Although the UK is beautiful in autumn, it’s not what you’d call warm; even on glorious sunny days there’s a cold wind blowing the leaves along the pavement.
October and November are a great time to jet off to warmer climes; most of the tourists have left and it’s usually much cheaper than peak season.
For those looking for a long weekend or short midweek autumn break, Europe has some spectacular cities that come to life in the autumn. Temperatures may not be as warm as during the summer months, but they’ll probably be higher than England!
If you’re looking to escape this autumn, check out my five favourite autumn getaways:
Paris – One of my favourite cities, there’s always a reason to visit Paris. The trees truly are spectacular with their shades of orange and yellow – ideal for a romantic stroll through the Jardin du Luxembourg. The shops, galleries and museums are also much quieter; I’d recommend the Musée Rodin with its current exhibition Masterpieces on the Move – it even stays open late on Wednesdays.
Rome – With its mild weather stretching into autumn, the streets of Rome take on a new charm towards the end of the year. While crowds are still likely in the bigger attractions, on La Notte dei Musei the city’s museums and galleries offer free entry until 2am. Foodies will appreciate the truffle season and the comforting Italian food that will warm you up on even the coldest of autumn days.
Riga – Although it’s not quite on the traditional tourist’s radar, Latvia’s capital is a beautiful city with impressive architecture and culture. The autumn harvests fill the restaurants with fresh, local produce and at this time of year the place is free from hoards of visitors. Visit nearby Sigulda which overlooks the Gauja river valley with its spectacular autumn colours or spend the afternoon finding your inner confectioner at the Laima Chocolate Museum.
Rhodes – The largest of the Greek islands, Rhodes is perfect for anyone looking for autumn sun. The beaches are clearer, the sea is still warm enough for swimming and the local people are always willing to chat (and share their Souma) with tourists. The towns of Lindos and Rhodes can be explored on foot (or donkey) and moussaka and Greek salad is ideal cuisine for sitting outside in October.
Ibiza – Don’t be put off by its reputation as the party capital, because October marks the end of the summer season, making the island much quieter. Hire a car and explore Ibiza’s hidden coves and inland villages; watch the sunset in the deserted Cala Salada and take in the view of Es Vedra from the Torre de Savinar. You might find it hard to believe, but Ibiza is a surprisingly beautiful and peaceful place.
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