August might appear to represent the end of summer, but don’t believe the baloney. The most-touristed continent on Earth (Europe FYI) saves its true charms for September where temperatures fluctuate between a wonderful 25°C to 32°C, streets are quieter but the sea is still the perfect temperature for a swim. For most travellers, the ninth month is a back-to-reality wake-up call, but if you can buck the trend, you’ll find September is the best time to travel. Better still, you don’t need to cross continents for the last boost of vitamin D. So, don’t let the opportunity pass you by, take advantage of the plummeting prices and you’ll reap the rewards of crowd-free beaches, queueless restaurants and diminishing traffic jams. Below you’ll find the very best regions to best places to visit in September in Europe (short haul all the way) that are perfect for couples, groups, and families travelling with infants.
1. Pretty Puglia
How hot are we talking? You’ll be chuffed to know that September is, in fact, the last summer month in Puglia, so it’s deffo prime time to visit this enchanting region. Enjoy warm to even hot afternoons, especially at the beginning of the month, with an average high temperature of 25°C. The nights are also gloriously warm, sticking to around 16°C. Though incredibly decent, opt for packing a pashmina or two – versatile and incredibly lightweight, it’s the perfect accompaniment for an evening stroll.
Why go? Puglia is the Italian region on everyone’s lips, a retreat where savvy travellers bored by the crowds of Tuscany and Florence turn to for a sweet escape, swapping the chaos for something more manicured and dainty. We could rave about this region all day long, but in short, Puglia is a pretty superb villa holiday destination.
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How hot are we talking? Well, it’s not uncommon for temperatures to exceed 30°C in the Algarve, but on the whole, the average temperature throughout September is around 23°C – which is just enough to achieve a flawless sun-kissed glow.
3. Charming Crete
How hot are we talking? The average daytime temperature drops from August ever so slightly to 24°C, but you can still expect high peaks reaching 27°C and lows dropping to 19°C. Though it’s a pretty gorgeous range to be dealing with; not unbearably hot, but still cool enough to wear your winning shorts and tee combo.
Why go? Castaway beaches, seafront towns and warm blue lagoons, Crete is the sparkliest of the Greek Islands. We haven’t worked out what makes this island so special, but we’ve put it down to a mix of things, from the culture that encompasses the streets, all the way to the magical scenery.
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4. Captivating Costa Blanca
How hot are we talking? Autumn begins late September but the weather remains pretty at 25°C, on a good week you could even be looking at 28°C – not bad for a last-minute tryst in the sun.
Why go? The White Coast is one of Europe’s most visited areas and it’s no surprise as to why. For starters, the infamous beaches are honestly out of the world but then there’s also a variety of activities on offer. You can even head inland to explore the villages and towns, the bustling nightlife, or to pick up the local fishing skill. So much to do, so little time!
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5. Scenic Sicily
How hot are we talking? Not only is the weather resoundingly gorgeous in September, you’ll also get the benefits of an empty-ish island. Pack your bags because clear blue skies and temperatures of up to 26°C await.
Why go? Whether you’re a history buff, food and wine connoisseur or you just love to lay in the sun – Sicily will most oblige. All your senses will be satisfied; this open-air museum is packed with incredible archaeological sites and dramatic nature – I mean volcanoes exploding into the night sky. It’d be a shame to miss out.
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6. Carefree Cyprus
How hot are we talking? Cyprus enjoys over 300 days of sunshine – I know, a bleak, dreary contrast to the UK. The average maximum temperature in September is 29°C and 24°C in the mountains. The days really are a scorcher but thankfully the temperature dips slightly in the evenings with an average temperature of 19°C.
Why go? If you’re into mythology then you’ll adore the birthplace of the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite. The island of love is steeped in history, contrasts in colourful landscapes, unbeatable weather and of course, you’ll never be more than a short drive from the sea or surrounding mountains.
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7. Colourful Cote d’Azur
How hot are we talking? September marks the beginning of autumn in the Cote d’Azur, but there’s still enough sunshine to go around. The average temperatures fall to around 22°C and the evenings are still lovely sitting around 18°C. Don’t get fooled by these temperatures though and remember to pack heaps of suncream to avoid nasty burns. The lobster look is never OK.
Why go? Cliff-top roads, irresistible beaches and impossibly blue seas, the Cote d’Azur captures the South of France to a T – sexy, dripping in glitz and glamour. But you don’t need to be a high-profile celeb to make the most of the region, the never-ending diversity is perfect for all kinds of travellers.
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8. Luxurious Languedoc
How hot are we talking? Languedoc can be too hot (we mean sweating buckets hot), but September weather is exactly what you’re after. On average the temperature is around 25°C and in case you’re wondering, the water is 100% hot enough for a swim.
Why go? Languedoc is a delight to visit, more so because it’s completely off the cuff from the rest of the country. The French rural life is a pleasure we believe everyone should experience, even if just once. But if you’re not a fan of the countryside, don’t fret, Languedoc still has a mix of landscapes, a stunning coastline and lively social living.
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9. Incredible Ibiza
How hot are we talking? You’re looking at temperatures of 26°C, which is considerably cooler than August and July. By the end of the month, temperatures dip to 21°C, so plan your trip wisely.
Why go? The clubbing capital of the world through and through, but holidaying in September shines a spotlight on Ibiza’s many other charms. The unfrequented coves, medieval history and pine-carpeted hills make this White Isle a force to be reckoned with.
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10. Sunny Sardinia
How hot are we talking? With over 8 hours of sunshine per day, holidaymakers can enjoy an average temperature of around 22°C. Not too shabby for September!
Why go? Visiting Sardinia will feel as though you have the whole island to yourself. And more importantly, the island isn’t one dimensional, rather it’s incredibly different, you’ll believe us when you see it with your own eyes. You’ll find the traditionalists in Barbagia, the high-life in Costa Smeralda and ancient history in Nora. The list goes on and on…
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11. Coastal Cornwall
How hot are we talking? September is a great time to visit Cornwall, especially with the summer crowds going home. On average expect highs of 17°C and lows of 12°C, so pack a little of everything.
Why go? Naturally, we couldn’t talk about holiday regions without throwing in a staycation and Cornwall is the best region for a September holiday. Long stretches of sandy beach and jaw-dropping scenery, Cornwall feels miles away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, yet it’s easily accessible by car and train.
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12. Rugged Rhodes
How hot are we talking? Rhodes makes the great escape in September. You’ll enjoy highs of 27°C and lows of 22°C – although, who are we kidding, we’d take 22°C any day of the team. September enjoys about 11 hours of sunshine per day, so definitely apply suncream generously. Water sports, swimming and skinny dipping are still very much on the agenda as the average sea temperature is pleasantly warm at 24°C.
Why go? Rhodes boasts almost all-year-round sunshine, so if that isn’t reason enough, then I don’t know what is. Full of history, charismatic charm, a nightlife to boot and fine crystal waters – you’ll be beside yourself if you don’t visit. Rhodes is even prettier than the pictures depict, but don’t just take our word for it.
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