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Six Months of Summer - August

The Greek Islands and Cyprus – so much more to see and do in August

We’re the experts on the Greek Islands and Cyprus, so we’re full of exciting and original ideas for holidays in these warm, safe, friendly destinations! This time, we’re focussing on things to see and do in AUGUST.

August Departures from Rhodes:

AIRPORTS 3-STAR 4-STAR 5-STAR
Belfast fr £408 pp fr £524 pp fr £571 pp
Glasgow fr £336 pp fr £500 pp fr £697 pp
Newcastle fr £377 pp fr £543 pp fr £612 pp
Manchester fr £270 pp fr £438 pp fr £507 pp
East Midlands fr £395 pp fr £489 pp fr £686 pp
Birmingham fr £463 pp fr £662 pp fr £712 pp
Bristol fr £404 pp fr £523 pp fr £592 pp
London Stansted fr £354 pp fr £473 pp fr £542 pp
London Gatwick fr £270 pp fr £438 pp fr £507 pp

August Departures from Corfu:

AIRPORTS 3* 4*
Belfast fr £400 pp fr £734 pp
Glasgow fr £423 pp fr £762 pp
Newcastle fr £392 pp fr £725 pp
Manchester fr £299 pp fr £701 pp
East Midlands fr £343 pp fr £752 pp
Birmingham fr £383 pp fr £717 pp
Bristol fr £457 pp fr £604 pp
London Stansted fr £313 pp fr £647 pp
London Gatwick fr £333 pp fr £667 pp

August Departures from Zante:

AIRPORTS 3* 4*
Manchester fr £375 pp fr £716 pp
East Midlands fr £395 pp fr £731 pp
Birmingham fr £355 pp fr £706 pp
Bristol fr £419 pp fr £736 pp
London Stansted fr £445 pp fr £815 pp
London Gatwick fr £375 pp fr £706 pp

August Departures from Zante:

AIRPORTS 3* 4* 5*
Belfast fr £457 pp fr £540 pp fr £730 pp
Glasgow fr £358 pp fr £463 pp fr £718 pp
Newcastle fr £452 pp fr £614 pp fr £758 pp
Manchester fr £312 pp fr £454 pp fr £507 pp
East Midlands fr £449 pp fr £574 pp fr £803 pp
Birmingham fr £439 pp fr £555 pp fr £636 pp
Bristol fr £423 pp fr £589 pp fr £743 pp
London Stansted fr £423 pp fr £622 pp fr £617 pp
London Gatwick fr £545 pp fr £635 pp fr £825 pp

Lp Content August Waterparks

Kids’ paradise: wonderful waterparks

Corfu’s fabulous Aqualand is easily accessible from all parts of the island. With exciting new rides added every year and designed by the same companies who work for Disneyland and Universal Studios, it’s always an amazing day out.

Or, especially for younger children, there’s Hydropolis Acahravi, also in Corfu: a new 40,000 square metre park offering fun, water games and entertainment with special facilities for the little ones, and a mini-zoo too.

Water Village in Zante bills itself as one of the biggest in the Greek Islands. Just 4km from Zante Town, it has every sort of attraction from a free-fall giant body slide to a Head-down mat racer, 4 family slides and family rafting – plus the unique Boomerbowl!

The massive new Water Park of Rhodes, in Faliraki, offers an enormous range of rides for all ages, including spectacular rides, unique splash pools and wonderful water-slides.

In Creteyou’re spoilt for choice. There’s massive, fantastic Water City, almost exactly half-way between Heraklion and Hersonissos. Limnoupolis, near Chania, which bears a delightful resemblance to the Limnoupolis of Disneyland – and then there’s Acqua Plus and Star Beach Water Park too!

The islands of Naxos, Kos, Santorini and Thessaloniki, on the mainland, also boast great waterparks with a host of fun facilities, all aimed at making the most of those splash-happy family days out.

Cyprus

Ayia Napa’s award-winning themed Waterworld is probably the most famous of Cyprus’ waterparks. It’s over 80,000 square metres in sizes, has won 22 international awards, and has a quirky Greek Mythology theme, with attractions like Poseidon’s Wave Pool and the Odyssey River, as well as every drop, flume, slide and water-play activity imaginable.

But if you’re doing a bit of touring, and the cries of “Are we there yet” begin, you might also want to check out the well-reviewed, Polynesian-themed Fassouri, near Limassol, or the Aphrodite Water Park on the edge of Paphos, which has Europe’s largest family rafting ride. 

