From the Sweden to the South of France: 5 of the “hottest” European destinations to visit this October
Visit Europe this autumn and experience the best the continent has to offer
With fewer crowds and lower prices, October is the perfect month for your European getaway. Head to one of recommended destinations for a holiday to remember.
As we head back to school and back to work, October marks the end of the holiday season for many of us. However, with pleasant temperatures, lower prices and fewer crowds on offer, October can be the perfect time of year to holiday in Europe. So book your single trip travel insurance and head to one of these top European destinations. Whether you’re a culture vulture nature lover, our list of European destinations offers something for everyone.
South of France
The South of France is known as a popular summertime destination, but it has plenty to offer at any time of the year. October is a particularly good time to visit – the weather is still warm, the crowds have receded and the shops and restaurants have re-opened after the traditional summer holiday. There is something for everyone in the South of France; mingle with the rich and famous in Nice and Cannes; explore historic towns such as the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Carcassonne; or head to the countryside and sample local wines in the vineyards of Provence.
If you’re looking for a beach holiday, you should head to the Cyclades Islands where the weather stays hot and sunny throughout the month of October. Situated between Crete and the Greek mainland, the Cyclades are made up of six main islands – Mykonos, Santorini, Ios, Naxos, Paros and Milos – each offering something different. Experience beautiful sunset views in romantic Santorini, enjoy the beaches and restaurants of Mykonos, or kayak around the coastline of Paros. Alternatively, why not go ‘island hopping’ and experience several holidays in one?
Located on the Adriatic Sea in southern Croatia, the picturesque city of Dubrovnik is the ideal location for an autumn getaway. This port city is popular with cruise ships and gets extremely busy during the summer months, but once October comes, the crowds, prices and humidity all start to tail off. Best known for its beautiful old town, the Unesco World Heritage Site offers baroque buildings, marble streets and beautiful sea views. Walk along the top of the ancient city walls, or head out to the small, car-free island of Lopud to soak up the last of the summer sun on one of the region’s best beaches.
While many people head to the Med in search of October sun, heading north to Scandinavia offers a great alternative holiday destination. Sweden will be cold and there is a 50% chance of rainfall, but October is usually also blessed with blue skies. For those who like city breaks, Stockholm offers a plethora of historical and cultural attractions and in early October, the city still experiences pleasant temperatures and several hours of sunshine a day. Further north, the trees are starting to take on their autumn colours and, as the weather turns colder, what could be nicer than curling up in a log cabin, or venturing out to explore the beautiful countryside?
Known as ‘the world’s biggest open-air museum’, Rome offers visitors famous sights at every turn, including the Vatican, the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum. With its historical significance, wealth of culture and lively atmosphere (not forgetting the famous Italian cuisine of course!), Rome is a great choice for an autumn city break. In October, both the tourist numbers and temperatures have dropped slightly and, as in France, businesses have re-opened following their traditional August break.
While summer is the traditional holiday period, bucking the trend and travelling in October is definitely worth considering, so long as you are prepared for rain showers and do not expect constant sunshine. So, book your flight, pack an extra jumper and head off on a holiday to remember.
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