Thanks to our degrees of latitude, most of Europe will transform into a vibrant tapestry of colours and flavours once the summer warmth gives way to the crisp embrace of autumn. It’s the perfect time to embark on adventures that immerse you in nature’s grand spectacle. So, whether you’re a hobbyist hiker, a leisure cyclist, an avid nature lover, or a passionate foodie – Europe’s autumn landscapes offer an unforgettable backdrop for your next getaway – including more serene, intimate, and quiet usually busy locations, when you’re travelling off-peak. We tailored a list of some of the most captivating routes to explore during the upcoming season.
Tranquil Trails Amidst Tuscan Vineyards
Picture yourself along meandering paths lined with rows of grapevines, their leaves turning shades of gold and crimson. Tuscany, with its rolling hills and charming villages, offers an idyllic setting for all kinds of outdoor adventures. Here, you can explore iconic wine regions like Chianti and stop to savour local vintages and rustic Italian cuisine.
Sardinia’s Mediterranean Magic
Sardinia, the gem of the Mediterranean Sea, offers amazing and enchanting cycling experiences. The island’s rugged coastline, pristine beaches and historic towns are bathed in warm autumn light. Why not pedal through the coastal roads on a cycle holiday, stopping to admire the sea views and explore charming villages, where local traditions come alive?
Bavarian Delights and Fairytale Castles
The landscapes of Bavaria in Germany are straight out of a storybook during autumn. No wonder a lot of fairytales have their origin here. Take some lovely strolls through the Bavarian Forest, where ancient trees create a fiery canopy overhead. On top of that, you’ll encounter enchanting castles like Neuschwanstein, their spires piercing the colourful foliage. And, of course, you’ll be over the pond just in time for the Oktoberfest.
Coastal Beauty of the Portuguese Algarve
For those seeking some coastal escapes, the Algarve region in Portugal is a true gem. Dramatic cliffs overlooking the azure waters of the Atlantic Ocean, with mild autumn weather provide the perfect conditions to explore charming fishing villages and indulge in fresh seafood by the shore.
Transylvanian Adventures in Romania
Oh, the mystique of autumn in Transylvania! As you wander through medieval towns, dense forests and the Carpathian Mountains, you’ll be greeted by the hauntingly beautiful landscapes that have inspired legends for centuries.
Majestic Landscapes of the Scottish Highlands
Of course, what would our list be without our own national paradise? Venture north to Scotland and embrace the rugged beauty of the Highlands. The moors and mountains are painted in shades of orange and red during autumn, creating a breathtaking contrast against the dark lochs and dramatic skies we know here in Britain. Driving through this untamed terrain is an experience like no other.
Enchanting French Villages in Provence
Provence in France is renowned for its lavender fields and charming villages. In autumn, though the fields may have faded, the warm hues of the changing leaves create a whole different kind of magic. And walking through the cobbled streets of towns like Gordes, Roussillon, and Bonnieux – each of them telling their own unique story.
Danube Discovery through Austria and Hungary
Embark on a leisurely journey along the Danube River, passing through picturesque towns, lush vineyards, and history castles. The riverside path offers serene and scenic routes, perfect for cycling and especially when they are lined with the golden foliage of autumn.