Autumn is a great time to enjoy a well-earned break in the sunshine – the peak-season crowds are dwindling and many European hotspots have cooled to a much more comfortable temperature. The staff at Avanti Travelcare have picked their top 5 short-haul locations for those who don’t want to fly for more than a few hours at a time to reach a stunning holiday destination.
Only 4 hours away from the UK by plane, the Canary Islands still boasts 8 hours of sunshine in the autumn months, with temperatures reaching a comfortable 24 degrees. Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are two particularly beautiful islands to explore, regardless of whether you are looking for a relaxing getaway or a fun-filled adventure break. With local shops and restaurants offering unique souvenirs and delicious cuisine, any one of these famed islands will provide the perfect backdrop for a memorable trip.
With temperatures still reaching 28 degrees, Morocco is a popular choice amongst sun-seeking travellers – and with its array of beautiful beaches, along with exciting cities such as Marrakech, it’s clear why it’s a firm favourite amongst tourists, who can usually reach this exotic location in just over 3 hours.
Malta is just over 3 hours flight time from the UK and its agreeable autumn temperatures mean that travellers can enjoy the scenery and take in the fascinating historical sights this incredible island has to offer.
Although normally considered a great beach holiday destination in the autumn months, largely thanks to its consistent temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius and above, Portugal has a lot more to offer. Lisbon, the country’s capital, is a top choice for those searching for a varied, cultural city break.
With 7 hours of sunshine and temperatures reaching 23 degrees in the autumn months, Saint Tropez is a great option to consider as the months turn a little cooler. If you are planning your break between the 26th September and the 4th October, make sure that you set some time aside to attend the annual Regatta Les Voiles de St Tropez – this event sees 300 yachts from all over the globe compete in a weeks’ worth of racing and other celebrations.
“Autumn sun really is closer than many of us think,” says Glen Smith, CEO at Avanti Travelcare. “These are just a handful of destinations on the continent that have hours’ worth of sun and beautiful scenery to offer at this time of year.”
Glen goes on to offer some practical advice to tourists keen to book a last-minute autumn holiday.
“Regardless of when you choose to travel abroad, it is vital to ensure that you have the correct travel insurance policy for you. This applies even if you’re booking a holiday at the last minute. The good news is that taking out an insurance policy when travelling to short-haul destinations within Europe costs significantly less than the price of worldwide cover.”
Visit the company website for more information on Avanti’s European travel insurance.
Established in 1996, Avanti Travelcare is a leading UK travel insurance provider that specialises in quality, low cost travel insurance packages for seniors. Avanti offers policies with no upper age limit and customers with a wide array of pre-existing medical conditions are considered. From single trip, annual multi-trip, business and family travel insurance, Avanti Travelcare offers tailored policies that truly meet the needs of the individual.
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