Lp Content August Zante Fireworks

St Dionisios’ Day in Zante

The summer celebrations to honour the patron saint of the island of Zakynthos begin a few days before the Saint’s day itself, with the setting-up of a giant outdoor bazaar selling everything from clothing to kitchenware. You’ll find it at the bottom of Zante town, close to the church of St Dionisios.

The main parade is held on the afternoon of St Dionisios’ Day, August 24th, when the Saint’s body in its magnificent casket is carried through the streets by a procession of priests, soldiers and statesmen. Pilgrims come from far and wide to attend the procession, and some of those who are sick will lie in the street and let the casket pass over them, hoping that the Saint will heal them with a miracle.

Finally, an amazing fireworks display marks the end of this important religious day.

Explore Zante

Lp Content August Paros Pirates

 Barbarossa Pirate Festival, Paros.

In Medieval times, pirate raids were a great threat to the inhabitants of the Aegean Islands – in fact, many of their towns were constructed to be invisible from the sea, so the pirates would think they were uninhabited.

The Barbarossa festival re-creates a Corsair’s night raid. Local boys in traditional dress play the part of the pirates, leaping from the caiques (fishing boats) to run into the crowd and try to snatch young girls away, whilst fireworks represent the fires of battle.

To celebrate the island’s famous victory over Barbarossa, the feasting, dancing and drinking then continue until dawn! 

Explore Paros

Lp Content August Wine Festival

Wine Festival, Limassol, Cyprus

This joyous annual event is dedicated to Dionysos, God of Wine, and Aphrodite, the Goddess of Beauty and Love.

This year, it runs from 26th August to 4th September, and for a modest entrance fee offers visitors the chance to sample the delicious wines of Cyprus FREE from the barrel.

Visitors from all over Cyprus and abroad flock to the Limassol Municipal Gardens (across the street from the waterfront) every evening to join in the fun, which also includes the opportunity to enjoy traditional Cypriot food and entertainment.

Explore Cyprus

Lp Content August Moons

‘August Moons’ in Syros

The August moon is considered the brightest and most beautiful of the year, and Moon Festivals to celebrate its beauty take place all over Greece.

Avgoustiatika Feggaria (‘The Moons of August’) is a beautiful festival which takes place in Ano Syros. Local musicians gather for a magical night dedicated to performing their unique, much-loved rebetiko music.

Explore Syros!

Lp Content August Santorini

Ifaisteia Festival in Santorini

This vibrant festival runs throughout the month of August with a dazzling programme of concerts and cultural events, dancing and feasting.

Finally – and fittingly for this glorious volcanic setting – the festival is rounded off with a huge fireworks display that’s visible all over the island as it sets the sky on fire. 

Find out more!

Lp Content August Kos Summer Fun

Summer fun in Kos

If you’re visiting Kos early in August, come along and join in the dancing in Mastichari Village on the 6th. There will be local, traditional music, food and wine, and everybody is invited!

Or buzz along to the Kos Honey Festival, held on August 20th in Antimachia Village, where you can sample the delicious local honey and enjoy local dishes and traditional music.

Explore Kos

Lp Content August Crete

The Sitia Sultana Festival, Crete

This unusual celebration lasts for a week in mid-August and – rather cleverly – celebrates not only the superb local sultanas but the original grapes they’re made from…and, of course, the wine made from them. Cue much feasting and fun!

Explore Crete!

Lp Content August Alonissos

Panagias – Virgin Mary Festival in Alonissos

The festival takes place in Alonissos Old Town on August 15th, and  begins with the fascinating re-enactment of a traditional Alonissos wedding, and the celebration that follows. It’s a joyous day of live music, traditional dress, food, wine and dancing until the small hours.

Note: The people of Alonissos are very proud of their traditions and culture, and love to celebrate them with special festivals – which they are happy and proud to share with visitors to the island.

Explore Alonissos!

Other festivals this August – dates to come – include:

Thrashing Festival

A chance to see how the wheat harvest was traditionally gathered and prepared.

Fishermen’s Festival

Celebrating the skills of the island’s fishermen with demonstrations, dancing - and of course, a barbecue featuring the Catch of the Day.

Say cheese!

This August festival is held in honour of a cheese pie!

Not quite as surprising as it sounds, as the cheese pie is one of Alonissos’ traditional foods. Guests can join and learn to prepare this local delicacy – after which the pies will be baked and distributed to the delighted audience.

FESTIVAL DATES

Please note that festival dates can change, often at the last minute, so do check them again nearer to the time.