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The best holidays to book for August 2024, from Alpine lakes to Scottish boltholes

Simon Calder’s Travel

Although some parts of southern Europe had a disappointingly damp June, others had the sort of blazing temperatures you’d expect in August.

Nowadays, not everyone wants to swelter in 40C heat, and many more holidaymakers are seeking cooler, more pleasant climes. That’s when a break in the mountains or in Scandinavia could be your best bet for an August holiday.

Check out the gorgeous lakeside scenery of Helsinki, or head to the open roads and towering Rocky Mountains of British Columbia and Alberta. If you still can’t get enough of clean mountain air, hole up in the French Alps in a ski resort that goes into active overdrive in the summer.

Slovenia’s lakes, mountains and valleys will certainly knock you out with their beauty, and, if you want to stick closer to home, book a romantic retreat in Scotland or Wales.

Wherever you decide to go in August, take a look at some of these ideas.

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French Alps

Head up to the French Alps to beat the heat
Head up to the French Alps to beat the heat (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Rather than sweat it out on a Mediterranean beach, swim in Alpine lakes and feast on cheese in the French Alps, specifically in the extremely pretty village of Samoens. Go rafting on the River Giffre or splash about in the village’s lakes and outdoor swimming pools when you’re not mountain biking or hiking. Peak Retreats has a week’s self-catering at La Résidence Club Samoëns Village, which has outdoor and indoor pools as well as a spa, from £945 for a one-bedroom apartment from 24 August. The price includes a return DFDS ferry crossing.


Slovenia sparkles from Ljubljana to Lake Bled
Slovenia sparkles from Ljubljana to Lake Bled (Getty Images)

Exquisite Slovenia has one Europe’s most beautiful capitals as well as some fabulous mountain scenery. On Fleewinter’s Highlights of Slovenia self-drive holiday, you start in jewel-like Ljubljana before carrying on to Lake Bled and its fairy-tale landscapes. That’s the warm-up for magical Lake Bohinj, Julian Alps, Soca Valley and the final flourish on the Adriatic coast at Piran. Prices start at £750pp and include six nights’ B&B accommodation, five days’ car hire and airport transfers. Flights are extra.


Rambling meets romance in Aberdeenshire
Rambling meets romance in Aberdeenshire (Getty Images)

It’s hard not to feel like a laird when you stay in the Garden Room within the Fasque Castle Estate in Aberdeenshire. Wonderfully ornate in places, the…

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