Take an Autumn Vacation to Explore Europe

Most European countries, especially in the northern areas, are basically extremely cold throughout the year except in the summer months and that is the time when most tourists flock to the well-known destinations for a holiday or for sightseeing. As such, these places are chockablock with visitors leading to high prices for accommodation and other aspects of travel. Moreover, most attractions get unprecedented number of visitors due to which it becomes difficult to gain entry and enjoy the visit. However, taking an autumn vacation to some of the European cities can also be an enriching and enjoyable experience although the weather is not as good as in summer months.

Autumn vacations have many advantages as you will be travelling and staying during the shoulder period when prices are almost at their lowest and travel conditions are great because the summer crowds have gone away and the winter arrivals have not yet started. Moreover, the airline fares are cheapest and hotel accommodation is available in plenty and at a discounted rate. It is a good idea to book your airline tickets well in advance of your trip as you will get attractive prices. If you are planning to stay in London for a few days during your trip, it would be best to book your room at Shaftesbury Premier London Paddington hotel because you will get attractive special offers and you will be able to stay in luxury at an affordable rate. Moreover, you will be located close to most attractions of the city and to Paddington station that offers convenient links to most places of the city, especially Heathrow Airport.

Moreover, an autumn vacation to some of the European cities can enable you to revel in the delights of cultural festivals that are the specialities of that city. For example, August is the month when the Notting Hill Carnival takes place in the Notting Hill area of London. It is Europe’s biggest street festival and is held on the streets of West London each August Bank Holiday. Ever since it started in 1966, the carnival has been a riot of colour and pageantry in which the streets come alive with 1 million revellers in colourful costumes along the twenty miles of the venue that is surrounded by over 40 static sound systems, hundreds of Caribbean food stalls and over 40,000 volunteers managing the show.  The carnival is dominated by the Caribbean community residing in and visiting London. Participants dressed up in colourful striking costumes brighten up the August Bank Holiday weekend. You can plan your stay in London to coincide with this festival so that you can have some good fun.

Another autumn festival is the Oktoberfest in Munich that can provide a lot of enjoyment if you are visiting Germany during this period. It is the world’s largest funfair that runs for 16 days from late September to the first weekend in October. More than 6 million people from all over the world attend this festival every year. It is an important part of Bavarian culture and it has been held since 1810. If you plan to see this festival, you should keep a few days for visiting the Alter Botanischer Gardens where you will be able to see the wonderful and colourful fall leaves on the trees giving the park a lovely new ambiance. You can also visit the Deutsches Museum to learn some history and science in addition to culture.

The Festes de la Mercè in Barcelona is another festival that draws people from all over Europe and also from the world. It is the main festival of Barcelona and is held in honour of the patron saint la Mercè (the Virgin of Mercy) on September 24 each year. It is the absolute climax of Barcelona’s event schedule and is very colourful. Although the main events of the festival take place on September 24, up to 500 events takes place in Barcelona during the entire week before and after La Mercè. The events in 2014 took place from September 19 to September 24.

The Salon du Chocolat in Paris is a yearly trade fair for the international chocolate industry. For its 20th Anniversary, it attracted 120,000 visitors throughout 5 days, from 29th October to 2nd November, 2014. It is considered to be the largest event dedicated to chocolate and cocoa in the world. At the event this year, there were 500 participants that had gathered along with 220 exhibitors consisting of both national and international chocolatiers, pastry makers and confectioners.

The weather in northern Europe in the autumn months starts getting blustery winds and short days and as such you may not find it very convenient and enjoyable. However, you can look south as in the southern part of Europe you will get pleasantly warm weather, which in some cases may be preferable to summer’s heat. The places that have more temperate weather and summer-like conditions in the early fall season include Nice, Palermo and Cordoba. The temperature fall into the 50°F/10°C range only in November and as such you can consider going to any of these places.

Another advantage of going on an autumn vacation to Europe is that plenty of harvests and seasonal food products are available and local chefs take full advantage to offer the most delicious dishes.

With a little bit of research you can find a suitable place in Europe where you can have a most enjoyable autumn vacation.

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