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  1. Chasing the sun...

    posted by Colm Hanratty | 1 Comments


    Are you in a corner of the world where you’re about to say goodbye to the summer? Or maybe you’re sick waiting for it to arrive? Check out our suggestions for getting to the sun right now...

    Corfu, Greece

    Hot and sunny even towards the end of year, Corfu is one of the largest and most popular Greek Islands. As well as a plethora of golden beaches, the island is also home to a top-notch array of sights. Many of these can be found in and around Corfu Town. Known for its vineyards, there’s no better way to spend a sunny evening on Corfu than looking out at the crystal clear waters while enjoying a local tipple.

    >> Book hostels in Corfu

    Essaouira, Morocco
    A former haunt of famous faces as diverse as Jimi Hendrix and Orson Welles, this Moroccan city has a lot to recommend it. Each year in June, huge numbers of revellers flock here for the Gnaoua and World Music Festival. Along with the walled, winding streets of the Medina, the city’s historical centre, Essaioura also boasts a bustling harbour and a selection of sun-kissed beaches. If you’re planning on visiting in the next few months, you’ve picked a great time as the weather is usually warm and sunny without being stiflingly hot.

    >> Book hostels in Essaouira

    Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
    It’s not often that destinations are as aptly named as this destination on Bulgaria’s east coast. Still enjoying glorious sunshine, it will continue to do so way past September – it enjoys approximately 1,700 hours of sunshine between May and October! Located a mere 35km north of the city of Bourgas, its beaches are some of the cleanest in Europe, and allow the possibility of doing any outdoor sport imaginable. Whether it’s sailing, yachting, beach volleyball or rowing, you can do it in one of Bulgaria’s most popular holiday destinations.

    >> Book hostels in Sunny Beach

    Miami, USA

    Home to beaches galore, bright art-deco buildings and a bountiful nightlife, it’s no surprise that Miami is one of the most popular cities in the US. Found in southwest Florida, Miami is hot. And not just because of its penchant for attracting swimwear models! Throughout the year, temperatures are almost constantly high here, as the sun shines down on the city’s numerous and diverse neighbourhoods.

    >> Book hostels in Miami

    Cancun, Mexico

    Purposely built by the Mexican government to serve as a tourist destination, Cancun is one of the world’s most popular resorts. Thanks to its coastal location, Cancun sports white sandy beaches aplenty. Visitors can enjoy these beaches and the crystal clear waters that come with them all year round. Temperatures in the area remain pretty constant and pretty hot during all four seasons. Numerous bars and restaurants enhance Cancun’s offerings, with many historical Mayan sites also found in the surrounding area.

    >> Book hostels in Cancun

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Here in Brazil’s second largest city you won’t have to worry about lugging around a suitcase full of sweaters. Sunny and hot throughout the year, Rio’s tropical climate makes it a world-class spot to enjoy some sun, sea and sand. As well as the iconic Copacabana, the city also sports numerous other beaches which shouldn’t be missed. Famous for its natural beauty and its extravagant annual carnival, Rio also has a spiritual side as illustrated by the huge Christ the Redeemer statue looking over the city.

    >> Book hostels in Rio de Janeiro

    San Diego, USA
    While Los Angeles is the metropolis of America’s West Coast, and San Francisco is where you’ll find some of its best-known landmarks, San Diego is where to go when you want to relax, take it easy and watch life go by. All in soaring temperatures of course. Immortalised in countless songs over the last number of decades, some of its most popular beaches include those in La Jolla and Ocean Beach. It’s not just sun and sand the city is known for; after dark the Gaslamp Quarter is as lively a district that you’ll find in the U S of A.

    >> Book hostels in San Diego

    Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Christened the ‘pearl of the Adriatic’ by the poet Lord Byron, there is something wrong with you if you don’t walk down Dubrovnik’s main thoroughfare ‘Placa’ for the first time and think ‘life is good’. With an average high of 24°C in September and 21°C in October, this is the perfect destination for those travelling through Europe in search of some late summer sun. When not topping up your tan you can walk the city’s walls, take a trip to nearby island Lokrum or go rock diving into some of Europe’s clearest waters.

    >> Book hostels in Dubrovnik

    Yasawa Islands, Fiji
    Blessed with pristine white sandy beaches and tropical islands, these Fijian Islands are some of the most breathtaking in the Pacific Ocean. Comprised of thirty islands, they are broken up into four distinct regions which include the Waya Islands to the south and the Naviti islands to the north. All are extremely popular with backpackers and those travelling on a budget, those who really explore the islands are rewarded with local fishing villages, tranquil bays and more.

    >> Book hostels on the Yasawa Islands

    Photos courtesy of Apel.kes, billandcathy, billandcathy, Nicolas Karim and whl.travel. All images used under the Creative Commons license.

  2. 1 Comment so far.

    dora said on 17/09/2012 at 6:57pm

    Dubrovnik!!! If you're there the last two weeks of September you'll catch the crew of 'Game of Thrones' filming the third season there! :))

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