As the chance of a hot spell starts to dwindle and the evenings begin to draw in, it’s time to accept that summer is sadly on its way out. Overseas, however, the sun continues to shine and temperatures still reach tan-worthy highs of 30C – perfect if you want to extend your summer!
Whether you’re after a sizzling city break or a balmy Med island escape, here’s ten holiday hotspots for some late summer sun.
Only a few hours from home, the Algarve in Portugal has long been a go-to for some last-minute sun worshipping. The reliably sunny climate is pleasant and not as overbearing as it can be in the height of summer, plus the region's bars and restaurants remain open throughout the late season, unlike many resorts in the rest of Europe.
Floating off the west coast of Africa, the scorching summers in volcanic Gran Canaria can last well into November – the Canary Islands are known for their balmy year-round sunshine, after all! With temperatures lingering in the mid to high 20s, beach breaks are still on the cards here – sea swims included.
Affectionately nicknamed the ‘island of eternal spring’, Cyprus is a reliable European destination for catching some late summer rays. Daytime temperatures rarely dip lower than 19C and the late summer months aren't strangers to a heatwave or two!
Resorts range from party town Ayia Napa to family-favourite Protaras and crowd-pleaser Paphos. Make the most of the great weather conditions in September and October by enjoying outdoor activities such as hikes into the beautiful Troodos Mountains.
The quaint cobbled streets of Rhodes’ old town are so packed with tourists in peak summer that it can be hard to see the charm of this Greek gem. As the crowds filter away by late September, however, the island returns to its unspoilt, idyllic glory – making it the perfect time to enjoy some sunny sightseeing.
Step back in time in the medieval cobbled streets of Rhodes Town, see the impressive clifftop acropolis of Lindos and gaze in awe at the Venetian Grand Master Palace.
Clinging on to the last of the good weather, Spain’s south coast can make a great sunshine spot all the way into October. The resorts may be quieter, but if you’re content with beautiful beaches, great local restaurants and sunny days still hitting the mid-twenties – and who wouldn’t be? – it’s a great choice.
Stick to the coast in the Costa del Sol in resorts such as Benalmadena, Fuengirola and Torremolinos, where there’s still plenty going on, or make the most of the cooler climate and head inland to cities like Granada or Cordoba.
While many holiday resorts wind down gently at the end of the summer season, Ibiza goes out with a bang. Each year its legendary super clubs throw incredible closing parties in an epic summer send off that lasts until late September. After that, the clubbers leave and Ibiza largely returns to its peaceful off-season state, where low-key evening drinks and hippy markets are the order of the day.
Temperatures in October typically hover around 22C, so lazy afternoons lounging on the island’s paradisiacal beaches are still on the cards too.
Forget your umbrellas and cardigans – even as Turkey edges into autumn, temperatures manage to hold average October highs of 26C! Plus, with eight glorious hours of sunshine a day, and idyllic sunbathing spots like the iconic Blue Lagoon, Olu Deniz is perfect for catching some late rays.
If you can peel yourself off your sun-lounger, the autumn weather is also pleasant for exploring the region’s stunning national parks and taking day trips to nearby towns such as Fethiye.
With a culture-packed capital and sun-kissed beaches, a holiday to Malta combines city and sand wonderfully. Spend your mornings meandering through Valletta’s tiny streets, far less crowded come September, then kick back on a beach in the afternoon. There are sandy stretches close to the capital at St Julian’s, but on an island so small, you’re never far from something spectacular.
Up for an adventure? Sister island Gozo is made for exploring or join a Blue Lagoon boat tour near Comino. The sea has had all summer to warm up and you’ll want to dive right in.
Summer temperatures in Morocco are too hot for most but autumn’s milder temperatures (expect low to mid 20s) are perfect for a Marrakech city break. Barter for souvenirs in the colourful souks, treat yourself to relaxing steam baths and spa treatments at a traditional Moroccan hammam, and explore the city’s vibrant culture under the warm Moroccan sun.
For a retreat from Marrakech’s bustle, splash out on a lush riad in the medina – these boutique stays usually come with their own pool – or look to the Palmeraie area a little further out for all-inclusive resorts with all the trimmings.
Venice’s fame means it doesn’t really have an off-season, but visit in peak summer and you’re almost certain to be following a flock of fellow tourists from sight to sight. So, let the crowds thin out slightly and the weather drop a few degrees and go in late September instead – you might just discover what makes this city so adored.
The guaranteed way to find its charms? Set an early alarm to see its most popular attractions before the city wakes up, then ditch the map and get lost along the canals letting your inner explorer guide the way. If it's up for a mini adventure, take the vaporetto water bus to Lido di Venezia island, where some 10km of sand is lined with beach bars and sun-loungers. It’s the best of both worlds.
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Published on 29th September 2016
Published on 29th December 2016
Published on 26th July 2016