As the air turns a little crisper and the leaves begin to change, there’s nothing better than escaping on a cosy autumn break to make the most of, in my opinion, the best season of the year. Summer has come and gone but the sun still lingers on the odd evening, offering up beautiful sunsets and the ideal opportunity for a sneaky Irish coffee whilst wrapped up in a blanket.
But, where are the best places to go during the transition into winter? Here are my five perfect locations for a UK or European getaway this autumn, including my favourite destination of the 2014…
Now I know what you’re probably thinking…Tenby is primarily known for its beautiful beaches which are best enjoyed in the summer. But, autumn here in south Wales not only brings stunning evening views, it also means the beginning of a great season of events. From the Tenby Beer Festival on October 10th to the fantastic Blues Festival on November 14th, there’s always something going on. It’s also a great place for some spooky Halloween activities, with the ever-popular Ghost Walk of Tenby giving visitors some insight into the town’s history of ghosts, fairies, witches and strange Pembrokeshire customs!
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is the ideal walking city, and now that the majority of crowds have gone you can relax and enjoy this breath-taking location in a little more peace. The great thing is that Prague is a fairytale destination at any time of year, so you can wander the cobbled streets or take a tour of the Gothic castle, before cosying up in one of the many cafes for a hearty Czech meal. No meal here is complete without the superb accompaniment of the country’s famously fabulous beer – a must-try!
It’s fair to say that the Cairngorms National Park is one of the most picturesque locations in the UK whatever the time of year, but during autumn something magical happens. As the leaves change colour and the frosts begin to set in, its true Scottish beauty begins to shine. For wildlife lovers this is a great time to visit – Black Grouse, Sea Eagles and the mighty Red deer Stags grace the highlands offering up some incredible opportunities for keen photographers.
Autumn is probably the best time to visit one of Europe’s most exciting cities. I’ve visited Amsterdam 3 times, all during the Autumn/Winter months and wouldn’t have wished for it to be any different. The best way to enjoy an Amsterdam break is by hopping on a P&O ferry for either a standard cruise or an intriguing yet oh-so-much-fun themed mini cruise. Stay on-board with bars, world food, evening entertainment and a great duty free, then spend the next two days exploring the best of the Dutch capital. Enjoy a romantic canal break around the ‘Venice of the North’, take in the many museums and galleries, taste some delicious street food available throughout the city, and grab those all-important souvenirs. For an autumn city break with a little more going on, Amsterdam is the one.
I mentioned my ‘favourite destination of 2014’ in the intro and I’m sure my colleagues are sick of hearing about just how wonderful it is, but Norway really has jumped into the spotlight this year. Now, it’s not the easiest country to get around due to its tundra terrain and tricky snow roads, but thankfully the most tourist-friendly locations are in the south of the country making for beautiful and very exciting city breaks. I say tourist-friendly, but in reality you’ll get a feel for what true Norway is all about wherever you visit. Bergen is an up-and-coming hotspot for those in search of Baltic traditions, great food, old town charm and a friendly welcome, where you can do everything from fjord trips, sightseeing, hiking and a world of other exciting activities. A big city with a little town atmosphere….perfect.
Where are you heading on your short breaks this autumn? Let us know by commenting below!