Where to go this August Bank Holiday weekend
Booked your summer holiday yet? If not, you’re not the only one left to jump into action as it’s sometimes hard to decide where to head thanks to all the incredible places there are to visit in this world.
The good news is that with the August Bank Holiday on the horizon you can utilise that long weekend to head away to destinations which come into their own at summertime.
Whether you’re looking to explore a city, stay sporty abroad, lie on a beach or become more worldly-wise, check out the five places that the Flexicover team suggest are the perfect locations to spend your summer bank holiday.
Italy’s city of canals is always a treat to visit, but never more so than during La Biennale, one of the world’s largest contemporary arts festivals. Now in its 57th edition and despite its growing popularity, it continues its namesake tradition of taking place every two years. For this mind-meltingly artistic event, each of the 85 participating countries is responsible for the creative experience in a pavilion. While Phyllida Barlow represents Britain with an imposing installation, the infamous Damien Hirst will also be present at the festival, as will famed artists like the 2016 Marcel Duchamp winner Kader Attia and Romania’s Geta Bratescu. Spend at least two days exploring the festival, and another meandering through the walkways and bridges of romantic Venice, where gondola rides are near-mandatory.
Foodies might lament this summer as the first since the closure of Noma, lauded as the best restaurant in the world and Copenhagen’s big draw. But those who head over will find another set of culinary delights in its place. This year, Guide Michelin Nordic Cities awarded Copenhagen a total of 20 Michelin stars – the highest number ever. Of these, only Geranium has the coveted three-star, a feat that Noma never managed to achieve despite its acclaim. There’s also plenty to enjoy away from Copenhagen’s kitchens with the Little Mermaid, the anarchic city of Christiana and the central Tivoli Gardens just a few of the attractions that make Copenhagen a wonderful place to visit in August.
Science enthusiasts are gearing up for August, which is set to be the best display of the Perseid meteor shower in years. These shooting stars are an annual event caused by burning debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle. But this year Jupiter’s gravity will pull the debris stream closer to Earth, meaning they’ll be brighter than ever. The spectacle is best seen in mid-August across North America, but even those taking a quick trip to New York towards the end of August will be able to marvel at this phenomenon. A perfect place to watch them is Inwood Park: when the nearby football fields turn their lights off at 10pm, making the top of the hill a stargazer’s paradise. Take a flask, a blanket, a chair and binoculars and you’re all set for a few hours of shooting star-gazing.
Never mind the International Festival, the original draw for Edinburgh-goers. Over its 70 years, the Fringe Festival has grown to make the Scottish capital double as the spiritual home for leftfield arts and comedy. Taking place from 4 to 28 August, it sees performers of every kind take to its stages and streets, as the whole city is temporarily besieged by culture vultures. This year includes spoken word from Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag, the high-intensity comedy of Sam Simmons, and heavy hitters John Bishop and Ruby Wax. If you’re not lucky enough to find accommodation in Edinburgh itself, Glasgow is a mere hour away and offers more choice at better prices.
August Bank Holidays are always good for a party, which is why we suggest heading to the hedonist’s island of Ibiza for the weekend. As ever, the largest names in dance fly in for your partying pleasure, and this weekend finds a galaxy of A-listers taking to the decks at some of the hottest clubs in the world. Take your pick from the likes of Labyrinth, Tinie Tempah, Basement Jaxx, Kygo and the don of the dancefloor, David Guetta. The first of this year’s closing parties also takes place at Amnesia, hosted by socialite Paris Hilton. Once the party’s over, restorative areas like Cala Xarraca, Cala Salada and Santa Eulalia offer beautiful beaches and calmer waters, to help you feel back to normal before your return.
Wherever you plan to head to this year it’s good to know that Flexicover Travel Insurance is committed to providing you with the highest level of cover to ensure you are safe and secure 24 hours a day when away.