For families with school-age children, August is the last chance to escape the daily grind and head off into Europe to catch some summer sun. It’s a month for long, dreamy days spent on the beach, fabulous al fresco meals with the sound of the sea in the background and catching up on everything from the latest bestselling novel to some much-needed sleep.
August is also the month to start turning those ‘wouldn’t it be nice to own a second home here’ dreams into reality, according to Spanish property portal Kyero.
A study of the company’s data from 2010 to 2015 has found that August is the most popular month for buyers to start searching for their ideal holiday home. Many buyers are inspired by their summer holidays and look to recreate their fabulous time in the sun through the purchase of a second home in or near to the place they stayed.
For holidaymakers in Spain, that often means the Alicante region, where the 200 km Costa Blanca coastline offers white sands, lively cities and balmy sea breezes. August is the hottest month of the year in Alicante, with an average temperature of 26°C, although heatwaves often push the mercury above 40°C. The heat is moderated by those refreshing sea breezes, which is just as well as there’s only one rainy day in August on average, according to Holiday Weather.
August is the best month to take to the water in Alicante, with an average sea temperature of 26°C making swimming and splashing around in the shallows an enjoyable experience for the whole family. For those who can’t bear to leave the beach behind when their holiday ends, developer Taylor Wimpey España is offering south-facing, frontline apartments at Panorama Mar in Punta Prima, Torrevieja. With generous terraces and magnificent sea views, the apartments blend beautiful, spacious interiors with communal features such as three on-site swimming pools, children’s playground and landscaped gardens.
The Canary Islands are also an excellent choice for August holidaymakers looking to squeeze the last out of the summer break. Tenerife, the largest of the Canaries, enjoys an average temperature of 24°C, a sea temperature of 23°C and an average of just one day of rain during the month. An average of nine hours of solid sunshine per day is enough to top up anyone’s vitamin D levels in advance of autumn’s arrival.
Jodi Beard, Marketing Director of holiday planning specialists Cheap-Holidays-Tenerife.com, which offer discounted flights to and holiday accommodation in the popular southern area of the island comments,
“August is the ideal month to visit Tenerife. It’s the hottest time of year on the island and the relaxed atmosphere is perfect for family breaks. A lot of people think of Tenerife and picture beautiful beaches. Of course it does have those – and in abundance – but there’s also a whole host of activities there that will appeal to holidaymakers of all ages. You can go quad biking around Teide National Park, scale a mountain to watch the sun set and the stars come out and enjoy everything from the zoo to the water park. And of course August is the perfect month for enjoying the great outdoors to the max by trying your hand at a water sport – there are plenty on offer all over the island.”
Chris White, Founding Director of boutique estate agency Ideal Homes Portugal, believes that Portugal in August also offers an exciting experience for the whole family. The Algarve coastline is packed with water parks, golf courses and stunning beaches, offering enough variety to keep visitors of all ages happily occupied. With an average of zero days of rain in August, according to Holiday Weather, glorious sunshine is all but guaranteed. The region enjoys 12 hours of sunshine per day during August, along with an average temperature of 24°C, which seasonal heatwaves often drive up to between 35°C and 40°C. The sea, at 21°C, is a welcome source of relief from the heat, as are the refreshing breezes that roll off it at seafront resorts. White comments,
“The Algarve is one of the best spots in Europe for some summer sunshine and we find that many of those who visit are so charmed by their experience of Portugal that they come back year after year. From apartments in coastal towns and villages to villas with pools across the Algarve, the region offers plenty of property to suit buyers looking to pick up a second home in the sunshine that they can retreat to whenever they want a break. The fact that the Algarve is known to be the cheapest holiday destination in Europe is an added bonus!”