Volunteering an engaging coastline and a host of sparklingly cosmopolitan cities, Morocco makes for a dynamic autumn holiday escape. Autumn is a great time to visit sizzling Morocco, when temperatures have cooled pleasantly; summer here can be unbearably hot and winter very cold, so autumn provides the chance to experience a reasonable in-between. If you're in the market for a beach break, head to Agadir, which enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year and boasts plenty of beaches, restaurants and ocean-side hideaways in which to enjoy it. Marrakech is your best bet if you're after labyrinthine souks, colour and chaos. Autumn generally yields some very affordable Marrakech deals, giving those traditional European destinations a serious run for their money.

Santorini's tumbledown whitewashed beauty is one of Greece's most iconic sights; there's a reason why it's formed the backdrop to many a romantic honeymoon snap. With some world-renowned sunsets and a unique geological makeup, its blue-domed churches and pretty vineyards make Santorini an incredibly popular choice throughout most of summer - which is exactly why a visit in the autumn can help you to avoid the masses and explore its winding cobbled streets undisturbed. Temperatures in October reach up to 23ºC, too, so you'll still experience that special Grecian charm in the presence of plenty of sunshine.

If you're looking for traditional Spanish culture, you could do worse than to make a beeline for alluring Andalucia. As Spain's southern-most region reaching from the Med in the east to the Portuguese border in the west, here's where you'll find a slice of Espanã at its most daringly authentic. Sleepy whitewashed fishing villages and flamenco, Moorish castles and gleaming sandy beaches, you could head to the Costa de Almeria for bold desert landscapes or the Costa del Sol for the most popular and lively resorts. Autumn is a smart time to visit Andalucia; the crowds and high prices of high season should have all but disappeared, despite temperatures still remaining at a very reasonable 23ºC and above.

If you missed your chance for a summer getaway but still yearn for a hit of heat, Egypt could well be the answer to your sunshine prayers. Iconic pyramids, miles of magnificent beach and thriving, dynamic cities; there's a reason why over 12 million tourists make their way here every year. Additionally, those soaring temperatures certainly don't hurt; in October they still sizzle at 31ºC and hang on in there at 27ºC as late as November! Enjoy the glittering Red Sea and white sands of Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada's beach resorts, explore Cairo's enigmatic historical sites or Luxor's mystical Valley of the Kings. Visiting in autumn is a smart way to hack your holidays and beat those midsummer peak-season rates.

If breathtaking scenery is at the top of your list, Madeira certainly should be too. With ruggedly handsome beaches, picture-postcard mountain ranges and radiant botanical gardens, there's a reason why it's nicknamed the 'Floating Garden' - because it really is just that. Carpeting the entire landscape in a riot of Fuchsia Bougainvillea, bright red poinsettias and lilac trees, startling botanicals transform the entire island into a land of fairytale proportions. Temperatures in October and November are still very pleasant at around 25ºC and 23ºC respectively with plenty of sunshine; flawless conditions for exploring the volcanic sweep of sand in Riberia Brava, wandering the winding cobbles of Funchal or the sleepy squares of Canico De Baixo.

Located around 400 miles off the coast of Senegal, the islands of Cape Verde have only recently found themselves bathing in the glow of global attention - but boy, are they deserving of their time in the sun. Comprised of 10 isles, Boa Vista is their most easterly, and translates roughly as 'Beautiful View' - which is fitting, surrounded as it is by 55 kilometres of stunning coastline and white sandy bays. Temperatures here paradise warm all year round and prices remain pretty steady throughout the year; definitely one for the autumn wish list if ever we saw one.

Something Different In Autumn

The USA in the 'fall' is famously a sight for sore eyes, so why not take the ultimate road trip through some of its most arresting landscapes? From the iconic Route 1 across the Pacific Coast Highway taking in California, Oregon and Washington to Route 12 running from Capitol Reef National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, it's a compelling way to take in the scope and beauty of the USA - and let's face it, American autumn foliage is second to none.

Or there's magical Jordan, host to mesmerising antiquities like Petra, an ancient Nabataean city carved into rock, as well as captivating desert landscapes where you'll be welcomed with spiced teas and sent across the red-earth desert of Wadi Rum at sunset on camelback.

Approximately two hours' drive from Agadir is the chilled-out hippie haven Essaouira. Offering up a huge beach and a gorgeous UNESCO-verified medina, plus a decent clutch of authentic seafood restaurants, and photogenic whitewashed houses. Temperatures still reach over 28ºC here in autumn, so you'll still catch some rays before the year is out.

Historic and thriving, it's little wonder visitors from all over the world fall in love with Lisbon. During October and into November, temperatures remain balmy at 23ºC, giving you the chance to skip the hordes of high season without missing out on any of the sun. A dynamic and up-and-coming metropolis where 16th century monasteries, Gothic masterpieces and Moorish cobbled streets rub up against stylish bars and Michelin-starred restaurant, Lisbon also enjoys a great beach culture and an exciting music and art scene - what's not to love? Flights during autumn tend to be cheaper too with a duration of around two-and-a-half hours.

One of Europe's largest countries, Poland presents a fascinating combination of expansive green countryside, unique and compelling culture and architecture through the ages. From stylish hot spots like Krakow and Gdansk to dramatic medieval Warsaw, an autumn city break here will ensure you're kept guessing by a thrilling mix of the cosmopolitan and the historic - all wrapped up in a bow marked 'reasonably priced'. You can grab incredibly cheap flights to Poland from the UK from a range of different regional airports, especially in autumn when the serious bargains start to crop up.

Montreal is above all a city of creativity and innovation. The birthplace of one of music's greatest luminaries, Leonard Cohen, it's a city that's all about music, culture and great food. Marvel at the photogenic 18th-century facades of Old Montréal before heading out on a cycling tour of the Canal de Lachine, or a stroll through the glamorous shops and restaurants downtown before watching the world go by on the inviting terraced cafes of Plateau Mont-Royal. Autumn is a lovely time to visit Montreal, when leaves pave the streets with radiant reds and oranges and the city is gearing up for another winter.