Believe it or not, summer is drawing to a close. After months of sweltering temperatures we’re beginning to feel a slight chill on the wind. Before you know it we will be battening down the hatches and reaching for the central heating.
However, before the autumn sets in there is time for one last summer hurrah with an August bank holiday getaway. The long weekend is an excellent opportunity to visit a new city or simply unwind with a couple of days on the beach. It is the perfect moment to recharge the batteries and have a final taste of summer for 2018.
We’ve picked out a handful of destinations that are ideal for your bank holiday retreat.
If you want a city break destination that offers iconic landmarks, delicious food and a beach within walking distance then look no further than Barcelona. The Catalan capital oozes culture from every pore with the city’s architecture carrying the hallmarks of renowned Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi. Marvel at the colourfully designed Casa Batllo and be bowled by intricate sculpting of the famous Sagrada Familia cathedral.
Gaudi’s influence is witnessed throughout Barcelona with the buildings looming over the winding streets of the Gothic Quarter acting as a homage to his work. Down below you will find an abundance of tapas restaurants serving a range of delicious cuisine and some of Europe’s most effortlessly cool bars.
Don’t forget to indulge in a spot of retail therapy on La Rambla and if you need time to chill out – just head to Barceloneta Beach.
If you ever needed a ringing endorsement of Dubrovnik simply turn to acclaimed playwright George Bernard Shaw. After gazing upon the coastal Croatian city Shaw stated: “If you want to see Heaven on earth, come to Dubrovnik”.
It is not just the playwright that fell in love with the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, Dubrovnik has seduced kings and queens, emperors and artists and now welcomes millions of tourists every year. Explore the city walls and take the cablecar to get an aerial view of the unmistakable terracotta roofed buildings. In the evening, enjoy a taste of the Balkans with traditional food and Croatian wine.
And if you think Dubrovnik looks a little familiar, you would be correct. The city is a filming set for Game of Thrones.
Squeeze one last party of summer in with a long weekend in Ibiza. Catch the closing parties of the island’s hottest clubs and see the biggest names in dance, house and RnB bring the curtain down. Hit the iconic venues of Amnesia and Eden or enjoy day sessions with the likes of Craig David and Rudimental at Ibiza Rocks.
Despite it being late-August, there will be no signs of San Antonio and Ibiza Town slowly down as there is a full programme of acts across the major clubs every night of the week. And when you need a little downtime, you only have to walk a short distance to the soothing white sands of some of Ibiza’s best beaches.
When you want to relax there is no better place than the beach. Here you can recharge your batteries, let all those stresses simply melt away and get a decent tan in the process. If this sounds like your idea of a perfect bank holiday then set a course for Menorca.
It may often be the overlooked member of the Balearic Islands family but it has an understated beauty which makes it an excellent choice for a long weekend. Life goes at a slightly slower pace in Menorca compared to Majorca and Ibiza with a handful of charming marinas and miles of unspoiled beach.
Relax on the shores of Cala’n Forcat, Santo Tomas and Cala’n Bosch or indulge your sense of adventure by exploring the countryside discovering tiny villages along the way.
Experience the tranquillity of Malta’s northern coast with a couple of days in Mellieha. Perched at the top of the country, it is a scene of rolling hills, calm ocean waters and secluded beaches. This is an authentic slice of Malta away from the hubbub and bright lights of the livelier towns of St Julian’s and St Paul’s Bay.
Take a walk to the hilltop town and browse the boutique shops before tasting traditional Maltese cuisine in the quaint restaurants. Staying in Mellieha puts you within a short hop of the picturesque islands of Gozo and Comino. The serene landscape of the islands is the closest thing you will find to an oasis.
Okay, its August bank holiday and you want a final blow out of the summer. You add in all your friends to a WhatsApp group chat titled “Cheeky Marbs”. In a couple of days you’ve got your crew together and you’re ready for rubbing shoulders with the stars in the most exclusive clubs this Costa del Sol hotspot has to offer.
While it was a humble fishing village, Marbella is now a playground for the rich and famous with the glitzy bars and clubs lining its Golden Mile. However, if you fancy a taste of culture in between the partying then you can visit the old town – Casco Antiguo – with its 16th century churches and shady square with orange trees.
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