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Septem Septem­ber is al­ways ex­pen­sive in Paris – ho­tels are heavil heav­ily booked for trade tr and fa fash­ion sh shows. Go in O Oc­to­ber ins in­stead, when the cro crowds di­min­ish a and the cul­tural seas season kicks off. If you have stamina, Nuit Blanche (this y year on Oct 6) is an all-night hap hap­pen­ing with in­stal­la­tions, video pro­jec­tions and art events go­ing on all around the cap­i­tal (que­faire.paris.fr/nu­it­blanche). Al­ter­na­tively, you could save your en­ergy for the two block­buster ex­hi­bi­tions at the Grand Palais (grand­palais.fr): Mag­nif­i­cent Venice Croa­tia’s south­ern­most sea­side re­sort, pretty Ca­vat (12 miles from Dubrovnik) perches on a rocky penin­sula, with a peb­ble bay to each side. Snooze be­low pine trees, swim off the rocks and drink sun­set cock­tails at Lit­tle Star beach bar (beach­bar­lit­tlestar.com) or catch a wa­ter-taxi to Dubrovnik for sight­see­ing and a re­turn stop at Mlini beach. Ex­plore ru­ral Kon­avle, lunch­ing next to wa­ter­falls at Kon­avoski Dvori (es­cu­laprestau­rants. com), or hik­ing the Čiro trail (wine-tast­ing and pic­nic in­cluded) with Piknik Dubrovnik (piknikdubrovnik.com).

Ho­tel Croa­tia in Cav­tat (dou­bles from £181 a night; tele­graph.co.uk/ tt-cav­tat); easyJet (easyjet.com) flies to Dubrovnik from Bris­tol, Ed­in­burgh, Lon­don and Manch­ester till late-Oc­to­ber. Sun, sand and warm sea (av­er­age 78F/26C) make Rhodes a per­fect au­tumn choice. The crowds have dis­persed, leav­ing hide­aways such as white­washed hill­side Lin­dos, over­look­ing Pal­las and St Paul’s beaches, ro­man­tic and serene, and the wide golden sands of Tsam­bika, semi-de­serted and balmy, while on Rhodes’s south­ern tip, Pra­son­isi winds are still op­ti­mum for surf­ing and kite­board­ing (pra­son­isi­cen­ter.com). Ex­plore Rhodes’s en­chant­ing me­dieval Old Town, and catch a ferry to Symi is­land, with its neo­clas­si­cal man­sions and tran­quil peb­ble coves backed by tamarisk trees.

Thomas Cook (thomas­cook.com) of­fers var­i­ous pack­ages based in Lin­dos in Rhodes; easyJet (easyjet. com) flies to Rhodes from Liver­pool, Lon­don and New­cas­tle till lateOc­to­ber Au­tum­nal sun­shine com­bines with mod­ern art on the glam­orous Côte d’Azur. Base your­self in Nice, to bathe at beaches rang­ing from the stun­ning three-mile sandy Plage de Pam­pelonne just out­side St Tropez to the chi-chi Paloma pri­vate peb­ble beach at Saint-Jean-Cap-Fer­rat. If the weather breaks, check out mu­se­ums cel­e­brat­ing 20th-cen­tury painters who resided here, in­clud­ing Matisse, Pi­casso and Cha­gall, and drive into the hills of Provence to the en­chant­ing Fon­da­tion Maeght (fon­da­tion-maeght. com) ex­hibit­ing Miró, Gi­a­cometti and oth­ers, in Saint-Paul-de-Vence.

EasyJet (easyjet.com) flies to Nice from Belfast, Ed­in­burgh, Liver­pool, and New­cas­tle un­til late Oc­to­ber, and from Bris­tol and Lon­don all year. In dreamy Posi­tano on the Amalfi Coast, pas­tel fa­cades draped in bougainvil­lea hug a cliff­side, with steps lead­ing down to a shin­gle beach – over­crowded in sum­mer, but mel­low come Septem­ber. Along the coast, you have a long sandy beach at Maiori, and in the fish­ing vil­lage of Ce­tara, a peb­ble cove rimmed by seafood eater­ies. Sam­ple the lo­cal tip­ple, li­mon­cello, at Il Gusto della Costa (il­gus­todel­la­costa.it) in Pra­iano, visit hill­side Ravello for views over the Gulf of Salerno and catch a boat to Capri.

Ital­ian spe­cial­ist Ci­talia (ci­talia. com) of­fers one-week Oc­to­ber breaks fly­ing from Gatwick at the Mi­nori Palace in Maiori, from £732 or a week at the Mar­in­canto Ho­tel in Posi­tano from £1,115.

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