Where is hot in September
September is one of the best months of the year for a sunshine break. You’ll find hot weather, warm seas and uncrowded resorts across the Mediterranean, plus many great options further afield.
Temperatures in September tend to be less punishing than in July and August, but in Southern Europe you can still expect around 25°C to 32°C, perfect for lazing in the sun and enjoying the occasional excursion. Rainfall is very low in September.
Because of the start of the new school year, very few families travel in September. However, tour operators continue with their summer flight programmes all the way into October, which is why you can get such great deals on holidays in September. It’s a time when supply outstrips demand.
Short haul destinations
You don’t need to travel a long way south to find warm weather. You could take the train or fly to the South of France where glamorous destinations such as Nice, Monte Carlo and St Tropez are enjoying temperatures of 25°C. It’s also a great month for a wine tour of France, or head to the atmospheric island of Corsica where you’ll find a good selection of apartments and villas with private pools (check out the special offers in September).
Hot and sunny weather is all but guaranteed across the Mediterranean. The Italian islands of Sardinia and Sicily both enjoy average temperatures of 26°C and – because the Italians all tend to holiday in August – the beaches are never crowded in September. In the deep south of Italy, the beaches of Puglia will still be hot (you can also take a yoga holiday there).
Elsewhere in Italy, the Amalfi Coast is stunning in September – you can visit the historic town of Sorrento and the gorgeous island of Capri. The Italian Lakes will have cooled off a little but still be warm enough for sunbathing – check out these deals, and find more holiday destinations in Italy.
In the Greek islands, Crete enjoys hot temperatures and has some excellent villas with private pools. Details here. You can expect to find a lot of cut-price deals in September. Even further north in quiet Paxos you can expect 27°C.
If you want real heat, head to Cyprus where the mercury regularly hits 32°C and higher. Don’t forget you can also choose to stay in North Cyprus which is good value because it is outside the Eurozone. Best places to stay include the pretty port town of Kyrenia and Famagusta, for long sandy beaches and ancient sites.
If you have pre-school children we recommend Daios Cove, a luxury resort in Crete, and the Sani Resort which occupies a series of beautiful protected beaches on the Greek mainland. See more holiday ideas in Greece.
Let’s not forget Spain. The Costa de la Luz in the far south-west has wonderful white sand beaches that will be uncrowded – and hot – in September. The much-neglected regions of northern Spain are always worth considering. They are great value and especially good if you want to combine a beach with some cultural sightseeing and outdoors adventure.
For something different, how about the Azores, a collection of nine Portuguese islands in the Atlantic with lush volcanic countryside, uncrowded beaches and temperatures in September of 25ºC. You’ll find some of the best whale and dolphin watching in Europe, and it’s great for walking and cycling.
Short breaks in September
If you’ve used up all your holiday allowance – or just fancy getting away for a few days of sunshine – September is also a great month for a European city break. In Spain, Madrid and Barcelona both enjoy temperatures in the mid-20s, although Barcelona has the advantage of a city beach. Further south, Seville is still hot with temperatures of 32°C, so you’ll want to pace yourself and avoid the midday sun.
In Italy, Florence reaches 26°C and Rome 27°C – ideal temperatures for some lazy sightseeing and al fresco meals. Venice – never the best place to visit in high summer – is starting to become civilised again as the crowds drift away. The ultimate way to get there is on the Orient Express from London. You can also join a luxury hotel barge cruise across the Venetian lagoon.
If you want to get healthy, how about a “wellness weekend” at the luxury Vilalara Thalassa Resort on the Algarve. Its three-night Fitness & Yoga retreat is recommended, and it also runs holidays dedicated to weight loss, stress reduction and quitting smoking.
Long haul destinations
September is a great time to visit Africa. It’s spring in Southern Africa and the dry, warm weather makes conditions perfect for game spotting as the animals congregate around the water holes. In Namibia, Botswana and Tanzania you can expect temperatures of up to 28°C.
The paradise island destinations of the Indian Ocean are hot in September. The Seychelles and the Maldives both hover around the 30°C mark. It’s also a perfect time to visit Madagascar where you can laze on white sand beaches and discover the island’s unique flora and fauna.
Much of South East Asia is hot and wet in September, so I’d avoid Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam. One of the best destinations at this time is Bali where you can expect temperatures of around 33°C and minimal rainfall. The weather in Sri Lanka should be fine and dry with temperatures around 29°C.
Temperatures are still high in Egypt and Dubai, both of which are arguably a bit too hot for holidays in September. Unless you are in search of blistering heat, you should perhaps save these destinations for later in the autumn or winter.
America in September
This a great time to visit America. The weather on the coasts is ideal, although it may be a bit too hot for comfort in the mid West. It also tends to be hot and humid in Florida with a risk of hurricanes.
Take a fly-drive holiday to soak up the beauty of America’s National Parks including Monument Valley and Yellowstone or take a rafting trip through the Grand Canyon. Love the outdoors? Go camping in the Rockies or New York and Niagara.
In the South, you can savour the gracious charm of the southern states or tour historic plantation homes in Louisiana. Or take an escorted tour of Texas which is almost a country in its own right. You’ll see it all, from Southfork Ranch in Dallas to NASA’s home in Houston.
Take a road trip along the Civil War route, or discover the vast landscapes of Colorado on a ranching holiday. It’s also a good time of year to visit Alaska where you can join a small ship cruise, or discover vast tracts of wilderness on a fly-drive. Details here.
Find more ideas in America at our sister site, 101 USA Holidays.
Last updated: 13 July 2016