The summer holidays are over and the grey days of Autumn lay ahead, but there’s still time to grab a bargain in the sun and escape Essex.
If you can travel during school term times then you’re quids in as there’s some huge savings to be had if you holiday in September and October.
The sun doesn’t stop just because the kids have gone back to school in Essex, and there are plenty of destinations all over Europe where the temperatures remain high.
The prices will be considerably cheaper and the beaches will be quieter, so it’s a win win.
Here are 10 of the best deals available right now with TravelSupermarket.
1. Tenerife, Spain
The lovely resort of Tenerife is still a favourite with tourists. Again it has lots to offer – attractive beaches, varied nightlife and lots to see and do.
The Canaries are renowned of course for their year-round sunshine so even if you book a trip there in September and October, you’ll still be greeted by temperatures of at least 23C. There’s still hours and hours of daytime sun at this time of year and the nights are nice and balmy too.
Average temperature: 23C (with possible highs of up to 27C)
How much? Prices from £175 per person for a week.
Top deal: Fly from London Gatwick on 20 September and stay at the 3-star Casa Del Sol Apartments in Puerto de La Cruz on a self-catering basis from £175 per person for a week.
2. Costa del Col, Spain
The Costa del Sol has a bit of everything if you’re after some cheap sun. It boasts brilliant sandy beaches and resorts if you’re after a relaxed beach break. Or if you’re feeling adventurous then consider heading to Motril and Nerja where you can explore the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Average temperature: 22C (with possible highs of up to 26C)
How much? Prices from £148 per person for a week.
Top deal: Fly from London Stansted on 26 September for 7 nights, room only, from £148 per person staying at the Castillo Lanjaron hotel in Lanjaron near Motril. Prices from £170 if you fly from East Midlands, £175 from Manchester or £192 from Newcastle.
3. Costa Brava, Spain
Now that the holidays are over, Costa Brava is one of the best value destinations in Spain. It’s still more than hot enough to sunbathe but not so blisteringly hot that you can’t go sightseeing and explore some of the picturesque towns and coves.
Average temperature: 22C (with possible highs of up to 28C)
How much? Prices from £140 per person for a week.
Top deal: Fly from Luton or East Midlands on 27 September and stay seven days, room only, at the 3-star Golf Beach hotel in Pals from £149 per person. Prices from £155 if you fly from Manchester or £171 from Newcastle.
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4. Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
Sunny Beach is a hugely popular resort in the summer months but it is much quieter in September and October. This gives you more time and space to enjoy the large beaches and nearby local markets and areas of cultural interest.
For just 70p you can take a bus to the lovely, nearby town of Nessebar with its cobbled streets, charming shops and Byzantine churches. The cost of living is still quite cheap too, for example, a pint of beer can be found for just £1.
Average temperature: 20C (with possible highs of up to 23C)
How much? Prices from £153 per person for week.
Top deal: Fly from London Gatwick on 20 September and stay at the 4-star Hotel Ivana Palace on a bed and breakfast basis for a week from £153pp.
5. Algarve, Portugal
The Algarve has something for everyone. If you’re up for a bit of a party you can dance with night away at Albufeira or you can take a quieter turn in one of beautiful towns such as Lagos.
You’ll find everything you want in this part of Portugal, including clean beaches, places to explore and a large range of restaurants, bars and clubs serving local and international cuisine.
Average temperature: 23C (with possible highs of up to 26C)
How much? Prices from £151 per person for a week.
Top deal: Fly from London Luton on 27 September and stay on a self-catering basis in the 3-star Janelas do Mar Apartments , 2km inland from Albufeira old town and 3km from the coast, from £151 per person. Prices from £159 if you fly from Newcastle, £172 from East Midlands and £186 from Manchester.
6. Corfu, Greece
Greece is usually scorching in July and August but it drops to a more manageable 23-24 in September. That’s still perfect for sunbathing and checking out the stunning scenery and buildings in Corfu.
Eating out is relatively cheap too, a three course meal can easily be found for just £14.
Average temperature: 23C (with possible highs of up to 27C)
How much? Prices from £159 per person for a week.
Top deal: Fly from London Gatwick on 18 September and stay at the Quayside Village Hotel in Kavos on a self-catering basis from £168pp. Prices from £194 if you fly from Manchester.
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7. Costa Dorada, Spain
What could be more tempting than visiting the part of Spain which is known as the Golden Coast? Costa Dorada boasts some of the best beaches in the region and it’s a favourite with the locals too so you’ll also find more local culture here including delicious food.
Nearby attractions include the city of Tarragona with its ancient Roman ruins and the biggest theme park in Spain, PortAventura.
Average temperature: 24C (with possible highs of up to 28C)
How much? Prices from £153 per person for a week.
Top deal: Fly from London Southend on 27 September and stay at the Zahara Rentalmar apartments in Salou on a self-catering basis for a week from £153pp. Prices from £166 if you fly from Liverpool, or £182 from Newcastle.
8. Istrian Riviera, Croatia
Croatia has become a favourite destination for Brits is recent years and it’s easy to see why. The town of Umag is a must with its 10th century remains including walls, a gate and drawbridge. It also boasts lovely Blue Flag beaches and a large selection of seafood restaurants. Again, tourism settles down a little after August but it’s still a vibrant place to visit.
Average temperature: 19-20C (with possible highs of up to 24C)
How much? Prices from £177 per person for a week.
Top deal: Fly from London Luton on 17 September and stay at the 3-star Apartments Polynesia in Umag on a room-only basis from £177pp.
9. Rhodes, Greece
There’s something to suit all tastes on the island of Rhodes. The busier resorts have great beaches, restaurants and nightlife but the Old Town is steeped in culture with a
The town of Lindos, on the east of the island, is worth a visit with its pretty cliffs, smaller beaches and restaurants and cafes. Wherever you end up, don’t forget to sample the local coffee or Souma (a strong, alcoholic drink a bit like ouzo.)
Average temperature: 25C 9With possible highs of up to 27C)
How much? Prices from £195 per person for a week.
Top deal: Fly from London Stansted on 13 September and stay at the 3-star Panorama Studio and Apartments in Ladiko from £195pp for a week. Prices from £198 if you fly from Newcastle.
10. Marmaris, Turkey
The resort of Marmaris can be found on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast – with its beautiful blue water. The beaches and sea are a real draw but there’s also a great range of nightlife and restaurants to try out. There’s lots of water sports including sailing and diving and local countryside and pine forests to explore.
A short ferry ride will also take you on a daytrip to Rhodes if you fancy popping over to another country when you’re there.
Average temperature: 24C (with possible highs of up to 31C)
How much? Prices from £194 per person for a week.
Top deal: Fly from London Stansted on 26 September and stay at the 3-star Grand Villa Sol apartments in Marmaris on a self-catering basis from £194 per person.