Everyone who is looking forward to taking a flight to a new land where all you’re expected to do is sit back and drink a glass of whatever with a fancy umbrella in it, you’ve come to the right place. Summer is the time of harvest and cool drinks with lemons to garnish. It’s that time of the year when swimwear and sunscreens are at peek business, but summer is not just limited to coastal fun. Here is a list of refined and decorous ways to spend your summer days at some of the coolest destinations, by yourself or with your family and friends.
1. Napa Valley, CA, USA
Just on the northern outskirts of the San Francisco lies Napa Valley, a place popular for its exquisite wineries and restaurants with gourmet food. Through the month of August, one cannot miss the Festival Napa Valley. It’s a blissful combination of music, food, art and fine wine, put together by the local leaders. For those that love the occasional serotonin rush, book a train ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train. For those that wish to experience the summers of France amidst the beauty of California, the stay at Auberge du Soliel await you with exquisite accommodations, delectable French dining and the rich pour from the local wineries with the picturesque views of the countryside.
2. Cape Town, South Africa
During the month of August, Cape Town is amidst peak winters in August, flickering between pleasant temperatures to pretty chilly temperatures. Occasional rainfall and windy days can be expected as well. Cape Town has a lot to offer in the August, ranging from beer tastings to the celebrations of the Bastille Day. Given that the crowd around this time of the year is comparatively a lot less, tourists get to enjoy the transcendent beauty of riding the cable car to the top of the Table Mountain with the breathtaking views. Restaurants across the country welcome the guests with a crispy warm fire place set up in the chilly winter of Cape Town, serving the most delicious food to ever come across. Not only is Cape Town known for its scenic beauty but also the engaging entertainments it beholds for the visitors at the famous Fugard theatre and the Artscape theatre centre.
From the beautiful Lakes of Alpine forests to the Medieval architectures, Austria is a charming destination for those that love a serene vacation. The temperatures go upto 27°C at lower altitudes and up the hills, it gets a bit cooler. Some of the most beautiful spots for great Instagram pictures as well as a rich experience of history would be at the romantic towns of Hallstatt or St. Wolfgang. Long walks along the lakes, swimming and boating are some of the fun activities available for those that love water. Most importantly, the ImPulzTanz Vienna International Dance Festival goes from early July to August. A five-week celebration of contemporary dance with performances, workshops, musical acts and research projects take place at the theatres and museums of Vienna. Immerse yourself in a destination filled with history, art, and enchanting views like no other.
One of the Spain’s Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean is Mallorca. Given that, from July to August is not the peek time of Summer here, the temperatures are accommodating for the tourists. Filled with rich historical as well as religious cathedrals and monasteries, Mallorca tells its own stories through its architectures. The quaint villages and beach coves of this island are its most beautful gems. Silent strolls through the picturesque town Alcudia and the mesmerising streets of the old Palma are an experience of its own. Do not forget to at least once get a view of the most well known landmark, the gothic Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca.
5. Lisbon, Portugal
Tucked amidst the seven hills of Portugal, you will find the most aesthetic and enlightening capital of the country. One can explore the pedestrian-friendly streets of the city on foot or catch a ride on the yellow trams. The UNESCO world heritage beholds an important part of the Portugese culture, the Fado show tour. It’s a music genre that speaks about the history of Portuguese with mournful melodies and lyrics. The colorful Portuguese azulejo tiles at the National Tile Museum and the architectural beauty of Lisbon are absolutely beguiling. From scrumptious street food to fine wine tasting with a platter of charcuterie board can be found in Lisbon. Pastéis de Belém is a traditional custard-filled tart which is a must for the food lovers.