Best European destinations to visit this autumn
If you are lucky enough to be able to discover Europe at any time of the year, autumn is really THE perfect season. The main European destinations have just lived their high season, the streets are quieter, real life resumes on the streets of the most beautiful destinations in Europe. Autumn is the perfect time to meet people and get off the beaten track.
Off tourist season, you will also enjoy the best hotels at the best price, fewer queues for your best activities in Europe, more places in restaurants, fewer people on your photos, in short autumn is certainly the best time of the year to discover Europe.
Take your pick from our selection of the best destinations to visit in autumn and send us your photos via social networks!
Its wind-sculpted fairy chimneys in the "Love Valley" but also the Goreme National Park and its cave constructions make Cappadocia one of the most beautiful regions in the world. Over the centuries, cave villages but also castles, sanctuary, have been dug by man in the rock of the Cappadocia region. These are real underground cities, invisible to the naked eyes, just waiting to be discovered. Do not miss to fly over the region in a hot air balloon and visit Ulchisar Castle, ranked among the most beautiful castles in Turkey.
How to get there: Book your flights to Kayseri (1 hour by car) as well as your accommodation and your tours and activities in Cappadocia. We advise you to stay in Uchisar, an emblematic village of Cappadocia.
Where to stay: “Hermes Cave Hotel” offers spectacular views of Uçhisar.
Andalusia - Spain
If summer can be a little hot in Seville, even if the “Guadalquivir River” cools the days and nights, Sept-Oct-Nov are ideal months to visit Seville.
Seville, the capital of one of the most beautiful regions of Spain, is a European destination of extreme beauty; it is located in the south of Spain. One of its treasures, the Alcazar, is classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
Discover Seville; its climate is perfect throughout the year. If you want to avoid the hustle and bustle, book your holiday at the best price in Seville during the low season, for example in Autumn.
Where to stay: “H10 Casa de la Plata”. With bar, terrace and views of the city.
Italy is the preferred destination for travellers from all over the world and Florence is the preferred destination for travelers looking for the most romantic destinations in Europe, the best cultural events in Europe and the most beautiful museums in Europe.
Come and discover in the quiet of an autumn day, the Uffizi Gallery, the Michelangelo's David and the Florence Duomo.
Book your flights to Florence your accommodation in Florence as well as your activities and tours in Florence as a "Florence: Chianti Wineries Tour with Food and Wine Tasting" and stay in one of the Best Destinations to visit in Autumn.
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Where to stay: "Relais Piazza Signoria" just a few steps from the Uffizi Gallery.
Andalusia - Spain
This fall discover one of the most beautiful destinations in Andalusia, Granada and its mythical castle classified among the most beautiful castles in Spain.
This is probably one of the most beautiful traces of the Muslim presence in Andalusia. Surrounded by lush vegetation, this majestic palace is the symbol of the city of Granada. Behind this monumental palace is the snow-capped mountains of Sierra Nevada.
Book your flights to Malaga, the nearest airport (1 h 30 drive), your accommodation at the best price and your tours and activities in Andalusia such as an "Alhambra, Gardens and Alcazaba guided tour".
Where to stay: For a royal stay, book your room at the "Alhambra Palace" located just outside the Alhambra's ancient walls.
5. Plitvice Lakes
During Autumn this unique place in the world, awarded the title of best national park in Europe, is just magical! The autumn colours make Plitvice Lakes one of the best destinations to visit in Autumn in Europe. If you had to visit only one place in Croatia this is certainly the Plitvice Lakes.
If possible, visit the park during the week, there is much fewer people than during the weekend. According to your capacities you will choose a « two hours », « four hours » or « six hours » ride. Do not worry about the way back, there are shuttles that will bring you back to your starting point.
Where to stay: "Hotel Degenija". All rooms have an en suite bathroom with a tub.
6. San Andrés - Tenerife
Canary Islands - Spain
Far from the crowds of the high summer season (in July and August the Canary Islands are full of Spanish families) and far from the crowds of the high winter season (December-March which are full of travellers from the North of the Europe), October is the ideal month to visit Tenerife.
San Andres is a charming village just a few kilometres from Santa Cruz of Tenerife on the Canary Islands. San Andres is not just charming, it is also the oldest village on Tenerife island.
Where to stay: "Iberostar Heritage Grand Mencey". Guests can relax in the hotel's Bar Casino or in the lobby bar.
