We regret to inform you that it’s that time again. Those sleepy summer days are nearing an end. And the whispers of autumn will soon be approaching. But that doesn’t mean you still can’t take advantage of an end of the summer getaway. Here’s a look at six European destinations to consider for those last sunny, warm days of summer:

CRETE, GREECE

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The summers tend to last longer on Crete. This warm Mediterranean island is a perfect choice to soak up those last warming summer rays of sunshine. Of course, you can hit the beach and go for a swim. After a stroll along the beach, relax and have a drink at a beachside taverna. Crete also has a lot of great history to discover. Check out the Venetian and Turkish building in Chania. And take a stroll through Old Town, where the narrow streets showcase plenty of the island’s history as well. Crete also has one of the oldest lighthouses in the world. With plenty of history, and a warm, welcoming vibe, it’s a great laid back end of summer destination.

GOTLAND, SWEDEN

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It’s the go-to summer destination for locals. And with its white sand beaches and thatched-roof houses, the charm of Gotland Island is definitely appealing to tourists as well. Keep in mind that this isn’t a tropical island. It’s located in the Baltic Sea and sees the harshly famous Scandinavian winters. But in the summer, Gotland is a welcome summer getaway.

Fans of the outdoors will definitely love Gotland. It’s home to the medieval town of Visby. This UNESCO World Heritage site is famous for its cobblestone streets and quaint cottages. Summertime is peak season here. Visitors will find plenty of charming cafes and eateries. There’s even a 2km-long medieval wall! Take advantage of the still pleasant weather by bicycling around the island for an added bonus to your holiday.

BARCELONA, SPAIN

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Late summer is the best time to visit this bustling Spanish metropolis. Mid-summer can be sweltering. So by the end of summer, you’ll be experiencing much more pleasant temperatures. Barcelona has some of Europe’s most fascinating architecture. Must see structures include Gaudi’s Parc Guell, Casa Batllo, and La Sagrada Familia. Checking out the city’s various gothic churches and other styles of cathedrals is a must as well as they parks and museums. While you’re exploring, don’t forget to take a stroll through the Gothic Quarter. And if you’re looking for some downtime, there will be plenty of gourmet restaurants and cafes to relax and have a delicious meal in. Or you could opt for grabbing a beer and some tapas while taking in the beautiful views of the Mediterranean. The choices are really endless in Barcelona, making it a great choice for a summer getaway.

GRAN CANARIA, THE CANARY ISLANDS

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If a late summer beach getaway is what you’re looking for, head for Gran Canaria, part of Spain’s Canary Islands. Here you’ll find plenty of fine sand beaches and holiday resorts catering to the perfect beach holiday. Gran Canaria is also a great option for those travelers who love the outdoors. Packed with diverse natural landscapes, the island is just waiting for the adventurous visitor to explore it.

Beaches, high mountains, ravines, and even volcanoes can be found on the island. It’s really the perfect place for the hiking enthusiasts. You’ll also find plenty of local activities, shopping, and dining opportunities on the island too. So it’s definitely a great place to kick back and relax while enjoying the last of summer.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

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The end of summer is the best time to visit Hungary’s capital city. The weather is still pleasant and the streets are much less crowded. This means you can take advantage of the city’s cafes and bars with a lot less of a hassle than in the busy mid-summer season. Budapest is a busting metropolis of history and culture. There’s definitely plenty to see and do here.

Check out the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Royal Palace and Castle Hill. The palace’s green dome towers over the city’s skyline and is definitely worth the visit. Explore the city on foot along its iconic cobblestone streets for an authentic Budapest experience. Visitors can walk through District V to see Stephen’s Basilica and the Parliament House. Or perhaps you’d like to take a stroll along the banks of the Danube River, taking in the numerous picturesque bridges. The possibilities are truly endless on a Budapest holiday. And since the weather will still be warm, don’t forget to take a dip one of the thermal baths!

ZADAR, CROATIA

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It’s not one of Croatia’s most well-known cities. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of attractions worth checking out. The tourist season calms down at the end of summer, making it the perfect time to travel there. Located on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, Zadar is known for its marble streets and Roman and Venetian ruins. And there are plenty of beautiful beaches to check out too.

If architecture interests you, there are a few unique churches to check out, like the Zadar Cathedral and the Church of St. Donatus. There are even ancient city walls and gates to discover built by the Romans as well as the Venetians. Outdoor enthusiasts have some great options too. There’s the Paklencia National Park, which offers great hiking and climbing options. And the Kornati National Park offers a rugged landscape to explore as well as Roman villas and farms.

You also can’t miss one of the city’s most popular attractions: The Sea Organ. Made up of a series of underwater tubes beneath marble steps, the instrument is played based on the motion of the waves. Each tube creates a different tine and is definitely a unique and fun attraction to experience while on your end of the summer holiday.