It may signify the end of summer but September is a great time of year to travel. Many of the Mediterranean destinations still enjoy long days of sunshine but temperatures are slightly more pleasant and sea temperatures remain warm.
As the children return back to school, you can also enjoy a secluded break without the crowds of tourists. If you’re planning a September getaway, take a look at this guide on the best destinations and where to avoid.
The sun-kissed beaches of Northern Cyprus offer some of the best weather in Europe. Travel to the resort towns of Limassol and Paphos and you’ll find a great selection of beaches with no shortage of hotels. Indulge in the local Cypriot cuisine, lounge by the pool or pamper yourself at a luxury spa.
Puglia in the south of Italy is another great option. Many of the beaches resemble a Caribbean paradise where white sands meet crystal clear waters. The islands of Sicily and Sardinia offer a similar allure, famed for their stretches of coastline and charming fishing villages.
Travel slightly further to northern African and you can expect plenty of sun without the uncomfortable heat. The beach side resorts of Morocco offer an intimate getaway for couples and child-friendly facilities for families.
For those seeking a far off paradise, the Maldives and Mauritius promise an unforgettable experience. Both can expect beautiful weather during this period with long hours of sunshine and few rainy days. Fully immerse yourself in the spectacular surroundings by staying in an over water villa. Many include their own private plunge pool and direct access into the sea.
Alternatively, enjoy the culture of Southeast Asia with a holiday to the spectacular resorts of Indonesia. Combine beach fun with cultural tours of jaw dropping ancient temples. There’s also a great selection of award-winning hotels nestled in the Ubud jungle, some including infinity pools overlooking the canopy.
As the summer crowds disperse, September is the perfect time of year to enjoy a short city break. Admire the Gaudi architecture of Barcelona, stroll along the Champs-Élysées in Paris or treat yourself to creamy gelato in Florence. The pleasant climate is great for enjoying a sightseeing extravaganza or shopping splurge.
The weather in North America is also pleasant, where you’ll avoid the winter chill and summer heatwaves. This is the perfect time to visit New York City and explore all this vibrant city has to offer.
Alternatively, stay close to home and take a rural escape in the UK. The Norfolk Broads is famed for its charming villages and picturesque scenery. Explore the region on a boat tour of the many waterways or relax at a luxury spa hotel. It’s the perfect opportunity to detoxify and rejuvenate before the onset of the winter months.
Where to avoid