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Our top recommendations for last minute autumn getaways

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Friday, October 28, 2022

Our top recommendations for last minute autumn getaways

Planning for a short, last-minute getaway with friends, family, or just solo? Europe in autumn is full of jaw-dropping landscapes, low-rise suns, and early morning mists, making every moment picture perfect! Perfect mild temperatures with less tourist buzz, what’s not to enjoy? Here are our top recommendations on where to go.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Autumn in Amsterdam consists of brilliant foliage that transforms the city into a cosy and fiery location packed with seasonal and cultural events. It holds a bit of everything, from architecture and cuisine to history and nature.

In the city there are over 400,00 amber coloured trees that line the famous canals, where candles are lit in the windows of the townhouses from mid-afternoon everyday. With temperatures at the highest of 15°C in October, you can cosy up with a glass of hot Chocomel, a Dutch milk drink, and a slice of apple pie topped with whipped cream.


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Florence, Italy

This Italian city is the perfect place for exploration in mild weather and under clear skies. Florence has beautiful auburn foliages across that you will come across, with the pleasure of less crowds. Why not check out a vineyard and taste world-class Tuscan wines or go hunting for olives, truffle and chestnuts, after all it’s harvest time! A huge chance to find yourself and get close to locals.


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Munich, Germany

Munich is where you should be in Autumn, where you can attend the Oktoberfest, the largest fairground in the city. It is a 16 to 18 day folk festival with more than six million international and national visitors attending, and 80 rides to choose from!

If fairgrounds aren’t your thing then you could enjoy cycling through the city and visit popular markets run by the locals. Get good deals and collect your souvenirs before heading to the museums to gain that extra knowledge on Munich and its culture.

The spa is another great way to unwind and relax before heading back to the hotel. You can find spas in the city centre and they offer a variety of services such as massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, etc.


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Seville, Spain

The weather here, as expected, is really nice and warm without having to cope with extreme temperatures. It’s a nice opportunity to enjoy the city, but just remember to bring an umbrella because it can still be humid (rain!!!). Flight tickets are cheaper during this time, and there will be less tourists when you visit in comparison to the summer. You will be able to visit most places and your hotel room prices will be quite low!

Local cuisine at Seville is the best, where you can relax or have a chat with a glass of wine in hand and yummy tapas on the table. Isn’t that amazing? After that you can take a look at Seville’s spectacular buildings, like the cathedral and the Giralda tower.


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Tenerife, Canary Islands

Canary Islands is the hotspot for holiday tourists, and there’s no doubt that Tenerife is one of the most visited islands out there. However, in Autumn it’s definitely quieter in comparison to Summer. With better holiday deals and less crowded beaches, why would you not? The weather is relatively warm all year round, but in autumn some may argue that it can often be just as hot as the summer days! Long walks along the beach at night, midnight markets, and star gazing. Endless activities to enjoy with clearer streets, less tourists, more locals.


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Bilbao, Spain

The food here is immaculate, but it’s likely that the city isn’t suited for vegetarians! With endless options of meat from the famous chuletón to T-bone steak. Often the meat is dry-cured for 40-60 days which is served with your own mini grill on the table so you can cook it to your taste. Fish is also popular on the menu here and we recommend you head to restaurants on the banks of Nervión River for some scrumptious bites.

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The Blue Lagoon, Iceland

The Blue Lagoon is open all-year round and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland. The steamy milky blue water that sits within the black lava rock landscape creates a whole new setting like no other. It’s a geothermal spa that is close to about 38°C that is rich in minerals like silica and sulphur. The waters are said to have therapeutic properties, especially for those who suffer psoriasis or eczema.

Other than bringing your reservation receipt and your swimsuit, there are a few other things that we recommend for you to take to a trip to the Blue Lagoon:

Waterproof case for phones or cameras if you plan to take pictures.

Comb/brush & any other hair styling essentials.

Hair tie for those with longer hair to keep the hair out of the water.

Facial moisturiser, body lotion, clarifying shampoo, and change of clothing for after shower.


Breathable waterproof bag for storing wet items.

Sunscreen (+30 SPF).


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