WE’RE already halfway through the summer, so it’s worth looking ahead to autumn when the weather is still warm in destinations not too far away.
Holiday companies have some great deals currently on breaks in September to destinations like Malta, Greece, Spain and Croatia.
There are enticing deals on week-long hotel stays in popular tourist spots – with prices starting from just £22pp a night.
With warm temperatures and fewer crowds after the peak summer season, September is a great time to book that holiday somewhere hot.
We’ve found the best warm weather destinations, and it’s a particularly good time to visit the Mediterranean, with temperatures of 25-29ºC.
This is where to get your sunshine fix…
With warm Mediterranean weather, ancient historical sights and plenty of beaches – Croatia makes a great choice for an autumn break with average high temps of 24ºC.
Plus, it’s pretty close – just over two hours to fly from London to Zagreb.
Croatia’s most famous city, Dubrovnik boasts incredible historical sights and beautiful beaches, Croatia’s second city, Split, is located on the popular Dalmatian Coast, and Hvar Island is the sunniest spot in Croatia – and one of the most picturesque towns in the country.
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A short flight away is Malta, which is based in the Med between Sicily and the Tunisian coast.
The island nation and its sister island Gozo are both blessed with a sunny climate.
The average high temps in September is 28ºC, with lots for visitors to see and do, from a city break in Valletta to sandy beach breaks.
Rhodes, Santorini and Halkidiki are all good options for a hot holiday in Greece. Rhodes is the most southerly of the Greek islands and has warm temperatures of about 24ºC even in autumn, with traditional villages, mountains and Blue Flag beaches to explore.
The island of Santorini is a beautiful destination with gorgeous hotels to stay in, with average temperatures of 26ºC.
Meanwhile, Halkidiki, a region in northern Greece also has a warm autumn climate with high temperatures of 26ºC in September.
You don’t have to go far for some late-summer heat. Spain is always a great choice for early autumn sun, especially if you head to the Canary or Balearic Islands or the Costal del Sol or Benidorm on the mainland.
With a short flight time from the UK plus highs of 26ºC and eight hours of sunshine a day, holidaymakers continue to flock to Spain in September.
It’s the ideal spot for a last blast of hot weather before winter, and there are endless excellent resorts to stay in.
Head to Sardinia in Italy, where average temperatures hover around the 24ºC mark.
Visitors can expect lovely beaches like those in Costa Smeralda or do some celeb spotting in swanky Porto Cervo.
Other Italian destinations where you can enjoy autumn sunshine are the island of Sicily, the southern region of Puglia and the Italian lakes.
Jet2 Holidays 7 nights in Lake Garda from £395pp
TUI half-board 4-night breaks from £240pp
EasyJet Holidays 7-night breaks from £314pp
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The Algarve, Madeira, the Douro Valley and the Azores are four Portuguese destinations that should be firmly on your list if you’re after autumn sun.
Madeira is a small island on the green list that’s close to the Canaries and is great for sunbathing and is known for its walking trails and botanical gardens. Another island option is the Azores, famed for its dramatic landscapes or the Douro Valley – a must-visit for wine lovers.
The Algarve is always a popular choice for Brits, and even outside of the peak summer months, there are lots of visitors and festivals still going on. In September, you can expect high temperatures of 27ºC.
If you love the heat, Morocco offers up guaranteed toasty temperatures, with September averages coming in at 27ºC, and highs reaching 33ºC.
Head to Marrakech or Fes to explore the souks or take refuge from the heat by stopping off at a rooftop cafe.
Alternatively, flock to the seaside resorts of Agadir or Essaouira to unwind on the beach – most destinations are about a four-hour flight from the UK.
If you’re looking for a staycation, we found the cheapest UK cottage holidays this summer, from £22.50pp a night.
And if you’d like a holiday filled with fun and activities, read our round-up of the top ten all-inclusive hotels with waterparks in Greece on TripAdvisor, from £67pp a night.
We also revealed the best waterparks in Europe, with deals from £352pp this summer.
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