A riot of tastes and colours, where the wish to celebrate the beginning of the autumn season in the company of friends in front of a good glass of wine and tasty local gastronomical products is always enticing.
The traditional Lugano Autumn Festival is returning, bringing the streets and squares of the old city centre to life. For three days, during the first week of October, visitors will be able to discover local cuisine and try excellent wines from Ticino at the various grottos spread throughout the city streets.
The autumn market selling local food products and handicrafts is also not to be missed. To add to the festivities, there will be plenty of musical entertainment offered by various folk bands. Finally, there will also be a free guided tour on offer to discover and admire the beautiful architecture and landscapes of Lugano.
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Where to stay: "Hotel Splendide Royal". Located on Lugano's Lakeside main street.
Enjoy the best activities in Budapest like a sightseeing cruise or enjoy the best of Budapest with the Budapest card; dozens of activities await you in the capital of Hungary. The Central Market Hall, the Budapest Opera House, the Castle Hill, everything is quieter in autumn in Budapest.
Book your flights, your accommodation in Budapest as well as your activities & tours in Budapest as a "Budapest Evening Sightseeing Cruise With Unlimited Prosecco" and enjoy the sweetness of life of one of the most beautiful European destinations to visit in Autumn.
Where to stay: "InterContinental Budapest" enjoys an excellent location on the banks of the Danube next to the Chain Bridge.
Considered one of the best destinations to visit in Turkey, Bodrum is also ranked among your best destinations to visit in October in Europe.
Located in the south-west of Turkey, bordered by the Aegean Sea, Bodrum is a perfect destination for beach lovers, gastronomy, scuba diving and wine. This incredible city, dedicated to relaxation and leisure, is also called the Turkish Saint-Tropez.
During your stay in Bodrum, be sure to visit Bodrum Castle. It is ranked among the most beautiful castles in Turkey and was built with the stones of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
How to get there: Book your flights to Bodrum-Milas Airport (located 30 minutes from your swim in the sea).
Where to stay: “Yalikavak Marina Garden Hotel” features a wide green garden.
Spring Summer Autumn Winter. Porto is a sublime city to be discovered at all seasons of the year. Just a ray of sunshine to illuminate the colorful houses of Ribeira, to warm the casks of Porto wines that sleep in the cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia.
The second city of Portugal has nothing to envy in Lisbon and many travellers have fallen in love with the charms of Porto. Autumn is a perfect time to discover the Douro valley and its vineyards classified as World Heritage by UNESCO.
Book your flights to Porto, your accommodation in Porto, your transfer as well as your activities and tours in Porto as a Douro Valley tour with wine tasting or a Delicious food tour in Porto. You will love the autumn in Porto.
Where to stay: “PortoMoments" located in the wine cellars district.
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Book your flights to Venice, your transfer, your accommodation in Venice as well as your activities & tours in Venice as a "Venice: Private Gondola Ride Along Grand Canal" " for a perfect stay in one of the Best Destinations to visit in Autumn in Europe.
Where to stay: “H 10 Palazzo Canova". Located on the Canal Grande.
Alentejo - Portugal
In recent years Comporta, a peaceful "Freguesia" located 1h30 from the Portuguese capital Lisbon, has become the landmark of nature lovers, restaurants and trendy cafes, all in a bohemian, artistic and 100% natural spirit.
Here, the fishermen of the villages, farmers, craftsmen, and international stars like Madonna, Philippe Starck, Christian Louboutin rub shoulders. Treat yourself to a stay of pure relaxation and take advantage of its long beaches, craft shops, boho-chic shops, waterfront restaurants and hotels facing the risières.
Even less crowdy in September and October, Comporta is one of the Best Destinations to visit in Autumn.
Where to stay: "Spatia Comporta" is one of the best 4-star hotel in Comporta.
The arrival on Motovun is spectacular. You have a view of the hills and vineyards that make the reputation of Motovun, a high-perched village with a tradition of very good wine and food.
As you will see everywhere in Istria, there is a strong influence of Italian culture. Moreover, the street names are often written in Croatian and Italian, it is true that we are close to the borders of Slovenia and Italy.
Motovun as Groznjan are in the green part of Istria, more humid, perfect for truffles but also for vineyards.
How to get there: Book your flights to Pula Airport (50 min by car).
Where to stay: "Winery & Design Hotel Roxanich" has a restaurant and a seasonal outdoor swimming pool.
Gdansk is a perfect European destination for the autumn. More and more travelers are amazed by the beauty of this city.
