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10 of the best destinations for late summer sun
The nights are drawing in and the kids will soon be heading back to school. But while summer may be waving us goodbye, you can still take off on holiday and squeeze the last bits of juice from the sunshine season.
So, where’s still warm and toasty? Here are 10 tempting suggestions for late summer and early autumn sun…
Turkey is cloaked in roasting temperatures throughout summer, but by September things have calmed down. Yet there are still sizzling beach opportunities with temperatures well up in the late 20s.
Coastal Marmaris is the place to go for all night partying and a buzzing resort, while the seaside city of Bodrum offers a culture injection where you can visit one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – the Tomb of Mausolus.
The Lycian Coast is another option, with coastal towns such as Olu Deniz and Kalkan offering beach holidays against the backdrop of pine-clad mountains.
There are lots of great Turkish deals out there. A TravelSupermarket search revealed an offer for two adults travelling from Leeds Bradford to Bodrum for a week’s three-star holiday for just £340 per person.
2. The Algarve
The reliable Algarve in Portugal is a superb choice for beach babies looking to soak up some rays and get a lovely tan in time for the last months of the year.
Gorgeous golden stretches of sand cradled by rugged coves and a turquoise sea offer a great getaway at this time of year. And if you want a day off from the beach, towns such as vibrant Lagos and historic Tavira are just itching to be explored.
Temperatures often reach the late 20Cs in September, and holidays here are just as appealing from a cost point of view. Searching TravelSupermarket, we found a week’s holiday in Albufeira for two adults, with flights from Birmingham on September 16 and staying in three-star accommodation, for £261 per person.
The beauty of Spain as a holiday destination lies in its diversity. Whether you want an entertainment-packed family break in Benidorm, a culture-soaked Barcelona getaway or a history-rich holiday in Seville, Spain comes up trumps.
And with short flight times from the UK, you can get over and start exploring in a few hours.
Sound tempting? We found a holiday for two in Barcelona, leaving Liverpool on September 19 and staying in three-star accommodation for a week, for £223 per person.
4. Balearic Islands
Temperatures in the Balearic Islands sit around the mid-20C mark well into late summer. Sleepy Menorca offers undisturbed R&R, while party island Ibiza is winding down with closing parties through September and early October.
Majorca is a photogenic option with its beautiful scenery, while Formentera offers powder white sands, harbour-side restaurants and a seriously laidback pace.
Plenty of competition from holiday companies keeps the islands affordable. We found a one-week, three-star holiday to Playa de Palma in Majorca, leaving London Stansted on September 8, for £269 per person based on two people sharing.
5. Canary Islands
Fuerteventura, Tenerife and Lanzarote are three of the 12 Canary Islands with plenty of dramatic scenery, top-notch beaches and a dash of Spanish culture. Temperatures in Tenerife can reach the mid-20Cs in September and October, and in any case you’ll get a decent dose of sun.
A search on TravelSupermarket returned a seven-day break for two, leaving Edinburgh on September 14 and staying in three-star accommodation in Puerto del Carmen on Lanzarote, for £301 per person.
6. The Greek islands
While the Greek Islands are all unique in character, they mainly share great food, outstanding scenery, balmy waters and beaches galore.
The largest of the islands, Crete will treat you to glorious stretches of sand and plenty of historic sightseeing. Santorini is the one to choose for traditional whitewashed villages and some of the world’s most scenic sunsets, while Rhodes has more history and exemplary Greek island architecture.
Prices for September are as attractive as the islands themselves. We found a deal for two adults, travelling from Manchester to Heronissos on Crete on September 14 and staying in three-star accommodation for a week, for £298 per person.
Note that many Greek island resorts start winding down after the peak summer season, so some shops, bars and restaurants will be closed.
Cyprus has long hours of sunshine in September with temperatures still hitting the 30Cs even this late in the year.
Beach lovers can get their fix at resorts with long sandy stretches such as Lara Bay, Ayia Napa and Protaras, or if you’re feeling active you could take a day out exploring the spectacular Troodos Mountains. Meanwhile, history buffs can brush up on their knowledge at plentiful archaeological sites, such as around the village of Kouklia.
A search on TravelSupermarket revealed a one-week holiday in Ayia Napa for two adults, leaving Manchester on September 20, for £317 per person – so start your holiday search today.
Exotic Malta is jam-packed with history and its toasty temperatures allow you to bask your way through balmy days.
Although the island doesn’t have many beaches, sandy spots can be found at Golden Bay or Mellieha. However, many of the hotels have such fantastic pools and great views that you’ll have prime flopping territory right on your doorstep.
Sightseeing is also a must here – hop-on-hop-off buses let you take in the highlights of the island.
If you’re craving a Maltese adventure, we found a week’s holiday in three-star accommodation in Bugibba, leaving London Heathrow on September 5, for £310 per person.
Hardcore sun worshippers who can cope with sizzling heat and sometimes heavy humidity should consider Dubai for a late summer or early autumn break. The city swelters in September, with temperatures in the high 30Cs.
If it gets too hot, you can retreat to an ever-growing growing number of malls or visit sights such as the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. Away from the beaches, souks tempt with gold, spices and other delights.
We found a four-star, week-long stay in Dubai, leaving Heathrow on September 28, from £501 per person when we searched on TravelSupermarket.
A taste of the exotic could be closer than you think with a trip to Morocco, with a short flight time of around four hours from the UK.
City lovers will enjoy getting lost in vibrant Marrakech with its whirlwind of chaotic mosques, splendid mosques and stately palaces. If the beach is more your bag, popular resorts such as Agadir offer sea and sand and myriad bars and clubs to keep you entertained by night.
For a traditional Moroccan experience, head up into the Atlas Mountains, with their stunning scenery, to visit Berber towns. Or climb aboard a camel and ride into the desert to have dinner in a Bedouin camp.
Temperatures in Morocco vary throughout the country but average in the late 20Cs in Marrakech, for example, at this time of year. We found a week in Marrakech, flying from Manchester on September 24 and staying in a three-star hotel, for a tempting £307 per person.
Please note: All prices and deals were correct at the time of writing (August 18, 2014). This article has been updated from publication at an earlier date.