Summer might be over but that doesn’t mean you can’t embark on another adventure. Whether you want to relax on the beach or indulge in long countryside walks, we’ve got you covered. From the UK to far-flung destinations, we’ve selected five of our favourite places to explore in the autumn. So, what are you waiting for? Discover your perfect post-summer escape today.
In need of some vitamin sea? Madeira is baked in sunshine almost all year round. Temperatures hit the mid-20s during October, perfect for visiting vineyards, strolling along the unique levadas (waterways), and exploring the stunning old town in Funchal. Autumn is a great time to go waterfall chasing without the crowds; the Levada do Caldeirao Verde hike won't disappoint. The Portuguese Island is renowned for its dramatic coastline. Whether you go kayaking or swim in the natural swimming pools at Porto Moniz, there's plenty to do. If you're lucky, you may even spot whales and dolphins between April and October.
Let's face it the blazing heat of summer isn't for everyone. An autumn holiday in Malta is ideal for sightseeing. The capital city, Valletta, is brimming with baroque architecture and grand historical sites. Don't worry; the sea is still warm enough to enjoy a tranquil dip. For unspoilt sand and spectacular sunsets, visit Ghajn Tuffieha Bay. Keen snorkellers can discover the famous Blue Lagoon without the summer crowds. Renowned for its crystal-clear water and beautiful views, it's guaranteed to impress. Partygoers will find plenty of stylish bars and big nightclubs in St Julian's.
Bag yourself a bargain with a trip to the Canaries this Autumn. It's an excellent choice for some late sunshine with temperatures varying between 20°C to 28°C. Whether you want to relax on a beach in Lanzarote or explore otherworldly landscapes in Tenerife, there's plenty of options on icelolly.com. Autumn is a great time to get out and about; Teide National Park is at the top of our bucket list. If there's one thing Tenerife is known for, it's outstanding natural spaces.
With more than 300 days of sunshine per year, Dubai is the perfect place to top up your summer tan. Sun worshippers won't be short of prime sunbathing spots, from the vast JBR Open Beach to the insta-worthy Sunset Beach. The warm temperatures throughout October and November provide a welcome respite from the British weather. Make a splash this autumn with a visit to one of Dubai's many rooftop infinity pools. No matter where you are in Dubai, you're never far from an incredible view. For the ultimate experience, climb the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building.
Want to stay closer to home this autumn? This past year taught us that there are plenty of great places to explore right on our doorstep. Autumn is the ideal time of year to indulge in long walks and watch the trees change colour. Whether you're looking for a romantic castle in the Scottish Highlands or a great value break in central London, we've got you covered. As the cool weather starts to kick in, there's nothing better than relaxing by a roaring fire with a mug of hot chocolate. There's no better time to stay toasty with a hot-tub break.
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