There is no other place like Gdansk a city of courage, freshness and freedom. Gdansk is a thriving center of culture, science, sports and entertainement. Discover Gdansk in autumn for an unforgettable experience.
Where to stay: "Puro Gdansk". Located in the centre of Gdansk.
15. Bordeaux & Saint-Emilion
Elected most beautiful destination in Europe, Bordeaux is a city that will leave you olfactory tasteful, visual and unforgettable memories. This city which is now one of travellers’ favourite destinations in search of authenticity will offer you an exceptional stay where history, gastronomy, human warmth, the smile of the inhabitants but also the vineyards of Saint-Emilion, the beaches of Arcachon, will make you fall in love with Aquitaine. one of the most beautiful regions in France.
Bordeaux is traditional, contemporary, classical, underground and cosmopolitan. It has nothing to envy to Paris and autumn is an ideal season to discover this city and its vineyards.
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Book your flights to Bordeaux, your transfer, your accommodation in Bordeaux as well as your activities & tours in Bordeaux as a "Bordeaux: Saint-Emilion and Medoc Full-Day Wine Experience".
Where to stay: "Mama Shelter Bordeaux". Situated in the real heart of Bordeaux.
Robert Wotherwell, Yves Klein, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, the greatest artists await you in autumn at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.
Avoid long queues and crowded rooms, in autumn everything is quieter in Bilbao. The permanent collection of the museum offers you incredible artworks which you can enjoy in the tranquility of a soothed museum room visited only by privileged few.
If you prefer landscapes to museum artworks, no problem, the vineyards around Bilbao have beautiful colours in autumn. Treat yourself to a visit to the vineyards of the Rioja or a full-day tour of Bilbao.
Book your flights to Bilbao, your accommodation in Bilbao as well as your activities & tours in Bilbao as a "Bilbao: Basque Food Tour With Guide" and discover one of the Best Destinations to visit in Fall in Europe.
Where to stay: "Grand Hotel Domine". The Guggenheim Museum is 200 m away.
Park Güell, Sagrada Familia, The Montserra Royal Basilica, the most beautiful treasures in Barcelona await you in autumn to offer you a unique experience in one of travellers’ from all over the world favourite destinations.
Book your flights to Barcelona, your accommodation in Barcelona as well as your activities & tours in Barcelona as a "From Barcelona: Costa Brava Kayak Tour". Avoid long queues and enjoy this time to visit the surroundings of Barcelona like the beautiful cities of Girona or Sitges.
Where to stay: "Mercer Hotel Barcelona". Highly rated for its very comfy beds.
Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is a very lively destination. It is ideal to celebrate Christmas time, the New Year or in summer with its many festivals. Edinburgh is especially beautiful in Autumn when the sun, sky and nature agree to offer you landscapes that take your breath away.
In addition to having a magnificent city for yourself, you will also enjoy hotels at the best prices and fewer people to enjoy the best activities in Edinburgh like a visit to Edinburgh Castle or a Loch Ness tour for the most courageous ones.
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Book your flights to Edinburgh, your transfer, your accommodation as well as your activities and tours in Edinburgh as a "Edinburgh: Loch Ness & The Scottish Highlands Tour".
Where to stay: "Motel One Edinburgh" for its perfect location.
If the winters are mild in the city of 7 hills, the falls are even softer and pleasant.
Fall under the spell of the capital of Portugal, one of the best European destinations for a city break in autumn. Travellers around the world love it and visit it by hundreds of thousands in summer.
Enjoy the beauties of this amazing city out of the tourist season, out of the crowds. Get the best activities in Lisbon and enjoy fewer people mean less queue. Take advantage of the time you will win to visit the surroundings of Lisbon such as the castle of Sintra or the vineyards of the Alentejo.
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Where to stay: "Torel Palace Lisbon". Located on a hill in the heart of Lisbon.
Amsterdam is one of the most romantic destinations throughout the year and especially when the trees along the canals dress up in their warm autumn colours. This city visited every year by millions of travellers is quieter in that time of year. You will pass unnoticed and will not be considered a tourist but a resident of Amsterdam.
Stroll through the beautiful little clothes designer shops and bookshops in Amsterdam. Book your flights, your accommodation in Amsterdam as well as your activities and tours in Amsterdam like a Dinner Cruise.
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Where to stay: "Sofitel Legend". Stay in the heart of Amsterdam.
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