Holiday deals: LastMinute.com have revealed the best places to go in August
Last month’s hot weather seems like a distant memory with most of Britain being blasted by rain and wind.
The schools have broken up for the summer and now is the best time to hop on a plane and bag yourself a bargain holiday.
Reigo Eljas, Country Director for lastminute.com, exclusively revealed to Express.co.uk the best deals for holidays to the best places in August.
So if you fancy a staycation head to Jersey, or jump on a plane for guaranteed sunshine in Barcelona or Lanzarote.
Try the al-fresco food at the gorgeous Rozel Bay
Sunshine, seafood and sand – all less than one hour’s flight from London.
It might be famous for its potatoes, cows and a certain 1980s fictional detective, Bergerac – but Jersey is fast gaining a new reputation for its fine dining, cool bars and spa retreats. You can also pay in British pounds in shops. So, it’s no wonder the largest of the Channel Islands makes for the ideal August break.
What to eat
Lobster, crab and oysters are the local specialities and you’ll be able to taste exceptional seasonal cooking at one of the island’s Michelin starred restaurants. Mark Jordan’s cooking at the Ocean Restaurant in the Atlantic Hotel has earned rave reviews.
Ormer by Shaun Rankin opened in 2013 but the award-winning chef has been a part of the Jersey cuisine scene for nearly 20 years.
For casual al-fresco food, you can’t miss The Hungry Man. It’s the brightest kiosk on the island at Rozel Bay. Order a light bite to eat, grab a spot at a trestle table and look out to sea – you might even see France on a clear day. Fresh seafood and an even fresher breeze awaits you at the Driftwood Cafe next to Archirondel Beach.
The island also has more than its fair share of country pubs to while away the hours in. Don’t let the French names fool you, the likes of Les Fontaines Tavern and Le Moulin de Lecq are traditional English-style pubs. The former has a huge beer garden and kids play area, while the latter was transformed from a mill (the large water wheel is still there) into a pub in the 1950s and has plenty of outdoor seating.
What to see and do
If it’s a relaxing break you’re after, head to one of the spa retreats, like the spa at The Royal Yacht hotel. Or you can drop-in to one of the yoga classes at Kalimukti.
If you’ve ever wondered what the tenth oldest building in the world looks like, you can find out at La Hongue Bie Museum. Jersey is an island after all, so you can take boat trips, kayak tours or have a go at paddle boarding. Or try local wine, with tours around the La Mare Wine Estate. And if you’re feeling nostalgic, yes there is a Bergerac’s Island exhibition at the Jersey Museum and Art Gallery..
Lastminute.com’s top Jersey travel deals
From £269pp, spend 3 nights at the 3* Mayair Hotel in Saint Helier. Return flights are included, departing 16th August from London Gatwick and returning to London Southend.
From £279pp, spend 3 nights at the 4* Savoy Hotel in Saint Helier on a bed & breakfast basis. Return flights are included, departing 27th August from London Luton and returning to London Gatwick.
The Placa Reial is lined with different bars
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Jersey is fast gaining a new reputation for its fine dining, cool bars and spa retreats
Loads of beaches (5km worth) and even more culture, Barcelona is arguably one of the best city and sand breaks you can get on the planet. It’s basically two holidays in one. You can see world-class art and architecture (if you’re not sunbathing) and then experience the laid-back nightlife from sundown to the early hours.
What to eat
Ah tapas, that wonderful excuse to bar hop and try the local food while you have a glass of wine or beer. Try the local jamon (ham), spice things up with some patatas bravas (potatoes in tomato sauce) and, being by the coast, the octopus and calamari are well worth a go.
The Placa Reial (just off the Ramblas in the Gothic Quarter) is a good place to start, as the whole piazza is lined with different bars. Or try one of the city’s vermouth bars. We recommend Bar Calders, which opens late.
If you’re splashing out, you’ve got more than 20 Michelin starred restaurants to choose from.
But the easiest way to see what’s in season? La Boqueria market is heaving with fresh produce (as well as tourists).
What to see and do
Gaudi’s glorious buildings might just be worth a trip on their own. The UNESCO World Heritage building, the Sagrada Familia, is still not finished but the views are exceptional (Our tip: book in advance). As is the vista at the Park G=FCell, home to bright mosaics.
The Magic Fountain of Monjuic’s show is something to see. It might sound a bit naff, but it’s great fun to watch.
Or, hop on a tourist bus – it’s a great way to get around the city and see all the major landmarks and it’s hop on-hop off so you can take things easy in the heat.
Beach-wise, you have nine to choose from, which means even in peak season there’s space to pop your towel down. Did anyone say beach bar? Barcelona’s got some great ones – we like Vai Moana. If you’re feeling funky, you can dance the night away at The
Terrrazza, an outdoor nightclub. And for cheap drinks with a view, try La Caseta Del Migdia, with views of Barcelona and the ocean from Mountjuic.
Lastminute.com’s top Barcelona travel deals
From £189pp, spend 2 nights at the 3* Hotel Moderno Bcn with breakfast included and a complementary bottle of cava. Return flights are included, departing on 21st August from London Stansted. Please note, offer ends August 2nd.
From £189pp, spend 2 nights at the 5* NH Collection Barcelona Tower. Return flights are included, departing 14th August from London Stansted.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Timanfaya National Park
If you’re searching for a warm weather holiday with plenty of outdoor activities, Lanzarote’s a safe bet for the summer. You’re looking at average temperatures safely into the mid to late twenties and rain is rare. So, the oldest island in the Canaries is the perfect place for a beach break.
What to eat
If you’ve been to Spain before, you’ll find the food here is very familiar. You’ll get your favourite tapas dishes served up in most bars worth their salt. Being an island, the seafood is fresh so go for catch of the day, which could be sea bass, swordfish, tuna or lobster.
And of course, these go well with one of the signature dishes on the island, papas arrugadas, potatoes cooked with their skin on in a spicy sauce. Or try the goats cheese, made on the island, which is served in multiple ways.
Eat out at Lani’s Restaurant and Cafe. The food matches the exceptional view – especially if you arrive in time for sunset. You can start and end the day at Bar Vali in Teguise, with cocktails pretty as a picture.
What to see and do
The place to start is Timanfaya National Park. The lava fields, created from volcanic eruptions, are barren but beautiful – and it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so expect to see nature you can’t get anywhere else in Europe. Also, get your cameras and phones at the ready to photograph Cueva de los Verdes.
The miles of caves were once home to pirates but are now a major tourist attractions.
Beach wise, Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca are two of the best to relax, sunbathe and swim. If you’re feeling energetic, the Canary Islands are famous for their water sport options, like surfing. Or just take it easy on a boat cruise to see some marine wildlife.
Lastminute.com’s top Lanzarote travel deals
From £469pp, spend 4 nights at the 4* Occidental Lanzarote Mar on a bed & breakfast basis. Return flights are included, departing 14th August from London Gatwick.
From £539pp, spend 7 nights at the 3* Marconfort Atlantic Gardens (Adults Only) on an all-inclusive basis. Return flights are included, departing 24th August from London Luton and returning to London Gatwick.