European destinations to visit in autumn

Looking for a fall adventure abroad? Well, look no further, as these four European destinations won’t disappoint you. While they are beautiful year-round, during the fall season they hold a special appeal. So consider these options, and get ready to experience these amazing locations first-hand this autumn.

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Bruges, Belgium

Bruges, Belgium

With charming canals and medieval architecture, this city is a scenic destination anytime of the year, but in the autumn, it becomes utterly breathtaking. The bright reds and ambers of fall highlight the city, and it’s hard not to be swept away by its ancient beauty. Two musts are a trip up the Belfry for an aerial view of the city, and a canal boat cruise. When the still waters are dotted with fallen leaves, the effect is nothing short of magical.

Travel note

Belgium is known for many things, including its chocolate. But for a sweet treat of a different sort, be sure to try a selection of cuberdons. This cone-shaped candy is a Belgian specialty — slightly hard on the outside, but gooey on the inside and packed with a sweet fruit flavour.

Paris, France

Paris, France

Is there a list of must-see places that Paris isn’t on? If there is, there shouldn’t be, as this city will quite simply enchant you with its arresting beauty. Although it’s always a hub for tourism, the city becomes quieter in the fall, offering visitors a chance to see past the tour groups and into the heart of the city. Take advantage of the season by wandering down the Champs-Elysees to do some people-watching or by heading up the Eiffel Tower to enjoy a bird’s-eye view of this spectacular city.

The Hague, the Netherlands

The Hague, the Netherlands

While it’s not the first destination you might think of in the Netherlands, it is nonetheless worth the 30-minute train ride from Amsterdam. The city is punctuated with lush parks and green spaces while retaining its original medieval street structure in the core. As tourist season winds down, it’s easy to see the beauty of this city, which seamlessly blends the old with the new. While in the centre, stop off at the Palace Gardens for a quiet place to relax and enjoy the beautiful fall foliage. Be sure to make the trip to Scheveningen Beach to catch incredible sunset views from the boardwalk.

Travel note

The Netherlands is home to a huge number of museums that showcase a broad range of artists, including many well-known masters. To take full advantage of this without breaking the bank, purchase a Museumkaart for 45 euros (plus a 5-euro administration fee), and visit almost 400 museums across the country for free!

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Two great reasons to travel in the fall are less tourists and mild weather. This seaside city has both, as when the summer heat begins to fade, the crowds tend to dissipate, making it the perfect time to visit. Beautiful scenery awaits, with tropical foliage, sweeping views of the Mediterranean, golden sand-covered beaches and much more. For fun, be sure to check out Placa Reial, and a must-see is Park Guell, one of Barcelona’s best-known landmarks.

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