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Where’s hot in October? Top 5 autumn sun destinations

That’s it, summer is officially over! Bitterly cold nights are drawing ever closer. But if you’re looking to escape the dreary autumn weather, blistering winds, and painfully dark mornings, then check out our top five autumn sun destinations you can jet away to, direct from Gatwick Airport this year.

Lanzarote - Canary Islands

Average max temperature: 29C

Only 70km from the Western Sahara, it’s no wonder Lanzarote is at the top of our list. The climate here is nothing short of desert-like, with highs of 29C during October. The island isn’t just great for its scorching temperatures, there are almost 100 stunning beaches littered across the small island for you to enjoy, and let’s not forget the spectacular volcanic backdrop that surrounds the island. Timanfaya National Park is one of Lanzarote’s most renowned tourist attractions – the landscape was formed in the 18th century during a period of volcanic eruptions, with panoramic views of the landscape, it’s a must see when in the area. And what makes Lanzarote such an ideal autumn destination? Tourism is at a low, temperatures are idyllic, there’s a light breeze, and what’s more, the sea is actually warmer than it is in summer.

Cyprus

Average max temperature: 33C

With Cyprus’s location being more southerly, and closer to southwest Asia, it means that it is one of the hottest destinations in the Mediterranean and benefits from a long and hot autumn with temperatures well into the 30s. If it’s days at the beach you’re after then check out Coral Bay, an oversized horseshoe shaped bay.

Turkey

Average max temperature: 29C

With bearable temperatures of up to 29C throughout the autumn months, Turkey is the perfect destination for a chilled-out vacation. With plenty of activities on offer, from days spent wandering the Roman ruins, to days spent lazing on the endless white sandy beaches. If diving is right up your street, locals suggest autumn as the best time to dive, as after the first autumn rain is when you can see the most fish action.

Cuba

Average max temperature: 30C

If you’re looking to travel further afield and experience a whole other type of holiday destination, then Cuba is the ideal destination for an autumn break sampling new and interesting foreign culture. The Tropic of Cancer runs through Cuba which provides year-round tropical weather and heat. Heading to Cuba in October will provide plentiful sun and warmth, however, October is the last month of the rainy season, so occasional showers may be present.

Saint Tropez

Average max temperature: 24C

If you’re looking for somewhere closer to home, then Saint Tropez in France is the ideal break for some autumn sun. Although it may be expensive, it’s sure to blow you away. With temperatures reaching mid-20s in October, and only 2 hours from Gatwick Airport, it’s a no brainer. Saint Tropez is full to the brim with stunning beaches such as Plage de Pampelonne and Plage des Salins, and let’s not forget the many extravagant restaurants, bars, and delicatessens. If you’re a foodie, it’s a sure hit!

So, if any of our top 5 autumn sun destinations have tempted you into a last-minute autumn break, then book your last-minute airport meet and greet parking at Gatwick Airport with us. Our professional and friendly drivers will meet you at your terminal to collect your car, and be there waiting for you on your return, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy your holiday, by starting it off the right way. Help Me Park, your convenient and trusty airport meet and greet service at Gatwick Airport.