Where’s hot in September? The best holiday deals on early autumn short-haul breaks | The Sun

THE summer season is already coming to an end, but you can still head somewhere warmer next month.

We've found the best deals to visit the sunniest destinations in September.

Taking a holiday in September is a great way to save money, as kids go back to school and demand decreases.

You can expect fewer crowds but all the perks of the peak season, from warm weather to parties and lively destinations.

To make it even better, the best destinations aren't too far away either.

September is particularly good to visit Mediterranean holiday spots, as temperatures reach highs of 29C, but don't tend to drop below 24C.

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These are the destinations you should head to to get your sunshine fix:

1. Croatia

With warm Mediterranean weather, ancient historical sights and plenty of beaches – Croatia makes a great choice for an autumn break with average high temps of 24C.

Plus, it's pretty close – just over two hours to fly from London to Zagreb.

Croatia's most famous city, Dubrovnik boasts incredible historical sights and beautiful beaches, Croatia's second city, Split, is located on the popular Dalmatian Coast, and Hvar Island is the sunniest spot in Croatia – and one of the most picturesque towns in the country.

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While Brač Island is a wallet-friendly island known as ‘Croatia’s best-kept secret’, and it has beaches rivalling Greece.

  • 4-night breaks with TUI – from £356pp
  • 7-night breaks with Jet2holidays – from £570pp
  • 7-night breaks with loveholidays – from £197pp

2. Malta

A short flight away is Malta, which is based in the Med between Sicily and the Tunisian coast.

The island nation and its sister island Gozo are both blessed with a sunny climate.

The average high temps in September is 28ºC, with lots for visitors to see and do, from a city break in Valletta to sandy beach breaks.

  • 7-night breaks with Mercury Holidays – from £247pp
  • 7-night breaks with loveholidays – from £240pp
  • 7-night breaks with TUI – from £543pp

3. Greece

Rhodes, Santorini and Halkidiki are all good options for a hot holiday in Greece. Rhodes is the most southerly of the Greek islands and has warm temperatures of about 24ºC even in autumn, with traditional villages, mountains and Blue Flag beaches to explore.

The island of Santorini is a beautiful destination with gorgeous hotels to stay in, with average temperatures of 26ºC.

Meanwhile, Halkidiki, a region in northern Greece, also has a warm autumn climate with high temperatures of 26ºC in September.

  • 4-night breaks with TUI – from £266pp
  • 7-night breaks with Jet2holidays – from £333pp
  • 7-night breaks with loveholidays – from £389pp

4. Spain

You don’t have to go far for some late-summer heat. Spain is always a great choice for early autumn sun, especially if you head to the Canary or Balearic Islands or the Costa del Sol or Benidorm on the mainland.

With a short flight time from the UK plus highs of 26ºC and eight hours of sunshine a day, holidaymakers continue to flock to Spain in September.

It's the ideal spot for a last blast of hot weather before winter, and there are endless excellent resorts to stay in.

  • 4-night breaks with TUI – from £300pp
  • 7-night breaks with loveholidays – from £174pp

5. Italy

You could head to Sardinia in Italy, where average temperatures hover around the 24ºC mark.

Visitors can expect lovely beaches like those in Costa Smeralda or do some celeb spotting in swanky Porto Cervo.

Other Italian destinations where you can enjoy autumn sunshine are the island of Sicily, the southern region of Puglia and the Italian lakes.

  • 7-night breaks with loveholidays – from £395pp
  • 4-night breaks with TUI – from £368pp

6. Portugal

The Algarve, Madeira, the Douro Valley and the Azores are four Portuguese destinations that should be firmly on your list if you're after autumn sun.

Madeira is a small island on the green list that's close to the Canaries and is great for sunbathing and is known for its walking trails and botanical gardens. Another island option is the Azores, famed for its dramatic landscapes or the Douro Valley – a must-visit for wine lovers.

The Algarve is always a popular choice for Brits, and even outside of the peak summer months, there are lots of visitors and festivals still going on. In September, you can expect high temperatures of 27ºC.

  • TUI 4-night Algarve late deals from £280pp

7. Morocco

If you love the heat, Morocco offers up guaranteed toasty temperatures, with September averages coming in at 27ºC, and highs reaching 33ºC.

Head to Marrakech or Fes to explore the souks or take refuge from the heat by stopping off at a rooftop cafe.

Alternatively, flock to the seaside resorts of Agadir or Essaouira to unwind on the beach – most destinations are about a four-hour flight from the UK.

  • 4-night breaks with TUI – from £414pp
  • 4-night all-inclusive with TUI – from £506pp

Next month, you could even visit Benidorm for 88p beers and seven-night stays from £240pp.

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