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As autumn moves on, it gets trickier for those yearning for a sun-filled break to find it without flying long-haul. However, if you are prepared to risk the occasional day when the weather is less than ideal, there are still options within Europe. You will need to travel as far south as you can, buoyed by the knowledge that autumn is one of the cheapest times of year to travel and that there are some real bargains to be had.

The Turkish coast has long been a tempting destination for those seeking some late-autumn sun. Here you will find that the summer is reluctant to leave the south coast, making it the perfect location for an October beach break. This is also a very popular area amongst golfers and hikers.

The Algarve is another location to add to your short list. Even towards the end of October you will often be blessed with temperatures in the mid-twenties, and it is not unusual to experience seven hours of hot sunshine every day at this time of year.

For those looking to combine sun-worshipping with a hearty dose of culture, Sicily could well be the ideal destination. Here you will find some truly magnificent historical sites, some of which date back as far as the ancient Greeks. There are also some great examples of well-preserved Norman structures and some wonderful baroque architecture. There are resorts aplenty right across the island, and because of its popularity amongst those in the know, it’s wise to book early to avoid disappointment.

If you are tied to travelling in the October half term because you have school-age children, it can be hard to find decent weather without a significant flight time. The half term generally falls at the end of the month when temperatures even in the far south of Europe are inevitably beginning to slide. A good compromise is Marrakesh - at just three hours' flight time away, it is comparable to the destinations discussed above. This desert city is a truly fascinating place and offers the chance to experience a whole new culture as well as weather that is practically guaranteed. You will need to factor in the fact that prices will soar during the school holiday week.

Cyprus is another decent option, with a delightfully mild autumnal climate and plenty for families with kids of all ages to see and do. The Canary Islands may not be to everyone’s taste, but the one thing they do have is year-round sun. If you want to avoid some of the more brash larger resorts, head off the beaten track. The north of Tenerife, in particular, has some lovely secluded beaches and is surprisingly green and verdant.
 

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