Where to go on holiday in October in Europe

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Joel Fulleda

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Who said that holidays are only beautiful in summer? Autumn offers wonderful destinations. The weather is not hot but not even cold enough to wear coats and gloves. If you get the chance, nothing better than an off-season trip. In this way we will have the feeling of extending the holidays a little and enjoying the warmth of autumn.
Here are the best destinations in Europe in October.

Post COVID19 travel advice
If you are planning a trip, make sure you are in line with safety measures. Follow government guidelines and only return to travel when the green light is given. Prefer natural and perhaps non-mass destinations, and in general promote local tourism: discover the wonders of your city, your region and your state. Try to avoid long-haul travel and at most choose destinations reachable with a few hours of flight.

1 - Lisbon, Portugal

If you want to treat yourself to an off-season holiday, Lisbon is perfect! Old streets with a nostalgic vintage touch, a walk by the sea, a drink in the Princip Real district, a dinner based on local specialties will make your stay a delight.

Lisbon is famous for its characteristic neighborhoods: Chiado, Bairro Alto and Alfama, where you can discover the secrets and the daily life of the inhabitants.

To move between one attraction and another you can rely on the excellent public transport system, but don't forget to buy the Lisbon Card, a special pass that allows free and unlimited use of all means. Other recommended activities include a visit to the Lisbon Oceanarium, for which you can purchase the entrance ticket in advance at a price of € 19,00 per person.

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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 58,00 per room -
  • return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 332,00 per person -

2 - Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary - Spain

Sull 'Tenerife island autumn is a rather vague and almost unknown concept. In Santa Cruz you can enjoy long days at the beach e evenings to dance until dawn. In addition to this I await you monuments and noteworthy attractions such as.

Among the attractions not to be missed is the Teide National Park, third largest volcano in the world and UNESCO World Heritage: accessible by cable car or with a guided trek on Mount Teide. Among the most beautiful beaches we remember La Tejita and Las Teresitas which can also be visited by sea thanks to fantastic tours with whale and dolphin watching!

In the city, however, you can visit the Theater of Tenerife, designed by the famous architect Santiago Calatrava, the Torres de Santa Cruz and the Church of the Conception, the most important church in the city.

  • starting from € 98,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 45,00 per room -
  • return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 376,00 per person -

3 - Valletta, Malta

Malta is one beautiful Mediterranean island, very rich of entertainment and leisure especially for young people. Its capital, Valletta, stands on a rocky promontory and offers a historic center full of ancient buildings declared Unesco Heritage.

Malta is universally recognized as a purely summer destination, but with a little luck you may encounter beautiful days even out of season, especially in the first days of October. In that case, take the opportunity to explore the surrounding seas on a tour to discover Gozo, Comino, the Blue Lagoon and the sea caves. If not, focus on the medieval beauties of the island and the small fishing villages by taking advantage of a beautiful walking tour with evening option.

  • starting from € 40,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 55,00 per room -
  • return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 300,00 per person -

4 - Marseille, France

Marseille is one enchanting city that makes anyone fall in love. Small cobbled streets full of flowers, the great old port, the beautiful Notre Dame de la Garde basilica that dominates the city from above, the typical restaurants, sipping a good Pastis at a table ... Beautiful!

Also in this city it is possible to buy the city pass that gives unlimited access to the means of transport, very useful for those who want to organize an itinerary in complete autonomy.

In the event that the climate is particularly favorable, you cannot give up a wonderful cruise along the bays and archipelagos of the Calanques National Park, during which you can admire wonderful landscapes and even swim.

  • starting from € 34,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 48,00 per room -
  • return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 260,00 per person -

5 - Istanbul, Turkey

Located on the Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul is one of the most important cities in Turkey, a crossroads between Asian and European culture. Symbols of the city are the very famous Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar, a ancient covered market where everything is sold, from jewels to carpets, from leather goods to silk.

Don't miss the Galata Tower, 60 meters high, which with the typical autumn colors offers one of the most evocative views of the city. Also important are the Basilicas of San Salvatore and Santa Sofia, real jewels of Byzantine architecture, as well as the mosques and palaces.

Finally, one of the most important events in the city in this period is the Istanbul Biennale: a very interesting contemporary art exhibition, which has been held every two years since 1987.

