Just heard the heating click on for the first time in months? Want to escape those dark nights? In denial that it’s the end of British summer time? Well don’t worry, summer isn't over everywhere and from the short haul to the far afield, these are the best places to go if you want some summer-ish sun this October.
Gran Canaria, Canary Islands (temperature highs of 26.4°C)
In general the Canary Islands will remain pretty hot into October, and you may even find it a slightly more comfortable time to be there than during the overwhelming heat of the summer months. It's a busy place, accounting for almost half the population of the Canary Islands, but it's also absolutely full of green leafy spaces in the north with beaches and resorts in the south and mountains slap bang in the middle. It's well known for its glorious hiking trails and water sports along with busy beaches and plenty of tourist activities.
Kos, Greece (temperature highs of 26°C)
Kos is so much more than the strip you necked WKDs on when you were a teenager. It's Greece so it's absolutely packed with fascinating history, Grecian ruins and beautiful architecture, plus it's home to some of the best sandy beaches in Europe. You could definitely do a lot worse. Areas in the north coast and the far south west are far less touristy that the main part of the south coast, and surrounded by lush rural landscapes and rugged mountains.
Cyprus (temperature highs of 26.7°C)
Along with April, October is one of the quieter months for Cyprus' tourism industry, meaning that if you fancy a relaxed trip autumn is the perfect time to go without missing out on sunshine. The island has a hugely rich and complicated history and you can spend your days exploring Phoenician tombs and Roman ruins before laying out on one of the many beautiful golden beaches Cyprus is known for.
Kuramathi Island, Maldives (temperature highs of 29°C)
Let's be honest, we'd probably go to the Maldives any time of year, but October seems like the optimum time. The ultimate haven for relaxation, Kuramathi island is the perfect place to walk around in your swimsuit all day, every day. Whether you’re coming from the spa, diving with the sea life or simply having a refreshing beverage by the pool, you’ll literally be in bliss. Anybody else looking at flights right now?
Buenos Aires, Argentina (temperature highs of 22°C)
Become a true Gaucho for the day in the capital city of Buenos Aires, which is home to some of the best steak in the world. If you're not interested in food (what?), walk down the La Boca Neighbourhood and experience a real life Balamory with the multicoloured buildings and tango dancing in the street. Although it’s not the hottest destination for October, there’s still plenty of reasons to go here.
Cape Town, South Africa (temperature highs of 21°C)
It may be the coolest on our list but who doesn’t want to live up their Love Island fantasy? Cape Town’s summer is our winter, so October is the beginning of their sunny season. Always wanted to go on a proper safari, or waddle with wild penguins on a beach? Guess what… here you can (at Boulders Bay). Cape Town has great views, great experiences and beautiful scenery - why wouldn't you want to go?
Maui, Hawaii (temperature highs of 25°C)
No, it's not just because want to experience all the Moana moments. Take a trip down the famous Road to Hana and on the way stop at the black volcanic sand beach, Honokalani Beach. Get that typical Hawaiian surf in whilst you’re at it. And then, for an evening of traditional music, dancing and food, visit the Old Lahina Luau. Seriously, grab your bikinis and get yourself to Hawaii.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates (temperature highs of 35°C)
Dubai is pretty much scorching all year round (literally look at that temp!) making it an easy option for some winter heat. If you can tackle your fear of heights, trek up the tallest building in the world, The Burj Khalifa. Or, if you feel like splashing the cash, have an meal at the Al Mahara ‘underwater’ restaurant, in the world’s only seven-star hotel. With a floor to ceiling aquarium surrounding you whilst you eat, you really can dine with the fishes.
Sao Paulo, Brazil (temperature highs of 26°C)
Thanks to being one of the world’s most popular cities, Sao Paulo has a perfect balance of concrete jungle and actual jungle like urban forests. They have free walking tours to make sure you don’t miss out on all the best parts of the city. Make sure you also visit Mercado Municipal, a massive indoor market inside a warehouse, which is a huge attraction for visitors.
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