Summer might be leaving the northern hemisphere – but in Mediterranean south the sun stays around for much longer. If you book an autumn break in southern Europe, then you can enjoy the sunshine without the crowds and high prices. For a budget holiday under blue skies, we recommend you visit some of our favourite destinations in Spain, Italy, Greece and Malta.
Southern Spain’s beach towns receive 300 days of sun a year and daytime temperatures often reach 20C in December. Europe’s most southerly town is busy throughout autumn, packed full of surfers, restaurants and beautiful Spanish plazas.
Surfers come to Tarifa for waves, but its a vibrant party destination for backpackers and sun lovers too. Exceptionally chilled out and famous for its laid back lifestyle, Tarifa is a beautiful Spanish holiday destination with guaranteed sunshine for most of the year.
Budget rooms are available from €21 per night.
Italy’s 2015 Capital of Culture is an ancient treasure dating back 2,500 years. Cagliari boasts a long coastline of eight miles, ‘the Poetto’, which is the best place to hang out for nightlife and entertainment. If you choose a hostel in Cagliari on a budget holiday, then Poetto will offer sunbathing and water sports during the day, music and entertainment at night.
Budget rooms are available from €14 per night.
Crete is the fifth biggest island in the Mediterranean and has a spectacular 1,000 kilometre-long coastline home to coves, bays and peninsulas. Crete’s location is among the finest in Europe and has established the island as a popular budget holiday destination for sun loving travellers.
Budget rooms are available from €10 per night.
With its sunny climate and glorious beaches, Valletta is the perfect holiday destination for travellers. Surrounded by the cocktail blue of the Mediterranean, the Maltese capital is popular amongst beach lovers and culture vultures. The Fortress City has spectacular scenery throughout the year and is exceptionally cheap in the low season.
If you want to explore further afield, then go on an island hopping tour of Gonzo and Comino. Both islands capture the serenity of the Maltese lifestyle and receive over 300 days of sunshine a year.
Budget rooms are available from €35 per night.