Missing the summer sun already? A break somewhere lovely and warm in the autumn is always a good idea. Not only will you make friends jealous with your topped-up tan and Instagram snaps of you in flipflops and shorts while they sport jeans and jumpers, but you will take on the end of the year feeling relaxed and refreshed.

So the only question is… where to go to find the sun?

The Canary Islands

Average temperature October: 22°C

Average high temperature in October: 25°C

The Canary Islands are a reliable holiday destination at any time of the year. The main islands of Tenerife, Lazarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura all offer fabulous beaches, incredibly unusual landscapes, and all the tourist amenities you could hope for.

Cyprus

Average temperature October: 22°C

Average high temperature in October: 27°C

Cyprus is a real favourite for sun and beach-lovers, but also offers picturesque hill villages and ancient historical sites aplenty. We think it’s a great October destination, particularly with the family.

Dubai

Average temperature October: 29°C

Average high temperature in October: 35°C

Now we are talking properly hot.  Dubai is synonymous with glamour, luxury and air-conditioned shopping centres, but has recently been developing its offering for the family market too.

Cape Verde

Average temperature October: 27°C   

Average high temperature October: 28°C

A paradise off the coast of West Africa, with mountainous scenery and crystal clear, blue seas. All this within 6 hours flying time from the UK!