Letting go of the summer is never easy. While we're still left guessing whether or not an Indian Summer will make an appearance, there's a sure-fire way to guarantee a few more outings for strappy sandals and bright maxi dresses: a luxury holiday in Europe.

Holidays to Europe are becoming more and more popular, with plenty of affordably priced flights, a relatively purse-friendly exchange rate for the Euro and pleasant summery temperatures all round.

Low cost in mid season

Cities are no longer scorching hot, so sightseeing and outdoor cafes don't have to be avoided in the middle heat of the day, and the sea is nicely warmed up from the summer season for sunset dips. The cherry on the cake is that hotels have entered 'mid-season', bringing the cost of accommodation down. And who could forget the fact that the schools have gone back, making it an ideal time to go away and not have to deal with families and their little monsters (or your little monsters!). It's good for the soul to have one final long weekend blow out before the days get shorter and winter boots become a wardrobe staple. There is no better time to book your escape and enjoy the beaches of Algarve, Gozo, Croatia and Andalucia or the urban cool of Istanbul or Budapest.