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Where's Hot in September?

With peak season prices disappearing but the best of summer’s heat remaining, September is an ideal time to grab a bargain break without sacrificing your sunbathing weather.

Whether you're seeking a dose of late summer sun close to home or a far-flung escape to tropical climes, here’s where to find some sunshine in September.

Costa Blanca, Spain

Average temperature: 25°C

Flight time: 2 hours

View of Benidorm, Costa Blanca

Benidorm has long been a Brit-loved holiday destination on the Costa Blanca and it's easy to see why: the vast sandy beach is backed with all-inclusive hotels, British-style pubs and nightclubs, and it basks under balmy Spanish sunshine for the best months of the year.

It's a great place for a stress-free family holiday with plenty of kid-friendly attractions on your doorstep, including Aqualandia water park and Terra Mitica theme park. If you want to stay somewhere quieter, consider the smaller seaside resorts of Calpe, Denia and Altea, or discover a more traditional side to Spain on a city break in Alicante.

Lisbon, Portugal

Average temperature: 23°C

Flight time: 2.5 hours

View of Alfama district, Lisbon

Searching for a sun-kissed city break with a few days on the beach, too? Lisbon is the September hotspot for you! The old town’s narrow cobbled streets, lined with fashionable boutiques and cosy cafes, make it the perfect place to ditch the guidebook and discover your own favourite places – and it’s all the more pleasant in September, with temperatures hovering in the low 20s.

The sea remains warm enough for refreshing dips, too. There are patches of sand close to the city, but a short bus ride will take you to the superior sandy beaches of Carcavelos, Estoril and Cascais.

Santorini, Greece

Average temperature: 24°C

Flight time: 3 hours

View of Santorini coast

With its pristine whitewashed buildings and clifftop views overlooking sparkling turquoise sea, it's no surprise that Santorini is considered one of the most beautiful holiday spots in Greece.

It's the postcard version of Greece, and it fills up with tourists during summer – but by September, the crowds ease up slightly for a more peaceful Santorini holiday.

As for the beaches, they’re a sight in themselves; alongside white-sand stretches are dramatic black and red bays made up of volcanic pebbles. Enjoy watersports such as sea kayaking, diving and cave snorkelling, and finish the day with delicious Greek moussaka!

Florida, USA

Average temperature: 27°C

Flight time: 9 hours

South beach Miami, Florida

Boasting an average of 230 days of sunshine a year and with activities aplenty, there’s something for everyone in Florida! Apart from the endless miles of white-sand beaches, the Sunshine State is also home to great shopping locations and lively party scenes, primarily in Miami, Tampa and Orlando.

Sports enthusiasts will never be bored either; try a new watersport, work your way round a pristine golf course or see world-class sport played out at a hockey, baseball or football game. Of course, Florida’s main boast is its abundance of world-famous theme parks; choose between Disney World, Legoland or Universal Studios!

The Maldives

Average temperature: 27°C

Flight time: 10 hours

Maldives island

Dreaming of some late summer sunshine on a luxuriously secluded getaway this September? The Maldives is your answer. Most of the resort islands only have one hotel, meaning that the number of guests is delightfully limited and you can enjoy a peaceful patch of beach all to yourself.

Although September falls within the latter half of the islands’ rainy season, the weather is still wonderfully warm and you're more likely to find cheaper holiday prices. It's also a great time to spot the Sea of Stars, a natural phenomenon that makes the sea around Vaadhoo Island glow neon blue at night – it usually happens during late summer!

Do you have a favourite September hotspot? Drop us a tweet @icelollyholiday and let us know!

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