Flying time from UK: 4.5 hours
Typical air fare: Around £190
Temperature: 18°C
Hours of sunshine per day: 6
Chance of rain: 19 per cent
Why go: Cyprus enjoys long, sunny days and T-shirt temperatures well into December. Avoid the popular seasonal resorts and head instead for Paphos, Limassol or Larnaca – working towns that stay open all year. Paphos is a favourite for its beautifully preserved Roman mosaics and attractive harbour: a long promenade with excellent restaurants. Try Hondros, on Apostolos Pavlos Avenue.
Get me there: Olympic Holidays (0870 429 4242, has seven nights’ B&B at Almyra from £486pp, including Gatwick flights.
Or try: Egypt – only 30 minutes more flying time from the UK than Cyprus lies the Red Sea, where you’ll find warmer weather, great diving and sandy beaches.
It’s sunny, but Cyprus isn’t bikini weather- 18°C is the same as London in September.