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10 destinations for late summer sun
For families in England, the end of the summer holidays is now in sight, while children in Scotland are already back at school. And although for some it may signal back-to-work blues, for others it’s the perfect opportunity to grab some late summer sun without the crowds. With many destinations still offering long hours of sunshine, lower prices and quieter beaches, now is the time to grab a deal and jet off on holiday.
But where should you go to ensure you get that perfect escape? We look at 10 of the best options for late summer sun…
1. Take off on a Greek getaway
The Greek islands are the perfect option for those looking for a September sunshine getaway, with daily temperatures on Crete often reaching a sizzling 26 degrees.
Greece’s numerous islands offer something for everyone. Crete, the largest of the islands will treat you to glorious stretches of sand and plenty of sightseeing, Santorini is the one to opt for to experience traditional whitewashed villages and world-famous sunsets, or head to Rhodes if you’re looking for history and architecture.
Prices for September are as attractive as the islands themselves. For example, we found a deal for two adults travelling from Manchester to Malia on Crete on September 13 for a week, staying in four-star self-catering accommodation for £268 per person.
However, be aware that many of the resorts will start winding down after the peak season, so you may find that some shops, bars and restaurants are closed.
2. Sample the exotic in Morocco
A taste of the exotic could be closer than you think with a trip to Morocco, which has 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 souks, splendid mosques and beautiful palaces. But if the beach is more your bag, popular resorts such as Agadir will offer sea, sand and plenty of bars and clubs to keep you entertained by night.
For something a bit different and a traditional Moroccan experience, head up into the Atlas Mountains where you can visit Berber towns and stunning scenery, or climb aboard a camel and ride into the desert where you will be able to experience dinner in a Bedouin camp.
Temperatures at this time of year tend to be in the late 20s, giving you plenty of opportunity to bask in the sun. Fancy a holiday here? We found a week in Agadir, flying from Manchester on September 26 and staying in a four-star hotel for a tempting £299 per person.
3. Escape to the Algarve
The Algarve in Portugal is a superb choice for those who want to hit the beach, soak up some rays and get a lovely tan in time for autumn.
Gorgeous golden stretches of sand cradled by rugged coves and turquoise sea offer the perfect late summer getaway. And if you want a day off from the beach, beautiful towns such as vibrant Lagos and historic Tavira are just waiting to be explored.
The tempting temperatures often reach the late 20s in September, and holidays here can be just as appealing to your bank balance. For example, we found a week’s holiday in Albufeira for two adults with flights from Birmingham on September 5 staying in three-star self-catering accommodation for just £276 per person.
4. Discover Turkish delights
Temperatures in Turkey soar in the mid-summer months; however September is the ideal time to travel with pleasant balmy temperatures firmly sitting in the late 20s.
Marmaris is the place to go if you’re looking for a buzzing resort where you can flop on the beach by day and enjoy cocktails and parties by night.
Bodrum offers history for culture vultures as you can visit one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World while resorts along the Lycian Coast such as Olu Deniz and Kalkan will allow you a beach holiday against the backdrop of pine-clad mountains.
If Turkey sounds like it’s the destination for you, there are lots of great deals out there. For example, when we ran a search on TravelSupermarket, we found a deal for two adults travelling to Bodrum for a week’s four-star holiday from Leeds Bradford for just £338 per person.
5. Bask in the Balearics
The Balearic Islands offer something for everyone, and with balmy temperatures bobbing around the mid-20s, it’s the perfect late summer escape.
Head to sleepy Menorca for undisturbed R&R, visit Ibiza for world-class clubbing and September closing parties as the island winds down, or make your way to Majorca for stunning scenery, great watersports, fascinating towns and interesting sights.
A holiday here needn’t break the bank either. We found a one-week, three-star holiday to Cala Ratjada in Majorca leaving London Stansted on September 11 for just £208 per person based on two people sharing.
6. Sun yourself in Spain
The Costas in Spain can still be enjoyed in September with temperatures reaching the late 20s. A further benefit is that it is cost effective when you get there, meaning that your hard-earned cash will go even further. This was shown in the 2013 Post Office Holiday Costs Barometer which revealed that a number of tourist items, such as food and drink, had dropped in price by up to 20% in the past year.
You can sun yourself on great beaches while enjoying a vibrant nightlife in resorts such as Benidorm, or for a mixture of culture, beaches, history and architecture why not consider Barcelona? We found a holiday for two in Barcelona leaving Liverpool on September 19, staying in three-star accommodation for a week for just £327 per person.
7. Explore Cyprus
Cyprus benefits from long hours of sunshine in September and high temperatures often hitting 30 degrees.
Beach lovers can get their fix at resorts offering 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 enjoy brushing up on their knowledge at various archaeological sites in resorts such as Kouklia.
If Cyprus sounds like it has all the ingredients of your dream holiday, a search on TravelSupermarket revealed a one-week holiday in Ayia Napa for two adults leaving Manchester on September 20 for just £317 per person – so start your holiday search today.
8. Sizzle on Sardinia
Sizzle in style on chic Sardinia where you’ll be able to experience stunning beaches, beautiful scenery and historic towns. Mingle with the glitterati in Costa Smerelda, take in historic sights in Alghero or head to the capital Cagliari for a day of shopping and lively nights out.
Holidays here may be cheaper than you think too. A search on TravelSupermarket returned a four-star, one-week getaway in the Golfo Aranci Bay leaving London Gatwick on September 7 for £409 per person.
9. Have an island adventure
If you’re looking for something a little more further flung, why not consider Cape Verde as your destination for late summer sun? With temperatures often reaching a toasty 30 degrees, the islands are still relatively untouched and a little off the typical tourist trail. So here you can be sure of a quiet hideaway where you’ll have miles of sugar-white beaches on islands such as Boa Vista and Sal.
Closer to home, the Canary Islands such as Fuerteventura, Tenerife and Lanzarote will allow you to experience dramatic scenery, beautiful beaches and a dash of Spanish culture. A search on TravelSupermarket returned a seven-day stay in three-star accommodation in Puerto del Carmen on Lanzarote leaving Edinburgh on September 23 for just £256 per person.
10. And for the real sun worshippers…
Finally, real sun worshippers who are happy to bask in sizzling heat and humidity should consider Dubai as it swelters in September with temperatures in the high 30s.
However, if it gets too hot and you want a break from sunbathing, then you can enjoy shopping in impressive air-conditioned malls and colourful souks or visiting sights such as Burj Khalifi, the tallest building in the world.
We found four-star stays in Dubai leaving Heathrow on September 9 from just £460 per person for a week when we searched on TravelSupermarket.
So, what are you waiting for? There are plenty of destinations offering late summer sun – make sure you don’t miss out!
Please note: All prices and deals were correct at the time of writing (August 15, 2013).