  • starting from € 89,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 49,00 per room -
  • Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 374,00 per person -

6 - Malaga, Spain

Malaga is located in Andalusia, precisely on the Costa del Sol, and is usually a summer destination; however, it is also appreciated in autumn as it is rich in attractions and architecture of great historical and artistic value.

Among these we mention the Monquita, the gothic style cathedral, so called because it lacks its right tower, and the Castillo de Gibralfaro from the Phoenician era, which offers one of the most beautiful autumn views.

The squares are also beautiful, such as the Plaza de Toros and the Merced, very suggestive in this period. In the latter it also arises the house of Pablo Picasso, recognized in 1983 as a Historic-Artistic Monument of national interest. In the city there is also the Picasso Museum, entirely dedicated to the famous painter, is undoubtedly worth a visit.

Finally, in case of favorable weather, take part in a trek to the Caminito del Rey, a splendid path built along the walls of the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes, which embraces mountain walls and crosses amazing gorges.

  • starting from € 60,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 48,00 per room -
  • Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 312,00 per person -

7 - Munich, Germany

Munich in autumn becomes a "golden" and romantic city, and choosing October to visit it is an excellent idea to discover hidden and surprising aspects.
Suggestive will be the walks in the park of nymphenburg castle or on the paths that run along the banks of the Isar to the Friedensengel, full of yellowed trees that seem to shine in the sun; do not miss the autumn view from the Neues Rathaus Tower; the popular festivals of Mariahilfplatz, which end in October with the characteristic Kirchweihdult flea market.

Munich is a large city full of attractions. For a first approach, a panoramic bus tour could be useful. Then you can return to the attractions of greatest interest to visit them in depth. To save on visits and transport, don't forget to buy the CityTourCard (from € 13,00 per person).

Finally Oktoberfest deserves an honorable mention: the most famous beer festival in the world: sixteen long days during which wild entertainment, traditional carousels and succulent gastronomic banquets take place.

  • starting from € 66,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 71,00 per room -
  • Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 416,00 per person -

8 - Madrid, Spain

Madrid has a harmonious Mediterranean vibe, perfect for a fall getaway. The attractions are many and you will necessarily have to make a selection. Obviously you cannot exclude the Royal Palace, rich in art and history. Equally necessary is the visit of Plaza Mayor, which with its red buildings and slate turrets is the symbol of the city, Puerta del Sol and the Gran Via.

Don't miss the museums: the Prado, the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza above all, rich in priceless relics, tell the art of great masters of the caliber of Titian, Raphael, Degas, Kandinsky.

Among the recurring holidays at this time of the year we remember the National Day of Spain, on 12 October.

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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 57,00 per room -
  • Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 348,00 per person -

9 - Podgorica, Bar and Budva, Montenegro

Dotted with churches and fortified towns, surrounded by steep mountains, Montenegro is one of the most characteristic and seductive Balkan countries. Visiting it in the fall is a good idea, as the climate remains mild. Podgorica (which is its capital), Bar and Budva they are among the cities with the best temperatures, where the sun persists for almost seven months of the year.

To visit the Orthodox Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ in Podgorica, and in Bar the sea landscape in autumnal guise with the most famous port in Montenegro, near which Lake Skadar will be unmissable, which becomes even more beautiful and quiet in October. The town of Budva is beautiful, which in autumn becomes a quiet town with an ancient history, witnessed by characteristic buildings and interesting museums. October is the best time for adventure camping trips, for visits to the monasteries, which at this time of the year surround themselves with mysterious and legendary atmospheres. Between withered leaves and still warm winds, Montenegro is a wonderful country to discover in October.

  • starting from € 99,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 34,00 per room -
  • Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 334,00 per person -

10 - The Castles of the Loire, France

The beautiful Loire Valley, which stretches for approximately 280 km, is a UNESCO heritage site located 200 km south-west of Paris. It is known as the "Valley of the Kings" for its incredible number of beautiful castles, many of which inspired the castles of Disney princesses.

Among the most beautiful are: the Chenonceau Castle, the Amboise Castle, the Château d'Ussé, the Chaumont-sur-Loire Castle, the Château de Chambord, the Villandry Castle and its gardens.

