Taste Some Autumn Sunshine!
Even if we have a longer summer, we can still never get enough of the sun and beach. Among this year’s top favourite Autumn holiday destinations are the Mediterranean islands which remain a particularly attractive option once the summer holidays have passed. European cities are proving highly popular as well!
Here is our list of the top 10 Autumn destinations for 2017:
The Balearic Islands of the Mediterranean have long been a perfect holiday destination for families with children. As well as beach holidays, Mallorca also offers lots of cultural and culinary possibilities. Mallorca is a particular delight in Autumn, as the large summer crowds have dispersed allowing you the chance to explore and enjoy the island in a peaceful atmosphere.
Not just suitable for beach holidays: On Crete, you can cycle, go horse riding and explore exciting locations. It is particularly worth hiring a car if you’d like to visit the magnificent villages along the picturesque coastal roads. Some sights are definitely worth visiting, including the Palace of Knossos, Balos lagoon in the north and Peveli Beach in the south.
With pleasant Autumn temperatures reaching 25 degrees and sunshine the whole day, it’s no surprise that so many sun seekers head to Cyprus in Autumn. From October onwards, the cost of holiday accommodation drops, which offers a whole host of options not just to families with an eye on the budget. One place not to miss is Paphos in the southwest, the ‘European City of Culture 2017’ and it won’t come as any shock to hear that over 150 events around the topic of culture are planned for this year alone.
It’s not just golfers who swear by the Canary Islands, surfers are also pulled in by the magic of the islands. The beaches are as diverse as they are abundant. Walks along the beaches of Cofete and La Concha lasting for hours are particularly well-suited to children due to the shallow water. Those confident enough to walk down an extremely steep rock staircase should definitely visit La Escalera bay.
Haven’t see it yet? You’ve missed something special! Culture at its finest can be discovered on Malta and Gozo. This includes 365 churches – one for every day of the year. The impressive prehistoric temple grounds and the architectural testimonies of the Knights of Malta shape the holy island and are a must for history lovers. In the harbour of Valletta, the island’s capital city, you can watch cruise ships, sample the culinary diversity in the many restaurants along the promenade and marvel at the marina.
You will discover a glamorous side of Croatia when visiting the yacht harbour of Dubrovnik. The city’s old town area with medieval walls is only a starting point of many cultural attractions. Night owls will love the many happenings in the old town area, once the sun has set. And lovers of the sun and watersports enjoy Banje Beach, one of Croatia’s most beautiful beaches.
This charming city features a range of cultural offerings. Fish lovers are sure to find what they’re looking for. If you take a walk through the old town you should visit the floral market or Fenocchio Ice-Cream Parlour where you can sample rhubarb and pink-pepper-vanilla ice cream as well as tomato-basil ice cream which takes a bit more getting used to. And if you haven’t been to Monaco, you can easily fit it in too or schedule an excursion to the castle hill of Le Château.
Be it on an iconic red bus or on the tube: There are countless ways of getting from A to B in London. In the Houses of Parliament you can listen to the Speaker of the House free of charge, while in Covent Garden you’ll find street artists and performers as well as many little shops and cafés making it the perfect place for a stroll. Places always worth a visit: Westminster Abbey, the Natural History Museum and King’s Cross Station, a must for every Harry Potter fan!
Breathtaking beaches with rugged rocks attract ever more sun-hungry visitors to Portugal. If you’re a fan of flowers, you’ll find that Lisbon has more than a thing or two to offer. The Botanical Garden features exotic plants, while the city itself offers a range of big parks such as
Jardim Eduardo VII, located centrally in Praça Marquês de Pombal. Jardim Botanico Tropical in Belém as part of the University of Lisbon is also well-worth visiting. Its wonderful trees provide some pleasant shade on hot days. Parque Florestal is vast – with over 1000 hectares it is the biggest green area the city has to offer. You’ll find cycle paths there as well.