When it comes to finding one adventure holiday, it can all be about timing! In Europe, every season brings a whole new experience. The summer months can be extremely hot and busy, while the winter months are ideal for skiing and other snow sports. However, Europe in autumn is one of our favorite times to visit.
For the Americans, we’re talking about trips to Europe in the fall. The time of year when the leaves begin to change, the days get a little shorter and the air a little crispier.
Fall is a great option if you are looking for an adventure vacation in Europe. Here’s why:
Here are the top 10 reasons to travel to Europe in the fall
1. The summer crowds are nowhere to be seen
Can you imagine simply walking into the museum of your choice … with no queues! How about stepping into the famous restaurants you’ve read all about? (August in Europe is known for places closing down to give employees time off.) Off-season travel means fewer crowds and more opportunities to experience the destination like a local.
2. The weather is great
The autumn temperatures, are much more conducive to an active vacation. With temperatures leaving the 90s and moving into the more comfortable 70s and 80s, fall is the perfect time to get outside! The cooler temperatures make an Italy bike tour the best time to travel. However, be prepared for a few rainy days!
3. Change of seasons
You always hear about it for the American Midwest and Northeast, and the same goes for many European travel destinations. Imagine the hills of Tuscany golden, matching the light! As the leaves begin to change their golden shades of maroon, orange, and brown, the streets and hills take on a whole new atmosphere. It’s beautiful and so picturesque!
4. Your photos won’t look like everyone else’s
Fewer strangers in the background, the fall colors highlighting the city and landscape, more atmospheric lighting from previous evenings and more beautiful sunsets behind this amazing cathedral that you just saw for the first time.
5. Get free time
It’s easier for you to get free because everyone else is arguing about the summer vacation. Or you could always work remotely and stay longer.
6. Wine lovers
The grape harvest falls in the autumn months: August for Italy and September and October for France. Amazing festivals often coincide with harvest time – which means even more wine tasting!
7. Restaurants change
Seasonal mushroom and truffle dishes are a real treat in autumn. Who wants to eat schnitzel in summer? Traveling to Europe in autumn means that some days you can enjoy a fresh meal outside in the sun, while other days you can have a hearty meal in a cozy restaurant while the rain is falling outside.
8. It’s cheaper
Off-season means you can usually find price tags for airfare and hotels.
9. Shorter days
Shorter days means there are more options for moonlight walks. Imagine the romance!
10. Best time to visit museums
Prophesied as the rainy season, You won’t feel like you are missing out on a nice, sunny day while spending your time indoors. Musee D’Orsay anyone?