Top picks for the best Spain beach holidays in September

If a Spain beach holiday at the start of autumn is a dream, then you might not want to wake up just yet when September ends. With average daily temperatures in the balmy 20s and very little rainfall, especially in the south, Spain is a fantastic place to stretch summer just a little bit longer. Boasting more than 5,000 miles of picturesque coastline and beautiful islands, there's no shortage of beaches to choose from, whether you're looking for a fun-filled family getaway, romantic spots for couples or exciting activities on and under the water.

Experience a cheap Spain beach holiday in September

With its exciting coastal wonders and delightful crystalline waters, Spain is definitely one of the best countries in Europe to choose for a beach holiday. The thought of lying on soft, white sand while listening to the waves breaking is appealing enough, but you can also find surfing, waterskiing and boating for a more active time under the sun if that's how you roll. A Spain beach holiday doesn't have to burn a hole in your pocket either; there are plenty of holiday rentals for travellers on a shoestring budget, especially in autumn and winter.

Have a memorable beach holiday in Menorca

You can expect a balmy Spain beach holiday in Menorca in September, when the average temperature is 26 degrees. The sea is just as warm around this Balearic island in the Mediterranean, so you can swim to your heart's content without fearing hypothermia. Book a holiday rental in Santo Tomas and make the 45-minute walk to Cala Escorxada; this breathtaking virgin beach's white sand and clear turquoise waters are worth the hike. Travelling with toddlers? Bring them to Platja des Grau near Es Grau village, where they can safely splash about in the calm, extremely shallow blue waters.

There's something for everyone on the Costa Calida

The province of Murcia in southeastern Spain is home to the aptly named Costa Calida (Warm Coast), where the sea stays balmy even in September. Bring the whole family – including the pooch – to Playa Honda, a dog-friendly beach with soft sand and shallow waters. Holiday lettings in Aguilas are convenient for romantic and relaxing days on Playa de Poniente, although water sports like kayaking and jetskiing are also available. The wheelchair-accessible Cala Cortina Beach on the outskirts of Cartagena is popular with the locals. You can go cliff-diving and there are playgrounds for kids.

Enjoy wallet-friendly holidays on the Costa del Sol

The province of Murcia in southeastern Spain is home to the aptly named Costa Calida (Warm Coast), where the sea stays balmy even in September. Bring the whole family – including the pooch – to Playa Honda, a dog-friendly beach with soft sand and shallow waters. Holiday lettings in Aguilas are convenient for romantic and relaxing days on Playa de Poniente, although water sports like kayaking and jetskiing are also available. The wheelchair-accessible Cala Cortina Beach on the outskirts of Cartagena is popular with the locals. You can go cliff-diving and there are playgrounds for kids.

Have fun all day and night in Formentera

You can find the small gem called Formentera just south of Ibiza, where pristine white beaches and calm, blue waters give the island an easygoing atmosphere. Holiday homes grant easy access to the market stalls and cafes along the main paved street, and the flat nature of the island makes it easy to get around on rental bicycles or mopeds. Es Pujols beach has a relaxed vibe with its tree-lined avenues and an elegant promenade. At night, the party begins to brew in the narrow streets behind the beachfront, where you can go on until the early hours of the morning.

Beach life's a breeze in Fuerteventura

Whether you're renting a holiday cottage on the coast or a private villa inland, the beauty of Fuerteventura will leave you in awe. It's the second largest of the much lauded Canary Islands and attracts travellers seeking water sports such as windsurfing and waterskiing. The white-sand beaches stay warm year round and the constant, cool breeze adds to the refreshing atmosphere. The resort town of Costa Calma boasts long, spacious beaches with shallow waters that make them safe places for kids to swim. Not far from the beach, you can please your palate at restaurants serving authentic Canarian cuisine.