Travelling in autumn is a pleasure only understood for those who have tried it. Yes, it’s important to have good weather during our holidays, which is why most of us prefer July and August to enjoy them. And it’s true that the autumn months can come with a bit of rain, which could prevent us from enjoying our holidays to the fullest, but, as with everything, there’s a good part as well as a bad one. First and foremost, there is that small and maybe guilty pleasure of enjoying ourselves while everybody else we know is going back to work – and thus avoiding the blues of one of the most disliked months in general (we’re looking at you, September!). Travelling in autumn is, in some way, like turning a Monday in a Tuesday!
But that’s not the most important advantage. As most people go on vacation during the hottest months of the summer, the crowds of tourists during the autumn months will be somewhat smaller. Of course, September is still considered holiday season and your destination won’t be empty, but travelling in October or November could be a nice and different experience.
And what destination should you choose for travelling in autumn? Don’t miss the following lines, because we have a few suggestions for you!
Travelling in autumn: Barcelona
In many countries, the arrival of autumn means that the heat and the beach weather is over. Well, that’s not the case of Barcelona, one of the most beautiful and charming Mediterranean cities! September can be almost as hot as August, and it will definitely be hot enough for you to enjoy the beach. In fact, autumn is one of the best seasons to travel to the capital of Catalonia, since it still offers great summery weather but it’s a little bit cooler than during the summer months – which is a blessing! Even if Barcelona doesn’t reach too high temperatures, the humidity contributes to make the summer weather a bit too much to take sometimes. Besides, it usually doesn’t rain a lot, so you probably won’t suffer the typical autumn downpours.
On the tourist level, Barcelona is a very visited city all year long, but in the late autumn it starts to be a little less crowded. But don’t worry! If you don’t like the crowds too much, there are quiet places where you can go too, such as the charming neighbourhood of Gràcia. And don’t forget about the nightlife! Barcelona’s lively atmosphere during the night makes no difference between autumn and summer.
All in all, in Barcelona, there is nothing that you can do in the summer that you can’t do in autumn, so if you haven’t picked a destination yet, Barcelona is always a safe bet!
Travelling in autumn: Rome
Regarding weather, the same reasons that apply to Barcelona apply to Rome. The weather in autumn will seem almost summery to you, even more if you come from central or northern Europe! Your will certainly be happy to have a milder sun while you walk around the Roman Forum, for instance.
Another good reason to travel to Rome in autumn is the food. Italian food is always more than welcomed, of course, but less heat also means being able to enjoy it without less meat-sweats afterwards! In the summer, our body tends to crave fresh things like fruit and salad, and it would be a pity to eat just that while you’re in Rome! Don’t worry – the weather will still be hot enough for you to crave gelato, too!
Rome has so many important monuments to visit: the city breathes history and you can see remains of the old empire throughout the whole of it, and that is something that can be appreciated regardless of the season.
Travelling in autumn: Amsterdam
Amsterdam, also known as the Venice of the North, is one of the gems of the old continent of Europe. It’s undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and the autumn colours make it even more beautiful. Seeing the many parks of Amsterdam covered by yellow, orange and reddish leaves is more than enough reason to travel there during autumn.
From all our suggestions for travelling in autumn, Amsterdam seems like a less obvious choice – it already is a rainy city, so why go there during a season when it tends to rain even more? Well, the risk of rain is already there when you travel to the capital of the Netherlands, and for many the rain is part of its charm! Get your raincoat, your boots and your umbrella ready and do what the locals do: don’t let the rain keep you inside!
What did you think of these destinations for travelling in autumn? Do you have any other suggestion? Don’t hesitate to add them in the comments section!