Want a holiday in October, in desperate need of sunshine but don't know where to go? The summer may be over in the UK, but don't despair. It's still possible to top up your tan somewhere gloriously warm - and this is the perfect time to bag a cheap holiday too.
This is a great month to take a holiday in Turkey, for example - not least because of the bargains on offer. The Lycian Coast (also known as the Turquoise Coast) boasts warm temperatures and long days of sunshine, and the sea temperature remains high, so it's perfect for swimming and snorkelling. The climate at this time of year is also great for exploring the classical sites and trekking through the lovely Taurus Mountains.
Dubai, too, is a sure bet for sun lovers. As the temperatures drop from the scorching 40s into the more bearable 30s, it's far more comfortable, and you'll be able to sit out on terraces at hotels and restaurants without having to dive in to the nearest air-conditioned building.
Check out our guide to the best October hotspots below. We'll give you the average temperatures, the number of hours of daily sunshine and point you in the direction of a couple of holidays to consider too.
Feeling a bit adventurous and not bothered about hitting the beach? Check out our gallery of alternative ideas for where to go in October.
Sunny holidays for October
Hot holidays for October
Average daily hours of sunlight: 6. Average temperature:Minimum: 19C, Maximum: 25C. Try this: Escape to a sleepy village in western Crete. Villa Kontis, in the tiny village of Maza, is a short drive away from the sandy beaches of Georgioupolis and the riverside sanctuary of Vrisses. Villa Kontis sleeps eight and costs £1,649 to hire, including car hire and flights. Visit gicthevillacollection.com
Average daily hours of sunlight: 10. Average temperature: 27C. Dubai is unbearably hot during the summer months, but October sees the mercury drop to a relatively cool 30C - perfect for those looking for a sunny shopping break. Try this: Three nights at the four-star Hilton Ras Al Khaimah from £512 per person, including bed and breakfast and flights from London with Letsgo2.
Average daily hours of sunlight: 8. Average temperature:Minimum: 15C, Maximum 29C. Try this: The recently opened Sirayane hotel and Spa. Tucked away outside Marrakech, this cool, contemporary hotel is a world away from the madding crowds of the city and just a short drive from the Atlas mountains. From 139 Euros per night.
Average daily hours of sunlight: 9. Average temperature: Minimum: 14C, Maximum: 28C. Try this: A luxury break at the Oberoi Hotel, an exquisite retreat which boasts its own secluded beach, spa and great cuisine. Choose from a pavilion or luxury villa with Kuoni. October prices start at £2,184 per week b&b per person, based on two sharing, including flights.
Average daily hours of sunlight: 10. Average temperature: Minimum: 14C, Maximum: 28C. Try this: Adventurers will love this one. Take a guided 12-night tour across the Himalayas through China to Nepal, staying in local villages. Visit Kathmandu, and explore the rich cultural and religious heritage of the area, including the Rum Doodle, the famous haunt of the Everest summiteers. Departure on October 12 or October 19 from £2,445, including flights. Visit Voyages Jules Verne
Average daily hours of sunlight: 7 hours
Average temperature: Minimum: 12C, Maximum: 22C. For Spanish sunshine and culture, sidetrack the Costa del Sol and make haste to south and Seville in all its Moorish glory. Stunning architecture, great food and wine and a city rich in history is what you get. >Try this:Kirker Holidays >offers a good selection of packages. Stay at the Corral Del Rey, a 17th century townhouse converted into a small boutique hotel in the old Barrio Alfafa quarter. From £598 per person for three nights including flights and transfers. Based on two sharing.
Average daily hours of sunlight: 7. Average temperature: Minimum 18C, Maximum: 23C. Try this: Stay on a lavish Sicilian estate in the valley of Burgio, western Sicily. Villa Maricciua is surrounded by three acres of land and close to the lovely sandy beaches of Sciacca. Rocco Forte’s Golf resort is a short drive away. From 2,720 Euros for the villa (for eight guests in four bedrooms), or 2,540 Euros per week (for six in three bedrooms). Visit solosicily.comfor more details.
Average daily hours of sunlight: 8. Average temperature: Minimum: 15C, Maximum: 26C. October is the perfect time for a walking holiday in Turkey, as temperatures are far more clement than in the summer. Try this: Take a trip to the Lycian Way for unspoilt scenic walks, visit the sites of Phasels and Olympus en route, enjoy fresh grilled fish and raki, and see the flames of the Chimera. Prices start at £670 per week, staying at different hotels as you go, most evening meals, picnic lunches and luggage transfers. Flights extra. Visit On Foot Holidays for more.
Average daily hours of sunlight: 8. Average temperature: 26C. Try this: For a slice of luxury, stay at the Hotel Hana Maui and Honua Spa a secluded oceanfront hotel designed for romantics in search of total peace and quiet (there aren't even any tellies in the rooms!). When you’re not sun soaking or pampering yourself at the spa, optional activities include horse riding along the beach, snorkelling and yoga. From £215 per night.
Average daily hours of sunlight:9. Average temperature: Minimum: 17C. Maximum:25C. Try this: A 12-night cruise on board P&O's Azura. Highlights include the beaches of Lanzarote, Tenerife's Mount Tiede, Madeira's exotic flowers as well as a stop in Lisbon, Portugal, on your return. Depart with P&O Cruises on 20 October from Southampton. Prices start at £931pp.