How not to give up on summer.

If you can’t stand the idea of saying goodbye to the sun, with great reductions on flights and accommodation from mid-September, there’s no need to! You don’t have to travel far to keep your tan on the boil: head for the Med and you’ll usually find good weather well into October. Choose the Costa del Sol rather than the Costa Brava, Sicily rather than Lake Como and you’ll still be able to soak up the sun.

For a reasonably priced island idyll, try Crete. Because of the protests over Greece’s faltering economy, there are many cheap deals available and the islands are less affected than the mainland by demonstrations.

Choose between lounging on the sandy beaches of Falassarna and Elafonisos, hitting the hiking trails through Samaria Gorge and the White Mountains or visiting the historical sites at Knossos.

Easy Jet (www.easyjet.com) flies to Chania from London Gatwick but there are many package holidays available. Easy Jet offers flight plus accommodation options and you can check out Thomson’s late deals on their website (www.thomson.co.uk).

For example, fly with Thomson to Crete return from London Gatwick on the 13th of October for 7 nights in self-catering accommodation (Dimitra Apartments) for just £241. The price is based on two people sharing and saves you £137. This is just one of hundreds of deals on offer right now on holidays to Greece over the next six weeks.

So don’t get left behind in the autumn drizzle. Log on to the above mentioned websites and choose one of the many hot deals available!

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