Autumn is such a beautiful season. Not too hot, but not too cold. As a plus, it offers us the opportunity to visit some amazing places in Europe without going broke in a second. Airplane tickets have the best prices this time of the year, so start planning right away!
- Bruges, Belgium
Just 100 kilometers away or one hour train ride from Brussels, you find a gem of Belgium that you should not miss this autumn. Known as “Venice of the North”, Bruges has numerous canals that are part of the personality of the city. Also, the historic city centre is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO, Bruges being one of the most well preserved medieval towns in Europe.
!Tip 1: Belgians are known all over the world for their fine chocolate. That being said, Bruges is also called the chocolate city due to the numerous factories and shops that offer a great variety of delicious chocolate. Be sure to pay a visit to Godiva!
!Tip 2: Cruising Bruges canals can be quite a romantic experience and it will only cost you 8 EUR. Boat rides are available from March to November from 10 am to 6 pm.
!Tip 3: Try Bistro t’ Lammetje, a small family owned restaurant for incredibly tasty food.
- Barcelona, Spain
You can never get enough of Barcelona. This city is always full of life and cold sangria. You find art and history at every corner, paella and traditional tapas, crazy nightlife and sandy beaches. Doesn’t it sound like perfection?
!Tip 1: You cannot leave Barcelona without enjoying a big glass of cold sangria on La Rambla street! PS: Do not forget to grab a Spanish bite at La Boqueria Market.
!Tip 2: Shopping is always a good idea in Barcelona so be sure to keep some room in your luggage for new entries!
!Tip 3: L’Aquarium de Barcelona is one of the most visited tourist attractions. A day ticket will cost you 20 EUR for adults (11 years old +), 15 EUR for children between 5-10 and 7 EUR for children between 3-4 years old.
- Lisbon, Portugal
I have only visited Lisbon once, but it managed to steal my heart in a second. I started my trip with an incredible sunset at Miradouro da Graca. Shades of yellow and orange over the colorful houses and 25 de Abril Brigde in the back. I would go back in a heartbeat!
!Tip 1: A couple of minutes away from Monastery of Jeronimos, you find Antiga Confeitaria de Belém, well known all over the world for its tasty pasteis de nata. Be sure to give it a try!
!Tip 2: For a delicious dinner with breathtaking views from above, try Panorama Restaurant & Bar at the Sheraton Lisboa Hotel.
!Tip 3: 40 kilometers away from Lisbon, Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe, will offer you amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean.
- Paris, France
As we already know, Paris is always a good idea. So why not take advantage of the smaller autumn prices? Being known as one of the most romantic destinations in the world, Paris has so much more to offer. Take your loved one and make a memorable getaway.
!Tip 1: For desserts lovers, I recommend heading to Ladurée on Champs Elysées! I have to warn you: you will have a hard job deciding what to eat!
!Tip 2: Forget about maps for one day and get lost on the streets of Paris. And do not forget to take an umbrella with you, weather can be pretty tricky!
!Tip 3: Paris is known for its many concerts that attract millions of tourists every year. I was lucky enough to attend Beyonce’s concert on Stade de France in 2016. What star would you like to see?
- Prague, Czech Republic
Being the capital and largest city of the country, Prague is visited all year round for its famous cultural attractions such as Prague Castle, Charles Bridge or the Astronomical Clock. The city’s Old Town is a World Heritage Site of UNESCO and remained almost untouched since the 12th century.
!Tip 1: Here I ate the best duck ever! And you should not leave Prague without tasting at least one beer. Try the traditional Staropramen.
!Tip 2: An amazing way to visit the city is by open top vintage cars. A car for 4 persons will cost you around 70 EUR for one hour.
!Tip 3: Prague also offers a large variety of delicious desserts. Try U Prince Terrace with views of the Astronomical Clock. They even offer blankets and outdoor heaters.
And remember: Life is short and the world is wide…