10 amazing destinations for a September vacation

A lot of people prefer to go on vacation during September.  Fewer tourists, cheaper hotels, pleasant weather... All you need for a relaxing getaway.  But where are the ideal destinations?

Where can sun-seekers go to top up their tan?  Where you can you find the best beaches and which countries cater for late summer visitors? Here are 10 must-visit September destinations.

1. Italy and its lakes

Italy has lots of stunning lakes and September temperatures are warm rather than scorching. These popular destinations are a lot quieter, once Clooney fans have stopped scouring Lake Como to find his summer residence! Plus the scenery's also amazing with early autumn colors and panoramic views.

2. Queensland

It may take a long haul flight, but Australia's Queensland is worthy of its name. If you're a diving fan, love tropical fish and want to explore the Great Barrier Reef, then this one's for you.  Temperature wise, the weather's ideal during September!

3. Eastern Europe

Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania line the beautiful Black Sea coast and are superb destinations if you're a hiking, trekking or sports fan. For anyone who wants to explore little-known corners of Europe, September is still sunny - plus these countries are cheap compared to a lot of other tourist destinations.

4. New York

The 'city that never sleeps' is best visited during September.  Central Park turns golden yellow and the heat's less stifling than during mid-summer.  You can easily stroll around its streets without battling hordes of tourists and the cost of flights is much cheaper than during peak season!

5. Switzerland and Lake Geneva

If you fancy visiting Heidi country, then September temperatures around Lake Geneva are perfect! Switzerland has amazing countryside - great for walks and hikes - and you can always do mini-trips to visit its European neighbors!

6. Marrakech

Morocco's ideal during September - warm weather and calm environments.  And Marrakech tops the list, with cheap flights, beautiful riads, great hotels, the famous Djemaa el-Fna square and an amazing souk (be prepared to bargain!).

7. Madeira

This Portuguese archipelago is a great September destination, with sandy beaches, turquoise seas, lush mountain landscapes and to die for food - a little corner of paradise just off the European coast!

8. Cap Ferret

Enjoy a bit of French 'Oh La La' at Cap Ferret, a beautiful peninsula where the sun shines well in to September.  If you have young children, this is great for a relaxing family vacation once the crowds have headed back home..

9. The Balearic Islands

These Spanish islands are just as beautiful as their Portuguese equivalents!  September's hot but the beaches and strips are pleasantly calm.  Hike around the amazing landscape, enjoy the warm seas and explore the quaint towns and villages.

10. Croatia

Croatia has it all: beaches, mountains, history, walks, fascinating sights, festivals... You'll love spending a vacation here - particularly during September when most visitors have left its shores!

Sources: Lonely Planet, Samboat