Escape to the Sun: How to Avoid a Drizzly British Autumn

It’s hardly a revelation that the UK is something of a rain magnet.

In a country where the rainfall totaled 1300mm in 2014 and global warming is nothing more than a sick joke, the 64 million inhabitants of this drizzle-laden island could be forgiven for upping sticks and heading for toastier climes.

Indeed, the average UK temperature for this summer was a decidedly chilly 13.9C (the coldest in three years), which is enough to have sun seekers shaking an irritated fist at the sky and staging an angry protest outside Met Office HQ.

But it’s not all doom and gloom.

Handily, when you’ve grown tired of the continual downpours, ruined BBQs and leaving your beachwear on the shelf, the UK is a great base for jetting off to various parts of the globe in search of some well deserved sun.

With three international airports in London alone, why not pack your suitcase, hop in the car, leave your motor with meet and greet parking at Stansted and head off to lie by the pool for a couple of weeks of glorious sunshine?
Here’s where to go …

Barcelona

Barcelona is Spain’s second most populated city, with its location on the Iberian Peninsula offering visitors an average annual temperature of around 20C. Head there in September and the weather is perfect, allowing you to soak up the rays and explore some of the city’s finest sights.

If you need some inspiration, we suggest you check out some of the World Heritage Sites, including Park Güell, Sagrada Família, Palau de la Música Catalana and the stunning Casa Batlló, one of Gaudí’s many masterpieces scattered throughout this glorious city.

Athens

If there’s one thing Athens has in abundance it’s sun, with its subtropical Mediterranean climate offering visitors an average mean temperature of around 18.5C throughout the year. In fact, Athens holds the WMO record for the highest temperature ever recorded in Europe (48C).

Voted as the third best European city to visit in 2015 by European Best Destination, Athens is heaving with culture, with the National Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Cycladic Art the two must-see attractions during your visit to this ancient city.

Istanbul

Ahh, Istanbul! The cultural and economic centre of Turkey is a veritable melting pot of culture and history, offering tourists the opportunity to enjoy some breathtaking temperatures and experience the city’s interesting history.

Whilst there, be sure to check out Istanbul Archaeology Museums, Turkey’s oldest modern museum, as well as the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest covered shopping markets in the world, where you can pick up more than your fair share of bargains.

What do you think?

Where’s the best place to escape a drizzly British Autumn? Please hook up with us in the comments below – we’d love to hear from you.

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