As summer slowly begins to fade away into the background, September is a fantastic time for visitors to capture some sun before the UK returns to the wind and rain of autumn.
There are still plenty of incredible events lined up next month and the temperatures remain warm in numerous holiday destinations. Here are some of the top locations travellers should consider in the coming weeks.
As a hotbed of culture and entertainment, Tel Aviv attracts thousands of tourists every year and September has some outstanding events scheduled.
For music fans, Queen and Adam Lambert’s concert on September 12th at Park Hayarkon could prove to be especially tempting, where you can see all of the classic hits from the British legends in a marvelous venue. Whether you were lucky enough to see the band with Freddie Mercury or not, expect the American singer to fill in with style on hits such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga and more.
Another brilliant event is the European Wakeboard and Wakeskate Championship, which takes place between September 16th-21st. This year’s iteration will be the 18th tournament, welcoming some of the top water sports stars from across the continent.
One of the most popular events in Madrid this September will be the DCODE Festival.
Scheduled from September 12th-16th, the Complutense University of Madrid will see performances from some of the world’s top indie bands, such as Mark Ronson, Kodaline and Jimmy Eat World.
If you’re a sports fan, you have two opportunities to see the mighty Real Madrid next month. Firstly, they will face Osasuna on September 10th before a tie against Villarreal on the 21st. Expect superstars such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in a frenzied atmosphere at the Santiago Bernabeu that has to be seen to be believed.
For some incredible local cuisine, the El Matadero farmers’ market cannot be missed. You can look forward to a range of stalls selling produce from around Madrid, along with a selection of delicious international food.
Despite its reputation as a beach resort, there is much more to Ibiza than just sand and sun.
A top destination to visit this September is the mesmerising island of Es Vedra. This patch of land is a designated nature reserve and one of the most magnetic spots on the world. It is considered to have magical energy, with spooky rumours of unidentified objects swimming in the area!
The Hippy Night market will also take place every Monday and Tuesday at Las Dalias Ibiza in Sant Carlas de Peralta. Here, visitors can expect incredible live music, a host of Spanish food and an awesome atmosphere. There is even a kids area with a puppet theatre to ensure the whole family is entertained.
September is also an amazing time to visit the Castle of Ibiza, which is one of the island’s most prestigious historical sites. Crowds are likely to be slightly smaller than in June or July and, with spectacular views available from the structure and excellent bars and restaurants located in the nearby Old Town, it’s a must-see attraction.
September has plenty of outstanding events in store for travellers in Paphos, with the incredible Don Giovanni show at the Aphrodite Festival sure to be a favourite for many visitors. Taking place at the Pafos Medieval Castle, this legendary opera will be an unforgettable experience for theatre fans in a truly sublime setting.
What’s more, the Cyprus International Film Festival is scheduled for September 14th-25th, where some of the world’s leading independent directors and writers are up for a host of different awards. It’s a great reason to dress up and gain an insight into the fascinating Cypriot movie industry.
As well as this, you can take in some extraordinary live music by watching the French choir Mikrokosmos on September 11th. There is also a music walk available, allowing travellers to speak to members of the group and hear their vocal talents during a peaceful walk through the stunning Armou village.
With incredible beaches and a wonderfully laid-back vibe, Larnaca is one of the leading holiday resorts in Cyprus.
When it comes to attractions, the Three Sisters exhibition is sure to be top of the list for many visitors. This incredible play comes from the PERSONA theatre group and guarantees a fantastic evening of entertainment at the Larnaca Municipal Theatre on September 21st.
To learn more about Cyprus’ fascinating history, the Pierides Museum should be a great day out. There are around 2,500 artefacts here in a stunning collection that explores the Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Geometric, Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods.
For something a little different, ever thought about visiting an underwater shipwreck? You’ll have the opportunity to do exactly that next month in Larnaca, where you can swim through the remains of the Zenobia boat. The vessel capsized in 1980 and remains a compelling diving site for underwater explorers, with daily trips available.