Five destinations in Europe to visit this autumn
Autumn is the perfect time to take a holiday; children will be back in school, there’s less crowds and the weather is still pleasant and not overbearing.
Here are five destinations in Europe to help you decide where to visit this autumn.
Many influential artists, such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci have called Tuscany home throughout the centuries. The birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and located in the heart of Italy, the region of Tuscany has so much to offer - beautiful landscapes, incredible art, rich culture, amazing cuisine and of course its famous wine!
There are many historical cities in Tuscany that are just waiting to be explored. Such as the art-filled city of Florence, where you will find Michelangelo’s David and the 13th century Cathedral, the Duomo. The Ponte Vecchio, which means 'old bridge', is the oldest bridge in Florence and an icon of the city.
Siena is a city famous for its medieval landscape and the Palio horse race held twice a year in the Piazza del Campo. There’s more to Pisa than its famous leaning tower, you’ll also find the Campo dei Miracoli, magnificent cathedrals and baroque buildings.
Discover Tuscany, this Italian adventure has the perfect mix of culture, relaxation and history.
2. Lake Garda
One of Italy’s iconic natural sights, Lake Garda is surrounded by impressive mountains to the north and by lovely green hills to the south, the landscape is dotted with beautiful lemon groves, vineyards and olive plantations; the perfect setting for a picturesque getaway! By boat, you can visit the quaint towns of Limone, Malcesine and Riva del Garda to give you a real taste of life by the lakeside.
Lake Garda is the perfect holiday for those looking to unwind and relax by the lake, but it’s also the gateway to other renowned sites in Italy, such as Venice and Verona. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Verona is renowned for its historical buildings and Roman amphitheatre. Venice has many famous landmarks include St. Mark's Square & Basilica, the main public square in Venice and one of the most famous in the world, the stunning Gothic building of Ca’ d’Oro, and the Palazzo Ducale.
The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife has a rugged, volcanic landscape as well as over 200 miles of coastline with fantastic sand and pebble beaches.
Visitors can either hike or take a cable car to Mount Teide, the third biggest volcano in the whole world. The volcano is located in Teide National Park, which was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2007. The Los Gigantes cliffs are another natural beauty in Tenerife, rising over 2,000 feet above sea level, they offer gorgeous panoramic views of the surrounding scenery. The city of La Laguna is also worth visiting with its impressive cathedral and old colonial architecture.
Tenerife has a diverse range of cuisine and also produces its own distinctive wines, including the sweet Malvasia dessert wine. In fact, William Shakespeare loved it so much that he referred to it in two of his plays and received a barrel of it as part of his salary every year!
With pleasant weather all year round a holiday in Tenerife is a perfect escape; it combines sun, scenery and fantastic beaches.
George Bernard Shaw famously stated, “Those that seek paradise on earth should seek it in Dubrovnik” and he’s not mistaken.
The Croatian city of Dubrovnik is one of the best spots to visit on the Adriatic Sea. In recent years the city has become associated with Game of Thrones; the vast majority of scenes of King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms, were shot in the Old Town of Dubrovnik.
Simply wandering through the streets or walking along the surrounding historic walls is a lovely way to discover the Old Town. Take a cable car ride up to the peak of Mount Srđ and you will be rewarded with an incredible view of Dubrovnik and its surroundings.
A boat trip to the Elaphite Islands from Dubrovnik is a highlight for many holidaymakers, where you can enjoy a stroll around these largely uninhabited islands.
It's no surprise that this part of the Adriatic coast is becoming an alternative to traditional Mediterranean destinations.
It may be one of the smallest countries in the Mediterranean, but Malta greatly delivers with its magical blend of culture, history, cuisine, and landscapes.
Malta has many historic gems such as Casa Rocca Piccola, a 16th Century grand palazzo and the UNESCO listed St John’s Cathedral in the capital of Valletta. It’s also home to Ggantija Temples at Xaghra – the oldest freestanding structures in the world, dating back to 3600 BC.
Although the Azure Window, a natural arch on the Island of Gozo, collapsed a couple of years ago, Malta’s golden coastline with sandy beaches and warm, clear waters is still awe-inspiring.
Malta is packed with so much to see and do and will appeal to all discerning travellers.
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