The summer holiday season may be over and winter is fast approaching, but that doesn’t mean you need to give up on a sunny getaway just yet.
In fact, if you’re able to travel outside of the school holiday dates, now is the perfect time to bag a bargain holiday to sunnier shores.
There are plenty of destinations where it’s still hot and sunny – but with the added bonus of fewer crowds meaning you get more of the beach and pool to yourself!
No need to fight it out with your fellow Brits to reserve a prime poolside spot like these holidaymakers .
The best part? Prices drastically drop once back to school season kicks off, and you could find yourself making significant savings on your sunshine holiday compared to what you’d have faced in August.
We teamed up with TravelSupermarket to find the top 10 cheapest destinations – and they all come in at just under £200!
1. Costa Brava, Spain
During the school holidays, Costa Brava isn’t always the cheapest summer destination – but now the kids are back at school, prices have dramatically dropped and it’s now one of the best value hotspots on offer!
Temperatures are still hot enough that you can laze on a beach, but not so unbearable that you can’t go exploring the picturesque towns or breathtaking coves in the popular region.
Average temperature: 22C but this can still go 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 per person. Prices from £155 if you fly from Manchester or £171 from Newcastle.
2. Costa del Sol, Spain
Costa del Sol boasts some brilliant sandy beaches and resorts if you’re after a relaxed beach break. Meanwhile, for those wanting a bit more adventure then it’s worth heading to nearby Motril and Nerja where you’ll find highlights including the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Oh, and there’s also the picturesque spa town of Lanjaron where you can escape the Brit-focused resorts and soak up some authentic Spanish culture.
Average temperature: 22C but this can still go 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. Algarve, Portugal
From Albufeira’s world-famousnightlife to charming towns such as Lagos, the Algarve is a firm tourist favourite because of the wide range of holiday types on offer.
There are some great beaches whether you’re looking to have a lazy day basking in the sun, or want to go exploring.
And of course, there’s a whole host of restaurants, bars and clubs for those after a vibrant atmosphere.
Average temperature: 23C but this can still go 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-cateringbabsis 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.
4. Costa Doroda, Spain
Known as the Golden Coast because of its beaches, this is is where the Spanish tend to take their buckets and spades – and you’ll find plenty of local culture here especially when it comes to the food.
Meanwhile, the city of Tarragona has ancient Roman ruins which form a UNESCO World Heritage site. If you like rollercoasters and adrenalin rushes, PortAventura, Spain’s biggest theme park, is just down the road.
Average temperature: 24C but this can still go 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.
5. Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
During the peak holiday season, Sunny Beach is jam-packed with tourists filling up its bustling resorts.
However by September the region has quietened down, so you can explore the markets, ancient sites and beaches without having to face the crowds.
Plus when you’re out there it’s relatively cheap too – prices start from just £1 for a local beer, or a 70p bus ride could take you to the charming town of Nessebar, a peninsula of cobbled streets and Byzantine churches.
Average temperature: 20C but this can go 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.
6. Corfu, Greece
Temperatures dip slightly in September, but they’re still warm enough that you can make the most of the beaches and the spectacular scenery on this Greek island.
Plus eating out tends to be about 30% cheaper than in the UK – you can expect to pay around £14 for a three-course meal!
Average temperature: 23C but this can go 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.
7. Tenerife, Spain
Tenerife is a favourite with Brits for a reason. The beaches, the nightlife, the entertainment – there’s so much on offer it makes for the ideal getaway!
And while it’s particularly great if you’re travelling with kids , it’s also ideal for those travelling in September when the days are still long and sunny, the nights are warm and you’re almost guaranteed great weather.
Average temperature: 23C but this can go 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.
8. Istrian Riviera, Croatia
Croatia’s Istrian peninsula is a great place to visit in the quieter month of September when the crowds have gone home.
Umag has the remains of its 10th-century town walls including a gate and a drawbridge – and a long seal wall that shelters the harbour from the crystalline blue waters.
The town also has stunning Blue Flag beaches, not to mention a whole host of amazing seafood restaurants along its promenade.
Average temperature: 19-20C but this can go 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. Marmaris, Turkey
Situated on Turkey’s breathtaking Turquoise Coast, Marmaris is great for nightlife, restaurants and picturesque beaches, not to mention it also boasts beautiful pine forests and countryside waiting to be explored.
The clear waters are ideal for sports from diving to sailing, while a 50-minute ferry takes you to the nearby Greek island of Rhodes if you fancy a day trip.
Average temperature: 24C but this can go up to as high as 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.
10. Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes is a mixture of beach resorts and ancient ruins, while the Old Town has a deep moat and plenty of cobbled alleys to explore.
Meanwhile Lindos, on the east of the island and south of the main holiday resorts, has a cliff top metropolis and pretty, albeit small, beaches and many restaurants and cafes to stop at for a coffee or a Souma, a traditional drink like ouzo.
Average temperature: 25C but this can go 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.
How to find more holiday deals
If you’re after a bargain then you may want to bookmark our Cheap Holidays and Holiday Deals page, packed with destination inspiration, the latest sales you need to know about, and more top tips for finding a great deal.
If you’re after cheap flights only then check out our round-up of the best airline sales happening right now.
Sticking to a budget and considering a staycation? You can find plenty of inspiration on our UK Holidays page, not to mention we’ve also searched out the top UK holiday parks for a family holiday unlike any other.