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From Majorca to the Canaries: Four fabulous late summer breaks

By Sophie Demetriades on 31st August 2016

Summer is sadly drawing to a close. Children will soon be back at school and you can bet it’ll only be a matter of time before the Christmas 2016 adverts begin.

But that doesn’t mean you have to wait around for the inevitable; you’re better off making the most of the holiday season by escaping the damp British weather and jetting off on a late summer break.

Here Holiday Gems’ travel expert Neil Latham shares his top destinations for a late summer getaway. Book last minute and you may be able to get a fantastic deal!

Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

The beautiful Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands.
The beautiful Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands.

One of the biggest attractions of Gran Canaria is the island’s year-round sunshine, you can visit in October and the temperature would still be in the 20 degrees or more. Spectacular beaches, scenic landscapes and palatial resorts are among Gran Canaria’s charms, making it a must for those looking for a dream holiday in the sun.

The island’s glittering south coast boasts its share of relaxed resorts – check out Puerto de Mogan and Playa Taurito.

Majorca, Balearic Islands

The clear blue sea of Calo-des-Moro in Majorca.
The clear blue sea of Calo-des-Moro in Majorca

Majorca has long been a favourite destination among British sun-seekers; it’s what most people think of when describing the quintessential holiday resort.

Much like its sister islands, Ibiza and Menorca, Majorca stays hot throughout the latter part of the summer and early autumn. The island tailors for every type of holiday; for instance, Palma is a great choice for holidaymakers who enjoy city breaks, whereas Alcudia is a family destination through and through.

Marrakech, Morocco

The exotic North African city of Marrakesh in Morocco.
The exotic North African city of Marrakesh in Morocco

If you’re looking to travel further afield this summer, we suggest exploring the magnificent city of Marrakech in Morocco. As a holiday destination, Marrakech is like nowhere you’ve ever been before. There’s so much to discover in this truly unique destination, from the vast souk markets to the main Medina square.

If you do find yourself drawn to a bargain while shopping, do your best to haggle and don’t be afraid to walk away if the price is too high. Shopping aside, Marrakech is also home to a fantastic selection of exquisite restaurants where you’ll find authentic Moroccan cuisine.

This North African hub stays hot throughout the year, making it ideal for a late break.

The Dalmatian Coast, Croatia

The stunning coast of Croatia.
The stunning coast of Croatia.

From Split to Dubrovnik, Croatia’s enviable Dalmatian Coast is dotted with paradisiacal beaches, lavish resorts and historic landmarks. The Eastern European country is one of Europe’s most popular destinations during the summer months, with a long list of festivals and music events taking place here.

As for the food, you can expect influences from Italy and Greece, which very much reflect the cultural background of this extraordinary destination.

The Dalmatian Coast is a must for those who seek wanderlust. It’s not the most obvious destination and retains much of its charm as a result, as can be seen in two of Croatia’s major coastal cities which have retained their stunning Gothic and Renaissance architecture.

Diverse and exciting, the Dalmatian Coast is a great choice for anyone seeking a late summer break.

Main image at the top of the article credit: Pixabay