While cooler temperatures take hold in the UK there are still some parts of Europe that are enjoying the after-glow of summer’s warmth. So if you’re already counting down the days until Summer 2017, stop counting, and book your sun-drenched October getaway now! These three nearby destinations; Crete, Tenerife and Cyprus, make perfect October holidays because they offer plenty of sun, warmth and fantastic off-season discounts. Read on for even more reasons why these sunny locales are our top 3 picks for a seaside escape this month.


Crete

crete-beach The resplendent isle is no stranger to sunshine, and temperatures are still hovering in the mid-20’s until late October. The Cretan beaches of Vai, Elefonisi and Stavros are the perfect place to catch the last rays of summer and dip into the still warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea. As summer slides away Crete maintains a comfortable climate, with warm days and brisk nights. Before the rainy months of November and December hit you can take advantage of off-season prices and mild weather. It's the perfect time for exploring the island’s ancient ruins such as the famed Minoan Palace of Knossos; the striking landscapes of Samaria National Park; and the charming harbour towns and serene villages scattered across the island.

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Tenerife

Beach Teresitas in Tenerife - Canary Islands As one of the most popular Canary Islands, Tenerife is packed during the hot and busy summer months, however, by autumn the crowds thin out as the temperature drops to the mid-low 20’s in October and November. Despite the drop in Celsius, the water temperatures are actually warmer now than they are during the summer months, so if you are still keen for a post-summer swim, dive in! From vibrant towns like Costa Adeje and Las Americas, to breathtaking natural features like El Teide, Tenerife is chockfull of exciting tourist attractions. Winter is a peak season in Tenerife, with many Brits and Northern Europeans seeking out its sunny shores as much needed escape from cold winter climates, so now is the time to go for great value!

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Paphos

Small house on seashore of Cyprus Island near Mediterranean sea For a mild autumn where you can rediscover that summer feeling all over again, enjoy a holiday on the island of Cyprus. Here the days are still long, warm and soaked in Mediterranean sunshine and temperatures hover around 25°C. There is no better place to thaw out in than in the wonderful city of Paphos. Caught between the past and the present, Paphos is the perfect place to spend long days strolling among ancient ruins in the lower Kato Paphos where you will find a wealth of historical sites such as the Paphos Archaeological Park, as well as an array of designer hotels, cozy tavernas and refined restaurants stretched along the seaside promenade. When you need a dose of summer in October, Paphos’ sunny disposition is sure to satisfy.


 

And if you're still wondering where to go for a sunny winter escape, check out our blog, Chasing the Winter Sunfor the best tropical holidays in December and January. 

 

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