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Summer’s not over until it’s over, and this year’s exchange rate for European trips is sure to make you smile. So why not throw your swimsuits back in the case and head off to one of these great destinations?

Where to Go in Late September
The last two weeks in September mean smaller crowds and warm water all around the Med. The evenings might get chilly, but that’s a great excuse to head under the awnings and enjoy a real foodie’s holiday.

Fresh food galore awaits you on an early autumn break in Tuscany. Fresh mushrooms and truffles drenched in olive oil cover spaghetti . Don’t forget the figs and grapes for dessert. It’s still warm enough to get in the pool and just cool enough to head around Florence and Siena if you have the urge.

Provence still averages 24C in late September. The summer-holiday crowd has gone home, and the drop in holiday-home prices is significant as owners try to squeeze the last few euros out of the summer. Pick grapes off the vine and gather lavender before retiring to enjoy a glass of wine in the evening sun.

Heading Off in Early October
The range of options certainly starts to narrow in Europe in October, but summer is by no means over. Head well south and cross your fingers for good weather. Take comfort, as this is the cheapest time of year to enjoy activities.

The Turkish Coast
Turkey really hangs on to summer the longest. The coast offers plenty of opportunities for walkers and golfers but is still warm enough for sunbathers and swimmers too.

For history lovers, Sicily has it all - Ancient Greeks, Normans and even a Baroque period. For those with a little more interest in natural history, don’t miss Sicily’s stunning coastline and wildlife. It's so much easier to enjoy out of the glare of the mid-summer sun.

October Half Term
For many people, this really is the last chance to get away in Europe for the year. Unfortunately, the prices reflect this. Book early is the best advice.

Cyprus is a great choice for families at this time of year. In the height of summer the strong sun can be too much for small children, but now they can play and enjoy the last rays all day long.

Tenerife’s year-round sunshine means that September is just a lull before the big resorts fill up again for the October break. And with plenty of sunshine, huge beaches and lots of flights, it’s easy to really stretch the definition of Europe to its limits.

Strictly speaking, it’s not Europe, but it’s closer than Tenerife, and Marrakesh can be the grown-ups’ last chance to see the sun before winter. Visit the souks in the Djemaa El Fna square for a spot of early Christmas shopping, and unwind with a glass of sweet mint tea afterwards.

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