Uplifting autumn getaways

22 September 2009

The three and a half months between September and Christmas are bleak and Bank Holiday free. But look on the bright side: the kids have gone back to school, temperatures in southern Europe are still warm, holiday prices in Autumn are considerably lower.

The Discovery Collection offers something for everybody to look forward to with its wide choice of stylish European breaks.

Gozo is awash with secluded coves and sandy beaches and, with an average temperature of 25 celsius in October, you can explore all the island has to offer in glorious sunshine. The annual Mediterranea Festival (mediterranea.com.mt), a colourful celebration of all-thing-Mediterranean, takes place from 23 October to 21 November.

Five-night breaks at the 4-star Calypso Hotel in Marsalforn in October cost from £455pp. Includes scheduled flights and transfers.

Enjoy North Cyprus well into November and beyond. Whether your idea of bliss is exploring fascinating ancient ruins or simply lazing on a beach, North Cyprus has it all. The five-star Malpas offers an excellent standard of accommodation with a state-of-the-art spa and stunning views of the Kyrenia coast.

Seven nights on a bed and breakfast basis in November including flights and transfers from £585pp.

October is a great time to visit the beautiful region of Puglia, with temperatures in Italy's south pleasantly warm and beaches near-deserted. Stay at boutique Corte Altavilla. The property occupies a prime spot in historic Conversano, a town brimming with authentic charm and superb restaurants.

In October, three nights B&B including flights and excluding transfers (car hire is recommended) costs from £369pp.

To book or find out more visit thediscoverycollection.com.

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