Does a holiday mean sunshine in your mind?
For those who travel for high temperatures and blue skies, there can be nothing more disappointing than experiencing bad weather on a long-awaited trip. However, there are ways to minimise the risk of rain and a chilly climate without investing in a long-haul trip. Take a look through these five European destinations with warm weather year-round thanks to their southerly coastal locations.
The Algarve, Portugal
Once characterised by small traditional fishing villages, The Algarve’s 200km coastal stretch now includes larger beach resort destinations with fantastic restaurants, varied hotels, and water-sports and water parks ideal for entertaining the whole family. Tranquillity can still be found at the less popular spots and inland. Portugal’s southernmost region enjoys beach weather well into October.
Looking for a cultural trip rather than a lazy week on the beach? Rome, Italy’s historic capital, may be the answer. This spectacular city is overflowing with heritage architecture, contemporary cafés, and mouth-watering local cuisine. A particularly good destination for couples seeking a romantic long weekend.
You could also head south afterwards to explore Naples, renowned for being the birthplace of pizza. In addition to the city’s own historic delights, take the time to visit the enchanting Amalfi Coast. Colourful buildings, picturesque bays, and an idyllic laidback atmosphere await travellers here.
The Greek Islands have beaches to rival those of the Maldives. Crete, the largest island, not only boasts beautiful sandy beaches with turquoise water. Here you can also explore ancient ruins, hike through lush countryside, and experience staggering scenery in the Samaria Gorge National Park. Top tip: stroll the streets and enjoy a sundowner in the pretty Venetian-style city of Chania.
Tenerife, Canary Islands
The Canary Islands sit off the north-west coast of Africa but are technically a Spanish archipelago. Tenerife, the largest island, is a much-loved beach destination year-round. Travellers seeking the finest weather should investigate the best airport transfers to Tenerife South which enjoys more sunshine and warmer temperatures than the north of the island. One of the most special things about the Canary Islands are the unusual volcanic beaches covered in spectacular black sand.
Seeking sunny beaches with the option of more evening entertainment? Larnaca, a striking port city on the south coast of Cyprus, certainly fits the bill. Walk the palm-lined promenade at night and you will encounter an excess of lively restaurants and bars buzzing with music and people. In October the temperature is still a pleasant 22 degrees Celsius, ideal for relaxing on the beach or indulging in some exhilarating water-sports. You could even dive down to see the submerged Zenobia Wreck.