Where to travel in August: five of the best destinations


With all Covid-related entry requirements removed in June, as well as restrictions on the ground, summer travel to Greece has become easier and more accessible for the unvaccinated – especially families with young children for whom the country’s bountiful beaches are a boon.

There’s also a superb choice of flights, with non-stop routes from across the UK to a range of mainland and island destinations, including recently launched routes from Turkish low-cost operator Corendon to Crete and Rhodes. Thus, there should always be a reasonable choice for late bookings and those aiming to avoid cancellation-ridden airlines.

Avoid the crowds and head to continental destinations. The pretty little port town of Nafplio never lacks charm, lined with ancient ruins and lined with Venetian villas, while the leafy town of Kastoria in western Macedonia makes a great substitute for a seaside destination with pine-fringed mountains and a fishing boat. -populated lake.

Responsible Travel Tip: Fly straight to one of Greece’s largest islands and head to less-visited areas. Try eastern Crete and visit Vai, home to Europe’s only palm forest, and the UNESCO-listed Sitia Geopark, a mountainous wilderness lined with hiking and biking trails. If you’re traveling through Athens and rely on transport, take the ferry rather than the plane, but book your boat tickets in advance.