Something Different In September
Travelling in September can be a good way to secure reasonable prices - and if you head slightly off-the-beaten-track, all the better. A destination like Puglia in Italy offers up picturesque Baroque towns, bucolic vineyards and some of the loveliest beaches in Italy (but keep it to yourself, as so far this part of Italy has managed to remain a secret from most of the tourist crowds!) Coastal towns like Torre Canne offer hot springs, sandy coves and national parks, whilst historic cities like Ugento houses some of the best ancient history you're likely to find.
Or there are undiscovered gems like Albania, which has only very recently started to open up to tourists. Highlights here include a dramatic untouched coastline, the ancient city of Butrint and its ancient Greco-Roman theatre and the pretty seaside town of Agios Saranda. Prices are shockingly reasonable here and temperatures can reach up to around 26ºC in September.
If you're keen for the heat of the Canary Islands but want to avoid the crowds, but why not consider La Gomera? You'll find deserted beaches, pine-dotted mountains and sleepy villages here; in fact, this is easily one of the quietest Canaries with a size of just 146 square miles, a fascinating history and a decidedly unspoilt vibe.