The Cap-d’Ail in France is the perfect place for some last minute sun
Time can sometimes feel like it’s running away from you when summer is about to end. Where did the sunshine go? It’s
at this time of year when I decide to go on the hunt for some last minute sunshine, to places where temperatures
are still warm and I can enjoy the end of summer surrounded by beautiful scenery. From France, to Spain and Portugal,
here are my inspirations for where to go, to get the last of the summer sun.
Cap-d’Ail – France
When you think of late summer sun, your mind might immediately jump to the south of France, specifically the glamourous
French Riviera in the south east. While much of this part of the coast is a bustling hub of stylish locals and bikini-clad
tourists, the Cap-d’Ail commune is a little different. It’s a short journey from Monaco, but boasts a much more secluded
The Cap-d’Ail is a modern, trendy part of the French coast with its own shopping district and a handful of stunning beaches.
One of my favourite sandy spots is Plage Mala, where you’ll be able to enjoy a peaceful swim and sunbathe in the
late summer sun.
The Dordogne – France
I love travelling by car because it gives me a lot of freedom, and I often make the most of this by visiting France’s
famous Dordogne region. Boasting sunny weather throughout the month of September, Dordogne is home to holds many
of the sites that France is known for. Visiting at this time of year also gives you the advantage of being able to
enjoy the grape harvest, which takes place in September. This is certainly one of the main reasons I visit at this
time of year!
To me, a visit to Dordogne feels so quintessentially French due to the scenic countryside, historic villages and the
many proud-looking châteaux. Perhaps the most famous sites in this region are the Lascaux prehistoric caves, which
can be found amongst the forest of Périgord Noir, in the beautiful centre of the Dordogne region.
The Dordogne region of France is arguably it’s most charming.
Cassis – France
Another gem on the southern coast of France, Cassis is surrounded by gorgeous vineyards, green mountain peaks and boasts
a stunning fishing port. It’s the perfect place to take a scenic drive and even take a boat tour to the surrounding
calanques (hidden inlets along the coast). Taking a boat trip to these secretive coves will make you forget about
the end of summer, and you’ll see amazing rocky limestone cliffs emerging from the crystal clear water.
Visiting Cassis after the peak season is a great time to see the port when it’s at its best. It’s hailed as one of the
prettiest towns in the Provence region, so in the height of summer it can get a little busy. In early September however,
you’ll have fewer crowds and more of a the chance to appreciate the area’s allure and charm.
A calanque near Cassis, in France.
The Algarve – Portugal
Another region to visit if you’re looking for some late summer sun is the Algarve in southern Portugal. I’m always happy
to take a longer drive to visit the Algarve, as the pace of the summer rush has slowed right down, while temperatures
are still at a balmy 25 degrees (or more). Be sure to visit the area’s most famously-stunning beach, Praia da Marinha,
or take the car and discover any of the 150 beaches that the area has to offer, and find your own spot of paradise.
I often travel west to appreciate the Algarve’s natural beauty, as there are fewer holiday resorts in these parts, and
it’s possible to spot some dolphins off the coast. Much of the west coast is protected by a natural park (Parque
Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina) so it’s a great place to go hiking, too.
An empty beach in the Algarve.
Nerja – Spain
The last destination on my list has to be Nerja, in southern Spain. A beautiful part of the Spanish coast, Nerja is known
for maintaining a small-town charm amongst the more bustling destinations, such as Marbella. Sitting neatly on the
Spanish cliff tops, Nerja has been called ‘the jewel of the Costa del Sol’ and I have to agree that it’s something
I recommend taking a stroll in the sun around one of Nerja’s many plazas, and embracing local life by relaxing with a
drink while people watching. When hunger strikes, you can visit one of the town’s 300 different restaurants and bars.
With so many local charms to choose from, you’ll want to make plenty of time to explore everything that Nerja has
The white buildings of Nerja, Spain
Inspired to seek some last minute sunshine?
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The Dordogne region of France is arguably it’s most charming – Stephane Mignon
A calanque near Cassis, in France - Anna & Michal
An empty beach in the Algarve - Miguel Vieira
The white buildings of Nerja, Spain - Anna & Michal
The Cap-d’Ail in France is the perfect place for some last minute sun - acebal