July is ending, and so is the summer. Have you done something cool already? If you haven’t, fret not, there’s still time! Here are some things that Skycop recommends you do in August!
Palio dell’Assunta, Siena, Italy – August 16
Siena, a city in Tuscany, holds two annual horse races. The one we’re interested in is the Palio dell’Assunta or Palio Della Contrade, which takes place on August 16, named for the Assumption of Holy Mary, generally celebrated on the 15th.
The race has been held annually since 1644. Competitors come from 10 of the 17 quarters (contradas) of the city. They ride three laps around Piazza del Campo, where a layer of dirt is laid down for the occasion. There’s really a no better excuse to visit Tuscany!
Mysteryland, Haalemmermeer, Amsterdam, Netherlands – August 23-25
Mysteryland is the first EDM festival in the Netherlands, and it claims to be the longest-running in the world as well. You can expect to see 300 artists perform on 17 stages during the two days of partying.
All of the stages in Mysteryland are imaginative and amazing. It’s almost like taking part in an art festival, albeit one that’s all about dance music. You can expect to see art installations, meditation areas and great catering.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh, Scotland – August 2-26
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe was born in 1947, barely two years after Europe stopped trying to kill itself dead. It’s there to celebrate art and creativity, and to break norms (I bet the “Radical Centrist” skit will have a few words about those).
Don’t know what to see? The festival website even comes with its own inspiration machine to recommend you random shows. Choose between either all the shows or those that are child-friendly (“Princess Pumpalot: The Ghostly Farting Monk Hunt” is one of the latter), and give it a spin! It’s nearly a month of events, you’ll probably find something to do even if you encounter a disrupted flight while getting there!
The Musee d’Orsay, France
How about visiting a French museum that isn’t the Louvre? You’re not gonna spend more than 15 seconds staring at the Mona Lisa anyways. Meanwhile, Musee d’Orsay barely survived to see you visit it!
It was first a train station built in 1900, which was later decommissioned and nearly demolished before being declared a historical monument in 1976. Since 1986, it has been the top spot to French art dating from the mid-1800s to just shy of WWI.
Climate crisis is currently setting much of Europe on near-literal fire, so why not cool off in Switzerland? Interlaken, based as it is at the base of the mountains, is just the spot to do that. And it’s a great backpacker destination to boot!
It’s also a hoot for any train fan. You can ride a train to the highest-placed train station in Europe, as well as reaching some of the best observation areas by rail. Nature is stunning and easy to reach – what else could you want?
How about a holiday without flight disruptions? You can never know if your flight won’t be delayed, cancelled or overbooked. However, you can be sure that Skycop will do it’s best to help you claim compensation for flight disruptions. There’s up to €600 in compensation on the line, so hit us up!