This is part of our series on how to find the top holiday spots around the world by the calendar. These are the best holiday destinations for September. As with all our guides, we recommend you check all government travel warnings before you decide on a holiday destination.
Sometimes the weather in September is like a surprise bag. Sometimes hot summer temperatures prevail, then suddenly you feel like being in autumn. That’s why, depending on the weather and climate, I’ve selected the best destinations for September.
Of course, it always depends on what you want: beach holiday on one of the islands in the Mediterranean? Then I recommend Sardinia, Sicily, Cyprus, Malta or one of the Greek islands of Crete, Rhodes or Kos. Croatia is becoming more and more popular, as it is also easy to drive here by car.
A mix of beach vacation and city break you can experience on the mainland in Italy, Spain, Portugal or Croatia. But not everyone says temperatures around 30 degrees to explore a city. The advantage, however, is obvious: In Rome, Barcelona and Lisbon you will save long waiting times at sights, as fewer tourists are traveling in the cities. Sure, they are all on the beach.
Best holiday destinations for September: City trips
Cologne in September is ideal for letting the day end on the banks of the Rhine and exploring the city. For photofreaks, Photokina – the world ‘s largest trade fair for photography – will take place at the end of September.
New York is optimal in September
How about exploring the Big Apple? The city has so much to offer that I come here regularly. I love New York! Take a boat trip around Manhattan, do a Brooklyn street art tour, or go shopping in an outlet. Everything is possible.
Best holiday destinations for September: Road trips in Europe
After the summer holidays in August, the calm slowly returns to Corsica. The beautiful serpentines of the island you can then drive relaxed, without the whole of France is present and makes on Corsica’s beautiful beaches vacation.
September is also ideal because the sea and the air are still warm and pleasant. You should stop in the great places Bonifacio, Sartène, Ajaccio and the fishing villages of Cap Corse. If you want to go hiking, you can do so on the challenging but very nice GR20.
Road trips worldwide
Namibia, Botswana and South Africa
Africa has ideal conditions for the southern African countries. Especially in Botswana, where the conditions of the pistes in national parks are often difficult, driving in the deep sand (early morning) is just as feasible at the end of the dry season.
USA and Canada
Particularly popular for road trips in September are the US and Canada. Especially California, the Rocky Moutains or the East Coast from New York are perfect for touring.
Silk Road in Central Asia
You like adventures and road trips? Then off to the legendary Silk Road. The most popular routes start from Istanbul through Turkey and Iran or via Georgia and Azerbaijan via Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan to China. I myself drove on one part from Dushanbe (Tajikistan) to Osh (Kyrgyzstan). This section is also called Pamir Highway and just as beautiful. I would like to start immediately. The only obstacle: You need a visa or even invitation letters for almost every country.
Adventure in Europe
In Europe you should take a look at the Scandinavian countries Denmark , Norway , Finland , Sweden and Iceland . In September you can often see northern lights in the sky in the north! An absolute highlight and “mut see” on my bucket list.
Best holiday destinations for September: Asia
Indonesia – Sumatra and Java
Ideal for a round trip is the September. Why? It entices adventure, nature and culture. In addition a great value for money. In September, it is mostly dry, on the west coast you can surf and also there are fewer tourists here. That’s why the prices are lower.
In the north of Sumatra you can still see orangutans in the Bohorok Orangutan Center. At Danau Toba you can swim in the largest volcanic crater lake in the world. In Java you can visit the great temples Prambanan and Borobudur (the world’s largest Buddhist temple by the way). Mount Bromo as a “super volcano” with three smoking craters is also a natural spectacle that you do not have everywhere. Sounds good?
Why now? Visit Buddhist sanctuaries in ideal weather! The roof of the world attracts more and more tourists. The only obstacle: You need other than a Chinese visa and other special permits. The journey is long and tiring for some, as heights are sometimes underestimated.
Why is September ideal? It is still pleasantly warm, the summer rain is over and the snowfall starts in October. Impressive views of the Himalayas are guaranteed. Ideal time for walks around the holy mountain “Kailash”, the hub of the world.