10 short-haul destinations to catch the last of the summer sun
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With the crisper mornings and cooler nights, there is no denying that summer has come to a close. If you’re still looking to soak up the sun, but don’t want the long flight time, here are ten destinations in Europe and North Africa, all with temperature highs of 25C+ in the autumn months. Dubrovnik, Croatia High autumn temperature: 25C Hot weather aside, there are plenty of reasons to put Dubrovnik on your autumn holiday wish list; it’s the perfect time of year for Croatian pancakes filled with Dubrovnik’s bitter orange jam, the Botanical Garden on Lokrum celebrates its birthday on the 23rd October and the ferry prices (and tourist crowds) dramatically lower when you visit the car-free island of Lopud, home to one of Croatia’s best beaches, the Sunj. Costa Azul, Portugal High autumn temperature: 27C If you want lazy days at the beach as well as an injection of exciting city life, head to Costa Azul this autumn. Base yourself across the River Tagus in a Costa Azul villa for easy access to the long golden beaches of Portugal’s west coast, with the cosmopolitan lure of Lisbon just an hour’s drive away. In Lisbon, jump on tram no. 28 to explore the cobbled streets of the Alfama neighbourhood or hop on to the Santa Justa lift for views over the Baixa towards St. George’s Castle. Marrakech, Morocco High autumn temperature: 26C – 30C+ Morocco is brilliant for an exotic short haul holiday. Even in the autumn months temperatures can reach the low 30s, and as well as plenty of sunshine, the country offers an exciting new culture to explore - all under a four hour flight away. Stay in Marrakech’s stunning riad hotels, gorgeous hideaways that are right in the hustle and bustle of it all. La Gomera, Spain High autumn temperature: 27C Off the coast of Africa, La Gomera is one of the lesser known Canary Islands. Without an airport (visitors need to take a ferry), La Gomera has missed out on the tourist developments that have overwhelmed other Canary Islands like Lanzarote and Tenerife. Its eco-system is unique, with volcanic black sand beaches around the coast and tropical jungle at the centre. Thanks to warm Saharan winds the weather is warm all year around, allowing visitors to soak up the sun by the pool or explore the diverse landscapes. As La Gomera is so relatively untouched by mass tourism, there are few hotels; stay at a privately owned villa, like Parque Mirador, for a truly peaceful and immersive Spanish holiday. Sardinia, Italy High autumn temperature: 27C
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