We are all at that point in the year now that despite the weird changes in weather we have been having, Summer is officially over and the spark of the summer break has gone out. However, this does not mean that a great autumn mini break is completely out of the question, right? The only question is where do you go in the autumn and winter months? This is a little guide of five out of the top and most recommended places for exactly that break you are looking for.

 

Closer to home: UK

Wicklow, Ireland

If you are like me and think sometimes nothing beats a good trip, then this is the Autumn break for you. The mountains of Wicklow are stunning all year round, but in the autumn, it is worth the trip for the trees covered with a brilliant golden hue and waterfalls. As you can already tell, this is an amazing area for hiking as well woodland walks. However it is also worth exploring some of Wicklow’s historic sites like Glendalough, one of the most important monastic sites in the country, founded by St. Kevin in the 6thcentury. And if walks and history aren’t your cup of tea or want something different, there are plenty of shopping opportunities such as the Bridgewater Shopping Centre and if that fails, why not duck into one of the many cozy pubs and enjoy the warmth of a crackling fire with of pint of Guinness.

 

Cumbria, England

Cumbria, situated in England’s Lake District is known for being filled with with incredible scenic beauty. The colours that come with the autumn light and weather can only making this scenery even more captivating. This is the type of break you’ll like if you enjoy adventurous walks as Cumbria it is known for its inspiring hills, forest and lake walks. An example of one of these walks could be in Grizedale Forest Park which is home to green pines and copper beech trees framing mountain views. And if you aren’t one for walks or are parched after a nice woodland walk, a visit into one of the local pubs is recommended.

 

Rest of Europe & Farther afield

Dubrovnik, Croatia

This is a break for those working on a budget as this beautiful Croatian city along the Adriatic Coast has lower prices than many other European coastal cities, particularly in the autumn and winter seasons. Dubrivnik is also ideal for those looking to escape to slightly warmer climates as in the autumn season, the weather is still warm but it is also more relaxing as the crowds that the summer months bring have dispersed with magnificent beaches to enjoy. As well as the beaches, it is worth a venture outside the city for outstanding mountain hikes surrounded by stunning scenery and splashes of the copper and warm colours that Autumn brings.

 

Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano is a beautiful city which is situated in the southern region of Switzerland, bordering Italy and on the shores of Lake Lugano, underneath the shadow of beautiful mountains just south of the Alps. This is one of the most picturesque destinations any time of the year, but visiting in autumn means that summer’s scorching temperatures have given way to a milder climate.  A visit during the first weekend of October gives travellers a chance to attend the Autumn Festival, featuring folkloric music as well as celebrations of grapes and fine wines.

 

Piedmont, Italy

The autumn months, in particular October, is the peak season for food and wine in Italy. Everything from chocolate to Truffles enjoy their own festivals during this time – and, it’s also vineyard harvest time so this is perfect for wine lovers. Piedmont is Italy’s home of amazing autumn scenery to go along with the fantastic food and drinks that you can find. The northwest region of Piedmont is hemmed in by the Alps, so there are hundreds of roads and trails to explore the surrounding peaks set ablaze with warm autumnal colours.

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