August is 83% 83% Turkmenistan
188 Weather Score for Ghana in August is 82% 82% Ghana
  Weather Score for Pakistan in August is 82% 82% Pakistan
190 Weather Score for Benin in August is 81% 81% Benin
  Weather Score for Goa in August is 81% 81% Goa, India
  Weather Score for Nigeria in August is 81% 81% Nigeria
193 Weather Score for Algarve in August is 80% 80% Algarve, Portugal
  Weather Score for Costa de la Luz in August is 80% 80% Costa de la Luz, Spain
  Weather Score for Fuerteventura in August is 80% 80% Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for Gibraltar in August is 80% 80% Gibraltar
  Weather Score for Lanzarote in August is 80% 80% Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for Pennsylvania in August is 80% 80% Pennsylvania, United States
  Weather Score for South Africa in August is 80% 80% South Africa
200 Weather Score for Reunion in August is 79% 79% Reunion
  Weather Score for Sharm el Sheikh area in August is 79% 79% Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
202 Weather Score for Bangladesh in August is 75% 75% Bangladesh
  Weather Score for Gabon in August is 75% 75% Gabon
  Weather Score for Guinea in August is 75% 75% Guinea
  Weather Score for Liberia in August is 75% 75% Liberia
  Weather Score for Sao Tome & Principe in August is 75% 75% Sao Tome and Principe
  Weather Score for Sierra Leone in August is 75% 75% Sierra Leone
208 Weather Score for Connecticut in August is 71% 71% Connecticut, United States
  Weather Score for Ecuador in August is 71% 71% Ecuador
  Weather Score for Illinois in August is 71% 71% Illinois, United States
  Weather Score for Indiana in August is 71% 71% Indiana, United States
  Weather Score for Rhode Island in August is 71% 71% Rhode Island, United States
  Weather Score for Saudi Arabia in August is 71% 71% Saudi Arabia
  Weather Score for Western Sahara in August is 71% 71% Western Sahara
  Weather Score for Wisconsin in August is 71% 71% Wisconsin, United States
216 Weather Score for Cameroon in August is 70% 70% Cameroon
  Weather Score for Equatorial Guinea in August is 70% 70% Equatorial Guinea
218 Weather Score for Bahrain in August is 67% 67% Bahrain
  Weather Score for British Columbia in August is 67% 67% British Columbia, Canada
  Weather Score for California in August is 67% 67% California, United States
  Weather Score for Djibouti in August is 67% 67% Djibouti
  Weather Score for Jersey in August is 67% 67% Jersey
  Weather Score for Jordan in August is 67% 67% Jordan
  Weather Score for Kuwait in August is 67% 67% Kuwait
  Weather Score for Maine in August is 67% 67% Maine, United States
  Weather Score for Massachusetts in August is 67% 67% Massachusetts, United States
  Weather Score for Minnesota in August is 67% 67% Minnesota, United States
  Weather Score for New Brunswick in August is 67% 67% New Brunswick, Canada
  Weather Score for New Hampshire in August is 67% 67% New Hampshire, United States
  Weather Score for New South Wales in August is 67% 67% New South Wales, Australia
  Weather Score for Portugal in August is 67% 67% Portugal
  Weather Score for Prince Edward Island in August is 67% 67% Prince Edward Island, Canada
  Weather Score for Qatar in August is 67% 67% Qatar
  Weather Score for Sudan in August is 67% 67% Sudan
  Weather Score for United Arab Emirates in August is 67% 67% United Arab Emirates
  Weather Score for Washington in August is 67% 67% Washington, United States
237 Weather Score for Angola in August is 66% 66% Angola
238 Weather Score for Guernsey in August is 64% 64% Guernsey
  Weather Score for Nova Scotia in August is 64% 64% Nova Scotia, Canada
  Weather Score for Peru in August is 64% 64% Peru
  Weather Score for UK in August is 64% 64% United Kingdom
242 Weather Score for Lithuania in August is 62% 62% Lithuania
  Weather Score for Oregon in August is 62% 62% Oregon, United States

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