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2 hot locations for Autumn sunshine
Avoid the crowds and enjoy Summer holiday weather with these holidays in the Autumn sunshine:
Head to the hills in Andalucia and avoid the tempting beaches, for a quieter and slightly cooler clime. Perfect as an area for rambling, the Sierra de Aracena national park is a hidden treasure, boasting bleached white village buildings and shaded valleys. Stay at the Finca el Moro, deep within the park and based on a 75 acre hill. Cottages in the area sleep two to six, contain no mod-cons but each has its own swimming pool. Be sure to visit the upbeat local town of Aracena, famous for its church built by the Knights Templar in the 13th century and its setas - a type of wild mushroom.
An excellent combination of ancient history as well as the tropical beauty you would expect from the Greek Islands, Rhodes offers twisting, turning alley-ways leading off from bustling market-places, houses bedecked with Ottoman designs and murals as well as calm and peaceful town squares. Nearby Kalithea offers a beach-haven for those needing to soak up some rays and try some medicinal hot spring therapy and for nature-lovers, the Petaloudes or 'Butterfly Valley' plays host to a myriad of brightly-coloured insects between May and September.
Stay at the Spirit of the Knights (i-escape.com/spiritoftheknights.psp), a beautiful family-owned hotel located in the centre of Rhodes' Old Town, containing stone and marble interiors, stained glass workings and glorious candelabras.