Autumn is almost perfect in Crete: the masses are gone, the days are reaching 24 ° C, the Libyan Sea still looks like a bath and the taverns are still open and raki pouring. Much of the east of the island has been overdeveloped, but there is a charming and low-key alternative on the south coast. White River Cabins is a village of rustic stone houses with kitchens amid olive, pine and carob trees in the rocky valley of Aspros Potamos, near the pretty port of Makriyialos. The sea is a 15-minute walk away, and there are good hikes inland, through the gorge to the mountain village of Pefki, where an excellent tavern awaits you.
Studies for two of € 81 per night, minimum four night
The rugged Sagres peninsula, where continental Europe ends in a foam of Atlantic waves, is the wild west of the Algarve and is geared more towards locals and surfers than crowds of tourists. That means it stays lively until October, when temperatures are still around 20 ° C, the sea is warm, the surf is rising, and birdwatching is at its best (the Sagres birding festival is from 1 to October 5th). An elegant place to stay is the Memmo Baleeira, overlooking one of the four beaches in the city of Sagres: it has a minimalist design, EarthCheck certification and a restaurant with a wood oven that serves fresh fish from the sea.
Doubles from € 108 B&B
Any month is great in subtropical Madeira; In October, temperatures range from 22 ° C to 25 ° C. If a beach break is what you want, head southwest of Calheta, surrounded by vineyards and banana plantations on one of the few sandy bays of the rocky island. Opened in 2020, Socalco Nature Calheta It is a group of rooms and houses facing the Atlantic integrated into cliffs, orchards and agricultural lands. Its aim is to provide a deep dive into Madeira’s food and sustainability – guests are encouraged to join cooking classes, food tours, and wine tastings, or get their hands dirty on the farm.
Doubles from € 114 B&B
Costa Blanca, Spain
For a more therapeutic burst of sunshine, look at the Costa Blanca – the World Health Organization named it for having the healthiest climate in Europe, even in January it averages 17 ° C here. North and inland Alicante are the foothills of the Bernia Mountains – rural, remote, and a hiking paradise right now. Reached along a winding road, Marnes Refuge is a farmhouse converted into a solar-powered agritourism, where simple B&B rooms, beautiful cabins, a Bedouin tent, and a refreshing pool blend in with the surrounding pine and cypress trees. There are walks and bikes from the door, while the coast is a 30-minute drive away.
Doubles from € 69 B&B
Vejer de la Frontera
Few places in continental Europe surpass Andalusia in terms of sun in the low season: October still reaches 20 degrees. Hilltop White town Vejer de la Frontera is located within the “sherry triangle”, 10 km inland from some of the most beautiful and least developed beaches in southern Spain (El Palmar is the best option). Califa Houses He runs a handful of vacation homes scattered around Vejer’s medieval streets, so a stay here allows you to feel like you are living like a local. At the detached house Casa Luján, you can have breakfast on a terrace with views of the city and the Costa de la Luz, and then delve into a maze of elegant restaurants, tapas bars, and sherry cellars.
Casa Luján (two people) costs € 70 per night, minimum stay five nights
Artists, authors and Queen Victoria once flocked to sunny Hyères. Since then it has gone out of style, perhaps because it is actually about 4 km from the sea. But it has plenty of charm: pastel-colored mansions, palm-lined boulevards, shops selling Provencal delicacies. Also, close to the coast are the Îles d’Hyères (also known as Îles d’Or), which include the Porquerolles sand and wild Port-Cros, the smallest national park in France. Castel Pierre Lisse, a small hilltop mansion once owned by Edith Wharton, is now a bohemian hotel full of vintage elements. There is a pool and a view of the islands from the terrace.
Doubles from € 125 B&B
The Île de Beauté is even more beautiful when the summer visitors from the French mainland have left, but the sun is still shining. In the underdeveloped southwest of Corsica, the most beautiful part of all, Flank the bone it squeezes between the Mediterranean and the mountains. It’s a 20-minute walk to a sandy cove, and the towns of Sartène and Bonifacio are not far by car. But it would be tempting to just spend days in the garden, reading under the palms and fig trees, soaking in the pool, and eating owner Isabelle’s gourmet meals overlooking the sea.
Doubles from € 120 B&B
This under-the-radar Dodecanese island is still a delight in October: T-shirt weather, seas warm enough for swimming (or diving into a shipwreck) and, thanks to a year-round local population, none of that sad feeling outside. season. . Hotel Archontiko Angelou It is a renovated 19th century mansion that has retained much of its original grandeur and is located a short walk from Alinda, the best beach in Leros. Owner Marianna serves vegetarian breakfasts outdoors under a jacaranda tree, and can pack picnics for those heading to explore the island’s fishing villages, ancient ruins, and unusual Art Deco towns.
Doubles of € 100 bed and breakfast
The Konavle Valley runs south from Cavtat, a few miles south of Dubrovnic, to the Montenegrin border, flanked by coastal hills and high karst peaks, and lined with vineyards and fruit trees. With the mercury still hovering around 20 degrees in October, it offers a warm rural getaway. Both Dubrovnik: quieter without summer crowds and hosting the Good food festival (October 14-17), and the coast is easily accessible. Villa Sele It is a charming self-catering house with mountain views and private pool in the little touristy town of Gruda, which has cafes, good restaurants and craft shops, and is 50 minutes by bus from Dubrovnik.
Villa Sele sleeps four€ 875 the week
The small fishing port of Pozzillo, north of the elegant town of Acireale and charming Santa Maria La Scala, is off the beaten track in midsummer, never mind in autumn (although temperatures can still reach 25 ° C ). It is an ideal base for climbing Mount Etna and visiting the student town of Catania and picturesque Taormina, to soak up Sicilian life or to not do much in a refuge like Terrace over the sea. This spacious stone villa has a terrace overlooking the port and stairs to the sea; there is a fresh fish stand on the corner and excellent trattorias serving seasonal produce nearby.
Capacity for four people from € 1140 a week, minimum stay of seven nights, wishsicily.com
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism