What to hold onto that summer feeling but don’t want to spend hours on a flight? Sunway has identified the top 5 destinations that are less than four hours away from Dublin. So whether you want to get away for mid-term or a shot of sunshine in November, Sunway can help you get a final blast of sunshine not too far from home. Not only have the crowds thinned, allowing you to find space on the beaches and enjoy the sights without the queues, but midday temperatures have receded – perfect for walking and exploring. Best of all, prices are better as the summer crowds head home.
To get to the beach by mid-afternoon or to enjoy a late afternoon stroll in the sunshine, Sunway’s Top 10 under 4 are –
25th October – 7 Nights
5* Athena Pallas Hotel – Half Board
from €675 – price include flights / return airport transfers / accommodation / 20kg FREE baggage
The beaches in Halkidiki have the reputation of being some of the best in Greece. With 71 Blue-flagged beaches, over 550km of coastline and 24 degrees of sunshine, Halkidiki promises the perfect getaway. Its lush and green and features 12 areas protected by the NATURA convention. As such, it boasts rich scenery, protected areas, rugged mountains and stunning beaches. The region includes several trails and with its several peaks, including Mount Holomontas, Mount Itamos and Mount Stratoniko, you will have plenty of choice when it comes to climbing. It’s ideal for wine lovers too with wineries spread out across the area.
26th October – 7 Nights
2*+ Intouriste Apartments – Self Catering
from €399 price include flights / return airport transfers / accommodation / 20kg FREE baggage
The main beach in Agadir runs for several kilometres along the Atlantic coast with great temperatures of around 25 degrees. Kayaking and surfing are popular here. Agadir is a good base for hiking trips in the nearby mountains. Paradise Valley is an especially picturesque location, with a stunning valley with dazzling emerald waters at the bottom of towering rock walls. Drive the twisting and turning mountain roads, passing through traditional Berber villages, to reach Imouzzer, and its stunning waterfall. There are several top-class golf clubs within easy reach of Agadir, and the Souss-Massa National Park is a prime place for bird-watching and enjoying nature.
25th October – 7 Nights
2* Bayside Apartments – Self Catering
from €525 price include flights / return airport transfers / accommodation / 20kg FREE baggage
The Algarve in autumn offers the visitor a wealth of culture, landscape and history to discover and explore as well as temperatures of around 22 degrees in October. There is world-class championship courses from leading designers to enjoy. An added attraction for golf fans is the Portugal Masters event, which for the last few years has welcomed some of the world’s greatest golfers to Vilamoura. There is also a rich wealth of history to discover resulting UNESCO World Heritage Sites to explore. Diving is also popular in Autumn and the clear waters are home to everything from colourful anemones to dolphins and whales.
24th October – 7 Nights
3* Fosshotel Raudara – Room Only
from €429 price include flights / return airport transfers / accommodation / 20kg FREE baggage
Rugged landscapes, cooler temperatures, cheaper prices and the Northern Lights are just some of reasons to visit Reyjavik in Autumn. The beautiful Skaftafell National Park makes for a great autumn hike. Check out the volcanically active area around Lake Myvatn and the Myvatn Nature Baths, set high up on a hillside so that you can enjoy the views of the surrounding areas while you soak in the warm mineral-rich waters. The Golden Circle is without a doubt the ultimate must see in Iceland with 3 attractions in one excursion: þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and Geyser erupting hot spring. The Blue Lagoon is another highlight, you have to take the opportunity to soak in the famous waters of the Blue Lagoon, known for its healing powers to the skin.
25th October – 7 Nights
2* Sun Beach Apts– Self Catering
from €449 price include flights / return airport transfers / accommodation / 20kg FREE baggage
Majorca is a year round destination with Autumn temperatures ranging between 20°C and 25°C. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, Mallorca is the right destination for wonderful long autumn hikes. There are more than 20 golf courses on the island attracting all level of players for tournaments and training camps. Enjoy the shorter queues at the fabulous museums like the Es Baluard or the Museu de Mallorca. Food is the focus at Mercat de l’Olivar ,one of several markets in Palma. Join the locals in shopping for olive oil, wine and fruit.