European Autumn Breaks

Summer is nearly behind us and at the end of September, we will be officially in to the autumn season. Autumn is surprisingly a good time to go on a European break especially if you are looking to catch a last little bit of sun before the winter is upon us. Many people choose to go on their holidays during the summer months meaning that crowds of people, at your favourite beach resorts for example, are scarce throughout autumn.

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The autumn season is a great time to go on holiday

If you enjoy a bit of sun, but not at ridiculously high temperatures, then an autumn season holiday might just be what you are looking for as overall midday temperatures tend to recede at this time of year. Hotels slash their prices in the Autumn period making it a perfect opportunity to go on a budget holiday. This, combined with health cover from a valid European Health Insurance Card (or the E111 as it was previously known), means that you could potentially save yourself a lot of money. You can apply or make an E111 renewal online.

Intrigued at the idea of a European autumn holiday? Here is a list of our recommendations for you to consider:

Andalusia – Spain

Andalusia still experiences exotic temperatures, within the autumn period, that can reach anywhere up to the low thirties. What also makes Andalusia an attractive proposition, at this time of year, is the beaches which are a lot quieter as many people usually visit them in the summer months such as July and August. The autumn months also provide you with the perfect opportunity to visit some of Andalusia’s wonderful cities such as Seville and Cordoba.

Dubrovnik – Croatia

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The picturesque city of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is a picturesque city in the south of Croatia. During the summer months, Dubrovnik is a very busy tourist destination. The port is always full of docked cruise ships and the streets, as well as the beaches, are overcrowded. However, if you visit during the Autumn, there is no overcrowding and the season seems to bring out the best of Dubrovnik’s laidback atmosphere. It is the perfect time to visit the beach and go for a swim. Accommodation and ferry prices drop significantly at this time of year too.

Lanzarote – Canary Islands

The autumn is the perfect time to visit the Canary Island of Lanzarote. Tourist numbers drop significantly and, thanks to the island’s trade winds, so does the desert-like island’s temperature making it just right for anyone who prefers to avoid the baking hot sun. Due to a drop in tourist numbers, Autumn is the best time to visit Lanzarote’s volcanic peaks such as Timanfaya National Park.

Saint Tropez – France

Saint Tropez’s summer to autumn transition sees it change from a packed playground of the rich and famous in to a more tranquil and laidback holiday destination. With the crowds long-gone, during the autumn season, Saint Tropez’s beaches and top class restaurants are more or less empty giving you the perfect opportunity to relax. The temperatures, at this time of year, are usually around the mid-twenties making Saint Tropez’s climate a lot more pleasant then the scorching heat of the summer months.