There are better ways to make the summer last that bit longer than spending September shivering in a beer garden. Instead, head to one of these destinations, which have been voted the best places for hot weather in September and October by travellers like you. *
The perfect place to top up your fading tan
Barcelonians are always confident in a long-lasting summer since the average autumn temperature is 23°, with regular highs of 26°. Giving you an ideal opportunity to top up that fading tan while sipping something cool next to the Lugaris Beach pool.
The ideal months for al fresco dining in Rome
Temperatures in Rome can still reach as high as 27° in October, making the autumn months the ideal time for al fresco dining in Italy’s capital city; check into the Parco di Nerone and wake up to a view of the Colosseum.
300 days of sunshine a year
Nice averages over 300 days of sunshine a year (must be nice) and the average temperature throughout September and October is a pleasant 20°, with highs of 25°. The best thing about the balmy temperatures is that it’s still possible to enjoy wandering around Nice’s beautiful architecture and beaches, but without the large summer crowds. Rent an apartment with a seaview like Terra & Mare.
Stretch the summer all the way into November
Autumn in San Diego started with the San Diego Sand Festival (which they really should have called Sand Diego) and then there are dozens of outdoor events scheduled throughout September and October. The city’s warm autumnal temperatures (with regular highs of 25°) give visitors a chance to stretch summer all the way out to November. Stay close to the beach at the L’Auberge Del Mar Resort and Spa.
Explore Lisbon without the sweltering summer temperatures
Most of Lisbon’s shops close over the summer months, so the city gains a new lease of life in September, while the temperatures are still high and most tourists have headed home. With average temperatures of 23° throughout the autumn, this is the perfect time to explore the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum without the sweltering summer temperatures. Spend a few hours enjoying the sprawling gardens and then dine on the terrace of the Gulbenkian.
Get an autumnal vitamin D hit in Seville
The Spanish city of Seville averages 23° throughout the autumn months, with potential highs of 32° in September. Get your vitamin D hit while exploring the Alcázar Royal Palace gardens or going for a rooftop swim at the Hotel Sevilla. Or if you prefer to stay pale and interesting take a late-night rooftop tour of the Cathedral.
Explore Istanbul's burgeoning street art scene on foot
Istanbul does get significantly colder in October but the average temperatures in September are high and it’s still possible to dine outside or explore the city’s burgeoning street art scene on foot. Start the day with a seaview and a traditional Turkish breakfast at the Blanco Hotel before wandering down to the Tuzla Harbour to watch the ships.
A few degrees makes all the difference in Marrakech
The autumn months in Marrakech are only a few degrees cooler than the summer (with respective highs of 33° and 29°). However those few degrees make it possible to explore the city or hike through the Atlas mountains without having to retreat into the shade every few hours. And the absence of summer tourists make exploring the (at times overwhelming) medina a lot easier. After you’ve finished exploring retire to the Domaine Abiad to cool off in the pool.
And if you're still dreading the cold, book a trip to these sunny beaches that laugh in the face of winter.
** Our data analysts looked at destinations that were endorsed for 'warm weather' by Booking.com customers in September and October.