Once summer is over, the weather gets colder, the nights get darker, and the holiday blues start to kick in, leaving us all feeling a bit down in the dumps. If you find yourself missing the hot weather and summer vibes then check out our guide to the best holiday destinations for some October sun, with a range of options available, depending on how warm you like the climate. We’ve put together 10 of the best autumn holiday destinations for you to choose from, all of which have warm weather all year long and tons of things to do, even in the colder months, so you can head off for a fun filled holiday leaving the gloomy UK weather behind.
Lanzarote has proven a popular UK holiday destination for years due to it’s constant warm weather and sunshine. Part of The Canary Islands, Lanzarote is one of Europe’s most dependable options for nearby sunshine to keep that tan topped up all year round. Lanzarote, offers holidays in three resort areas that are all dotted along its southern coast. These are Playa Blanca, Costa Teguise and Puerto del Carmen. All of these destinations are great for couples and families and are guaranteed to be low cost, especially in the colder months.
Santorini is apart of the Cyclades Islands in the Aegean Sea. It was devastated by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century, which despite it’s devastation, forever shaped the beautiful landscape that’s famous all over the world. What remains of Santorini is an idyllic setting of steep cliffs overlooking bright blue sea, as well as the elegant towns of Oia and Fira that feature beautiful balconies, verandas and restaurants. Santorini is not only a beautiful place to visit it is also incredibly friendly and warm, with temperatures ranging bewteen 18°C and 22°C in October time.
Saint Tropez may be a bit more pricey than our first two destinations but it is sure to be a delight. Even in the colder months temperatures can reach the mid-20s and there’s plenty of stunning places to enjoy this autumn sunshine in too. Enjoy picturesque beaches such as Plage de Pampelonne and Plage des Salins, as well as an array of local restaurants and bars. Another reason to visit this luxury holiday location is the Les Voiles de St Tropez which sees 300 sailing yachts, from all over the globe, compete in a week of racing and festivities.
Turkey is a popular destination because of it’s hot sunshine and interesting culture. The average temperature in Turkey around October time is about 29°C, which is actually quite cool compared to the scorching summer months. So if you’re looking for hot weather that’s not unbearable, autumn is the perfect time to visit this relaxed old fishing village, situated on the Lycian coast in south Turkey.
Zante has typical Mediterranean weather due to its location in the Ionian Sea, off the west coast of southern Greece. This means the island’s long, hot summer continues well into the autumn with an average high of 23°C in and around October time, cooling to just 15°C at night. Despite it’s nice weather on land, Zante’s western mountain range tends to get rainier as the autumn goes on, so if you’re after a holiday with good weather it’s best to avoid this region.
Sardinia’s average temperature during autumn is approximately 27°C. Autunno in Barbagia (autumn in Barbagia) is a hidden gem and runs from September to December with a series of festivals taking place across 27 villages in Barbagia. So if you’re looking for a cultural holiday that has plenty of things to do, as well as the good weather, then Sardinia is the perfect place to go.
Costa Brava, Spain
The Costa Brava boasts 100 miles of coastline from the port of Blanes up to the French border. Spain’s north-eastern shoulder features some of the country’s most picturesque beaches for you to relax on all year round. And with autumn temperatures ranging between 19°C and 24°C, you can kick back and enjoy moderate heat in this beautiful setting even in the low season.
Summer in this popular southern Croatian destination is very busy, however autumn is a lot quieter, making it a fantastic time to visit Dubrovnik. The weather is less humid but the sea is still warm enough for swimming, and not just that, you’ll see a lot less people waiting in queues for tourist attractions and you can enjoy dramatic price drops in accommodation. And even though it’s autumn, you don’t have to sacrifice the weather for the other persuasive incentives as temperatures still average around 25°C during this time.
Amalfi Coast, Italy
The Amalfi coast in Italy has nice temperatures during the autumn months, averaging at around 21°C. The coastline is a popular holiday destination, with sheer cliffs and a rugged shoreline dotted with small beaches and pastel-coloured fishing villages, making for scenic pictures and beautiful views.
For fresher air, October is the best time to visit Seville in Spain. At this time of year the daily average temperature for Seville is normally around 20°C. Seville is a popular Spanish city, ideal for sightseeing, excursions and adventures. There is plenty to explore in this intriguing city with both great culture and history. The Plaza de España is a well known monument located in the Parque de María Luisa in Seville, which was built in 1928 for the Ibero-American exposition of 1929.