Already back to work and want to make the August 15 bridge? But where to go on the weekend of August 15? Here is our selection of destinations for a travel break that will do you the most good !
Where to go for the weekend of August 15 to be at the beach but away from the crowd
The French Riviera and its crowded beaches in the summer or Greece which is sold out in August, it's not really a good idea to relax on the beach for the weekend of August 15... What if you were to try Montenegro instead? Less popular than the Mediterranean destinations, Montenegro is really a good plan if you dream of heavenly beaches that are quieter than elsewhere in Europe
The country has many beaches along its 200 km of Adriatic coastline. One of the most beautiful and least frequented is Jaz beach with its beautiful white sand and crystal clear waters.
To enjoy the sun at the right prices, we also recommend Tunisia, only 2 hours flight from Paris! After a difficult period, the country is finally coming out of the water and tourists are back safely thanks to the work of the authorities
And, good news, the beaches aren't overgrown yet so it's a good time to go!
We particularly recommend Port el Kantaoui in the region of Sousse, for its fine sandy beaches and emerald waters
The seaside resort has a large number of all-inclusive hotels with good value for money, such as the Soviva, a large resort with all the comforts, very suitable for families thanks to its large swimming pool and fun slides, not forgetting the elegant Fleur de thé tea room for a delicious lemonade break with the whole family
You can also relax in a reasonably priced 5-star hotel such as Green Park Palace, a new hotel with a huge swimming pool and a waterfront bar. In the evenings, you are free to party in Port el Kantaoui, with live music at Golf Brau for example, or stay at your resort to enjoy the nightly entertainment.
If you want to get away from the summer months in August, we also suggest Germany! The country has no less than 350 islands and summer is the right time to swim there. The island of Sylt, Germany's fourth largest island, has a beach no less than 40 kilometres long and spas such as Westerland, ideal for a Zen break.
Rügen, Germany's largest island with a surface area of 926 km², offers everything holidaymakers could wish for: 60 km of immense beaches overlooking the Baltic Sea, unspoilt nature and superb seaside resorts.
Where to go for the weekend of 15 August to get a breath of fresh air!
Still in Germany, and only a few hours drive from the French border, we recommend a short stay in the famous Black Forest for some fresh air away from the heat. In August, this forest is particularly green and pleasant. You will enjoy hiking here, among pine trees, rivers, crystal-clear lakes and lush valleys. Covering an area of 1400 km², it is the largest nature park in Germany, but don't worry, the paths in the forest are extremely well signposted, so you won't get lost!
Ireland is also an excellent destination in August for those who want to regain their health away from the heat wave. In summer, the weather is pleasant and the landscapes simply splendid. How not to fall under the spell of Connemara, which Sardou sang, or of the famous Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO listed site whose 40,000 basalt columns leave you speechless?
And if you are a fan of the Game of Thronesand you're just watching the new season, be sure to take a walk to Dark Hedges in Antrim County. It's easily accessible by car via Belfast. This is the famous Royal Road from the TV series: a magical alley of beeches!
Another pleasant destination in the summer because it is less crowded than the southern European countries: the Czech Republic! Not only does the country offer a very good value for money in terms of accommodation and catering, but the country also offers beautiful green landscapes in the summer, ideal for walks and outdoor sports
We recommend for example the region called Czech Switzerland because of its steep relief reminds you of the Swiss mountains, except that it is much cheaper than in Switzerland... At only 1 hour drive from Prague, it is the perfect destination for hiking
The gorge of the Kamenice River is well known: a walk along the river on narrow footbridges or a boat trip through the steep-walled canyons are magical moments for nature lovers. And for the record, the famous film The World of Narnia! was shot in this region
Where to go for a city break on the weekend of 15 August
If you want to discover a city in Europe without getting too hot during your walks, the Nordic countries are particularly suitable. Not only the temperatures are pleasant, but the luminosity is important because the days are much longer in the summer in the northern European countries
Only 3 hours flight from Paris, the city offers a total change of scenery on the borders of Europe and the Great East with many museums and monuments. It is also a trendy Nordic city at the cutting edge of design, very cosmopolitan, with many possibilities for evening outings. And for a seaside atmosphere, a boat trip to discover its islands is always welcome.
But if you dream of dolce vita instead, a trip to Florence will enchant you! The capital of Tuscany is a beautiful Italian city easy to discover in a weekend. Unlike Rome or Milan, it offers cheaper rates, even in the summer. It has the advantage of being very easy to visit on foot. In just a few hours, between its picturesque streets, its beautiful squares and its many monuments, you will be amazed without it costing you a penny.
Finally, if Portugal attracts you for a city break, take a trip to Porto! This fascinating and timeless city, often neglected in favour of Lisbon, offers a palette of colourful buildings on the waterfront and magnificent architectural discoveries where baroque and modern styles blend together. And the price/quality ratio is excellent in Porto, even in August
It is also the kingdom of wine cellars thanks to its fertile Douro valley and the epicentre of the famous Portuguese beverage, port. It will be the occasion to introduce you to this local drink through tastings such as at Portologia, a renowned brand that also has an address in Paris
Escape to a festival
And if you take advantage of this long weekend to make a festival getaway? Not far from Paris by car or Thalys, Brussels is hosting the Brussels Summer festival in the Place du Palais district from 6 to 15 August. For its 16th edition, the festival will offer, as every year, a large number of cultural activities and open-air concerts. Among the artists, many French artists will be on the bill, such as the group Rinôçérôse or Magyd Cherfi.
From 12 to 19 August, it will also be the festival in Spain in Benicassim at the Rototom Sunsplash, an international Reggae festival which is now in its 24th year. This year, the festival will celebrate Africa, and as usual it will feature some of the biggest names in the genre, including Steel Pulse, Ki Many Marley and The Wailers, to name but a few.
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