Late September is one of the best times of the year to go on holiday and enjoy a final summer fling before the nights draw in.
Fewer crowds, lower prices and pleasant weather make it an ideal time to get a last blast of sunshine, without having to travel too far afield.
The kids are back at school and the last public holiday before Christmas has passed, so some of the most popular beach holiday destinations offer a much more peaceful experience with plenty of space on the beaches, no queues and no need to make advance bookings at restaurants. Bliss!
It’s also a more cost effective time to travel with tour operators and airlines offering competitive savings on late holiday deals.
Nicola Defty, Commercial Manager at Latedeals.co.uk said: “From late September, it’s easy to find a hot holiday that won’t break the bank, plus there’s an array of ‘off peak season’ benefits such as quieter resorts, fewer airport delays and better offers in restaurants and visitor attractions.
“It’s a popular time of the year for many couples who want to avoid peak season crowds to book a last minute getaway. There’s loads of bargains to short haul destinations such as mainland Spain, Greece, Majorca, Turkey and Cyprus – the conditions in the Mediterranean are perfect, with air temperatures settling down and the sea still comfortably warm for swimming.”
Here’s our guide to the top late summer destinations:
Average maximum temperature*: 30C
Cyprus’s southerly position means it enjoys hot temperatures from April to November, making it an ideal end of summer destination. The Island’s subtropical climate combined with its superb golden beaches, fascinating history and vibrant nightlife, makes it a firm favourite with British tourists at this time of the year.
Enjoy a week’s self catering stay at the three-star Loutsiana Apartments in Ayia Napa for £335pp, including a saving of 38%. Flights depart from Manchester on 29th September.
Average maximum temperature: 29C
Still hot but not scorching, late September is the perfect time to visit Turkey, and experience its rich culture and history. Head to the southern Mediterranean or Aegean coasts to bask in some glorious Turkish sunshine, and get a real feel for its warmth and hospitality now that there are fewer tourists around.
Save 42% on a week’s all-inclusive break to the four-star Suntopia Bodrum Imperial in Bodrum, only £401pp, flying from Luton on 26th September.
Average maximum temperature: 27C
Whichever Greek island you choose, you’re likely to find warm sunshine and a more laid back pace in late September. The Islands’ long sandy beaches and crystal clear waters are a gift for sun seekers, while culture vultures can explore the wealth of Greek history and ancient sites on offer.
Jet off from Cardiff on 28th September for a seven night self catering stay at the three-star Alice Springs Hotel in Kos Town for £366pp, including a saving of 21%.
Average maximum temperature: 26C
Still nicely hot and sunny in late September, mainland Spain continues to offer beach worthy weather and some of the best late holiday deals. With a huge number of quality resorts, beautiful beaches and charming towns to explore, Spain is the perfect choice for end of summer sun worshippers.
Chill out for seven nights at the four-star Vil.la Romana in Salou for £301pp (27% off), including half board accommodation and flights from Luton on 24th September.
Average maximum temperature: 28C
Majorca offers a perfect late summer escape with its stunning scenery, good choice of watersports and superb bars and restaurants. It’s popular with deal hungry holiday makers looking for a classic holiday mix of sun and fun, without the hustle and bustle of peak season.
Save 38% on a week’s break at the four-star Alcudia Pins Hotel in Alcudia – all Inclusive for only £469pp, flying from Manchester on 28th September.
*The temperatures provided are the average maximum temperatures for September. Prices were correct at 02.09.13, are based on two adults sharing and are subject to availability.