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    Top 5 Budget-friendly Destinations in August

    August is now in full swing and holidaymakers across Europe are travelling far and wide to make the most of their hard-earned vacation days. Many of the most popular destinations are full to the brim with visitors, and also put up their prices to maximise the summer high season. But fear not! Below you will find our top 5 destinations where you can book a bargain holiday, even in August!

    1. Sofia, Bulgaria

    Prices in Sofia are some of the lowest in Europe, and the city actually gets a little less busy in the summer as the locals leave for their holidays. As in much of the rest of Bulgaria, the temperatures in Sofia stay warm during the summer months. As one of the oldest cities in Europe, Sofia offers visitors plenty of sights to see. Architecture enthusiasts have a variety of styles awaiting them, from Alexander Nevsky, one of the largest Orthodox cathedrals in the world, to fascinating monolithic remnants of the socialist era, such as the National Palace of Culture (NDK).Direct flights to Sofia Airport are offered by easyJet, Wizz Air and Bulgaria Air from London. Auto Europe offers car hire in Sofia both at the airport and various downtown locations.

    2. Krakow, Poland

    Krakow is another affordable European city, full of history and beauty to be discovered. Despite having become popular with many of Europe's partying youths, the city remains reasonably priced. The amount of places of interest is vast, but many of the most popular sites culminate around the Rynek Główny (Main Marketplace), the world's largest medieval marketplace. A great way to see Krakow is to take a cruise down the Vistula river, on the left bank of which you can also see Wawel Castle, steeped in Polish history. British Airways offers direct flights to Krakow from London, as does easyJet from numerous airports in the UK. Car hire pick-up locations in Krakow include the airport, railway station, and downtown offices.

    3. Montenegro

    Montenegro has been steadily growing in popularity in recent years, and one can easily see why: the small nation has a gorgeous coastline by the Adriatic Sea, a great selection of historic towns to visit, and low prices to boot. Temperatures in summer are warm, particularly in the capital Podgorica. Montenegro has mountains, with some peaks reaching a height of over 2,000 metres. Beach resorts offer a more relaxed stay, while the beautiful Bay of Kotor is a sight that should not be missed. UNESCO World Heritage Sites Perast and Kotor invite you to explore Montenegro's history.Ryanair offers direct flights from London to Podgorica Airport. Auto Europe's car hire services can be booked in Podgorica, Bar, Budva, Herceg Novi and Tivat.

    4. Denver, USA

    Denver is a great place to visit in August, as the temperatures are starting to cool off from the searing summer heat. The city gets its nickname from its level of elevation - the Mile High City is, of course, located one mile above sea level. Some of the best reasons to visit Denver include its fantastic breweries and culinary scene. More beer is produced in Colorado, by volume, than in any other American state! One of Colorado's main draws, the Rocky Mountain National Park, celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, and is a definite must-see destination with its 150 lakes and 60 majestic mountains.Direct flights from London to Denver are operated by British Airways. You can choose to pick up your rental car at Denver International Airport, or at one of six city offices.

    5. The Maldives

    For those seeking their own little piece of paradise, the Maldives are an obvious choice. August marks the beginning of the rainy season, but the spells of rain are usually short, and the end of the high season means huge price reductions for clever travellers! The archipelago is formed from 26 natural atolls of varying sizes with endless white sand and colourful tropical fish. The islands are famous for their plush and private bungalows, making them a favourite honeymoon destination, and for great snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities.The Maldives have numerous small airports, but Ibrahim Nasir International Airport handles most of the traffic. Seasonal flights from London are provided by British Airways.

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