Where is hot in September in Europe


By Mark Hodson, Sunday Times Travel Writer

September is one of the best months in the year for a holiday in Europe. With children back at school and many people back to work, there are bargains to be had across the Mediterranean, particularly in the beach resorts of SpainGreece, Turkey, Portugal, Italy and Cyprus

As well as uncrowded beaches and restaurants, you’ll also find the weather is superb, still hot but not quite as humid as in July and August. The sea will be perfect for swimming at around 25ºC. If you can travel in September, take the opportunity! 

You can also enjoy city breaks in Europe in September, but I’d avoid hot spots like Seville and Athens, where temperatures are still likely to hit the mid-30s.

Where’s hot in Europe in September

Country Destination Average highs Average hours of sun
Turkey Kas & Kalkan 28°C 11 hours
Italy Sicily 26°C 9 hours
Portugal Alentejo 28°C 8 hours
Greece Crete 27°C 10 hours
Malta Malta 29°C 9 hours
Spain Mallorca 26°C 8 hours
France Corsica 25°C 9 hours


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Kas & Kalkan – Sicily – Alentejo – Crete – Malta – Mallorca – Corsica

    • 1. Kas and Kalkan, Turkey

Average highs in September: 28ºC
Average daily sunshine: 11 hours
Flying time from UK: 4 hours (to Dalaman)

The whitewashed fishing villages of Kas and Kalkan are not the absolute hottest resorts on the long Turquoise Coast of Turkey, but they are certainly among the loveliest. Tumbling down the a steep hillside towards the clear waters of the sea, you’ll find luxury villas, charming restaurants and chic bars, all with spectacular sunset views. If you want to stay in a hotel, check out Classic Collection, while  Vintage Travel and CV Villas have the best choice of villas with private pool in Kas, Kalkan and nearby Islamlar.

Also consider: the resorts of Belek, Side and Kemer in the far south. A touch hotter, with golf courses nearby, but not so pretty. Find where’s hot in Turkey in September.

  • 2. Sicily

Average highs in September: 26ºC
Average daily sunshine: 9 hours
Flying time from UK: 3 hours

Sicily may look modestly-sized on the map, but it’s so rich in history, culture and natural wonders that you could spend a lifetime getting to know it all. It has lovely beaches, beautifully-preserved ancient sites, dramatic volcanoes and some of Italy’s finest food and wine. Renting a car is a good idea, so you’ll be able to explore the island without relying on public transport. You’ll find a selection of charming hotels and apartments at i-escape and Long Travel while Vintage Travel has a collection of villas with private pool. For a dose of luxury, stay at Sir Rocco Forte’s Verdura Golf & Spa Resort.

Also consider: the pure white beaches of Sardinia which will be free of crowds, as the Italians mainly visit only in August. The best place to stay is Forte Village, one of the finest beach resorts in the Mediterranean with a wide choice of hotels and villas, world-class sports facilities and a fabulous spa.

  • 3. Alentejo, Portugal

Average highs in September: 28ºC
Average daily sunshine: 8 hours
Flying time from UK: 2 hours 45 minutes (to Lisbon)

The Brits love Portugal, and fortunately the Portuguese have a long-standing affection for the Brits. Most people head to the Algarve but if you want to see an unspoilt authentic region of Portugal, try the the Alentejo. This gorgeous unspoilt region lies just to the south of Lisbon with spectacular Atlantic beaches, medieval towns, hilltop castles and sensational food and drink. Another way to see this part of the country is on a road trip, staying in Portugal’s pousadas, a unique network of government-owned heritage hotels. You can read about my visit to the Alentejo.

Also consider: an activity holiday. Inntravel has independent walking holidays and cycling holidays, with luggage transfers between hotels. Ramblers Walking Holidays has group walking trips.

  • 4. Crete

Average highs in September: 27ºC
Average daily sunshine: 10 hours
Flying time from UK: 4 hours

Crete is the most southerly of the Greek islands and, arguably, the most interesting. It’s a large island with a high central mountain range, some busy package resorts, some charming port towns – Chania is the best example – plus lots of hiking trails and historical sites. There’s a good choice of flights and places to stay, including these lovely villas with private pools, along with stylish houses for rent and small authentic adult-only hotels.

Also consider: the smaller island of Kos, which has a similar climate. Stay at the good-value all-inclusive IKOS Aria resort. Find the the hottest Greek islands in September.

  • 5. Malta & Gozo

Average highs in September: 29ºC
Average daily sunshine: 9 hours
Flying time from UK: 3 hours 10 minutes

Malta and its quieter, laid-back sister island, Gozo, offer arguably the best trade-off in September between flying time and temperature. A short hop from airports across the UK, Malta has 2,000 years of history and culture with historic castles, palaces and churches, and many good-value four-star and five-star hotels. Check the latest special offers. Gozo is 45 minutes away by ferry and offers lovely unspoilt countryside and some of the best dive sites in Europe.

  • 6. Mallorca

Average highs in September: 26ºC
Average daily sunshine: 8 hours
Flying time from UK: 2 hours 20 minutes

It’s only a short hop from airports across the UK to the Balearics. If your idea of Mallorca is booze cruises and all-day English breakfasts in Magaluf, you’ll get a lovely surprise when you leave the package resorts and explore the beautiful countryside, the historic capital of Palma and the lovely beaches and coves. Head to the north and west coasts and rent a villa with private pool.

Also consider: Ibiza will be rediscovering its laid-back spiritual vibe as the clubbing season reaches a close, and Menorca which has outstanding beaches. Find the hottest places in Spain in September.

  • 7. Corsica

Average highs in September: 25ºC
Average daily sunshine: 9 hours
Flying time from UK: 2 hours 20 minutes (to Bastia)

Why do British tourists so often overlook the gorgeous French island of Corsica? It’s a mystery to me, because this Gallic outpost has perfect beaches, medieval hill towns, forests, fabulous food and the famous scented maquis. There are some charming hotels (many with special offers in September) plus characterful self-catering accommodation such as Villa Bicu Rossu; surrounded by olive groves and mountain scenery, and La Petite Citaj, a stylish townhouse for two in the chic harbour town of St Florent.

See what weather to expect in Europe in other autumn, winter and spring months:

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