The region is also known for its wines, mainly white and produced along the homonymous river; with a little luck you can visit one of the many wineries and taste some new wines produced with Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc grapes.

  • flights to Nantes (189 km from Tours) from € 50,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 55,00 per room -
  • Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 320,00 per person

11 - Edinburgh, Scotland

The crisp air, the golden leaves that dance free in the air, the peaceful atmosphere and the places that are never too crowded. Edinburgh can be visited at any time of the year, but it certainly gains in value during the autumn season.
The symbol of the city is obviously the castle.

To immerse yourself inHalloween atmosphere, we suggest you venture into a spooky tour of the Mary King's Close dungeons. And if you don't have enough of monsters and legends, treat yourself to an excursion to Loch Ness in search of the famous monster "Nessie".

  • starting from € 64,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 58,00 per room -
  • Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 360,00 per person

12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands

The autumn months from September to November are among the most magical in which to visit Amsterdam. The canals and parks of the city are transformed by golden leaves, bars and restaurants are less crowded and "more intimate" and the cultural season is in full swing.

Furthermore, in October Amsterdam becomes the dance capital of the world, thanks to the Amsterdam Dance Event, one of the most important events in the world for electronic music fans, with over 120 venues hosting world-famous DJs and organizing events, debates, reviews and more.

Amsterdam, with its coffee shops and nightlife, is the perfect destination for young people. However, it also offers attractions, museums and activities of all kinds. Don't miss the Van Gogh Museum and above all treat yourself to a spectacular evening cruise on the canals.

  • starting from € 64,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -
  • Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 368,00 per person

13 - Porto, Portugal

Lisbon is undoubtedly the most visited Portuguese city, but Porto is absolutely no less in terms of historical, architectural and cultural beauties. The city gives its best in the autumn period. October is period of new wine, therefore you can visit one of the many wineries enjoying fantastic tastings and discovering the ultra-centennial history of the homonymous fortified wine exported and loved all over the world.

Another activity of food and wine interest that you absolutely cannot miss is the excursion in the Douro Valley, which includes wine and olive oil tastings, a river cruise aboard a Rabelo (traditional boat) and a meal based on typical products.

  • starting from € 29,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 49,00 per room -
  • Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 254,00 per person

14 - Paris, France

Although the month brings colder and wetter weather to Paris, October is one of the best times to visit the French capital, especially if you are hoping to avoid the crowds save on airline tickets and accommodation.

The city is quiet during this time, but it also hosts events such as the White Night, during which museums, galleries and national sites stay open all night. And then, at the end of October, the city offers Halloween themed celebrations perfect for adults, but also and above all for children (just think of the many events held at Disneyland Paris).

As for the things to see, it's superfluous to make yet another list of musts. Rather, we recommend organizing everything down to the smallest detail to save time and money. Buy your ticket for the Musée d'Orsay and the guided tour of the Louvre online (without a guide it takes days to visit everything). Avoid climbing the Eiffel Tower, rather admire it from Place du Trocadéro or on a romantic panoramic cruise on the Seine. And if you decide to go to Versailles, don't forget your skip-the-line ticket or you'll be stuck in line for hours.

  • starting from € 29,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -
  • Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 298,00 per person

15 - Dublin, Ireland

October is a great month for a trip to Ireland. The climate is cool (it's cold, but not that much), there's color everywhere thanks to foliage phenomenon and attractions tend to be quieter. Finally, there is a festive atmosphere due to the alternation of Halloween.

In Dublin, on the occasion of the party, the population flocks to the streets dressed in a "macabre" theme to participate in the annual parade which runs through the top areas of the city: Parnell Square, O'Connell Street and Temple Bar.
But the Samhain parade is not the only event, in the same period the Bram Stoker Festival is held, a horror-themed cultural review that combines shows, film screenings, excursions and concerts.

Dublin is perfect for young kids, who can enjoy sipping beer and hopping from pub to pub.
Among the recommended activities you cannot miss a visit to the historic Guinness brewery.
Finally, if you have enough time, treat yourself to aexcursion in the surroundings at the Cliffs of Moher.

  • starting from € 47,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 64,00 per room -
  • Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 350,00 per person

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