Post # 1
My fiance and I are getting married in August and want to do a European honeymoon but we are struggling to narrow down where. We originally wanted to do 10 days in Italy but I keep reading about how awful it is to go in August. Has anyone been and have any advice?
Ideally, we would love somewhere with a beach and close enough to travel around a bit as well. Does anyone have any places to look into or advice? I have scoured google, Instagram, and the boards here and I am stuck. Thanks guys!!!
Post # 2
August isn’t generally the best of months in Europe. French people get a long holiday in August and places are generally crowded with people on end of summer holiday trips.
Post # 3
Many parts of Europe are uncomfortably warm in August. I went to Rome in August and it was unbearable. It would be fine if you wanted to sit on a beach and not move much, but for sightseeing I would recommend the Spring/early Summer. Portugal is wonderful in May and June. You could sightsee in Lisbon/Porto/Sintra and finish your holiday with a beach stint in the Algarve.
Post # 4
August is prime holiday time in August so every holiday resort will be busy. That said, I’ve been on holiday many times in August and we always have a nice time.
Turkey would be awesome if you want beach and history. Kalkan is a lovely resort and has some nice more ‘adult’ hotels.
Croatia is also lovely – Dubrovnik has the beach and city and if you’re a game of thrones fan, it’s filmed there.
id avoid France in August as lots of stuff will be closed. I’d also avoid Italy in august because of heat and crowds.
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2019 - City, State
augustbride2019 : agree with PP, many of my European coworkers take the entire month of Aug off (not just in France) and Southern Europe would be very hot at that time.
Northern Europe would be more temperate but the beach options wouldn’t be as good.
I don’t know what your budget or appetite for adventure is but you could think about Tanzania / Zanzibar. You might also look into splitting time in Portugal / Azores, likely the vacation & heat issue there too but I’m not sure if it would be as crowded as Italy, Spain, or south of France.
Post # 6
Amsterdam is amazing! The azores islands are on my travel list for sure!
Post # 7
August is insanely busy with locals off almost all month and tourists.. plus its insanely hot if you could do another time I highly suggest it
Me and my husband did a Europe trip this year for 3 weeks in September and it was 35 plus during the day.. so just imagine August
Having said that, we did Portugal (AMAZING) spent 3 days in Lisbon and rented a billa for 4 days in the Algarves
We did BArcelona, Ibiza and then finished off our trip in Nice
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2020 - Clarksville, VA
You could always postpone a little. We’re getting married in May of next year, but waiting until the end of September/early October to go to Italy for our honeymoon. It’s going to be cheaper and we have more time to save.
Post # 9
- Wedding: December 2017 - Courthouse
Just something to think about as well, you could always do a delayed honeymoon.
We got married in December and didn’t honeymoon until March. It was really nice because it meant we could take longer off work, we could relax and it extended the marital bliss, imo. I know not everyone wants to do that. But it’s an option. You could always honeymoon in early fall. I bet the weather would be great!
Post # 10
I got mArried in August and I went in my honeymoon in Italy in early October. There were a lot of crowds in Venice still but it would have been much worse in August. Florence was crowded too but not unbearable. Sorrento and Amalfi were fabulous and not too crowded. Rome was also lovely in October. The weather overall was amazing. Would you consider delaying your honeymoon for a month or two and go in October?
I have also traveled to Ireland in mid August and it was absolutely lovely. Lovely weather and not crowded. So maybe you can consider that! I just know the major Italian cities will be very hot and very crowded in August. I probably wouldn’t go there in the summer.
Post # 11
August is main season for Southern Europe travel. So it might be a tad crowded. Me, personally, I don’t mind the heat at all as long the hotel has AC and I’d double check that if I were you. AC isn’t necessarily standard.
At the top of my head and can’t think of a beautiful beach and sightseeing in the same place. There might be a beach and sightseeing but maybe not worth planing the honeymoon around it. You know what I mean? I’d rather find something with more sightseeing and less beach as you guys have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world in Florida. No need to travel across the Atlantic for a mediocre beach and maybe loose out in the sightseeing part.
That said I want to recommend Stockholm. Please just goggle some images! They call it the Venice of the north and it’s the most beautiful city in Europe and way undertraveled (I just made that word up I think but it’s sounds cool). There’s so much to do and see and the temperatures are moderate. And you can go and hang out by the water as Stockholm and surroundings are built on 30k islands. The archipelagos are beautiful, unique and super romantic. You can take a 3-4 days trip to Helsinki as well. Ferries and mini cruise ships go all the time. And if you buy a 10 day tube ticket it includes regular buses and the water buses which make expensive sightseeing trips unnecessary and you don’t have to stick to time table, just hop on the “bus”. Plus you can challenge your husband to eat “surströmming”. Make sure you bet a huge amount on him not being able to swallow more than one bite. It’s a delicacy!
Post # 12
We are getting married in March and honeymooning in Greece in September. We have taken all of our big trips in September and it is a great time to travel. You might consider delaying until September.
Not sure how much travling around you want to do, but we are going to spend 3 days in Athens to see the sights and and doing some island hopping. Santorini for sure (that is the main part of our trip, we’ll spend 4-5 days there) and one other island.
Post # 13
For italy, I’ve done Rome, Florence, Sicily and Sorrento in July/August and loved them all. The most popular sights are going to be busy May-Sept, so I wouldn’t rule out August in particular. The busiest weekend for brits abroad will be the August Bank Holiday weekend (24-26th).
If you’ve been to the Caribbean or Asia then Italian beaches may be a let down. They are (almost) all public, with tons of crammed in sun beds or sun towels, and often rocky. Personally, I’d pick somewhere with a beautiful pool that’s a great base for a beach day trip or island hopping. Both Taormina in Sicily or Sorrento/Amalfi Coast are perfect for this and there is so much you can go and see too! From Sorrento alone you can do the Amalfi Drive, Island of Capri, Pompei, Herculaneum, Mount Vesuvius and Naples. So much to see! And some pretty nice places to stay and eat too 🙂
If you’d consider Greece, I also went to Santorini in August and loved this!! We stayed in Imerovligi which was so peaceful and beautiful. Often the only people by the pool. Oia is the famous town and it’s a bus or taxi ride away. This place is definitely busy, especially at sunset.
Happy to help further if I can 🙂