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Hot holiday destinations this autumn

Thinking about squeezing a holiday in before the end of the year? Us too. And why not, you've probably picked up loads of bikinis in the end of summer sales and you won't get a chance to wear them in the UK now.

So where to go in the autumn? Most of Europe starts cooling down now and all the big clubbing resorts will be winding down and holding closing parties at the end of September.

But fear not, there are still plenty of places you and the girls can go for a brilliant holiday. And, most importantly, the sun will be shining! These are just a few of our favourite destinations.


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Still lovely and warm at this time of year - this beautiful, sand-dune covered Canary island is perfect for a girlie holiday. The island is small enough that you can rent a car and drive the length in just a couple of hours. The best resort is Corallejo; a small town that's absolutely packed with chic cocktail bars, tapas restaurants and live music venues, where beers are served in frozen glasses.

Fuerteventura is a year-round surfers' paradise; head to El Cotillo or Jandia for the best waves. There's great shopping centres and African markets if you fancy some retail therapy. And if you do rent a car, definitely take in the stunning mountain drives.

Tip: Try a mojito at CTRL bar


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For the adventurous girls out there, a trip to Marrakech is undoubtedly on your list. Immerse yourself in Moroccan culture by taking in the bustling souks and the lively Place Jemaa El Fna - the market square at the heart of Marrakech.

The aromas are stunning - spicy and sweet. Make sure you try the food on offer at the markets, but it's not for the faint-hearted - sheep's brain soup is everywhere. You can, of course, sample more familiar dishes such as tagines and proper kebabs. Remember, Marrakech is a Muslim city and very few places will serve alcohol.

You can take trips to the Atlas Mountains - stunning with their snow-capped peaks while you're baking away in the African heat.

Tip: Stay in a riad - stunning palatial homes with interior gardens. Often run by families, riads give a more authentic experience than the hotels, and they're often cheaper.


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Try an all inclusive trip to Cuba

We recommend booking a twin-centre two-week holiday; spend four days in Havana and 10 on one of the country's stunning islands. Havana really is unmissable; setting foot in the capital is like stepping back in time - pristine Cadillacs everywhere! Of course, Havana is the home of mojitos and daiquiris, and they come strong and cheap.

For the beach portion of your break, you really are spoilt for choice - white sands as far as the eye can see and crystal-clear, warm water. Most of the resorts are all inclusive and many are adult only. If you really want to party, head to Cayo Coco. The hotels have great entertainment - think laser-lit pool parties with young crowds up for a good time. There's also a nightclub in an underground cave not far from the main hotels.

Tip: Don't let hurricane season weather reports put you off - at most you'll probably have a tropical storm that blows over in 10 minutes.


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The weather in Croatia is typically Mediterranean, so expect a comfortably warm autumn. Dubrovnik is a walled city overlooking the stunning Adriatic sea; so, food wise, expect delicious fresh seafood. Beach wise, think golden with a warm sea to swim in.

The nightlife in the city centre is great - lots of intimate bars packed to the rafters with revellers. Keep an eye out for celebs too, with so many stunning 5* hotels, the likes of Beyoncé have been spotted in the city.

If wine's your thing, about an hour's drive away you'll find plenty of wineries in the Pelješac Peninsula. You can sample a variety of red and white wines made from local grapes.

Tip: If you're driving, headlights must be on at all times, day and night.

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