Are you gradually getting ready for Autumn? Are you planning a holiday or weekend break? We have the best suggestions for European destinations this Autumn.
1. Rome, Italy
The overwhelming beauty of Rome knows no seasons, but the autumn, is extra special time to visit.
The weather is usually dry and pleasant and the city slowly starts wearing its autumnal colours, treating its visitors to a beautiful palette of yellow and red leaves against the backdrop of a terse, blue sky.
The city is a hive of activity, with the locals in the thick of the working year and museum, galleries and restaurants are open and buzzing with events, with many attractions offering longer visiting hours.
2. Dubrovnik, Croatia
Spring and early Autumn are not as busy here which offers visitor more of a chance to explore with ease. Swim in the crystal waters and soak in the beautiful scenery. Enjoy the amazing UNESCO old city, an old city full of small cobbled streets that wind lazily upwards towards the imposing city walls. With a break from the summer heat, there’s plenty to offer families including magnificent city wall tours, escape rooms and even a new Star Wars walk. Outside the old city offers even more choice for families.
Sea kayaking to nearby islands or even jumping aboard the affordable ‘yellow submarine’ to see the marine wildlife between Dubrovnik and Lokrum Island. An island made famous by it’s tame rabbits and peacocks. The perfect place to spend a lazy day or grab a family adventure should you choose to brave the island’s Dead Sea. A salt-filled lake that allows you to float in peace or explore at your leisure.’
3. Valencia, Spain
Valencia is worth exploring year-round with its blue skies and warm air, Autumn is a perfect time to visit.
Autumn, however, might be an ideal time for a first visit. Valencia enjoys dry, sunny weather year-round, yet tourism slows down by early September. The result: warm breezes and more elbow room around the city’s wealth of kid-friendly museums, festivals, parks, and historical sites. Now you can visit Europe’s biggest aquarium, best zoo and most beautiful market — all in one city, and all without fighting the crowds. Still want the beach? You can swim here in November.
The city of Valencia is extremely flat, walkable, and stroller-friendly, but taxis and public transportation are also safe, convenient and easy to navigate. As for food, the city’s exceptional restaurant scene and al fresco dining options are made even better with a glass of local wine or cava.
4. Lisbon, Portugal
An Autumn city break in Lisbon can be magical. This is arguably the best season to visit Portugal’s capital – you can enjoy the delicious aroma of chestnuts roasting all over the city; tree-lined streets vibrant in hues of browns and orange, and best of all spend your days sightseeing with no need to wrap up. Lisbon sees wonderfully warm temperatures in Autumn, perfect for exploring the city’s colourful hills, sipping a few drinks by the river, or even fitting in a beach or mountain day trip.
5. Paris, France
During autumn, you still get the sunny days but the tourist hordes from the summer have gone home. You might actually be able to get into a museum without waiting in line half the day!
The leaves are changing on the trees in the parks. It’s the perfect weather to sit at a sidewalk cafe and watch Parisian life in progress. There’s a little nip in the air which allows you to layer with jackets and scarfs – always a chic look and easier to hide any over-indulgence in baguettes and cheese.
The autumn weather is also the perfect excuse to indulge in hot chocolates again. I find the winter days are much shorter and chillier. In addition, by December the crowds of tourists are back in Paris to shop for the holidays and to look at all the Christmas decorations.
6. Bologna, Italy
Bologna is a university town at the top of Italy’s thigh, it is the country’s gastronomic capital.
When things get cold and drizzly outside, you’ll know inside waiting for you will be beautiful food. When you step (or roll) back outside, there is a 40KM of porticos to walk under, which will keep you out of any autumn showers. Visit the Piazza Maggiore, here kids can run around while you have an espresso, or climb the steps of the Tower of Asinelli through the tiny circular stairway.
7. London, England
One of the best things about this diverse city is the variety of beautiful parks and Autumn is one of the best times to visit. There’s a chill in the air but people are out as always, enjoying the fresh crisp atmosphere. From the larger Hyde Park and Regents Parks to the smaller St James Park or even Gordon Square Gardens, escaping from the hustle and bustle of the city and relaxing amongst nature is a welcome relief.
London parks are filled with life & colour!
Tourists photographing the sites, couples taking a romantic stroll, joggers catching up on exercise, students playing football, parents pushing their little ones along, people wandering & admiring the view, squirrels scavenging for food, birds singing in the trees and eldering folk sitting on the benches watching the world go by, there is never a dull moment!
Take a stroll through leafy parks, looking to get out of the outdoors then enjoy waterside pubs or hit the Museums there is so much to do in London in Autumn
8. Naples, Italy
Visiting Naples and its surroundings in autumn is lovely. The worst of the summer heat are faded, and you can expect very pleasant weather during the day. More of all, there is something special about the Italian light in fall: lower, softer, bringing a kind of magical golden glow!
You can stroll around Naples’ lively historic centre with the kids, enjoying its picturesque charm: the clean laundry drying up by windows, the beautiful crumbling palace’s inner courtyards, the garlands of dried tomatoes hanging up. Hiking on Mount Vesuvius volcano whose eruption destroyed Pompeii will be easier in fall. And there’s no better choice than visiting the archaeological site of Pompeii itself on a cool day, with fewer tourists!