Top 10 late sunshine holidays for two in the Mediterranean’s autumn-friendly resorts

It’s a great time to visit the Med as a couple

After the long hot summer the sea is at its warmest but the crowds have vanished

  1. SKIATHOS – A week from 204pp (flights extra)
    The Greek islands still bask in temperatures in the 20s celsius in October so they re ideal for some late sun. Kivo Art and Gourmet Hotel on the east coast of Skiathos is chic but affordable and sits in 15 acres of gardens. Some suites have private pools with views of the Aegean. Evangelistria Monastery, where the first Greek flag was woven, is less than five miles away.
    THE DEAL: Seven nights B&B from October 2 start at 204pp. Aegean Airlines flights start at 196 from London and 260 from Birmingham in October through skyscanner.net12
  2. MENORCA – A week from 549pp3
    Top 10 Late Sunshine Holidays For Two In The Mediterranean's Autumn-friendly Resorts View of city hall at dusk, Mahon, Menorca
    The Barcelo Hamilton hotel is a luxury adults-only hotel overlooking the bay in the city of Mah n, on the east coast of the Spanish island. There s a sky bar with 360-degree views, six hot tubs on the rooftop terrace and an outdoor pool. Mah n Port is a must-see. For days out there s the prehistoric city of Trepulco, and S Albufera des Grau Natural Park.
    THE DEAL: Lowcost Holidays has seven nights B&B from 549pp including flights from Manchester on October 23.
  3. FRANCE – Three nights from 66.50pp (flights extra)4
    Top 10 Late Sunshine Holidays For Two In The Mediterranean's Autumn-friendly Resorts Hotel de l’Esterel, set within a resort with restaurants, bars and shops is nestled in the Saint-Raphael hills between Nice and Marseille on the Bay of Agay
    Sun yourself in style at H tel de l Esterel on the French Riviera, which is part of a resort with restaurants, bars, shops, a spa, infinity pool and nine-hole golf course. It s about a mile to Dramont beach but if you re feeling lazy there s a tourist train.
    THE DEAL: Three nights in a double room from October 24 start at 133 with Pierre & Vacances.

    British Airways ( ba.com5 ) has flights from London from 109 return.

  4. MALTA – A week from 1,029pp6
    Enjoy five-star luxury at waterfront Fortina Spa Resort in Sliema, just up the east coast from the capital Valletta. It offers a huge range of treatments, from facials and wraps to massages and botox, and has seven restaurants and two bars. If you tire of being pampered, there s historic Valletta the Fortress City to explore, with centuries-old architecture, museums, churches and palaces.
    THE DEAL: Seven nights B&B from 1,029pp including flights from Stansted on September 24 with Malta Direct.
  5. ISLAND WALKING – A week from 420pp (flights extra)7
    Top 10 Late Sunshine Holidays For Two In The Mediterranean's Autumn-friendly Resorts The Kalimera Hotel, Santorini
    Sample two of the most beautiful Greek islands on a walking Discount Holidays © holiday with Macs Adventure. Your first base will be the Naxos Resort Beach Hotel on Naxos. From there you ll do two days of walking, including one day climbing to the summit of Mount Zas. Then you ll catch the ferry to Santorini where you ll stay at the Kalimera Hotel in Akrotiri. Highlights include a walk to the ancient ruins at Thera, which was the island s capital in the Roman era. The walks range from two to seven hours a day (shorter options are available for the longer routes) and you ll get maps and 24-hour back-up. Both hotels have pools.
    THE DEAL: Seven nights B&B with Macs Adventure from October 1 costs 420pp including ferry tickets between Naxos and Santorini.

    Return flights from Heathrow to Naxos start at 191 with Aegean Airlines in October.

