Every year in August, Edinburgh’s world-famous Fringe Festival unleashes a storm of madness over the city. It’s a yearly celebration of the weird and the hilarious, a bunch of sleepless nights mixed with a little drinking here and there.

For all Edinburgh residents though it can quickly become stressful: having to fight against swarms of drunk and jolly tourists, fluorescent wigged eccentrics and semi-naked people heading to a show is an experience not everyone can endure for many days in a row. The same could be said if you flied to Edinburgh from overseas and are looking for your next last-minute trip around Europe.

So here’s what you need: a couple great destinations for a cheeky few days out of town. Pack your small carry-on luggage, book your plane ticket with an Edinburgh airport short stay parking and enjoy the trip!

Relaxing islands off the coast of Split, Croatia

Split is a charming and busy spot on the Croatian coast. Island-hopping is very popular among the younger crowds and clubbers because numerous party spots. However, it’s very easy to find yourself a quiet space on some of the nearby, lesser known islands that are still very accessible by ferries. Just make sure to check the timetables as the boats might be travelling less frequently to and fro.

Rab island for instance is the greenest spot in the Adriatic, packed with amazing things to discover: medieval buildings, old towns, pine forests and sandy beaches. The island of Vis is even more of an unknown gem, left practically untouched by tourism developments. To the South, Korcula is a perfect spot for families with its lot of fishermen’s villages, old buildings and secret beaches.

Hiking around the Mont-Blanc, an hour out of Geneva, Switzerland

If relaxing on the beach isn’t really your thing, try hiking in the Alps and get ready for the most amazing and refreshing outdoor experience. Fly out from Edinburgh to Geneva, and start your hike in Chamonix, a short hour away. Numerous routes are available around the Mont-Blanc, depending on time and technicality of the hike.

If you’re planning to sleep in one of the shelters along the way for around 40 euros per person per night on average (often including breakfast), don’t forget to book in advance as they are quite small but very popular in the summer time. Quiet hikers and marmots are the only company you’re likely to find up there but just make sure to avoid the second last week of August that will see thousands of dedicated mountains runners head out for the 168k race around the Mont-Blanc.

Photo Credit: Ronnie Macdonald

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