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    • BrownBear1969
    • By BrownBear1969 19th Jul 19, 5:48 PM
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    Destination for nervous August traveller!
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    Destination for nervous August traveller! 19th Jul 19 at 5:48 PM
    We normally stay in the UK in August but my family are keen to go to Europe for the sun this year. Iím ok with that but unfortunately have some, shall we say Orange Lines ... !

    - I donít like it too hot or humid - average max temp 30 deg c., but preferably lower!
    - mix of beach and either history or mountains for my camera.
    - somewhere you can drink the water.

    I was thinking of perhaps Switzerland or the Italian lakes, with options on visiting Venice / Verona.

    Madeira was an option but apparently has only one beach with imported sand; and Malta is too hot.

    What do you think? Thanks.

    And sorry, I know this is a challenge, but hopefully an intriguing one!
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    • Grumpelstiltskin
    • By Grumpelstiltskin 19th Jul 19, 6:02 PM
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    Northern France? Normandy or Brittany.
    • Voyager2002
    • By Voyager2002 19th Jul 19, 6:05 PM
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    Your camera would love Mont St Michel (northern France).
    • pandora205
    • By pandora205 19th Jul 19, 6:10 PM
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    We went to St Gilgen in Austria one summer and it was lovely, very scenic in Sound of Music country. We stayed near the lake, took the ferry boat across to other towns, hired bikes, went on a trip to Salzburg (very scenic), and another to the Kaiservilla at Bad Ischl. There's a cable car too. There was a lot to do. We didn't have a car so used bikes and coach (doable easily from Salzburg airport).
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    • maman
    • By maman 19th Jul 19, 6:58 PM
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    Not sure of the make up of your family. I've been to Verona, for example, and it's great. Easy access to Lake Garda and I loved Vicenza and a day trip to Venice. But that's all quite adult oriented. What about other family members? What are their 'orange lines'?
    P. S. Because as you know the other person who doggedly stuck to her lines in Europe came out of it very badly and couldn't convince anyone to go with her.
    Last edited by maman; 19-07-2019 at 7:01 PM.
    • waamo
    • By waamo 19th Jul 19, 7:26 PM
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    I'm not convinced you will find a beach in Switzerland. Seriously though I've been to the Geneva area many times and it's stunning.
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    • cubegame
    • By cubegame 19th Jul 19, 10:55 PM
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    The Canary islands seem the most obvious choice.
    • Voyager2002
    • By Voyager2002 20th Jul 19, 8:07 AM
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    The Canary islands seem the most obvious choice.
    Originally posted by cubegame

    Might be rather hot.
    • Voyager2002
    • By Voyager2002 20th Jul 19, 8:08 AM
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    You might consider the Baltic republics: a friend is currently in Latvia and some absolutely stunning photos are appearing on her Facebook page. Plenty of sunshine there, and while the beaches are nice the sea is always rather cool.
    • cubegame
    • By cubegame 20th Jul 19, 9:58 AM
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    Might be rather hot.
    Originally posted by Voyager2002
    Pretty likely to be lower than the OPs stated 30 degree though, especially in places like the North of Tenerife or La Palma.

    The latter averages a high of 26 in August and is great for mountains and scenery.

    Not sure there is a direct summer flight from the UK though.
    • suejb2
    • By suejb2 20th Jul 19, 3:39 PM
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    Hols
    Give Croatia a look.
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    • zagfles
    • By zagfles 20th Jul 19, 4:19 PM
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    We went to Lake Garda in August and it was baking, I remember having to wait till about 11pm to have a shower to avoid getting all sweaty before bed! This was in a static caravan with no a/c. Great holiday, but not if you don't like it too hot.
    • TomokoAdhami
    • By TomokoAdhami 20th Jul 19, 5:25 PM
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    Austria, Normandy and Porto, Portugal are my damn favourite places to visit in any season. Rome could also be a good option.
    • Doshwaster
    • By Doshwaster 21st Jul 19, 1:16 PM
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    Might be rather hot.
    Originally posted by Voyager2002
    In August the Canaries will be cooler than most of the Med. One of the attractions of the islands is that the weather there is pretty much the same year around.

    The water is safe to drink but will taste different as it is desalinated so most people prefer bottled water.

    The Canaries will also be relatively cheap in August as their peaks season doesn't kickoff until around September. In Jun-Aug, most people prefer to go to the Med.

    Another option would be northern Spain (Bilbao, Santander and along the coast). It will be cooler than the Med coast and is quieter too and cheaper than the Italian lakes but it is helpful to know some Spanish as the area is less used to British visitors.
    • hollydays
    • By hollydays 21st Jul 19, 3:40 PM
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    If you look at the temperatures some parts of Europe has experienced in the last few weeks, it seems there's no such thing as an average. That includes parts of Brittany and Normandy You might be safer in early June
    Last edited by hollydays; 21-07-2019 at 5:06 PM.
    • BrownBear1969
    • By BrownBear1969 23rd Jul 19, 12:28 PM
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    Many thanks everyone, for your helpful replies. You are really generous with your advice and time. And so polite; I wish that was the case for all forums!

    We decided on ... Paris! Yes, very left field for “not hot” and “beaches”, but it turns out that that’s where everyone wants to go after all, and they really hadn’t showed their hands clearly enough before!
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