With our latest British summer already looking (typically) like a washout, our minds are already starting to wander to some extra Autumn sunshine before winter really sets in. If you want to grasp at that last-gasp mini heatwave then late September and October are the perfect times to do it – and you won’t have to battle off the usual summer crowds!
Here are ten sunshine getaways to consider this Autumn where the sun will still be shining:
With idyllic average temperatures of around 27, this is the perfect time to visit this exotic beauty. Plus, now is the ideal time to discover island’s best-kept secrets: Autunno in Barbagia, a series of festivals taking place across 27 villages in this mountainous area.
2) Andalucia, Spain
Happily, the Autumnal sun in timeshare favourite Andalucia still feels exotically warm, often hitting the low 30s. The beaches around Malaga and Marbella also happen to be far quieter than during peak season, or you could grab the walking boots and head for the hills for a spot of rambling.
Thanks to its handy southerly position, Cyprus enjoys long, hot autumns, with temperatures peaking well into the 30s. Try staiyng in a pretty, converted cottage in a more rural area, then explore cobbled streets on foot. The sea is also still blissfully warm at this time of year, while Coral Bay – a large horseshoe-shaped cove – is a blissful place to pass a day (or two).
4) Dubrovnik, Croatia
While this ancient city is extremely busy during the summer months, Autumn sees it take on a more laid back atmosphere. The weather is less humid, meaning you’ll be able to explore its pristine streets, and the ferry prices drop significantly. Try taking a boat across to the small harbour town of Cavtat to enjoy peace and quiet and some spectacular food.
5) Dahab, Egypt
This small coastal resort can be unbearably hot in the summer, yet, by late September, temperatures drop to the 30s. Based just 100km north of the more commercial Sharm el-Sheikh, Dahab has a chilled backpacker vibe and is renowned for its diving and windsurfing.
Usually seen as one of the less glamorous Canary Islands, Lanzarote has a more desert-like climate than the Mediterranean, and is at its best come Autumn. Adventurers should pull on their hiking boots and trek the island’s volcanic peaks – we love Timanfaya national park (Fire Mountain) for its striking red lunar landscape.
7) Kas, Turkey
This laid-back fishing town is the perfect base for exploring the Lycian Way, a long footpath that stretches for 500km from Fethiye to Antalya. There are also plenty of watersports on offer, while late Autumn is the perfect time for seeing fish and snorkeling or diving.
8) Saint Tropez, France
As the summer playground of the rich and famous, this flashy resort transforms itself come September and October. While temperatures are still generous (think mid-20s), most of the crowds have left and the vibe is far more laid-back. Now is the time to visit popular beaches Plage de Pampelonne and Plage des Salins, and shop in the posh boutiques or dine in glamorous restaurants.
9) Rhodes, Greece
By the Autumn, most of the Greek islands still boast plenty of sunshine, but with minimal crowds. However, we adore Rhodes at this time of year, when you can explore the narrow, cobbled alleys of the ancient Rhodes Old Town. It’s also the best time to visit Petaloudes (Butterfly Valley), the island’s most popular tourist attraction.
10) Île de Ré, France
As a favourite with French holidaymakers, this small island can be packed during the summer. Île de Ré is set in one of France’s most sunny regions and is packed with cycle paths, sandy beaches, vineyards and oyster farms. After a busy day, be sure to visit the island’s capital of Saint Martin for dinner in one of the many gorgeous restaurants.