With the kids back at school, and their parents back at work, even the most popular resorts become less crowded in September. The good news is that there’s plenty of sun to be had at some spectacular locations at this time of year. From the fast pace of Las Vegas to a relaxing retreat on the Greek island of Santorini, we give you our top picks for a sunny September holiday!
Average daily high: 35°C
Hours of sunshine: 12 hours
Average flight time from the UK: 10.5 hours
Time difference: -8 hours (BST)
What better time to visit the entertainment capital of the world, than in September, when the days are long and warm and there’s very little rainfall. Located in the Mojave Desert, Las Vegas is famous for its casinos, cabarets and glitzy nightlife. No visit to Sin City is complete without catching a show at the Cirque du Soleil on the Strip. You can get all sorts of tours from Las Vegas; anything from a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon, to Death Valley day trips. This is a holiday destination for those with plenty of energy!
Average daily high: 31°C
Hours of sunshine: 9 hours
Average flight time from the UK: 8 hours
Time difference: -5 hours (BST)
The average sea temperature in Antigua in September is a very warm 29°C, perfect for swimming. The beaches on this island boast fine white sand, and clear, calm waters. If you enjoy scuba diving or snorkelling, head to Freeman’s Bay to explore the coral reef there. Whether you want to sip cocktails at a beach bar, try out a new water sport, or visit one of the historical sites, there’s plenty to do in Antigua to keep you occupied and relaxed.
Costa del Sol
Average daily high: 26°C
Hours of sunshine: 8 hours
Average flight time from the UK: 2.5 hours
Time difference: +1 hour (BST)
You don’t have to travel far to enjoy some sunshine this September… Costa del Sol is a two and a half hour flight from the UK, and reaches highs of 26°C with 8 hours of sunshine per day throughout this month. If you like Mediterranean food, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Enjoy a delicious traditional Spanish meal at one of the many restaurants, and take the opportunity to sample the local wine. Among the many beaches on the Costa del Sol, is a favourite, Playa de Fuengirola. Located near the historic Fuengirola castle, this beach is very clean and safe, making it a popular choice with holidaymakers and locals alike.
Average daily high: 26°C
Hours of sunshine: 11 hours
Average flight time from the UK: 4 hours
Time difference: +2 hours (BST)
Picturesque retreat Santorini is perfect for your September get-away. With its whitewashed towns, ancient settlements and baroque architecture, this Greek island is steeped in history. Visit Santorini’s volcanoes and hot springs, or stroll around the shops and museums. Watch the stunning sunset over dinner at a clifftop restaurant, and you can truly embrace the relaxed atmosphere of this beautiful island. You won’t want to leave!
Don’t forget to book your airport hotel and airport parking when you book your holiday, to get the best prices. You could even treat yourself to an airport lounge either at the beginning of your holiday, or at the end, and avoid the hustle and bustle at the airport. Wherever you decide to go, enjoy your trip!