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, www.olympichoiidays.com) 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.
SUNSHINE SCORE: 2
It’s sunny, but Cyprus isn’t bikini weather- 18°C is the same as London in September.