Best sunny destinations for late summer holidays

These short-haul gems are lovely and warm in September and October

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Summer may be coming to a close, but if you're still yearning to bask the sunshine or for your tan, you don't have to travel that far.

In fact, going on holiday in September or October can be absolutely ideal for weather, peace and budget.

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Great holiday spots for last-minute summer sun include the Italian isle of Sardinia or the Greek island of Santorini, both of which are stunningly beautiful and still basking in balmy temperatures.

The historical towns of Dubrovnik and Marrakech are also popular choices at this time of year - and, wherever you decide to go, you'll get the added bonus of lower prices and relatively crowd-free resorts now that peak season has ended.

Check out our slideshow below for the best places to get the last of the summer sun...

Hot and sunny Europe holidays in September/October

Hot and sunny Europe holidays in September/October