Summer isn't over yet but that doesn't mean you can't already plan your trip for fall.
Traveling in Europe during the fall means you avoid the summer high season which translates to saving money and time. During the fall, travellers are able to get better deals on flights and hotel prices. An added benefit, travellers will experience shorter lines because they dodge the huge crowds that make any tourist activity a pain in the arse. Did we mention about not having to worry about sweating during those intense summer temperatures?
If you're ready to travel during fall and witness the fantastic displays of autumn foliage with heavenly temperatures then check out our top five recommendations below.
Dubrovnik is located in southern Croatia along the Adriatic Sea. It's famous for its special Old Town which is encircled by massive stone walls that were completed in the 16th century.
It's a great place to visit for those looking for an affordable vacation. The temperature in Dubrovnik during the fall is still warm so travellers are able to enjoy the beach without the huge crowds. Visit all the well-preserved buildings such as the Gothic Rector's Palace which is a now a museum, pop into all the shops that line the Stardun, or go outside the city for exceptional mountain hikes filled with fall colors.
Autumn in Aragon is filled with idyllic temperatures. Depending on when you arrive in the season travellers will be met with temperatures ranging from the mid 60s to the upper 70s. Sound perfect? Aragon is located in northeastern Spain bordering France and along the Pyrenees Mountains.
The Pyrenees Mountains reach the altitudes of 11,168 feet ( 3,404 metres) and during September are featured during the popular cycling tour Vuelta a España. Travellers are able to choose from various trails to hike ranging in difficulty and for the more adventurous – a bit off the beaten track.
One of the main sights to see in Aragon is the Cathedral-Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar. This cathedral is reputed to be the first church dedicated to Mary in history. The cathedral features many architectural influences such as Baroque, Romanesque, Gothic and Mudéjar styles. Also, it is splendid sight to see during the sunset with a sky filled of pink, purple, and orange hues.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is known for its magnificent Old Town Square that is the center of its historical core. People come during the fall to view the beautiful baroque buildings and Gothic churches with a golden glow that can only be seen during the autumn days. Don't forget to check out their medieval Astronomical Clock that displays a zestful hourly show.
Travellers can behold the panoramic views of Prague's red rooftops without the hassle of large tour groups. During the fall, Prague truly takes on a more romantic trip that's perfect for a lover's getaway. Strolls through public parks become a crimson escape of lavish reds and orange leaves upon trees that will leave you marvelled at Mother Nature's beauty.
Budapest is excellent for an autumn holiday as the fall temperatures continue to linger around 70 degrees up until the end of October / beginning of November. Walking through the city is the ideal excursion as travellers are able to explore tree-lined boulevards and pop into a plethora of cafés at your disposable.
The city is split in two by the River Danube and travellers are able to cross along the 19th-century Chain Bridge that connects the Buda district with Pest. Budapest doesn't lack in sightseeing as the city is filled with architecture both old and modern. A walk through the city will having you seeing Roman amphitheatres, Gothic cathedrals, and even traditional Turkish baths.
A personal recommendation would be to visit the Rudas Spa. This dramatic 16th-century Turkish spa still contains original Ottoman architecture and was built back in 1550. The spa holds six therapy pools and one swimming pool for visitors to relax and enjoy.
Istanbul is situated between Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. Given its unique geographical location the city reflects many cultural references of the numerous empires that once ruled. Wandering through the city visitors can see Egyptian obelisks, the iconic Byzantine Hagia Sophia dating back to the 6th-century with Christian mosaics, and even the Roman-era Hippodrome of Constantinople.
The winding alleyways of Istanbul are filled with traditional Turkish music and cafés where you can enjoy delicious Turkish food. For breakfast try the popular Turkish style omelette, Menemen, which is usually made with eggs, roasted onions, tomatoes, peppers, and other herbs depending on location. But one can never go wrong with the Turkish dessert Baklava.
After taking in all the fall beauty on the outside, make sure to take a trip to the famous Grand Bazaar. This market is one of the oldest and largest in the world with over 4,000 shops to choose from.
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