Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: I can't get away till October - will anywhere in the Med will be hot?
Simon Calder’s career in travel started at Gatwick Airport, where he cleaned aircraft for Laker Airways and later worked as a security officer. He became The Independent’s Travel Correspondent in 1994, and is known as “the Man Who Pays His Way” because he does not accept free travel facilities. He writes across the Independent titles, as well as for the Evening Standard.
Thursday 22 August 2013
Q Help! Work will only let me take annual leave in October. Will anywhere in the Med still be hot then? Where would you recommend?
A So long as you travel in the first half of October, you should have a fair amount of choice - plus the benefit of low prices. There are plenty of locations in which you have a good chance of warm and sunny weather, particularly if you draw a line through Barcelona, Naples and Istanbul - which straddle the 41N latitude - and don't stray north of it. But given that there is the possibility of rain and strong winds, I suggest you pick somewhere with plenty of diversions.
Indeed, Naples is my first strong recommendation, given the appeal of the city and the enthralling Bay of Naples - with Herculaneum and Pompeii much emptier than in the summer.
Next, the island of Crete will still be warm and welcoming, with some extremely low prices: Thomson has a deal to Hersonissos on 6 October from Luton for only £245, bed and breakfast. You fly into Heraklion airport, close to the marvellous archaeological site of Knossos.
Finally, you could go out on a limb and head for Austria's Tyrol: there is often a warm spell in October when the lakes and mountains around Innsbruck are at their finest.
Whichever appeals, there's no need to book now - unless you stray into late October, and collide with the school half-terms.
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