TOP 8 HOTSPOTS FOR A
SEPTEMBER HOLIDAY IN THE SUN
With schools going back and summer crowds a little less hectic, September is the perfect time to get away. We've found the best locations for a September holiday in the sun, where you can relax on palm-dotted beaches with glittering seas and azure skies. Whether you fancy a Mediterranean holiday by the sea, long weekends in party towns or escaping somewhere a little more exotic, these spectacular holiday spots are your best bet for catching some late sun!
The Algarve is located on Portugal’s southern coast, where temperatures can soar into the 30°Cs in September. The region's golden, sandy Blue Flag beaches are as inviting as ever. Magnificent burnt-orange cliffs, scenic golf courses, luxurious resorts and the beautiful Via Algarviana hiking trail ensures there is lots to do, while the quaint fishing villages of Alvor and the bustling towns of Albufeira and Vilamoura offer fun for the whole family.
The seven sister islands boast toasty temperatures of 25°C in September (though tempratures are often much warmer) thanks to their Sub-Saharan climate. Prepare for the sun-kissed beaches of Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos or lace up your hiking boots and take on Mount Teide in Tenerife, explore the amazing sand dunes of Maspalomas in Gran Canaria or let your hair down in Lanzarote and revel in the sizzling nightlife at Papagayo Beach Bar and Route 66 - there's something for everyone in these vibrant resorts which are open all-year-round.
Cyprus has pleasant weather from April to September with temperatures of 29°C, making it a fantastic spot for late summer holidays. Paphos rockets to the top of the list for family holidays,thanks to it's spotless beaches, waterparks and fantastic attractions - the amazing waterfalls of Aphrodite in particular. Beach bums should head to the gorgeous, cresent-shaped Coral Bay for it's powdery white stretch of sand or if it's a party you're after, lively Ayia Napa is abuzz with clubs and bars. Pretty Limassol has a large marina and geeat sandy beach with lots of fun activities, rides and cafes along the promenade.
Idyllic Greece boasts gorgeous sunshine during September, making it an ideal spot for late couples holidays. The whitewashed villages perched atop cliffs, pretty blue domed churches, delicious cuisine served in al-fresco tavernas and lovely sunsets are sure you woo you, whether you're travelling with family or a loved one. Romantic Santorini and Myrtos are known for being picturesque retreats for stylish sun-seekers, while the magnificent white sand beaches of Mastichari and Agios Fokas in Kos, will win-over beach lovers. Magical Mykonos is alive with music, clubs and bars for party people.
This gorgeous island in the Med serves up delightful temperatures aveeraging 25°C in September, making it a popular holiday spot for those who like to travel a little later in the year. Holidays in Malta are super laid-back, with a mixture of historic and cultural sights, gorgeous secluded bays, lively resorts and fantastic island excursions, not to mention the spectacular sister isles to explore, too. The neighbouring islands of Gozo and Comino are just as beautiful, with crystal-clear coves, sandy beaches and lush landscapes worth visiting - Gozo's famous Azure Window may not exist anymore, but there are many other attractions including ancient ruins, rural hiking paths, beaches and scuba-diving sites to keep you entertained until you're ferry returns!
In September, temperatures hover around a toasty 27°C in the vibrant city of Marrakech, making it's history, culture, souks and sights perfect to explore. Get lost among the colourful and bustling souks and bazaars while shopping for souvenirs, visit the magnificent Koutoubia Mosque and explore centuries-old sights including the Sadiaan Tombs for a peek into its reach history. Marrakech’s town centre D'Jemaa el Fna Square is where you'll find artists such as story tellers and snake charmers. Most importantly, be sure to dine on delicious Moroccan cuisine in a the romantic Majorelle Garden for a real taste of tradition.
Turkey mixes together traditions from East and West effortlessly, with sun-kissed stretches of golden sand, awe-inspiring souks and unmissable historic sights that are fun to explore with the whole family. The Turkish Riviera region of Antalya is famous for the fine beaches of Belek, Lara Beach and Alanya, where you can snap up a bed and sunbathe beside the glistening waters, make a splash in the waterparks or relax in a variety of stylish beach clubs and bars. Go partying in incredible Istanbul, with amazing nightclubs like Reina, Sortie and Supperclub abuzz with vivacious revelers and pumping music - and don’t be surprised if you brush shoulders with few celebrities. Or for a more elegant evening, hop on a charming Bosphorus cruise and soak up views of the romantic city skyline - bliss.
If you want to experience the entertainment capital of the world, September is the perfect time to head to Las Vegas - particularly with sizzling temperatures of 27 - 30°C. This fast-paced city is fringed with world-class casinos, extravagant malls, high-end eateries and glitzy cabaret shows, not to mention the opulent all inclusive hotels sweeping the famous Strip. There are enough thrills to last all week in this captivating resort, whether you want to brave the rocking rollercoaster atop the Stratosphere, or hop on a helicopter tour over the iconic Grand Canyon. Catch a Cirque du Soleil show, indulge in some of the world's best buffets or escape the hustle and bustle with a visit to the nearby Zoin National Park.