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Top 20 destinations for an autumn break

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Fancy a last-minute break but have no more than a week to spare? We pick our favourite places for a quick getaway this autumn.

Reykjavik

With summer officially over, but Christmas festivities still some way off, many people are thinking about booking a last-minute escape to fill the void.

With this in mind, we looked at customers who bought travel insurance policies through Confused.com in 2014 and identified the 20 most popular places for a short to mid-haul holiday during October and November.

Our top picks for 2015

Topping last year’s list was Spain, followed by the United States, while Egypt came in third place.

Aside from these three favourites, there are some other exciting destinations to choose from this year.

Italy

Rome

Rachel Rawlings is a travel expert at Confused.com.

She says: "Last year’s 12th most popular destination for holidaying Brits, Italy never fails to attract returning visitors and the capital Rome is one of the best spots for an autumn visit.

"Temperatures in October and November hover around 14 to 15 degrees, meaning it's perfect for touring the hundreds of sites the city has to offer."

Why go?

Less than two hours’ flight from the UK, Rome is easy to get to for a short city break. Autumn is the perfect time to visit, with the sun still present in the evenings, casting an amber light around the cobbled streets and aged buildings. Bellissimo!

Top sight: Colosseum, Rome.

Cuba

Cuba

Rachel Rawlings says: "Number 14 on last year’s list, Cuba’s increasing popularity is likely to continue this autumn, despite October and November coming at the tail end of hurricane season in the Caribbean.

"Temperatures in Cuba hover around the mid-to-late 20s at this time of year, and rainfall can be expected, but don’t let that put you off as the weather can soon clear up after a short shower.”

Why go?

Cuba is one of the least commercialised of all the Caribbean islands due to a trading ban set by the US in 1959. However, things look set to change in the near future with the US lifting trade and travel restrictions so now is the time to go to. Flight time ranges from 8.5 to 10 hours, making a week-long break perfectly feasible.

Top sight: Havana’s Malecón – an 8km stretch of road along the sea front.

Iceland

Iceland Blue Lagoon

"For those looking to cling on to the last of the northern-hemisphere sun, Iceland may not be high on your list of autumnal holiday destinations," says Rachel.

"However, it’s actually a fantastic year-round destination, if you’re willing to do battle with the elements, and October and November will be devoid of summer’s crowds."

Why go?

The stand-out draw has got to be Iceland’s natural wonders, which include geysers, mud pots, volcanoes, and lava fields. Several airlines fly direct from the UK to the capital Reykjavik, making it highly accessible for a short break.

Top sight: The Blue Lagoon – temperatures may be chilly outside but the water is a warm 37 degrees at Iceland’s most famous geothermal spa.

Portugal

Portugal

Number 10 on the list, Portugal is an ideal destination for those looking for some last-minute sunshine before the colder weather kicks in.

“Temperatures stay between 18 to 23 degrees in The Algarve at this time of year, and you can expect to see some of the most magnificent sunsets of the whole year,” adds Rachel.

Why go?

It’s easy to get to from the UK, thanks to several budget airlines flying direct to Faro. And if you’re a keen golfer, then visits to world-class golf courses can be had at bargain prices this time of year.

If that doesn’t float your boat then maybe a wander around the largest marina in Portugal will. It has a wide variety of restaurants and bars all offering fresh local produce. 

Top sight: Vilamoura marina - Portugal’s largest marina.

Top 20 places for a short autumn break

Here is the full list of the top 20 most popular short to mid-haul destinations to visit during October and November.

#

Country

1

Spain

2

United States 

3

Egypt

4

Australia

5

France

6

India

7

Thailand

8

Turkey

9

United Arab Emirates

10

Portugal

11

Mexico

12

Italy

13

Greece

14

Cuba

15

Germany

16

Netherlands

17

Tunisia

18

Cyprus

19

South Africa

20

Canada

Make sure you’re covered

If you’ve been convinced to book a break, Rachel has a few final words of advice.

"If you’re tempted by a last-minute deal then make sure you take the time to get adequate travel insurance," she says.

"With European policies starting from around £3.72 for a week, and worldwide cover from £13.27, it needn’t break the bank."

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