9 autumn holidays

autumn holidays from Purple TravelGet more bite from your autumn holidays in Cyprus, where temperatures still top 30 degrees thanks to its southerly location. Coral Bay, a huge horseshoe-shaped beach is your best bet. The water will be nicely warmed from the summer sunshine and limestone cliffs ensure it offers a dramatic swim. Fly to Paphos from Gatwick, Luton, Bristol or Manchester.

Canary Island holidays are always a good idea, but never more than in the autumn when you can top up your tan to show off at work. Temperatures hover around the mid-20s, but it’s not as touristy as summer. It’s a great time to explore some of the islands. Get up, close and personal with a volcano or check out Timanfaya National Park. There are regular flights to the Canaries from airports around the UK.

The Greek islands in autumn offer the perfect holiday mix: great weather, even better value and no crowds. Holidays in the Medieval Old Town of Rhodes with its narrow alleys and sun-bleached squares is the perfect place to really get-away-from-it-all. September is the optimum time to visit one of the island’s most famous attractions: Butterfly Valley, where thousands of the insects gather en-mass.  Fly from Blackpool, Bournemouth, London or Birmingham to Rhodes.

For an autumn city break you’ll never forget (or more likely, you won’t remember!!) there is really only one choice: Oktoberfest in Munich. The action usually kicks off around September 20th, when huge beer halls are bedecked with Bavarian bands, beautiful barmaids and beer by the bucket load. Fly to Munich from the UK this autumn with Purple Travel.

Warm up for winter with a quick trip to Budapest. The Hungarian city has a bohemian atmosphere, with the likes of its Ruin Bars and late night culture, but it’s the thermal baths that really make Budapest holidays stand out. Indulge in decadent warm bubbling waters, get pummelled by expert masseurs and pay for the pleasure of dropping feet first into an ice cold plunge pool. It’s good for you, honest! Fly from London, Manchester or Bristol to Budapest this autumn.

Skiing is something that never goes out of fashion, right? The Tyrol region of Austria offers breath-taking beauty and a dizzying array of winter activities, gastronomic delights and biking and hiking. The mountains have miles and miles of piste and some of the best après-ski. On top of that, autumn ski holidays are still early in the season so there’s plenty of value to be had.

For an authentic autumn holiday, how about traditional grape stamping in Portugal’s centrally Douro Valley. The grapes are trodden by foot in September and October to the sounds of an accordion! Worth going just for the stories to tell afterwards. There are regular flights to Porto in Portugal from UK airports.

Tropical autumn sun holidays are best enjoyed in exotic Mauritius. The Indian Ocean Island is stunningly beautiful. There are only a couple of hours of time difference, and the resorts there cater for your every whim. This is a Robinson Crusoe-style holiday with power white sandy beaches, sparkling warm waters and the ultimate in luxury. For flights to Mauritius from UK talk to our expert travel team.

Malta holidays are pretty unique as an autumn sun holiday experience. There is a sort of spring like quality to the island at this time after the harsh heat of the summer sunshine. The water is warm, the landscapes are going back to their original green colour and everyone is a good mood. It’s perfect autumn holiday fodder. Fly to Malta from Birmingham, London, Liverpool, Newcastle or Cardiff and save.

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