Make your summer last even longer with a September holiday! While the masses return home to sort out new school uniform and prepare themselves for the back-to-work doldrums, you could be enjoying a balmy Indian summer where the sun is hot, the sea is invitingly warm plus there is plenty of space on the beach!
Imagine a holiday where there is no need to book the local taverna, you just walk in. Where there are no mile-long queues to enter places of interest and you set a track record for the airport triathlon – clearing passport control, luggage reclaim and collecting the car hire!
If you aren’t tied to school holidays, September is the best month for a getaway. Choose from one of our top five destinations and arrive in time for this year’s harvest…you never know, you might be able to join in with the local grape stomping!
A heat that is less intense and with quiet, sandy beaches, these are two reasons that make the Algarve a good choice for a September villa holiday. Strolling the cobbled streets of pretty towns like Talvira with its traditionally painted houses along the banks of the river Gilao or the ancient capital Silves with its enormous redbrick castle dominating the skyline.
In fact, there is a reason for everyone. Nature lovers will adore the Ponta da Piedade Cliffs near Lagos. Witness the eroded sandstone cliffs that over time have formed caves, grottos and sea arches and explore them either by foot or by sea or both! If you have seafaring legs, book a deep sea fishing excursion or a dolphin spotting tour for some unforgettable thrills.
A holiday isn’t a holiday without a market day thrown in and Loule has one daily so you can’t miss out! Buy locally grown produce and fresh fish to cook back at the villa plus some wonderful handmade crafts from the covered market.
Mallorca has been a favourite holiday destination for decades thanks to the stunning flora and fauna of the island.
Dive deeper into the Mallorcan culture by visiting one of the island’s quaint villages like Banyalbufar, Valldemossa, Deià or Fornalutx – named as Spain’s most picturesque village. These villages are hot tourist spots in the summer attracting droves of visitors every day but September enjoys a more laidback feel closer to the typical maῆana lifestyle of the villagers. Or go higher and discover fabulous beauty spots by driving the Tramuntana mountain range.
Whether tinto’s your tipple or blanco tastes better, a vino tasting tour at one of Mallorca’s 70 bodegas, won’t leave you disappointed; you can even buy some and arrange for it to be delivered to the UK – bringing the holiday home!
One last September tip is a visit to the Mallorca Classic Week at El Toro (Port Adriano) – where a huge collection of international vintage cars and motorcycles come together.
Menorca, often overshadowed by neighbouring island Mallorca, can be enjoyed by wheel, foot or by water; enjoy the sun on your skin and the wind in your hair on a trip from Mahon in a glass bottomed catamaran. For something a little different discover the island’s wilderness on horseback by joining a guided expedition.
One sunset you mustn’t miss is from the natural caves at Cova d’en Xoroi at Cala’n Porter. Set 25 metres above sea level, they have been transformed into chilled out bars and restaurants where you can watch the sun sink into the Mediterranean as you sip your San Miguel and listen to the ambient music…there is also the option of dancing the night away.
If you’re not dancing till dawn and you’re raring for your next adventure, a visit to the island’s prehistoric Naveta d’Es Tudons. Dating back to around 1400 BC will impress any history buff.
In the midst of all of these things to do in Menorca, keep an eye out for Pomada – a combination of gin and lemon juice and Coca amb Xocolati, a traditionally baked cake accompanied by a sweet chocolate drink for the full Menorcan immersion.
Average temperatures in September are around 29°C on the west coast and 31°C on the eastern coast making it the perfect time of year to have a go at scuba diving. Channel your inner Jacques Cousteau and explore shipwrecks and underwater caves with a local diving school. The best dive in the Amphorae Caves can be found off Paphos where ancient pottery is still intact!
Paphos is the European Capital of Culture in 2017 and you can expect to see fun events popping up all over the island along with places of interest opening their doors, like Kykkos Monastery in the Troodos Mountains said to be the wealthiest Greek orthodox monastery.
If you’re in Limassol look out for the new wheelchair friendly walkway. Starting near the castle in the town and leading to the archaeological site of Ancient Amathus, the path will take you through some wonderful gardens and numerous beauty spots.
Did you know Cyprus was one of the first countries in Europe to produce wine dating back to 3500BC? It’s high time to sit down and taste for yourself the nectar of the Gods, maybe with a few Cypriot meze to keep the wolf at bay?
When they say, ‘year round sunshine’ they mean it in Lanzarote with, on average, over 300 days of sun! This warm, inviting island is a top choice when you are looking for sunshine and there is nothing better than exploring it with clear blue skies so, head up to the Hermitage of the Clouds (Ermita de las Nieves) on top of the Risco de Famara range of mountains where the locals have been praying for rain for centuries, not very successfully, ahem!
If high points are your thing, then the many miradors along the coast have long offered lookouts for approaching pirates…Lanzarote being perfectly placed between the Old World and the New World, has attracted many a pirate in its time and a visit to the Pirate Muesum in Teguise will give you some fascinating tales to dine out on, ahar me hearties!
You could continue your pirate watch from one of the island’s beaches like Famara with its nine kilometre sandy stretch or the striking coves of Papagayo. There are a number of wild and natural beaches like Caleton Blanco and Playa de la Canteria, just north of Orzola with enormous breakers; dangerous for swimmers but local surfers can’t get enough of them.