We’re more than halfway through 2019, but if you haven’t managed to get away yet, don’t worry. We’ve selected some of the countries that are hot next month to inspire you to get packing for your last minute summer holiday.
Why: A melting pot of culture, history and art, this diverse country slows down a little in September so you avoid the peak summer crowds. In September, Contemporary Istanbul takes place and is the annual art fair in Turkey celebrating the city’s thriving art scene, growing art market and collector base. Elsewhere, explore Istanbul’s main sights and attractions such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia Museum and the Grand Bazaar. For nightlife, head to Taksim Square for live music bars and late-night eateries. And be sure to take a cruise along the Bosphorus strait at sunset – it forms part of boundary between Europe and Asia.
Average weather: 25°C
Why: Japan sees little rainfall, clear skies and mild temperatures in September as the autumn leaves fall. Major cosmopolitan cities like Tokyo meet lush green countryside and snow-capped mountains to form the landscape of this unique country. Learn about Kyoto’s royal past, take in Osaka’s modern skyline and see the majestic Mount Fuji up close. Find your inner peace in Buddhist temples, discover futuristic fashion trends, and get back to nature hiking through national parks. However you explore Japan, it will leave you in awe.
Average weather: 26°C
Why: Once the uncomfortable summer heat dies down, September offers balmy temperatures and less crowds in Morocco. Nicknamed the Red City, Marrakech’s captivating energy and colourful neighbourhoods will give you taste of everyday life. Marvel at the surrounding High Atlas Mountains, visit sacred places of worship and awaken your senses in the spice souks. Once the capital, the timeworn city of Fez will take you back to medieval Morocco. And by the coast, Agadir and Essaouira offer spacious beaches and a welcome sea breeze.
Average weather: 27°C
Why: September falls under Machu Picchu dry season, and for hikers it’s the best time to explore this new wonder of the world on the Inca Trail. The ancient city is nestled high in the Andes, surrounded by lush vegetation with postcard views. Peru is also popular for its cuisine; ceviche originates here and you’ll discover even more local delights in the capital city, Lima. Rising high above the Pacific coast, it’s is one of South Americas largest and where old and new collide.
Average weather: 17°C
Why: Mauritius is a wonderful destination to visit at anytime of year, but in September the island’s tropical temperatures are particularly enjoyable. Dry and sunny days at the beach are guaranteed, perfect for sunbathing or diving which is popular in Mauritius. The west coast beaches are said to be some of the best, including Trou aux Biches and Le Morne. Whether you explore the Balaclava Ruins, take a stroll through Labourdonnais Orchid Gardens or visit the Black River Gorges National Park, Mauritius has so much natural beauty to discover.
Average weather: 21°C