If you’ve ever booked a holiday in July or August you’ll be aware of the pitfalls. With inevitable higher prices and the daily battle for a sunlounger, there are plenty of reasons to consider delaying your jaunt towards sunnier shores.

With that in mind, we’ve put together our top five places for a September getaway, where you’ll find fewer tourists, warmer waters and high temperatures.

1. Porto, Portugal

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Average temperature in September: 19˚C

The sparkling Douro River and the glorious backdrop of buildings embedded in cliff-faces make Porto a stunning city. In September the climate ensures a comfortable trip, without the crowds and tourist traps.
 
If wine over walking is your tipple, excite your inner-connoisseur and explore the city’s famous port wine cellars. As kicking back with a drink or two in the colourful Ribeira neighbourhood is a must.
 
For thrill-seekers, there’s the opportunity to see some the world’s most daring pilots strutting their stuff. The Red Bull air race comes to town on the 2nd and 3rd of September.
 
With direct flights starting at less than £100 from airports throughout the UK, Porto is a cheap and easy getaway.

2. Palermo, Italy

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Average temperature in September: 25˚C

Sicily’s capital city has a rich and diverse past. Ranging from its Catalan cathedral to an Irish-influenced crossroads, Palermo is the ideal destination for culture vultures this September.
Thespians shouldn’t miss the Teatro Massimo, the third biggest theatre in Europe. The Autumn season will include Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, so it’s not to be missed. The theatre was also used for the ending of The Godfather trilogy for those movie buffs.
 
Culinary-wise, there’s no better way to satisfy your sweet tooth than at the Sherbeth festival. The four day shindig where the historical city centre becomes a ‘gelato village’. With concerts, guided tours and more ice cream than one could ever imagine, we’re not sure there’s ever been a better time to visit Palermo!
 
British Airways, Ryanair and easyJet all offer reasonably-priced direct flights to Palermo from London, making it a convenient destination from the capital.

3. Nice, France

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Average temperature in September: 22˚C

Famous for its stunning water-front, Nice has long been a destination of choice for jet-setters in Europe. With a comfortable temperature throughout September, there’s seldom been a better time to sit back and take in the sights of the beautiful French Riviera.
 
Nice also offers a generous helping of art museums. Including the world-renowned Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, and smaller options such as the Galerie Jean Renoir. A free gallery where the emphasis is very much on up-and-coming art.
 
If it’s something wackier you seek then look no further than La Bulle d’Isis hotel where you’ll find ‘choco-cooning’. Far from your average spa treatment, choco-cooning involves a long, relaxing soak in, you guessed it, chocolate!
 
Be sure to check out the Summer Nights programme. A series of free concerts up and down the Riviera finishing on September 17th. While the city’s Port Festival on September 12th is a bonanza of music, food and fireworks which also won’t cost you a penny.
 
Nice is served with daily with direct flights from various London departure points, as well as Manchester, Newcastle, Liverpool and Bristol airports with air fares starting from less than £50.

4. Lagos, Portugal

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Average temperature in September: 23˚C

Colourful architecture, a bustling harbour and the longest beach in the Algarve, these are just three reasons to visit Lagos.
 
With sunny skies during the day and cooler evenings, September is the perfect time to visit. There’s still a buzz about the town, but the peak season is drawing to a close meaning you won’t need a 5 a.m. wake-up call to put the towels on the sun loungers.
 
The dolphin spotting tours are an ever-popular fixture of any visitor’s itinerary. While away from the beach, the ancient city walls and the baroque church of San Antonio paint a very different picture to what one usually associates with a popular seaside resort.
 
Flights to Lagos arrive at Faro airport, which can be reached from Leeds-Bradford, Liverpool, Manchester and various London airports.

5. Venice, Italy

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Average temperature in September: 20˚C

It may not be ‘off the beaten path’ but Venice is still a great choice for a September getaway.

By the time September rolls around, the crowds have settled and popular tourist destinations like San Marco’s Basilica and the Rialto Bridge can be accessed without the snaking queues of July and August.

While many of Venice’s attractions can be seen all year round, there are a few extra perks to visiting in September. The ancient city is thrust into the spotlight when the Venice Film Festival rolls into town at the beginning of the month, while the Regata Storica – a highly-competitive gondola race along the Grand Canal – takes place on the first Sunday of the September.

As a very popular tourist destination, there’s no shortage of routes from the U.K. to Venice and there are a number of direct flights leaving daily from London, Manchester and Birmingham amongst others.

Whether it’s sunny skies you seek at lower prices, a comfortable walking holiday or simply want to fill up on the finest ice cream Italy has to offer, there’s no better time to get away than September.

Whether it’s sunny skies you seek at lower prices, a comfortable walking holiday or simply want to fill up on the finest ice cream Italy has to offer, there’s no better time to get away than September.

 

Jack Oldham

Jack Oldham

Jack is an Englishman living in Tokyo with permanently itchy feet. He can often be found daydreaming about his next trip, teaching English and eating far too much sushi for one man.
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