Where to go on holiday for short-haul late summer sun in 2017
While we're getting ready for autumn, summer is still in full swing during September and October in many European destinations, including Tenerife, Cyprus and Spain. So don't panic if you've not had your dose of vitamin D yet, a late summer sun holiday is only a short flight away.
Best places for late summer holidays: - Rhodes, Greece - Larnaca, Cyprus - Alicante, Spain - Valletta, Malta - Tenerife, Canary Islands - Many more ☀️
Fly to: Rhodes International Airport
Head to this beautiful island for some late summer sun and you’ll avoid the worst of the crowds (Rhodes is busiest in June and July) but will still enjoy fantastic weather. In September, the average daily temperature is 25°C and you can expect 11 hours of sunshine a day. Rhodes is the largest of Greece’s Dodecanese Islands, and there’s more to it than beautiful beaches; you’ll find ruins dating back to the Byzantine Empire and the café-filled, cobbled streets of Rhodes city are also worth checking out. The town of Lindos, which overlooks a bay of turquoise water, is equally gorgeous. Find out why Greece comes top of the list when it comes to bargain getaways with our ten pound-stretching reasons to visit Greece.
Fly to: Larnaka International Airport
Perched on the beautiful southern coast of Cyprus, Larnaka is a lively port city, home to some of Cyprus’s best hotels. Its beating heart is Finikoudes – a beautiful strip of sand regarded as one of the world's best beaches. It’s one of the most popular destinations for Brits seeking some late summer sun, with temperatures hovering around 25°C in August, September and October. Once you’ve hit the beach, wander over to the Turkish quarter of Skala, where you’ll find family-run restaurants and gorgeous stone cottages. Many of these double as ceramics workshops, so it's the perfect spot for some souvenir shopping. But don't lose your head: why we buy holiday tat and other mysterious holiday-related behaviours explained here.
Fly to: Alicante–Elche Airport
To be perfectly honest, Alicante is a great place to visit at any time: it gets over 3,000 hours of sunshine every year and is regarded as one of the Mediterranean's best holiday destinations. It’s a coastal city located in south-eastern Spain, where sea breezes provide a welcome relief when the mercury soars. It’s also regarded as one of Europe's best diving spots and some of the best diving can be enjoyed in September and October, when there are less leisure boats and but the cool water still provides a welcome respite from the hot sun. If you’ve got a craving for paella, head to the old town, which has some fantastic family-run restaurants. If you’re keen to catch some rays, Playa Postiguet, with its family-friendly facilities and beautiful promenade, is a great place to start. If hitting the beach comes at the top of your to do list, check out our guide to Spain’s best beaches.
Fly to: Luqa International Airport
Wondering where to go for some late summer sun? With temperatures reaching 28°C, Valletta ticks all the boxes. You’ll instantly be seduced by Malta’s tiny capital, which is a UNESCO site and contains more historic buildings than any other European city. But beyond the honey-coloured fortresses are some of Malta's best bars and restaurants (the seafood here is fantastic) and if you visit at the end of summer you’ll get the best of both worlds – cheaper prices, thinner crowds and great prices at Malta's top hotels. There aren’t any beaches in Valletta - although there's a beautiful marina - but who needs sand when you’ve got delicious seafood and ancient palaces? If you love Malta, you'll love Skyscanner's guide to the ten best island holidays.
Tenerife, Canary Islands
Fly to: Tenerife South Airport
Tenerife has always been a popular destination for those seeking late summer sun, but this year there are even more reasons to go. While we love Tenerife’s beautiful coastline, you should also head inland to Anaga Rural Park, which celebrated the first anniversary of its status as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in June 2016. In terms of fine dining, Tenerife is hard to beat: El Rincón de Juan Carlos is the latest restaurant to receive a Michelin star, the island’s fourth to receive such an honour. For more foodie adventures in this tropical, late summer sun destination, check out our guide to Tenerife’s best restaurants.
Fly to: Lisbon Portela Airport
Lisbon is rarely too hot or too cold, but go at the end of summer and you’ll avoid the soaring heat and the thick crowds which clog the city’s narrow streets in July. August is one of the hottest months and many businesses close down, which is why September is a particularly great time to go. You'll enjoy temperatures up to 27°C but the humidity is much lower, meaning residents (known as Lisboetas) seem re-energised and the city buzzes with energy. Wander up to the Moorish Alfama district, but beach bums should head to the Cascais and Estoril neighbourboods - they’re a 20 minute drive from the city centre but the beaches here are long and wide and the water’s wonderfully clear. When hunger strikes, make a beeline to one of the beachfront cafes for a plate of ameijoas (clams). Check out the 15 best things to do in Lisbon before you go!
Fly to: Split Airport
This fantastic destination is easier to get to than ever before, thanks to new direct flights with British Airways and Easyjet this autumn. There are also a number of new hotels in Spilt, including the luxurious Hotel Dioklecijan in the Trstenik area. Go in August or September and you’ll enjoy average temperatures of 24°C, perfect weather for exploring this hilly city’s ruins and winding lanes. The Riva (seafront) is particularly beautiful. Although there are no beaches in the city itself, there are several gorgeous options to the east of Split, including Bacvice beach, a sheltered bay with topaz-blue water. Seduced by Split? Plan your next Croatian holiday with Skyscanner's list of the best ten things to do in Croatia.
Late summer and early autumn is the best time to visit Italy’s eternal city: the clouds of traffic fumes disappear, the shopkeepers and waiters are less rushed and the streets are less crowded. Weather-wise, you're looking at temperatures between 27°C and 22°C and very little humidity in Rome from September to October. It’s also the ideal time for a last minute city break to some of Europe's most famous sites - visit the Colosseum and the Pantheon and your view is less likely to be disturbed by a selfie stick. And although Italy’s capital might not be famous for its coastline, in recent years several urban beaches have popped up. One of the best can found on the banks of the River Tiber, at the Ponte Sant'Angelo. Spend more pennies on gelato by saving money on these cheap hostels and hotels in Rome.
Fly to: Milas–Bodrum Airport
In September and October Turkey's best beach resorts are still open for business, and Bodrum is one of the country's finest. Temperatures here peak at 29°C and you'll be enjoying some of the longest sunny days in Europe at this time of year, with on average 11 sunshine hours a day. Its blue waters have been luring A-listers like Roman Abramovich and Beyoncé for years, and the gorgeous marinas are still jam-packed with super yachts. Town planners have been careful to preserve Bodrum’s Aegean charm and the narrow streets are filled with traditional blue-trimmed houses, but the beaches are undeniably its biggest draw. Here are 10 of our favourite places in Turkey for cheap beach holidays this summer.