From September right through to October or even November, temperatures are milder yet still warm enough for the beach, there are fewer crowds, and there’s less chance of popular activities being booked out.
So why not extend your summer and enjoy a getaway in a luxury villa?
Marbella is one of Spain’s most popular summer destinations, boasting 24 beaches across 27 kilometres of coastline. However, outside its peak season, there is still a lot on offer for visitors to enjoy.
The waters are warm enough to enjoy swimming, snorkelling, kiteboarding, parasailing, dolphin watching, and a host of other water sports and activities. Plus, visitors can enjoy golf and tennis in the sunshine, and hike or cycle one of the many mountain trails, without the blazing heat of peak summer.
Unlike in the height of summer, the charming cafes and traditional tapas bars can be enjoyed at any time of day. Moreover, the 10-kilometre promenade is perfect for a leisurely stroll and running, skating or cycling without having to dodge hordes of tourists.
The Mediterranean climate of Apulia means its sunny season stretches right through to late October/early November. The beaches are still mild but there are far fewer crowds to navigate.
Visitors can walk or bike through pretty towns and villages - known for their distinctive traditional “Trulli” - which can be much more pleasant in the milder temperatures. The countryside is also perfect for cycling and hiking, with stunning panoramas of olive and citrus groves leading to the beautiful coastline.
Autumn is the ideal time for foodies to visit Apulia as the olive and grape harvests begin; a visit to a winery is a must, and there are plenty of village markets and botanical gardens to explore.
Cote d’Azur, France
Shielded from the cooler north winds by the Alps, the Cote d’Azur enjoys a warm and sunny climate even after summer has officially passed. Warm days can be spent lazing on uncrowded beaches and balmy evenings sipping cocktails on a sunset cruise.
Visitors can hike through the spectacular Gorges du Verdon, or stroll through the towns and villages, which emanate a more authentic atmosphere than at the peak of the tourist season.
Museums and galleries are also less crowded, perfect for truly immersing oneself in the culture.
Autumn is perhaps one of the best times to eat out in the south of France as grapes, olives, mushrooms and figs are all in harvest. Plus, there are fewer diners to jostle with for the best table in the house.
As summer rolls into autumn, the crowds die down in Corfu. The sun still shines, the days are still warm but the streets are bustling with locals instead of swathes of tourists, and the atmosphere oozes authenticity. The water is still pleasant for swimming right through to November, so visitors can enjoy days out at the beach, as well as the host of watersports on offer.
Visitors can explore the island at a much more leisurely pace, and it’s the perfect time to wander the old town and visit its port or meander through the fragrant vineyards as grapes come into season.
The milder weather is ideal for walking in the hills to take in the spectacular scenery and view the local flora and fauna. One of the most stunning views is from the top of Mount Pantokrator; the hike is much more pleasant without the blazing summer heat, and the autumnal light adds an extra beauty to the panorama from the top.
The Swiss Alps may not seem like the obvious choice for a summer holiday. However, Verbier offers so much more than winter skiing and is perfect for those seeking an active getaway at any time of year.
The resort boasts over 950 km of signposted hiking trails, whilst keen cyclists can enjoy over 500 km of marked trails, 23 enduro trails, and an extensive bike park. Rock climbing is available until late September across 30 courses of varying levels.
Golf enthusiasts will love the scenic 18-hole course and younger putters can enjoy the mini-golf park. Those seeking adventure can take in the spectacular scenery from above by skydiving or paragliding from the mountain peaks.