After the summer holidays, you might feel like you need a break all over again. Many of the resorts you couldn’t face when they were at their hottest and most heaving are now cool, calm and collected. Check out our top destinations that are ideal spots to spend a post-summer holiday:

 

Portugal

If you want to take yourself off to a picturesque paradise then Portugal is the perfect place for a chilled-out holiday at the end of the summer. The temperatures have dropped off a little, but things are still warm and dry and you’ll be able to amble around uninterrupted by the crowds. Choose somewhere on the Algarve if you’re a golf fanatic and if you’re heading there with the family, Albufeira is near the best beaches and attractions like Zoomarine, the massive water park.

• Temperature: 23°C
• Hours of sunshine: 9 hours
• Average rainfall: 10mm

 

Lanzarote

If you want unparalleled weather, great cuisine and amazing amenities in bustling resorts then Lanzarote is the only choice for you. While it’s quieter after the summer holidays, it’s still vibrant, toasty and dry. If you want to be near the action head for the established spots like Puerto del Carmen for all the bars, clubs and restaurants you could want right on your doorstep. You can easily take a trip to the capital Arrecife, which is jam-packed with cultural highlights, spectacular Spanish architecture and it’s not too far from amazing attractions like Rancho Texas Park, for a family day of fun.
Lanzarote - Arrecife

• Temperature: 25°C
• Hours of sunshine: 9 hours
• Average rainfall: 0mm

 

Bulgaria

Often overlooked, Bulgaria is a great place to go for a little sun at the end of the summer. Beautiful beaches are the main draw, so if you want to visit in September when it’s a little cooler and a lot less crowded, head to coastal resorts like Sunny Beach. For something a little more low-key, there’s also Duni for a quieter ocean’s edge experience. Spread out in the surf or take a day trip to see wonders like Strandja National Park, the Balkan Mountains and the sunflower fields that the area is famed for.

• Temperature: 20°C
• Hours of sunshine: 9 hours
• Average rainfall: 37mm

 

New York

Although the weather in September is variable, it’s still a good time to visit the Big Apple. Wherever you stay in Manhattan you’ll be near amazing attractions like the High Line and MoMA, while still being close to the main tourist hotspots including Times Square and the Empire State Building. You can just jump on the subway and quickly travel from the Chrysler Building to Trump Towers, or be in trendy Williamsburg, Brooklyn with its superb shopping and quirky bars in a matter of minutes. Everything is the biggest and best here, from Broadway shows to bustling bars and some of the finest restaurants in the world.

New York Taxi

• Temperature: Highs of up to 21°C but only dropping to 16°C
• Hours of sunshine: 8 hours
• Average rainfall: 86mm

 

Mexico

The weather may be a little cooler in September, but the atmosphere in Cancun more than makes up for it as it’s time for Viva México; a festival made up of events including art exhibitions, folk music and dancing, film screenings, and street theatre. Indoor amusements showcase everything from the Mayan Museum to the Tequila Museum. If you like to be beside the seaside, go to Playa Caracol for amazing water sports, Playa Langosta for some lazy snorkelling in shallow water or go for a dive at the unforgettable Cancun Underwater Museum!

• Temperature: 28°C
• Hours of sunshine: 9 hours
• Average rainfall: 229mm

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