Autumn island holidaysEscape the city on a remote island this autumn
HomeAway travel expert
Booking up for a holiday in the summer months can be frustrating. Flight rates are at a premium, hotels are full to capacity, and finding a spot on the beach is more of a hindrance than should be allowed on a relaxing break. Not that these factors usually get in the way of an enjoyable trip, of course: but why be restricted to jetting off between the months of June and August? This year, hold off for a short while and look forward to an unforgettable autumn holiday.
If you’re searching for sun (let’s face it, who isn’t?), then you don’t necessarily have to travel within the summer confines. The truth is, the vast majority of exotic destinations enjoy tropical weather all year round; with the slight drop making it all the more palatable than the blazing sun of July. Where better than a sun-kissed island to watch the stresses of everyday life leave you like beads of dripping water? We’ve given you a head start with a quick rundown of some potential options, but wherever you decide upon, be sure to check HomeAway to find the perfect rental property.
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Autumn island breaks in Santorini
Those who have been fortunate enough to visit Greece will be aware of the somewhat mystical atmosphere that seems to enshroud the country. The isle of Santorini is no exception, with jaw-dropping Mediterranean landscapes sprawling across a volcanic plateau. Be sure not to miss the beautiful sunset over Oia Castle, or a fascinating step back in time to the incredibly well-preserved Bronze Age settlement at Akrotiri. Santorini is also renowned by scuba diving enthusiasts for its unique waters - if you’re feeling active, you’ll be pleased to know the sea remains pleasantly warm throughout the autumn months.
Autumn Island holidays in Isla Mujeres
A mere eight miles across the sea from the archaic port of Cancun, Isla Mujeres is a world away from its mainland neighbour in terms of ambience. This tranquil haven is a former fishing village that has only recently become known to the wider world. Strap on your snorkel and plunge into the largest underwater museum on the planet, a curious array of sculptures beneath the depths, ringed around the coast of the island. The turtle farm provides a rare opportunity to come face-to-face with one of nature’s most friendly creatures, while at the Garrafon Natural Reef Park, you can even swim with dolphins. Bird lovers, meanwhile, shouldn’t miss a day trip to Islay Contoy, an uninhabited island 15 miles north of Mujeres and home to nesting colonies and frigates.
Autumn Island holidays in Malta
Another increasingly popular destination due to its almost perpetual sunshine, Malta has more than enough to keep any holidaymaker entertained. Carefree Mediterranean outlooks assimilate perfectly with historical intrigue, shimmering seas and golden coastlines. The tiny capital city of Valetta is perhaps the most condensed cultural hub in Europe, with a treasure trove of stunning architecture, museums and monuments. Of course, you could always just relax on the white-hot sands of the awe inspiring Blue Lagoon in Comino. The turquoise waters here are tailor-made for snorkelling, or simply cooling off after a day in the autumn heat.
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Autumn Island breaks in Aruba
Picture your ideal island: the sort of palm tree-lined beach utopia that adorns countless postcards, office photographs and laptop home screens. This, in essence, is what you’ll find in Aruba. This south Caribbean haven is perfect for those pining for that idyllic getaway, a place to relax amid graceful surroundings. Eagle Beach is one of the island’s most alluring haunts: understandably crowded in the summer, you should find it relatively peaceful in the autumn months. Nature lovers will relish a day in Arikok National Park, home of thousands of lizards, parakeets and rattlesnakes. Depending on your level of involvement, you can either take a hike around the caves and cliffs that populate the park or hop into a four-wheel-drive for a whistle-stop tour.
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Autumn Island breaks in Gran Canaria
Not exactly a hidden gem, but it’s easy to understand why Gran Canaria has become such a popular tourist destination over the decades. The third largest of the Canary Islands behind Tenerife and Fuerteventura, the island is embedded in the Atlantic off the west coast of Africa. The rugged volcanic landscapes make for some truly theatrical surroundings, resplendently complemented by a host of attractions to ensure you’re always kept entertained. Standard holiday familiarities like water parks and funfairs are all present and correct - Aqualand and Holiday World in Maspalomas respectively - but the natural charms of Gran Canaria are its real strengths. The Dunes of Maspalomas are an extraordinary sight, providing visitors with possibly the most memorable beach they’re ever likely to encounter.