September and October are lovely months for a short-haul holiday with a good dose of sunshine. But where can you find (pretty-much) guaranteed heat in less than five hours from the UK? Follow our expert guide to find the best hotels for late summer sun in Europe and north Africa – including the Greek Islands, the Canaries and the Turquoise Coast – which all have good temperatures well into October.
Many have cool pools for languid toe-dipping and easy beach access. Prices tend to dip, everywhere is less crowded, and it’s not as stifling if you want to do any outdoor activities. The sea also tends to be at its balmiest. So pick your favourite, and sleep sweetly knowing you’ll be enjoying the very last rays of summer sun.
Rhodes and Crete wind down in pace from mid-September onwards and there’s a more authentic feel to both islands, with many festivals in September to celebrate the grape harvest and lots of colourful religious feasts. Hotel prices are generally lower, temperatures remain balmy and sun beds are easy to find on the beaches for which both Rhodes and Crete are famed. Less-crowded streets make driving a pleasure too, so this is a lovely time to visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos, make the stiff climb to Lindos’ Acropolis or seek out the Knights along the near-deserted cobbled streets of Rhodes old town.