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Autumn Getaways | The Best Places to Visit

Longing to escape the 9-5 this autumn? Us too. Don’t get us wrong, autumn in the UK has its positives. There’s nothing quite like the fresh air, being surrounded by crisp leaves and getting cosy by the fire. But if wanderlust has got the better of you, we’re here to help. The perfect season for exploring new destinations and avoiding summer holiday chaos, enjoy what our neighbouring countries have to offer this autumn. Check out our handy guide of the best European autumn getaways to help you pick where to spend the last of your annual leave.

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#1 Iceland – Reykjavik

Iceland really is the gift that keeps on giving, with spectacular sights and experiences aplenty. Not only will you be treated to the glorious Northern Lights on a clear night, but Reykjavik is home to some very impressive landscapes. The capital of Iceland, Reykjavik is home to the one of the countries 32 volcanic systems of which you can visit. As well as the beautiful scenery, Reykjavik boasts some extremely lust worthy experiences, of which one is top on our list! Located near the Grindavik on the Reykjavik Peninsula is the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa – which is in the middle of a lava field! Explore the revitalising powers of silica and algae and feel the natural heat straight from the earth in the sauna and steam rooms. Unsurprisingly, temperatures can reach as low as 4 degrees so make sure you’re covered with a winter proof jacket.

#2 France – Versailles

For those of you who appreciate an educational trip, Versailles in northern France is the one of the best autumn getaways. Bursting with history and gorgeous architecture, Versailles is a short train ride from Paris so ideal for when you plan to hop around a few destinations whilst on your travels. For one of the most exquisite achievements of 17th century art, a visit to Chateau de Versailles, the principal royal residence of King Louis XIV is an absolute must. The palace is listed as a World Heritage Site and for good reason. Soak up the history and architecture of this incredible palace and take a stroll around the grounds for gardens like you’ve never seen before. Temperatures are similar to autumn in the UK, so coats, scarves and gloves will be appropriate.

#3 Belgium – Bruges

If you’re anything like us, when the leaves start to fall and temperatures start to decrease, our need to aimlessly wander around a Christmas market becomes pretty high on our agenda. Instead of visiting Winter Wonderland for the 10th time, why not put the Belgian capital, Bruges on your list of autumn getaways? Famous for it’s quaint cobbled streets and beautiful medieval buildings, Bruges old market square plays host to a beautiful neo-Gothic architecture as well as crowd pleasing cafes, shops and market stalls for you to peruse at your leisure. The selection of Renaissance artwork in Groeningemuseum is another of the capitals popular attractions, along with picturesque canal tours, Bruges is an ideal getaway destination for the autumn months. Temperatures will vary around the 10 degree mark, so best to pack your winter outerwear.

#4 Austria – St. Anton am Arlberg

Calling all winter sports lovers! If you’re wondering which country is best to visit for your ski and snowboard needs in the autumn months, we’d highly recommend Austria. For more advanced skiers, St. Anton am Arlberg is a must visit destination. Famous for it’s part in launching the first ever ski club in 1901, it’s also known for it’s variety of off-piste opportunities.  The entire resort spans a massive 280 km so you’ll never find yourself without adventure. If you’re more of a beginner, fear not, as nearby Lech and Zürs are home to less challenging slopes (but still as adrenaline fuelled) and are covered by the Arlberg lift pass – win win!

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Words by Emma Bowkett



Emma Bowkett

Emma Bowkett

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