Why not take advantage of 2016's last stretch of sunshine, convincing yourself that summer is still well and truly alive for another week with a last minute holiday to get you through until the Christmas festivities begin.
There are many advantages if you take your European summer holiday in September. The sea and skies are still blue, the water is still warm and since most tourists are back home, everything is much quieter, not to mention you can get better deals.
To be honest, is there ever a bad time to go to Sicily? The warm breeze which blows from Africa across the Mediterranean keeps Sicily hot well into autumn however it does cool down slightly, allowing you to enjoy exploring Sicily's charming and decorative towns. Sicily’s beautiful beaches are hardly every crowded in September and it’s a great time of the year for fresh produce.
You may be surprised to learn that it rains more in Milan than it does in Manchester, however September has the fewest rainy days of Milan’s yearly season and you will have an average temperature of 24 C / 75 F. You can go shopping for the newest fashion season or spend your time in Milan’s many chic cafes and restaurants.
The most pleasant times to visit Corfu are either April to May or September to October. The Ionian Sea is beautiful in September, where a morning swim is a warm and delightful experience. The island’s forest areas are still green and inviting for afternoon naps beneath its olive and oak trees.
Cotswolds, United Kingdom
The Cotswolds are one of the loveliest places in the UK to visit – no matter what time of year it is, with its drystone cottages surrounded by wild gardens; its dribbling waters and wild birds; soothing landscapes and charming villages. September time brings in the harvest when the local produce it at its sweetest – enjoyed best in a local tea shop or pub.