  6. SPAIN – A week from 545pp (flights extra)8
    Top 10 Late Sunshine Holidays For Two In The Mediterranean's Autumn-friendly Resorts Hotel Las Chimenas in the Andalucian village of Mairena where mules still outnumber cars by two to one
    If you re looking for the ultimate laid-back break, the sleepy Andalucian village of Mairena is perfect mules outnumber cars by two to one. Casa Las Chimeneas is well-placed for lazy walks along ancient paths and the hosts Emma and David Illsley will take you on a tour of their organic farm and to meet a neighbouring olive oil producer. They ll also provide you with walking maps and local info.
    THE DEAL: Seven nights half board (with three picnics) and car hire from 545pp from mid-September with Inntravel. Flights to Malaga or Granada cost around 200pp from Glasgow (skyscanner.net9) or around 100pp from Manchester with easyJet (easyjet.com10).
  7. TURKEY – A week from 599pp11
    Top 10 Late Sunshine Holidays For Two In The Mediterranean's Autumn-friendly Resorts Anatolian Sky Holidays is offering a bargain cruise in Turkey on board a traditional wooden gulet
    Imagine spending your days on a traditional wooden gulet, sun-bathing on deck between cooling dips in the Aegean. Anatolian Sky Holidays has a choice of five great-value trips. They include the Blue Voyage, which travels from Fethiye to Marmaris, taking in Cleopatra s Bay along the way, and the Turquoise Coast cruise, which goes from Selimiye to Dat a past ancient villages and temples.
    THE DEAL: Seven nights with flights from Manchester on October 19 from 599pp (down from 880). Includes all meals and soft drinks on board.
  8. CYPRUS – A week from 619pp12
    If you want to combine relaxation with something a bit more strenuous, five-star all-inclusive Sentido Thalassa Hotel in Paphos runs a packed programme of events. Yoga, pilates, aerobics and tennis are included in the price, along with the use of a gym, sauna, whirlpool, pool and steam bath. This adults-only hotel overlooks Coral Bay beach and is a short walk from bars and restaurants.

    One favourite for visitors looking for traditional Cypriot food is the Ficardo Restaurant in Poseidonos Avenue. Romantics will love the rich history of Paphos it s said to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and there are lots of palaces, theatres and fortresses to explore.
    THE DEAL: Thomas Cook Signature offers seven nights all inclusive at the Sentido Thalassa Hotel from 619pp, including flights departing from Bristol on October 21.

  9. EGYPT – A week from 395pp13
    Hurghada City is the second biggest town on the Red Sea and one of the country s busiest Discount Holidays © holiday destinations, with more than 10 miles of coastline. The smartline Colour Beach hotel is set on a stretch of private beach in a bustling down-town area. It has an outdoor swimming pool, seafood restaurant, fitness room and spa. When you re ready for a break from the beach and water there are landscaped gardens for a relaxing stroll. The Colour Beach Club nearby hosts lively party nights on Mondays and Fridays.
    THE DEAL: An all-inclusive seven-night Discount Holidays © holiday costs from 395pp flying from Gatwick on October 30 with Airtours.
  10. CRETE – A week from 685pp14
    Top 10 Late Sunshine Holidays For Two In The Mediterranean's Autumn-friendly Resorts The Castello Boutique Resort and Spa in Sissi on Crete
    Seriously cool couples will feel at home among the ultra-hip architecture and smart interior design of the Castello Boutique Resort and Spa in the fishing village of Sissi, on the north coast of the Greek island. The five-star hotel has rooms and suites with private pools and the spa offers a range of treatments from massages to a chocolate-based exfoliation. There are piano and theme entertainment nights. If you really want to be decadent, book the hotel s limo to pick you up from the airport.

    There is also a car rental service and private parking for each room handy if you plan a day out walking at the Lassithi Plateau, a raised area of the island dotted with villages, olive groves and windmills.
    THE DEAL: Seven nights half board from 685pp including flights from Manchester on September 29 with Olympic Holidays.

References

  1. ^ A week from 204pp (flights extra) (kivoartgourmethotel.reserve-online.net)
  2. ^ skyscanner.net (www.skyscanner.net)
  3. ^ A week from 549pp (www.lowcostholidays.com)
  4. ^ Three nights from 66.50pp (flights extra) (www.pierreetvacances.com)
  5. ^ ba.com (ba.com)
  6. ^ A week from 1,029pp (www.maltadirect.com)
  7. ^ A week from 420pp (flights extra) (www.macsadventure.com)
  8. ^ A week from 545pp (flights extra) (www.inntravel.co.uk)
  9. ^ skyscanner.net (www.skyscanner.net)
  10. ^ easyjet.com (www.easyjet.com)
  11. ^ A week from 599pp (www.anatoliansky.co.uk)
  12. ^ A week from 619pp (www.thomascook.com)
  13. ^ A week from 395pp (www.thomascook.com)
  14. ^ A week from 685pp (www.olympicholidays.com)

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