Extend Your Summer With These 5 Getaway Ideas

By on September 29, 2015

Autumn instead of summer is the perfect time to head off for some sunshine.  As well as many places being less busy, the temperatures are lower while still remaining warm.  This means you are better able to explore than you would have been during the hot summer months.

So where should you head out to during autumn?  In the following article we pick out five of the places we think are best to consider for a short getaway.

Sardinia, Italy

Sardinia, Italy

With temperatures of 27 Celsius and beautiful landscapes, Sardinia is worth considering.  The best reason for planning a trip there during autumn is to experience an event man will not have heard of – Autunno in Barbagia.  This is festivals that run from September to December in 27 different villages across the mountainous area of the island, Barbagia.  The streets are converted into active and lively markets with local craftsmen holding workshops, local shops opening their dining rooms and doors to the public and a variety of hill-based guided walks are organised.

Andalusia, Spain

Andalusia, Spain

Even in the middle of autumn, the temperature in Andalusia can reach a maximum of 30 to 32 Celsius; so, still very warm.  Rather than stop at the beaches,the best thing to do is to head for the hills and go for a ramble or two.  A little known place called Aracena National Park is one that you should visit for a wander through chestnut groves and wooded valleys.  You should also visit the town of Aracena where there is a Knights Templar-built 13th century church and limestone caves.  There are plenty of late summer holiday offers in Spain and France – check Brittany Ferries for some options if you fancy taking the car on the ferry.

Cyprus

Cyprus

Because of its southerly position, Cyprus has long and hot autumns.  While holiday resorts there are not as pretty as others on the Med, many of the old village houses are being renovated and turned into inns and cottages.  As many of these are in the more rural parts, on the cooler days they are the perfect starting point for rambling adventures.  Once you have enjoyed a good bit of exploring, you can then head to the sea for a relaxing cool-off.  The large horseshoe-like cove Coral Bay, with its blue flag beach and dramatic backdrop of limestone cliffs.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

As Dubrovnik is very busy during the height of summer, accommodation is very hard to come by and add to that the fact that there is a seemingly endless array of cruise ships docking at the port; it is can be quite claustrophobic to say the least.  However, by the time autumn arrives, Dubrovnik becomes a much more laid-back and tranquil place.  While it is cooler and less humid, the water is still pleasantly warm for aquatic activities and the price of accommodation drops significantly.

Dahab, Egypt

Dahab, Egypt

If you tried to visit the coastal resort of Dahab during the summer months, you would find it virtually impossible to do anything productive as the high temperatures can be as much as 38 degrees Celsius.  However, go in late September and the temperature has dropped to the lower 30s.  Unlike the more popular Sharm El-Sheikh about 100km to the north, Dahab has a very low-key and backpacker feel to it and is a well known divers spot.  This is largely thanks to its diverse collection of reefs.  As there is around 270 days of wind every year, it is also the perfect spot for some windsurfing.

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